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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    term Group Genius TEDx Livermore Uncorking Creativity with Group Genius follow us on Twitter The Tomorrow Makers Journal is a collection of musings and reflections on how humankind and the rest of our living planet may find a way of escaping to a higher order Entries in quote 1 Monday Oct 29 2012 The past lies in wait Monday October 29 2012 at 01 12PM The future is rational only in hindsight mg taylor axiom At long last backcasting is becoming a common concept and a mainstream practice among the service design ecosystem as well as communities and organizations actively engaged in designing their future When I read this passage from the absurdly great Italo Calvino I am reminded of a correlary axiom to the future is rational only in hindsight history lies in wait for us only in the future In other words what we do in the future will go a long way towards making sense and meaning of what has happened up to this point Of course Calvino embues it with poetry in how he phrases it The more one was lost in unfamiliar quarters of distant cities the more one understood the other cities he had

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    order Entries in wayfinding 2 Monday Oct 29 2012 The past lies in wait Monday October 29 2012 at 01 12PM The future is rational only in hindsight mg taylor axiom At long last backcasting is becoming a common concept and a mainstream practice among the service design ecosystem as well as communities and organizations actively engaged in designing their future When I read this passage from the absurdly great Italo Calvino I am reminded of a correlary axiom to the future is rational only in hindsight history lies in wait for us only in the future In other words what we do in the future will go a long way towards making sense and meaning of what has happened up to this point Of course Calvino embues it with poetry in how he phrases it The more one was lost in unfamiliar quarters of distant cities the more one understood the other cities he had crossed to arrive there What he sought was always something lying ahead and even if it was a matter of the past it was a past that changed gradually as he advanced on his journey The foreigness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign unpossed places Italo Calvino Invisible Cities Todd Johnston Post a Comment Share Article tagged Italo Calvino qotw quote wayfinding Tuesday Jul 07 2009 Wayfinding our way into the future Tuesday July 7 2009 at 01 45PM Adaptation is the act of bending a structure to fit a new hole Evolution on the other hand is a deeper change that reshapes the architecture of the structure itself often producing more holes for others Every worker dabbling in artificial evolution has been struck by the ease with which evolution produces the improbable

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - A Singularity in Our Future
    curious to think about my own role in the coming years as the possibility of the Singularity unfolds and embeds itself in key decisions of governmental and corporate policies strategies as well as the everyday behavior of we the people I was attracted by the words for the Summit The Singularity is an event that could transform the world to its foundations in a way only comparable to the emergence of life itself As converging technologies lead us towards the Singularity we must ask ourselves what is our own responsibility to ensure these technologies are used wisely and benefit everyone We hope that the discussions here help you find your own answer to that question So having attended what is my answer I sat and listened with about 300 others to the 20 speakers I was definitely one of the oldest people attending I met professors in philosophy AI humanities linguistics biology and computer science all there to listen to absorb and to further their own thinking But it was the youth I was most excited by There were a handful in their teens but most seemed to be younger than 35 many in their early 20s My friend Sharon who attended with me and I were freely invited into small conversations with these young minds They were open in their enthusiasm visionary in their vision to improve the state of the world and passionate in their explorations and doing ness Many participate as fellows or staff or students in Singularity University programs which has the express purpose of graduating students who will go forth and bring solutions to a billion people So I asked them if this was an impossible goal and their answer was a universal No we re on it as if it was the most natural thing in the world I felt significant changes in my beingness as I listened and conversed I seem to lose my place the me I felt I knew Many of my talents and ways of thinking about myself seemed to become inconsequencial At times I recalled the feeling of being in an isolation tank floating drifting in and out of reality I found myself asking myself Who and what am I For the first time I saw myself within the Singularity movement not standing outside When one of the speakers announced that there was a Singuarity volunteers web site I immediately went to and realized that I had no expertise for any of the volunteer jobs but one I could spread the word in a responsible manner My friend Christine Peterson from the Foresight Institute reminded us all that the Singularity movement is not foriegn to govenments or corporations It is being actively explored by those with money and power Our work as ordinary citizens then is to step up and learn as much as we can to inform ourselves and to take part in shaping the Singularity movement into technologies and thought processes into art and science that are

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Syntopical Reading
    us design a useful module to help participants work their way into reading In particular we were interested in his Syntopical Reading section While Adler was mostly focusing on an individual doing syntopical reading we knew we wanted to make it a group exercise Then we watched the power of this module come to life We adapted it for many occasions and several times our Syntopical Reading exercise transformed an organization The power and purpose for reading has slowly found its way back into many organizational worlds Here are general instructions 1 Provide each participant with some simple suggestions for how to read a book in an hour adapted from Adler s body of knowledge 2 Ask participants to choose a book that they want to read from the library Suggest that they can read any book that looks interesting and to not to choose books too closely related to their field or product lines 3 After reading have the participants divide into groups of 7 or 8 and have them form a circle 4 Now ask each participant to become the author of their book Each in turn states their name as author and tells us the name of the book they wrote why they were compelled to write the book and as author what did they want to suggest to the organization ideas that could make a significant difference Each author had five minutes to create their story Be sure each participant assumes the role of author rather than talking about the book they read With this kind of story telling the ideas expand and often hidden design assumptions reveal themselves For instance during the second day of an event we asked cosmetic company participants to choose books for overnight reading Participants wandered through the library choosing good night reads One chose When Elephants Weep Little did we know he was head of research for the company As he assumed the role of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson the author he put his whole heart and mind into telling his organization why they should immediately stop animal testing They did within the week Probably no amount of interest groups or consultants could have been so successful so fast But when their colleague speaking as an impassioned expert made his case everyone listened Something they had held onto for years fell away within a five minute presentation But there is more to the story Other authors spoke of values integrity changing ways of working technology improvements biology complexity etc Many of these presentations while not directly about animals connected with the the elephant s intelligence in a variety of ways reinforcing the idea that there were better ways to learn about their products than test them on animals Suddenly the entire organization became more self aware more eager to learn about themselves and to shed some long held beliefs I could write many more such stories and if you ve done this exercise you too probably have things to share It

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Scan and Play
    with teachers about how to think about the future Later at dinner he told the story of one of his classes for high school teachers where he gave each teacher the assignment of completing a story Each was given the first paragraph and asked to write out the rest of the story After the teachers turned in their stories he told them that half of them had the first paragraph as past tense and the other half in future tense Those that had the past tense assignment wrote far more than those with future tense When asked why those with future tense admitted that they did not know how to think about the future They were not experts they could not imagine they didn t want to be wrong Wrong It was all made up Those that wrote longer stories about the past used their imagination and there was no right or wrong This is why Matt and I developed the Backcasting module We wanted ordinary citizens to practice living and working with the future Our first paragraphs always spoke of success sometime in the future Participants were asked to look back in time and remember the parts they played in the success This is one of the most important and fun modules of our entire body of work We have watched thousands of participants dream envision and include themselves in stories of success great deeds accomplished barriers overcome simple solutions finding their way into stagnent cultures Today backcasting is an often used module with many many organizations who have never even heard of where the idea originated and for what purpose Another early module to help people get over their fear of the future is our TimeLine scenario exercise In 1983 almost every event we did had as part of its SCAN the development of a 50 year time line We marked off our long walls with dates across the top and general subjects down the side Participants were asked to come to the front of the room and state something that happened within this 50 years It was backcasting from 25 years in the future Participants jumped around with in this time frame First well known markers were noted 1984 WWII victory Man on the moon Kennedy assignation etc These prompted other memories and spontaneity Things like No more war by 2010 new forms of energy by 2000 political unrest etc Over an hour or so the time line filled out with amazing patterns beginning to emerge and tell a story Participants were seeing some for the first time that neither the past nor the future can be seen as a lits of ideas without context or cultural awareness Although initially scary for some as the board began to fill all jumped up with ideas they wanted to get into the story By the end of a three day workshop or event participants grew to like the future and to see the roles they could play in shaping

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    book Teaching The Future 1976 writes about how teachers administrators and parents had no idea how to think about the future yet here they were training young people to live in the future When asked many assured Kaufman that the future would be just the same just more so Matt and I met Kauffman when I invited him to The Learning Exchange to talk with teachers about how to think about the future Later at dinner he told the story of one of his classes for high school teachers where he gave each teacher the assignment of completing a story Each was given the first paragraph and asked to write out the rest of the story After the teachers turned in their stories he told them that half of them had the first paragraph as past tense and the other half in future tense Those that had the past tense assignment wrote far more than those with future tense When asked why those with future tense admitted that they did not know how to think about the future They were not experts they could not imagine they didn t want to be wrong Wrong It was all made up Those that wrote longer stories about the past used their imagination and there was no right or wrong This is why Matt and I developed the Backcasting module We wanted ordinary citizens to practice living and working with the future Our first paragraphs always spoke of success sometime in the future Participants were asked to look back in time and remember the parts they played in the success This is one of the most important and fun modules of our entire body of work We have watched thousands of participants dream envision and include themselves in stories of success great deeds accomplished barriers overcome simple solutions finding their way into stagnent cultures Today backcasting is an often used module with many many organizations who have never even heard of where the idea originated and for what purpose Another early module to help people get over their fear of the future is our TimeLine scenario exercise In 1983 almost every event we did had as part of its SCAN the development of a 50 year time line We marked off our long walls with dates across the top and general subjects down the side Participants were asked to come to the front of the room and state something that happened within this 50 years It was backcasting from 25 years in the future Participants jumped around with in this time frame First well known markers were noted 1984 WWII victory Man on the moon Kennedy assignation etc These prompted other memories and spontaneity Things like No more war by 2010 new forms of energy by 2000 political unrest etc Over an hour or so the time line filled out with amazing patterns beginning to emerge and tell a story Participants were seeing some for the first time that neither the past nor

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    book Teaching The Future 1976 writes about how teachers administrators and parents had no idea how to think about the future yet here they were training young people to live in the future When asked many assured Kaufman that the future would be just the same just more so Matt and I met Kauffman when I invited him to The Learning Exchange to talk with teachers about how to think about the future Later at dinner he told the story of one of his classes for high school teachers where he gave each teacher the assignment of completing a story Each was given the first paragraph and asked to write out the rest of the story After the teachers turned in their stories he told them that half of them had the first paragraph as past tense and the other half in future tense Those that had the past tense assignment wrote far more than those with future tense When asked why those with future tense admitted that they did not know how to think about the future They were not experts they could not imagine they didn t want to be wrong Wrong It was all made up Those that wrote longer stories about the past used their imagination and there was no right or wrong This is why Matt and I developed the Backcasting module We wanted ordinary citizens to practice living and working with the future Our first paragraphs always spoke of success sometime in the future Participants were asked to look back in time and remember the parts they played in the success This is one of the most important and fun modules of our entire body of work We have watched thousands of participants dream envision and include themselves in stories of success great deeds accomplished barriers overcome simple solutions finding their way into stagnent cultures Today backcasting is an often used module with many many organizations who have never even heard of where the idea originated and for what purpose Another early module to help people get over their fear of the future is our TimeLine scenario exercise In 1983 almost every event we did had as part of its SCAN the development of a 50 year time line We marked off our long walls with dates across the top and general subjects down the side Participants were asked to come to the front of the room and state something that happened within this 50 years It was backcasting from 25 years in the future Participants jumped around with in this time frame First well known markers were noted 1984 WWII victory Man on the moon Kennedy assignation etc These prompted other memories and spontaneity Things like No more war by 2010 new forms of energy by 2000 political unrest etc Over an hour or so the time line filled out with amazing patterns beginning to emerge and tell a story Participants were seeing some for the first time that neither the past nor

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    in his book Free Play Play cannot be defined because in play all definitions slither dance combine break apart and reconnect In play we manifest fresh interactive ways of relating with people animals things ideas images ourselves It flies of social hierarchies We toss together elements that were formerly separate Our actions take on novel sequences To play is to free ourselves from arbitrary restrictions and expand our field of action Play enables us to rearrange our capacities and our very identity so they can be used in unforeseen ways Play is different from game Play is the free spirit of exploration doing and being for its own pure joy Game is an activity defined by a set of rules like baseball sonnet symphony diplomacy Play is an attitude a spirit a way of doing things whereas game is a defined activity with rules and a playing field and participants I find joy whenever I read Nachmanovitch s words His words emulate his thesis of free play My mind does its own dancing and hopping connecting and enjoying new spaces new possibilities Play has played a vital part in all of my work which began with seven and eight year olds in public education It wasn t what I learned from adults that set me on my search for meaning but what these young minds offered When given the opportunity their play was incredible and wonderful They learned very serious things from play in their own time with their own rules and with each other More than anything else play is about relationships that provide pure pleasure and meaning through interactions that surprise and delight and deepen understanding of our humanness as opposed to the rules that constrict and close us down Through the unfolding of The Learning Exchange MG Taylor Corporation and Tomorrow Makers I have learned how easy it is for adults to engage together in collaborative play Simulations Inventions Design of the Impossible are modules that are built into this work and people find themselves shedding inhibitions assumptions and engaging in new and remarkable ways The art of creating together and collaborating in ways long forgotten resurface Change happens So I was delighted to see Jane McGonigal s Ted Talk on how games can make a better world I have now finished reading her book Reality is Broken and am convinced that Jane is on to something important Nachmanovitch invites us to play with him on every page of his book McGonigal provides research and a deeper understanding of why games could help reconceive and rebuild our world Jane researches and explores such things as Why games make us happy and what exactly is the happiness factor Stronger social connectivity Becoming something bigger than ourselves Reinventing reality How very big games can change the world The Engagement Economy Saving the Real World Together In 1979 Matt and I created a long now scenario 25 years into the future Our scenario ended with Rebuilding the Earth as a

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