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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - How the Hippies Saved Physics
    Yet the 70 s were in full bloom here too Maybe not the San Francisco scene but the same questioning and restless searching Where was society heading Wasn t life meant to be richer more satisfying Wasn t there ways to make life better for everyone Sound bytes from the Hippies book The hippies self consciously opened up space again for freewheeling speculation for the kind of spirited philosophical engagement with fundamental physics that the Cold War decades had dampened More than most of their generation the sought to recapture the big picture search for meaning that had driven their heros Einstein Bohm Heisenberg and Schrodinger and to smuggle that mode of doing physics back into their daily routine The hippie counterculture sported a playful worship of youth spontaneity and authenticity Try as we might we cannot cleave off the goup or its activities from the real physics of the day Many of the members activities placed them on one end of a spectrum to be sure But no hard and fast dividing line separated them from legitimate even illustrious science Matt s course Rebuilding the Future 1976 was about the rate of change and how to prepare for it and design our future rather than letting it happen by default This course too was full of diversity very mainstream people hippies multiple ages races life styles We had one thing in common a hunger to help shape the future The next 25 years according to Matt would bring about more change than had occurred since the middle ages Ordinary citizens would have more power than any king or queen who had ever lived We were each part of the future and should bring it about by design not default Matt s course had us explore the cycles of the creative process not just in our personal lives but as a larger cycle within culture and meaning Culture follows science from metaphysical thought and vision through intent insight building There is basically a generation of time lag between the understanding of science working its way into mainstream thinking This creates paradigm shifts when the old way of thinking Cartesian clockwork heirarchical begins to die and a new paradigm is birthing Mostly people took sides and had nothing to say to each other My work when I joined Matt s class was in education The Learning Exchange a Teacher s Center attracted some of the best and brightest teachers within a 100 mile radius of Kansas City MO We worked with Dean s of Education professors teachers at all levels parents and community leaders Yet it was rare for me to find someone interested in the future I longed for people to exchange ideas with to perturb my own thinking about the future The Renascence Project offered that for me This was our mode when we founded MG Taylor Corporation How could we help educators community leaders rebels and ordinary folks to give the future a try What is it we

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - An Ecology of Mind
    here on the Mendonoma Redwood Coast an area that covers the northern most coast of Sonoma County and the southern coast of Mendocino Rural yes but sophisticated too We have an incredible Art Center and community of artists We have a small community managed theater capable of bringing New York Operas right into the theater We have no street lights little traffic and the closest thing to a franchise are our local True Value hardware stores We have two radio stations one a public one and the other capable of assisting us through potential disasters Our stores are unique and heavily involved in community through the arts in one way or another Our independent bookstore the Four eyed Frog serves people all over the country through its wonderful web site Local foods are both a vocation and advocation here And now we have Nora Bateson bringing her film about her Dad Gregory Bateson to our theater We who live in the midst of natural abundance and a do it for ourselves economy have the pleasure of hosting Nora as she presents her film An Ecology of Mind on July 3rd at 7pm in our Point Arena theater I bet those

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Big History
    We are very recent Humans appear as the 7th threshold the Paleolithic Era Christian s working theory is that what makes us human is our unique form of adaptation collective learning All living beings adapt and change but it is very slow often over millienum Collective learning enables us to combine store and reuse information Those of you who know me know that I like to find patterns I attempt to work and see at a meta level If you go to our library you will find books that help me see and seek patterns Patterns are always prevelant in my design and facilitation The following two quotes are magnificent in helping me see patterns from the past unfolding today There was neither non existence nor existence then What we are talking about is a sort of state in which there is not quite nothing but there s not quite something there s sort of a potential Rigveda the basic Hindu scriptures I think of paradigm shifts The old is crumbling disolving the new is forming solidifying We are approaching our 9th threshold and a sort of potential We are in a fragile moment in history The evolution of multi cellular organisms was a complex process For such organisms to work billions of cells had to cooperate and communicate with great precision It was also necessary for them to be able to communicate with each other in some way and for each cell to know its place and role in he functioning of the organism as a whole These are staggering organizational challenges However such challenges were not entirely unprecedented for evolution can involve cooperation as well as competition In fact simpler forms of cooperation that do not count as multi cellularity had already evolved Even eukaryotes formed through symbiosis

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Resilience
    from major shocks and in the process become stronger more adaptable Cancer kills and chemo therapy kills cancer Is my body strong enough to take this double whammy Will it bounce back stronger than before cancer Perhaps I can t rush it though There is a lot of slow taking place I have good days good weeks I feel solid again and then something puts the brakes on and slows me way down and says Not so fast My doctors and nutritionist tell me I have another six to eight months to go before my body has woven itself back together before slow stops nagging me with sudden nerve pains falls headaches and tiredness Fast makes multiple trys over time to assert itself so that I feel I can do anything It s interesting because the fast and slow parts of my essence don t seem to be working together How do I come to know my body s resilience Is it a matter of just biding time eating right exercising and sleeping well One of the things I lost last year was my vision of my future I lost my sense of self my hunger for life and to make a difference It just faded away but now it is coming back I can once more reach into the future and see myself playing a part I am coming to knowing again and it feels good Perhaps this is the strongest indicator of resilience What will it take to nudge the new paradigm into a resilient state How will those of us wanting to help shape this new paradigm know where we are in the process Are there clear signals How will we measure How do we knit fast and slow together when they seem to dislike each other

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Occupy
    or perform the functions of an office or position 4 to reside in as an owner or tenant oc cu pi er noun Origin of OCCUPY Middle English occupien to take possession of occupy from Anglo French occupier occuper from Latin occupare from ob toward cupare akin to capere to seize more at ob heave First Known Use 14th century from Merriam Webster dictionary This morning I listened to the TED talk The Birth of a Word The author Deb Ray uses his 18 minute talk to explore the unfolding of his child s first words and then moves on to show the research going on to map words and how they filter down throughout the social environment As I listened I began to think about the word occupy and where the spikes and filtrations of this word were humming and streaming throughout the world The talk was made in March 2011 before we the 99 gave a deeper meaning to Occupy It would be both fun and significant to map this word as it travels through time Clearly Deb s talk revealed how important it is to choose words carefully and meaningfully As our new global paradigm unfolds it seems essential to bring new words forth and to give them meaning through all of our media What are the words that speak to a better more equitable world Words like environment sustainable health peace are useful words but they are often co opted by the media reporting the old news They are not thoughtful crafted words to speak a new language at this moment in time This is not to infer that we need all newly invented words Occupy comes from the 14th Century But it is recontextualized and made fresh and tactical I think it would be interesting

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Twelve Angry Men 
    to bring a diverse non engaged group of people into a conversation that allows each person in his own way to challenge his assumptions and authenically change his vantage point This kind of process is at the heart of Group Genius Juror 8 against all odds asks questions and plays Spoze with the other jurors making sure that each of the men are brought into an environment of care and listening The young boy being tried has had every bad break possible including a lawyer appointed by the state who simply did not care if he lost the case He just assumed his guy was guilty The movie started with 11 jurors against one and the one Juror 8 was not even sure of the boy s innocense He only claimed there was reasonable doubt which meant that he was not guilty for sure With one question and one test Juror 8 began the process of getting the others to begin the process of thinking for themselves rather than to assume that he could give away their vote without careful consideration One question led to someone else s question and slowly the group came together to ask real questions of each other ones that mattered not only to the boy but to each of the jurors It was a prime example of the MG Taylor Axioms 1 Everything that someone tells you is true They are reporting their experience of reality 2 To argue with someone else s experience is a waste of time 3 To add someone s experience to your experience to create a new experience is possibly valuable These three axioms unfolded over and over throughout the 90 minute film which in the drama was the better part of a day And in the end most of

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    come up and tell me stories about how they have radically changed their mind about a situation or person because of an event we have facilitated This is using the modeling language at its best very invisible but yet serving its purpose Our modeling language and models on one hand the reality of a situation on the other hand drawing each other into a much more creating place and space gail taylor Post a Comment Share Article Monday Dec 20 2010 Siblings Monday December 20 2010 at 10 11AM Just imagine the joy of getting up everyday to just imagine cary On December 14th my younger brother Cary passed away This is a tiny slice of his story and what I learned from Cary his wife Glenda daughter Kristin my brother Bill and his wife Emmy and the wonderful community that surrounded him as he left us The quote above is from Cary s website He was a designer and architect He is one major reason why downtown Kansas City has come back from oblivion He fought for years to have the community re envision the downtown as a vibrant community full of life and vitality not only during the day but at night as well He has a number of signature buildings in the city that helped to turn his dream into reality During our Remembering Cary ceremony I learned just how much he had contributed to his dream Click to read more gail taylor Post a Comment Share Article Monday Nov 15 2010 Wayfinding Monday November 15 2010 at 01 09PM Over the past several months we Gail and Todd mother and son partners in business have been developing a long essay on what we call wayfinding We have been working together as collaborative process designers and facilitators for nearly twenty years In this time we have jointly designed and facilitated more conferences workshops sessions happenings and other forms of convening than we can count While we have coauthored numerous essays white papers and letters this may be our most substantive written collaboration to date As we continue to iterate refine illustrate and hone our writing into a form that can be independently published we have decided to post the paper as a series of journals welcoming your thoughts and comments to help us move and shape our ideas going forward On to Wayfinding Todd Johnston 1 Comment Share Article Sunday Jul 18 2010 Rise WITH the Occasion Sunday July 18 2010 at 06 52AM Everyday our children spread their dreams beneath our feet paraphrased from Sir Ken Robinson s TedTalk referring to a poem by William Yeats A three year old is not half a six year old Both of these comments are from Sir Ken Robinson s 1010 Ted Talk Eighteen minutes and he can say so much This is definitely a talk worth watching I claim that we most of us understand what Sir Ken is saying People from all economic sectors races cultures understand

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Expanding Time to Compress Time
    thinking was not a new discovery That Chabon s article came to me in the immediate wake of Cilliers paper made it stand out Another hit for search image Slow By this time I was getting a few email responses from the folks to whom I d sent the Cilliers paper A colleague who works at IBM told me I often find myself aging e mail even when I could answer it immediately to take some time to reflect This interesting paper comes at a moment when I m writing with a colleague in India Our time zone difference just about exactly half a day makes us really conscious of time The slowness with which we have approached our subject is achieving a better result than if we had hurriedly put something together to meet the publication deadline A short while later in what appearances would say was an unconnected event I read in an In Praise of Slow article that a senior manager at IBM now appends this rallying cry to every email he sends Read your mail just twice each day Recapture your life s time and relearn to dream Join the slow email movement This senior manager was not the same person as I d emailed the article to On to another run in with slowness I am an avid sports fan Such a fan am I that I m one of the few Americans without a close or immediate family tie to another country who has been following the World Cup It is not quite March Madness but it is a fantastic tournament Anyway the point is that earlier today watching the Brazil Ghana match after a series of spectacular ball dribbling manoeuvres by a Brazilian player the commentator noted that he seems to slow time down enabling him to see and do things that don t seem possible to those of us watching I was struck by an important analogy that this notion of manufactured time or time expansion as I like to call it has to designing collaborative design processes How and where does the quality of slowness fit into events and experiences typically constrained in time and beholden to enormous expectations of outcome In other words what is the role of slow in an event designed specifically to compress weeks months or even years worth of design and decision making into a few days I believe it is in opening a significant space for imagination conjecture play modeling and iterative design This quality is an vital ingredient in successfully covering much ground over a short period Time constitutes not only the medium of thought and feeling in general but also to a significant extent their very substance To put it differently our total ability to think and feel is directly proportional to the volume of thought or feeling we can hold in our minds within a given moment Robert Grudin Time and the Art of Living 1982 Robust processes can over the course

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