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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - 3 AM
    his believing that many of us are awake at 3 AM in the morning wondering worrying playing with ideas intuiting and creating our future At a gathering with some of my friends in Point Arena and Gualala I shared this thought and from here an idea took form Anne Kessler took the lead and has organized a really fun event On April 1 2007 we are hosting the first of what we think might be many WHAT DREAMS KEEP YOU UP AT 3 AM Do you have an idea a dream a project a vision Our dynamic community is filled with brilliant and creative people whose ideas and projects will totally amaze you Do you have a project that is community minded or a plan for a business or just a really wacky idea Could you use some help Would you like to let people know what you are thinking The idea is catching on The mayor of Point Arena calls it an Idea Party Existing businesses are joining in and creating booths to share their own future visions and plans Ideas and dreams are popping forth I plan to have a booth called You can t get there from here but you can get Here from There MGT axiom I ll encourage people to do backcasting and imagine that in 2012 they are wildly successful with their dreams and ideas and have them tell their story of how their dreams were realized Last year at the ISSS conference Tomorrow Makers did a similar exercise with about 150 participants Only we had the participants leap out 50 years It was a wonderful exercise and people still report how much hope and insight they gained from this experience If science always insists that a new order must be immediately fruitful or

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Communication
    how accurate their guess was The group guessed that out of 50 words they had at least 10 in common It turned out they had three Three common words describing love I later tried this and the word our group settled on was empowerment We had two words in common The opening passage of this journal page was written by Robert Carkoff in his book The Exemplar He asked the reader to interpret the passage Of course I like many others tried my best to recall my Latin I made assumptions Later he shared that by changing the pattern just a bit the passage read O see Willie See er go Forty buses in a row Oh no Billie they is trucks What is in em Cows and ducks Whoa I think it is about vantage points Recently a few of us spent a day learning how to communicate between tech engineers and conceptual process oriented thinkers Within a few hours we realized we have many different assumptions about why we had gathered together We had many different understandings and assumptions Getting clear on what we wanted to do was quite interesting We have a lot to learn together Over the last several years I have been trying to understand how process and technology support and amplify each other both are tools and if we use them in symbiotic relationship to each other we can change the world Of this I am convinced Eugene Kim and I have set out to explore how to do this We are wanting to engage different tribes with different languages to learn to do this We have a long way to go Communication and collaboration between very different learning and thinking styles is not easy It will take work and many of us thinking

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2007/2/28/communication.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    who are easily impressed or are prone to take action without careful consideration Given their positions in the world their actions are widely scrutinized often imitated and always influential I believe what this shows is a hunger for real relevant and meaningful collaboration and co design with their peers And to do it in a neutral forum like that offered by the WorkSpace a setting where they can explore edges of possibility honestly vigorously and playfully As cool as it is to get this kind of feedback on the participant experience the real reward has been the experience of working with an incredible collection of people designers knowledge workers artists facilitators teachers Matt and Gail of course but so many other practitioners of their Group Genius process as well There is nothing more difficult to take in hand more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince 1532 Though the Forum is now primed with a capability to take on many of the WorkSpace roles it has been a long hard road to here Afterall the Forum has been putting on a show in Davos for over thirty years and deserves its reputation as the crème de la crème gathering of the global business and economic communities It is the most immense effort of logistical and technical coordination I have ever experienced and demands incredibly high performance by a behind the scenes cast of hundreds if not thousands of people True the Forum approached MG Taylor and Tomorrow Makers because it heard the cries of members for less sit n get more collaboration more inter action more design thinking But when a flock of knowledge workers from half a dozen organizations

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2007/3/1/creating-a-cultural-shift.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - The Starfish and The Spider
    The Second Self Computers and the Human Spirit One of the MG Taylor axioms The future is rational on in hindsight comes to mind Now 22 years after reading Turkel s book I can clearly see one of the early influences of the Open Source wikipedia and P2P phenomena There are many important insights to be gained from reading her book but I found myself totally captured by her chapter on child programmers It has been a number of years since I read the book so I am reporting my memory A fourth grade classroom was filled with computers and left for the children to explore on their own In other words these were not a part of the regular curriculum As the children engaged and became familiar with the programming they began to invent to ask What can I do with this What is possible Soon graphics began to flutter across the screen One student had figured out an algorithm and by the next day one of the students took the work further by adding an element Soon almost all the students were playing learning sharing comfortable and excited by the emergent screen happenings Where one student s imagination left off another one saw more and acted on what s he envisioned In hindsight when I began to hear about Open Source and wikipedia I thought of course This is what kids do naturally They tinker and play ideas into reality Once computers entered the classroom Pandora s box was opened They served to create a wedge between top down sit and get learning and the more natural way of learning by exploration experimenting and doing Students began to understand learning Real learning In those early years with computers the teachers did not know how to use them or what they were good for or whether they would ruin education etc etc The good news is that when left alone and some teachers knew how to get out of the way magic things began to happen A new understanding of learning and teaching was forming Today corporations are in a tight spot They have learned very bad habits by assuming that people are not creative or cooperative They attempt to drive innovation from an industrial management paradigm Most collaborative processes are fake because they come from closed systems rather than open ones Adults live in a culture of either or and they seem to believe that more and more top down control is needed to keep things in order Just try harder seems to be the culture When leadership thinks it must stay at the top and control all those below it surely will lose out Nature knows that ecosystems are interlinking sets of optimizing forces Sub optimization is a losing game The Starfish organization is about optimizing and balancing the relationships This is also how a Value Web organizes It will not be easy for today s institutions government business NGO organizations to find their way to becoming

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2006/10/12/the-starfish-and-the-spider.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Emerging Attractors for Escaping Communities
    dissipate with more fluidity As an aside It is interesting to think of structural coupling processes relating to major employers within a community over time Cathedral builders and car makers come to mind for example At times a new coupling agent or a new relationship among agents emerges and the social structure of the community undergoes a phase change a perturbation in which a new relatively stable state is achieved Watershed moments are those moments not only during but perhaps more importantly just after dramatic massive and highly impactful perturbations The moment encompasses not just the small step for man but the giant leap for mankind That leap is made through a window of opportunity that opens just after the event and through which we collectively may shift our understanding of and relationship to our world in fundamental way Watershed moments are a period ripe for phase transition These opportunities are however often quite temporary even momentary Very quickly the community may fall back for better or worse without making any fundamental change Aside from watershed moments there are of course more than a countable number of low magnitude high frequency events and interactions that influence the structural coupling behaviors of and within a community The coupling that goes on through this type of interaction is far less dramatic and intense than watershed moments but can lead to much healthier and wonderful phase transitions There are signs that some structural coupling behaviors having subtly grown in strength over the past 25 years are coming together and may lead to just such phase transitions Systems thinking living local living slow organic agriculture permaculture green architecture complimentary currencies collaborative design evolutionary leadership are just a few behaviors that are showing signs of becoming strong community coupling agents I am cheered by these

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2006/9/13/emerging-attractors-for-escaping-communities.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    it becomes much more useful as a living document with which to engage our collective thinking This shift paper is written not as a wrong way right way to think about and do business but rather as a way to have a dialog about our assumptions and ways of working in order to increase our fitness for the kinds of situations decisions and responsibilities that a Creative Economy imposes on us In this spirit we thought it would be fun to list the emerging patterns of organization we identified in the shift paper using them as a source from which to link to ideas conversations illustrations and other examples of these patterns in the world around us We ll continue to add edit and annotate after our initial post and would love to get your input Some of these may be familar to you but hopefully we ve uncovered a few new discoveries as well Patterns principles and relationships create standards that evolve and shift with new context Building Living Neighborhoods Ideas grow from bottom up and are designed with inclusivity of all involved in their development and use Gaviotas Columbia The Evolution of the Web Disruptive value derived from the differences of perspective experience intelligence Mashups Experts in collaboration with others from many vantage points Group Genius Weekend Parts reusable re create and re combinable to create entirely new products and services Answers emerge from within context and collaborative engagement DesignShops Creates and grows communities and webs of relationships The Well ValueWebs Network Weaving Creative Clusters Open systems The Burn Station Folksonomy Rational emotional intuitive engages cognitive diversity and multiple intelligences The Co Intelligence Institute Organic biomimicry Organic software and biomimetic architecture and comic books Center for Biologically Inspired Design Iterative and multi layered Strategic Modeling Language Multi solution

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2006/9/16/shifting-to-a-creative-economy.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - The WorkSpace
    Niche Economies Our 2016 Stories The evolution of the Knowledge Worker What Do You Do With An Idea What s in a Logo Libraries and Museums The Origin of Our Design Axioms The Power of Backcasting A timeline of the use and spread of the term Group Genius TEDx Livermore Uncorking Creativity with Group Genius follow us on Twitter Below is a 7 minute video produced by the World Economic

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/the-workspace/ (2016-04-24)
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  • - What we do
    Group Genius follow us on Twitter What we do Our Purpose Tomorrow Makers is a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation assisting groups with processes and tools for thinking working and bringing common goals to life in ways that elicit and enact the imagination and creative abilities of the community and its members Our work is to bring people together through design in order to reveal draw forth and connect the

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