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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Niche Economies
    2016 at 08 09AM Dear dear How queer everything is to day I wonder if I ve been changed in the night Let me think Was I the same when I got up this morning I almost think I can remember feeling a little different But if I am not the same the next question is who am I Ah that s the great puzzle Sunday mornings are days for me to muse and reflect Today Ive been thinking about THE ECONOMY What is the economy I wonder In the early 80 s we talked about the emerging Global Economy which morphed into the Information Economy which after some years became the knowledge economy Now with increasing rapidity I hear the terms Experience Economy DIY Economy Entrepreneur Economy Gift Economy Network Economy Generative Economy and finally the Nourishment Economy I love the last two What would it be like to live in Generative or Nourishment Economies Or perhaps there is no more global economy or one economy from which everyone tries to find themselves Maybe we are entering the age of Niche Economies or many parallel universes happening at once When Nature regenerates it throws out thousands of seeds in order to generate a few Perhaps as we leave the dying industrial economy and are in the midst of defining the new it is natural to throw out dozens of ideas and possibilities before choosing ones most fit for our age and emerging possibilities How is it we make the healthier economies be the ones that thrive and live while the others lay dormant unrealized And what are the unintended consequences of having many simultaneous economies What is the exchange rate one for the other How many can I live in at once Tomorrow Makers Post a Comment Share Article

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2016/1/10/niche-economies.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Our 2016 Stories
    six year old Grandson war is glorious and fun Many of the best selling movies are full of heroes and anti heroes I understand Joseph Cambell s writings on the Hero s Journey and can certainly see that it is an essential part of becoming human and in that vein I can enjoy movies like The Force Awakens and the ongoing saga of good and evil However I wonder where the balance of the healthy unwaring stories are Who is writing them Who is telling the stories of the new world in the becoming There is good news popping up everywhere but I must look for it amongst the horrible news that our current media focuses on and often misrepresents or in some cases fabricates for its own uses In 2015 there were a number of turning points I call them Janus moments where the head turns from looking back and assuming more of the same to looking forward with optimism and hope The Paris talks was one such point but there were a number of them I put more than 200 articles in my Evernote data base about things occurring that have the potential to change the nature of how we work and live and play together Some will take years to unfold and cause us in mass to change our perception of what is possible but many signs are showing up everyday The adjacent possible is wiring itself around the old established fear based paternal way of thinking and behaving and finding exciting new avenues to travel Hopefully some of these ideas will begin showing up in our movies and books and dinner conversations We so desperately need the stories that can carry us forward toward a new world one born of co design collaboration and a world

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/12/29/our-2016-stories.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - The evolution of the Knowledge Worker
    of collaboration and knowledge exchange We tied in Howard Garner s work with different intelligences and our understanding and support of the knowledge worker began to unfold Very few understood what we were doing as most facilitation processes were formed by a lead expert facilitator and several supporting administrator organizers Even those on our team that we called Knowledge Workers balked Few understood Drucker s understanding of the emerging future Neither Matt nor I wanted to grow a large organization so our response was a network of knowledge workers Our dream for KWs was that they could give us about two weeks a month and for the other month they could do their writing art science school or what have you We created a pay system that would provide freedom to pursue their dreams Needless to say we were ahead of the game However in the 80 s there were massive layoffs from the large corporations They were forsaking their belief in life time employment Fast Company responded with an article call A Brand Called You and Tom Peters wrote a book called the same Companies of One were beginning to emerge The dot com bubble also forced people out on their own This was a fertile time for incubation and beginning the quickening of the knowledge worker The knowledge workers born of the MG Taylor process were several steps ahead One they were already a network and had learned the art of collaboration and design They knew how to find each other and they established a sapient leadership spirit amongst them Two and perhaps most important they had learned how to play as a core part of the work They became designers makers doers and players some of the most sought after skills today Today articles like The Dark

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/11/8/the-evolution-of-the-knowledge-worker.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - What Do You Do With An Idea?
    Ferguson The Brain Revolution 1973 My son Todd gave me a precious Mother s Day gift What Do You Do With An Idea is a book written for the child within each of us Kobi Yamada writer and Mae Besom illustrator have produced a wonderful book revealing how ideas come into your life sometimes invited sometimes not Where did it come from Why is it here What do you do with an idea It is true at least for me that my best ideas come to me They do not come from me It is true that in the beginning they seem to settle within my head as a tiny seed They demand attention I can act like it doesn t belong to me I can walk away from it But it follows me The authors unfold the story as the idea grows and demands attention and stewardship But there was something magical about my idea I had to admit I felt better and happier when it was around It wanted food It wanted to play Actually it wanted a lot of attention It grew bigger and we became friends And finally the idea gets accepted and a friendship evolves Then one daym something amazing happened My idea changed right before my eyes It spread its wings took flight and burst into the sky I don t know how to describe it but it went from being here to being everywhere It wasn t just a part of me anymore it was now part of everything And then I realized what you do with an idea you change the world A colleague and I once set out to write a book about where ideas come from We covered our white walls with potential content Our thoughts were filled with inspiration

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/5/21/what-do-you-do-with-an-idea.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - What's in a Logo?
    for what we were looking for especially since we still appreciated the work of Alicia But it seemed time to put out a new story and so Todd and I went to our colleague Alfredo Carlo Housatonic Design Network with a request to design something new for us Emails went back and forth from us to Alfredo and his teammates at Housatonic in Bologna Italy for about six months as we were in no special hurry Each iteration got us closer to what we were looking for Todd and I struggled with purpose In the beginning it was easier to tell what was not us then to know what was us With extraordinary patience Alfredo Rayane and Elena and others provided rich design images and narritives as to what they represented Because of these Todd and I came closer to knowing our own story We were able to articulate concepts that embedded natural life forms Fibonacci concepts the unfolding and enfolding of conversations each so much a part of our process They even incorporated Kevin Kelly s Nine Laws of God for how to create something out of nothing We saw each term as something embedded in everything we do A few weeks later we received this graphic from the team Click on the image to see it Here was our whole story We could hardly wait to see how they would distill this very full image into a simple logo Can you find the final design within this complex graphic Several weeks later we got a wonderful PDF back with our logo how the design unfolded within the team and a display for how the logo would play on a letterhead business cards brochures web pages and proposals I think the most important thing for us besides the image

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/3/5/whats-in-a-logo.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Libraries and Museums
    the various aspects of information services had come together to design together They were hungry to share and learn from each other They seemed to realize the importance of working together to curate the past present and future of information It was interesting to talk to the archivists of Canada and the US I had never given thought to this enormous and important work The librarians were for inclusive justice in all ways As librarians they exchanged thoughts on the changes being made in urban and rural libraries to move to more inclusive ways of serving their communities Museums are trending more toward a hands on and collaborative approaches to serving visitors Their three days together were for the purpose of crafting a vision of the future and within this frame to design curriculum for students working in information services The outcome over the course of the year was to be the development of a white paper that would put their ideas into a written form I think if I was a student today I would carefully consider a field within information services What rich opportunities were being talked about The white paper will evolve over the year Participants presented solid ideas for what they wanted the paper to include They spoke of being bold of writing something that would stand out and matter in the here and now as well as into the future They wanted their ideas for their role in civic discourse and for lifelong learning included With the changes happening so fast it was not only students needing to learn but faculty as well Technology no longer stands beside the curriculum but is embedded in every facet of learning Clearly this group was happy to be together learning from each other Although there was no expectation

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/2/17/libraries-and-museums.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - The Origin of Our Design Axioms
    we discovered that when we created an environment and a process for people to explore these ideas to create with them as opposed to debating them whole new ways of thinking began to take hold People were hungry to learn a new way they were curious they were scared they were stepping into a new world As Matt and I were driving down those 3 000 feet from Nederland to Boulder where we had our first office our axioms were born They were created as a scaffolding to help participants leave the safety of their existing mental models and begin to get hand holds on new ways of thinking and acting One by one the axioms were created over a couple of months as we watched participants move from one way of thinking to another We spoke the axioms in the car None of them were written or iterated rather they just formed as we watched people do what seemed to come naturally when they were given both the freedom and structure to think and work differently Matt and I spent time exploring the fitness of each axiom Did it seem innate to humans Was it authentic and universal Today the axioms might seem fairly obvious But the idea of everyone having part of the answer was very strange in the 80 s and most of the 90 s The thought of working together to get better answers than we could possibly do on our own was a ridiculous concept Admitting that we didn t know something was dangerous We had our job positions because we knew the answer We held our status in school because we knew or didn t know answers Once we had our set of axioms we began each session with them We didn t explain

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2014/11/20/the-origin-of-our-design-axioms.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - The Power of Backcasting
    with a classroom of 5th And 6th grade teachers he handed out as assignment that simply ask the teachers to write the rest of the story Each handout had a paragraph beginning the story For all the task was to make up a story based on this vague first paragraph Draper left the classroom and retuned about 20 minutes later Many of the teachers were just sitting having written very little Others were several pages into their story He asked them to share their experience of writing What none of them knew was that half the teacher s paragraphs were written in past tense the other half in future tense With few exceptions teachers who had past tense had fun and wrote many paragraphs making up the story as they went along But those writing future tense struggled imagining a story that was yet to take place This discovery led Draper to teach his course very differently Draper began to teach modeling to his students Most of them had no idea how to create models in their imagination or how to use models in their thinking processes To his students the future was something left to the experts to be proven right or wrong over time The future was made up of facts just like in their history books not possibilities and imagination And it gave Matt and me an important insight This is how the axiom you can t get There from Here but you can get Here from There originated When you begin to frame the future from the present all kinds of blocks show up The present is full of the here and now and of many reasons change is not possible Very little of our school life is composed for facilitating imagination and foresight It is

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2014/10/15/the-power-of-backcasting.html (2016-04-24)
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