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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 attraction 1 Saturday Mar 28 2009 This Moment in Time Saturday March 28 2009 at 08 44AM In the market language grew Became bolder more sophisticated Leaped and sparked from mind to mind Incited by curiosity and rapt attention it took astounding risks that none had ever dared to contemplate built whole civilizations from the ground up The Cluetrain Manifesto 2000 Matt and I created MG Taylor inc in 1979 for the purpose creating a new way of working that would facilitate individuals and enterprises escaping from the existing paradigm to another Generally new paradigms are escapes from a system no longer functioning to a higher order We were hopeful optimistic and naive as to how long and hard the old paradigm could hold on and constrain new organizing patterns With our mission in hand we went forth as a for profit business wondering if we could put our ideas and ethics into the market place and be profitable Over the years

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    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 new market place 1 Saturday Mar 28 2009 This Moment in Time Saturday March 28 2009 at 08 44AM In the market language grew Became bolder more sophisticated Leaped and sparked from mind to mind Incited by curiosity and rapt attention it took astounding risks that none had ever dared to contemplate built whole civilizations from the ground up The Cluetrain Manifesto 2000 Matt and I created MG Taylor inc in 1979 for the purpose creating a new way of working that would facilitate individuals and enterprises escaping from the existing paradigm to another Generally new paradigms are escapes from a system no longer functioning to a higher order We were hopeful optimistic and naive as to how long and hard the old paradigm could hold on and constrain new organizing patterns With our mission in hand we went forth as a for profit business wondering if we could put our ideas and ethics into the market place and be profitable Over the

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/new-market-place (2016-04-24)
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    in the heads of my students or my own head for that matter I had no words or explanation for what I had just witnessed what had turned the room electric but I had a deep knowing that something remarkable had happened A few years later I came across the notebooks of Lawrence Halprin and saw the words Group genius written in a margin That s it This is what was happening in my class room I did not know the science behind the concept of group genius Words like emergence self organizing systems complexity were not used in lay terms in the 60 s But here was Halprin talking about project based learning with the community People were learning through doing That s what I was doing as teacher and facilitator This is when I noted that when people of all ages designed together produced something of value together group genius was a likely outcome I set my mind on discovering what I could about group genius Why does it happen What are the forces that cause a working group to go into a higher order Both The Learning Exchange and MG Taylor were partially formed to create a laboratory a method and a practice where Group Genius was likely to happen not just with kids but all ages and cultures I went deeper into complexity science self organizng systems and project based learning I discovered Kevin Kelly s brilliant book Out of Control and read the chapter on Assembling Complexity over and over I came to a deeper understanding of complexity emergence and simple rules for creating healthy self organizing systems through the writings of Steven Johnson Fritjof Capra Stewart Kauffman and Meg Wheatley Neuroscience has been one of my more focused studies My classroom experience was nearly

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    highly liberating Worthy design is immensely challenging Rarely are boundaries or solutions clear or easy to come by This is a great time to be a designer as I believe we are living in a time when a fundamentally new paradigm or way of understanding and interacting with the world is being formed and coming into being What better reward could a designer ask for than to help give shape to this Hwang You talk about how the knowledge economy has transitioned into the creative economy What does that mean Johnston Let me first say what I m not saying I am not saying that the knowledge economy is going away or that knowledge is becoming a less relevant source of what shapes our collective worldview Over the last quarter century there have been a number of overlapping descriptors of the social economic and technological paradigms in which we live It is largely accepted that what was known as the industrial economy is no longer dominant and has been replaced by the knowledge economy and network economy as more accurate descriptors of what shapes the marketplace Part of what is driving this transition is that knowledge is becoming easier and less expensive to store share transfer and replicate Hwang What is the result of that transition Johnston The ability to creatively combine and apply various bodies of knowledge in new and more powerful ways is becoming of great and greater significance In other words it is not just about knowledge but what you do with it Steve Denning who has been writing about the creative economy for several years characterizes it as an economy in which the driving force is innovation in which organizations are nimble and agile and continually offering new value to customers and delivering it sooner Building on this I d argue that networks are in many instances replacing organizations as the primary mechanisms for combining disparate bodies of knowledge in innovative ways and are typically more likely to be nimble and agile Thus the creative economy is the name I give to what is emerging from the combination of the knowledge economy in the networked age Hwang How do you describe the philosophy behind your work Johnston From a practical point of view the power really comes from its recognition that design creativity collaboration modeling meaning making problem solving all of these things are inherently part of who we are as human beings There is a quote attributed to Bucky Fuller that goes something like All children are born geniuses 9 999 out of every 10 000 are swiftly inadvertently de geniusized by grownups Genius at work Well maybe one way of looking at the MG Taylor philosophy in which I was trained is the process of re geniusizing people to their fully human selves How By doing By bringing people into the hands on experience as a community designing their future together From the get go the Taylors recognized the value of any concept theory

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    opportunities he took and used to further not only his options but widened the options of behavior and philosophy for all humans It seems to me that Mandela had a small number of non negotiable values which he held true to during his entire life They were about fairness and opportunity for all By holding true to these values he seemed to have had an innate knowledge of when and how to take his next step in his long journey He walked the fine edge between chaos and death and peace and justice as a way of life He knew which doors to crack open and when He invited others into these adjacent possible spaces and together they opened more possibles Over the years he widened his opportunities for freedom as he did for all of humanity Today even with his passing his beliefs and how he lived his beliefs will continue to open new doors to discover new adjacent possibilities to all of us who pay attention to his words and actions Mandela seemed never to take the simple way of compromise but always to find the practical way to inch freedom forward In his actions he realized what

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    new way of working We thought that terms like anticipatory collaborate design paradigm shift requisite variety and group genius were self explanatory and would be welcomed into work places of all kinds We assumed our modeling language would find its way into the culture and new words and models would be added to create a way of thinking and doing Today in hindsight we are coming to knowing the complex systems in which new ideas new paradigms are forged and become reality The methods and processes we developed so long ago have traveled a winding curious course of evolution There have been a number of emergent phenomenon providing new ways of seeing and understanding what we set out to do so many years ago We are no longer alone in our desires to create healthy new ways of working Now the field of consultants academy course offerings and corporate experiments are employing terms like anticipatory design paradigm shift requisite variety and group genius in a ubiquitous manner Complexity theory and all the concepts embedded within it are coming full cycle I think a tipping point has been reached not in five years as we thought but in thirty years of phase transitions of two kinds One in the slow decay of the existing paradigm where each year we lose more and more faith in our existing organizations and institutions until there is little faith that there is anything worth holding onto The other is the creative aspect of renewal and better ways of working and creating support structures especially designed for the 21st century and all of its potential for a better world Our work has been at the core of this I can see it emanating from so many newly forming ways of working I feel that all of

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    within a flash a hole opens up and provides a new or different way of seeing and sensing a coming to knowing differently Suddenly there it is in plain sight A new and interesting way forward In March with Matt and a great KreW we co designed and facilitated the launching of what I consider to be a worthy problem How do we cure brain cancer within ten years Currently the thinking is it will take 50 years and 50 billion dollars However Cure For Life Foundation of Australia rejected that assumption and began pulling together resources to drastically cut the time and cost The CFL Foundation realized that the goal could only be reached by group sourcing gathering brilliant minds together from many fields and ways of thinking The DesignShop process was determined to be the best way forward and the project was given the name Global Brain Exchange DesignShop 1 in Sydney brought together 40 participants for two days The challenge Create the path forward enabling brilliant minds from five continents to uncover the processes technologies and paradigm shifts that would make the goal accessible and acceptable One of the outcomes was to inform future work and influence the future direction of The Global Brain Exchange In deed together we got that outcome and found the next step forward We learned enough pulled and tugged at ideas followed threads of possibility and in the end have next steps forward By the end of the two days participants had ceased speaking of worthy problems and started identifying worthy solutions As participants and facilitators we moved through the ups and downs the knowns and unknowns the breaking of our own assumptions about an idea or or way of thinking There is no better high for me than taking part in

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    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

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