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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Wayfinding our way into the future
    Thomas Kuhn in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions 1962 argues that scientific advancement is not evolutionary but rather is a series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions and in those revolutions one conceptual world view is replaced by another One important aspect of Kuhn s paradigms is that the paradigms are incommensurable which means that two paradigms cannot be reconciled with each other because they cannot be subjected to the same measure or common standard of comparison So then as we leave one paradigm behind the one we have lived all of our lives how do we come to recognize a new one and take part in helping to shape it How do we come to understand the clues and signage for the new paradigm Where do we find the leaders Who do we follow and who follows us What is our combined ability to shape and create a paradigm based on world wide equity New paradigms don t form in a linear way where one ends before a new one begins The new emerges from within the old Some people will latch onto or create new patterns long before they are seen by the masses Over time new patterns begin to replicate and iterate new behaviours and memes throughout the world The signage becomes clearer O ut beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field I ll meet you there Rumi How can a new paradigm form that leaves behind the hierarchical paradigm and matures a healthy panarchial one We have a chance now to reach out with visions well beyond what seems possible today I believe that those who stand firmly within this vision this emerging new paradigm will be able to sense the paths and signage appropriate to explore The future

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    what makes sense it cares about what works Tom Ray Out of Control by Kevin Kelly page 340 Historically wayfinding refers to the techniques used by travelers over land and sea to find relatively unmarked and often mislabeled routes Since we are traveling into an unknown future a good wayfinding process can help us decide when how and where to go It can help us find unmarked and often mislabeled routes deep into future opportunities perhaps helping us avoid treacherous paths and dangerous assumptions Wayfinders help mark the way for others to follow Click to read more Tomorrow Makers Post a Comment Share Article tagged paradigm shift resilience wayfinding in Escapes design Thursday Apr 09 2009 Following the Paradigm Shift Thursday April 9 2009 at 09 39AM A Paradigm Shift is when a significant change happens usually from one fundamental view to a different view In most cases some type of major discontinuity occurs as well Thomas Kuhn wrote about Paradigm Shift during the early 1960s and explained how series of peaceful interludes punctuated by intellectually violent revolutions caused one conceptual world view to be replaced by another view In laymen terms Paradigm Shift is a popular or perhaps not so popular shift or transformation of the way we Humans perceive events people environment and life altogether It can be a national or international shift and could have dramatic effects whether positive or negative on the way we live our lives today and in the future Compiled by Carol Ann Bailey Lloyd All of the MG Taylor models are recursive and fractal in nature The models can be applied at many different levels While the model of the creative process is most often used at an individual or enterprise level it equally applies to a global paradigm shift In 1979

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/paradigm-shift (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 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 resilience 1 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 Evolution doesn t care about what makes sense it cares about what works Tom Ray Out of Control by Kevin Kelly page 340 Historically wayfinding refers to the techniques used by travelers over land and sea to find relatively unmarked and often mislabeled routes Since we are traveling into an unknown future a good wayfinding process can help us decide when how

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2012/8/4/scan-and-play.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Books, Books, Books
    to me means that they delight my senses and excite my knowingness They ring true in my heart and soul and make me happy that I am part of the human race The five books I highlight here are well researched and each gives direction to a new paradigm in formation They help me understand the nuances of the old industrial paradigm while providing exciting and tested new ideas that exemplify an exciting new world I try to read much as Sir Francis Bacon advises in the opening quote I don t read to find absolute facts nor do I think there is such a thing as totally unbiased research Over the last few years my usual optimism has faded and infact I have ocassionally dropped into a real funk about the state of the world The ideas of the authors along with an increasing number of articles and papers lead me to weighing and considering hope and possibility again I am thinking the tide is turning and that the human search for meaning is maturing full of hope and actionable ideas I am sure we have rough times ahead but for me it is great to have these guiding lights ahead The authors and writers of these books are all practical and visionary They lay down exciting trips of possibilitiy That s my kind of book I have only finished reading Reality is Broken I have just perused the others digesting the table of contents poking through some of the chapters Each is perturbing especially as I read them syntopically In many ways the content is not new to me and may not be new to you But I am refreshed and find myself remembering what I think is the real natural human consciousness rather than the one we

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2011/9/1/books-books-books.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - When is an Expert Dangerous?
    or at least true for a while longer but using an expert to attract does not infer that the expert speaks first and shares what he or she knows up front In many ways this does disservice to the expert because there is little new learning required by this person They miss out on the chance to learn new ways to think about their subject to grow the knowledge base around their expertise and to have personal insights gained from wider vantage points In developing the ideas around the MG Taylor DesignShop Matt and I refused to let experts present their findings up front And yes we had many battles around this way of looking at reality In one case a corporation had just spent a million dollars for an expert report on the weaknesses of their organization and how to improve training and assess employees They insisted that the expert who did the report give his report up front We said no Finally the organization relented and we designed a process where the findings of this report could be presented on Day 3 of a three day event after a group of 100 employees ranging from CEO through at the counter employees worked on how to strengthen their organization on all levels Starting with a broad scan and visioning participants worked their way through a focus of the vision and how to insure it in the shortest possible time frame By the time we had the million dollar report reported it was clear that the employees knew how to go way beyond the report in what mattered to them Each wanted to make a bigger difference to play a more integrated role to work with others to have good feedback systems in place to build integrity and onenness into the learning doing processes of the organization The report expert was blown away and had only to praise the participants and point out a few links that could be strengthened This report played a valid role but not as it was intended In deed it helped validate the organizational mind and provided transparent boundaries for systematic change The employees had ownership something impossible to gain from the findings and sharings of a report or any expertise More and more research is revealing that too much agreement up front prevents participants from finding and sharing new thought provoking ideas The wisdom of crowds reveals brilliant answers only when there is lots of diversity and little agreement at the beginning With a few simple rules crowds can quickly share and learn from the bottom up resulting in fresh insights and more novel ways of solving a sticky problem When We re Cowed by the Crowd Everytime we have won the battle to give the expert a different role than up front this is how you think about this issue the results have been rich and in most cases the experts are more pleased with the difference they have been able to play

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