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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Mission Impossible Becomes Possible Through Play
    doing things whereas game is a defined activity with rules and a playing field and participants I find joy whenever I read Nachmanovitch s words His words emulate his thesis of free play My mind does its own dancing and hopping connecting and enjoying new spaces new possibilities Play has played a vital part in all of my work which began with seven and eight year olds in public education It wasn t what I learned from adults that set me on my search for meaning but what these young minds offered When given the opportunity their play was incredible and wonderful They learned very serious things from play in their own time with their own rules and with each other More than anything else play is about relationships that provide pure pleasure and meaning through interactions that surprise and delight and deepen understanding of our humanness as opposed to the rules that constrict and close us down Through the unfolding of The Learning Exchange MG Taylor Corporation and Tomorrow Makers I have learned how easy it is for adults to engage together in collaborative play Simulations Inventions Design of the Impossible are modules that are built into this work and people find themselves shedding inhibitions assumptions and engaging in new and remarkable ways The art of creating together and collaborating in ways long forgotten resurface Change happens So I was delighted to see Jane McGonigal s Ted Talk on how games can make a better world I have now finished reading her book Reality is Broken and am convinced that Jane is on to something important Nachmanovitch invites us to play with him on every page of his book McGonigal provides research and a deeper understanding of why games could help reconceive and rebuild our world Jane researches and

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Oh No! Not Another Election!
    to breed fear and loathing about the other candidates our culture our weaknesses our future and on and on By the time the election is finally decided all we know is that someone won And for sure it is not the American people But could it be Could we have a different kind of election President Obama says he will spend a billion dollars on his campaign to win a second term And much of it will be raised by grass root efforts So what if we changed the game What if we could talk one candidate to not squander his or her money on stupid TV adds but rather to give it back into the community to improve the health and wellbeing of the American people and all that goes with them Here are just a few of the ideas that need help and renewal Our environment our health systems education infrastructure etc Sure dumping dollars into the ongoingness of these systems is pretty useless but what if we could use the money to transform our way of thinking and allocating resources to one of these pressing problems What if campaign dollars could change the game and set a new pattern for engaging citizens in creating a more fit 21st Century mission This seems like a natural of Obama but then he seems to be owned by other forces Is he strong enough if he had the help of the Second Super Power grass roots vision and know how to turn this squandered resource into a healthy asset Is there a real way to work together I know he wants us to work with him but it is to raise money for ads and other stuff a real tragic waste of our souls and talents Media companies thrive during

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Pipe cleaners, tin foil and new possibilities
    what I m telling them and their gaze moves back and forth between me and the box I ve just deposited to the middle of their table You want us to do what You re kidding Eyebrows raise heads shake A few in each group don a little smile and I can see their minds leaping into the complexity I ve introduced to their challenge Often groups go right back to what they were talking about pushing aside both their new set of instructions and the box of materials Within a few minutes though one two or in some cases the entire group has dumped the box over and they are sorting through the inventory Soon everyone has engaged with the materials Structures begin to form intertwine and establish a presence in the middle of the tables All the while the intellectual and conceptual conversation continues photo by Chrisopher Bradford Now though it is not purely their minds that are doing the thinking but also their hands It is not just concepts that are getting shaped and manipulated but physical objects The energy of the room rises significantly one of the reasons we like to do this in the afternoon when energy typically wanes and outbursts of laughter and triumphant shouting bounce off the walls Ah ha moments abound Leap ahead to the closing plenary the following afternoon Roughly 150 participants are seated around tables most of which have in the middle the finished products of the modeling exercise from the second roundtable When asked what moment or moments of the summit stand out a participant responds There was a moment yesterday when I was watching people with a tremendous amount of power and influence collaborate on how best to hold up popsickle sticks with plasticine and I thought Huh I realized we were really thinking in different ways truly collaboratively She continued I contrasted this with a meeting I was at earlier this week between two groups who have a great deal of responsibility towards each other and who have some problems to work out We came to the meeting looking for common ground We sat in a traditional U shape and we made some progress but it was a very traditional business meeting each side protecting turf watching what we were saying Last night I wondered if we had brought pipe cleaners and tin foil to the meeting on Monday whether we may have had a different outcome in terms of breaking down the traditionally held views and opinions One thing about the pipe cleaner exercise is that people put away their positions they were so entrenched in holding on to I was really encouraged by this While I don t know how much further ahead I am with answers to problems I do now know that I want to be looking at those problems from a creative and collaborative process This is exactly the point of the modeling exercise we put the Transmission participants through and why

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    CoB as an organization and from this design an engagement content and process to attract funding from specific mutually selected investors What could the time with such an audience look sound and feel like What does it produce in its audience How far up the development path could we take this in 36 hours Click to read more Todd Johnston Post a Comment Share Article Saturday Apr 03 2010 Cycles of Change Saturday April 3 2010 at 10 40AM Each of us has more personal power than any man known to history who lived prior to this century Each of us has before us on a daily basis more alternatives than any man who lived prior to 1950 Most of us will see more change by the year 2000 than has occurred since the middle ages Our ability to predict and control future events is greater now than in the past and is increasing Click to read more gail taylor Post a Comment Share Article Sunday Feb 21 2010 Happiness Pandemic HP101 Hits Worldwide Sunday February 21 2010 at 10 58AM A Worldwide Epidemic is spreading with enormous speed The WWO World Wellness Organization foresees billions of people becoming infected within the coming decade Here are the most prominent symptoms of this wonderful enlivening disease 1 The tendency to let yourself be guided by intuition instead of acting under pressure of fear forced ideas and pre conditioned behavior 2 A total loss of interest in judging others convicting yourself and preoccupation with things that create conflict 3 A complete loss of the capacity to worry This is one of the most serious symptoms 4 A continual pleasure in appreciating humans and things the way they are which weakens one s tendency to want to change others 5 The desire to change oneself so that innate thoughts feelings emotions and bodily matters are managed in ways that facilitate only Health Creativity and Love Click to read more gail taylor Post a Comment Share Article Sunday Feb 21 2010 Come Wayfind With Us Sunday February 21 2010 at 09 04AM The average working week was now twenty hours but those twenty hours were no sinecure There was little work left of a routine mechanical nature Men s minds were too valuable to waste on tasks that a few thousand transistors some photoelectric cells and a cubic meter of printed circuits could perform There were factories that ran for weeks without being visited by a single human being Men were needed for trouble shooting for making decisions for planning new enterprises The robots did the rest The existence of so much leisure would have created tremendous problems a century before Education had overcome most of these for a well stocked mind is safe from boredom The general standard of culture was at a level which would have once seemed fantastic There was no evidence that the intelligence of the human race had improved but for the first time everyone was given the fullest

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 between

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Run-Walk-Run
    our first Working Big environment of at least 20 4 by6 foot panels We invited friends into the space and asked what to do with the space Draw create share ideas work together were the responses Our walls were covered with ideas and plans Because we had created a tiny part of our vision and been willing to share it others were able to engage with us In a single afternoon of working together one office supply store owner wanted to put his furniture in the space as a showcase Others had ideas for how to make the environment work better We were off and running learning as we went WALK signifies what isn t to be found and needs to be made up from scratch something that can fill in while waiting for someone to invent it An example of the WALK process was with cameras One of our first modules was Take A Panel where individual participants would create a story by doing backcasting Their story would tell how they solved problems combined ideas organized for success This was a powerful exercise Participants told us they had never been asked to think this way and that it was wonderfully liberating and useful to them We tried photographing each panel but in 1981 we just could not get clear images and the flash created a large white blob making it impossible to read the story We knew two things 1 This was documentation that meant a lot to each participant therefore we could not just say sorry 2 Each story was hand written using various colors Images were often used It did not work to keyword each panel When we handed typed stories to the participants they could not find themselves The stories were not theirs and they could not relate to them There seemed to be no memory hooks inherent in this recreated version of their story We created WALK by having KreW members redraw each panel using the same colors and when possible the same hand styles It was an extraordinary and tedious task We often had 30 to 80 participants and we needed to get all the walls redrawn each with craft and care within a 20 to 30 minute time frame Five to ten KreW members would step up to this task There were benefits though Some KreW went on to becoming graphic facilitators Walls were their practice ground And always the drawing of the stories brought insights forward things that would be missed if they had not been read word for word concept by concept This understanding strenghtened our design process Polaroid offered to help in the early 90 s but their cameras still left that ugly white spot and it was difficult to get a whole panel with one shot Software came out that helped remove the white spots and bring out the colors This proved to be our Walk for several years I am sure there are many memories of these WALKs

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