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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    very essence of thought David Bohm Science Order and Creativity 1987 Last evening I watched a PBS special on the Power of Play and was facinated for an hour with the way animals including humans use play It was amazing to see that child like wonder is so natural to all The most striking thing was that given a choice play always occurred at the edge of chaos or in

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  • - Author Profile
    contact log in recent posts 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 Go Back Author Profile for Todd

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    the future in a meaningful way Yet it seems all too rare that we treat the collection and offering of feedback seriously let alone systemically Its important to note that feedback of some or many kinds is available to us whether or not we create intentional means of collecting it One way or another we will be innundated with feedback on our design and performance The critical issue is how do we create a framework that elicits a response that is honest communicable storable and most essentially useful to improving our design and performance over time The importance of the questions we ask and how we phrase them cannot be overestimated What is the context in which we anticipate using the information we gather Do the questions focus on usefulness and value rather than likes and dislikes What is the mixture of open ended and precise queries Does it balance templated responses with free ones In providing feedback we must keep in mind that our responses are not the end point but rather an early step in the iterative design process The value of our experience can only transcend the experience itself if we seek to share what we ve

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    and gave them the challenge to create a program that the schools would purchase Many of the ideas came from business leaders or parents They felt that something was missing in the schools One example was Economics in Action A CEO asked the Learning Exchange to create a program that would help elementary teachers teach economics As always I said Yes we will do this IF you provide your resources of time and money I want your time not a representative from your company and I want you either to fund it or help with the funding This meant commitment ownership energy Teams rarely had much in common and often did not trust each other In this particular case the inner city teachers and the business leaders had little tolerance for each other Yet through cycles and iterations of design trust was born a common language was created pride and ownership in what was being created spilled forth This team was taking an idea from conception through engineering building and using There were moments that I can still remember such as seeing the inner city teacher and business executive come to know that they both wanted the same thing and it was good Eyes met smiles broke forth they fell in love with each other Trust engagement design completion This is what made the programs so rich and wanted in the school districts Each was created from the mind and heart not by individuals but by a team of people each with their own goals and vantage points and tolerance levels A higher order was achieved There were but a few simple rules Initial investments came from within Participation was personal Every time the team met they went through an entire iteration of design and shipped product Compromise was not

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Quotes as Design Agents
    they are ideas to build on and to take as instructive commands They give added voice to my own thinking or to that of a group I can remember many of the moments where words jumped off the page and introduced themselves to me Sometimes I have been lucky enough to meet the authors and thank them for their gift Sometimes the authors have been surprised and delighted with my insights into their words I have added meaning they never considered Good exchanges between author and myself bring forth even more meaning I heard somewhere that the reason children love to have stories read to them over and over is not because they lack imagination exactly the opposite Each time the story is read children find new meaning they engage differently and become different actors within the story all the senses are explored and used Quotes are like this for me Each time I use one it is fresh and new taking on new meaning and life Todd used to manage the quote base on the MGTaylor website Each Sunday night or Monday morning he would post a new quote for the week I used these quotes as others might use Tarot or other intuitive forms for bringing focus to a point in time They instructed me as to how to consider the challenges and opportunities ahead for the week Quotes are like having a companion by my side reminding me of supporting or alternative views to an idea or question The MG Taylor system and method is based on interaction between knowledge agents Agents can be human physical or virtual It is the relationship and interaction between how these agents work together through iterations of design that creates emergence of new ideas Our system was developed to help groups

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Navigating in a Networked Economy: Value Webs Reach a Tipping Point
    time executives and organizational leaders were beginning to embrace it Today in a world more fully immersed in the flows and fluidities of the networked economy value web like structures are becoming a mainstream means of organizing and getting things done In the ongoing evolution and learning of how we organize and work together this way of working is gaining fitness fast In essence what I am suggesting here is that the idea of a value web has after multiple tries with each result feeding back into and changing the idea escaped to a higher order Whether its with the well known well chronicled Big Ideas such as Open Source P2P and Web 2 0 or any of a vast array of less publicized but equally compelling experiments value webs have moved from model to paradigm a new way of seeing reality Thinking about it in terms of Thomas Gilbert s Vantage Points the idea of a network economy and networked organization has over the past decade crept up from tactics into strategy and seeped down from academic oration into operational philosophy What we are getting now is a shift in culture and policy As it is these vantage points that dominate our day to day experience of the world I believe that this shift will produce changes more easily recognized and felt than previous shifts in the coming to knowing of a network economy A key to the success of this shift will be the ability of established and emergent organizations to embrace nurture and support the culture that wants to emerge This not an easy endeavor All too common are organizations in which policy and culture are to put it mildly adversarial The care and feeding of a value web community is different than that of both traditional command and control organizations and laissez faire loosely connected social networks How many organizations will have the radical trust required to fully realize this transition Tomorrow Makers has been working with a couple of network based organizations that over the past several months have made noteworthy strides in this regard The Value Web is a newly forming structure of long associated independent knowledge workers steeped in MG Taylor methodologies As the name implies this community is attempting to embed a value web framework as the core of its being Made up of a broad and diverse range of talent residing throughout western Europe and North America The Value Web is flocking towards legal recognition as a standards bearing benefits granting dues collecting association for the purpose of practicing a new way of working to consolidate increase promote and disseminate knowledge and intellectual property relating to transformative change based on the MG Taylor method and process A second value webbish organization that Tomorrow Makers has seen awaken this year is Dreamfish a configuration of changemakers united in their dedication to creating a more just sustainable and healthy world through their work Dreamfish is a superb illustration of the parts and the

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Multiple Trys Over Time
    us that it takes multiple trys before new ideas can create a new reality Each try however in some way changes the whole Each one pecks away at the existing structure First trys are invisible in their effect often rejected and ridiculed Process designers recognize this certainty and instead of giving up on a good idea explore over and over the best ways for it to attract others to its way of becoming reality When there are enough trys from multiple vantage points the boundaries of the existing paradigm weaken and give way to new more fit ideas and ways of seeing reality It is common today to call this giving way a tipping point Suddenly there is a new framework a new attracting structure taking form we have escaped out of our own previous successes and into a nacent newly forming way of understanding our world Few dispute the fact that our existing paradigms of war economies consumer societies competitive me or your thinking and large scale tightly controlled top down organizations are failing Most people thanks to the media and the power of those still in control focus is on this existing world Yet under the radar in every culture with all ages economic and social realities people are creating a new reality They are assembling a new complexity more fit for the times and the problems we must solve Multiple trys are happening everywhere weakening the boundaries of what we have held as the way for many years The old structure is dissolving giving way to new formations a new freshly created paradigm The old fights hard it must maintain it s authenticity and reason for being The new is fragile hopeful seed like and beautiful to behold The more we are open to these multiple trys

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2006/11/13/multiple-trys-over-time.html (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal - Group Genius
    word Hygge and compares it to Quality Without A Name Eugene provides this interpretation Hygge denotes a sense of intimacy and closeness and is often used to describe gatherings of people where you share a sense of familiarity and fun with those around you Think hug but not as wishy washy It s a sense of wholeness that comes from being around others and there s a strong association with the space that helps create this wholeness Eugene calls this high performance collaboration I call it Group Genius If you click on the term you will find a definition barely touching the essence of Group Genius When I asked people who are taking part in being group genius to define it each provides a different answer but they are all inclusive of feeling more alive having a better sense of self while loving the feeling of being in the midst of something greater than oneself being smarter than they knew they were and getting better answers to some profoundly complexing problems Waste falls away from the process and time seems to expand providing the time to consider and choose wise ways forward All say that their ideas matter and are woven into a larger framework It is freedom within boundaries Boundaries are not set by controlling people but rather by providing freedom to contribute wisely and learn in using the intelligences which are most familiar to them When we control the things that do matter environment facilitation process bodies of knowledge the tools used etc people are free to make individual contributions that add to the whole With one client I was working with years ago I sent groups of people out into the city to find places businesses malls the Zoo day care to discover where and how learning really happens What is it that turned them on made them want to learn I can tell you that the courses they designed and developed for their own employees were entirely different than they would have been without these field trips It s an interesting exercise to go into a city and look for where things are happening and to be curious about what creates the quality without a name kind of experience Matt and I lived in Washington D C for several years near the Eastern Market What a treat I never tired of watching this community in action As a neighborhood it exemplified group genius The Eastern Market is a square block building and inside are many dozens of small specialty markets some unique many competing with each other One day in the middle of the week I walked in to find that the vendors were playing ball The game was to keep the ball in the air like volley ball They had some sort of elaborate score keeping arrangement and of course the real challenge was not to let the ball land on the meats or vegetables or bottles or cheeses The ball was traveling throughout this

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