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  • - Tomorrow Makers in action - A Future By Design
    Differently Ideas build on each other Reports become an ongoing unfolding of what matters rather than a debate about the best idea New questions emerge new ways of seeing what is possible Circle Up During a typical prep day event knowledge workers the KreW walk through the design of an event several times In between these circle ups the KreW works individually and in small teams to craft specific aspects graphics writing technical systems environment knowledge base production that will create the best possible experience for participants Everything Speaks Environment matters Everything speaks Creating a space rich with imagery and information helps designers to scan beyond their existing assumptions and models of reality while creating a container that reminds them what has brought them into design together Knowledge Walls Knowledge Walls display ideas and information in a tactile way inviting interaction sparking conversations triggering new connections Creating A New Experience Everything that someone tells you is true they are reporting their experience of reality To argue with someone else s experience is a waste of time To add someone s experience to your experience to create a new experience is possibly valuable Taylor Design Axioms Knowledge Sharing Skip the participant introductions Forget the job titles Instead engage people in meaningful conversation and co design from the beginning and they will come to know each other through the sharing the stories and experiences that relate to the challenge at hand Hunting and Gathering We sent the participants out to explore content and to have conversations with each other about the ideas on the walls In informal collaborations like this they round up and each discovers an enlarged self this module creates a good opening for further more versatile creativity Inviting Engagement Note the informality of the participant Environment matters Here he

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/photo-gallery/a-future-by-design/ (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers in action - 50th Annual Meeting of the ISSS
    THERE from HERE but you can get HERE from THERE Taylor Design Axiom Here are a few photos from the backcasting exercise we designed and facilitated for the ISSS With the help of some signage and low tech special effects we took them out to 2056 and let them look back identifying the eras tipping points and heroic stories that helped enable systems sciences and systems thinking to become embedded

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/photo-gallery/50th-annual-meeting-of-the-isss/ (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2016/1/10/niche-economies.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 fit for all

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/12/29/our-2016-stories.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 Matter of Open Making

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/11/8/the-evolution-of-the-knowledge-worker.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/5/21/what-do-you-do-with-an-idea.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 was to know the

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/3/5/whats-in-a-logo.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    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 or outcome to keep this

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/2015/2/17/libraries-and-museums.html?printerFriendly=true (2016-04-24)
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