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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    Creativity with Group Genius Monday September 22 2014 at 09 39PM Screenshot from Todd s TEDx Livermore Talk via Livestream Note The following is the written version of my talk at TEDxLivermore Uncorking Creativity on September 20 2014 When the talk is available online a link will be posted here Good morning I want to begin with a simple assertion To be human is to be creative It is in our nature Unlike batteries creativity is included in the package Now we may each have our own means of expressing this creativity and our own perception of our creativity relative to other people may vary And certainly good arguments have been made that as we grow up and are socialized into the world our abilities to tap into and express our creativity may diminish if they are not developed and practiced But at a fundamental level whether it is expressed by baking cakes or writing code painting portraits or snapping selfies architecting buildings or building businesses we are all innately and unavoidably creative And it is this creativity which lies within each of us that has largely brought about and enabled the world we live in with all of it

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    our nature Unlike batteries creativity is included in the package Now we may each have our own means of expressing this creativity and our own perception of our creativity relative to other people may vary And certainly good arguments have been made that as we grow up and are socialized into the world our abilities to tap into and express our creativity may diminish if they are not developed and practiced But at a fundamental level whether it is expressed by baking cakes or writing code painting portraits or snapping selfies architecting buildings or building businesses we are all innately and unavoidably creative And it is this creativity which lies within each of us that has largely brought about and enabled the world we live in with all of it s incredible in its beauty sophistication and capability And we have no reason not to think that immeasurable good things will continue to be brought into the world with this creative force And yet The sum of our creativity is not enough It is not enough to solve for the kind of complex problems that we as a species have and will continue to create as a natural course of our lives It is not going to be enough to solve the challenges that matter most in our organizations institutions communities ecosystems and so forth Click to read more Todd Johnston Post a Comment Share Article tagged Einstein Group Genius MG Taylor Requisite Variety Ross Ashby TEDx The Value Web Todd Johnston play in Creativity Escapes Systems Transfer design 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

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/journal/tag/the-value-web (2016-04-24)
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    Uncorking Creativity with Group Genius Monday September 22 2014 at 09 39PM Screenshot from Todd s TEDx Livermore Talk via Livestream Note The following is the written version of my talk at TEDxLivermore Uncorking Creativity on September 20 2014 When the talk is available online a link will be posted here Good morning I want to begin with a simple assertion To be human is to be creative It is in our nature Unlike batteries creativity is included in the package Now we may each have our own means of expressing this creativity and our own perception of our creativity relative to other people may vary And certainly good arguments have been made that as we grow up and are socialized into the world our abilities to tap into and express our creativity may diminish if they are not developed and practiced But at a fundamental level whether it is expressed by baking cakes or writing code painting portraits or snapping selfies architecting buildings or building businesses we are all innately and unavoidably creative And it is this creativity which lies within each of us that has largely brought about and enabled the world we live in with all of

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    Post a Comment Share Article tagged Einstein Group Genius MG Taylor Requisite Variety Ross Ashby TEDx The Value Web Todd Johnston play in Creativity Escapes Systems Transfer design Saturday Aug 04 2012 Scan and Play Saturday August 4 2012 at 07 48PM If science always insists that a new order must be immediately fruitful or that it has some new predictive power then creativity will be blocked New thoughts generally arise with a play of the mind and the failure to appreciate this is actually one of the major blocks to creativity Thought is generally considered to be a sober and weighty business But here it is being suggested that creative play is an essential element in forming new hypotheses and ideas Indeed thought which tries to avoid play is in fact playing false with itself Play it appears is the very essence of thought David Bohm with David F Peat in their book Science Order and Creativity 1976 One of my author mentors Draper Kaufman in his book Teaching The Future 1976 writes about how teachers administrators and parents had no idea how to think about the future yet here they were training young people to live in the future When asked many assured Kaufman that the future would be just the same just more so Matt and I met Kauffman when I invited him to The Learning Exchange to talk with teachers about how to think about the future Later at dinner he told the story of one of his classes for high school teachers where he gave each teacher the assignment of completing a story Each was given the first paragraph and asked to write out the rest of the story After the teachers turned in their stories he told them that half of them had the first paragraph as past tense and the other half in future tense Those that had the past tense assignment wrote far more than those with future tense When asked why 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

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  • - Tomorrow Makers' Journal
    done Think of the control system as the collective knowledge experience intelligences vantage points and resources available to participants Consider then how to maximize the variety of possible actions available to the group when dealing with all the complexities of the issues you are tackling Requisite Participation First consider the makeup of the participant group itself Is there requisite diversity and depth of knowledge and experience in participants to compensate for the complexity of the issues you are addressing Is the entire Value Web of stakeholders present or represented in some fashion Have you included any Wild Cards outside thinkers who through both their knowledge and their niaevity bring a kind of thinking that can distrupt perturb compliment and challenge the thinking and assumptions often hidden that come from inside the organization community or network A simple formula to remember the 7 solution Your participant body should include at least that many wild cards Requisite Perspective What kinds of activities and interactions can you instigate that will get participants untethered from their current grasp on reality How are you going to get them outside of their own perspective to where they can perceive think and design from a larger systems perspective This need not be an abstract academic experience in just 30 minutes to an hour it is possible to instill an appreciation and understanding of the principles and dynamics at play in complex adaptive systems Whether it be through an exploration of the human body or brain biomes such as rainforests or coral reefs or fractals and other patterns found in nature all of these provide an entertaining and accessible gateway into systems thinking Today with all the Internet provides for not the least 1500 TEDTalks I suggest it is not hard to find mind blowing content contextualized to be profoundly relevant to the work you are doing Requisite Environment Consider the environment in which you are asking people to design and create Does it allow for participants to Work Big Surround Yourself In Your Ideas The environment should be flexible with moment to moment ability to configure to the task at hand Brainstorming synthesizing engineering solutions each demand different environments Working individually in small groups and large groups have different dynamics and should be treated differently Static environments lead to static dialogue One of the best shortest descriptions I ve heard of measuring for a Montessori for adults Embrace play Seriously If no ha ha then you re likely to have no ah ha Play is a modality of learning of discovery It is hands on active It combines intellect emotion and physical acumen To be clear play is not something you do aside from the hard work of designing change it is an important modality in which you engage in the work of designing change There are many ways in which you can use play constructively in a collaborative design setting Gamification and simulation are great tools for exploring social economic and organizational alternatives and scenarios Creating

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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 Tomorrow

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  • - FAQ - Talk about Tipping Points
    FAQ Talk about Tipping Points We see a world or more precisely many worlds that are on the verge of reaching a tipping point In the moments just prior to the tipping point we believe there is a rare opportunity for communities organizations and individuals to anticipate design choose and act upon the future they wish to see in their world The heart of Tomorrow Makers mission is to bring our unique ability to release the Group Genius of these organizations and communities in a way that interconnects aligns and assists groups in drawing forth the resources talents and skills that will help them use tipping points to realize their vision The term tipping point comes from the world of epidemiology It s the name given to that moment in an epidemic when a virus reaches critical mass It s the boiling point It s the moment on the graph when the line starts to shoot straight upwards The term has been popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference in which he examined and expounded upon tipping points in business social policy advertising and a variety of other nonmedical

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/frequent-conversations/post/145058 (2016-04-24)
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  • - FAQ - Tomorrow Makers in the Media
    Genius TEDx Livermore Uncorking Creativity with Group Genius follow us on Twitter FAQ Tomorrow Makers in the Media http images businessweek com ss 06 06 in short source 8 htm The Davos WorkSpace an element of our work with the World Economic Forum was widely covered by the media during and after the 2006 AM The above link is a BusinessWeek slide show on innovation tools and trends Pictured in

    Original URL path: http://www.tomorrowmakers.org/frequent-conversations/post/145355 (2016-04-24)
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