Connections

Posts in this category relate to connections – but the connections may not be made obvious in the post.


#XH2027 A dance between fact and fiction


XH2027 reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s saying that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life” (wikipedia)

Fiction becoming fact

Exponentially  Human Twenty Twenty-Seven (XH 2027) began as a piece of fiction and is becoming more real by the day.

The fiction began last year when I saw a call for contributions to a book about possible futures, ten, twenty or fifty years ahead.  All will be based on different perceptions of life now and what the authors see as likely (or possible, or desirable) to happen next.  My chapter began as pure fiction. It describes a particular event that happens in ten years time. It is called Exponentially  Human Twenty Twenty-Seven. It celebrates a future that is better than it might have been, thanks to all our individual small steps, shared vision, and ways we’ve supported each other in the ten years between then and now.

In the chapter the celebration marks the tenth anniversary of something that came to call itself  “Exponentially Human”. By 2027 it had become a world wide, loosely defined, network of people who had learned to collaborate more effectively. That collaboration came about partly because of better communication systems, and partly because of what the people had learned from each other and about each other.  That combination helped them to act together in new ways that they jokingly called “Exponentially Human”.

“Exponentially Human” was to be something that just emerged, but I also wanted to tie it into a special date.

My chapter is set ten years into the future.

The date for the celebration is !6-18 September Twenty Twenty-Seven.

Countdown

Today is Saturday 16 September Twenty Seventeen. In my imagined future the countdown starts today.

So, how will the facts play out compared to the fiction? I’m about to find out.

What is going on?

I have a friend staying with me,. He arrived yesterday (later I will ask his permission to write more about who he is). Today  we are working on something connected with his research. I’m helping him to make it more visible. I’m using the Federated Wiki to do that. When I wrote the chapter I had no idea I’d be using the Federated Wiki. I only started to learn how to do that a couple of months ago, thanks to David Bovill and my interest in his project “FEAST”.

Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, we’ll go over to Newspeak House. I’ll introduce my visitor to a dozen or so other people (some I already know, some who are new to me). We’ll all have lunch together. We’ll explore ideas and share individual commitments about what we’ll be doing next. During the day we’ll be working on some of those things. We’ll be learning from each other, developing skills, capturing information.

The reason we’re getting together is because this weekend also happens to be a special date for a related project called FEAST. It’s thanks to FEAST that we’re all getting together, and thanks for FEAST that there will be a shared meal.

FEAST

Sharing a meal is a key element of FEAST.

When I wrote the chapter I didn’t know about FEAST. When I discovered it I wanted to know more. The vision for FEAST was like a perfect prototype of what I was trying to imagine for my three day celebration in 2027 – except FEAST was already doing some of it in practice, and was way ahead of me in knowing how it would all work.

Not only that but various dates had been discussed for a possible launch for FEAST, including 15-17 September 2017 (to tie in with a festival in Prague). In fact people had started to describe 15-17 September as ‘FEAST zero”. Imagine it. FEAST zero happening almost exactly ten years before XH2027.

I don’t know how much time I’ll have to chronicle September 16-18 Twenty Seventeen until it is over.  But when It is over I plan to do an audit of some present realities,  put them in the “digital time capsule”, and… well.. more of that later. Now it is time to return to action.

To get involved see Your photos for the #XH2027 time capsule

(I may add some more links in a few days time)

Sep 16, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, Continuing Conversations, Open Letters


#LandscapeOfChange and #XH2027


Landscape of Change

People often use ideas of travel to describe life. “Life’s journey” “Following in the footsteps of…” “Being at the cross roads” “Going down a blind alley”.

So what kind of life journey are we on at present? What does the landscape look like?

We live in a time of increasingly rapid change. When people look at their lives and the way ahead it is unlikely that they will see a Landscape of Predictability. It is much more likely that they will see a Landscape of Change.

Four “Landscape of Change” roles

I’m seeing  myself in four roles connected with being a traveller through the Landscape of Change. The roles are “Explorer”,”Pioneer”,”Chronicler” and “Guide”.

I’m starting to “interrogate myself” about the roles using the classic questions “What, Why and How”

Here goes.

Explorer

What is Explorer doing?

Explorer is “visiting places” in the Landscape of Change and exploring them.

Most people are too busy with their daily lives to stop and explore the Landscape of Change in a slow and thoughtful way. Explorer has been travelling around there for years, looking, thinking, and asking questions.

There is plenty to explore. It is possible to find things that are “ahead of their time, just as it is possible to find things that are “behind the times”. Exploring examples and thinking about how things compare offers new perspectives. All kinds of things come into view, things that are easily overlooked by the casual observer. Spending time to explore the Landscape of Change is a way to discover “landmarks” and to make sense of what would otherwise be unfamiliar. Familiarity with aspects of the Landscape of Change makes it easier to navigate the rapidly changing present and future.

Explorer likes looking at changes and visiting places where “the future” and “possible futures” are “in evidence”. The evidence is sometimes to be seen in practical work that is being done, especially work that challenges orthodoxy. Other “evidence” of possible futures is to be found in ideas and experiments that are being discussed.

Given that Explorer is not exploring in the conventional sense, it may be helpful to give more explanation of the places she visits.

Just like a traditional explorer, she often visits real places. She thinks of them as “material places”. These “material places” are ordinary, physical places. In those places people meet face-to-face.

She also visits “immaterial places” – ones that are accessed online, “in the cloud”. Spending time “in the cloud” is a great way to meet people from around the globe, and to explore different perspectives and emerging ideas.

Like other people who are explorers she goes to places that are new to her, but are not necessarily new to others. Some parts of the Landscape of Change are already inhabited, some are previously explored and mapped by others and some are previously unexplored. Some only exist in the imagined future. Dancing between reality and imagination is part of Explorer’s role.

It’s all about self-directed learning done in an informal way. It’s discovery learning about our rapidly changing world. It’s exploration.

Why does Explorer explore the Landscape of Change?

Like many people who explore unfamiliar territory, she is drawn to explore the Landscpe of Change simply “because it is there”. Reasons she gives include:

  1. To widen her horizons, knowledge and understanding
  2. To follow her personal interests and satisfy her curiosity
  3. To meet new people
  4. To learn new skills

How does Explorer explore the Landscape of Change?

She explores alone or with others, and observes, participates, discusses and reflects. Sometimes she’s leading the way, sometimes she’s following in the footsteps of others. If her “journey” is done with an air of freshness and enquiry and with an eye to systemic changes and the future then it is part of her exploration of the Landscape of Change.

Pioneer

What is Pioneer doing in the Landscape of Change?

Pioneer is working with others – being creative, experimenting and prototyping.

Why does Pioneer do that?

  1. To help her innovative friends
  2. To know how things work in practice
  3. To demonstrate possibilities
  4. To speak and write from experience
  5. To get things started
  6. To build collaborative relationships
  7. To have the integrity of “walking her talk”
  8. To learn new skills

How does Pioneer do it?

Pioneer is drawn to help with work that is original, purposeful, long term and initiated by the people who are immersed in the challenges and opportunities.  All her pioneering work is done with other people. Pioneer and her collaborator(s) may have differing reasons for collaborating with each other on a particular initiative. That doesn’t matter. What matters is the level of commitment.

Chronicler

What is Chronicler doing?

Chronicler is doing what it says in the dictionary – A chronicler is a person who writes accounts of important or historical events (Dictionary, Google search August 21 2017)

The Landscape of Change chronicler is writing accounts about the emergence of ideas, insights, collaborations, strategies, approaches, etc in the Landscape of Change.

Why does Chronicler do her chronicling?

  1. To clarify her ideas
  2. To contribute to the general pool of knowledge
  3. To support informed decision making
  4. To challenge orthodoxy
  5. To have evidence of work that she and her collaborators have done

How does Chronicler do her chronicling?

She usually chronicles by writing online but she sometimes contributes to publications that come out in print.

Thanks to David Bovill she has recently started to write collaboratively within the Federated Wiki community.  

The Federated Wiki is innovative online space which Ward Cunningham and some of his contacts are creating to enable a new approach to collaborative writing and the co-creation of knowledge – see The Federated Wiki: Ward Cunningham at TEDxPortland 2012. It is very much part of the Landscape of Change so when she is writing she often finds Explorer and Pioneer working there as well.

Guide

What is Guide doing?

She is doing what any travel guide does – but in an unconventional location:

  1. Helping people to visit the Landscape of Change at their leisure
  2. Taking individuals and groups on guided tours
  3. Helping people to consider their future relationship with this Landscape
  4. Preparing people to explore the Landscape of Change independently
  5. Preparing people to become pioneers and settlers in the Landscape of Change

Guide is only concerned with the needs of other people, and can therefore expect to be compensated by them for the time she gives. Guide shares what she know in ways that are tailored to their individual starting points and requirements. Guide is familiar with the territory and helps people to find their way in this amazing Landscape of Change.

Why does Guide do that?

She believes it is a valuable service to provide because:

  1. Many people are (or will be) facing futures that are disconnected from what they previously expected.
  2. People need opportunities to reflect, and to see change in their lives as part of a bigger picture
  3. Visiting the Landscape of Change provides a new perspective.
  4. People who have been helped to explore the Landscape of Change will be better prepared for making their own way through it in future.
  5. It is preferable to explore the Landscape of Change in company, rather than alone and unprepared.

How does Guide provide this service?

  • Through conversations and workshops
  • Sharing with others (individuals or groups) what she knows about the Landscape of Change
  • Exploring together what in the Landscape of Change is most relevant to their needs, interests, hopes, confusions, challenges, circumstances, uncertainties, plans, and opportunities.

Observations on the roles

Once I started investigating my four separate roles as a traveller in the Landscape of Change I noticed that the first two roles are about learning, while the other two are about sharing what I know. This self-awareness helps me to decide how to allocate my time.

On the learning side Explorer is concentrating on ideas and theory, while Pioneer is more practical.

The other two roles are about structuring and sharing what I learn. Chronicler is “wordifying” what I have learned, and “parking” it, where it can be accessed by me and by others (so Chronicler works partly for my benefit and partly for the benefit of others).

Guide however is providing a specific service to others. This is why, at an early stage, there needs to be a clarity about what is involved and the nature of the exchange between “the Guider and the Guided”. Both sides need to see value in the transaction.

Guide may be rewarded in a material way or an immaterial way, so is not always looking for financial reward. However Guide does require compensation in a way that is markedly different to Explorer, Pioneer, and Chronicler (all of whom have their own particular relationship to motivation, money, and living in the practical material world).

Some initiatives I am involved in engage all the roles, but that does not mean it is appropriate to dance between the roles without awareness of doing so.

Landscape of Change and Exponentially Human 2027

Things are coming together. All my apparently unconnected work can be accounted for within the mental framework of these Landscape of Change roles.

No wonder I’m currently wanting to do more writing and speaking. Chronicler and Guide have been overshadowed of late by Explorer and Pioneer. They have been busy with  David Bovill and team on FEAST and with fellow participants in Outlandish Academy on Federated Wiki. (Chronicler has a lot of work to do covering all that.)

I’m inviting so many different people to the Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven event (also known as XH2027). They are a mixed bunch but become a cohesive group when they are seen as the visitors, newcomers, explorers and pioneers in the Landscape of Change, who I connect with through my different roles there. Their work and lives will shape our co-created future and will give us cause for celebrating aspects of how we are living in the Landscape of Change ten years from now.

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Edited since original publication

This was originally published as on Open Letter to Brian. The introduction has been removed (and copied below) and there have been minor edits to make it more relevant to other people.

“Hi Brian. Your reference to my travels in the Landscape of Change got me thinking during my holiday. Gradually the Landscape of Change theme emerged as the key to re-doing my Holacracy of One roles. Now I’m home and writing the ideas up ready for our next WhatsApp call.

Given this is an open letter I’ll add a couple of notes about the Landscape of Change. (I may come back later and add a link about Holacracy of One – but that’s not the most important idea here – Landscape of Change is.)”

Aug 26, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections, Continuing Conversations, Open Letters | Tags: , , ,


The Exponential Leap (26 May 2017 viewpoint)


“The Exponential Leap 2017-2027” (also known as “The Leap”) will be a multi-media publication-and-immersive experience. It will be launched at an event called Exponentially Human to be held in 2027. “The Leap” will be developed in such an open and collaborative way that it will have been accessible long before the official launch. But there are benefits in having a deadline, after which no more contributions will be accepted. The deadline is the party at the end of the Exponentially Human event.

The Leap will look at a fracture point that occurs between two different global “realities”. Before the fracture point there is the past reality of people’s lives as lived in “the-past-and-the-present” of the times leading up to 2017. After the fracture point is the reality of people’s lives as lived in “the-present-and-the-future” in the time looking forward from 2027.

This fracture point (which in hindsight may appear sudden or gradual) means that by 2027 things will “be different”. It will be obvious to (almost) everyone that there is no way to go back to the way things were in 2017, including some of the mindsets and institutional norms of the period.

For some people their experience of The Leap may be compared to the experience of a heavy thunderstorm.  In the time building up to the storm there is a heaviness, and darkening, and a physical feeling of pressure. Then the storm finally breaks (and people have different feelings about the experience of violent storms with their thunder, lightning and downpours).  After the storm there may be a physical sensation of less pressure in the atmosphere and a sense of freshness (although irreparable damage may also have been done and will need to be dealt with).  “Before the storm” and “after the storm” are different. So it is with The Leap

Another way of looking at The Leap and our current sensitivities to it, is to compare it to an earthquake, with its foreshocks and aftershocks. According to WikiPedia “A foreshock is an earthquake that occurs before a larger seismic event (the mainshock) and is related to it in both time and space. The designation of an earthquake as foreshock, mainshock or aftershock is only possible after the full sequence of events has happened.”

If The Leap is seen like the disturbance of a major earthquake then some of the events and disturbances that people are experiencing today may be seen as foreshocks. These “foreshock” events and disturbances may be better understood later, after The Leap has happened. Then the interconnections between all the “foreshock disturbances” will become obvious.

There are many implications of The Leap, and at the Exponentially Human 2027 conference there will be much debate about exactly when The Leap began, exactly when the fracture happened, how much of The Leap is completed, and how much it is an ongoing process.

After the fracture point of “The Leap” has happened some people will still be in denial. They will be trying to construct a version of reality that fits their view of the past-and-the-present, as if there had been no fracture point.  Some people who are “off-grid”, regarding various ways the world works in 2017 and later, won’t be so aware of the shifts and fracture point of The Leap although its effects will ripple out to them.

“The Exponential Leap 2017-2027” will be officially launched and celebrated at the closing party of an event called Exponentially Human 2027.  In my imagination the publication and the event are already real. If you understand and believe the  William Gibson quote “The future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed” then you’re probably already seeing evidence of The Leap and the elements of the 2027 celebration.

Some of my friends have joined me in setting the date aside (September 16th -18th 2027). You may like to do the same. Maybe, if some of the trans-humanists  are right, I’ll have an enhanced exoskeleton or something by then to help me wear my years lightly and bop with the best of you.

May 26, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections | Tags: , , , , ,


Be encouraged – the good stuff is starting to come together.


So much is going on. How it all connects will become obvious later.

It is all “good stuff” – and I can’t justify that statement either – but I know all the people involved, and I know how what they do impacts on my life – and, in my judgement, it’s all good.

Things I’m learning

Thanks to David Bovill I’m:

  • Working with Ward Cunningham and others on the development of the Federated Wiki.
  • Learning about community radio
  • Working with Mark Leighton to produce a radio programme
  • Developing skills in collecting content via WhatsApp in collaboration with my friends John Dada, Gbade Adejumo, Elfneh Bariso and David Mutua

Sharing what I’m learning / have learned

Teal

I was active in the Teal for Startups group and it’s time for us to give feedback – i.e written contributions on “My Journey with Teal”

Before I Die Network

Over the past couple of years I’ve been along to several of Olivia Comberti’s “Before I Die Network” workshops and I’m always encouraged and energised by them. This month Olivia’s invited me along as her guest speaker. It’s quite a responsibility as it means finding a way to share my story in a way that will help to encourage and energise others.

Lunch and Learn

Satalia is a company I want to know more about. I’m interested in what they do (related to Artificial Intelligence) and how they do it (flat organsational structure and sharing what they do in transparent, open ways).  I’ve been invited along to speak at one of their Friday “Lunch and Learn” sessions. I see this as an opportunity for me to learn. I’m going to learn most about our overlapping interests during the Q and A part, so I need to make sure that what I say beforehand stimulates the questions that will teach me most.

Speakeasy

Stuart Benson is the man behind Speakeasy at the Canvas cafe – see his tweet below:

I met Stuart a few weeks ago  – I’m not sure when but it was while the winter festival ball pit was open in the Happiness Museum (which is behind the Canvas Cafe and one of the reasons I happened to be there).

Anyhow, what happened next is another story but the outcome is that I’m going to speak there sometime.  I’m not sure if I’ll tell a happy story or a sad one. I’m thinking of one which is still unfinished – it has tragedy in it (and humour). It could be heading for a happy ending, or a sad one, depending on what the audience choose to do with it.

Here is Stuart’s invitation

He’s wearing the Alternative Value badge that I awarded him (in case you can’t see it clearly it’s also the website logo).

Connections and visibility

As I said at the start- it’s all connected, and it’s all good.

It’s hard to explain how – but it’s getting easier to demonstrate. The connections are getting more visible. Expect to see more.

 

Apr 09, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Submarine – the ultimate challenge for flat organisational structures


An enjoyable brief introduction to the ideas of flat organisational structures (explored elsewhere on this site and tagged “holacracy” and “teal”). It’s both light-hearted and serious – if you can do this on a submarine – you can do it anywhere.

This animation is relevant to FASST – Freedom, Accountability and Structure for Systemic Transformation. It was was adapted from Captain David Marquet’s talk on Greatness, and is based on his book, Turn the Ship Around!

Mar 13, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Connections | Tags: , , ,






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