Blogs

I’m experimenting with my blogs. I used to bundle them all together under one heading. Now I’m starting to experiment with different styles of posts. It may be a bit muddled at first  as I see what tends to emerge.

“Connections” were the blogs I started writing – i.e. posts on whatever I was thinking about at the time. They were to share connections between people, organisations and ideas.

“Jottings”  are notes to myself, that are mixture of journal,”to-do”list and “could-do”list. The first one was a mix of journal and open letter. I’ll make a clearer distinction in future.

 


Starting the next ten years of my life #XH2027


The countdown to Exponentially Human 2027 has begun. It is now less that ten years until 16-18 September 2027.

That date is likely to arrive more quickly than I expect, but for now, here at the start of the ten year countdown, I’m giving myself permission to relax for a bit, do things slowly, and see what the Landscape of Change around me looks like at this point in time.

This is an open letter to myself – i.e. minimal explanations about context. I don’t know how it will turn out, perhaps some kind of to do list. Calling it a “might do” list is probably more accurate. It’s a “no pressure” list of possibilities for me to choose from. I’ll list them as they come to mind.

First a memory jogger of what happened September 16-18 2017

Review of my 16-18 September 2017

Face-to-face

Saturday 16th

  • Introduced Chief Gbade Adejumo to farmer pastoralist conflict content on federated wiki in addition to his own.
  • Recorded a few related “missing” Q and As on our phones while we were in the same room –  easier than the ones we’d done at a distance.

Sunday 17th

  • Met a few people at Newspeak House, mostly related to David Bovill’s FEASTzero
  • We enjoyed a “FEAST” meal and conversations
  • I introduced Gbade and Elfneh Bariso
  • Nina videoed a conversation between them about pastoralism and related issues
  • There were various “show and tell” things and related discussion
  • I was delighted when Dil showed a website (including a logo) that he’d put together for ExponentiallyHuman2027.net
  • Dil took a photo of Gbade with his “More and Less” notice for XH2027 “time capsule”- big ideas

Monday 18th

  • Introduced Steve Podmore and Gbade
  • Steve recorded some of our conversation, partly as a souvenir for the three of us, partly to share with others
  • Told Steve about the “time capsule” photos and he did his
  • I gave Gbade my (heavily annotated) copy of Technology versus Humanity to take back to Nigeria as he was reading it with great interest and wondering how best to get a copy – so now we have another “shared point of reference” book.
  • In it I wrote a reminder to him ref our agreement that we are both Explorers, Pioneers, Chroniclers and Guides in the Landscape of Change
  • Fell into conversation with two young recent graduates – they also recognised themselves in the description of the Landscape of Change, and our roles as Explorers, Pioneers, Chroniclers and Guides (living locally so we intend to meet again)

At a distance 16-18 September 2017

A mixture of Skype, WhatsApp, Telegram, emails, phone calls, and the DadamacConnect Contact form.

Interruption

At this point the phone rang… and before that call had finished it rang again (two excellent conversations).

Now it’s two hours later and there are other things to be done today. No more time this afternoon for a “might do” list, or a reminder of what I did at a distance. I’ll leave this as it is and press publish.

 

 

 

 

Sep 20, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Continuing Conversations, Open Letters


#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


Your photos for the #XH2027 time capsule


Hi Pip. Ref your message “What is the Facebook page or web address for the time capsule project?”

Word of mouth

It’s mostly word of mouth at present, so no website yet. The digital time capsule is the first step to a bigger vision. These are the main things you need to know so you can join in.

The invitation

For the photos for the “time capsule” we’re inviting people to:
• Think of their values and their hopes for the future (for September Twenty Twenty-Seven to be exact)
• Share photos showing what they would like to see changed and worth celebrating by then (“more of…” and “less of…”) –
• Share photos of some trivial and mundane objects (just to see how objects do and don’t change over the next ten years)

Some people like to start by looking around and taking their photo of something “trivial and mundane”, something that usually goes unnoticed. Looking around and taking that photo can help you to get thinking about the past, present and future. It’s a starting point for thinking how things around us have been changing, or staying the same, and what you’d like to happen next.

Whatever you think of, you need to think of ways to follow through on it, to help make it happen, even if you can only take tiny steps. This isn’t for pie-in-the-sky things that some magical “they” are going to make happen without your involvement. If you want “Less war” for instance how might you reduce conflict in your own relationships? Would it be a good idea to start learning about non-violent conflict resolution?

Purpose

This is a fun thing with a serious purpose.

If we:
• Imagine something clearly
• Connect with people who are imagining similar things
• Do something about it all in collaboration with others

Then:
• It becomes more likely to happen
• The more it happens the more those involved will have something to celebrate in ten years time.

NB. There may be some moderation of photos. For example no photos promoting sectarian violence would be included. We’re hoping for less of that.

Time line

The starting point is this weekend. The end point is an event called Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven, on 16-18 September 2027.

The 18th is scheduled as party night and that’s when we’ll be looking at the ten year digital time capsule and celebrating what we’ve managed to achieve. By then it won’t just be photos. We’re looking forward to an amazing combined digital publication and immersive experience – somewhere between what we already have on our smart phones and Star Trek’s Holodeck (see  Star Trek’s Holodeck, from science fiction to a new reality )

You can add photos (and other media) at any point in the next ten years (especially during September of any year) but imagine how you’ll feel in 2027 if your photos are among the earliest ones.

Details

Photos can be as simple or detailed as you like.

A photo could just be words written on a sheet of A4 or flip chart paper “More bees. Less chewing gum on the pavements” – or you can add an illustration. Ideally hold your message in front of you and take a selfie, but anonymity is okay too.

Abstract ideas need words or drawings.

If it’s an object you can photograph it and add a caption.

The “trivial and mundane” photo is of anything you see around you, something that you hardly notice because it is so much part of everyday life in 2017. Please add a caption.

On Facebook join the group “XH2027 TIme Capsule” and post your photos there. On twitter send your photos to @xh2027 If you don’t use either then contact me via the contact form  and I’ll let you know other channels we’re setting up.

Why join in?

So that your values, hopes and ideas for the future are part of the picture of the positive future that we’ll be celebrating at Exponentially Human 2027. The dates are booked: 16-18th September 2027. It will be a celebration of human development and change for the better in our inter-connected world. You’ll be part of seeding a future worth celebrating. Sharing and discussing our hopes and values, making them visible, and imagining our future together is part of how we co-create where we are heading.

Sep 12, 2017 by pamela | Categories: Open Letters | Tags: , , ,


#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: , , ,


Diary Date 16-18 September Twenty Twenty-Seven – first announcement


You are invited to an event in twenty twenty-seven starting on Thursday 16th September and ending with a celebratory party on Saturday 18th September. Please, set the dates aside. The event is called Exponentially Human Twenty Twenty-Seven.

Please think ahead to what you hope to be celebrating then, and some of the positive changes you hope may have happened in our world by 2027.

I expect to be celebrating some shifts in how we think, and communicate, and collaborate with each other. I’m expecting us to do less of the boring routine tasks, and more of the “essentially human” things. I expect to see big shifts in attitudes to sharing new ideas and processes at an early stage so more people can see them and get involved in improving them. I’m expecting us to be connecting with each other globally in ways that enhance the human condition, ways that are very different to current ideas of what globalisation means. This expected development of our understanding and experience of human connectedness is why I’m calling the 2027 event “Exponentially Human”. I won’t go into much detail here. I’m writing more about it elsewhere (and will probably return to this post to add links later).

Twenty twenty-seven is ten years away, and when I look around I already see plenty that is pointing in the direction of the kind of future I would prefer to arrive at.

Of course “other futures are available” and some of them are decidedly not the direction I want to be heading. None of these futures are fixed yet, so we can all decide what kind of future we are trying to head towards. There isn’t just one single option for 2027 sitting, ready made, waiting to us to arrive there. Our journey to the future isn’t like taking a train to an existing railway station. Our possible destination ten years in the future is far more fluid and uncertain.

I’ve decided to head in a direction I like the look of, and I’m finding fellow travelers who are heading the same way. We’re planning to meet up at Exponentially Human 2027 on September 16th -18th, and we’re starting to make preparations.  You may like to join us either in twenty twenty-seven, or sooner, to help make the event a success and ensure we have something worth celebrating.

Jun 12, 2017 by pamela | Categories: People and Action | Tags: , , , , ,






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