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Hi Folks

These are some recent meetings and conversations (Nov 1st – 10th)  gathered together to offer the wider picture.

I’m tying some of this collection together with reference to a chapter I’m planning. However that connecting thread only emerged incidentally as I got into conversations. It wasn’t the main reason for any meetings. Given how many conversations there are I’m doing a contents list so you can easily find the ones relevant to your interests.

  1. Bernardo and Sebastian, OneSHIFT collaboration and alternative value
  2. 50:50 – Scenarios: Planning openly for the Exponentially Human chapter
  3. First Thursday and Dadamac Day (online)
  4. Escape Social Open Mic and Exponentially Human
  5. OneSPRINT and FASST at Tuttle and afterwards
  6. Brian Griffin and progress on becoming Exponentially Human 2027
  7. Dil, Dadamac Foundation, and Exponentially Human on Facebook
  8. Big Crowd and OneSHIFT
  9. U.Lab Democracy in UK and Social Presencing Theatre / 4D mapping
  10. Ana – My U.Lab study-buddy in Brazil
  11. Delia – Holacracy and more (ref her PhD) plus 2027 idea
  12. South London Tech Meetup and LeanUX – it’s about the people
  13. Introduction to Effective Altruism and Choosing a Cause plus ref 2027
  14. John Dada and UK-Africa weekly meeting
  15. Esther Ridsdale and Civil Society Forum

1 – Bernardo and Sebastian, OneSHIFT collaboration and alternative value

Tuesday Nov 1st – I met with Bernardo and Sebastian (who I know through my U.Lab course) to learn more about their collaboration prototype OneSHIFT see Nov 4th update on FASST and SHIFT. It was exciting to discover how much overlap we have regarding ideas of collaboration and real non-financial added value.

2 – 50:50 – Scenarios: Planning openly for the Exponentially Human chapter

Nov 3rd – I checked with the publishers of “50:50 – Scenarios for the Next 50 Years” if it’s okay to discuss my chapter publicly at this early stage. I was told:

Go right ahead. The entire book project is already on our site where anyone can read about it:

We only ask that you not publish your submission / draft anywhere. We can’t accept works that have been previously published. Full details are on the webpage link above.

My chapter is about the need for us to become “Exponentially Human” – based on the challenges presented in the book Technology vs Humanity  (see video for 2min 21sec introduction). By becoming “Exponentially Human” I mean becoming able to work, imagine and create together in more effective ways. i.e. more effective connections and collaborations but exponentially so, with support from exponentially developed digital technologies.

3 – First Thursday and Dadamac Day (online)

Thursday Nov 3rd -see Introducing the First Thursday group.

The First Thursday group is a warm, friendly Internet-enabled community, with a long,shared history. It provides me with plenty to draw from for the narrative of the chapter, and the emotional flavour of celebration for an “Exponentially Human” collaborative community ten years after it begins.

4 – Escape Social Open Mic and Exponentially Human

Thursday Nov 3rd – I belong in one of the Escape Tribes (though I’m not a typical member). People at Escape are typically restless with the status quo regarding how they earn their living, and are looking at alternative, more meaningful, ways to earn their livings and spend their time. I was originally drawn there in the hope of finding some new volunteers and trustees for Dadamac Foundation (That quest is currently on hold, waiting until I can direct people to the new website).

At the monthly social I took the opportunity of the Open Mic slot to mention the Exponentially Human idea and find who’d be interested in exploring the ideas of 2027 further with me afterwards – some useful conversations followed. More on Escape at Escape the City and The Escape School Events | Eventbrite

5 – OneSPRINT and FASST at Tuttle and afterwards

Friday Nov 4th. I invited Sebastian along to the Tuttle club, to meet interesting people and to follow up on our on our previous conversation  (see – Nov 4th update on FASST and SHIFT).. Tuttle also provided an opportunity to explore some ideas about change (ten years into the past and future) with other Tuttleites who are far more immersed in the tech than I will ever be. Sebastian and I stayed on afterwards to get into more details about our overlapping interests and strategies for starting practical collaboration.

6 – Brian Griffin and progress on planning Exponentially Human

Saturday Nov 5th. Brian and I had our usual London-New York fortnightly Skype catch up. He pointed out that a fortnight ago we were discussing the possibility of proposing a chapter and wondering what kind of voice to use to share the ideas of becoming Exponentially Human.

Now we’re talking about the Exponentially Human group and plans for its 2027 celebrations like it’s all a reality, not a fiction. The tenth anniversary is in 2027 because the launch of the fictional group is March 2017 (the same date as the publication of the book). The programme for the 2027 celebration will name “speakers and topics”, which is a quick way to set the scene on how things have progressed and “current thinking” ten years ahead.

The idea of writing a “2027 souvenir, special edition, 2017-style online newsletter” has similar benefits. Newsletter go into more details. We can have titles and teasers from a variety of perspectives, giving more idea of the issues and areas of concern of the group in 2027.

7 – Dil, Dadamac Foundation, and Exponentially Human on Facebook

Sunday Nov 6th: In my role of “ambassador” for Dadamac Foundation I phoned Dil for a progress report on the new website now that the developers have handed it over to Nikki and Dil to start adding the content. They are both volunteers and I knew they planned to work on it over the weekend. They are hopeful that its launch will tie in well with the November 19th Dadamac Day meeting, (face-to-face in London).

Dil and I share interests in patterns, the future, and suchlike so the topic of the Exponentially Human chapter came up. I joked about the way Brian and some others were beginning to discuss the “Exponentially Human” group as if it was real. Dil suggested I should set up an “Exponentially Human” group on face book, to house the discussions I’m having with people about the chapter and related ideas. So I did.

8 – Big Crowd and OneSPRINT

Monday Nov 7th. I met with Steve Podmore (Big Crowd) and Sebastian Noyola (OneSPRINT). This was so they could be introduced and explore overlapping interests in supporting eco-development projects, the practicalities of implementing systems for crowd involvement (voting projects up and down etc), and much more besides. I’m hopeful that they will see ways to collaborate. I left them in deep discussion after about an hour, so I could get to U.Lab

9 – U.Lab, Democracy in UK and Social Presencing Theatre / 4D mapping

Monday Nov 7th. We did  an exercise at U.Lab Kings Cross called social presencing theatre, or 4D mapping. We were using the exercise to explore democracy in the UK.

The process is extremely powerful, generating unexpected insights and deep shared experience to draw on. Expect me to reference it future conversations. A post with photos will probably go up in the U.Lab Facebook group, and something publicly via twitter with #ulab. Already Martha Cuffey (the facilitator) has published her impressions on LinkedIn

The U.Lab international community is huge. The fact that its members can call on shared concepts and practical strategies for deeper understanding and collaboration makes it an exciting element of the move towards becoming Exponentially Human”. OneSPRINT is a U.Lab prototype.

10 – Ana – My U.Lab study-buddy in Brazil

Tuesday Nov 8th – Ana Abdulkader and I now try to link up every week on Skype. We were first paired up a month or so ago. It was for a 1-2-1 discussion after a live online ULab session. The following week we got together again on Skype for a piece of practical work, and continued meeting. On Tuesday I was telling here about our presencing theatre and she was telling me about the prototype her group is planning with women from vulnerable communities. It is a co-operative and a special kind of agency for women who do “domestic work”. The examples of work that Ana gave me were cleaning, child-care, manicures, cooking and small repairs (hanging pictures, fixing shelves etc).  The workers will be empowered. They will be trained, will know their rights, have maternity leave etc. They will work with employers who have been vetted/”trained” and so will not exploit and abuse them.

11 – Delia – Holacracy and more (ref her PhD) plus the 2027 programme

Tuesday Nov 8th. A skype call with Delia MacNamara. Our connection is through her research relating to Holacracy. During our call we indulged in some practical flights of fancy about the chapter and its 2027 tenth anniversary celebration. We discussed the honoured guests who will help us to frame the event by saying a few words. We played with the idea that I was inviting her to “give to keynote”. We looked at where she would like to be in her work in ten years time (given an optimistic scenario of positive collaboration between exponential humans and exponential tech). She also told me about a new, eco-friendly, co-operative living group setting up in Australia. She’s going to check out it’s positive future for 2027, with one of the founders. We’re planning a virtual reality/holagraphic trip there as part of the 2027 celebrations.

12 – South London Tech Meetup and LeanUX – it’s about the people

Tuesday Nov 8th. The South London Tech Meetup was at Brixton Hub and was about LeanUX – meetup announcement. I liked the emphasis on designing what people really want. This ties in well with my personal obsession that the tech should fit the people’s reality, rather then the other way around (where people have to adapt to fit the “tech’s reality” because of unhelpful design features).

In discussion with one of the speakers afterwards I asked about his ideal 2027 and got a possible keynote speech title from him – It was encouragingly upbeat  “How we got to an equal and fair society – by harnessing technology for the greater good.”

13 – Introduction to Effective Altruism and Choosing a Cause plus ref 2027

Wednesday Nov 9th. Introduction to Effective Altruism and Choosing a Cause – meetup details

I was expecting that my most appropriate role at that meetup would be as the eyes, and ears of Dadamac Foundation. Instead I found myself processing what I was seeing and hearing through the lens of 2027. I was asking myself what Effective Altruism might look like in 2027 as part of an effective “Exponentially Human” collaboration, linking with other initiatives and with access to massive, accurate, real-time, information to help inform people’s choices.  I can see it more tightly linked with its present collaborators, and new ones like Dadamac.

14 – John Dada and UK-Africa weekly meeting

Thursday Nov 10th.  Back to the reality of John’s work at Fantsuam in North Central Nigeria.  These weekly Skype meeting keep reminding me how hard things are on the ground for people in rural Africa, and why Dadamac Foundation is needed, and needs to grow. John often sends tweets and photos during our meeting. He’s @Fantsuam and uses #dadamac so you can get flavour of our meetings via twitter.  This post gives some explanation of the challenge that Dadamac Foundation is working to address  – It’s time to , end this development disconnect This can’t wait until 2027.

15 – Esther Ridsdale and Civil Society Forum

Thursday Nov 10th. We had a Skype catchup and found increased overlap, so we want to see how best we can help each other. We’re Skyping next week to get a clearer definition of what that means in practice. It was through Esther and Civil Society Forum that I first got familiar with the idea of “holding a space” and much more besides. Esther also introduced me to Christopher Wray – who is now a core collaborator at the heart of FASST – FASST – Organising for Collaborative Development ) We could be moving towards an additional way to explore FASST and its collaborative procedures, which all feeds into the practicalities of the vision for 2027 and being “Exponentially Human”.

Conclusion: Things seem to be coming together at present in a natural, emerging way.