Start a movement - Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose.com, a social enterprise that builds movements to help solve major global problems. Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, the world's largest online political movement, and GetUp.org, the Australian political movement with more members than all Australia's political parties combined.
At issue is that wicked problems are made more so by having both complex and non-complex elements working together, requiring a level of strategy development that is far more sophisticated than many first thought. Even a review of the better management texts using complexity give short shrift to the relationship between the complex, the simple and the complicated working simultaneously in environments and how we plan for that. The Cynefin Framework provides a start, but just a start.
Being a movement builder in the modern age requires a facility with the best of what the Internet has to offer, but it also takes the wisdom to recognize the Internet’s limitations. People still crave in-person connection, visceral inspiration, the sense that they are a part of something so worthwhile that it gets even the most dedicated of online gurus out from behind their screens and taking action together.
This is where cultural entrepreneurship comes into play. How do you use online and offline strategies to change, not just policy or corporate practice, but hearts and minds?
A choice-making persective and practice making choices are fundamental to collaborative culture. Psychological experiments demonstrate the power of a simple choice-making technique for committing to goals.
And this is a fractal of the Next Big Thing itself. Bill reveals the Monterey Institute for Social Architecture's (MISA) strategy for growing a Regional Metamorphosis Movement.See www.globalgea.net for the website on being/becoming a social architect!
The vision of World Wide We (WWWe) is to help further realise that potential by moving beyond Facebook with a website that is
Designed specifically for people across the world to connect, share and act for positive changeEasy to use with fresh, new toolsOwned by the people, for the people (i.e. a Community Interest Company… that means no billionaire owners!)
If you thought science class was boring, perhaps this insane spectacle of dance, acrobatics, and video will be more to your liking. In their latest performance, science-based dance troupe Okeanos takes on the ocean.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, famed oceanographer and TED Prize winner, is known for her ocean advocacy work.
The spike in CO2 causing global warming can be seen as the second atmospheric crisis, and peak oil as the third energy crisis, in the history of life on earth. Silicon photovoltaic's are like an octave of photosynthesis and thus a key indicator of the potential for a new life-support technology plateau, a climax technology that humanity may evolve, just as nature did several times before us. Our very recognition of this possibility may be one of a number of converging indicators that we are at the point of inflection on the S-curve leading to Meta-Nature.
Based in Kevin Kelly's book, Out of Control, which is a summary of what we know about self-sustaining systems, both living ones such as a tropical wetland, or an artificial one, such as a computer simulation of our planet. The last chapter of the book, "The Nine Laws of God," is a distillation of the nine common principles that all life-like systems share, summarized here.
The CBC has taken on a week-long series titles, A Fork in the Road, about ... the future of collaboration and engagment in goverment.Links here to the audio programs.
... there is a growing movement among policy-experts... that the way forward must see governments transforming themselves into spaces for public engagment and multi-sector collaboration. Reality is that we cannot continue to throw money at problems, but the innovative solutions exist and are heartily owned when the right people are brought to the table.
The Integral Science Institute is a collaborative learning organization whose mission it to develop the scientific foundation, intellectual vision and fractal social organization needed to support a robust, sustainable and collaborative learning civilization.
The Rise of Integral Society and the Web View of the World
The contour of this larger change is already easy to see. Cultural sea changes are marked by a shift in the underlying metaphor the society uses to explain "how the world works" and today our metaphor is migrating from "machine" to "web" (interconnectedness). The emerging web view is witnessed by everything from environmental awareness and holistic alternatives in health to the global economy and the World Wide Web. The reasons for this restructuring are also obvious. The crisis in education is but one of a growing list of threats to social well-being that includes environmental degradation, community disintegration, economic inequity (and instability) and democratic processes dominated by moneyed interests.
Instead of giving its annual award to one person, TED announced that it will be giving small grants to 10 user-submitted projects on the city of the future. The City 2.0 is under construction. As the winner of the 2012 TED Prize--the first to be awarded to an idea rather than a person--TED unveiled its $100,000 “wish” Wednesday evening at its flagship conference in Long Beach, California.
Here's an article I wrote for Kosmos Journal back in the autumn of 2008. It still seems topical.
This article gives a brief overview of what needs to happen if we— individually and collectively—are to wisely and effectively engage in shaping the future of our planet and our species. The community of evolutionary entrepreneurs has a rich toolkit of models, maps and approaches to work with, but they can be effective only if we deeply understand the habits of the living systems in which we use them. The guidelines set out below come from the distilled wisdom of the global community of ‘hosts of conversations that matter,’ as I understand them through the filters of my own experience as an evolutionary entrepreneur working inside the European Commission in Brussels.
Lee Brain, son of an oil man, receives a standing ovation and brings a crowd to tears after delivering powerful & inspirational testimony in front of the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel in Prince Rupert on February 18, 2012.
Streetbank puts you in touch with your community, bringing neighbourboods closer and making the world a bit nicer. See members living within one mile, make requests on the community noticeboard, lend items, give away unwanted stuff and ask for help.
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