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My talk at Ignite Sault 3. "If you can change the room, you have changed the culture, at least for that moment. This means that each room we enter needs to become an example of the future that we......

My talk at Ignite Sault 3. "If you can change the room, you have changed the culture, at least for that moment. This means that each room we enter needs to become an example of the future that we want to create. This room, this way of gathering and engaging becomes a metaphor for the larger world and its possibility." - Peter Brock

I could have titled this "Confessions of a community junkie". A year ago I began (with the help of others) creating new rooms, starting with http://IgniteSault.ca and recently http://SooPodcamp.com. The party is just getting started. Find out what is next on the menu, namely http://sault.Changecamp.ca

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  • I’d like to begin my talk on community by telling the story of a lonely consultant, who decided one day that he liked being his own boss, he needed to be part of a group to learn, find work and to keep himself from going stir crazy.
  • So one day he invited a few other consultants in his field to meet on a regular basis and see what might happen. They started meeting online every week, using video conferencing to swap stories from the trenches, and ideas for dealing with challenging situations. The seeds of a new community had taken root.
  • After a while the conversation shifted to the future. They imagined what could be and set goals and objectives to get there. In just 3 months, they achieved all of the goals you see on the slide here.

  • That story illustrates in a small way the power of bringing people together to create a new future. Here in the Sault, I think we have a lot of potential, waiting for the conditions to blossom.
  • Peter Block is my inspiration. In his words, to create the future we want we must transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.
  • Clay Shirky speaks to the remarkable transformation happening in our society. We can all be creators, thanks to the ease of tools and information the Internet offers. It’s become easier to be active participants in communities that matter to us, both globally and locally.
  • I believe we are seeing the re-emergence of everyday super heros. We are reclaiming the future for ourselves rather than waiting for the power brokers of society to decide our fate.
  • If each of us is a hero, then there are unsuspecting heroes among us, everywhere. Because of technology, we are able to connect in new ways, and now we unsuspecting heroes can be known to ourselves and each other.
  • One element of strategy is to create an alternative future one room at a time. If you can change the room, you have changed the culture, at least for that moment. This room, this way of gathering and engaging becomes a metaphor for the larger world and its possibility.


  • The Ignite and Podcamp experiments have proven that the Sault, like many other cities has an appetite for open, participative events, and that we do have creative talent we want to support and nurture.
  • Citizen heros, are you ready for your next challenge? <repeat>






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  • 1. Photo credit: (cc) orinrobertjohn on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 2. @gerrykirk
  • 3. Happiness Coach rescue scale +1 hotline Share knowledge Increase joy Sustain work Transform world 50% shared Revenue work +25% 3 Photo credit: (cc) fengschwing on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 4. 4 Photo credit: (cc) fengschwing on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 5. Photo credit: (cc) dave77459 on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 6. “The essential challenge is to transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into connectedness and caring for the whole.” - Peter Block Photo credit: Donald Ventre and Michael Felts @gerrykirk
  • 7. “We are living in the middle of largest increase in expressive capability in history of human race.” - Clay Shirky Photo credit: (cc) jamin2 on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 8. Photo credit: (cc) claudius9uk on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 9. Every day heros & their secret weapons Photo credit: (cc) wengistein on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 10. Gather the Heros Photo credit: (cc) piulet on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 11. Ignite Sault Hero Hero Photo credits: (cc) Plain Can Be Lovely on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 12. Soo Podcamp Share & learn in open environment Participants are main actors 50+ attendees 9 sessions Hero Live blog, video, Twitter Photo credit: (cc) claudius9uk on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 13. You Decide Photo credit: (cc) arthurohm on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 14. Citizen Heros: A New Opportunity @gerrykirk
  • 15. Government Citizens open, transparent, connected on civic passions participatory, innovative in place they call home @gerrykirk
  • 16. ChangeCampTO 2009 140 participants 60 face-to-face conversations #1 Trending topic on Twitter 100 wiki pages of notes 450 Flickr photos 40 YouTube videos 96 blog posts 6 major media stories Photo credit: (cc) jason_diceman on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 17. Excuse: 2010 municipal election Opportunity: Shift conversation about Sault towards new possibilities @gerrykirk
  • 18. Patterns for engagement How we gather • ChangeCamp, ChangeCafe,... How we dialogue •Face-to-face, social media How we create value ChangeLab How we inspire & enable •Community Leadership Photo credit: (cc) martinescalante on Flickr.com @gerrykirk
  • 19. ChangeCamp Sault Non-profit • In gov't • Business June Event org • Tech • Grassroots 19th ChangeCafé warm-ups in May @gerrykirk
  • 20. I'm here to recruit you ChangeCamp Role: Citizen Ignite Hero Start your <your name PodCamp here> own gerry@gerrykirk.net Photo credit: (cc) Peteris B on Flickr.com @gerrykirk