disclaimer: perhaps business plans don't/won't matter so much anymore. just
people. trusting people as they emerge healthy societies. currently, however, most
people aren't mentally free to do that. perhaps a clever plan could help jar this
mind game/cycle. free us up to sustain ourselves. get us back to us.
along those lines an add-on disclaimer: this is an ongoing/perpetually-in-beta
vision that is always discovering itself. its manifold-osity
aliveness challenges articulation.
you can’t confine it to words.
for more on intent/meaning behind words/phrases..
they can be searched at
tab suggest word/phrases to be
searched specific to that page .. ie:
Based on grit (passion + persistence) as sustainability.
Stemming from 2 conversations to help people see better.
In-the-cityas-the-day as mental/physical spaces of permission.
Jump start a revival with an initial bet on synchronicity.
[sync: enough people, spaces/resources, and tech]
Emerge/model ongoing reallocation/upcycling of resources.
Different measure – how are the people around you doing.
Community as credential/curriculum/ecosystem.
Soul/world peace. Nationality: human.
beautiful/alive/craved solutions/answers/questions/definitions.. perhaps cannot be
aka – this premise is begging to be chaordic:
perhaps the soul sings/dances/plays to a rhythm we’re missing ..because of all the efficiency. might we move/zoom enough so that everything
is as it is. infinitesimally/ginormously/small… and forever ongoingly miscellaneously ..us.
to be what you
a people experiment
Something not yet tried.
people 100% free. in the city. as the day.
grit as sustainability.
two conversations replace 500+ district policies. every day.
synchronicity as revival.
Enlivened city self-sustains.
a city changed as enough for others to believe.
city as ecosystem.
Perhaps what has not yet been experimented with:
a city-wide experiment, to provide an ecosystem of
in the city
as the day
an as-the-day experiment, rather than adding something to
the day (after hours/school/work).
*well. 100% minus 33 min. so 97.7% your day.
within ongoing protoyping
over the last five years..
one with yourself.
one with others.
so what if we use 2 convos to literally redefine school (the day, the funding, the mindset, ..)
Most districts average 500 policies they must comply with to garner public ed funding.
The most well-known/referenced policies being: seat time & test scores.
What if we prototype a city/district getting funding via just 2 policies. Ones that
address two fundamental human needs – attachment & authenticity:
community buy-in to have these daily conversations:
if everyone is having these 2 convos every day, 30+3 min, the rest of day is theirs. plus they get suggested connections everyday from the 3 min data. plus they get free access
to and input for resources throughout the city.
government/powers-that-be buy-in for ongoing funding:
if having these 2 daily convos works, (enlivens the city: less crime/poverty/health
issues/etc), the city/district gets funded per census, rather than seat time & test scores,
so .2% of your 24 hr day – aka 3 min, you commit to:
3 min into curiosity app
everyone in city x 3 min data
is used to connect people
c (dot) app story
and 2.1% of your 24 hr day – aka 30 min, you commit to:
meeting up with a group
of 5-10 people, everyday,
somewhere in the city.
with no agenda other
than everyone being
known by someone. so
conversation can be
and the rest (97.7%) of your 24 hr day – aka 1,407 min, you commit to whatever you want.
tribe: find your people
about curiosity app
plus - you get suggested connections everyday from your self-talk into curiosity app.
3 min self-talk into
everyone in city x 3 min
data used to help people
find their people
plus - you get free access to and input for resources throughout the city.
.2% of your day
97.7% of your day
2.1% of your day
Money calls too many shots.
people become money free for a year.
Initial bet. Ongoing remix.
initial 20 mill to model (partial) future. ongoing via
upcycling/remixing/reallocating of current govt funding - starting
the future of money. more resourceful rather than more
We are looking for like minded dreamers interested in
financially jumpstarting ..
Just to see if there is a better way to live our days, rather
simply hoping for it or theorizing about it. Getting the sync
right to play out in a community where red tape is
This is the next phase/prototype of a finding/vision we have
been dabbling with the last five years. Perhaps an
experiment/mindset in an ecosystem not yet tried.
If/when we model enough of a betterness – a city changed,
perhaps it would merit reallocation of current school
funding. Future finances would then come per census,
rather than seat time and/or test scores, as government, et
al, see the benefit of an entire city as community builders.
Ongoing spending would be determined by ongoing crowdsourcing of these gatherings per choice.
[If there does emerge betterness, yet powers that be don’t deem it worthy of
funding reallocation, perhaps the people themselves would bypass the
government buy-in phase, hastening a more democratic system/structure.]
20 million would/could represent/demonstrate:
• what a city might look like financially if govt funding
was per census and crowdsourced per the
• how rich a city might feel, with or without the literal
money, when we start practicing a
• the transformation that might take place in just a
short year, in a city with a new/emerging mindset:
spaces of permission with nothing to prove
7 mill – ish:
people that need income can be supported to play with us, especially tapping into sabbaticals for
teachers in the district, and waivers/scholarships into unis/business for students – so they won’t
worry about the potential of being punished later for playing, or for taking a year (on) off – to
come back & play our/their dream/vision, also parents/community members, wanting to play
play in city
[this could be
any district staff]
to play in city
to start up
*note: the idea is that labels – ie: teacher/student fade as everyone becomes/is both. initial/temp moneys go to those currently tied to
it. eventually all involved rhizomatically in whatever currency/economy emerges – ie: share/gift/connection/relationship
8 mill – ish:
for places and resources,
buying and/or renting spaces (ie: community-owned spaces) for the crowdsourced gatherings
that matter, also equipment/resources needed in those spaces, & for traveling to and from
elementary as sudbury-ish
middle as make/hacker-ish
high as youmedia-ish
*note: the idea is that spaces morph as much as people do. and especially initial spaces – ie: collaboratory functions are to 1get us back
to a natural state and 2as global research/sharing to affect world change
Initially (as with the 20 mill start up) we’ll craft
useful/temporary tools for both the
c-app’s (curiosity app) self-talk
c-space’s (collaboratory space) others-talk.
But both will have the option/potential/flexibility to be
crafted/remixed perpetually/ongoingly by the person
and/or by the community.
5 mill – ish:
while none of the ideas are new, combining them might be, being able to pay experts [to write
code, for an app to hasten the time between finding what matters & finding your people…]
and purchase resources [wifi, devices,..] will accelerate the ability to make this equitable on a
for co-creating/remixing city
space – out & in
consumption/project*note: the idea is that initial cost/functionality if successful - esp with tech – will soon become self/local/global-created/sustaining citizen
1Talk to self in app 3 min a day
so encourages self-talk
2Self-talk becomes data – what are you curious about – what matters to you
new form of data – and tons of it - 3 min x city population worth
3App connects you to others and leaves a brain mapping trail –
daily match(dot)com connections & crafting of non-linear portfolio
All in such a way to encourage you to spend less time proving yourself and more time
ou’ve got to make the systems so that they help people pay attention to the world in front of them .
- Clive Thompson
ie: systems that encourage/facilitate/perpetuate personal fabrication
632-2 the brain
Rather than taking tests or creating portfolios.. the app creates a trail, perhaps similar looking/functioning to the brain.
For you, that means you don’t spend countless hours proving/defending/documenting/faking yourself, giving you more
time to do/be awesome. For a ceo/college admissions a simple word search in your brain gives a more human/honest
portrayal of ie: your curiosities/connections in regard to that topic.
A collaboratory, as defined by William Wulf in 1989, is a “*center without walls, in which
the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location,
interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational
resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries” (Wulf, 1989).
*Community owned spaces.
To look more like the solution, a first space we are looking to secure is in the heart of the city.
As a hub, or a home base, our kitchen table, so to speak. Where we will come together locally
and virtually, to notice the unlikely, dream boldly, make connections, and start doing things
that matter, to us. We are especially interested in a neutral space of high quality, that
represents the value we place on this ongoing community conversation. This space may
resemble more of a maker space, as conversations that matter often happen while we’re cocreating.
The space resembling perhaps, Deb Roy’s house, so that it’s accessible to everyone
(local/global), whether they are there physically or not.
we could start with ..
Money in particular, spent on: testing, competing, prepping, training,
standardizing purchases, policy-izing, regulating the policy-izing,
medication, restoration, prison, homelessness, …
Reallocation of funds, because w/healthier people, city spends less on
health care, judicial system, vandalism, homeless. That money can be
used to equitize resources, ie: food, shelter, living spaces, .. free higher
Freeing up current ed funding flows, for people to literally upcycle..
enlivening the cities/world in which they live.
buy in: if this works.. we’ve got enlivened cities, with # of population = # of community builders, spending less on health, crime, et al.
Reviving/remixing becoming indispensably remarketable. Co-creating a mindset of
a different economy/currency. Perhaps trust/share/relationship/connection, as a city
listens to each other without an agenda, other than: what do we need, what do we
have, what are we curious about, afraid of, .. and how can we facilitate that.
At all levels and in all areas we crowdsource/co-create/emerge community via
such things as (already existing): urban-observatory/google-sketch-up/i-wishthis-was/seeclickfix/cityforward/streetlight/edgeryders/projectcitizen/hoverapp/collaborative-consumption… maker/hacker spaces..
pie/coffee spaces.. sketch-able walls.. sidewalks..
Perhaps some of these think tank-ish space(s) would have literal birds-eye-view of
the city, with i-wish-this-was-a.. google sketch stations, giving everyone easy access
to share their dreams.
a lawn mower
time to babysit
huge food garden
3 bikes not used on weekend
a guest room
someone to help me learn italian
a car on thursdays
someone who can fix my sink
$100 for an medical bill
ie: collaborative consumption, mesh, et al..
how are the people
around you doing
discrimination as equity
re mark et able
It’s a mad world.
many/most of us are so stressed/busy/sick/asleep/blind that
we are missing life.
Set people free.
like returning a stolen shell to a turtle. giving people what they need.
spaces of permission with nothing to prove.
People at peace.
people see themselves and each other as the system.
Some more benefits/outcomes/perks/changes..
The city would be experimenting with any/every idea people have to make the
city/world better. People have great ideas, if they could just get connected to and
have time with their tribe/people. More sharing of ideas.. of everything.. less
waste. Especially less waste of people. Cross generational
expertise/interconnectedness wakes all people up. Nationality: human. Generation:
Like Pam Dorr talks.. using what's annoying/nuisances to solve problems..
disbands scarcity.. reveals abundance
a whole community talking about things that matter..
wisdom of the entire city would grow exponentially..
more eye contact..
less petty arguing
family ties grow
fewer people divorce .. because people are more themselves.. not looking
for themselves in others
no more prep/training
no more fundraising
discrimination as equity
..people learning each other’s song/stories.. forever enhancing the dance.
people. face to face. eye to eye. heart to heart. love.
We’ve seen/heard too much to not. We can’t not give this a go.
Too doable. Too urgent.
Perhaps a city changed will be enough for people to say, i/we
can do that. For people to realize it is legal/safe/good for
people to think for themselves.
7 billion people taking charge of their day.
Finding/doing/being the thing they can’t not do. Creating
community. Creating us.
perhaps our only credentials worth mentioning:
many love bikes. not so many love cycles. at least not the ones that perpetuate
mindlessness via oppression/compulsion/dependence/blindness. and especially not when
there is a means to break away.
perhaps now… is one of those times.
maybe we say...
grab your x-d glasses