1. The city would be like the school/classroom. True public education, for
the public (concerning all the people.) Any topic. Any time. Any where.
And because more people are sharing/collaborating, scarcity diminishes.
Exchanges become less about paper-currency/loans/grants/scholarship,
and more about time/talent share. Because people start to view the
community gain/growth/health as their own gain/growth/health,
And because people are spending their days grokking/doing/being what
matters to them, we experience more peace, a different economy, a
share/connection/trust economy, abundance exponentiates.
Imagine a city/community/world where gyms, museums, libraries, wifi,
recording studios, apprenticeships, swimming pools, dance halls,
art/design/remix studios, chem labs, food gardens, lawn mowers, tools,
office space, community kitchens, …. schools, higher ed, … were all just
considered common/public goods.
..is a jumpstart to that vision.
3. Perhaps we already have all we need. We just need to reallocate.
Trillions of dollars are spent on things we don’t really need/want each year. So that money
becomes waste/wasted in some form or another. And because currently money drives
most things, those dollars also involve/include/abuse other things – like
Learning to be more resourceful/mindful with what we already have.
Imagine the money alone, going toward enlivening cities, where people are freed up to find
the thing they can’t not do. 7 billion people making change, as the day, not after hours, and
not on a loan.
resources level out
5. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new
materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is
the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.
Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser
Breathtaking example of upcycling – landfill harmonic orchestra
8. of the premise of an ibp (informal business plan)
is part of the
9. 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.
But how to convince people to make this (little)
Equity (everyone getting a go) matters, so how to
make it simple enough so that it scales across and
10. one with yourself.
one with others.
so what if we use 2 convos to literally redefine school (the day, the funding, the mindset, ..)
within ongoing protoyping
over the last five years..
11. 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:
12. 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,
13. 632-2 public
14. Parts of this may sound familiar to things we’ve tried..
ie: advisory, 20% google time, choice, charters, homeschooling, …
how is this different?
15. Perhaps what has not yet
a city-wide experiment, to provide an ecosystem of
17. 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.
18. opendance happy
19. 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
21. 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.
22. 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.]
23. 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
24. three areas of focus:
for the moneys
25. sabbatical to
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
26. maker/hacker space
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
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
28. 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..
31. for more on intent/meaning behind words/phrases.. they can be searched at