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  • By way of introducing myself, I want to share a bit of my story. This story is mine, but I think it mirrors that of many many people.\n\nOn September 11th, 2001 I was working for an institutional bank in Toronto.\n\nMy office was at First Canadian Place on Bay Street, which looks a lot like one of the twin towers in New York.\n
  • 2003. So I quite my job and went looking for answers. I studied International Relations and International Political Economy at U of T. I eventually dropped out of a PhD in International Political Economy. I discovered that I am a practitioner, not a theorist.\n
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  • 2005 first BarCamp. It was transformative. I felt I had come home, that I had met people that shared my passions. I found the format of the event to be incredibly stimulating. BarCamp was self-organized by the participants.\n
  • BarCamp became a model for other Camps: DemoCamp, Sustainability Camp, CaseCamp, from Silicon Valley to Toronto to Bangalore to Kyrgyzstan. BarCamp became a global movement, mostly because of its open source ethos.\n\n
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  • Reflect on these norms: they’re like the social web\n
  • Unconferences borrowed from an older method called open space\n
  • Reflect on these norms: they’re like the social web\n
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  • Reflect on these norms: they’re like the social web\n
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  • Reflect on these norms: they’re like the social web\n
  • • Open creative communities need space for play, interaction and creative work.\n• We need: • coworking spaces; • spaces to hold events; • mental space to explore new ideas; and\n• entrepreneurial space to attempt risky new ventures.\n\n\n\n
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  • A podium, an audience and 2 microphones = RUN! It is a totally failed design. It creates competitiveness, breeds negativity and blame, and everyone leaves impoverished by the experience.\n
  • We need to start from a first principle: Community is a Conversation\n
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  • Block is focused on creating accountability and commitment. But he uses these words in a very particular way.\n
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  • If you see yourself as a community leader, I encourage you to read Peter Block and get familiar with the method of the six conversations.\n
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  • If you aren’t already, please check out Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. The closest thing we have to a universal myth or religion. Abraham, Jesus, Mohamed, Buddha, Batman and Luke Skywalker. We can all be heroes, and we can live in a community of heroes.\n
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  • 1. Creating Space for Community Mark Kuznicki @remarkk
  • 2. My story
  • 3. Where were you when the worldchanged?http://www.flickr.com/photos/janissary/332098417/
  • 4. Back to school... http://www.flickr.com/photos/szasukephotography/2945106185/
  • 5. Tech Startup Entrepreneur
  • 6. Grad School Dropout
  • 7. Failed Tech Startup = Get a Day Job
  • 8. ...but I can’t go back...
  • 9. changed my life
  • 10. is a tech unconference
  • 11. spawned a movement
  • 12. Toronto TransitCamp“Not a complaints department, a solutions playground”
  • 13. HOW DO WE RE-IMAGINE GOVERNMENT & CITIZENSHIP IN THE AGE OF PARTICIPATION? The Web is changing how do government omakasegroupToronto, Ottawa,Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax #gov20, #opengov, #opendata
  • 14. Unconference NormsParticipants create the contentWe are all free participants in an opencommunityLeadership comes from withinLaw of Two Feet1/N Rule
  • 15. Open Space
  • 16. How do you design for Open Space?
  • 17. It’s similar to designing for the Web
  • 18. or a video game.
  • 19. Healthy, dynamiccommunity spaces need loose boundaries/rules to define them.
  • 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/amberellis/3226838223/
  • 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jason_diceman/3227212505/
  • 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/modernmod/3227953346/
  • 23. “Play” is what happens in the spaces between the rules and boundaries.
  • 24. City Repair Project, PortlandHow do we create space for play?
  • 25. Burning Man:Space for Prototyping the Future http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingely/64155263/
  • 26. Community Today
  • 27. The town hallis a broken model
  • 28. The town hallis a crappy container
  • 29. At a town hall the space createsconversational scarcity
  • 30. Community is a Conversation
  • 31. A community whereconversation is scarceis a weak community
  • 32. What about online community?
  • 33. People who connect online around theirpassions eventually desire face to face interaction.
  • 34. Twitter accelerated this phenomenon
  • 35. The Web didn’t invent community
  • 36. The Web did retrieve an older form of community.
  • 37. The Web and social networks retrieved thepre-modern village circle.
  • 38. Open Space gatheringsare a signal of this future.
  • 39. Unfortunately, we bringmodern habits of weak conversation with us.
  • 40. We need to relearn from those who have this wisdom.
  • 41. Peter Block
  • 42. Accountability and Commitment
  • 43. Our intention is to createthe possibility of analternative future by creatinga public conversation basedon communal accountabilityand commitment.
  • 44. The dominant existing public conversationis retributive, not restorative.It is void of accountability and soft oncommitment.In this way it drives us apart, it does notbring us together.The existing conversation is aboutentitlement, not accountability.
  • 45. To be accountable, among other things,means you act as an owner and part creatorof whatever it is that you wish to improve.In the absence of this, you are in theposition of effect, not cause; a powerlessstance.
  • 46. To be committed means you are willingto make a promise with no expectationof return; a promise void of barter andnot conditional on another’s action.In the absence of this, you are constantlyin the position of reacting to the choicesof others. The cost of constantly reactingis increased cynicism.
  • 47. Six Conversations1. Invitation2. Possibilities3. Ownership4. Dissent5. Commitment6. Gifts http://www.asmallgroup.net/
  • 48. LeadershipLeaders provide the means orarchitecture for gathering people ina way that will build communities inwhich citizens will chooseaccountability and commitment.
  • 49. Canadians can be leaders in the new networked circles of community.
  • 50. Our First Nations havevery deep knowledge in the practices of community.
  • 51. Today.
  • 52. How does my story end?
  • 53. Today I am a change agent, a student of systems, a designer, a teacher, an innovation consultant, a businesspartner, a life partner, a seeker and a creator of my own experience.
  • 54. Community saved me
  • 55. I believe in communitybecause I believe community will save the world.
  • 56. We can co-create theworld we want to inhabit.
  • 57. Each of us are heroes in our own journey.
  • 58. The Hero’s Journey http://flickr.com/photos/karla_k/2776839587/
  • 59. Stay in touch Mark Kuznicki @remarkkmark@TheMoment.is