Creating Space for   Community     Mark Kuznicki      @remarkk
My story
Where were you when the worldchanged?http://www.flickr.com/photos/janissary/332098417/
Back to school...       http://www.flickr.com/photos/szasukephotography/2945106185/
Tech Startup Entrepreneur
Grad School Dropout
Failed Tech Startup         =  Get a Day Job
...but I can’t go back...
changed my life
is a tech unconference
spawned a movement
Toronto TransitCamp“Not a complaints department, a     solutions playground”
HOW DO WE RE-IMAGINE GOVERNMENT & CITIZENSHIP             IN THE AGE OF PARTICIPATION?  The Web is changing how do governm...
Unconference NormsParticipants create the contentWe are all free participants in an opencommunityLeadership comes from wit...
Open Space
How do you design for   Open Space?
It’s similar to designing       for the Web
or a video game.
Healthy, dynamiccommunity spaces need loose boundaries/rules    to define them.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/amberellis/3226838223/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jason_diceman/3227212505/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/modernmod/3227953346/
“Play” is what happens in the spaces between the  rules and boundaries.
City Repair Project, PortlandHow do we create space for play?
Burning Man:Space for Prototyping the Future                       http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingely/64155263/
Community Today
The town hallis a broken model
The town hallis a crappy container
Community is a Conversation
A community whereconversation is scarceis a weak community
What about online  community?
People who connect   online around theirpassions eventually desire face to face interaction.
Twitter accelerated this     phenomenon
The Web didn’t invent    community
The Web did retrieve  an older form of    community.
The Web and social networks retrieved thepre-modern village circle.
Open Space gatheringsare a signal of this future.
Unfortunately, we bringmodern habits of weak conversation with us.
We need to relearn from those who have this      wisdom.
Peter Block
Accountability and  Commitment
Our intention is to createthe possibility of analternative future by creatinga public conversation basedon communal accoun...
To be accountable, among other things,means you act as an owner and part creatorof whatever it is that you wish to improve...
To be committed means you are willingto make a promise with no expectationof return; a promise void of barter andnot condi...
Six Conversations1. Invitation2. Possibilities3. Ownership4. Dissent5. Commitment6. Gifts    http://www.asmallgroup.net/
LeadershipLeaders provide the means orarchitecture for gathering people ina way that will build communities inwhich citize...
Canadians can be leaders in the new networked  circles of community.
Our First Nations havevery deep knowledge in    the practices of      community.
Today.
How does my story end?
Today I am a change agent, a student of systems, a designer, a teacher, an  innovation consultant, a businesspartner, a li...
Community saved me
I believe in communitybecause I believe community     will save the world.
We can co-create theworld we want to inhabit.
Each of us are heroes in   our own journey.
The Hero’s Journey     http://flickr.com/photos/karla_k/2776839587/
Stay in touch   Mark Kuznicki    @remarkkmark@TheMoment.is
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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
  • • 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. 1. Creating Space for Community Mark Kuznicki @remarkk
    2. 2. My story
    3. 3. Where were you when the worldchanged?http://www.flickr.com/photos/janissary/332098417/
    4. 4. Back to school... http://www.flickr.com/photos/szasukephotography/2945106185/
    5. 5. Tech Startup Entrepreneur
    6. 6. Grad School Dropout
    7. 7. Failed Tech Startup = Get a Day Job
    8. 8. ...but I can’t go back...
    9. 9. changed my life
    10. 10. is a tech unconference
    11. 11. spawned a movement
    12. 12. Toronto TransitCamp“Not a complaints department, a solutions playground”
    13. 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. 14. Unconference NormsParticipants create the contentWe are all free participants in an opencommunityLeadership comes from withinLaw of Two Feet1/N Rule
    15. 15. Open Space
    16. 16. How do you design for Open Space?
    17. 17. It’s similar to designing for the Web
    18. 18. or a video game.
    19. 19. Healthy, dynamiccommunity spaces need loose boundaries/rules to define them.
    20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/amberellis/3226838223/
    21. 21. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jason_diceman/3227212505/
    22. 22. http://www.flickr.com/photos/modernmod/3227953346/
    23. 23. “Play” is what happens in the spaces between the rules and boundaries.
    24. 24. City Repair Project, PortlandHow do we create space for play?
    25. 25. Burning Man:Space for Prototyping the Future http://www.flickr.com/photos/sterlingely/64155263/
    26. 26. Community Today
    27. 27. The town hallis a broken model
    28. 28. The town hallis a crappy container
    29. 29. At a town hall the space createsconversational scarcity
    30. 30. Community is a Conversation
    31. 31. A community whereconversation is scarceis a weak community
    32. 32. What about online community?
    33. 33. People who connect online around theirpassions eventually desire face to face interaction.
    34. 34. Twitter accelerated this phenomenon
    35. 35. The Web didn’t invent community
    36. 36. The Web did retrieve an older form of community.
    37. 37. The Web and social networks retrieved thepre-modern village circle.
    38. 38. Open Space gatheringsare a signal of this future.
    39. 39. Unfortunately, we bringmodern habits of weak conversation with us.
    40. 40. We need to relearn from those who have this wisdom.
    41. 41. Peter Block
    42. 42. Accountability and Commitment
    43. 43. Our intention is to createthe possibility of analternative future by creatinga public conversation basedon communal accountabilityand commitment.
    44. 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. 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. 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. 47. Six Conversations1. Invitation2. Possibilities3. Ownership4. Dissent5. Commitment6. Gifts http://www.asmallgroup.net/
    48. 48. LeadershipLeaders provide the means orarchitecture for gathering people ina way that will build communities inwhich citizens will chooseaccountability and commitment.
    49. 49. Canadians can be leaders in the new networked circles of community.
    50. 50. Our First Nations havevery deep knowledge in the practices of community.
    51. 51. Today.
    52. 52. How does my story end?
    53. 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. 54. Community saved me
    55. 55. I believe in communitybecause I believe community will save the world.
    56. 56. We can co-create theworld we want to inhabit.
    57. 57. Each of us are heroes in our own journey.
    58. 58. The Hero’s Journey http://flickr.com/photos/karla_k/2776839587/
    59. 59. Stay in touch Mark Kuznicki @remarkkmark@TheMoment.is

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