“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/
The town hallis a broken model
The town hallis a crappy container
At a town hall the space createsconversational scarcity
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.
Accountability and Commitment
Our intention is to createthe possibility of analternative future by creatinga public conversation basedon communal accountabilityand commitment.
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.
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.
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.
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 citizens will chooseaccountability and commitment.
Canadians can be leaders in the new networked circles of community.
Our First Nations havevery deep knowledge in the practices of community.
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 life partner, a seeker and a creator of my own experience.
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