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D4R Intro


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This is the talk that opened the Design 4 Resilience conference.

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  • This is the introductory talk that kicked off Design 4 Resilience:

    This is an era of

    -unprecedented crisis
    -and unprecedented opportunity

    Our global human system is now so tightly coupled, so interdependent, that it’s organized at critical state, poised for both massive breakdown and miraculous breakthrough.

    This is a state where a one degree rise in global temperature can trigger a mass extinction. And where two students in a garage can change the world.

    A state where change is more

    -and large-scale
    Than any time in human history


    SLIDE: Shaman

    Where the trickster of instability awakes us. Where Black Swans are the norm. Where you prepare for anything because anything is possible. Where there is no Hercules to slay the many headed Hydra – a mythic symbol of the wicked problems we face. We are the hero.

    And we heroes live in a dancing landscape. We need to learn how to dance with it. That’s why we're here today. A new era demands a new mindset and new strategies.


    SLIDE: Hand

    How did D4R come about?
    D4R emerged from private conversations to make sense of what's happening in our world, and what to do about it. Here’s a sample of ideas from these conversations:

    -we can’t use the same ideas that create crisis to solve crisis

    -some ideas meant to save resources might accelerate depletion

    -there’s not many problems, but one problem with many heads

    -we treat symptoms rather than root causes

    -if the problem is systemic, the solution must be systemic

    -that more stuff is not the answer

    -answers lay in changing how we relate to each other

    -there are ways of exchanging value that can turn scarcity into abundance

    -because the existing reality is designed, we can redesign it

    -survival is not enough, we must thrive

    -no one is coming to save the day

    -we shouldn’t rely on markets or governments to secure our future

    -to fix the climate problem, we have to fix the democracy problem first

    -we should organize our neighborhoods for self-sufficiency

    -the commons work in many places were markets and governments fail

    -with the right social design, we might do a better job running things ourselves

    -we’re not the ones we’ve been waiting for, we have been the ones all along

    -answers are encoded in our biological and cultural inheritance


    SLIDE: Adaptive cycle

    But something was missing from these conversations. We had no framework to make sense of these seemingly disconnected ideas.

    Until we found resilience thinking, which seemed to connect the dots. We wanted to learn more by opening up the conversation:

    -So that the conversation can evolve.

    -So that we can learn from each other and pass on what we learn.

    -So that we can shape our own dialog about the future.

    How do we do make this happen? How do we enable D4R to take the next evolutionary step?

    This morning we'll have three short framing talks about resilience, the commons, and design.

    Then in the afternoon open space, you can host a discussion about your work, remixing it through the lens of resilience.

    After the open space, we’ll have a group discussion to draw out themes from all of the sessions.


    SLIDE: We’re in this together
    A couple things to keep in mind,

    -our framing talks are a starting place, they’re not the only perspective on resilience.

    -The diverse group here today enables us to explore resilience across scales, and disciplines. We can examine it at personal, organizational, community levels, and beyond. And from many disciplines.

    -This gives us a chance to see similar principles across boundaries. And see differences as well.

    -And to build relationships across boundaries so that a capacity to sense and take action together can emerge

    How can we ensure these outcomes? That comes down to our how we work together today. Here are suggestions:

    -Let’s peer-produce our experience today. If you see something that needs doing, go for it.

    -Everyone is a host today. Make yourself and others feel at home. Mingle. Connect. Introduce others to those you know. Start weaving a D4R network. Help each other.

    -Let’s pay attention to ideas that emerge from the collective, ask questions to tease out ideas, we host dialog that increases the intelligence of the collective. Listen and respond so that conversation spirals to higher levels of understanding.

    -Make sure there’s a note taker for each session in the open space. There are instructions for note takers in your packets.

    What about after the conference?


    SLIDE: #D4R

    D4R is a self-organized movement. A learning commons. What you contribute to it and what you get out of it is up to you. Here are some ideas:

    -Use the ideas in your life and work. Document what you learn on the web.

    -Host a D4R event. D4R is an open source event brand like TEDx. D4R is also a prefix: put a city, a discipline, or a scale after it. Use D4R to learn more about the facet of resilience you’re most passionate about.

    -Blog about it. Include others in the discussion. Use the #D4R hashtag on Twitter to share your posts.

    -Start a social enterprise around resilience. The shift to a resilient, commons-based society is an exciting social enterprise opportunity. Let's keep this in mind as SOCAP10 approaches in October. Let's think about how we can attract good capital and talent to this space.
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D4R Intro

  1. 1. 8:30 WELCOME, Neal Gorenflo,   8:40 RESILIENCE THINKING, Harald Katzmair, Ph,d. CEO of FAS.research   8:55 RESILIENCE & THE COMMONS, Neal Gorenflo,   9:10 DESIGN THINKING, Stephanie Smith, founder,   9:30 Q & A   10:00 STRUCTURED NETWORKING, facilitated by Jerry Michalski of and our D4R MC   10:30 BREAK   11:30 Introduction to HUB / SOCAP10, Amy Benziger of HUB Bay Area OPEN SPACE INTRODUCTION, Jerry Michalski   12:30 - 1:20 TRACK 1   1:30 - 2:20 TRACK 2   2:30 - 3:20 TRACK 3   3:30 BREAK   4:00 RECONVENE FOR DISCUSSION, facilitated by Jerry Michalski   5:00 WRAP UP   5:30-7:00 Cash Bar Reception at BETA LOUNGE, 2129 Durant Ave
  2. 2. Neal Gorenflo Publisher, Cohost, D4R
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  8. 9. #D4R TEDx : D4Rx