Monthly Archives: December 2012

Changing the World: Inspiration/resources

theworldcafe.com – Juanita Brown + David IsaacsDrawing on seven integrated design principles ( Setting the context, creating a hospitable space, exploring questions that matter, encouraging everyone’s contribution, connect diverse perspectives, listen together for patterns and insights, sharing collective discoveries. ) the World Café creates a platform/community for hosting large group dialogue about issues that matter, issues that impact the greater good, to create solutions that can actually impact society.

http://thinktraffic.net/how-to-change-the-world – Corbett Barr
Upon attending the World Domination Summit, that presented people who are doing massive, ambitious and seriously world-changing things, Corbett came away with three bullet points:
1 – Don’t ask permission: The only person you need permission from to change the world is you, are you waiting for permission?
2 – Dream Big : It all starts with dreaming bigger than most people dare, Are you dreaming big enough?
3 – Start with your world : Maybe you need to change your life before you can change the world. Do you need to start with your world?

http://www.projecthappiness.org – Project Happiness
This project tracked students from Mount Madonna School near Watsonville, CA, on a journey to discover the true basis of human happiness. This engaged students in a conversation about how their values and ethics are connected to happiness and to the meaning and purpose in their lives. Once students identify their own happiness they can use this to change the world around them.

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Community : The structure of belonging, Peter Block

Peter Block’s overall idea is how to go about building a community for world change, shifting conversations from problems to possibilities in the community and creating a future different from the past.

What I like about this approach is he points out that questions are more transforming than answers. The framing of the questions are also important in that  they are ambiguous, personal and stressful. Pointing out what is different and unique about this conversation. The questions are broken down into five topics: possibility, ownership, dissent, commitment and gifts.

Possibility: it takes the form of a declaration, best made publicly. What is the crossroads you are faced with at this point in time? What declaration of possibility can you make that has the power to transform the community and inspire you?

Ownership: Asks citizens to act as if they are creating what exists in the world.  How much risk are you willing to take? how participative do you plan to be? What have I done to contribute to the very thing I complain about or want to change?

Dissent: Creates an opening for commitment. When dissent is expressed, just listen. Don’t solve it, defend against it, or explain anything. What doubts and reservations do you have? What is the no or refusal that you keep postponing?

Commitment: Is a promise with no expectation of return. What promises am I willing to make? What measures have meaning to me? What is the promise I’m willing to make that constitutes a risk or major shift for me?

Gifts: The leadership and citizen task is to bring the gifts of those on the margin into the center. What is the gift you hold in exile? What is something about you that no one knows? What have others in this room done, that has touched you?

Interesting Venue for Art

Art in Odd Places is a NYC based collective that presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. They also have an annual festival that ranges along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Each year the festival is based on one word. From that word artists create works and participate throughout the given space.

From : http://www.artinoddplaces.org/

Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.