Session proposal for Futurespotters International event in Tbilisi
One sentence outline
I’ll be leading a session on how our various expectations and experiences often hide the critical details which result in success or failure of projects which include a lot of sharing and working closely together.
The primary institutions we use for sharing in society as it stands are
1) the informal sharing of the family
2) the State and assets like roads
3) the Free Culture movement embodied in Wikipedia / Linux etc.
When people try and build new sharing projects, they often run into problems - lack of volunteers, or too many people with divergent interests. Different decision-making approaches are tried, some succeed, some fail, but over-all we have a hard time getting things started.
What can we learn from successes (and failures) and how might we embody these virtues going forwards? We’ve seen one massive breakthrough in mass collaboration in the past 20 or so years (the Free Culture) movement - what does the future hold? What’s the next big leap in our ability to collaborate, meet challenges, and prosper together?
This will be an experiential event - storytelling of our projects (short!) and some roleplaying experiments with different leadership styles. There may be some puzzles or physical challenges (things like unknotting a long rope together) if appropriate on the day. We’ll try and focus on identifying and internalizing effective strategies and ways of doing things.
This is very much a session for people who are at the edge of their range: doing things a little beyond what they can comfortably achieve with their existing toolkits, grasping for that tantalizing possibility that there’s an us that could solve the problem, if only we could keep everybody together!
I think people from all walks of life can see this terrain!
Call for community involvement
I guarantee this will be useful, memorable and actionable.
Date: 2014-06-23 20:00:00 - 2014-06-26 20:00:00, Asia/Tbilisi Time.