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Future Predictions on Thrivability

Clay Shirky, over on BoingBoing, asks for predictions of the future – 5 years.

There are many possible futures of course that could arise. And I can’t predict the likelihood of this one, but it is the one I am working to make manifest.

  • Convergence of multiple generations around social change actions. From boomers to Gen x, and down to millenials and beyond, more attention will be flowing toward making the world a better place. Efforts like Earth Councils will blossom in the post election energy of community organizing success, helping to weave the best of different generations together into community action – local groups having local effects compounded across the country and possibly the world.
  • Evolution of tools, practices, and vision addressing the information flow issues, enabling unification of relevant content streams, edit-ability and gardening leading to more refined, less noisy information for timely actions., wiser, and connectipedia as examples of what is moving us in this direction.
  • Part of the evolution of tools will be leaps in understanding and use of metrics and currencies including a major burst in how we see and leverage acknowledgment currencies – especially the reputation of people and information.
  • Massive contractions in financial resource flow (and thus attention too) will drive major flow innovations. Let’s expand that to major innovations in many domains – particularly community infomatics, green science, and collaboration technologies (and practices) -will be high-speed driven by necessity and visionary leaders.
  • The social benefit sector will carry markets to a much greater degree, as everyone knows someone who has suffered losses/poverty/or illness pushing acts of compassion/sympathy to become acts of empathy. This further connects us all, even as greater divides in wealth expand (for only a few more years before collapse). This empathic connections leads to greater philanthropy and support of social benefit organizations.
  • Rolling or cascading crisis wake up the sleeping giants of philanthropy, with those of wealth (including foundations) opening up to radical shifts in practice as their best opportunities for impact (which is desperately needed). More donors will give while living. While wealth transfer predictions will be off base in a changing evaluation of US currency, still massive amounts of money will be in the hands of people compelled to use their inheritance for community and innovation investment rather than market investment.
  • B corporations and social entrepreneurship will become the darlings of the business world to ever greater degrees – luring talent (and investment) focused on social good. (See B corporations, Social Markets, Good Capital, Skoll, Ashoka, Acumen, etc.) Marketing will continue to follow suit with companies racing to be triple bottom line (creating a spike of opportunity for accountants who can manage multiple forms of currency). Greenwashing will be squashed through crowdsourced data on companies, which we can already see emerging. Imagine OsoEco and dozens of other green social networks already online resonating with  information flows like Twitter and service companies like GetSatisfaction.
  • There will be less chatter about so called “democracy” and more focus on how functional systems really work while offering fairness and justice. Not only we will be rebuilding physical infrastructure, we will be evolving human structures for collaboration that are more fair and better honor participant contributions and needs in balance with group purpose.
  • Work will happen differently. Less formal organizations and more loosely affiliated networks grouping toward some shared vision and action will band together, act, and disband like flashmobs to make things happen without wasteful overhead.
  • So much more! And it will be more and more sudden as convergence of energy, purpose, and opportunity accelerate how what we do manifests in the world… things will appear low visibility, but the ability of networks to connect with what is visible AND seen by the right collaborators; thus fluidly merging networks of purpose.
  • Finally, a deepening sense of spirituality will underscore all of this with people acting from a sense of their karma and happiness to do good in the world (as well as people acting from fear and pain to do good in the world too). Beingness is on the rise.

What do you think will be emerging in the next 5 years? What will vital junctures or decision points be? How will these changes be made possible and powerful?

Note: this video of Tom Munnecke with Barbara Marx Hubbard resonates here.


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What I do…and the whole farm.

I have long felt deep in my heart the why of what I do…but I have been too quiet on what I actually do in the big picture. For example, why this blog on thrivability?

  • I study network theory and mapping so we can see the territory we are working with and map it. I also attempt the visualization of information in other ways so we can better see ourselves.
  • I brain-crunch on collective intelligence and wisdom so we can collaboratively learn and act from wisdom as a whole.
  • I delve deep into currencies and flows so I can help information, energy, activity flow and connect visibly. Make the invisible–visible and intentional.
  • I observe and initiate community development and facilitation.
  • I champion innovators, leaders, and visionaries of the emerging culture and these related fields.
  • I track social-entrepreneurship, democratized-philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector as it relates to social justice.

Why? I want to build these fields, so the whole farm (the many fields) supports our opportunity for thrivability.

I don’t want to see nonprofits repeating the same work in different locations without awareness of each other, available resources, or connection to possible champions and volunteers.

I want an organic, self-evolving, self-organizating ecology for wisdom and action so we can co-create a world we want in symbiosis with our environment. I want a whole new culture. And I don’t want it by tearing down the old one. Thank you Modernism, thank you post-modernism. Thank you to all that has come before and led to us being right here, now.

Let’s together use our strengths to focus on co-creating a world we can share and flourish in together.

So, I do everything in my power to create and enable the systems, architectures, processes, flows that enable that.

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Sponsorshop Opportunity–Get your Open Money clarity here

I sent this to my trusted network, and I am going to share it with you too, dear reader:

Called by my passionate conviction that we need new practices and processes for acknowledging the many forms of wealth we hold in terms greater than just money, I plan to attend the Open Money Intensive in Mexico this March.

I believe you also perceive the need for us to evolve. If you want to know about valuable work that is changing our online tools and our ability to make change, I can provide a 5 page paper to you sharing my insights and analyzing the Open Money Intensive.

Will you sponsor my attendance? For a $200 sponsorship, you will receive:

  • a 5 page report explaining what transpired at Open Money and an analysis of what that means.
  • my humble gratitude along with a follow up phone call, if you choose, to discuss the issues and content.
  • acknowledgment through the open play system (by name or anonymously as you choose)

Take advantage of this opportunity to get inside information on cutting-edge developments. Contact me to discuss. (jean @t nurture .dot biz)

The Open Money Intensive aroused my passionate interest because:

  • My gut says that this is powerful potent work, potentially worldchanging.
  • I am fascinated by the leverage offered by currencies to enable us to move toward a thrivable world.
  • I believe currencies are already at play all around us, and the next wave of the internet will be more intentional about using them and capturing collective intelligence and action.
  • I know that we have unacknowledged wealth and resources all around us, and I seek ways to perceive those assets and encourage better flows.
  • I have been trying to articulate clearly these ideas for several years now, and I hope, with others, to develop better framing and languaging so it is more broadly accessible.
  • I believe that conversations lead to relationships, both of which build communities. I believe in creating communities to grow collective intelligence and collective action because we will need that wisdom and behavior to address the global concerns. The participants at Open Money offer extensive knowledge and an opportunity to practice that I need in order to dive deeply into the subject and offer it to others through my work to move from conversation and community building to collective intelligence and community flows.

If you also believe this work to be vital, please contact me. You are also encouraged to forward this to anyone you think it would offer value to.

Thank you for your consideration. This sponsorship opportunity is limited, and your timely response appreciated.

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