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In a world of exponential change where change changes change and most of my schooling was about static learning, where learning was injected from the outside me, my practice of inquiry needs practice.  The more I practice, spending time in wonder the more connections I come to realize. The dictionary defines inquiry as asking for information, information being facts. Inquiry is much, much richer. To me  inquire is to question the whole: context, content, process, time, paradigm, age, mood, others within my sphere.  Today, as we set about to augment and improve the state of the world, to enh...
People ask me "What is up creation?" For me it is a word that says a lot. It has hundreds of stories hidden within it. It teases, appeals, speaks a rhythm and a pattern. It speaks to infrastructure, frameworks, culture, and sets me toward a long view, a big hope, and an audacious task.  I found it while reading Kevin Kelly's blog pages.  For me it speaks a world in the becoming and offers many clues and some traps for my...
Gary, Mau, Matt and I created our first upCREATION Experience. Sadly, for a number of reasons, we do not have a large enough group with enough diversity to feel confident that we, as hosts, can fulfill our promise to make this one of the more important weeks of the year for each participant. In our discovery of what upCREATION is and how to make it the focus of a week of time, has been an incredibly rich phase for me, one of the hosts. The more we explored the design for each day, the new questions we pondered as we designed, the richness of exploring quantum physics and how to transform ou...
{{unknown}} {{unknown}} During a recent planning session in the Learning Theater, Maurizio Travaglini discussed the host team for the upCreation Experience.
People ask me, "Should I enroll?" "What is upCREATION about?"  Please read this blog and others, take time, consider well. Personally I think this experience is for everyone! The Big History Project, mentioned below has developed a course for all ages and all ages are finding it rewarding and it is changing the lives and assumptions of young students.  Our course, upCREATION is a week of exploration and design that I feel will engage hearts and minds, imagination, and innate knowings in a manner that gives credence and ...
Plain and simple: Structure wins.  Paradigms create structures that over time become ubiquitous taken for granted and "the way” things are. They form guidelines that tell us how to behave and perform; what kinds of offices and communication tools to employ. They inform classrooms, and ways of thinking. They design much of our furniture and ways of communicating. They inform rules of conduct... cultures. Infrastructure is the skeleton, the support system for any given paradigm. Most of us don't think much about infrastructure or we think of it as trains, rails, roads. ...
If you are exploring this website chances are you are in this group of: Idealistic entrepreneurs, revolutionary public servants, unconventional managers, restless consultants, unorthodox facilitators, far reaching designers, disobedient educators, subversive innovators, concerned investors, and audacious artists, and those who seem to fit nowhere or everywhere.   upCREATION is designed for those who thrive on the edge where chaos informs, challenges, entangles and brings about new paradigms and better worlds. We thrive on play, new patterns and forms and wonder. We recognize our...
In the summer of 2015 Matt Taylor gave a talk at the Gottesman Libraries on Design Assumptions for th 21st Century.  In the talk Matt discusses both some of the systemic challenges before us and some of the reasons for us to be optimistic about our capacity to address them.
In the research, learning, design process and the employment of the organizations we create, questions are important. They both frame the scale and scope of an investigation and project, as well as, the answers to them establish the beginning criteria for success. Here are some of my questions from when we started designing the upCREATION Experience a few months back: How do you “design” a life in an emergent, complex world? How can a personal life, work life, family life, social life, and planetary life be achieved without conflict and compromise? How can a complex, rapidly changing global...
"Insofar as the past is over and the future has not yet transpired, this midpoint is an open moment of possibility. Properly used, it becomes like the eye of a hurricane, a quiet place at the center of life, a free, unconditioned moment of opportunity." Ira Progoff (At a Journal Workshop, 1975) We designed our upCREATION Experience for 2017.  With backlashes and political upheavals happening throughout the world  a new understanding of  leadership is essential to provide further guidance toward a better world.  As Progoff writes, now is an unconditional moment of opp...