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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...
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...
"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...
Upcreation - self-organization that brings forth an emergent level of complexity that encompasses, without destruction, the previous lower levels of organization. In the right circumstances self organization can often also be legitimately called self-creation. Without an outside agent, the parts cohere into a new organization that brings forth an "emergent" level or self not present before. Since the new emergent level of complexity encompasses, without destruction, the previous "lower" levels of org...
Bucky Fuller, engineer, futurist, premier designer said of the moon project, “It will take a million steps to get us to the moon and back. Thank god we have already taken over 90% of them.” Today many of us find ourselves in key leadership positions attempting to create a better world. As educators, consultants, mentors, executives, artists, scientists and social activists, we've been steadily forging the unfolding of a new paradigm, one that defines and stabilizes a higher order for all life. Every field today is seeking new ground, incorporating new ideas, employing technology to escape f...