The words willful unfolding have continued to unfold! Relentlessly.
As part of the Integral City conference, I have four roles: co-design the eLab program with Marilyn Hamilton, interview many of the 50 visionaries we have gathered, speak to participants about the role of the Integral City master rule (take care of self, take care of others, take care of place), and harvest the meaning we make of what we are learning.
As we have been working on the conference, we have been struggling with making sure that we create the conditions for the transfer of wisdom from people who have been living the 12 evolutionary intelligences to participants. These are the 36 live sessions that form part of the conference. We are also aiming to create the space for an asynchronous community space that allows the participants to meet each other and make meaning together. Holding this latter intention as been my role as the Harvester.
Up until today, I have had no idea how our harvest function was going to take place with our technology choice. I have willfully held on to the intention to create the conditions where the emerging Integral City Collective is able to connect as a collective, rather than as individuals. We wish to create the conditions to see the collective, to discuss within the collective. To interact with the collective. To be a collective.
The way to go about creating this kind of space has been very slow in unfolding. I have had to be patient as we made decisions about the technology we use and whether it can hold the dream of a collaborative space that can hold us in our exploration really well. Our challenge is that the technology platform we are using is moderately good at setting up individuals to connect with each other. Not more. And at this stage in the game we are not in a position to change our platform so we are making lemonade out of lemons, as one of my colleagues puts it. We will make great lemonade together.
Whether we meet face to face or virtually, the quality of our interaction comes with what we each bring and the spirit in which we conduct ourselves. Regardless of the structure, physical or virtual. This is how we will make lemonade. And the lemonade will nourish the next iteration of the technological structures that we need to serve us well in our virtual worlds.
The lemonade will serve the next unfolding.
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7 free interviews are posted on the Integral City Collective website. Go to the conference page, scroll down to the bottom of the page to register for the free Integral City expo and you’ll have access to the interviews. This is free time to learn with Don Beck, Ann Dale, Ann Duffy, Barrett Brown, Buzz Holling, Hazel Henderson and Terry Patten. Enjoy