Future Ready Nashville

A DesignShop Event | December 17-19, 2014

America has reached a point where almost all problems can be solved, especially at the local level. Nashville has everything it needs to be Future Ready. This program invites selected activists to experience the DesignShop process, while launching our intentional process of making Nashville Future Ready.



In our past explorations, the tradition was to discover something and then formulate it into answers and solutions that could be widely transferred. But now we are on a journey of mutual and simultaneous exploration. In my view, all we can expect from one another is new and interesting information.

 This sounds unnerving -- I haven't stopped wanting someone, somehow to return with the right answers. But I know that my hopes are old, based on a different universe. In this new world, you and I make it up as we go along, not because we lack expertise or planning skills, but because that is the nature of reality. Reality changes shape and meaning because of our activity. And it is constantly new. We are required to be there, as active participants. It can't happen without us and nobody can do it for us. 
Meg Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science

In times of change, learners inherit the Earh while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. 
Eric Hoffer, American social writer and philosopher, 1983 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

"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)

 Upcreation - self-organization that brings forth an emergent level of complexity that encompasses, without destruction, the previous lower levels oforganization.
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 organization, I call this self-creation of higher levels ‘upcreation.’”

Kevin Kelly: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2009/05/upcreation.php

"Resilience" as applied to ecosystems, or to integrated systems of people and the natural environment, has three defining characteristics:  The amount of change the system can undergo and still retain the same controls on function and structure  The degree to which the system is capable of self-organization. The ability to build and increase the capacity for learning and adaptation.”
-       http://www.resalliance.org/576.php

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— Claire C.