[seeing ed as a conduit to communities of practice. getting kids (teachers/parents/people) into those spaces they are dreaming about. then learning is contextual. what would they do, where would they be if nothing was compulsory.. let’s get them there doing that..]This job of creating serendipity seems perhaps daunting. But what if all it takes is us slowingdown and listening without an agenda.Imagine public ed being a conduit to communities of practice.
Imagine experimenting, wherever you are, and take it wherever (Walk Out Walk On), with one or 10 or 500 people, in a city, a school, a class, a village. Supply a google spreadsheet, or the device they have in their pocket, or a clipboard, a sidewalk, a wall, mud, ..(space-based), where people can add their name, their interest, their talent, their contact info. Imagine not managing that. Imagine facilitating that. Per choice.We are experimenting in a town of about 70,000. We are garnering a space with enough wall to host this chart. We are inviting people to participate, in the yoga class, the russian session, the guitar lesson, robotics, qr-coding the museum, building a teen shelter, etc. We’re experimenting with the only ticket to get involved includes: your name, your contact info, your talent/time/interest.
We’re experimenting with a gift culture.
…the antidote to our ubiquitous transactional culture that has turned the accumulation of material resources into a near-sacred pursuit the world over.. – Manish Jain
We’re experimenting with crowdsourcing our community to see which communities of practice are currently in need of larger spaces to gather. Then we’ll seek out spaces to gather, via more crowdsourcin. We’ll seek to use spaces we already have.
[our latest idea: eventually the dream is to sell pies in the store front. dry erase walls… for esp parents/adults in community to have a place to come and converse.. share ideas/fears/dreams.
starting out now – (will be future back end of space) – kids crowdsourcing our town for communities of practice.. ie: what interests do you have.. match people up.. see which ones need bigger spaces, etc to gather. doing all this under the guise of talent/time coop, where the focus is giving.]
Let your mind go wild (wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and creativity). You can do/learn/be whatever you want. Imagine no one needing to be an expert. Then a group gathers with no official expert, and they work together to figure it out, they skype in an expert, the google, they search youtube, the read wikipedia,.. We’ll seek to use people, resources we have.
What we’re thinking about.
Connections are our gold. Communities of practice are our luxury, they are what our souls crave. We crave being with our people.
So – what if pi means more than we ever imagined. What if the 6 degrees of separation, last calculated as 4.47 degrees of separation, is actually going to converge on 3.14152 degrees of separation. What if connecting really is that simple. What if it’s not even degrees of separation of people, but degrees of separation to your community of practice? What if this is the kind of mathematical thinking people can fall in love with?
Look at the circle. The circle of life. Your circle of friends. The diameter represents the distance between the most unlikely connections. It takes about 3 of those distances, till a meet up occurs.
What if that is why pi is so cool, what if that is why it never ends…
What if we believed that.
What if we believed that connecting to your people can happen.
Almost 100% chance, within a city. Within 3 people away.
Almost 100% chance, virtually. Within 3 minutes away.
Connections are gold.
The web is allowing us to converge to our people on three.
Imagine that simple step, over time, changing a person, a room, a city, .. the world.
Let’s just give it a try.