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Why Crowdfunding Isn’t Really About Money

In Collaboration, Wisdom of Crowds on March 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm

We are in the midst of a revolution where self-organized crowds have begun to displace entrenched powers as the primary driver of social change in the world.  At the heart of this revolution is the capacity for people to easily find like-minded peers and collaborate using social media tools.  Crowdfunding has grown in popularity as a way for artists and entrepreneurs to directly engage their fans and invite them to help make their projects a success.  The most visible element in this process is the money that changes hands.  Yet, there are much more interesting (and potentially transformative) things going on that warrant special attention. Continue reading “Why Crowdfunding Isn’t Really About Money” »

Designing A School for Change Makers

In Social Change on March 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Imagine if there were schools you could go to and learn how to catalyze large-scale social change for the betterment of humanity.  Wouldn’t it be great if there were programs that train you to be a Change Maker?  In these turbulent times, there are so many big changes unfolding around us that we’re going to need people who know how to spread good ideas, work well in teams, and remain effective in the midst of chaos.

Update 1 :: Help Us Build It!

There have been so many enthusiastic responses of “I want to be a part of this!” that I’ve created a Google Group to host discussions about actually building a school like this.  Join us here.

Update 2 :: A Design Manual for Change Makers

Since writing this post I have partnered with Sustainable Seattle to offer a series of workshops on large-scale behavior change.  We’re also launching an open collaborative project to create a Design Manual for Large-Scale Change.  Help us make it happen here!

I’d like to build one.  Having done education design work in the past, I’d want to include the following subjects: Continue reading “Designing A School for Change Makers” »

The Various Roles for Social Change

In Social Change on March 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Want to be a change agent?  You’ll need to understand the different roles involved.  Drawing upon Everett Rogers’ theory for Diffusion of Innovation, I’d like to share the model for how different people contribute to the change process.  This web of relationships represents the way that change really happens. Continue reading “The Various Roles for Social Change” »

What is Chaotic Ripple?

In Social Change on March 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

Right now, there are unprecedented changes happening in the world.  We are in the midst of a global transition from an 8,000 year period of agrarian life (largely defined by growth, conquest, and the consolidation of power) to a new epoch that requires open collaboration and steady-state systems if human civilization is to remain a part of the planet’s ecosystems. Continue reading “What is Chaotic Ripple?” »