To conspire, in its literal sense, means "to breathe together." It is an intimate joining.
Tomorrow Makers is an intimate joining of concerned individuals and groups to consciously and intentionally rethink the structure of society, fundamentally reassess our embedded assumptions of life, reinvent social and commercial institutions, imagineer new modes of organizing and coming together, and challenge the way humans currently distribute wealth and power. We recognize that the task ahead is far more complex than any individual or any group can accomplish on their own. We also recognize the seriousness of our situation and that there is a need for efficient and wise use of the resources available to us, including time and the innate desire for collaboration.
In our coming together, we employ two basic leadership styles:
Sapiential Leadership: The word sapiential comes from a Latin root that means wisdom. Sapiential leadership recognizes that every person is wise in their own unique way—everyone has something to contribute, whether they are recognized as a traditional leader or not. In an environment like this, the leadership a group needs will emerge when it is needed, and it will change over time, as the group evolves and matures. If you’re new to sapiential leadership, read Gail Taylor’s two articles on Sapiential Leadership and Leadership at the Edge of Chaos.
Liminal Leadership: The word liminal comes from a Latin root that means threshold. A threshold is like a doorway, a portal to something new and unknown. A threshold is also a boundary that marks a point of transition between one state and another, like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. Liminal mindfulness is the art of finding, creating and using thresholds to create positive change. If you’re new to liminal thinking and leadership, read Nora Bateson’s article on Liminal Leadership and Dave Gray’s book, Liminal Thinking.
This way of coming together is not for everyone, because it is entirely different to the way organizations, nations, religions, or institutions organize and operate. We are not huge fans of project plans and at times things can become messy, because there is often uncertainty as we navigate the murky territory of inter-systemic change. Those of us who choose to come together all embrace a readiness to show up and do what needs to be done. We embrace improvization and mutual learning. We reject dogmatic reliance on past experience and insistence that “I have the answer.” We reject incremental changes to the system from within. We are fiercely committed to holding each other through the perfect storms of crises we are and will witness in the economy, ecology and society. We are willing to risk everything to help usher in a new way of living that honors the wellbeing of all living creatures, and we make no excuses. We acknowledge that our plan to face the confusion may not be perfect, but every day we commit to showing up completely, warts and all.
And at heart of everything we do is play. Play with ideas, with each other, play with sticky problems and relationships. Galumphing is part of our DNA.
Structure Amidst VUCA
VUCA is an acronym—first used in 1987—to describe or to reflect on the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity of life. We embrace and work comfortably with VUCA by forming Circles of Conspirators. These Circles of widely diverse individuals come together to work on a specific ‘thing’ from within a holistic systems framework. Each Circle comes together for approximately four months and each Conspirator will choose her/his length of time commitment, based on their current availability and ability.
Circle 1 is our next step. Conspirators will work with us as we organize, design and develop our first Chrysalis DesignShop to be held in April 2019 in Italy.
Circle 2 Conspirators will work with us to distil the output of the Chrysalis.
Circle 3 Conspirators will work with us to design the infinite game, based on the output from the Chrysalis.
Future circles will focus on tokenomics, incentives and reputations, as well as any other topics which emerge from the Chrysalis.
Your Invitation to Conspire
If you’ve been sent a link to this page or simply stumbled across it and have read this far, you’re likely the kind of Conspirator we’d love to work with and we hope you’ll take the time to consider our invitation to conspire. The process is as follows:
Tell us a little about you by completing the form below. Take your time with this step. It’s designed to introduce you to the way we play.
Shortly after receiving your form, we’ll schedule an hour-long initial chat via Zoom or Skype.
If we all feel aligned after the chat, we’ll agree next steps and (optionally) list your name publicly as a Tomorrow Maker Conspirator.
Sound good? Let’s do this!