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Benjamin Brownell
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UnMonastery is coming to America...want to get involved? Inquire within :)
 
An update from our friends at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy and, as you’ll soon see, beyond. Over the past 6 months the unMonastery has been going through a number of significant developments, explorations and experiments?—?these initiatives have had mixed results, some very successful and some borderline disastrous; the net effect has restricted our capacity …
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Thinking about living in Community? Wonder if you hold the right skills to be able to communicate, share power and build harmony? Wonder what does Village, ecovillage and community means?

Come learn with VillageLab how to create a modern day Village in a multiplicity of forms. Learn about social fabric, personal growth, whole systems design for villages, wisdom-driven economics.

Village Design Workshop in Portland, December 4th to 6th

villagedesign.splashthat.com
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Sounds absolutely lovely this gathering! 
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Broceliande: meetings with remarkable trees...

A walk to remember, the act of planting seeds.
I went to France in search of the legendary Broceliande, the ancient forest which once covered the whole of Brittany, and found something much more interesting: a present-day enchanted forest. Thou...
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+Benjamin Brownell I really like how you described the portal!  :)
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UnMonastery application anyone? Please get in touch or pass it on!
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Knowledge for Change  - 
 
Powerful and eloquent technical background on the evolution of digital info architectures. Too many key points and punches to transcribe!
Vinay Gupta 18
Blockchains, databases, networks, economies, and global governance by Vinay Gupta 18
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A Radical Shift  - 
 
Head on into the tricky terrain of measuring and weighing multiple forms of capital and types of value flow...great to see this subject being addressed at higher and higher levels!

What sorts of changes can we anticipate (and facilitate) in the awareness of and relationship between customers, stakeholders, and producers, to shift behaviors and outcomes across the board?

Really nice and concise piece by +John Elkington 
You say you want a corporate revolution? A new ranking highlights business that's changing the world, but not without challenges. (Image: John Lennon Graffiti Wall, Prague / iStock)
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> New Economy  - 
 
Announcing what promises to be a very fertile webinar panel discussion exploring a map-based approach to understanding and enabling economic systems change--

+Ferananda Ibarra of +VillageLab in conjunction with realeconomylab.org New Economy Coalition and the Next System Project...sign up to stay informed!
Please join the Real Economy Lab, the Next System Project and the New Economy Coalition on December 14 at 9am PT, noon ET, 5pm GMT for an interactive webinar discussion on mapping the next system. The inability of traditional politics and policies to address fundamental challenges has fueled an extraordinary amount of experimentation, generating increasing numbers …
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This looks amazing, I'll "see" you there!
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Delightful and pointed six minute perspective--
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Ah, great to know!  I believe I have a few good links to nature patterns among my one gazillion bookmarks, let me go check...


Edited to add:
http://www.patternsinnature.org/blog/2015/my-latest-musings-on-19-november-2015/
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Hey ELL communi-network; wanted to put this initiative in your field of view if not already attuned:

http://discourse.unmonastery.org/t/new-england-us-node-ny/97/12

I'm working with the current residential community at theabode.org to open up space for a coherent co-creative cohort on site in the year ahead, in conjunction with the eminently aligned +unMonastery project. Lots of room to get involved and invent things together!

It's a very sweet space with vast potentials...hope you'll help me coordinate some a propos swarm activity in situ soon.

Get in touch! Post your thoughts! Put it on a kanban any kanban!
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Design Drivers for the Next Economy  - 
 
One of the eight principles of a #Regenerative Economy:

Views wealth holistically

from +The Field Guide to Investing in a Regenerative Economy 
True wealth is not merely money in the bank. It must be defined and managed in terms of the well-being of the whole, achieved through the harmonization of multiple kinds of wealth or capital,...
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It takes a global village...

What's different, and what remains the same, 100 years after Rudolf Steiner burst into the scene of progressive "systems change" and integral philosophy in post-war Europe?

Great article that reminds what a deep legacy of cross-disciplinary innovation we may draw from! Also indicates the challenge of balancing incredible #p2p technical capabilities of today with cumulative wisdom and ethical frameworks refined over lengthier spans for truly evolutionary effect.
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Great report from Open IDEO on their process for articulating a set of clear common values as an organization--

#recode #process #purpose 
We used the power of stories and sharing to craft strong values that will drive our work forward as a community. Take a look at our process and feel free to facilitate it in your own communities and organizations. We'd love you to share any insights and experiences you have as well!
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Appetites and experience range from natural/eco building artistry, regenerative storytelling, lean green co-teaching, general action-adventure pursuits and occasional clairvoyance, to spontaneous convocations of health, wisdom and joy.

I intend to offer a mix of reporting on my personal and studious pursuits, eclectic and tangential obscurities of some artful notability, occasional general inquiry/commentary on life, pretty pix & flix, and maybe a rare gripe or groan of existential flummox. 

I'm not on the F-book and came late to Twitter, so this is my new main domain for general online interchange. I'd appreciate bright splashes of verve and novel apprehensions, empathy, sweetness, critique, collaboration, affirmation, rare groove, crazy wisdom, titillation and the devious/divinely unexpected in feedback and streams. Posts and notes here are free for upcycling and repurpose, no attribution required.

I tend towards fewer followees in my circles in order to participate in a steadier community-like manner, monitoring and interacting with individuals' storylines over time. I aim to broadcast in a way that helps others to engage with me on that level as well - not as a pro or a pundit but a peer with unique circumstance and perspective on the path to co-creative change. Link up!
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