So many of the questions I hear people asking these days are about how to create systemic change. Meanwhile, the protests in the US and around the world can be seen as a reaction to the failure of “talk” as a source of transformation. Personally, I have become frustrated with “abstract conversations” about what “needs to be different.” So often I see these taking the form of blame, i.e. “how do we get those people to change?” Or “how can we get all these different groups, projects, initiatives, etc. to coordinate and collaborate so we can have more impact?” My experience is that these questions have little power.
How might “connecting” offer a different and powerful context for dialogue and engagement? In this session, I will tell a bit of the story of the Now What?! global gathering, the ways in which we are weaving social fabric through dialogue, and the theory of change that has informed its design. We will then spend a bit of time in small groups connecting with one another. You will have a choice of either 1) seeking ways to support some of the work you and those in your group are engaged in or 2) engaging in a brief co-creative flow that produces some sort of “artifact” that can be shared with summit participants.