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An Inquiry into upCREATION 

People ask me "What is up creation?" For me it is a word that says a lot. It has hundreds of stories hidden within it. It teases, appeals, speaks a rhythm and a pattern. It speaks to infrastructure, frameworks, culture, and sets me toward a long view, a big hope, and an audacious task.  I …

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upCREATION unfolding – an invitation 

Gary, Mau, Matt and I created our first upCREATION Experience. Sadly, for a number of reasons, we do not have a large enough group with enough diversity to feel confident that we, as hosts, can fulfill our promise to make this one of the more important weeks of the year for each participant. In our …

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The upCreation Hosts 

During a recent planning session in the Learning Theater, Maurizio Travaglini discussed the host team for the upCreation Experience.

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In the Midst of Threshold Nine 

People ask me, "Should I enroll?" "What is upCREATION about?"  Please read this blog and others, take time, consider well. Personally I think this experience is for everyone! The Big History Project, mentioned below has developed a course for all ages and all ages are finding it rewarding and it is changing the lives and assumptions …

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Infrastructure, Armature, Scaffolding 

Plain and simple: Structure wins.  Paradigms create structures that over time become ubiquitous taken for granted and "the way” things are. They form guidelines that tell us how to behave and perform; what kinds of offices and communication tools to employ. They inform classrooms, and ways of thinking. They design much of our furniture and …

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Leadership at the Edge of Chaos leads to upCREATION 

If you are exploring this website chances are you are in this group of: Idealistic entrepreneurs, revolutionary public servants, unconventional managers, restless consultants, unorthodox facilitators, far reaching designers, disobedient educators, subversive innovators, concerned investors, and audacious artists, and those who seem to fit nowhere or everywhere.   upCREATION is designed for those who thrive on …

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Matt Taylor on Design Assumptions for the 21st Century 

In the summer of 2015 Matt Taylor gave a talk at the Gottesman Libraries on Design Assumptions for th 21st Century.  In the talk Matt discusses both some of the systemic challenges before us and some of the reasons for us to be optimistic about our capacity to address them.

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Questions 

In the research, learning, design process and the employment of the organizations we create, questions are important. They both frame the scale and scope of an investigation and project, as well as, the answers to them establish the beginning criteria for success. Here are some of my questions from when we started designing the upCREATION …

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Moment of Opportunity 

"Insofar as the past is over and the future has not yet transpired, this midpoint is an open moment of possibility. Properly used, it becomes like the eye of a hurricane, a quiet place at the center of life, a free, unconditioned moment of opportunity." Ira Progoff (At a Journal Workshop, 1975) We designed our …

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An upCREATION Experience 

Upcreation - self-organization that brings forth an emergent level of complexity that encompasses, without destruction, the previous lower levels of organization. In the right circumstances self organization can often also be legitimately called self-creation. Without an outside agent, the parts cohere into a new organization that brings forth an "emergent" level or self not …

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What This Is…and not 

I refer to the upCreation Experience as a non-workshop workshop. It is not a typical workshop, nor is it a designShop. Yes, it will happen in a purpose-build environment created for such kinds of processes. Yes, it will employ the methods accumulated over 37 years and thousands of collaborative events. Yes Gail, Mauricio, Gary and …

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Why join upCREATION? 

Bucky Fuller, engineer, futurist, premier designer said of the moon project, “It will take a million steps to get us to the moon and back. Thank god we have already taken over 90% of them.” Today many of us find ourselves in key leadership positions attempting to create a better world. As educators, consultants, mentors, …

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Welcome to the upCreation Blog 

Welcome to the upCreation blog where you will find an ongoing conversation about the strategies to enhance capacity at multiple levels and varying scales while building on earlier efforts.  From an educational perspective, such efforts to enhance capacity can create unique learning opportunities if the right conditions are in place. Determining just what those conditions …

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