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This upCREATION experience is designed for people who are developing
mastery in their practice and are seeking new frameworks for viewing
the world around them.

For idealistic entrepreneurs, revolutionary social servants, unconventional managers, restless consultants, unorthodox facilitators, far reaching designers, disobedient educators, subversive innovators, concerned investors, and audacious artists who are eager to expand their capacities, increase their impact, and become the best expression of themselves.

Is it time to augment your practice?

SiNY Intern Challenge_03The idea

Upcreation is 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 legitimately be called self-creation. Without an outside agent, the parts cohere into a new organization that brings forth an ‘emergent’ level or self not present before. Since the new emergent level of complexity encompasses, without destruction, the previous ‘lower’ levels of organization, I call this self-creation of higher levels ‘upcreation.’

Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants, 2009

Should you face new levels of complexity?


This experience will be framed by bringing together different perspectives on complexity, change, design, leadership, self-directed learning and innovation, stimulating and equipping you to upCREATE, to tie together theories, processes, models, fellow participants’ ideas, and facilitation in new and inspiring ways. During this week you will experience these perspectives so you can continue to weave them together following your upCreation Experience.

The ability to understand and interpret context is entangled with a capacity to lead, innovate, follow and play with others. Teaching and learning with and from each other within sets of different “what if” contexts will be the core activity of each day. Leading and facilitating will become one. Study and design will merge. Mastery and apprenticeship in multiple and different knowledge arenas will entwine, forming new relationships and opening up new adjacent possibilities. This provides a rich mental landscape within which to challenge your assumptions, explore new domains, recreate your path and augment your practice.

Is it time to refocus your enquiry?


We are standing on the shoulders of many remarkable people. Their ideas and actions have consistently led the way forward to a greater good. Often called the Invisible College, members have stepped forward over time, without political or religious agendas, to steer and steward civilizations through transformation after transformation, always upCREATING.

We will be working in the context of one of the greatest libraries in the world, and as we prepare ourselves to augment our individual practices, it is important that we engage in an open and active “conversation” with the thinkers, doers, theorists and practitioners who have been most influential for the development of our respective domains.

Should you play a more active role in the pursuit of progress?


The Gottesman Libraries @ Teachers College Columbia University has invited Matt and Gail Taylor to offer the upCREATION experience inside the new Smith Learning Theater as part of an exploration of models for self-directed learning opportunities. Few people have impacted the theory and practice of innovation, collaboration and co-design like Matt and Gail. Over the last 40 years, their modeling language and DesignShop methodology have transformed the way organizations, teams, and individuals work together, facilitate change and co-create novelty.

Joining Matt and Gail are Gary Natriello, Professor in Educational Research, Sociology and Education at Teachers College, who directs the Gottesman Libraries, and Maurizio Travaglini, whose work at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at the Harvard Business School has been focused on forging new and advanced leadership development experiences for leaders, executives and practitioners.

Can others help your quest?

Challenge3_09Future Ready

During this upCREATION experience you will explore your own personal “living questions”, as well as new and expansive questions that will invite you to move beyond the boundaries of your current practice and face bigger and more complex challenges — the ones that matter the most to you.

Let us share our own questions, before you engage with yours during an upCREATION experience:

How can we build capacity inside communities, networks and organizations for more effective ways to collaborate, learn, create, innovate? How can we facilitate the unfolding of better solutions to critical problems?

How do we make communities more resilient and more capable of participating in the creation of their own future, accepting differences, and moving beyond conflict, power and negotiation?

How do we involve more people in developing better assumptions about the future of humanity on planet Earth? How do we, collectively, become more conscious of the future possible scenarios and of our ability to influence their unfolding?

You will be part of a larger and more diverse Braintrust, developed with people whose affinities are deeply rooted. You will be a thinker and a designer, a learner and a teacher, a master and an apprentice, a leader and a follower, a dreamer and a doer.

Can you contribute to a future that is created by design and not by default?

IMG_6436Join Us

Invest one week in dialogue, deep thought, collaborative work and co-design with other masters-of-their-craft who with you will build exciting models of alternative paths to sustainable, emerging futures.

Your upCREATION experience will begin on Monday, January 9th at Teachers College Columbia University in the new Smith Learning Theater. This experience will be highly immersive and extremely interactive: we will work together from 9AM in the morning through dinner – except for Wednesday evening.

The participation fee is $6,900, and it includes all working lunches and dinners.

If you are ready to join us, please use our online submission system at to submit your application.

The application will ask you to address three questions:

“How do you define your practice?”

“What is your unique combination of talent and experience?”

“How would you define the most salient challenge you are facing today?”

Applications will be processed quickly so that you can register and make travel plans.