“Human Operating-System Literacy” on 1/21

The next Foundation Stones presentation in Seattle is just a week away! We’ll journey deep into how our minds work, blending the latest neuroscience with a Planetary Era perspective. I’m excited about how it’s all coming together and look forward to sharing it both in person on the 21st and via video over the next few months.

For the full story, please download the PDF flyer. Please share that flyer with anyone you know who might be able to come.

If you are planning to come, we have some practical suggestions:

  • Arrive early:
    We have a full evening and need to start on time. Sign-in for the event will start at 6 pm. The Church lounge will be available from 5 pm. If you would like to bring food to eat before the event, you can do so in the lounge.
  • Getting there – Public Transit:
    Your eventual destination is Sixth and Seneca. If you don’t already have a route, Google Transit or Metro’s Trip Planner can help. Every bus that runs through downtown stops within 2-4 blocks of the venue, as does Link light rail. Simply get off at University Street station or the stop closest to University Street / Benaroya Hall / the Downtown Post Office.

    Finding the hall – Walk uphill on University Street. Turn right at Sixth Ave and enter the Church through the second door, closer to Seneca Street, which will take you directly to the hall we will be using.

  • Getting there – Biking and Walking:
    Head toward the intersection of Sixth and Seneca. Enter the Church through the door on Sixth closer to Seneca Street, which will take you directly to the hall we will be using. Bikes can be stowed inside the hall.
  • Getting there – Driving:
    Getting from I-5 to the church is quick and easy. You will find a helpful map and directions here.

    Coming from the north – Take the Union St exit off of I5. Go a few blocks on Union to 5th and turn left. Go one block to University, turn left but get in the right lane. Parking is about half-way up the block on the right.

    Coming from the south – Take the Seneca St exit off of I5. Go a few blocks on Seneca to 4th. Turn right and go a block on 4th. Turn right on to University and get in the right lane. Go up the hill past 5th. Parking is about half-way up the block on the right.

    Coming from I-90 – Exit I-90 heading north on I-5 and take the Madison St. exit. At light, turn left and go down to 4th. Turn right and go three blocks on 4th. Turn right on to University and get in the right lane. Go up the hill past 5th. Parking is about half-way up the block on the right.

    Parking – There are two parking garages used by the church. You don’t want the first one, which has an open-air ramp and is run by IBM. The second one that goes under the church building is what you want. Tell the parking attendant that you are there for a “Plymouth Event” and you won’t be charged (presuming you arrive after 4 pm). There is no attendant in the garage after 6:30 pm, so don’t leave valuables in the car.

    Finding the hall – Take the elevator from the parking garage up to the 2nd floor and you will be right at the entrance to the hall.

  • Seat cushions:
    The seating is on standard metal folding chairs. If you would like some padding, please bring whatever you like.
  • Video:
    The event will be video recorded and eventually put up on the web. If you have personal issues with appearing in publicly-available video, you should get in touch with us directly.

Subtitles in Chinese and Russian!

The “What Time Is It?” videos now have subtitles in Chinese and Russian as well as in Spanish and English. I’m grateful to Spring Cheng, Jiawen Hu and Volodya Shestakov for all their efforts. Work is also proceeding on making voice-over dubs for Chinese and Russian. Please let your Chinese- or Russian-speaking friends know.

If you are interested in being involved in translating to another language, to whatever degree, please contact me.

“Human Operating System Literacy” and “Systems Literacy” presentations – Jan 21 and 28 in Seattle

The “Tools For The Journey” set of Foundation Stones presentations will be on the last two Wednesdays in January. If you are (or will be) in the Seattle area, save the dates — 6:30 pm on Jan 21 and Jan 28, 2015. If you know people in the area, please encourage them to come.

These presentations will be videoed and made available for free here on context.org, just like the What Time Is It? videos.

Human Operating System Literacy

We begin on the 21st with a deep look at the ways our minds (including our emotions) work, so we can becoming better Planetary Era catalysts. Some of the questions we’ll explore are:

  • What are the practical consequences of our minds being pattern processors?
  • What’s the dance between your conscious and subconscious, among various parts of your brain and body, and among your various sub-personalities?
  • What is your optimal consciousness zone, how can you spend more time there and how can you help groups spend more time there?

Lots of great stuff about how we humans really work.

Systems Literacy

Then, building on the Human Operating System, on the 28th we will get to see “systems” in a whole new psychologically-grounded light as we explore the role of systems literacy in the Planetary Era.:

  • We’ll pull back the curtain of confusion and mystique around “systems” to discover that “systems thinking” is fundamentally just a consciousness of relationships.
  • We’ll explore how system models can provide a wonderful blend of the best of our visual, linguistic and kinesthetic capabilities – perhaps as important for the Planetary Era as literacy was for the Empire Era.
  • We’ll get to see “maps” and “stories” and their relationship with fresh eyes.
  • We’ll get familiar with tipping-points, time-lags, shifting constraints, strategic leverage points and other helpful tools and concepts from the world of systems.
  • We’ll explore how these tools can be applied in easy but potent ways in daily life.

I’m really looking forward to sharing these two great liberating literacies through this pair of presentations. For more on these topics, please look at Two Essential Literacies.

The event will be in Hildebrand Hall at the Plymouth Church in downtown Seattle. The church has a great lounge if you need a place to hang out between work and the event.

¿Qué hora es?

I’m delighted and grateful to announce that the “What Time Is It?” videos have been translated into Spanish! Rafa Giménez has created both subtitles and voice-over dubs for the whole series. Take a look at Vídeos de ¿Qué hora es? to see what he has made possible – and then let all of your Spanish-speaking friends know! Muchas gracias, Rafa!

Now that we’ve learned how to do it through this first translation, we are ready for more languages. If you are interested in being involved in translating to another language, to whatever degree, please contact me.

Systems Thinking In Action
Online Conference

I’ll be one of the keynote presenters in the first online Systems Thinking In Action Conference. The conference runs for five weeks – from August 5th to September 4th – with a fresh keynote presentation each week and lots of ways to engage – Plenary :: World Cafe :: Open Space :: Podcasts :: Forums. It’s being recorded so you can choose your own pace and timing from any timezone. And you can even choose your own price!

My keynote on August 19th is called New Tools for the Journey: The Human Side of Sustainability. It’s just one small piece in a rich feast of content and interaction. The other keynotes deal with topics like:

  • The habits and skills essential for 21st leadership
  • How to thrive in a hyper-connected, socially-driven world
  • Making systems visible in a complex world
  • A paradigm of plenty

Add to this all that will emerge from the World Cafes, Open Space sessions and Forums and it should be quite a five weeks. I encourage you to check it out.

PS – You can listen here to a podcast interview that Chris Clark (the conference host) did with me as a preview of my presentation.

Context Institute’s Long-term Strategy

CI exists to help birth the Planetary Era. That’s its heart-song. It sings to me each day and lifts my spirits when the work gets hard. It connects me to all the previous generations who would have loved to have had our opportunities to make a difference and to all the generations yet to come who will live with the consequences of our choices. It is a wonderful sweet longing – but how does it translate into meaningful action and how can I share it so you can hear this heart-song too?

Those questions have inspired me to create a 9-minute video about CI’s long-term strategy. I encourage you to watch it and discover how, as the pieces of the strategy are put in place, Context Institute will be able to help you and others worldwide become effective Planetary Era change agents – all for the sake of moving into a brighter future as quickly and gracefully as we can.

“What Time Is It? Part 5” is online

Just in time for Earth Day, this 16-minute video completes the main presentation by exploring how we can work with the momentum of history to move as gracefully as possible into the Planetary Era. (We still have the video of the Q&A time after the presentation to complete but this will need to wait while I attend to other tasks.)

You will find it and all the previous videos on the “What Time Is It?” Videos page.

Now that all of the videos from the main presentation are complete, I’d like to ask for your questions and reflections on the series. What thoughts have they stirred up in you? What other effects have they had on you? Do you have any “yes, but what about …” questions?

I look forward to writing an article with responses to your questions and another article with your reflections. Your comments and questions will also help me to “upgrade” the content in the transcription-based articles.

Your response, short or long, means a lot to me and really helps to move this work forward. Please send it to me via the comment form.

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