tribe – find your people

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We got to incredibly eclectic spaces: composing songs, human trafficking awareness, hebrew, game design, permaculture, homelessness, chess, swahili, sign language, interior design, event planning, literature of running, video editing, theory of relativity, storm chasing, beetle bug epidemic, minecraft, knitting, coffee art, portuguese, wild life, yoga, novel writing, fairy garden design, equestrianism, glass blowing, roller coaster construction, skate parks, soccer, mental health, …

The most breathtaking – we kept getting to a person.. to what makes them come alive.  [for many – that took, and continues to take, a lot of trust/detox time]

Then we found that to keep that alive, we all need the courage/belief/trust to be able to change our mind, daily, if needed/wanted.

So good stuff… great findings.. in failures.

Yet, in all this, a roadblock creeped in every time the person got deep enough into the project/idea/thinking – that they craved/needed other people wanting to do/be that same thing.. at least for that day.

This led us to thinking, what many others have thought, what if we could reduce the time between intention and action (Larry Page), between finding the thing you can’t not do, and finding your people. And what if we could do that everyday – many times everyday. So that we would feel free enough to change our minds, to follow our whimsy.

What if that is what tech wants – to handle the too much to know craziness, the chaos, in order to get us back to us. [Perhaps even – just until that limit nears infinity and we return to a more natural state of curiosity – of a 4 year old – where perhaps, the likelihood of serendipitous gatherings converges on pi – and/or pie.]

We settled into two big doable issues:

1. finding you.

in spaces of permission with nothing to prove – so that you get to your true grit as sustainabilityfinding the thing you can’t not do

2. finding your people.

with tech to hasten time between intention and action – noticing/swimming in our interconnectedness – finding your tribe

[more on the backstory]

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a possible means to tech hastening the finding of people:

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If there’s a tribe, it’s because they decided they want to be in it.

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a possible means to tech hastening the finding of people:

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If there’s a tribe, it’s because they decided they want to be in it.

That decision is what artists do.  – Seth Godin
His TED on tribes:
His book, Tribes.
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insight from Keri Smith:

I was walking through a beautiful neighborhood in Vancouver, (off of Commercial Drive) when I spotted a flyer that caught my eye. The bottom of it said “if you take this poster, make copies & pass it on! I like the idea of one person’s vision that gets passed on. Something that starts off as a small spark, a thought, that picks up momentum and grows exponentially over time. So here you are, if you like it make copies and pass it on.

How to Build a Community

turn off your tv~leave your house~know your neighbors
greet people~look up when you’re walking~sit on your front steps
plant flowers~use your library~play together~buy from local merchants
share what you have~help a lost dog~take children to the park
honor elders~support neighbourhood schoools~fix it even if you didn’t break it
have pot lucks~garden together~pick up litter~read stories aloud
dance in the street~talk to the mail carrier~listen to the birds
put up a swing~help someone carry something heavy~barter for your goods
start a tradition~ask a question~hire young people for odd jobs
organize a block party~bake extra and share~ask for help when you need it
open your shades~sing together~share your skills
take back the night~turn up the music~turn down the music
listen before you react to anger~mediate a conflict~seek to understand
learn from new and uncomfortable angles
know that no one is silent though many are not heard
work to change this

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The problem is effective matchmaking… it’s not so much about finding the information anymore.. but about bringing people together who want to learn together…  – Mimi Ito

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