As we see so we shall be
What we choose to look at and and how we choose to look at it frames our worldview. We are not only the seers, but the cinematographers, storytellers & directors who choose where to point the camera. To that we add yet another layer: we are also the camera manufacturers *AND* the lens crafters.
Comprehending we are a part of a complex perceptual supply chain, we must develop standards for #DesignThinking communication, developing civil conversation in order to streamline governance & achieve high yields from community planting, skillfully managing our human & environmental resources. In a model based on individual #DigitalCitizenship (BeliefID), this skillful management starts with ourselves.
AVA2016 will Focus our attention on what we want, not what we don't want*
* Reference "Law of Attraction" materials
We want functioning high tech, ethical frameworks to generate accurate views & standards developed for wayfinding vs. political positioning & empty rhetoric.We want our digital Belief DNA to evolve into a Digital Citizen's ID that will guide our Moral Compass. We want to design ways of framing social conversation so true priorities in governance trend.
What's A Wayfinder?
Wayfinders are front line problem solvers and visionaries, who can appear under stereotypes like the absent-minded professor, starving artist or mad scientist. When systems are designed to recognize & value these "Outliers", innovation can happen more rapidly. Without this recognition, our social immune systems can erroneously perceive healthy growth patterns as threatening and become social autoimmune disease.
#Wayfinder Basic: "Seeking path of least resistance": Designing along the contours of a people group or experience speeds project adoption & deepens skin-in-the-game emotional commitment through personal & community engagement.
#Wayfinder Basic: “People are hard-wired to seek pleasure." Don't rely upon endless emotional appeals to negative emotions like revulsion (at injustices and abuse of every kind) unless those are the seeds you want to plant. We need to curate critical thinking skills and design studio/ laboratory communication exchange formats so we're able to clearly define problem statements (preferably in memorable, entertaining, tiered #MemesThatMatter) along with design/problem-solving process & social reporting back mechanisms to keep constituents informed about their financial/emotional/cultural and other involvements.
Framing Our Conversation:
Before we begin, let's frame a conversation about governance in a unique way by taking a pretend internet quiz:
Rate what’s important to you: on a scale of 1-10 least to most important:
- Unfettered time with my kids
- Passionate or friendship time with my partner/spouse
- Hanging out with friends
- Soul-satisfying meals
- Exercise or a physical activity I enjoy
- Time for my passion or hobby
- Meditation, contemplation or other spiritual practice
- Clothing that fits and flatters me & is well-suited to the activities I like to engage in
- Checking social media or other digital content
- Enjoying entertainment like films, concerts or sporting events
- Setting up digital accounts
- Paying Bills
- Looking for passwords
- Doing household chores like cleaning & laundry, getting car cleaned & serviced
- Grocery shopping
- Dealing with insurance or government paperwork
- Applying for jobs/networking
- Utility driving/public transit: commuting to work, running errands vs. driving for pleasure
If civilization in a broad sense means “doing life” together better than we could go it alone (how many of us grew or killed the food we ate today?) and governance is the framework we use for organizing civilization, then we need a working definition of what “life,” or more specifically, what a happy and fulfilling life is. To facilitate this conversation and connect our conclusions to community action & governance redesign, Ava has proposed the development of the #Sanctuary pod.
Many of our current systems are designed around an arbitrary separation between “professional life” or “real life” and “personal life”, which gets quite silly the longer one thinks about it. We need only to look at shows like “The Office” or “Office Space” to see how ludicrous these definitions have become. “Casual Friday” began spilling over into “Office Casual” everyday, and thanks to technology, the humble bathrobe has become a most excellent work uniform.