U.LAB 2015: Participate in a personal & collective growth process

The course and videos are still online – it’s free

What – The image below is depicting the learning process during the weeks. It might look a bit complex for the beginner. The title of this free online course says it all: Transforming business, society and self. Scroll down to the process graphics of Theory U.

Why – It is all about learning how to create a space for the transformational processes that we urgently need – and on all levels – personally, locally and globally.

How – Recommendation to attend the U.LAB MOOC (free) – the videos of the first course are still accessible here: presencing.com/ulab/overview — 28.000 people enrolled to participate in the online learning space, local hubs are now emerging globally, the journey continues, the actions unfold in many cities …
Missed the course? There will be a next time to attend.


Theory U (Presencing Institute, Otto Scharmer)

Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. Since it emerged around 2006, Theory U has come to be understood in three primary ways: first as a framework; second, as a method for leading profound change; and third, as a way of being – connecting to the more authentic of higher aspects of our self. …” (presencing.com/theoryu) Theory U Read more here: presencing.com/theoryu

Does the U process fit for you? You need a fast evaluation right now?

No clue about the approach? If you google there are a lot of video talks of Otto Scharmer out there, but often they are lengthy. Please invest just that ten minutes and watch this one to get a good idea what it is all about.

. Get more info about methods for the change process on this related page:


When will the stealth mode of Social Foresight Network end?

Currently I am working on a lot of structures and contents in the background. Ok, one can fill a blog or wiki incrementally, but this has some downsides. E.g. visitors being “not impressed” if there is not much and not fresh content – they literally will forget the blog very fast in our times of short attention span. My idea is to have a kind of “big bang” at the beginning, so that people come back with a legitimate expectation of a real benefit of this site. Trivial, isn’t it? – But the time to end the “hiding”, the stealth status is near …

snailImage source: leipzig.degrowth.org/en/

Currently … DeGrowth Conference 2014 – Leipzig
I am writing these lines being on my way to the DeGrowth Conference 2014. I expect a lot of diversity their – in approaches, values and opinions. If there is not intense debate, even on the edge of conflict, then it makes not much sense to have such a conference (with elements of an unconference). 2.500 people attending – that is a bit paradox for a degrowth approach –  but how to handle it? The organisers actually did set this limit of 2.500 – else it would be even bigger.

Update: First livestream from the opening day

The Great Currency Debate – With awesome guests


Google+ hangout was hosted by Caroline Smalley, 14th July, 2014. Living Bridges Planet facilitation team was proud to support with some pointing the event.

Find also at the bottom of page: RELATED STUFF / BONUS TRACKS


Thank you Caroline for the in depth preperation, mindful moderation. And thank you for the texutal info, that we have copied from your description here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbOyjaGS7SM


During this debate, we’ll take a look at the different types of currencies asking our panel what they each mean to them.

1. Time Banking
2. Cryptocurrencies
3. Barter Systems
4. Community Currencies

What are the challenges they seek to address? What are their limitations? How can the limitations be overcome?

What are their common goals and intentions? Will they continue to operate…

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Sharing clout: what happens when children of the Internet + globalisation get elected into office

Also read the great story of how “Generation Hack” created the site http://copywrongs.eu/ in a super short time. http://www.cottica.net/2014/02/04/copyright-in-the-eu-and-the-dark-side-of-online-consultations/
“As the meeting ends, a task force of coders and designers fires up their laptops and goes to work. … – At 8 the next morning, copywrongs.eu is online.” Collaboration excellence!

Gatesense Hackathon Copenhagen at CBS – NOV 29/30 2013


Discover + connect
Gatesense http://www.gatesense.com/
IOTpeople http://iotpeople.eu/
LBP glocal hangout facilitation https://www.facebook.com/groups/livingbridgesplanet/
IOT hardware http://www.nabduino.com/

More info/video
Gatesense Hackathon at Copenhagen Business School 2013-11-29/30 | LIVING BRIDGES Planet livingbridgesplanet.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/gatesense-hackathon-cbs-2013/
Video chat / hangout video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=670EWXvsqQo

Marshmallow challenge – What is team collaboration?

Learn about yourself and the forces of collaboration
Have you ever participated in the “marshmallow challenge”? You will get a lot of learnings from this experience, even if you have a look at the videos about it. But I recommend to go into it without consulting the wikipedia or watching videos about.

photogrid Empathy at work

I had the opportunity to take part in the context of Peace Innovation Lab – Berlin – Meetup (more precise “Empathy at work – Collaborative Sandbox”) and I learned a lot about attention, conflict and leadership.

Idea of a “lead stick”
The group has been reflecting the team processes and insights in the circle. Realizing the structural problem of “unclear leadership” I thought, that there is a simple tool, that should be tested – the lead stick.   It is a simple concept to rotate team leadership in a frictionless way under the condition of high time pressure. The rule is simple: if you think, that you have a good idea in a team process and you want to take the lead, then you take the stick on your side of the table. If you realize, that you are lost, then you put it into the center. Another one can take the lead then.
Why that? Typically if in the first minutes a leader “emerges”, just since he is talking more about his solution idea then others, then he feels a pressure, to be in this position all of the time – the role becomes static. This increases stress and makes the others feel to be in a kind of hierarchical setting (“tragedy of the lead” 🙂 ). The stick liquidifies the roles, allows easy rotation without talk. People feel and are more participatory, more ideas get into play. At least in theory. So let us test this the next time, when we are in a similar team setting.

Creating a minimal tool set for online collaboration

Background Fukushima Open Dialogue

  • Since the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima following the Tsunami in 2011 (wikipedia) the situation is still very difficult – there are efforts now in October 2013 to ask for help of international experts
  • Living Bridges Planet network wants to be part of this process and facilitate building bridges
  • There is a facebook group Fukushima Open Dialogue – The Asia Institute and I found that (as usually in groups like this) the facebook platform is extremely limited in usability, when one needs to share knowledge – this gave me an impulse, to create a collaborative space on google docs [web address will be published, when the structure is a bit more mature; the graphics shows an image cutout of a slide for brainstorming]

How to transform a Facebook group into a collaborative ecosystem?

  • Facebook groups have very limited usability to organize knowledge flow and management. But many FB groups want to stay on facebook because of the reach and friends still being there.
  • The solution is to combine the best of both worlds — facebook reach and Google+ collaboration tools, google docs (and possibly Google+ hangouts).
  • The metaphors of river (fast moving information), pond (for accessible knowledge) – and table (for the synchronous communication and getting close) are very helpful to understand the workings of this minimal ecosystem.

The youtube video is creative commons –
social foresight network 2013 – creative commons BY-NC-SA

An important slide in the little video:


Sharing City Berlin – Workshop 2013-09-27

How can Berlin become the sharing capital of Europe?

  • Here is the harvesting of one of the groups – the neighborhood group. Be sure to have “notes” switched on, while watching the video!
  • The workshop has been moderated by Thomas Dönnebrink and Francesca Pick
  • Find them (and me) at facebook.com/groups/OuiShareBerlin

Clustered ideas
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Some harvested insights from the neighborhood group

– This is all about a change of real behavior, not only the attitude
– Two strategies
– – 1 – in dimension of SPACE -> places
– – 2 – in dimension of TIME -> events
– How to get from early adopters (circle A) to wider adoption of sharing culture
– The group created nice ideas for some PLACES to communicate the “sharing economy” to new folks
– – We call them “SHARING DOCKS”
– – Possible sharing docks / partners:
– – – libraries
– – – adult education center (Volkshochschule)
– – – parks?
– – – second hand shops?
– – – make a “share cafè”?
EVENTS for actions? … spreading the word, community building
– – JUNE 2, 2014 = Global Sharing Day!
– – … an opportunity to be visible with all the existing platforms, projects, “sharing docks”
– – Maybe it is even a “sharing week” if a day is not enough 😉


As Chris Carlsson wrote on Shareable.net:

“Cities are shared spaces. That’s why we gather, in part, to share basic infrastructure, to socialize, to satisfy our human instinct to congregate, to make culture together. The call for a Shareable City simultaneously inspires us to imagine a transformed urban culture but also to notice the invisible ways we already share life all the time.”

The workshop was about making Berlin a thriving Sharing City, by putting the spotlight on its burgeoning sharing economy scene, and finding out new ways to go further.
“Whether it’s about launching new sharing initiatives, establishing meaningful public-private-citizen partnerships, or designing sharing-friendly local policies, this sessions at putting Berlin on the global spotlight of the hot Sharing Cities topic ! We have audaxiously called it: How can Berlin become the sharing capital of Europe?”

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Planet school network – let’s go again

UPDATE 2013-08-31

Edu-technological progress – microlearning, tablets, MOOCs
Since the article in 2011 The concept of planet schools. Efficient global change we have seen some spectacular technological progress in the domain. Examples:

What about the content? How to save the world?
The idea of the planet school network is a really wide open concept. The purpose of planet schools is it to be part of a mindset and lifestyle transformation.

  • We need a kind of global educational revolution
  • Why? To accelerate the intelligent adaption to the boundaries of our precious planet earth
  • Despite a lot of green economy, green startups, green consumers – the dominant paradigm in politics and economy is still not planet friendly
  • We urgently need “planet schooling” on all levels, from kindergarten to business schools
  • Including practical and social learning and tools/apps enabling new sustainable and mindful behavior patterns

Basic concept of planet school network

planetschool-2013Visit the planet school mind map, expand the nodes and explore the concept.

Thank you for your input during the World Café

pschool poster 1 cx2

Workshop Designing for Collaboration (Peace Innovation Lab – Berlin)
On August 29th I had the great opportunity to brainstrorm and collaborate on the concept of  planet school network. The topic Designing for Collaboration was fitting perfectly for this endeavor. I am still in assessment and will create another post/update soon. For now some first image showing the (color interpreted) poster. Thank you, Anne Kjær Riechert of Peace Innovation Lab for the invite to be host in the (accelerated) world café setting.

First insights and revisions
My first insight so far is (inspired by the presentation of Ulf Brandes) to think about a shift in the concept – from competitive elements to collaborative and enabling elements. My first concept was about a kind of crowdsourced rating and badge system (see Open Badges system of Mozilla – openbadges.org).
Any learning space around the world, any app or any online or offline course can register and be evaluated in the three basic sustainabiltiy dimensions of people, planet, profit. I realize now, that this basic idea need not to be too much in a competitive scheme. To have local / regional / global “leaderboards in sustainable practice” is nice, but maybe we can have “leaderboards in collaboration”!
E.g. think about a local school A, which is a mentor for local school B and shows how to teach-and-do in permaculture, photovoltaics or mindful meditation! Being a gateopener and enjoy the spreading of good practice.

Designing for Collaboration - blog - www.stanford.edu
Designing for Collaboration – world café and plenary session

UPDATE: Designing for Collaboration | Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

“Collaboration is essential in our interconnected world, and everything inter-esting has become “cross”, “multi” and “inter” today: international, inter-disciplinary, cross-functional, multi-generational, multi-sectoral. You name it!
Yet, often it seems harder to collaborate than not. We are largely unaware of a shared purpose and feel disconnected. We’re unsure if we can trust, in whom to trust and in what to trust. We fear making ourselves and our organizations or businesses vulnerable.”

Read more here about the Peace Innovation Lab event:

The Top 10 Ways People Are Changing the Economy

Top list to understand, what is going on in the “really new economy”.


There is a crisis out there, but also a lot of people that are thinking of new ways to change the economy for the good and that are implementing them.

Here is a list of 10 trends you may be considering…. we are also mapping them in this maps: Planet for Change so if you want to complete the list or upload other examples…  Just join the movement!


10. Impact Investing:

Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Impact investors actively seek to place capital in businesses and funds that can harness the positive power of enterprise.

The Global Impact investment network  is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing.

9. Collaborative Consumption:

A new  class of economic arrangements is arising… on  in which participants share…

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