Category Archives: ACTION TOOLKIT

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: — 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. …” ( Theory U Read more here:

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:


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

Clustered ideas
Click on image to zoom (2.476 x 1.488 px)


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

“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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Creating tools for Social Capital generation (2): Living Bridges Planet

Living Bridges Planet – A network about change and social capital 
The Social Capital World Forum 2012 is unfolding following the motto of this year “Living Bridges”. This strong metaphor lead to the dynamics of a network of networks, embodied simultaneously in a network of agile networkers and change makers. While the central information space is realized as the site the social dynamics is flourishing in the facebook group LIVING BRIDGES Planet  (1.850+ members today, still growing). Please visit the post on for the details.

UPDATE: As of 2013-08-02 the size of the group is approaching the 3.500 mark!

UPDATE: 2013-11-05: 4.200+ members. 

Creating tools for Social Capital generation (1): Some field of experience

Situation: Virtuality is more and more an option in collaboration

Here are some contextual facts:

  • Physical face2face gatherings enable collaborative productivity, but are rather costly compared with virtual solutions.
  • With reliable broadband connections and video chat as a standard the experience has improved.
  • Conclusion: The possibility of instant virtual gatherings has become an increasing attractive option.
Communication. collaboration are connected with the generation of Social Capital – now think about the ongoing (megatrend) shift from physical to digital interaction spaces

Problem: No established behavioral patterns and tools for hybrid global-local events

The  field of experience during JellyWeek 2012

  • When I had to think a bit deeper about the architecture and organisation of the global-local event JellyWeek 2012 I worked with some typical use cases in mind to increase a parameter, that I intuitively realized as a key parameter for a succesful hybrid, global-local event.
  • This parameter is SID = social interaction density – Maybe the expression is used differently  in other domains, however I found it adequate for the challenge of a “viable social information architecture” for the JellyWeek with its specific hybrid characteristic, connecting local groups (jellies) and single attendees, scattered around the globe together in a space of encounter.
  • Some aspects of the design challenge have been described in the post about the JellyWeek Social wave and the working sphere – the  specific challenge at that time has been conceived as “Building a coordinative space for remote co-workers” – there is even a little screencast explaining the ecosystem.
  • But do not get distracted – the core issue here is how to find design principles for coordinative spaces, that facilitate the communicative spaces, i.e. finally maximizing the  social interaction density
Have some fun to watch the short video underlining the importance of a “coordinative space approach”.
Part 2 will demonstrate the solution and what can be learned and generalized from it.
Update 2012-05-16 Integrated the Social Capital graphics