On Tuesday, April 23rd, Mycelium and the community of Asheville came together to imagine into community-based learning. What would it look like if the walls of the traditional schools crumbled? What would it look like if instead of tests, success was measured by intention, integrity and social evolution?
With 50 of us in the room dreaming into these questions, I was on fire. The energy and the possibility were contagious. Mycelium is not a solution, but a catalyst, an incubator of ideas and action. This type of partnership between learning laboratory and community is alive and thirsty for love, attention and investment.
Imagine what this concept could look like fully realized? An agile, responsive learning lab that invites diverse constituents of the community and holds a space to voice challenges, opportunities, unlikely connections and strategies for prosperity and systemic evolution? A creation for and by the people. No governments. No agendas. Just the people coming together to design and act in a way that supports life. The youngers, the elders, the black, the white, the brown. The rich and the poor. Imagine what it would look like if we come together to listen, to imagine and to take action that led to prosperity for all?
At Mycelium we are ready to be done imagining and begin experimenting.
Join us on Thursday, May 16th from 6-7:30 at Mojo Coworking to move this from idea to action.
A calling to touch the hearts of humans in ways that bring about happiness and well-being for as much of humanity as possible is not an easy calling to follow… particularly if you’re a grounded, practical type that also draws heavily on your intuition. From time to time, I’ll be sharing some reflections from the road of walking the path while creating Mycelium.
The Five Core Components of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The final week of the Social Entrepreneurship Conversation Series focused on taking ideas from the previous weeks’ conversations and actually putting them into action – bringing together groups of entrepreneurs and teachers to support their fellows in planning and workshopping sustainable enterprise beginning with an overview of the social entrepreneurial ecosystem as a whole.
After spending our first session of the Social Enterprise Conversation Series talking about the core concept of a social enterprise — the next step was to dive a little deeper into the core principles and practices that inform HOW we go about being a social enterprise.
Our session started out by talking, appropriately, on where one should start when building a new enterprise, or describing what one does.
As the session got underway, we warmed things up by having everyone in the room describe what they do. As we went around the room, it quickly became clear that we had an amazing group of folks with us. And what happened next only amplified that perception.
Our current methods of building in most parts of the world cannot be maintained without pushing the demand on living systems into overload. Current building techniques require destructive mining: gypsum for sheet rock; iron for hardware, rebar and roofing; lime and other minerals for cement.
Current construction methods account for:
40% of the debris dumped in landfills
40% of the entire world’s energy usage
18% of all the world’s fresh water usage
10% of global carbon dioxide emissions
30 years of debt for the average home-owner
What is the DIY Economy?
DIY Economy is a coalition of people and organizations. We’re all committed to building the New Economy movement where everyone can play a role in shaping our economic system:
determining the values on which our economy is based
designing an economy that creates opportunities for tomorrow
shaping the economy through the actions we take.
DIY means solutions are easy to build in local communities. We need a blueprint.So Mycelium, Ashoka and Rebuild the Dream are hosting the DIY Economy retreat in Asheville, NC. Follow the action @MyceliumSchool
What is the DIY Economy?
DIY Economy is a coalition of people and organizations.
We’re all committed to building the New Economy movement where everyone can play a role in shaping our economic system:
- determining the values on which our economy is based
- designing an economy that creates opportunities for tomorrow
- shaping the economy through the actions we take.
And more coming soon… Stay tuned!
The 20th Century broke our inter-connected world down into parts and tried to manage each of these parts in isolation. If we want to flip the script in the 21st Century, we need to learn how to think of the world not as a collection of parts, but as an interconnected system. We design and execute to evolve the system as a whole.
Future Project’s Philosophy
Future rejects the status quo of out-dated, winner-takes-all strategies and tactics. Instead, we play at the edge of a new set of business realities—embracing a set of guiding principles that place abundance, good, and the proliferation of positive change as our highest goals. We encourage, and provide techniques for, “thinking wrong” to generate new ideas and design directions for achieving these goals.