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The Characteristics of an Awareness Designer

These fearless navigators have broken the shackles of a singular perspective, and learned how to see things from not just a different point of view, but multidimensional views. At some point they rejected consensus reality and took the path of free inquiry, discovering the liberation that comes with the capacity to interact with the world from a position of agility and adaptability. Aware of options, aware of patterns, aware of the interconnectedness of things, and unencumbered by the blinders of a single point of view about how things work.

They’re capable of taking the jump into new ways of thinking, experimenting with emerging social and cultural patterns by *embodying* those models, and then helping construct the mental bridges necessary for others to walk on if they’re to cross and join the party.

They act as guides and sources of inspiration, to not just explain new modes of thinking and being, but to *show* what it looks like to live in worlds that operate on different rules.

They can glide fluidly between states of identity, states of mind, and states of practice, because they are awake and aware.

via Awareness Design: The Most Powerful Field for Our Future? « emergent by design.

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Here are a few characteristics of this tribal culture:

* we respect ourselves and each other – expressing gratitude and appreciation for the unique gifts and talents everyone brings to the table

* we’re all leaders – positively influencing each other’s thoughts, words, and actions, and offering support and feedback in service of each other’s growth and development

* we’re playful – we’re aware that creativity comes at the intersection of conflicting ideas, sprinkled with a little mischief. ideas and information are our building blocks, and we share them freely, with an attitude of open-minded curiosity and an experimental spirit

* we learn continuously – about ourselves, each other, and the world, making us flexible and adaptive. we expand into all our capacities, not just the rational and strategic ways of thinking, but also tapping into intuitive perception and the realms of imagination, insight and inner wisdom

* we’re happy – we have a sense of control, a sense of progress, a sense of belonging, and a sense of higher purpose and vision

* we have freedom – this is both a state of mind and a practice of self-management. we’ve released old patterns of fear and perceived limitations, and instead choose to be courageous, focused and committed. we’re empowered to make decisions based on the principles guide us. we let go of the need for command-and-control structures, opting to build personal responsibility and strong relationships instead.

* we love life, and each other – no, seriously. it’s a joy to be around people who are passionate about what they do and take pride in their art. and life is art. we see the world as a canvas, ripe with possibilities to birth magical things. we act in service for highest good of all.

via Building the Future of Work and Culture: Announcing CultureCon 2012! « emergent by design.

Anthropologist Micheal Wesch noticed that the social clout of teenagers was related to storytelling. Those that told the best stories that riffed off of the current group topic had the highest clout in the situation. When YouTube became available, he watched teenagers exchange playing videos for each other in place of these stories. The group member with the best hyperlink to an externalized memory or externalized story gained social clout for telling it. [1]. Playing external memories was a new behavior that accomplished an age-old social status play.

via Hyperlinked Memories – Cyborg Anthropology.