Future Forward Update for COTF 2.0 *article written by COTF 2.0, only posted by admin Simon Anderson
2016 is and has been an amazing year for our network of networks. In February, we gathered in Washington, DC to dialog about the next phase of Communities of the Future that we are calling COTF 2.0. 40 people from all over the country gathered to share ideas and innovating ideas as we evolve into a more sustainable system and create a wider arc of transformation.
In May, Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist-Yet authored by Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson was launched on Amazon and shortly thereafter kindle versions were created and Barnes & Knoble ordered copies. The book represents 25 years transformational thinking catalyzed by Rick and co-created by over 400 innovators. Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist-Yet offers approaches to getting ready for an emerging society that will be increasingly fast-paced, interconnected, interdependent and complex.
In July, Vicki O’Day represented COTF 2.0 at the Community Developers Conference just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota where she networked and sold copies of the book.
Also in July, COTF 2.0 played an important role at the World Future Society Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Tim Ward and Neil Richardson presented an all-day training on transformational communication that included key aspects of our work including Master Capacities, the notion of an emerging Second Enlightenment and Future Generative Dialog. Tim modeled all the best aspects of his book The Master Communicators Handbook and helped people better understand the critical role that communication has in creating and spreading new ideas and concepts.
The WFS Conference also featured a Dialog with Emerging Leaders that was framed by the ideas in Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist-Yet. The dialog was facilitated by Allie Armitage who is the founder of Mind Into Matter and featured Rick and Neil providing context for key ideas in the book and how it especially relates to leaders under the age of 40. The dialog was the “official” launch of the book and over 50 books were purchased. Frank Maletz, Ken Hunter, Amy Zalman, Rachel Lewis, Shana Vija Ferrigan Bourcier, Rob Bencini and Tim Ward from our COTF 2.0 network attended the conference or the Association of Professional Futurists conference that linked to the World Future Society conference.
Ongoing work on a Sustainability plan is being led by Jim Damicis and our core leadership group. Simon Anderson has re-vamped the COTF website and does his best to keep us one step ahead in the 21st century IT wise.
There is a lot of other stuff happening too. The next update will include project related work we are all doing using COTF 2.0 principles.