Happened to skype with Venessa, a great listener who shares attention in a way that helps me to flashes of insight every now and then. Today was such a now. And we chatted text-only, from Mexico to Japan.
Here is what her expert listening evoked. I did not ask permission to publish her part, so here is only mine, edited for "mistypos" and links added.
If you never used twitter, don't worry and skip this. Or open the page, skip all the names and scroll all the way down for a quick briefing.
Dear loose connections,
thank you for the frequent or occasional live energetic conversations. I so appreciate your effortless beingness, you mirroring, and co-creation with you. Your virtual friendship and real trust mean a lot to me. So I hope you enjoy your chosen twitterfriends as well.
For a while Sibylle Ito and I connected virtually on Twitter. In August we finally met, listening to speakers including @mqtodd "Excited to be speaking about Social Media at the Pink Cow Connections at @pinkcowshibuya in Tokyo this Tuesday night". With virtual connection trust is real, though it may take longer to build. When you finally meet, "in real life" (as if by phone or twitter were somehow "unreal"), face recognition works and live energetic conversation boosts trust. So we co-created this interview. Enjoy.
From this side of the planet, a heart-on-fire story:
I am just back from participating in a weekend-included Asia-Pacific Company Management Meeting, complete with team building and strategy workshops, all held under casual dress code, with name tags, and no Powerpoint. Woo-hoo!
Turns out this event was run open space style.
We all gave more, from 09:00 to 22:00 for 3 days.
Factory is out, self-organization and trust are in, officially and more than ever before. Group soul emerged. All of us 30-some who participated are not the same any more. You know who you are.
Triiibes with three small "i"? Yes. It is not about one, not about me, maybe about you. Mainly it is about "we". Learning together what that subtitle means on the bestselling book "Tribes -We Need You to Lead Us".
Triiibes.com is a special tribe - it is one special social network - not for everyone.
Thanks to Seth Godin for giving thousands a safe space to grow their marketing mettle and publishing prowess. Or just turn strangers into friends and have a heaven of a time with them.
But wait. Would you rather watch professional videos of Seth Godin's? He and Tom Peters say it quite clearly why learning to blog is a good idea. Or social networking and how to use it in business.
OK, you decided. Thanks for staying here.
By video, first and only take. Spontaneous, raw and unedited.
In blog style, the latest movie appears on top.
New York City
near Washington, D.C.
Do you wish to know what I got out of it for the time I put in? Starting this blog is one example. And Seth Godin was among the first to comment. Making simple video is another example.
In 1985, eighty-five brave souls, or there abouts, gathered in Monterey for The Third Annual International Symposium on Organization Transformation. The first two iterations of this continuing international event (we are now at OT16) were organized in a most traditional manner. Papers, panels, and all the rest. But the consensus of participants was, that despite monumental planning effort extending over a long time, the real excitement came in the coffee breaks. Which of course weren’t planned at all.
And so the Third International Symposium was going to be different.
And different it was. At the point of arrival, the participants knew only when things would start, when it would conclude, and generally what the theme might be. There was no agenda, no planning committee, no management committee, and the only facilitator in evidence essentially disappeared after several hours. Just 85 people sitting in a circle. Much to the amazement of everybody, 2½ hours later we had a three day agenda totally planned out including multiple workshops, all with conveners, times, places and participants.
Observably, the operative mechanism was simplicity itself. As each person determined ...