The West Lexham Spring Convergence which we are hosting in partnership with the Hub Kings Cross is our contribution to creating a greater synergy between the diverse network of changemakers we are connected to and enjoy working with. To expand that community and support them to create integrated solutions for a brighter future for all of us. Immersive, playfully facilitated events are being held in London, Norfolk and beyond.
As Woody Allen famously said “98% of life is showing up”. Life is not coming up with a plan alone in my room, solving the puzzles with my computational brain. Life is stirring empathy and interaction, feeling and sensing in relationship, creating and doing and being together, creating new threads for the fabric we weave together.
We are seeking the unexpected magic that happens in the liminal spaces between people, places and ideas when they come together in the right environment with space for the unknown to emerge. We are embracing diversity and synergy in equal measure, dwelling in the paradox. Honoring the value of the individual and the fact of the one humanity. Converging not merging.
This is not a talking shop, it is not a conference, it is not a networking event. We want to move from talking into doing. We will provide a taste of creating something tangible together, building a future together. The Summer Convergence will go deeper, a full weekend of cocreating, living, breathing and tasting our collective vision for a brighter future. To know it we must experience it.
Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too… Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
In this paper on Innovation as if the world mattered Mia Eisenstadt of Reos Partners identifies ten key factors in moving from conversation to action, getting beyond talking shops to action and experiment, which they are implementing with their inspiring Change Lab work. Some of the elements from Mia’s list we are seeking to tackle…
A Laboratory or Studio for Social Change. A successful initiative requires space removed from traditional institutional constraints in which it’s possible to experiment and play with new ideas and work across sectors/institutional boundaries. Both scientific and artistic approaches to innovation are supported and fresh thinking is welcomed.
A Shared Sense of the Problem. People from diverse perspectives and positions must build a shared sense of the key elements of the problem while retaining the value of different points of view.
A New Type of Leadership. A group comprised of people who are willing to lead or are already leaders in their respective fields is helpful, as are people who demonstrate new types of leadership in the sense of supporting and facilitating collaboration; orchestrating rather than directing.
Freedom of Association. It is useful to have a mechanism for individuals to cluster around ideas or themes that they have interest in, and opportunities for subgroups to self-organize and work autonomously.