FuturesLab Enterprise Model 2.0

Over the past year I’ve been struggling with the future of FuturesLab. I started FuturesLab in 2015 as a new approach and strategy to getting ideas out of my head and allowing them to play within the field of collective social intelligence. The experience was amazing and life changing, leading me into new domains of …

Commons Hospitality Network meets AnyShare

Late last year I posted an idea for a commons hospitality network that Sharon Ede and I had discussed. It was just at the concept stage and we were just gauging interest and useful feedback. Then, a few weeks later, Eric Doriean visited me in Footscray to demo AnyShare for me – the new “build your own sharing platform” …

The Commons Game Proposal (version 3+) for Feedback

Ever since being invited by the Commons Strategy Group to attend the Economics of the Commons conference in Berlin in 2013, I have been contemplating how the commons as a message and practice can be developed and extended. How can we encourage collective action and a ‘commons movement’ to better govern shared resources for the …

Commons Hospitality Network

  This is an idea that Sharon Ede and I worked up earlier this year, but just posting now. The main idea of a Commons Hospitality Network is for an easy to implement and functional hospitality network that serves the purposes of: 1.     lowering travel costs for commons activists and advocates 2.     helps build relationships between people …

Using Neeboz and Co-budget to Run the Commons Game

This post follows on from previous posts that have detailed the design of the commons game (and assumes some prior knowledge of the idea). The basic idea of the commons game is a social process that rewards people with credit when they produce a commoning act. Players can then use this credit in a ‘market’ …

Livelyhood: designing through narrative experience

FuturesLab will be running a design/connect session with the Livelyhood community, to test their Livelyhood System with friends, colleagues and the interested public. The event will be held at Ross House off of Lt. Flinders Lane on October 11th at 6PM. RSVP here. Introduction Livelyhood is a utopian community economy project. The aim is to build an …

Empower West: Citizen Policy Action Platform

Empower West is a platform for citizens of Maribyrnong and surrounding area to propose policy ideas to to be enacted as law. Once a proposal is put forward Empower West members can deliberate on the idea and vote on the idea. If the idea is voted on and passes, then people are invited to meet in …

Designing a Melbourne Assembly of the Commons

Over the past several years a number of calls have been made to develop better coordination and advocacy for promoting and building a commons economy and cities as commons. A few years ago David Ronfeldt put out a proposal to create “Chambers of Commons” which would be commons based business coalitions / networks similar to …

The Futures Action Model game – connecting it

On the 13th of July, Gareth Priday, Bridgette Engeler Newbury and I got a chance to finally test the Futures Action Model game that Gareth had designed back in feb 2016. We beat the drums and invited as many people as we could through the FuturesLab meetup.com group and word of mouth. While I only anticipated …

Futures Action Model Interactive Game

In Feb 2016 Gareth Priday and Jose Ramos were working on a project together and thought, wouldn’t it be great to have a live interactive game for the Futures Action Model (FAM) that we could use in their facilitation work? So they took and long walk and each of them came up with a version …