Revisiting Communities to Circles
I look back at Thirdness, Critical Business School, and ahead at containers and creative conversations.
I started a meta-community in early 2020, just before we all stayed at our desks.
The goal is to write and rewrite, to practice and rehearse, to move from knowledge to wisdom, to get to know one's context
—from An Invitation to Join Thirdness, written in Feb 2020
It was a wonderfully enlightening experience and a space I feel honored to have tended to for almost two years. In the process, I learned the craft of writing prompts as a form to invite a conversation that is shared and points in different directions for everyone.
I developed Critical Business School from Thirdness and leaned into coaching in my practice. I find myself thinking a lot about Thirdness these days. Many original provocations that kept the space going seem brighter than ever.
When describing the space, I used to say that Thirdness was a space for people to show up as a process, not a product. And that when we join a community, the whole apparatus is a shelving system for productized thinking.
The community is a product offered to certain people (fixed personas), and how these people will engage is designed and prescribed. So: a design community invites designers to discuss designer-y things. I enjoyed comically visualizing the difference between meeting and exchanging vegetables (orange for a cucumber) instead of tending to the soil.
This should feel like a rehearsal room for people who speak publicly about their opinions and interests
—From An Invitation to Join Thirdness, written in Feb 2020
Thirdness did not ask for anyone to fit in. Yet everywhere I look, communities are asking people to fit in. […]