Margaret Wheatley's book, Turning to One Another, inspired an extraordinary conference and community called The Vine. The event lived up to inspiration and lives on through the blog: The Vine Speaks. Lives changed, perspectives shifted.
This morning, I ran across these groundrules we adopted from Meg Wheatley's book to design this conference:
There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask "What's possible?" not "What's wrong?" Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
- Talk to people you know
- Talk to people you don't know
- Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the difference you hear.
- Expect to be surprised.
- Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what's possible.
- Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
- Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don't fear people whose story you know.
Real listening brings people closer together.
What design principles underlie your conferences--tacit or explicit? Maybe it's time you started to expect more of those you serve, and yourself.