Just over 10 years ago we held our first BrainJam in SF under the banner of the Web 2point1 Unconference. There were a lot of reasons for that, some very specific to the time, but mostly related to my desire to inspire others to self-organize to build communities, to create a positive change in the world and to live their life’s purpose. To prove that we don’t need a lot of money or ‘power’, to make a difference, just inspiration to take action, together. In fact, then, as now, I believed that We Are the Solution. Our power is inherent inside us all, so when we connect and help each other, our power grows exponentially.
You may know that BrainJams became Social Media Club, and 9 years ago we held one of our first events in London on our way to reaching 350 cities around the world and millions of people. It’s time to do it again, to learn from our past lessons, and stay more focused on our core purpose. How we can do anything when we work together, so let’s create a space where we can come together to collaboratively tap into our networks and knowledge to make the change we most want to see a reality. So if you live in London or nearby, please join us next Friday morning 30 October 2015 as we breathe new life into the original #SocialGood unconference. Back then, as now, we see the power of a connected society as an invaluable source of good for social change, if only we can discover the people, ideas and resources we need to make the impact we desire in our noble pursuit.
Going beyond the origins of those first BrainJams, we now have a set of community collaboration tools to support participants before, during and after we gather together. With a combination of Slack and Will Someone, you are able to discuss important issues with our community, ask for the help you need to create the change you most want to see and stay on top of all the things others promised to do for you, and all the things you promised to do for them. In so doing, we are creating a community focused on manifesting more real world change then we are in simply talking about them. The time for action is now, are you ready to take it?
If you are in civic tech, coworking and/or social good. If you are working on an important project to make the world a better place, whether for an NGO, a startup or even inside a big company. If you have time and are trying to find projects where your contributions can make a real difference. Or if you simply want to meet other like minded people to see what is going on in the world today, please join us next Friday morning 30 October 2015 in London as we begin to make our noble pursuit a reality. Please note, at 830am we will be networking and we will start the programme at 900am, but please feel free to come at any time up until 1030am. The BrainJam will start at approximately 920am after a short talk and discussion with Chris Heuer.
What is the noble pursuit of We Are The Solution? That we can find more ways to change the world for the better through cooperation and collaborative problem solving then we can through oppositional politics. That we need to slow down to understand our commonalities and see our common humanity before fighting over our differences. That together, WE are the most powerful force on the earth, and WE can do anything we put our minds to doing.
United we stand, divided we are falling. Let’s get back up, let’s help each other stand up and let’s walk arm in arm into a better tomorrow. What it is, is up to you…