The core conference

The core conference in San Francisco on Sep 23-25 brings together community leaders and technology developers to exchange pioneering practices, tools and strategies. The objective is to conceive the future of communities in context of both economics and culture.

The concept can be best explained by the conference’s overview

The economic impact and well being of individuals is greatly influenced by the qualities of communities we are connected with. (Note – I love this sentence!)

Communities are as unique as the individuals and contexts that create them. And at the core of each, lies a basic set of ingredients that hold their intent, structure, and resiliency. Through the unique confluence of individuals and organizations brought together, theCOREconference will provide the setting to explore and exchange ideas, practices and strategies inherent in those basic ingredients and the leadership required to maintain them.

theCOREconference will help expose the inherent pillars that hold communities structures together and provide us with new leaderships insights into the human behavior practices (coherence building, dynamic governance, collaboration methodologies); technological tools (online community platforms, crowdsourcing software, collaborative wikis); platforms (offline, online, physical space, currency systems) and the purposes (collective intent studies, movement building strategies, business models) that underlie all types of communities and organizations.

To stimulate the mind, theCOREconference will provide a spectrum of ideas around community building and collaborative leadership, from the theoretical to the practical, covering such diverse topics as: Patterns in ecological biology, The sacred in community life, Instilling trust in virtual communities, Collective intelligence, Crowd sourcing, Creative innovation, Online movement building, Multi-stakeholder collaboration, Coherence building, Dynamic governance

Why am I interested in this conference? The philosophy of Systems thinking and complex systems underlies my research and blogs (especially OpenGardens)

Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing “problems” as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcomes or events. Systems thinking relates to the study of phenomenon such as unintended consequences, events that are separated by distance and time and small catalytic events can cause large changes in complex systems. A complex system is a system composed of interconnected parts that as a whole exhibit one or more properties not obvious from the properties of the individual parts

And the fascinating thing is: these interactions ultimately lead to Emergence i.e. the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.

That’s why OpenGardens is more than a telecoms play for me but rather an underlying, pervasive philosophy. For the same reasons, I think the core conference should be interesting because it brings together diverse groups spanning human behaviour practices, technological tools, platforms and collaboration models. Who knows what can ‘emerge’ from such complex and diverse interconnections?