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Co-creating Generative Space in Community

Sketch notes by Yvonne Hollandy from AxiomNews.com

Sketch notes by Yvonne Hollandy from AxiomNews.com

“You don’t analyze and engineer a generative space. You host and you convene and you narrate.” Bill Templeman

What does it take to co-create and hold a generative space in community? What questions do we start with? What are the design constraints to generate real, felt change? How does individual agency fit in? What’s the place of analyzing and engineering versus hosting and narrating a generative space?

Peter Pula of Axiom News explored these and related questions in a dialogue with friend and colleague, Bill Templeman, who also happens to be an active community leader in his own right.

“Say you want to reduce homelessness… then focus on what you would rather have than homelessness. If you focus on a problem and you design around a problem and you build actions around a problem, what you’re more likely going to get is more of the problem.” Peter Pula
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