Welcome to Emerging Futures - Volume 68! Putting a Bow on 2022...
Greetings, fellow co-creators!
It is time. If you follow the Gregorian Calendar (amongst other calendars) as we do – it’s time to faithfully transition from one year to the next — from 2022 to 2023.
Let’s take a moment to celebrate, but only briefly — for 2023 is a new year filled with many new years. In just a few short weeks we’ll celebrate the year of the rabbit. Till then, the moment belongs to “2023” — let’s not rob it of that! Let’s honor the year properly by placing a bow on 2022, so we can turn to experimenting and collaborating with the possibilities yet to come.
Our intention in writing this newsletter volume was to list the top content we’d created in 2022. Not all that creative — but, sometimes, the creativity has already been done, and all that is left to do is follow. In this case, following the magic of lists…
We love lists. And we love checking out all the personal lists at this time of the year. For us, the trouble in pulling this list together was the sheer volume of content we needed to sift through. To be honest - we had no idea how much we’d published this year. So in pulling this list together for you of what we would deem our best 22 bits of content, really became a monumental task. So, if you would be so kind, humor us for a moment as we take a look at the numbers:
We delivered 23 workshops, 6 keynotes, presented at a few conferences, taught a number of master classes, and worked with many of you individually and in corporate settings across five continents!
And then pretty much every day we posted something on LinkedIn, and on a weekly basis wrote a newsletter and posted other content on our web site. By the numbers this equaled:
Total words published in 2022:
This is the equivalent of us publishing one book totaling 1,126 pages… or nearly four 300-page books — where we illustrated nearly every other page! 😱
Mind you; this does not include the drafts that never made it to the light of the public screen. Thousands of words and dozens of images have been left on the cutting room floor – where they belong…
So to be honest, we’re just as surprised to write this as you likely are reading it.
Our daily motivation was both our own curiosity about all things creativity and innovation — and to add value to your own engagements with creativity and innovation processes. And while we lived up to our own curiosity — we’ll leave the judgment of value up to you.
In the end, though, none of the numbers really matter. What’s important to us is that all these efforts to create something meaningful and useful in the space of creativity processes — is what led us to you.
In some way, space, or time, you connected enough with one of our propositions such that we’re here now connected to one another through our keyboards and screens.
We are extremely grateful for this emergent connection between us. It is both humbling and energizing.
And so, because you are here with us - we’d like to say two final things:
First, Thank you! Thank you for being on this journey with us. For the deep engagement — the evolution, critique, feedback and new challenges.
Second, with so much content, the “noise” can be overwhelming. And so, we’d like to offer you the “signal” in our work from 2022 — below please find a list of the 22 best pieces Emergent Futures Lab published this year.
We wish you a peaceful, fulfilling, and creative 2023!
Iain and Jason
Till Volume 69,
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