The Tapestry Project
Weaving People, Ideas, Projects, Resources, Organizations and Funding
so Communities Can Thrive
I’ve been hearing an increased urgency lately, from all communities, to see their projects, initiatives, expertise, funding, etc. mapped in one place. In essence, for people to be seen by their communities and for communities to see the whole of what their members need and want. To this end, I’ve finally come up with a solution that I’m hoping will help. I’ve called it The Tapestry Project.
We are all working to create something completely new and that requires a shift in every system. It’s like working together on a 1000-piece puzzle with no picture as a reference and with no obvious edges or corners. We know we have pieces, but not only do we have to find them, once we do, we have no idea where they go! Occasionally we run into others, and if we're lucky, the pieces might have similar colors. If the fates are with us, two pieces might actually fit together. Then again, maybe not. We can't be sure.
If we provide a grid, a framework, to help guide pieces of the puzzle into the right general area, then that greatly increases the chances that we start finding connections. The faster the connections get made, the sooner new synergies are found. Now they're not pieces of a puzzle, they're threads in a tapestry. The act of weaving begins and images start to emerge more clearly. A flower here, a fence there, a tree and a strawberry. Transformation comes with the motion, the collaboration, the excitement over what might come next.
Winding Path to Wisdom - 2D
This image emerged in December 2021 after pondering 'what can we do to help elevate individuals and communities to thrive, to reach wisdom.' With pen and paper, the first version was drawn quickly. This colorized version came quickly after, using a website for creating fantasy maps called Inkarnate. The path came first, the messages we receive from our early earthly experience shaping our perspective. Then we venture out and discover the bright spots, swim in the darkness, emerge with new insights and bring what we've learned as nuggets of wisdom and threads of light to others.
Winding Path to Wisdom - 3D
Next, the image spin on a vertical axis and became 3D. The path becomes an infinity symbol, which repeats 6 times and looks more like a flower, representing the multiple paths of wisdom. The top and bottom dots create circles representing the journey of self actualization and community actualization. The three wheels are slowly spinning and their sectors occasionally align to create optimal moments of insight, transformation and new possibilities. I'm currently collaborating with artists to render the 3D version.
Starting with a Questionnaire
Through a dynamic questionnaire, people identify their threads, and then they get to see how they’re woven into the fabric of their community. The path to wisdom is so complex to represent, yet, science and mysticism tells us it requires a holistic view, being able to be seen by others and to also see other perspectives. Technology can help people share their story with this unique questionnaire. Designed in bubble.io, this may become an app of its own, or may be incorporated into the Trove platform. And, answers will be accessed and edited within a persons profile at any time.
Allowing a Community to See Itself
So far, the results are shown in a spreadsheet. But in the near future, we’ll be able to show it in a dynamic grid, kumu-type map, or searchable list views. Weaving individual threads onto a holistic framework finally allows us to break down the silos and find more holistic solutions that combine academic disciplines and resonate across cultures and communities. Curating the knowledge inherent in the community provides new perspectives for each member. Combined with the questionnaire, the results become dynamic and ever changing, allowing each person to change their info at any time. Then together, we can explore the new questions and insights that emerge. Have something to add to this discussion? Contact me!
The Tapestry Project
2022-02-08 PJB Call with Wendy McLean
2022-02-08 PJB w Wendy Afterthoughts
2022-01-26 OGM Pop Up Call on Sensemaking
2022-01-27 OGM Call SenseDoing!
Weaving individual threads onto a holistic framework finally allows us to break down the silos and find more holistic solutions that combine academic disciplines and resonate across cultures and communities. Curating the knowledge inherent in the community provides new perspectives for each member. Combined with the questionnaire, the results become dynamic and ever changing, allowing each person to change their info at any time. Then together, we can explore the new questions and insights that emerge. Have something to add to this effort? Contact Wendy!