Bang!. With this missile hitting your inbox, Innovating Cosmos launches – with a Stage One, very basic web site.
Bang!. With this missile hitting your inbox, Innovating Cosmos launches – with a Stage One, very basic web site.
You are warmly invited by Neville Christie and Tim Bos to become one of 100 special foundation members of Innovating Cosmos.
Innovating Cosmos is a collective – of skilled multidisciplinary professionals who commit to innovating co-operatively.
Through membership, you will gain access to unique business and social impact opportunities, other innovative talent, special opportunity-creating events, and highly-usableinnovation content.
You have been invited either because some time ago you expressed interest – and at the time you indicated your clear intent to work to make the world better. Or you have been identified as being progressive in your particular field - by at least one other member of Innovating Cosmos.
Hit ACCEPT to take the next steps through the on-boarding process – or, alternatively, find out more about Innovating Cosmos here.
It’s Neville Christie and Conan Young, suggesting a maverick approach to how, as a member of Innovating Cosmos, you quickly find the ‘right’ new opportunity for you to work on,
Climbing the wall
Over 20 different people are attributed with a quote like,“As you create your life, and climb the ladder of success, make sure it’s leaning against the right wall.”
So, clearly, they’re all expressing an important truth.
But there are three vital secrets lurking behind this wise advice:
- The ‘right wall’ for us keeps changing. Roughly, every five years most of us reach a ‘pivot’ where we need to re-find, re-design, re-create the ‘right’ wall – the right career, job, business, direction, opportunity, project - for us.
- Typically, between us all, we have seven different responses when we reach this ‘pivot’: We flee. We fight. We bunker down and hope the ‘crisis’ will pass. We run faster. We slow right down. We adapt. Or we transform.Some of these responses lead us back to the ‘wrong’ wall. Others set us in the right direction.
- While most of us look ‘out there’ in the physical world for our next big opportunity, each time the kick-start answer lies mainly ‘in here’. So…by answering the following 7+1 questions, we find whatopportunities lie inside us, waiting to manifest – and we save a lot of our time, life, innovating energy and dollars.
We need these questionsbecause they give us a filter
Here, today, with Innovating Cosmos our context is, “How do I find, design, create the ‘right’ new world-changing opportunity, for me – with others, to spend the next 1-3-5 years happily working on?”
Opportunities lie everywhere in the guise of problems. So, if you consider enough options, you’ll find literally thousands of possibilities in front of you. In practice, most of these you will either not consider, or reject for one reason or another. So, by answering the following 7 + 1 questions you will get to the right ‘wall’ quicker and easier - which ‘wall’, then, rather than simply climb, you, with your carefully selected team, break down and transform into a major opportunity. And a significant innovation.
Answer these three questions first
- At this time in my life, what is my overriding Life Purpose?
Great opportunities must align with our Life Purpose. And our Life Purpose must align with our opportunities. Else rejection or failure is almost guaranteed.
There are 6 core Life Purposes we all rotate roughly every 5 years, in amazingly varying ways. Before Christmas we’ll have a guide book to share with you about what these 6 BIG Purposes are. And how you navigate them.
Briefly the 6 are:
- Following the God ‘stuff’
- Cloning Me
- Being the best Me I can be
- Going for wealth, power and influence
- Making the world better
- My own secret recipe
- What are my inborn talents, skills, strengths and interests – that I honour in me?
And which, of these, are important for me to use and manifest in the world - for my wellness and the good of others?
Often it’s good to dialogue about what they are, with your life partner, close friends, work colleagues, or find a mentor!
Innovation Psychologist, Conan Young, says, “Your goals need to be self-concordant for you to stay motivated, especially when the stakes are high or the seas are rough. So, any opportunity not built, first, on your core Life Purpose, and second, on your talents, skills, strengths, values and abiding interests, will either be rejected by you… or if you take them on, will have a high chance of failure.”
- What big ‘world’ problems really worry me?
And worry me enough that I’m prepared to ‘fix’ them.
Here, it’s useful to list 10-20-30-40. Then narrow them down to the 2-3 you most realistically can change. See Opportunities Galore for a bit of direction.
Consciously ‘meditate’ on this world problem question for a week or more. And carry with you a way to list these problems – maybe on your mobile - as they jump up from your unconscious.
Reversal:Conan Young rightly points out: “Innovating’s not always about “big” world problems - it’s also about what is valuable to people. Anything valued by others can be a huge opportunity also…”
So, also ask: what could make the people in my world happier or better off?
Now get more concrete as you answer these next three filter questions
- What’s are the types of added value I feel comfortable, and uncomfortable, with?
- For profit? Not for Profit?
- In what areas of human endeavour – sport, politics, religion, culture, business, education, science, welfare, health….?
- For friends near, dear and held close?
- For ‘friends’ around Australia, in Asia, around the world?
What ‘calls’ to me, or ‘moves’ me most?: Transmitting new ideas. Creating new products.Technologies. Changed organisations. Software, apps or dapps.Blockchain and crypto-currencies. Relationships. Children. The next generation.Our oldest generation…
Climate change. Sustainability. Total wellness. Gold, property, personal wealth.Changed institutions. New processes. New systems. Science, art, dance, education, high culture. A revolution. Eradicating poverty. A different sort of society.A new form of capitalism. Revamping democracy.
Aligning with China. Transforming lives. Creating a new monetary and banking system. Personal power. Travel. Adventure. The quiet life; reflection; transcendence; bliss; world peace; personal peace…
Creating new frontiers. Breaking with tradition. Home. Getting away from home…what?
- What’s definitely ON and OFF the agenda for me?
- What level of value seems right for me?
We all have complex relationships with money and value. And whether you and I are working for profit, or not-for-profit, as innovators we have an inbuilt Geiger Counter that calculates the amount of money or value we feel we ‘deserve’ to earn - or that we can add to the world’s value over the next 3-5 years.
When you carefully examine, in dollar terms, what that amount is, you have an enormously important filter as to the size and scope of the innovating opportunities you will actually embrace with others. Too small and you’re not motivated. Too big and you turn away.
So, ask yourself: Over each of the next 3-5 years, I don’t just aspire to but I know I can earn or add value - alone or with others - to the tune of $200,000? $1 million?$5 million?$10 million?$50 million?
- How can I/will I do this?
Now ask: How can I marshal my costs, assets and income in ways that mean I can realistically work 1-2-3 days a week on world-changing, equity-sharing projects – where I gain no income for as many as 3+ years - without adversely impacting my family, my health, or our life-style?
Now add the 7th big filter
- Who are the ‘nutritious’ people - with what sorts of talents, skills, values, strengths – that I naturally gravitate towards. And most like to work collaboratively and co-operatively with?
What sorts of ‘toxic’ people do I choose NOT to work with?
For example: The people you’ll find at Innovating Cosmos
Members are positive, practical, committed, hands-on change agents, entrepreneurs and innovators who act to opportunize the world’s big issues – either for profit, or as a social good, or both! And who share, collaborate, partner, joint venture. Rather than to go it alone.
For example: The people you won’t find at Innovating Cosmos
Generally you won’t find as members: chronic pessimists, ideologues, theorizers, critics, people with axes to grind, those who are ‘butthurt’, anyone who needs to blame or leave everything to others, or those who want merely to destroy or pull down, rather than build, create and innovate.
Given you are a Foundation Member, our Innovating Cosmos Innovating Elder, Neville Christie, or our Innovating Psychologist, Conan Young, are always happy to assist you clarify your filters.
- Contact Neville at – email@example.com
- Contact Conan at - firstname.lastname@example.org
A vital 8th question
As you get clearer about the specific opportunities you might take on, it is also vital you ask this 8th multi-headed question:
How, can we as a team, multiply, leverage and scale this opportunity so it can be global and big?
e.g. Keaz – developed by the core Innovating Cosmos team – is a platform designed for the sharing economy. Using it, many hundreds of different business opportunities can be built.
Innovating Cosmos – the place where innovators innovate collaboratively.
Next week:How you activate your first Innovating Cosmos project.
Not a Foundation Member of Innovating Cosmos as yet?
Go to www.innovatingcosmos.com. Read the Home Page and skim the FAQ! Return to the Home Page. Push the JOIN NOW button. Fill in the form. Then, things start to happen.
How you create and activate your first Innovating Cosmos project
“Innovating Cosmos, that’s a mouthful, Terry.”
“Yes, Kim! At first, I thought it was a kid’s game – but, it’s actually a greatway to make the world better”
“Sure! That’s what I thought. But now I’m committed – boots and all.”
“You committed? To this Comos thing? Wow! How come?”
“For three reasons. Who Innovating Cosmos are. What our big idea is. And the tasks we’re taking on.”
“Okay. You knew I’d ask, Terry.Who are Innovating Cosmos?”
Who are innovating Cosmos?
“Well, we’re a slowly evolving global community of innovators. Right now, we’re purposively kept to just 100 part-time Foundation Members–working in small teams, eachon one BIG world-changing opportunity at a time. Margaret Mead gives us our Why?:‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has’.”
“Yeah! I guess that’s true. And Innovating Cosmos’s big idea?”
The big idea
“I love it! ‘Cause it coalesces and kick-starts us all. It’s ‘to positively transform our cosmos – and make life better, fairer, more sustainable, ‘richer’ for all’.”
“My God-ness! And how do you propose to do that?”
One bit at a time
“This is the part I really like: Our remit – the job we’ve taken on – is,first, to transform big problems into big opportunities, and then into innovations. And, second, to collaborate to get them to the world– for the good of all. We’re doing this, ‘one idea, one person, one problem, one opportunity, one project, one technology, one innovation, one organisation, one institution, one nation at a time’.
“Ah! Breaking the elephant down into bite-size pieces.
Creating the big idea, big opportunities
“Okay! So how do you get these big opportunities in the first place? And how do you make them happen? You and I have never run with any of our wonderful, fantastic, amazing ideas!”
“Yep, well,you and I always kept our ideas to ourselves. Whereas,with Innovating Cosmos we form a purpose-built team. And collaborate. There’s a terrific outline that got me unstuck on the web site, under FAQ. It’s called, ‘How do I find the ‘right’ ideas for me?’
“So, after you got this GREAT idea, what then?”
“Actually, after a week of using the outline, I got three beauties. At least,I thought they were beauties… Then, like we are invited to do, I outlined each one on a single page each, and sent all three to the core team of Innovating Cosmos.
“Sounds simple enough, what next?”
Forming a team
“Now, with input from the Innovating Cosmos core team, I’m pulling together my own team from my own networks, with you at the top of the list. Also, I include other members from the Innovating Cosmos network - basically pitching them my initial ideas, and inviting them to add their own.
“Then, we meet – either using a Skype conference call, or face-to-face. Each team has to work out if we have useful and different talents and skills, if we are compatible, and if we want to innovate collaboratively – aiming to make a BIG difference. Also, whether we want to go for profit or social impact.”
“We both know what we’ll go for.”
“Exactly. Once we’ve agreed we can, and want to work together, each member adds ideas into the pool. Then working with a facilitator, we kick all the opportunities around hard. All the time looking for that one big value project we all can commit to.”
No pain, no gain
“Does that work?”
“Sometimes yes, sometimes no. A ‘get me outta here’ filter for somemembers, is that no one gets paid other than from results. But everyone who is active, shares equity in their project. Big outcomes get big returns. No outcomes means no pay, no returns. And I like that! But not everyone does, of course.”
Okay! Okay! You got me. How do I learn more about these fantastic ideas of yours?”
“Great Kim! Let me open up my laptop and show you the summaries…”
Time to act
- Become one of the 100 Foundation Members – if you aren’t already.
- Work through “How do I find the ‘right’ ideas for me?”
- Clarify your big idea on one sheet of Paper:
- What’s the big problem?
- How to turn it into an opportunity?
- What talent and resources do I need?
- Submit it the Core Team [coreteam@!innovatingcosmos.com] for support
- Form the team from your network and from Innovation Cosmos members
- Meet, dialogue, form the team, agree the idea
- Plan how to make it happen.
Here are two simple examples as thought starters.
- Peter Bennardo of Melbourne, wonders if one way to house people sleeping rough in the streets, is to use city car parks that close at night. They have toilets, are safe, warm, and could be a focus for providing food and other services. Great if the car parks are located near where the Salvos or other Social groups can access the homeless to work out long-term assistance.
Problems to overcome are considerable: Getting car Park owners to agree. Getting planning permission. Getting the homeless there. Adding food, showers, etc. Getting the sleepers to move out early in the morning, storing any bedding, clearing any rubbish… But is this a realistic opportunity? Interested?
Contact Peter: email@example.com
For inspiration: see One Voice.org.au
- Problem:The Australian government estimates food waste costs our economy $20bn every year.Globally, one third of all food produced is lost or wasted – around 1.3 billion tonnes of food – costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year. See: Food Waste Facts – they’re stunning!
Just one example: Tara McKenzie, an environmental scientist at the University of the Sunshine Coast, has found that all along the supply chain, edible tomatoes that are slightly odd-shaped, or marked, or deemed too small, or too large,arediscarded because they don’t meet market standards for premium, unblemished product. Tara found between 68.6% and 86.7% of the entire tomato crop was rejected. See: The Guardian.
The Opportunity:If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.Assuming of course, it can be distributed cost-effectively. And meets local cultural criteria.
See: Antony Pratt and government indicatives. Our contribution?
“Join us in sparking conversations that light up the world with Cosmos- changing innovations,” says Core Team member, Conan Young.
Next week: How blockchain will change the world.