The Human Networks Festival
The time has come to share here what is going on with the Human Networks Festival.
What is the HNF about?
Last Jan/Feb, In a couple of sessions with the community in Barcelona we decided to call the upcoming fest The Human Networks Festival and the claim is "In face of growing complexity and global challenges, we humans are innovating about how we come together to work on the answers". It's about communities, it's about ecosystems, it's about networks, it's about purpose and the new power.
Here are some hashtags to give you a flavour:
Human networks, systems thinking, collaboration, stigmergy, emergence, collective intelligence, purpose-driven entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, communities, networked organisations, decentralised trust, decentralised power, new power, open source, shared governance, open government. You get the drift.
Human Networks Summit
Barcelona Oct 3rd to 5th
Human Networks Festival
Barcelona, Spring 2019
700 humans, plus Juho
This is, of course, also an experiment
Many of us thought that the Fest BCN needed a shake up. Our environment still places us very much in the sharing economy and the 'Ouishare Fest' (and often, just 'the Ouishare') is seen as THE event of the collaborative economy. In order to move on from it, we have two main novelties:
We are taking up (together with Alt Shift) the international space left this year by the Ouishare Fest in Paris. This means that our content is entirely in English (or at least over 90%) and that we want to involve ALL Ouishare members and communities, which perhaps felt a bit left out in previous editions due to the language barrier.
We are co-creating the HNF with a number of friend networks and innovative organisations. We have two rythms going on. The first one is a more executive, more compact team (Ouishare BCN) dealing with production, venue, volunteers, comms, etc and the second rythm is a group of enthusiastic indivduals from other networks, looking into programme and funding.
HNF Organisation Team
We have the core team up and running, looking into venues, production, organisation, et cetera. Cesar Brunetto is a new member from last year who has been showing great leadership at bringing an enthusiastic young group together.
The experiment above is also our main challenge and our raison-d'etre. Since the HNF is about networks, emergence and the new power, we HAVE to build it as a network of networks. It is hard though, we are all far apart and busy with a thousand projects. Emergence is slow at first.
Why we changed the name
Since we are co-creating this Fest with a growing number of friend networks, we thought it was a good idea to remove 'Ouishare' from the title, so as to create a more inviting space. Aren't we all just part of the Virgo Supercluster, a network of networks?
What is the Human Networks SUMMIT
Between January 2018 and the summit in Croatia in May 2018 we have been nurturing a team of people who live for and by the networks. Most of them got really excited about the HNF and decided to become Network Partners (basically, a person from another network who engages with the HNF and commits to make it happen). However, we have also learned that it is hard for them to figure out how to contribute. Most communications have been between each one of them and Ouishare, rather than between themselves. In technical terms, there is little closure.
As a consequence, in conversations during the summit in Croatia we agreed that we needed to focus on building stronger connections between the different networks (informality, trust and reputation). Additionally, we have also learned from the Networks Convergence organised by Greaterthan, Enspiral and Pandora Hub. The driving force behind this gathering is Kate Beecroft enspiral member and cofounder of Greaterthan together with Francesca. Kate recently moved to Barcelona and started organising this Networks Convergence, which will be happening in late June and will be attended by 45 people. Spots sold out extremely quickly and even today there are many people who want to join.
Based on those two learnings (lack of closure in the HNF network partners and the high demand for the Network Convergence), the HNF team has decided to host a Human Networks Summit for 60 people in October, as a necessary step to build trust and ramp up to the Fest in Spring 2019.
Come join us
This is an event about networks and communities and we want to build it as such. You, dear Ouisharer, are warmly invited to be part of this project. We want you to join the conversation, to own as much of this Fest as you see fit.
* We (team in BCN) would love to hear about what you think. We have a generic HNF telegram channel, join for updates and to show your support.
* If you would like to be a Network Partner (network partners are individual people, often operating in numerous networks and communities), just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* And finally, if you would like to come to the Human Networks Summit in Barcelona, pre-register here.