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May 20, 2021

Fellowship Forum: Exploring Design from Trust with Jerry Michalski

For this Fellowship Forum, Jerry Michalski joins us for a session to explore his framework Design from Trust — an innovative & contemplative-based design approach that begins with the assumption that most people are trustworthy. Jerry is the founder of Open Global Mind

The Garrison Institute Fellowship Forum is a series of conversations with extraordinary leaders with expertise and experience in awareness-based contemplative wisdom, the science of interconnection, generative action, and collective healing. Each conversation will be co-facilitated by the Garrison Institute Fellows and Fellowship Director Dr. Angel Acosta.

If you’ve ever thought about how Wikipedia works, you’ve experienced Design from Trust. Wikipedia leaves the keys in the car: any person on the planet can edit pages in Wikipedia that the rest of us then use. Wikipedians do this because they trust that most people will try to improve Wikipedia, not destroy it. That’s worked out pretty well. It turns out that what makes Wikipedia function also applies to other domains, from education and urban planning to finance, animal training and the Internet. Perhaps more interestingly, building the connections and trust that it takes to Design from Trust depends on finding that inner space, that inner voice, that gives you the courage to try something different.

In this Forum, Jerry Michalski will dive into Design from Trust from a mindfulness and quietude perspective. If you’d like to get more from the session, you might read and watch the contents of the Design from Trust site beforehand.

This forum will be a live meeting, which will be conducted on Zoom at 3:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 20th. The meeting link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.

Speakers:

Jerry Michalski (ma-CALL-ski) is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together. He is also an expert on trust. Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution for a dozen years as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom, as Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s newsletter Release 1.0. He also advised corporate advanced-technology groups on whether and where to deploy exponential technologies like machine intelligence. In the mid-90s, Jerry realized the word “consumer” was a linchpin to understanding many of today’s dilemmas. Following “consumer” led him to the concept of trust, specifically the many ways that consumer capitalism has broken trust. More optimistically, he also found groups around the world rediscovering trust to solve thorny problems. From this mix of movements and ideas, Jerry is creating Design from Trust, a process that can be applied in many different domains. DfT’s home base is Open Global Mind.

For the last decade, Dr. Angel Acosta has worked to bridge the fields of leadership, social justice, and mindfulness. He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Acosta has supported more than educational leaders and their students by facilitating leadership trainings, creating pathways to higher education, and designing dynamic learning experiences. His dissertation explored healing-centered education as a promising framework for educational leadership development. After participating in the Mind and Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative Leadership, Acosta began consulting and developing learning experiences that weave leadership development with conversations about inequality and healing, to support educational leaders through contemplative and restorative practices. As a former trustee for the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he participated as a speaker and discussant at the Asia Pacific Forum on Holistic Education in Kyoto, Japan. He continues to consult for organizations like the NYC Department of Education, UNICEF, Columbia University and others. Over the last couple of years, he has designed the Contemplating 400 Years of Inequality Experience–a contemplative journey to understand structural inequality. He’s a proud member of the 400 Years of Inequality Project, based at the New School.

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