I think it is important for any project to stay connected to the dream or long term vision. Something I hear often from people is that we tend to forget this in the rush of everyday tasks. The vision needs to be revisited time and time again. A compelling vision inspires motivation and ensures everyone stays on the same page. We need to be speaking often about it. Placing it regularly on the agendas of our meetings.
With Makers of Meaning we soon realized that we had not dreamed far enough yet. Since January we were indeed focused on building a workshop. But soon the aspiration to create something bigger emerged and we had to dive into a meta-level reflection and figure out our long term vision.
We decided to leave the city for a one-day road trip. We took a train from Brussels/Leuven to Namur and from Namur to Fernelment. Hosted by Coworking Fernelment we had an intense day with a lot of questions and answers about where we are and where we want to go.
This post is a first attempt to speak out loud about the vision we came across.
Our long term vision
In today’s world it feels like work is scarce. In the next 20 years we see however the opposite happening: a great abundance of work. Job markets will appear in corners of society that have never before been reached. There is vast potential for the creation of new work, less based on extraction or pure economic benefit, more based on true wealth: social connections, continuous learning, human development and creativity, generative collaboration, regenerative purpose-oriented businesses.
Right now we see a lot of isolation and disconnection, people feeling alone in the city, not seeing new opportunities and separated from their own life purpose.
In the context of work abundance described in our vision, we see Makers of Meaning as a catalyst of the creation of new meaning, a catalyst of deep connections and collaborations through building a narrative mindset. We strongly sense that the capacity to create new meanings and new narratives is crucial to accelerate this transformation, and create the safe space for authentic and generative collaborations to happen in the city.
We are Makers of Meaning ourselves, learning by doing, developing our own collaborative framework and methodology, that we want to share with other teams.