Classrooms are great, but an experiential community is built id build in good experiences.
What are the people saying? “This place is boring”?
Listen to the people, particularly the young people and you will find they will respond positively to anything that gives them an enjoyable experience.
Look at ways and means of creating an experiential environment within the community. Places to go, places to do things, while allowing people to experience things in an exciting way, in a new way, in a way that pleases them and in a way they will remember.
Everyone and every organisation and business in the community can contribute. All they need to do is be a little creative and innovate. Remember the things you enjoyed in the past, perhaps this will generate some ideas.
Most advances in science, business, technology and all other fields of endeavour and most individual achievements have been made by people who would not accept that something could not be done. They enjoyed what they were doing and they did it in an environment that was exciting.
Make sure community priorities right
When you live in a community it is sometimes very difficult to see all the issues. And to see how things really are, particularly as they fit into the world at large and the changes taking place. A real issue to overcome is to satisfy as many vested interests as practical and possible.
There will always be winners and losers, swings and roundabouts. In most cases, it will take an experienced external facilitator to put all the issues on the table, prioritise them and organise their implementation.
With litigation and conflict on the rise, you need to seek professional facilitators in order to bring about positive outcomes before they get out of hand. One person’s good idea for an improvement will surely be another person’s road to community problems.
“Every day’s a good day in an experiential community where new initiatives are being implemented by the people every day”. Peter Sergeant
It is always difficult to get consensus when it comes to doing anything that requires change, and economic development and creating jobs is certainly no exception.
There are a lot of entrenched beliefs, special interest groups and of course, limited resources to do everything that needs to be done, at once. Not to mention the negative influences of the idea and opportunity ‘killers’ as well as the general community ‘knockers’ who turn up and disrupts all the best intentions.
Our saying “it’s too hard doing it by yourself” is very relevant here. This is because in most cases it takes an outsider to facilitate many of the aspects of an experiential community, including entrepreneurship.
The outsider has no axe to grind and if they are experienced they will be able to run meetings and workshops effectively and efficiently, introduce methodologies and processes, assist in the generation of ideas and opportunities and provide the much-needed objectivity and perspective.
They will also be experienced in handling difficult situations and difficult people. Get to know your community and its entrepreneurs. It’s not the community with the best tackle that catches the most fish, it’s the entrepreneurial community who knows the fish.
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Be prepared to embrace change engines with an open mind. While there might be negative impacts, there are more possibilities being opened up to those with experience of their change engines. Experiential knowledge, knowledge through experience coupled with entrepreneurial attributes is a key to building an experiential community.
Don’t rely on governments to help manage the transition effectively following the impact of a change engine. Governments need a long-term perspective, much longer than the current political cycles.
The democratic governments of the past 10 years have largely failed to rise to the challenges created by change engines in most parts of the world and are therefore ill-equipped to deal with the real and different issues of each community.
The best way to keep going with creating an experiential community is to simply keep going until you realise the benefits for your community. Why not establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem and start practising economic gardening principles.