Notes
01 Jan 2022

Threshold Anxiety

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Thresholds mark interfaces. Slim ones, made of wood, separate the rooms at my home. A large one separates my house from the rest of the world. Many visible and invisible thresholds permeate my life. They separate me from people, homes, cities, countries, planets, even galaxies. On each side of the threshold exists a distinct world, often with distinct values, rules and capabilities. Traditionally, a threshold is seen as a boundary that divides two worlds, one that needs to be crossed. I often wonder if thresholds connect us, rather than separate us. Is it the place where we unite and exchange our gifts? Does it present an opportunity to come together and co-create? Can I learn to thrive at the thresholds rather than survive in the comfort of my silo?

We were five in a room designed to seat thirty, exchanging ideas about climate change and open technology. One team brought a deep understanding of the challenges, the other a new way to scale using digital building blocks. To begin, each of us described our silos, how thoughtful they were, how well designed. It took a while for the threshold to become visible. It seemed like, together, we could engage millions of people to help them act on important climate change issues. I grew anxious. Is this where we part or will this be the place to co-create? Will we hesitate at this threshold or come together to enable millions of new thresholds?

Exploring: Big History Project: The 8 Thresholds

Image Credit: Photo by Ivan Aleksic on Unsplash

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