Introducing the 2022/23 Craft-Building Series

  • we are trading in our stone masons’ chisels for futures thinking approaches
  • we are exchanging the cobblers’ awls for surfacing new intelligence
  • we are swapping the barbers’ scissors for sensemaking paradigms
  • we are replacing the surgeon’s bone saw for thinking pedagogies
  • we are eschewing the tailor’s shears for historical reinterpretations
  • we are substituting the poet’s quill for the change agent’s alchemy
  • we are transferring the glassmakers’ blowpipe for the innovators’ savvy
  • we are shifting from a shipwright’s plane to a scientists’ ‘scopes
  • we.are interchanging the weavers’ loom for a venturists’ impact levers
  • we are bartering the merchants’ spices for the technologists’ code

The 2022/23 Craft-Building Series — What’s Different

The very process of spending six months together conducting these F+S events have made us realize a few things and improve ourselves. We are looking at performing the next 12 months of craft building with four subtle but important differences:

  • expanding our purview beyond F+S (Futures & Sensemaking) to FISTHCISIT (Futures, Intelligence, Sensemaking, Thinking, History, Change, Innovation, Science, Impact + Technology) — yes, a more awkward acronym but more fully reflects the full umbrella of people that join, and experiences they want, of the Guild
  • we’re going to rotate in new times to accommodate global audiences and experiment with new platforms beyond Clubhouse (Linkedin Lives, Metaverse,. Expert Mastermind, Twitter Spaces, YouTube Livesteams) between our regular & now rock steady every other Friday 1pm ETs Clubhouses
  • we’re going to consider a full range of Swan craft-building list of A-Z over the next year — see below for our 26 two week segments x 4 potential topics
  • we’re going to find relevant sponsors for each segment to ensure the caliber of events remain high, that we promote and execute them effectively and we reach the best possible audiences— who is looking to affiliate with 50 of the smartest craft-building events this side of the illuminati?
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The Craft-Building Success Formula

I recently ran across an awesome axiom by Ryan Holmes, founder of Hootsuite — no agenda, no attenda. Grammatically incorrect, but on principle — gold. Our craft-building events may vary a little by platform, but here’s the format and expectation we will take moving forward for our new and expanded 2022/23 series:

  • Welcome & Context — a one minute opener, setting up the topic, its relevance and importance
  • Opening Quote — a one or two liner that sets the stage for our discussion
  • Grey Swan Guild Stinger — who is the Grey Swan Guild, why we exist and what do we do
  • Sponsor Message — the reason why we have partnered, and what our sponsoring/partnering organization is all about
  • Good News —surfacing great stuff, its’a guild ritual and in a world that sometimes has a bad week, it’s a welcome respite
  • Opening Perspectives — top starter thoughts from invited guests and experts
  • Burning Question(s) — what is one vexing question (sometimes two) we feel has been left unanswered
  • Discovery — what remains as an underserved, underrated or overlooked part of the topic?
  • Debate — what is a difference, schism or poles of different thoughts our members and attendees can weigh in on?
  • Guild Context — what elements make up the Guild whole of activities and how to join?
  • Lead Approaches, Tools and Tips — what are some preferred methodologies or practices people use to deal or cope with the topic?
  • Top Resources, Books, Research and People — where can people go to pursue more?
  • Guild & Sponsor Bulletin Board — the three things going on in the Guild on our radar and sponsor biggest call to action
  • “Round the Horn — what did we learn today, cementing the big revelations from our time spent, and what might be a future exploration?
  • Thanks & Extro — an exit quote to bookend the session, thanks to all the participants, sponsors/partners and what’s next in craft building

The Sprit of CraftpBuilding

Whether your craft involves futuring, thinking, exploring, making, changing, influencing or within the creative sphere, there are few things more fulfilling in life than working towards: perfecting a craft you are most passionate about, broadening and combining interests to produce something better & wider in application and shoring up skill gaps that prevent you from getting to that next plane .

The Rest of the Year — dates/times/leaders TBD:

Why play favourites — we’ve identified four candidate topics for each letter of the alphabet.

The Bs —w/o 4/4 and 4/11

Bias & Stereotyping

The Cs —w/o 4/18 and 4/25

Change & Transition

The Ds — w/o 5/2 and 5/9

Data Science & Analytics

The Es — w/o 5/16 and 5/23

Emotional Intelligence & Quotients

The Fs —w/o 5/30 and 6/6

Futures Thinking (2022), Possibilities & Wild Cards

The Gs —w/o 6/13 and 6/20

Game Theory, Risk & Reward

The Hs — w/o 6/27 and 7/4

Hindsight & Retrospection

The Is —w/o 7/11 and 7/18

Identity, Tribalism & Pluralism

The Js — w/o 7/25 and 8/1

Judging, Anchors & Acceptance

The Ks— w/o 8/8 and 8/15

Knowledge Management, Process, Norms & Sharing

The Ls — w/o 8/22 and 8/29

Leadership, Management & Governance

The Ms — w/o 9/5 and 9/12

Meaning, Semantics & Semiotics

The Ns — w/o 9/19 and 9/26

Neuroscience, Psychology & Thought Patterns

The Os — w/o 10/3 and 10/10

Optimism, Wishful Thinking & Positivity

The Ps — w/o 10/17 and 10/24

Prediction, Accuracy & Algorithms

The Qs — w/o 10/31 and 11/7

Questions, Challenge Statements & Deeper Inquiry

The Rs — w/o 11/14 and 11/21

Reasoning & Critical Thinking

The Ss — w/o 11/28 and 12/5

Sensemaking & the Unknowns

The Ts — w/o 12/12 and 12/19

Trauma & Crisis

The Us —w/o 12/26 and 1/2

Unconsciousness & Dreams

The Vs — w/o 1/9 and 1/16, 2023

Valence, Positive & Negative Thinking

The Ws — w/o 1/23 and 1/30, 2023

Wicked Problems & Big Challenges

The Xs — w/o 2/6 and 2/13, 2023

Xperience Management. Customer, User & Employee

The Ys — w/o 2/20 and 2/27, 2023

You and Empathy for Others

The Zs —w/o 3/6 and 3/13, 2023

ZZZ and The Power of Sleep

Message us for your ability to lead or co-lead one of our sessions

Grey Swan Guild — 50 Shades of … Grey Crafters

Hopefully some of you will think about joining our collective that tries to make sense of thee world and the future.



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