The Choice Conference 2021: a polycentric exploration of a better future

April 26, 2024
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3 min read
A moment of the conference, with people listening to Stelio's speech.

This article was first published in our Cocooners N° 11 and is part of the How we work section.

You can read more about the Choice Conference here and watch the short movie HAPPEN here.

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The beginning of the new decade marked a deep dive into what is perceived as an era of unparalleled interdependence and variability. But what if what is now manifesting as multiple global crises is actually just the most visible peak of the cumulative choices that we have been blindly enacting for years?

The Choice Conference was born in 2019 out of the realization that, for our civilization to thrive in this era of Transition, new choices needed to arise, as well as new practices and new possible futures. 2020 only made this feeling stronger. The whole world could hear the wake-up call urging for a significant shift of our societal compass. But how to do that? Nobody alone has the answer. The most beautiful future we can imagine depends on the stories we are able to imagine and act upon together, today.

TheCC21 came exactly for this. We wanted to open the space for a world-wide co-created exploration of this unique moment in history, looking at the future from the vibrant ground of a polycentric perspective. The enthusiastic response we received in just three weeks stoked us and gave us hope. Spontaneously responding to a call for “people caring about shaping a better future”, around 100 people from 18 countries on 4 continents, gathered at the end of November 2021 in a distributed system of “Beats”, local events freely organized to explore and learn from this turn of decade. How have we been changed? How has work been changed? And what do we imagine this new decade will bring to us and to the future of our organizations?

Happen, a true story by Cocoon Pro

Interwoven in a unique time-span and forming a global narrative, the answers deeply resonated with what we have narrated in HAPPEN, the documovie produced by Cocoon Pro for its 10th anniversary, screened during theCC21 as our contribution to this global narrative. HAPPEN is indeed the story of many people all around the world who have been living a radical transformation of the concept of work with its practices, structures, and culture. From a mechanistic understanding of the world to an organic one, from a focus on tools and structures to people’s worldviews, beliefs and growth.

TheCC21 showed us that the moment to overcome this conflict has arrived. Times are ripe, no need to wait any longer. We might well be the people we have been waiting for. If this speaks to you, please reach out!


This article was first published in our Cocooners N° 11 and is part of the How we work section.

You can read more about the Choice Conference here and watch the short movie HAPPEN here.

If you would like to receive updates on this and other topics related to the evolution of the world of work, subscribe to our newsletter here: https://cocoon-pro.com/#subscribe

If you want to know more, or engage your organization with this approach, please get in touch, here: https://cocoon-pro.com/get-in-touch/

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