A content will be included in every post (video, note, among others). to spread these observations. Material will be provided by its author (whom we have called "B" explorer), so it will be their own point of view.
At the same time, this will gradually create an environment that will not only allows any individual to deepen their knowledge in this new reality, but also develop skills to be able to deal with it. Eventually, their findings and development will be added to the community.
This environment, which we hope will be collectively generated, will be called “M” Environment, as we envision that it will incorporate several concepts of María Montessori’s learning methodology. The key concepts of these environments are:
- The mind absorbs. Knowledge comes into our minds simply because we are alive. We are like sponges.
- Sensitive periods. There are periods when we are more prone to acquire knowledge or a skill, for instance when we travel and visit new places.
- Prepared environments. There are environments that stimulate and empower individuals, increase the occurrence of sensitive periods, by means of encouragement, fostering their independence and imagination, motivating to express themselves, connect and participate in groups or communities where they collaborate, share and combine existing resources to create greater value than the one consumed.
- Resources: Prepared environments make certain elements and resources available to participants, so that they can manipulate them. The more accessible element there are, the greater the communities’ potential will be for creating value.
- Challenges: as a result of the interaction between participants in this type of environments, they will face new challenges that will orientate collective action.
- Tutors or guides. They are environment participants who act as facilitators, like a bridge between an individual and M Environment.
- Individual autonomy. Individuals should feel free to move, connect, combine and experiment , with whatever there is at their fingertips.
- Mother Nature. It is the channel for the community to express themselves, listen to our inner voice and receive "signs" that tell us what impact the courses of action that we have chosen will have. Sooner or later, we will be receiving their feedback on whether we are creating more value than we consume or otherwise.
If we review the post "On tour in another dimension", where Mayarí narrates his experience in Aiguá, we can find several of the elements mentioned above, and even appreciate the collective value created.
Abundance in B Spaces
Human beings are social individuals who need to create, innovate, collaborate and share; working and having the opportunity to create are considered necessary resources. The B spaces generate abundance of producers, and their impact on the economic activity has given rise to new paradigms.
The purpose of an M environment is to drive the emergence or emergency of Value Producers (individuals and communities) that generate and sustain economy of abundance, in tune with nature.
Through the following TED Talk of 2008, we will hear what Yochai Benkler had to tell us about abundance, and access to resources of 1 billion people – which is the number of people that was coming into B space, 10 years ago.
Today the number amounts to 3 billion, which, together with other exponential phenomena that we are witnessing, represents a "sign" that we are entering a new dimension.
Before listening to Benkler, simply compare what we now have available to meet our needs, versus what we had only 10 years ago. In 2008, several of the organizations that now run on B space, did not exist. That is the case of Airbnb (2008) that incorporated a huge amount of housing producers, and Uber (2009) that did the same with transport producers.
Among the many topics Benkler will refer to in his talk, he will mention the abundance of producers in I.T. industries, knowledge and culture. Because they were the first to be in contact with these spaces. He also relates the emergence of organizational approaches such as "Open Source", "P2P (Peer to peer)” and "Social Production", to such abundance.