Welcome to the OuiShare Fest 2015, a 3 day international festival in Paris about the collaborative economy. The theme for this year : Lost in Transition ? It took place on May 20 to May 22 with an array of keynotes, speakers, barcamps, workshops and activities. 1000 collaborative economy visionaries, coming together to co-create, connect and explore the future of movements such as collaborative consumption, open source, makers and fablabs, coworking, crowdfunding, alternative currencies and horizontal governance – movements that are transforming cities, organizations and civic action worldwide. What a great event ! Vincent Avanzi from A Human Odyssey was present this year doing 2 things: A Daily Live Poetic Recap and a Creative Workshop, which you can find below.
1. Day 1 : The Live Poetic Recap
A poetic tale to embrace the world
My name is Vincent Avanzi, I’m a modern day poet,
I represent A Human Odyssey and as we say in this country, “c’est la vie”…
Let me bring a little bit of poetry in this new sharing economy, to recap this amazing day.
All right, so pay attention and picture this for one second,
Imagine a new world of cyberculture and digital utopianism,
A roadmap full of stock holders and capitalism,
A planet of full of robots and radicalism, lock in assets and monopolism.
Hum I’m not convinced. Let me try again :
OK, instead, take a deep breath, connect yourself to your Overview Effect
And enjoy that free concert of silence,
And picture a beautiful sound of freedom in a peaceful house of wisdom,
Full of arts, culture and inclusive happytalism with a simple touch of nature and humanism?
How does that sound? Better hein?
Essential question, like the empowerment of the civil society,
Where all the citizens of the world live in dignity in their wildest variety,
Loving and sharing as the one true pure jewelry in a collaborative city.
The majority of us innovating with no sign of property.
Because what is prosperity without a feeling of solidarity?
Me, I will never trade a soul for a priceless diamond ring
Why? Because I still have those same heaven dreams
That I had when I was a kid and I still believe so much in human beings.
And I know for a fact that a man without dreams
Is like a bird without wings.
So should we maximize our earnings or optimize the living?
Where do you think this is going to lead?
No need to be politically correct if in the end the karma of open data isn’t clean.
Ouishare, my friends, I thought about it
And I guess the 5 letters S.H.A.R.E. must stand for :
Sustainable Human Alternative Redistribution Economy.
Yes and now that makes more sense to me.
I mean, what is the “1%” (of the rich) and one person
When we can have One World sense consciousness.
But will we really share? We’re together here with no backstage
And the book of the future is not written till the last page.
Earth is a privilege we manage until humanity is on edge,
And as Gandhi said: “let’s make the change we want to see” in this place.
Cooperation over competition and sincere human communication,
Because if the heart doesn’t lie how can we ever get lost in translation
Over a mere and simple financial transaction?
Food for thought between 2 worlds in transition.
Wealth accumulation, unregulated globalization,
Healthcare and climate change, COP21, Place to B – Corporation,
Let’s change that direction,
Because since when have consumption and pollution
Become the only means of satisfaction?
And if their absence is a disruption to the big market equation,
I guess no private ownership and more political ethical leadership may be a solution,
From the Napsterization of the economy down to its current Uberization.
But how do we get out of that matrix and when will leaders finally be pacific artists
To see the ray of hope shine in an optimistic and altruistic spirit?
Free-lance job opportunities, it’s not now that we’re going to abort unity.
This is no collaborative bullshit, this is supposed to be a real alternative fullshift.
AirBnB, peer-to-peer new economy, where the crowd is the capital and the company,
Reinventing democracy, believing in miracles and community in this post-capitalism society.
Open technology, Millenials, Youthwecan, Generation XYZ,
From here down to 2050, we are that “10% society”!
I mean, what’s more important: a highly profitable business model
Or a new role model for business that is acceptable and accessible for all?
From traditional industries to ones that have become sustainable,
Are we finally going to be able to say : the world is not to be sold ?
Look, we don’t need a car, we just need to get to this place.
And we don’t need a drill, we just need a hole in that space.
So why own when we can share, why buy when we can lend?
Maybe consumption will be a thing of the past in the end
As we went from 20th century passive consumers and electors,
To 21th century creators, hackers, makers, collaborators, financers and providers.
So let’s wake up the mass, just get up and fight,
Change the world together, forever, for better and for good,
Not for goods, for good and for public good.
And for us, because at the end of the day, the purpose of life for us
Still remains the pursuit of happiness.
And then we can contemplate a new sharing economy on the way,
Knowing secretly that capitalism might just one crisis away.
We want to be able to work and play and not just pay,
So let’s embrace the world, because tomorrow still starts today.
We don’t want More money! More money! More money! before leaving.
We just want more loving, more giving, more caring in the heart of living.
This was just a glimpse at the flow in the rainbow of positive energy,
Because a sharing wisdom gifted economy is the first step towards a world full of harmony,
As Napoleon Hill once said « A goal is a dream with a deadline. »
And the revolution will definitely not be centralized,
Born to be alive and fly high in the skies in the heart of mankind,
Life is a journey into the present of the future, so bon voyage…
Thank you and have a great evening,
And tomorrow will be another magical day to keep searching
For that World Wide Win Win!
Author and poet : Vincent Avanzi
2. A Creative Workshop
John Lennon once said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is reality”. So what does a “sharing economy” really mean to you ?
In an innovative deep creative workshop, use the power of dreams to connect to your imagination and write the future you want to co-create and share with others. Inspiration may not come often so go on a journey inside yourself to express your aspirations to the world and share the way you would like the new collaborative economy to take shape according to your own values. Put words onto your intuitions, reveal your artistic soul and translate your poetic dreams into tomorrow’s reality. Welcome to the real world of poetry.
3. Day 2 Poetic Recap
OUISHARE it with the world
Listen to the Podcast on Soundcloud
John Lennon once said “A dream you dream alone is only a dream,
A dream you dream together is reality”.
Here are 1000s of visionaries and pioneers connecting and co-creating
Soul searching, mind mapping and love confessing through the hands of the wheel.. of life.
Welcome again to a new collaborative economy,
With, yes, accessible digital technology,
Inside a post-capitalism society and a gift cosmology.
We can now enter in an infinite range of possibilities and opportunities,
Including maybe one day ethical politics and open democracies.
Because, even if the market is the world, the world is still not a “market”.
It’s only if we believe in love that we’ll have a chance to save the planet.
What world are we preparing today for the next future generations?
Should we take matters in our own hands or leave it to financial corporations?
Just remember that poverty is not the root of all evil,
Property is, cause we were all born equal.
Abundance is possible, look at your own plate.
We’ve done hate and now we can donate.
And we have to learn to cooperate,
Like the skill of being a citizen again.
I mean, we still have a choice: force or joy?
Demolition or dreams in motion, revolution or evolution?
Growth or resources? Revenues or values?
Human hearts, human hearts, human hearts or Goldman Sachs?
Corporation or cooperation? Trust and fun or trust funds?
Network or rework the net, with more political impulse?
Community based activities and empathy,
Is human reconnection really happening?
Collectively, but what about profoundly?
The intimacy of Couchsurfing for example is unprecedented,
Moments of exchange in your own private space to interact and tell stories.
Isn’t it possible that Capitalism may need in its own DNA to alienate,
To optimize, maximize, utilize and colonize,
And not humanize, harmonize, criticize and lovelize,
Like a flowing river that can be channeled through our own eyes?
So to you I ask, what is your quest for meaning,
How can we put into perspective our beliefs ?
Nature asks for cyclical economy, so what if
We made a common dance in honor of our interdependence and bienveillance
Because what is intelligence without a sense of tolerance?
We also do need to change the inner infrastructures
In order to co-create a different common good future.
From Top-to-Bottom pyramids to Self-Management,
By new decision making in multi-linking with no hierarchy,
Integral complex collective intelligence,
Wholeness above consensus in an enormous converging energy.
From “Predict&Control” to “Sense&Respond”
A company is not a dead body with a captain beyond
So we have to find that Evolutionary Purpose because life is long.
Like Ubuntu, I love you and you do too:
How can I be happy when my friends are not?
The world is not ours, but it will be what we make out of it, right guys?
In the end, we’re all little hummingbirds on a learning curve,
Sharing love and trying to play our part in life at our own scale,
And the path from I & YOU to WE fits in one word: SHARE.
We see flowers growing, seed breeding, sparks incoming,
People empowering, kids playing, fab labing, old world dying,
Humans living, aura lighting, overwhelming, social gaming,
Design thinking, nature caring, something definitely is happening!
So keep on dreaming and continue doing.
While we’re reconnecting, sharing and redistributing,
A new world is slowly starting emerging and breathing
Like a baby now with real feelings…
This is indeed the miracle of life and of the beauty of mankind,
Having the consciousness to change, evolve and finally be kind.
So go on and ouishare it with the world, give a hand,
And have faith that the rest will come together in time.
Author and poet : Vincent Avanzi
Author : Vincent Avanzi is a modern day poet passionate about the art of living together and the co-writing of the future of our world, a corporate speaker trying to inspire entrepreneurs and companies to be changemakers with the horizon of the good, a 2 time globe-trotter trying to change the self in order to change the world, and in the end just a firm believer of mankind and that today is the day to be happy and make tomorrow happen.
Discover the Poetic Recap on the Place To B COP21 website