Participants guide to Tuttle101
Photo: Tuttle101 at @TheDeafCat Coffee Bar (Rochester)
Original photo taken and licensed by @fellowcreative
Tuttle isn’t for everyone but it is for anyone.
A loose collection of people finding a way of working (and doing) better together (both offline and on).
Focused on Inspiration, Collaboration and Learning Through Doing.
Leave your business cards at home and come with an open mind.
Tuttle is about social interaction, a meeting of diverse minds and life experiences over coffee, conversation and getting one’s hands dirty in collaboration. At all times it should be fun and engaging – you’re not an attendee, you’re a participant. People show up without preconceptions over what will happen, be talked about or done. Anything can happen, and the environments and spaces change. It’s a philosophy rather than a collective noun. You Tuttle, rather than are part of Tuttle.
Tuttle challenges stereotypical structures and traditional mindsets. Tuttle understands that imagination is not the same as creativity. Creativity takes the process of imagination to another level. Creativity goes beyond linear and logical thought to involve all areas of our minds and bodies. People (you) can be creative at anything at all – anything that involves intelligence. It is because human intelligence is so wonderfully diverse that people are creative in so many extraordinary ways… writing, music, dance, theatre, math, science, computing, philosophy, business etc. Tuttle doesn’t ask how intelligent you are; it helps you explore: How are you intelligent?
Creative insights often come in non-linear ways, through seeing connections and similarities between things we hadn’t noticed before.
Tuttle provides people with an open platform to be social, build understandings and connect, it’s a neutral space to discuss and do. When you give participants freedom, you get chaos, but you also get incredible creativity. On one hand people have freedom to do what they want, on the other they develop a sense of social ownership and added responsibility – everyone becomes an active participant and guardian of sorts – the concept of ‘community’ takes on more meaning, empowering a better understanding of ‘neighbour’. For this reason participants often wish to give something back.
Tuttle can be a goad, a check, a sounding board, and a source of inspiration and support.
Overlapping circles of people with similar interests who create something much greater than any of them could create individually – to become more than the sum of their parts.
There’s no hierarchy, membership, name badges or even business cards. Simply come along, be open-minded and if nothing else enjoy the atmosphere. Over time you’ll form trusted, valued and inspiring relationships – you get out what you put in.
Tuttle101 is Tuttle Medway (Kent), running since September 2009, normally on the second Monday morning of every month, often in The Deaf Cat Coffee Bar (Rochester, Kent). An evening Tipple101 also happens mid-week nearer the end of the month, it usually involves beer or wine. Since 2009, some of our community participants, inspired by 101 Projects, have developed into http://coFWD.org.
If you’d like more information on the above please signup to our coFWD Community Updates.
The above was written with inspiration from many people. The Not wishing to reinvent the wheel nor plagiarise great works, I’ve quoted, paraphrased and joined dots between the somewhat ‘perfectly phrased’ words and sentences of inspirational authors and doers, these include:
Sir Ken Robinson (The Element – how finding your passion changes everything), Andrew Mawson OBE (The Social Entrepreneur), Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom (The Starfish and the Spider – the unstoppable power of leaderless organizations) and Lloyd Davis (Founder of Tuttle Club London) – to present my thoughts and experiences of Tuttle, the facilitation of Participation and Community 101, and what the future might hold.
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