Applying the Master Code of Care at city level brings together a variety of engaged parties so that established positions play a lesser role. It draws individuals out of their own affairs so that ingrained habits are left at home. The city is dependent on supply areas for most of its basic needs. Making this explicit opens up new ways of taking care of the earth. A city is partly defined by the place, which makes it easier to include taking care of the place in everything. The city is the think, do and socialise bubble not only for people; it is also home to plants and animals and consists of earth and water, architecture and arts, maintenance and waste management. The lifemap sticker sets for the city provide a holistic picture, so that the whole reality is included.
An integral theoretical framework with strategies for the city
The founder of Integral City, Marilyn Hamilton, developed a theoretical framework for the city, with strategies for the journey towards integrality. The Integral Nest City meshwork includes people from all over the world who are committed to societal issues relating to the city. Meshwork partners contribute their practical experience and subject matter expertise and apply the theory in practice. Meshworking is the ultimate way of collaborating in order to make a success of multi-stakeholder projects. The key to success is the serving of a major societal goal, which unites parties and lets people rise above competitiveness. Lifemaps.NL is one of the partners.
Engaging and co-creating lifemap scenarios
The Integral City lifemaps program is the umbrella for projects to co-create lifemap scenarios. An Integral City practitioner introduces a societal issue, involves the stakeholders on location and in the context, and leads the project. The issue is elaborated in a lifemap scenario and a workshop approach. In a few workshops, everything is tested in practice – especially to process the outcomes and experiences of the participants. The new projects in 2021 are all about youth, with a focus on the relationship between generations.
The first project aims to allow stakeholders in a city to discover experiencing the Master Code of Care. The basic scenario – Archetypes in the city encounter each other – emerged from the collaboration with the Caravan of Unity, an initiative of Co-Creating Europe. A mixture of online and on location workshops were held for London, in Klaipeda in Lithuania, Tampere in Finland, Findhorn in the United Kingdom and Lisbon in Portugal. Variants emerged from the basic scenario, such as inviting people to join in a constructive and connecting dialogue in the context of COVID-19.
Building on earlier projects
My employer at the time, UWV Gegevensdiensten, hosted the try-out of the first lifemap for teams. In the years after that, the focus for Lifemaps.NL has been on self-searching, creating lifemap scenarios and trying them out in workshops – always responding to an innovative initiative: as co-author of the book New Business Models, as committed participant and workshop leader in the Veerhuis, as ambassador for an inclusive employment market in Werken in Netwerken, together with Inspiration at Work, as an active member of the IHBV group for highly gifted entrepreneurs and as co-creator at Tilburg Municipality of the BOOST013 Workshop. Thanks to the experiences and stimulating collaborations in these projects, the lifemap scenarios and building blocks have become robust enough to go out into the world, journeying from one city to another.
Lifemaps voor Integral City in Urban Hub 20
Urban Hub is a series of graphical books, produced by Paul Van Schaik, Integral Mentors. Volume 20 is about Accelerating City Change in a VUCA World – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous – with a focus on Climate Change. A quote from Marilyn Hamilton, founder of Integral City: This book was conceived from imagining how the Power of the Master Code of Care could catalyse city change. The contributors who imagined with me this book, not only shared their powerful insights in words but had the talents and teams to translate the words into images.