This year, TryTank is embarking on a focused year-long project and we want you to join us! We are creating a “Signals Network” to inform our work--and the church--with more foresight.
A “Signal of Change” is a core foresight methodology and is one of the foundational tools used to outline plausible alternative future visions.
A Signal of Change is defined as a recent small or local innovation—a new ministry, service, behavior, initiative, policy, data point, or technology—with the potential to scale in impact and affect other places, people, or the church as a whole. In other words, “signals” are specific events or innovations happening today that you instinctively feel will take us in a new direction. You could even think of these “signals” as “indicators.”
In order to get signals from all over, we need eyes as outposts all over. So, we need you!
Starting today, you can text the word “SIGNAL” to (833) 629-0176. Then, you can send us any signals you’ve noticed. You can send us articles, pictures, or sound files, right from your phone. As part of the network, twice a month, you’ll get a text reminder (a nudge!) to forward any signals. And we’ll start to gather these.
We are also expanding what we read. Beyond the daily newspapers and several thematic publications (on psychology, behavioral science, and business), we are expanding to read as many church publications from the rest of the Anglican communion. Something happening in Argentina today could be a signal for our tomorrow here!
By this time next year, we will publish a Signals Report and also some forecasts. This will hopefully lead to some new conversations and discussions about the kind of future the Spirit may be calling us toward.
We will also find ways of letting you (as part of the network) see what we are finding and to join in the conversation about what these signals might mean. I hope you will join us in this work. The easiest way is to text right now and get in the network.
With much gratitude,
The Rev. Lorenzo Lebrija is the founding director of the TryTank Experimental Lab.