It seems like more and more of what my friends and I are doing today can be defined as “culture hacking”. I didn’t invent the phrase. I read it here: http://adamfeuer.com/blog/2011/11/20/culture-hacking/.
What is culture hacking? Adam writes, “Culture hacking at its best is about creating cultures that enable people and teams to achieve greatness. Culture hackers combine and edit cultural systems, practices, values, and viewpoints, try them to to see if they work and share them with others.” Here are a few examples from around the community
- The Innovation Center and its Student Venture Lab – creating a place where entrepreneurship is the accepted norm.
- Robert Clark and Elevate Ventures – growing the investment and entrepreneur community.
- Craig Crook and TEDxFortWayne – creating a local society that is creative, social, sustainable, and caring.
- Nick Arnett and the 12 Cities Project – identifying and exhorting growth of our Millennial population and cultural best practices for our city and region.
- The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Vision 2020 – writing a new chapter in a wide variety of cultural topics vital to our community.
- Legacy Fort Wayne – funding cultural and other change in Fort Wayne.
- Dan Swartz – enhancing the downtown Fort Wayne cultural district and the local arts community in general.
Although we do not lack activity by cultural players, I’m not sure these groups think of themselves as hackers – culture hackers, that is. I’m also sure that I’ve probably offended some people by leaving them off of this short-and-not-intended-to-be-inclusive list (hit me up in the comments). I’m also not sure that these people see themselves as connected – some do, and some probably don’t – by the common bond of culture hacking.
So, I want to leave you with the question Jim McCarthy asked Adam: “Where is the culture hacker’s version of the Homebrew Computer Club?” Where is our place? Where do we meet and acknowledge that we are all working toward the same goal?
A goal that I say is to hack Fort Wayne culture, little by little, bit by bit – each of us in our own way working to make Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana a greater place tomorrow.