The room was a bit uneasy. No one knew exactly what to expect. We were all called there because we had some common ideas but know one knew each other or where we were headed. 50 people sat around the room to ‘explore an emerging vision’ and four were asked to move to the center and debate. For most this would be paralyzing, but not for a KAOSPILOT like Max Lauritzen. As if he was in his element, he jumped right in and began to stimulate the discussion with questions and sharing his opinion without closing down the dialogue. He was clearly a person with a passion and a belief in a set of ideals, a set of ideals that felt like THREAD. I liked his energy and his intelligence and we talked during the lunch break.
It was a think tank event and I didn’t even know why I was there, but it proved afterwards that the answer was obvious: I was there to find Max. The following week we met and I offered him an internship which has now led to a full time job as our project leader for OpenTHREAD.
OpenTHREAD is a part of our plan to create meaningful disruption in our communities through the development of leaders who can inspire active citizenship. We have tested all sorts of things and learned a lot in the last five years but now we have a dedicated person to take it to the next level.
Max’s focus at the moment is the initiative in our own community, ‘Kungsholmstorgs Dag,’ where he is lighting a fire under locals to get engaged and take ownership. Over and above being front page news, this initiative is part of a wider vision he is working on funding and executing called the ‘active citizen lab.’ This involves bringing together public, civic and private stakeholders in a common effort to accelerate platforms for citizen engagement on a local level. Here, we will also contribute by developing/training the leadership needed to enable active citizenship around social enterprises, municipal strategies and grass-roots movements like this one in Kungsholmen.
We believe working in this space requires courage despite an uncertainty of where our communities are headed and I happy to have Max on board to lead the charge.
If you want to get involved in OpenTHREAD, contact us. We are currently looking for more volunteers, partners, sponsors and changemakers who want to get involved. Contact Max at email@example.com.
Go Max Go!
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