Little Villages

Urban currents

Little Villages

Patrick Hanlon, CEO and Founder of THINKTOPIA

At the core of every human being, is the desire to belong.  During his half-hour talk "Little Villages," Patrick Hanlon outlines the pieces of social code that attract people to the communities we desire.  We begin to understand how the elements of creation story, creed, icons, ritual, sacred lexicon, nonbelievers and leader form a narrative construct that creates meaning and desire.  Thriving communities have a sense of vision, relevance, resonance, trust, and affinity that enriches them with advocates and enthusiasts.  People who "Like."  The seven elements of social code differentiate one community from another, and propel them from being meaningless to becoming meaningful.  Would you rather take part in a place you knew something about, or in a place you felt something about?