I really like above multiple circle image from an article on Practicing Deep Democracy and wonder what the similar circle-maps are people have come up with here in Scotland, and what the processes were they sued to get there, and how it affected their lives after that...
Everybody probably knows the feeling when they move into a new room, flat or house. or taking on a garden, or new workplace, the sense of overwhelm, excitement and exhaustion? And then what it takes to have a good feel of where everything fits and where everything is - the knowing and feeling of each and every detail and the knowing and feeling of the everchanging and emerging whole... who does not know that?
Now translating this to a town or a nation and the globe ...: what is needed in the centre of that bundle of things that connects so that complexity can be both strong and flexible?
Francois Knuchel in one of his recent tweets suggests that the 'Lean Flow' practise in Japanese Businesses like Toyota could not be translated into the West because there was one implied element missing in the management practises: Respect. Another quote on his page, via Jan Höglund includes the words of G,Hamel …
"it's impossible to build adaptable organizations without…individuals who are humble, honest, and inspired"
I am really grateful for having had the opportunity for having worked in such organisations and with such people, who make a new world possible. I am aware of many of these dear people right now struggling phenomenally under huge workloads, as we (society here in the UK for sure right now) are hit right left and centre with the results of disrespect, disconnect, dishonesty of those whom we have NOT elected to 'govern' us.
When I read the Practising Deeper Democracy article I wonder what this quote
“Too many times I’ve sat in meetings having the same conversation, over and over again—where are the people of color? The answer is not to go comb the streets, dragging in random people to make our group look more diverse. Nor is it to stop doing what we’re doing, if it’s the work we’re called to. An effective answer involves drawing a bigger circle, like this Forum has done, that includes all of our multiple movements and issues within it as allies, and if we have resources or skills or connections, saying to our brothers and sisters, “We’re on the same mission—how can I be of service to you?””
Robin MacAlpine (The Reid Foundation) says quite aptly in an article in the Scotsman a wee while back
But is this (welfare/policies issue) even a Scottish issue, one where our interests are different? The settled view of many commentators is that social attitude surveys show the gap in support for welfare on either side of the border is “not as big as all that”.
As someone with a social science background, my mind spins at this simplification. Presumably this is also a case for interspecies marriage, given that the difference in DNA between us and a sheep is “not as big as all that”.
If you want to argue this seriously, you need to establish frameworks to identify how different is “different” by looking at normalised ranges of opinion spread and so on. Much more productive is to measure difference not in theory but in reality.
It is not to talk down the commitment of the other peoples of the United Kingdom to the welfare state to note that when Scotland has a chance to choose a political approach to welfare it makes a consistent, substantial and measurably different choice. No massaging of social attitude surveys will unelect the consistently socially democratic administrations we have had in Scotland.
We also need to look at what money really is, why we (people, individual and collective) gave it such power, and above all what REAL work...
REAL work is only that which furthers your real human potential and that is always intertwined with the respect and service it can give to the natural world, our human kind community and the conundrum called 'me', that which is unlimited in essence yet limited in what it can steward well.
How can Dynamic Self Governance help us here in Scotland to steward well the resources, and above all the mighty collective intelligence, we have? Shouldn't we better just start small, before we ready to teach the rest?
For me that does translate into independence of a very large degree so we can learn to see and feel the whole of our house better, and set clean and clear value boundaries as Colin Macloed did when he painted 'Respect' on the sheet between the trees in Pollok Freestate, and was mandated to set the rules for access to the camp and its heart fire...
and that is attitude in action, and that is real work
How can we be manifesting what also came out as what 'We the People' in the Sosayscotland event in February this year when the anthill process (collective intelligence!!!) of the 190 odd folks there resulted in all agreeing to the same basic values, such as in here: