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We must become the change we wish to see in the world. -- M. Gandhi

four... MAKING... i think that if os and the rest of inviting leadership is about bringing people together, then this last 'making good' section is about connecting with others. so i think that this is where we start really telling the story together. i think this story opens with teaching finn to walk at osonos... it's about taking steps... and then 'in deep' as a moment of appreciating entry into something with others, the sensation of something being scooped up by the flow, it follows with stories like how training program went global, many small steps, including the beginning of the nepal stuff already mentioned, and the peoria stuff, and then the alaska invitation story, the experience of reading this and making good on it... teaching it within hours of reading it, applying it, and growing it, adding diagnostics and practices, then giving conference as example of making good together (hence the brackets around Giving Conf above in section two) ...that leads into invitation to readers to do something with it. direct invitation, to make good on this. make notes, make conversation, make experiments, make connection with us, make blog posts or send stories, make tags and links, make good on the promise and practice of inviting leadership by inviting and leading, supported by practices like os and blogging, and leaving footprints.

Collected Weblog Entries: Connecting and Aligning Power, Passion (Kindness?) and Vision (Brilliance?) in Organizations and Communities

Friday, August 08, 2003

Opening on Bowen Island

Technically, I am (at this very moment) in the middle of facilitating a community gathering here on Bowen Island, 18 minutes (by ferry) west of Vancouver BC Canada. Our gathering question and purpose is "How Can We Make Snug Cove an Inviting Place to Live, Work and Play?" We are using OpenSpaceTechnology and the participants are all off working now, so I've plenty of time make this entry. Today is the first day of a two day meeting. Here are the invitation for this event and the Institute that we've created to be one of the sponsors and official spaceholders for this work. As local organizer Chris Corrigan says, the Institute started as a joke, but then it got serious. And when it gets too serious, it gets to be a joke again. In the meantime, there are a bunch of people here talking about things that they care about, listening to each other's ideas, and coming up with new ways to address ongoing community challenges together.

Saturday, August 09, 2003

Day Two, Bowen Island and Beyond

Just finished another opening here on Bowen. Participants all out now in conversation. This is the second of two days on "How Can We Make Snug Cove an Inviting Place to Live Work and Play?" It's mostly a new group of people today, and still we seem to be going deeper. Amazing to watch meaning move through community.

What we are doing here is community dialogue. AND some high tech mapping and modelling. AND some municipal decision-making on key issues that have a tremendous impact on the feel and the future of a very special little cove, the cozy little entrance to this island home for about 3000 people. We are beginning to establish the dialogue/inviting and the mapping/visualization processes as long-term practices, to add caring embrace and clear vision to the usual financial/political power of ongoing municipal government. We think this active and conscious connecting of power, caring and vision is fairly unique in communities. We think it will have quite a positive effect here on Bowen Island.

We are also excited to have friends and colleagues from Jerusalem here taking notes, so that what we are doing might add something to positive there as well. There is also some talk of our working there together next year. The key, as our visiting friend Avner Haramati points out, is to do our little works and not think any of it is too important. Little by little, peace and community do and will arrive.

Making good practices

Sages and mystics the world over have been teaching for centuries and centuries that all of life moves and is moving -- from matter to body to mind and on to soul and the highest realms of spirit. Now scientists are confirming the same. And every one of them, each in his or her own way, keeps inviting us to keep exploring, keep moving and practicing, keep growing and evolving toward those higher spaces.

That's all well and good, but in the meantime, there's work to be done. It's just that simple, or so it used to be. The business of business was business. So was the wisdom of the day from President Calvin Coolidge. But somewhere along the way, things have gotten rather muddied and complex.

When things first started to go awry, we called it "transition," under the comforting impression that if we made just this one big move, all would soon be returning to normal. When one transition begat another and another and another, we renamed it "transformation" and hunkered down for the long, dark winter. In time, we admitted openly in conference rooms and strategic plans that this was a whole lot deeper than we'd bargained for. Still, we reasoned, it was going to end, was going to get better. Normal was out there somewhere. What's more, it was going to be that much sweeter (eventually) for our pains and struggles now. More and more, however, it seems that we've worked our way into a case of good news, bad news. Which do you want first?

The good news is that work really can be a whole lot easier, inspiring, open and flowing. The bad news is that it already is but most people have yet to experience it that way. This story then, is about beginning to make the connections between the wisdom of sages, mystics, poets, and scientists -- eastern, western and native teachings -- in a language that everyone can use at work and all of us can practice everyday. Indeed, in words and structures we already use, but may not yet fully appreciate what they really mean and how they really work.

What we've wrestled with as "transformation" is giving way to "evolution." Indeed, as we look back from here, we can see that it's been evolution all along. Lo, and behold! Evolution is normal!

And again, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that unlike transition and transformation, evolution really is too big to kid ourselves about ever escaping, ever returning to a secure sort of "normal." The good news, however, is that this new wave can be surfed -- and it can be fun.

And so, our newest, biggest challenge is fast becoming one of paying attention and making sense, in words, pictures and patterns, of what pops up now -- and now, and now. It's all about balancing, conversing, constructing and aligning atop this evolutionary wave of new information and events.

And as we look around, this notion of evolution in organization has shown up in all kinds of places. But just what kind of organizations are we evolving or surfing into? How are we supposed to lead ourselves there? And how are we to manage ourselves if (and when) we ever actually get there? It seems that the answers we seek must now lie somewhere between the wisdom of the sages and the realities of our everyday working and living.

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