The Movement of Movements

Ben Roberts over at Movement Weavers used this phrase today, the movement of movements. It felt like “of course,” as if I both knew it and didn’t. I looked it up quickly and see that it refers to the Social Justice Movement – at least that’s where Wikipedia roots it. But movement of movements aptly describes what many of us are interested in, which includes but is broader than SJ movements. The “movement of movements” […]

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Falling Awake?

We-space small groups are like a school room in which there’s no teacher and the students are learning to self-govern and see what what’s possible now. If the group is online and you’re looking at a series of little boxes with people in them (like the Hollywood Squares TV show), we first tend to look at the individual people in the squares. And that’s interesting in itself! Each person has a very long and detailed […]

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The Climate Conversation We’re Not Having

Is there a conversation around climate change and our survival – that we’re not having? That you’re not having? Could we invite that conversation and hold it live and online, face to face but perhaps around the globe? Bill Kauth and I were imagining a conversation around climate breakdown (as some are calling it) and the human future – the conversation  we’d really like to have. It’s not so much about carbon in the air […]

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Synchronicity strikes again

There’s a new intertwining of personal and social change “out there.” It’s a deep searching for inner answers on the part of so many – very likely you. It’s also political movements in different countries, movements that are stepping out of the party-based mold and aligning around values that consciousness workers are right at home with. There’s The Alternativet in Denmark, the Initiative in Sweden, The Leap in Canada and likely more. They tend to […]

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Celebrating the we-space ferment!

It’s so funny, so human. An army of people – a vast army of people like you – are working and dreaming and planning and creating on a new emergent – something as a way to understand and support what is struggling to emerge on the planet right now. We don’t know what to call this aspiration or else it goes by a thousand names and we still don’t know what to call it. It’s […]

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The Law of Jante

Axsel Sandemose published a novel in Denmark in 1933 called A Fugitive Crosses His Tracks. The book is set in the fictional town of Jante and is famous for setting out the “Law of Jante.” Ten rules made up the Law that governed Jante and perhaps you’ll recognize them: You’re not to think you are anything special. You’re not to think you are as good as we are. You’re not to think you are smarter […]

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Scenius

In a way the whole evolutionary endeavor is all about your friends, the ones we have and the ones we’re going to have. Your scenius! What’s scenius? Put “scene” and “genius” together and that’s “scenius”, the group of friends who get you and you get too. The  earlier Beats and later the hippies (those we-space grandmas and grandpas) called their being together the “scene.” Scenius is the “extra” quality that a we-space has of carrying […]

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The Climate Change Blindspot

I love what this unpublished research tells us about climate change, and how we might address the future. For her Master’s thesis, my friend Heidi Hendersson conducted in-depth interviews with Swedish students who were planning for a career in sustainable living. Believing in the power of story and narrative, she had them write the story of climate change up to the present moment. Then she then had them project the story forward into the future […]

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Hamburg and the Future of Protest

It was exciting to see so many people on the streets in Hamburg in search of a better future. We all want a better future but here it’s on the march. People are getting out and showing it to each other. But there’s very little coherence and deep resonance on the streets here. Little of the coherence and deep resonance that I know you’ve tapped into and felt and are probably trying hard to manifest. […]

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How change might come

It seems that the world is going through a lot of changes. We’re working hard on ourselves as well, doing what we can. In this post I’ll share what I and many friends like you are finding is most helpful for addressing both of these challenges, the outer and the inner. I’ll start with an observation (from Peter Block) that analysis is interesting but it’s not powerful. A better analysis doesn’t by itself lead to […]

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