…hat we do not want to step on necks; it is that we do not want our own particular necks stepped on. Most of us, sadly, confuse power for empowerment, not readily recognizing that the former is about dominion over others and inevitably leads to damage, and the latter is about dominion over oneself and is the path to liberation.
The jagged little pill to swallow is this: Very few people truly want to be liberated. For the primary responsibility of the liberated is to liberate others. Rather, what most people want, whether we admit it or not, is to occupy the space at the top of cur…
Innocence, it must be said, is the most valuable of all currencies because, as it is constructed in contemporary discourse, it can bestow shelter against any investigation that reveals one’s own complicity in the very structures one claims to want to dismantle. And, too, innocence is almost always fraudulent. Its primary employment in this day and age is to avoid accountability, which is why nearly everyone claims to be innocent.
Our President is a child. He is what happens when moral, psychological, and emotional development stalls at childhood, twisting in on themselves — and so adulthood is left stillborn. He is a regressed, distressed, infantile mind in a man’s body…
The notion of ‘social acupuncture’ refers to the catalytic transformative effect that well-targeted, small-scale, creatively designed interventions can have, even in large and complex systems. Metaphorically speaking, placing the needle of transformative change in the right place and on the right meridian of cultural meaning-making, can unblock pent-up energy and catalyse transformative social and culture change.
…r a thriving regenerative culture, all answers and solutions will at best be partial and temporary. Yet by asking the appropriate guiding questions repeatedly and entering into conversations about our collective future in all the communities we participate in, we may be able to find a set of patterns and guidelines that will help us to create a culture capable of learning and transformative innovation. Living the questions together is an effective way of preparing for an unpredictable future.
One of the defining properties of complex dynamic systems is that they are fundamentally unpredictable and uncontrollable (beyond controlled laboratory conditions). Uncertainty and ambiguity are therefore fundamental characteristics of our lives and the natural world, including human culture, society and our economic systems.
I am dreaming of the school birthed in flames. The work that I do has no place in current universities. It is too holistic, too integrative, and too practically oriented toward the real world. Thus it does not fit into the entrenched pathways carved by academic disciplines. While others see psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology (for example), I see an Integrated School of Living Systems that only makes sense when past dichotomies are transcended.
We have created something more than merely a hostile world for the young. We have created a predator factory. We put young people into schools, universities, corporations, labs, and so on, and reward them most and best for being cunning, ruthless, heartless, careless, cruel and vicious, when they live up to our spectacularly failed myths of success — instead of supporting them when they engage with the difficult struggle to express, discover, and reveal, themselves, encouraging them to find ever better ways to be defiant, creative, courageous, wise, and true, and learn from that very work of maturity and grace why our own myths failed so.