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NCDD-DISCUSSION  November 2007, Week 4

NCDD-DISCUSSION November 2007, Week 4

Subject:

Re: What kind of conversations could turn crises into positive evolutionary change?

From:

Tom Atlee <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Tom Atlee <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 20:43:01 -0800

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Absolutely.  It is my poor statement.  Although the "ordinary people" 
we are thinking of including are those who are already concerned 
about and working on the issue from the grassroots, not random people 
as is often done in a deliberation (which this isn't).  We are 
definitely thinking of including youth, people of color, poor people, 
and indigenous voices, all of whom are intensely relevant to this 
exploration.  Coheartedly, Tom


At 6:47 PM -0800 11/22/07, Kenoli Oleari wrote:
>Why focus exclusively on bringing experts together?  Isn't the 
>expert orientation one of the things that keeps the dialogues that 
>need to happen from happening?  How about experts, "ordinary" 
>people, youth, others?  Seems like this is the kind of important 
>juncture when we need the values and insights from the whole system.
>
>Otherwise, it seems like an important project worth putting some 
>good energy into.
>
>--Kenoli
>
>On Nov 22, 2007, at 5:11 PM, Tom Atlee wrote:
>
>>A small team of us believe that a "perfect storm" of complementary 
>>crises will be emerging in the near future, starting with (but not 
>>limited to) peak oil, accelerating climate change, and serious 
>>economic disruption.  We see tremendous denial surrounding these 
>>issues -- e.g., mainstream news reports about Atlanta and other 
>>areas running out of water in 2-12 months, but no reports about 
>>what will happen to its 5 million people, hospitals, restaurants, 
>>Coca-Cola bottling plants, etc., if and when they actually do run 
>>out.
>>Furthermore, we believe it is possible to convene strategic 
>>conversations that could clarify how the now inevitable tragedies 
>>associated with these emerging crises could be addressed so that 
>>our social systems and cultures are transformed in ultimately 
>>beneficial ways.  We might think of this as using conversation to 
>>enhance how consciously our societies evolve.
>>
>>However, it is one thing to imagine this, to frame the rationale, 
>>possibility and necessity of such strategic conversations.  It is 
>>quite another to actually pull them off.  My daughter,  Jennifer 
>>Atlee, who is on our team, cogently noted three factors associated 
>>with these emerging crises that make such an undertaking very 
>>tricky:
>>
>>     * impacts arise faster than our understanding (e.g. each IPCC 
>>climate change report, developed over years, does not include the 
>>latest discoveries about the speed-up of climate change, e.g., 
>>about forests destroyed by storms or fires becoming net CO2 sources 
>>rather than net carbon sinks)
>>     * action lags behind understanding (e.g., Kyoto is totally 
>>behind the curve)
>>     * time to think about issues -- and resources to address them 
>>-- decline as disasters increase
>>
>>So what conversational designs can help overcome those limitations? 
>>In other words,
>>
>>"How do we rapidly evolve models of inquiry to meet demands of the time?"
>>       or, from an evolutionary perspective
>>"How can we enhance the potential evolutionary power and wisdom of 
>>conversation in times of crisis and catastrophe?"
>>
>>We are currently imagining an action-learning series of multi-day 
>>gatherings of experts in these crises issues.  We envision using a 
>>mix of mostly open space and scenario exercises, linked and spread 
>>by ongoing online explorations, making it possible for each 
>>gathering to build on previous ones, and for participants to 
>>network and collaborate on new intiatives.
>>But is such an approach, as ambitious as it is, of comparable 
>>magnitude to the challenges we face?  Probably not.  Jennifer 
>>raised a numer of inquiries that could improve matters:
>>
>>*  How can we develop faster, even more concentrated and effective 
>>in-person modes of collaborative inquiry -- with and without the 
>>helpmate of the web? *  How do we reduce the per-person resources 
>>to attend such gatherings to increase the diversity of participants 
>>and reduce the strain on natural resources now, while increasing 
>>the likelihood that the model will be useful in more 
>>resource-limited times?
>>*  How do we enable more rapid cycling of inquiry to action back to 
>>inquiry -- without diluting the depth of inquiry -- to promote more 
>>rapid feedback and learning -- and make it more likely that those 
>>predisposed to action over inquiry engage fully in the dialogue?  
>>*  What are the approaches and resources already available for this?
>>*  What new areas of inquiry should we explore along these lines?
>>
>>Any thoughts and expressions of interest would be welcome.
>>
>>Coheartedly,
>>Tom Atlee
>>--
>>
>>________________________________
>>
>>Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * PO Box 493 * Eugene, OR 97440
>>http://www.co-intelligence.org * 
>>http://www.democracyinnovations.org  Read THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY * 
>>http://www.taoofdemocracy.com
>>Tom Atlee's blog http://www.evolvingcollectiveintelligence.org
>>Please support our work.  *  Your donations are fully tax-deductible.
>>
>>________________________________
>>
>
>
>
>Kenoli Oleari
>1801 Fairview Street
>Berkeley, CA  94703
>Neighborhood Assemblies Network
>510-601-8217, [log in to unmask]
>http://www.sfnan.org, http://www.horizonsofchange.com


-- 

________________________________

Tom Atlee * The Co-Intelligence Institute * PO Box 493 * Eugene, OR 97440
http://www.co-intelligence.org *  http://www.democracyinnovations.org  
Read THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY *  http://www.taoofdemocracy.com
Tom Atlee's blog http://www.evolvingcollectiveintelligence.org
Please support our work.  *  Your donations are fully tax-deductible.

________________________________

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