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NCDD-DISCUSSION  March 2009, Week 1

NCDD-DISCUSSION March 2009, Week 1

Subject:

Re: What if Obama "got it"?

From:

Kenoli Oleari <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Kenoli Oleari <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 3 Mar 2009 08:21:03 -0800

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I think we do.  If we can actually model the collaboration we advocate.

We mobilized thirteen community events in Michigan with two months  
lead time.

We trained 40 facilitators and coached them to lead events in 40  
provinces in Indonesia with one month lead time.

We trained 35 youth to lead community events in Bosnia Herzegovina  
with six weeks lead time.

We mobilized a team of 50 facilitators for a series of events in a  
community in Navada with a short lead time.

We mobilized 20 facilitation teams for an implementation planning  
event in New Jersey for an Episcopalian synod with several months lead  
time.

A huge team of volunteers flew to Spain from around the world, largely  
on their own dime, to facilitate the Parliament of World Religions.

For World Environment Day in SF we mobilized a team of 40 facilitators  
and another team of 40 interpreters to facilitate interactive daily  
events for 80 mayoral delegations from around the world.

We have been able to mobilize teams of 40 or more, repeatedly, working  
on their own dime to fly to events across the country.

We have repeatedly pulled together individual large group events in  
cities across the country with short lead times.  I am part of several  
networks of people jumping at the bit to do this.

And this is just a sampling of what we have done with little or no  
funding.

These were all largely volunteer efforts and don't even include the  
teams AS has mobilized.  Kathie Dannemiller's group has mobilized  
similar teams repeatedly.  The AI network mobilizes large groups for  
similar efforts.  The World Cafe community and Open Space Networks  
mobilize large groups regularly.

Among other energies building toward this possibility, we are hosting  
an event for the future search network in the Bay area next month with  
a focus on "Future search in the age of Obama."  A world cafe event of  
cafe hosts is assembling in the Bay area this month on this subject.   
In a somewhat less grass-rootsy, but nevertheless significant (and  
well funded) effort, AS assembled a group of EDs and funders to  
present a formalized plan to Obama.  I know there are similar efforts  
going on across the country, some of which have shown up on this  
listserv.

We could mobilize these kinds of teams and larger in every state on an  
ongoing basis if we actually had funding to pay them.  If we had the  
bully pulpit behind us, it would be a cinch

It will take a real sense of sharing and collaboration and a  
commitment to the work and effective outcome, rather than self- 
promotion, to do this.  When these things are present and when we are  
really walking out talk with our process, amazing things are possible.

This would not work if AS, NCDD, Obama or anyone else tried to own,  
control or centralize the effort.  It cannot be run out of a  
bureaucracy.  I think this is a dynamic that is reflected in our  
growing understanding of effective large group engagement.  It has to  
come from a new paradigm to truly effect change.  You can never get  
enough of what you don't need.  As Einstein said, . . . (you know the  
rest).

What you are talking about, Tom, is already happening.  It just  
doesn't look like big and famous and centralized.  It thrives on its  
lack of notoriety.

--Kenoli



On Mar 2, 2009, at 11:11 PM, Tom Atlee wrote:

> I mean it.  What if Obama "got it" about D&D as an essential  
> ingredient for public engagement and, indeed, democracy?  What if he  
> rose above his partisan uses of public engagement to support his  
> program?  What if he got infected with compelling visions of  
> deliberative democracy, wise democracy, or what the Dalai Lama calls  
> "a culture of dialogue"?  What if he realized this was a way to  
> create a legacy that would be hard to erase, that would impact  
> politics and governance for decades into the future?
>
> What if he got it?
>
> And then turned to us to bring D&D to communities and government  
> agencies at all levels, covering all issues -- even budgets, heaven  
> forbid!
>
> What if he got it, and turned to "us" -- NCDD, IAF, IAP2, NIF, AS,  
> and all the rest?  Do we have anywhere near the professional  
> resources and collective coherence to meet that challenge?
>
> I don't think we do.
>
> Do you?  What would we do?  What, if anything, should we do about it  
> now?
>
> I kinda think it would be better to explore that question now -- at  
> least a bit -- than wait and be caught totally flatfooted later.
>
> What do you think?  What can you imagine?
>
> Coheartedly,
> Tom
>
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