How do we work together?

Over the last decade, I experimented with various forms of social organization. WIth the Evolver Network, I helped to launch a nonprofit organization that sought to create local community groups around a set of topics that related to the idea of a "transformational culture." We had over 50 local groups around the world. The way we organized it was like a wheel with a center and spokes. The center was the Evolver HQ in NYC. We would define themes for the monthly gatherings that the local groups put on. We asked a lot from our volunteers - who were  enthusiastic - but we didn't have clear ways of rewarding them. Over time it became a drain on them. Although we wanted to create an open-sourced, emergent movement, because the people running it were defining the movement's activities from the center of the wheel, it felt a bit hierachical and centralized.

What seems possible is to use new social tools to help create a truly decentralized, nonhierarchical, fractal model of a new organization... I am hoping HyLo as well as Loomio will be useful for this. I don't have a name for this - probably the name would also have to emerge from some consensus process. Perhaps we can discuss the principles and practices of this emergent network or movement here, if such a thing truly wants to emerge. Perhaps we can even launch it together? 

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Roisin Uí BhroinSuggestion: There is an old Irish saying "Ni neart go cur le cheile" which translates roughly to there is no strenght without unity. The Latin for strong is Fortem. The Latin for unity is unum. Perhaps the word Fortunum could work?

Jill Virginia ManginoGood question Daniel , working in the industry of "consciousness" I have become somewhat cynical as I find many people are still in a ME mindset , not WE. Another 2012 project I was involved with became so immersed with ego and personality that the "goal" of collectively evolving turned into a circus show. I bailed and went the pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, I was so depressed realizing that all my well-intentioned work was not only being "heard" but it was still about Egos, money and not really about authentically shifting the planet or  providing concrete "tools" and information. Recently I met Jalaja Bonheim PhD, she created a process called CircleWork, I can't wait to learn more about her and her work ...hopefully I will be representing her. This might be a good system to investigate?  This weekend while you are Burning Man please connect in with the Indigenous Grandmothers (up at Menla) this weekend. I am going up there to support their  work and to see Carole Hart (another pioneering voice) likeYou Daniel.  Much LOVE!  I feel hopeful reading your post that we all can find a way to Work together.  xox

Romain GoormanJill, I understand why you tend to feel cynical, because I have similar experences. As long as people keep on sticking to their ego's, things will not fundamentally change. The only way out, I think, is to create a critical mass of people who have questioned and reviewed their true identity, and who have found out that they are NOT their ego's. Once they come to realise that following their ego's is a gigantic illusion, their whole view of who they really are and what their role here is on earth,  they will fundamentally change their behaviour, and as a consequence, their actions. Creating massive awareness of the need for this personal transformation process, is therefor key. In the end, it comes down to taking up individual responsibility. The key challenge is how to convince people to do that.     

Kingsley L. DennisDaniel - my sense is that there is now more supportive energy for the newer forms of collaboration to manifest, which was harder before...I've written/spoken about we are moving from top-down vertical hierarchical systems to bottom up distributed systems as part of the socio-cultural transformation. I posited that this correlates to a shift in 'C' values: from – Competition ~ Conflict ~ Control ~ Censorship – to a new set: Connection ~ Communication ~ Consciousness ~ Compassion. ('The Phoenix Generation' - Watkins Press, 2015). So working together during this socio-cultural shift is about embracing and working with these new values, which will support the work. The older values are now part of an older, heavier energy.... 

Annie CharnleyGlobal Citizen are trying to make an impact and connect people to improve the world, not sure what you think of that? 

Also again, Universal basic income would free people up to take action and make an impact.

Pratima MumfordHere in Byron Bay, Australia a group of 30 of our most influential people have joined together to create "Our Earth Summit" to see what we can do to help our planet at this time of crisis and transformation. One of our proposals is to have 5% of all military spending and labour put towards helping our environment. We will hold our first Summit on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 April 2017 and the committee has already said they would love to have you, Daniel as a speaker. We'd love to have you back to stay with us too. Could you possibly make it here? Cant wait to read your new book. A "prescription" is what we need now!

Daniel PinchbeckHi Jill, 

Great to hear from you. I had the same sad experience around 12/21/12. It was really a disaster. Perhaps we actually need a real collective emergency to enact the ideals the "consciousness community" espouses.

I would love to hear what you have worked on since that inspired you.

Daniel PinchbeckGood comment, Romaine! 

What new orchestrations could emerge if you had that critical mass? 

I see block chain as a potential tool for accelerating the shift, and discuss it in my book 

Daniel PinchbeckHi Haydn, 

Do you think it requires something like a new mythic structure for humanity to make this shift? How would we explain it to average people?

Michal Stefanow"new social tools to help create a truly decentralized, nonhierarchical, fractal model of a new organization" - first thought that comes to mind - MOTIVATION and INCENTIVES - why would anyone want to be involved?

I'm joining this community for purely selfish reasons - I have no better idea than to live on the planet Earth for foreseeable future (Mars 500, Biosephere 2 - not ready yet for permanently inhabiting outer space) - so by offering my time / energy / attention I'm maximising my chances of survival.

UPDATE: You mention Loomio, there are many collaborative tools, this one is noteworthy: https://dao.consider.it/ (in all cases it's a human problem, not technology issue)

Annie CharnleyThere will be people in politics now that want to do good. Maybe it's those types that would want to run a more decentralised model. 

Daniel PinchbeckHi Michael, maybe it is both a human problem and technology problem, and solving one helps solve the other?

Mikhala McCannIt's a hard problem to solve with so many variables however the way I see it potentially working is by setting up a network with several nodal points. There are many communities popping up and taking on tribal principals to generate all of the things that are needed in a sustainable way. I see that as people evolve from the me consciousness to the we consciousness there will be a natural evolution in wanting to help others without expecting anything in return, the satisfaction of this comes from seeing others happy and fulfilled and I personally have experienced this transformation in thinking first hand. It will take pioneers to lead the way and show the others how this can truly work and it starts from the ground up. Build a sustainable community with solid values and connect to like minded communities or tribes and share. Collaboration is key, with people working together in a cohesive way towards the same goals and ideals, there is real possibility for change and it is about leading by example and showing the others the way.

Mikhala McCannAnd by tribe I mean utilising tribal values, ie: if it doesn't benifit the whole, it shouldn't be. We can use this model with all of our new technology to expedite change in an exponential way. 

Suzanne Taylor Sue SpeaksI think a foundational statement would help. I still work off this, from when Lex Hixon and I were working together in the early 90s: 

"A coalition already exists in spirit. It is coming together now in the social context by the attraction of its unconventional intelligence and compassionate form of high-mindedness. This natural coalition is drawn together by the recognition that the elevation of consciousness is our fundamental life work. This is a genuinely democratic, self-organizing force, flowing through persons of all descriptions. This force does not flourish as any highly structured form. It is not an institution or a foundation or a non-profit company or anything conventionally named. This coalition is a living organism -- natural, wild, free. It is made up of individuals devoted to serving the world and developing themselves as finely tuned instruments of service. They learn to gather in the energy of will-to-good, from which authentic goodwill flows out subtly to the entire world." 

Daniel PinchbeckThanks for these comments. How would we turn these ideas into a framework or better a Project to which people could contribute? What are the active next steps?

Mikhala McCannPerhaps community level think tanks. I envision that we have people via a platform like this one put their hand up to work for the greater good. We should start by getting groups together around the world to start discussions... i see this as a network ie: various nodes scattered around the planet that are all connected to the same purpose. The initial purpose would be to get others together who feel called to make a change within their community to dicsuss what could work at a local level for them, discuss what issues they face and start working out what resources are available to resolve these issues at a local level and at a more global level. We could then report our findings, collate them all, document the resources identified and work out the most common threads etc and help each other solve these issues by continuing our discussions as a larger organism. So work would essentually be undertaken at both a macro and micro level with a united purpose in mind. 

Mikhala McCannStep 1. Create initiative with a clear purpose and intention, use social media to spread the initiative with a view to get volunteers from various locations globally to arrange community level meetings with others who are also called to the cause. 

Alex FreitasWe need networks that are unapologetically committed to revolution by any means necesssary. Those networks need to take up the practical aim in joining with all other networks committed to revolution by whatever means they see fit. There is no time for fighting. What we need is something equivalent to the 1930's Popular Front against Fascism.

Alex FreitasCorrection: we need something even stronger than the Popular Front against Fascism.

Stellar MagnetI agree with this. I think we have to buy land, honestly, and build attractions there that will draw the public to notice it. i think if the people take control of the land/capital, and figure out a way to make it part of the commons, reduce costs for the people part of the the community -- which would make others want to be part of it, and do things beyond farming and such, by creating web technologies beyond Hylo and Loomio that can foster collaboration globally -- like you list your skills, projects are listed that list skills that are required, then there is matching done based on your location and requested skills, work together to purchase land & create new cities that can be models others can use. figure out how to maximize the land to fit the most people in a sustainable manner. right now it seems more expensive to live in metropolitan cities (at least in the US), so if you can create cheaper ones that have new values behind it, perhaps we can reach the "tipping point". campaign together to raise money from the public to purchase land, etc. if we collectively put our capital together towards building new cities, in the long run it would be cheaper for those involved & cheaper for new people to become part of.

Suzanne Taylor Sue SpeaksWho is "we"? 

Such a sweeping sort of intention is hard to grapple with. How to begin? Perhaps by defining who “we” are, which at least gets an “us” off the ground to then talk about our activity. Defining who we were was our starting point when the late great Lex Hixon (http://mightycompanions.org/lexhixon) was central to my world, and this is what we came up with:

"A coalition already exists in spirit. It is coming together now in the social context by the attraction of its unconventional intelligence and compassionate form of high-mindedness. This natural coalition is drawn together by the recognition that the elevation of consciousness is our fundamental life work. This is a genuinely democratic, self-organizing force, flowing through persons of all descriptions. This force does not flourish as any highly structured form. It is not an institution or a foundation or a non-profit company or anything conventionally named. This coalition is a living organism -- natural, wild, free. It is made up of individuals devoted to serving the world and developing themselves as finely tuned instruments of service. They learn to gather in the energy of will-to-good, from which authentic goodwill flows out subtly to the entire world." 

HPopularisation is essential. Voting patterns indicate most people are aware that things 'aren't right', and they are being taken for a ride by elite technocrats. 

I would suggest explaining it straightforward terms: this is what's happening, here's a possible solution, this is why we think it's a good one, if this interests you here's how you might go about doing it.

Of course early adopters doing it successfully is a great way to grow the idea. 






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