Archive for April, 2010

We and politics

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

This is to me a healthy and balanced way of thinking about our relationship with politics and politicians.
Enjoy!

Perspective on food

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I got this message, with pictures, through an email from a friend. Good to take a moment and stand still…

What is eaten in one week

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

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Germany : The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

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United States : The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week $341.98

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Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

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Poland : The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

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Egypt : The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

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Ecuador : The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

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Bhutan : The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

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Chad : The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

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The email ends with: “I wonder if we have reason to be thankful?”

Did you notice that more and more generations are entering as we scroll down through the list? Did you notice that more and more persons eat of the weekly menu?

Thanks for the people who initiated this research! and send it through with emails etc.

Co-creëren en je laten dragen

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Ik kom net terug van ongeveer anderhalf uur samen voorbereiden. (is ondertussen wel een weekje geleden!) Het is een opdracht die alleen aan mij was gevraagd, maar aangezien het thema Co-creatie is, wou ik de daad bij het woord voegen en het co-creëren samen met iemand anders.

In onze afsluiting zei Stien dat een klein stemmetje in haar zich afvroeg of ze nu echt niks unieks had bijgedragen. Eigenlijk niet, neen. En mijn kleine stemmetje zou dan kunnen besluiten: Zie je wel, ik kan het ook alleen! Maar met kleine stemmetjes kan je niet co-creëren, alleen maar iets herhalen van het verleden.

Toch was dit waardevol, ook al om mekaar beter te leren kennen, tijdens de lunch wat bij te praten en zo de vriendschap te laten verdiepen. Wat er ook goed was, is het samen invoelen van wat er werkelijk gaande is. Invoelen, aanvoelen van het energetische veld – subtiel waarnemen noem ik dat tegenwoordig. En dan is het mooi om vast te stellen dat we dezelfde dingen waarnemen. Ook betreft de aanpak ging ons aanvoelen in dezelfde richting en voel ik me gesterkt in het idee om zeker geen expert-die-het-allemaal-weet te spelen; wat misschien wel verwacht wordt; en ook niet om de hele dag te faciliteren. Het zal erom gaan hun gezamenlijke proces zodanig te hosten (we hebben het opgegeven om naar een Nederlandse vertaling van dit woord te zoeken, maar we wachten gewoon tot dat hosten in de dikke Van Dale wordt opgenomen!) dat ze in de ervaring leren wat co-creatie werkelijk kan zijn en wat de rol van de leider/host hierin kan zijn.

In een boek dat stilaan gestalte krijgt, noem ik ‘je laten dragen door een groep’ als één van de noodzakelijke voorwaarden om tot een diepgaande co-creatie te komen. Mijn collega vragen om in deze voorbereiding mee te kijken, is persoonlijk weer een stapje in de goeie richting…

In de toekomst wil ik een aparte blog maken voor de Nederlandstalige verhalen… nog even wachten…

Interesting thought

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

From a friend of mine ‘down under’:
It is interesting to think of needing the cooperation of a volcano to travel!
I was thinking how interesting it is that Iceland has ground Europe to a halt twice in the past year — once through the financial crisis and once through natural causes. What does this have to say, do you think?

Politics and The Commons

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I was in a conversation yesterday of a little group of five on the theme of Politics in the new paradigm. Since I am part of that group – and even before – I have been wondering what would the task of politics and politicians be in the age of Aquarius?
If we go with the assumption that we are all growing toward an emotional adult perspective in life, and that we all can regard each other as peers and as fellow humans, then what is left to do for politics?

They don’t have to invent laws and rules for businesses that don’t treat the customers in the right way; they don’t have to come up with rules and regulations about what is right to do, they don’t have to fight wars etc. as then – in this ideal situation – all people will take care of the whole in all what they do, because they understand in their bones that it is all for their own benefit, now or later.

So, I’m wondering: what is the question the politics of the future have to answer?
Have you ever thought about that? Got any answers worth sharing? Please do!

In our little group we came over time to the insight that it is not our job to try to change the current people in the political system or even the system it self. We know enough about change and consciousness that this is not the way it is going to work. But then what?
Is it enough that the five of us are able to – sometimes at least – to speak from the middle, from the silence, from source? Is that all that there is to do? These are real questions for me.

One of us saw in the silence that the future will all be about circles of people. Then again the question is there: if politics is one of these circles, what should they focus on? Should they focus on how people have good conversations, how they get to wise actions?
Someone else talked about holding space. I translate that as holding the potential to manifest. Is that what we do and should do then? Holding the potential of the new era?

Lately I came across a lot of articles around the commons. I guess there is part of an answer to what politics in the future – and even better now! – should engage with. Here a part of a very good introduction to the commons:

“The commons are everywhere. They determine our quality of life in great many ways. They are present (even though often invisible) in the social, natural, cultural and digital sphere. Think about the things we use to learn (read and write), the things we use to move (land, air and sea), the things we use to communicate (language, music and code), the things we use to feed and heal (land, water, medicine) or the things our reproduction depends on (genes, social life). The commons is about how we share and use all these things.”

And this last sentence points for me to what politics of the future should do: find wise ways of how we can share and use all these commons.