Being considered a professional is important. But most of us are 'old' professionals, not old in age, but old in thinking style and approach to living. Old professionals separate science and spirit and think in terms of either/or - 'you're either for me, or against me.' New professionals connect science and spirit and think in both/and terms. Please read: The New Professionalism: Connecting Science and Spirit, available at www.WisdomAtWorkUSA.com.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Still More Fixing Democracy, Part 1
This is the first in a new series of posts on how to make
our democracy work better based on an interview article in The Intelligent Optimist
magazine (formerly Ode) with Tom Atlee, co-director of the Co-Intelligence
Institute in Eugene, Oregon.
Q—“Your books explain how citizens can be involved in
formulating policy on complex issues. Does this work for diverse issues as
A—“Lifestyle issues, such as abortion and gay rights, tend
to be harder to get people to agree on.Yet in the last 20 years we’ve been developing both an increasing
capacity to generate consensus and understanding on a wider range of issues and
an ability to generate more civil forms of conflict on the difficult divisive
Q—“Can you give an example?
A—“After watching abortion activists screaming at each other
on television, family system therapists at the Public Conversations Project in
Cambridge, MA, got together a half-dozen of [them]. After first chatting over
coffee and doughnuts—not knowing who each other were—they gathered in a circle
to share what happened in each of their lives to make them so passionate about
the issue. That’s when they discovered who was pro-life and who was pro-choice,
in the context of their personal stories. So even if you disagree, you can come
to understand why others think the way they do.”