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.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Still More Fixing Democracy, Part 2
This is the last in a 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,
Q—So citizen councils should not replace parliaments but
A—“Indeed. There’s no way to say this would be a better
system for sure, because it’s tried only rarely.We need to test this idea, over and over.”
Q—How do you get citizens who haven’t been part of the
council to unify behind a decision?
A—“I believe the media have a gigantic role to play.Journalists can write about who each
participant is and report on the process. Then the public watches these diverse
people expressing their diverse views, coming to respect each other, and
shifting their thinking to recommend solutions together.”
Q—That’s not exactly the kind of journalism we see lots of….
A—“Yet this is exactly what Maclean’s, Canada’s weekly newsmagazine, has done at one of the
most divisive times in Canada, with the Quebec independence debate being most
vivid.On a Friday, they brought
together a dozen people who collectively represented the diversity of the
country for a shared vision for Canada.By Saturday night, it was a complete mess.
Then, over dinner, one of the participants started to really listen to an
indigenous woman and concluded the natives were feeling unheard—and the most
important factor to get some kind of understanding is people feeling heard. So
the next morning, this woman asked the indigenous woman to tell her story. That
changed everything. In the end, everyone was hugging each other.”
Q—Sounds like a reality show!
A—“In fact, some have suggested a reality show like that. A reality
show could feature dramatic conflicts among diverse citizens, their increasing
understanding, and then a breakthrough that ends of being cathartic and
enlightening for a whole nation. Bringing people together in a council will
generate collective wisdom for and by the people, coming together around
something. These things aren’t exactly characteristics of our current political