Brian and Pamela open letters 2 – A response

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Hi Brian. Thank you for writing and starting our open letters experiment. (Brian and Pamela open letters – 1 “Are We Together?”) I loved your anecdote about Slovenia, and the thoughts it raises of what can happen to ideas or suggestions after they’ve been left  behind. What a great outcome. Interesting that you might never… Read more »

Building what? You and whose army?

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This is part of a series of posts exploring authority and identity – see Permission to speak Emboldened by a couple of TEDx talks by Marc Ventresca  I recently decided I had finally found my identity  – Aha! I’m a systems builder!  – but if I claim to be a systems builder then: What systems… Read more »

Brian and Pamela open letters – 1 “Are We Together?”

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I’ll take the cue for my first open letter to Pamela McLean from the invitation she wrote near the beginning of her blog post, “Innovation and Collaboration – Are We Together?” Perhaps you know the saying “To travel fast travel alone. To travel far travel together.” I invite you to read this as if we… Read more »

Via P2P – Learning To Be the System That We Wish to See in the World (Spanda Journal)

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From peer to peer foundation: http://blog.p2pfoundation.net/learning-to-be-the-system-that-we-wish-to-see-in-the-world-spanda-journal/2015/08/21 Article: Alexander Laszlo, Living Systems, Seeing Systems, Being Systems: Learning To Be the System That We Wish to See in the World | Spanda Journal, special issue on Systemic Chage, Pages 163-17 The special issue of Spanda Journal on Systemic Change has a very good article that offers a… Read more »

Permission to speak

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When I was a child I was mystified by how it was that some people lived in ‘that other world’. People who lived in ‘that other world’ wrote  books and newspapers or they made films, and radio and TV programmes. They didn’t just read, or watch or listen like I did, and like everyone I… Read more »

John Underwood’s fundraising drive

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We’re all human. So when someone like John Underwood (and Ella Risbridger for that matter) bares their soul for all to see, it moves us to want to help – whether that’s by making a donation, joining a stem cell register or just tweeting support.- see Why cancer patient John Underwood’s fundraising drive is touching… Read more »

Innovation and Collaboration – Are we Together?

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This TEDx talk by Marc Ventresca on “Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems” is about impact, authenticity and “how things really happen”. He uses some well known game-changers to illustrate what he means. What he says holds lessons for the rest of us. It outlines how other innovators fit into the picture. For me his… Read more »

Dark Mountain Book Launch Thurs Oct 15th

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Thursday 15th October sees the publication of our eighth collection of Uncivilised writing and art. This book – a special issue on our relationship with tools and technologies – is a departure for us, in both content and appearance. We can’t say much more until it’s published, but we hope you’ll join us on the… Read more »

Aha! I’m a systems builder!

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I’ve  just discovered the work of Marc Ventresca, his recent talk on “Infrastructure for impact, the work of system building” and a previous, complementary  talk called “Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems”. I feel connected to his ideas, because his analysis makes sense of various issues I’ve been struggling with for years.  I’ve put links… Read more »