CO-CREATING OUR WORLD | It is the year 2020, and by the end of it, the start of a new decade, travelling the humanities of diversity, identity, inclusion, cultural awareness and the complexities of technologies aiming at simplifying our lives – we seek clarity; a 20/20 vision of balance & equilibrium. In several fronts, from the local to the global, back and forth, 2019 wasn’t an easy one; we learned through trials and errors, successes and failures that the human journey is never about perfection – but, progress. A dear colleague of mine would say we must watch-out for the “convenient illusions” thrown in our paths – another friend would add “watch-out for placebos to keep us quiet or paralyzed by fear.”
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? If not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel
EL CAMINO | When we are engaged and working with people in a multiplicity of activities, in several levels of connectivity, it is essential we seek to understand their realities, complexities, and challenges vis-à-vis our own. We can then propose pathways leading to solutions, improvements or innovations. In other words, understanding the whole and engaging people in manageable | doable parts so they can own it as they should. We are talking about our own personal “El Camino” – in that light, coming to terms with what we can actually do, is helpful. Experience tells us that we [usually] move forward incrementally – as that’s how lasting change unfolds, a new reality emerges, soon its settles and becomes “the new normal” …
“Instead of trying to change your entire life in January, the simpler strategy is to adopt a twelve-month plan where you’re making constant improvements.” – S. J. Scott
ESSENTIAL SAILORS | What works, what doesn’t, what need “tweaking” and adjustments, what creative strategies can enrich praxis and transform it? Depends on the particular endeavour(s) you are engaged with, and especially if you are in a leadership position of influence; what can you drawn from others that will bring potential innovation to the fore? Here’s an interesting thought; we need to think ourselves as sailors and our resolutions need to fluidly fit into the world that we are co-creating guided by a more humane compass & understanding about economics, human creativity, community & individual needs-wellness.
“One resolution I have made, and try always to keep year after year is this: to rise above the little things.” – John Burroughs
CONVICTIONS | Callings, vocations, leadership in the service of others are powerful human values-emotions; remaining truthful to them not always easy. But, in a recent project-related meeting I heard we seem to be entering a larger cycle; something is shifting, relationships changing, economies reinventing and our planet’s ecosystems stretched to dangerous levels. This is then the time to get proactive, for participating in any way, shape or form in the transformative conversations unfolding all around us.
In this light, to my fellow cultural-creatives out there, keep creating the opportunities for community, for fair | just economies, keep helping us to open our eyes to what is happening and what needs to be done collaborative-cooperatively. Let’s us say yes to human scale economies, and let’s show-up with resolve; let’s picture ourselves building a better, healthier world. If we can visualize it, if we can feel it, it will become. Blessings.
PS. In case you have not seen this 2011 TED Talk, have a moment with it. The history of our world in 18 minutes with David Christian | https://youtu.be/yqc9zX04DXs …