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Archive for Conversation – Page 2

Conversation and Community

David Isaacs sent me this quote from Peter Block:

My belief is that the way we create conversations that overcome the fragmented nature
of our communities is what creates an alternative future.

This can be a difficult stance to take for we have a deeply held belief that the way to make a difference in the world is to define problems and needs and then recommend actions to solve those needs.

We are all problem solvers, action oriented and results minded. It is illegal in this culture to leave a meeting without a to-do list.

We want measurable outcomes and we want them now.

What is hard to grasp is that it is this very mindset which prevents anything fundamental from changing.

We cannot problem solve our way into fundamental change, or transformation.

This is not an argument against problem solving; it is an intention to shift the context and language within which problem solving takes place.

Authentic transformation is about a shift in context and a shift in language and conversation. It is about changing our idea of what constitutes action.

~ Peter Block from his Civic Engagement Series, sponsored by A Small Group.

New World Cafe Online Community Launched!

As new people join the new World Cafe online community every day from
countries around the world – Brazil, Israel, Italy, Finland, Canada,
Costa Rica, Germany, the United States, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands,
New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Chile, Mexico,
Portugal, the Phillipines, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Columbia,
Afghanistan, Bhutan, Belgium, Spain, Croatia, India, Saudi Arabia,
South Africa, Yukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Peru, Dubai, Slovenia,
Tahiti, Venezula, Jamaica, Vietnam, Taiwan, Singapore, Bolivia and
Austria – there is a palpable sense of a new kind of community – a
truly global World Café – taking form.

If you have not yet joined us in the new online community, we invite you to go to www.theworldcafecommunity.org and
sign up today. Find friends and allies, deepen your
learning, band together and take action, start the conversations and
launch the projects that are closest to your heart – now's the time!

Read on for some of the new features and benefits that are available to us now …

Some of the new opportunities include customizable
individual profiles and a searchable member directory, the ability to post your
event to a shared community calendar, add photos, documents and links to your
conversations, upload photos and videos and other media files to a common area,
write and comment on blog posts, have a live chat with friends, and create and
participate in private or semi-private focused working groups based on a shared
language or interest.

The new community space will let us tag virtually everything
we enter, making the search functions robust enough to find exactly what you’re
looking for.

In addition, things that you are used to now, like sharing
stories and exchanging ideas conversation and resources, will be much easier to
use and track in an intuitive way.

Conversation

by Tom Atlee, of the Co-intelligence Institute

I want to expand the concept of conversation.

The Latin and Indo-European roots of “con” and “vers” connote “turning together”.

This deeper understanding opens up new meanings.

When we speak our truths and hear each other deeply, letting each other’s voices and ideas and stories and passions shift us, we turn together.

When we dance or listen to music, and our bodies and attention resonate with its shifting vibrations and emotional resonances, we turn together.

When we all share the same perspectives, hopes or horrors within the vibrational embrace of mass media and the webs of telecommunications — 911, elections, earth from space — we turn together.

When we respond adaptively to the situations we face — individually or collectively — we are turning together with the energies and realities that reside within those situations.

When we as a community come together in times of crisis, rather than splitting apart into adversarial or self-aggrandizing camps, we are turning together.

As all plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen, and all animals breath in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, we turn together in and as one great cycling flow of oxygen and carbon,
releasing the energies of Life.

As our one small and beautiful planet spins out its days and nights, and circles the sun into seasons, and glides with our whole solar family on one vast arcing arm of our spiral Milky Way galaxy, we turn
together.

We are in conversation — all of us, all the time, at more levels than we know — turning together.

Waking up is our emerging realization that we can converse more consciously, learn to do it more knowledgeably and heartfully, inspired and inspiring, and thereby evolve together with — and into
— greater wisdom, wholesomeness, and grace… turning, together.