Friday, December 19, 2008

Creating a SECSy World

Now, to the work.

SLoBiND is the method, but it begins with one person, perhaps you. It starts with thinking about what seems most important to you, or listening to the call of your heart as to what you should do, or possibly both. When you are clear about what you want, look around you to find kindred spirits.

If you can find four or five people who believe as you do, you have a local organization. Work on strengthening the bonds between you. Figure out what you (collectively) can do to make a difference, and do it. Figure out what will support you in doing it consistently.

Once things are going strong, look for other in your bioregion who are doing similar work. How can you network? Can your group support them? Can you support each other?

Having a decentralized bioregional network makes it real. What does the network need? How can you strengthen it?

When things really get going, look around to see what else needs to be done.

Brafman and Beckstrom (authors of The Starfish and the Spider) point out: "It's not just about community, ... not just about freedom and trust. Ideology is the glue that holds decentralized organizations together." But it is about community and trust and freedom, it's just that having common beliefs and values (what they call ideology) means that you're all moving in the same direction, and those beliefs will sustain and hold people better than money or power or things.

My ideology is that I believe in love and compassion; and this love compels me toward a world where Simplicity, Equality, Community, and Sustainability are values we live by; where we celebrate Complexity, and Diversity, and Individuality, and take Practical steps to achieve change; where we have Small, Local communities of people, depending on one another and caring about one another; and slowly these groups begin reaching out to other local communities around them. Who wants to join me in building a world like this?

Quote of the day: " starts when you care to act, starts when you say We and know you who you mean, and each day you mean one more." - Marge Piercy
Word (or phrase) of the day: Network Effect
Hero(es) of the day: Lucy Parsons

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