I hope this is an appropriate thread for this discussion, I’ve seen a few others but they seemed too narrowly focused for what I want to discuss. I think all the above interrelates and so can’t actually be discussed in isolation.
I’ve personally I’ve been feeling quite demoralized due to believing strongly that revolutions stem from philosophy and that the change we need has to start with a cultural shift, but I’m no longer seeing that cultural shift occurring. I feel like we have stagnated and become stuck doing the same things and expecting them to keep working. = Definition of insanity, in my opinion.
I’ve shared the following videos but it appears that people either think they are already doing this or silently don’t think it’s relevant.
I’d love feedback.
Here’s a direct link to [Organisation] Grow XR with Action Focused SOS.mp4
And there’s also [Organisation] 6min Mandates Tutorial.webm
The key to SOS I believe is that we must start as a whole group and agree on a Vision as a whole group. But it’s VITAL NOT TO STOP THERE. The whole group needs to consent to how that vision is broken up into separate mandates and to the wording of each mandate .
There’s a fair bit of work involved in writing these mandates but unless the whole group has buy in to them the whole group won’t respect or understand how they all fit together and will slowly drift apart.
This is what I’ve been seeing happening. Because most people grabbed the concept of decentralization and started running it’s been incredibly hard to gather any sort of coordination.
In WA, even though we started as a single group and consented (as a whole group) for the need and creation of an “Action WG” “Outreach WG” “Infrastructure WG” “Regen WG” etc We did not decide what these groups would contribute. We did not have an agreed upon “vision for change”. And we did not write any mandates. and so there was no clarity about who was doing what or how it all fitted together. The SOS group did a mass of work writing mandates for all the groups but I don’t think anyone actually read of followed them. Our meetings certainly didn’t involve proposed mandate changes or tensions between role holders. The meetings usually resembled ordinary community group meetings where everyone discussed the problems and what each group could contribute to solving the problem. This did not create an energy that empowered people, gave them autonomy or provided a constructive method for resolving conflicts.