doing self-organization

douglas germann 76066.515 at
Thu May 24 08:37:27 PDT 2007

Michael, Harrison, Joelle, Andrew, Pat, Raffi, and all--

Would you be interested in entertaining a couple of musing questions?

If (some people in command and control mode might still use the word
"if") there is such a thing as self organizing, what would be its

        This seems to be to be a fruitful inquiry, and it goes beyond
        our usual important, complex, diverse, conflict, immediacy list.
        For me it perhaps overlaps but is not precisely the same as
        Harrison's list of 8 essentials. For instance, is invitation
        necessary for self organizing? What level of freedom? What order
        of equality of the participants? Are there physical conditions?
        Or is it just two or more gathering?

Closely related: What is the difference between trying to control what a
group does and inviting? (Harrison, you hinted at this in a post today
when you say "I believe that there is an infinitely better possibility
through which we may discover deep ways to realize our full potential as
human beings, as well as doing something very useful and good in the
world") Is it simply a matter of degree, or is the difference
qualitative? For instance, when Birgitt writes of “givens,” or I help
someone write the theme for their invitation, we are consciously
directing the attention of the participants to something we want to
examine or change. So for instance, we are inviting people to make
positive change in the area of X, or to explore the issues and
opportunities of X, and this necessarily takes their attention off Y, Z,
Q and J.

				:- Doug.

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