[OSList] Can Conversations on Crises Change Civilization?

John Baxter via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Tue Jan 6 00:44:31 PST 2015

Just adding to that last comment, on the U.Lab course - Otta Scharmer has
some of the best input I have found on the potential role for conversation
in transformation and stewarding the emergence of a bright future...


*John Baxter*
*Cocreation Consultant & ​Co​Create Adelaide Facilitator*
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On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 7:11 PM, John Baxter <john at jsbaxter.com.au> wrote:

> This looks interesting indeed!
> I must admit I struggle to engage with most online things from here in
> Australia, so I am not sure how involved I might be, but I love the
> movement and the question.
> This course I am also about to start, from U.Lab, might be of mutual
> interest:
> https://www.edx.org/course/u-lab-transforming-business-society-self-mitx-15-s23x#.VKo9ZiuUfLx
> Cheers
> *John Baxter*
> *Cocreation Consultant & ​Co​Create Adelaide Facilitator*
> jsbaxter.com.au <http://www.jsbaxter.com.au/> | CoCreateADL.com
> 0405 447 829
> ​ | ​
> @jsbaxter_ <http://twitter.com/jsbaxter_>
> *Thank you to everyone who came, helped or spread the good word about City
> Grill!*
> *Summary and links: cocreateadl.com/localgov/grill-summary/
> <http://cocreateadl.com/localgov/grill-summary/>*
> On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM, Ben Roberts via OSList <
> oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:
>> *Dear colleague (with apologies for cross-posting),*
>> As we move into 2015, are you profoundly concerned about climate change,
>> serious resource depletion, and other major threats to civilization?  Do
>> you believe that we face an urgent and challenging opportunity to transform
>> our social systems and cultures that are generating those crises?  Are you
>> interested in what conversational professionals - mediators, conveners,
>> facilitators and your other fellow advocates and practitioners of dialogue,
>> deliberation, and process - could do to catalyze powerful collective shifts
>> that address these disturbing and exciting transformational possibilities?
>> If so, know that you are not alone.  We and many others feel as you do,
>> passionately.  So many people responded to a post about this by Tom Atlee
>> on the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation discussion list
>> that three of us called for further conversation and more than 50 signed
>> on, half of whom participated in an initial conference call on December
>> 15.  With this invitation, we're reaching out to thousands more in our
>> field to see who else feels called to this vital adventure.
>> So now we ask you to join us in pioneering a dialogue and deliberation
>> (D&D) “community of inquiry and action" during January 2015, online using
>> the “hackpad” platform and live virtually (using phone and video
>> conferencing), to more deeply pursue this urgent question that a few dozen
>> of us have already begun <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans> exploring:
>> *What do we, as members of the dialogue and deliberation community of
>> practice, have to be and do to enable our most positive transformational
>> impact, in the face of emerging global crises which fundamentally challenge
>> our business-as-usual habits and systems?*
>> We know there are a number of ways to come at this question, so we are
>> using January to explore different possibilities, while building
>> relationships among those of us who have passion about this topic. You’ll
>> see below that we’ve scheduled a number of virtual meetings, using
>> different methods, all in this one month—both in direct audio/video
>> dialogues and in online written conversations—in an effort to meet all our
>> different needs as D&D agents of social transformation.
>> You are welcome to participate in as many or as few of the “synchronous”
>> events listed below as you like—and you are encouraged to participate any
>> time in the online dialogues underway in the hackpad forums we've
>> provided <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans>. Each virtual event can stand on
>> its own, and each may have different outcomes—some perhaps
>> quite unexpected—but we suspect that insights and energies emerging in each
>> one will reverberate in all the rest.
>> *January 6, 2-3:30 ET *— a virtual *World Cafe* for continuing
>> whole-group exploration of our convening question (above), and other
>> related ones, in stimulating small groups.  The optional "harvest" at the
>> end will continue until 4:30 pm ET.  Later in January we'll have another
>> virtual World Cafe, at an evening or weekend time to be announced.  Before,
>> during, and after these events, you can also share ideas on hackpad
>> (starting now). <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans>
>> *January 9, 20, 30 (various times--see hackpad
>> <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans>) *— three virtual *Bohm Dialogues*,
>> providing space for deeper reflection and relationship building, available
>> on a reservation basis.
>> *January 13, 2-3:30 ET* — a virtual *Open Space* event to enable anyone
>> to convene a group to pursue an inquiry or activity about which they have
>> passion.  If you have such a passion, you can introduce it on hackpad
>> <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans> before, during, or after the audio-video
>> event (starting now).  Later in January we'll have another virtual Open
>> Space event, at an evening or weekend time to be announced. Immediately
>> following each virtual Open Space event there will be an additional hour of
>> virtual group sharing and group reports.
>> As we go through the above activities together, we'll be gaining first
>> hand understanding about how processes we have usually experienced in
>> person translate into virtual environments, and about the pros and cons of
>> the on-line tools we will be using —topics about which we expect to reflect
>> more later in January.  Bearing in mind that this environment and these
>> online tools may be new to many of us, we will go out of our way to provide
>> as much technical support as we can in this process. And, we also beg in
>> advance your forbearance and honest feedback as we explore this new
>> territory together.
>> More information about these offerings, as well as ways to get started in
>> the community of inquiry right now, can be found here on the Welcome
>> hackpad. <http://www.bit.ly/DandDTrans>
>> What happens beyond January—with all of us together and/or in various
>> subgroups—is up to each of us. As hosts, we are designing the January
>> experience to encourage various follow-up opportunities to emerge according
>> to their own energy.  This particular cycle of engagements will end at the
>> end of the month, having provided value to all who have been part of this
>> community during that time.  But what happens next will depend totally on
>> the passion felt by you and the other participants, and the responsibility
>> and creativity you bring to your conversations with the other passionate
>> folks you meet in the process.
>> So we welcome your participation and look forward to what will emerge
>> here.  The more of us pursue this, the more we will learn and the more
>> action will result, moving us all forward.  Let us know if you have
>> questions or comments.
>> And make sure to register here if you think you may participate in any
>> of it
>> <http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/SJQ6VBHESBQ8OD>,
>> so we can plan for how many of us may join the adventure.
>> Ben Roberts and Linda Ellinor
>> (for the “convening team”
>> <https://hackpad.com/About-the-DandDTrans-Inquiry-oG0LLT20JlU>)
>> PS:  Alongside this collective inquiry and our associated
>> community-building efforts, we are offering a self-organized
>> daily opportunity to explore the deeper meaning of randomly selected cards
>> from *the Group Works deck* set of life-enhancing conversational design
>> principles.  Our recent experiments with this
>> <https://hackpad.com/Group-Works-Card-of-the-Evening-DandDTrans-Inquiry-WzwxQeIX8WY>
>>  have been delightfully engaging.  If you wish to be on the email list
>> for notices about this, please let Ben Roberts know via a reply to this
>> email.
>> *Ben Roberts*
>> *The Conversation Collaborative*
>> www. ConversationCollaborative.com
>> <http://www.conversationcollaborative.com/>
>> (203) 426-1039
>> Skype: benjamin_j_roberts
>> G+: benroberts.ipn at gmail.com
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