[P2P-F] Fwd: [Networkedlabour] Another Politics - After Syriza

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Tue Feb 3 13:25:45 CET 2015

So well said, Anna and the critical, consistently missed point.  This is either what is consciously and thus far more easily done, or unconsciously resisted and replayed with the same destructive underlying constructs that defeated it the first time and every other time we were told to "wait" until things were stable, to do this kind of inclusive consciousness, deep-real-change work "then".  

So in February 2015, we all celebrate a supposedly true and viable long-hoped-for, essential political-economic change from a leftist/Commons perspective (and that's what I truly am hoping it is, too), but there is not one single woman, not one, in Syriza's new cabinet.  100% male leadership! 

"but changing the general culture of society and social movements is a long and arduous road, taking generations ..."

That's not just glacial movement, Michel it's backwards.  And even more, a bright red flag about underlying potentially damning constructs that not only alienate so many of us, but worry us because we already know these often are the poisonous seeds of the later failures to achieve any of these ambitious dreams, as they have been so many times before.  

E.F. Schumacher was absolutely right -- it takes "whole" systems change not partial "bits and pieces change" that ultimately, change little.  And understanding what that means, preparing others to understand how important these issues are to that "whole", actually makes those changes easier, not harder.  Because including all in the "Commons" when trying to transition to any such reality, only makes "commons sense".

Not one woman.  That's a hard one to explain... 

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Thanks for this response. What I sense is that it's OK to pursue this topic as long as it is kept separate from the efforts focussed on political and theoretical change. Yet my point is that this is absolutely intrinsic to what p2p is about, the inner and outer aspects of the same thing. Nothing needs to be added, just allowing what is already there to be revealed, and not putting energy into resisting it.

Focussing on external achievements, as in the example of Podemos you gave, can lead to frustration and despair. Unless these feelings are addressed they can sabotage movement solidarity. Likewise the joy and excitement of sharing and collaboration are an integral part of our evolving humanity.

“Without developing the inner culture of the human being, we cannot develop a sustainable future.” E F Schumacher

The inspiring review of Chris Dixon's book by Garces points to the same need to include a more wholistic consciousness in our relationships. Otto Scharma makes the same point. 'We might say it this way: The success of our actions as change-makers does not depend on what we do or how we do it, but on the inner place from which we operate.'


On 2 Feb 2015, at 17:46, P2P Foundation mailing list <p2p-foundation at lists.ourproject.org> wrote:

from my own engagement with integral theory and clare graves work on the evolution of consciousness, I think it is totally illusory to expect a general shift of consciousness to collective wisdom ..

people who feel ready to do so, should do it with those willing to follow them; but changing the general culture of society and social movements is a long and arduous road, taking generations ...

you have to start above all with what is, warts and all ... see how the democratic structure of podemos has already changed, even before and power shift, towards a shift conducive to the leadership ... you can wish otherwise, but the shift was endorsed by 80 perent or more of the membership ... this is what you have to work with, making progress wherever you can ... and compared to the barbarians in power now, it is already a substantial shift,


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Otto Scharma's book 'Leading from the Emerging Future' is available for free download. Here is the Intro which is well worth reading. In my opinion, while this approach is not complete in itself, it would make an enriching addition towards the collaborative commons.

Check out the Commons Transition Plan here at: http://en.wiki.floksociety.org/w/Research_Plan 

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