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 Action without Borders2002-02-06 02:27
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This evening I went with Jane Jeffries to one of the many meetings that Action without Borders called into happening today. 136 different meetings in lots of different countries, including many in Africa. In a weird way, part of what attracted me was that the premise seemed even more vague than what NCN came together around. But also that their site at idealist.org is great for networking people and resources, and it all seems very like-minded to NCN in many ways. Like, this is their mission statement:

"Action Without Borders is a global network of individuals and organizations working to build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.

Action Without Borders is independent of any government, political ideology or religious creed. Its work is guided by the common desire of its members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect. "

Anyway, nice meeting. A group of people who weren't quite sure why they were there, other than that they somehow were attracted to it. Different kinds of non-profit people, activists, etc. The facilitator tried to manage it with a system of consensus. Which in principle was a good idea, but the group got a bit lost in trying to come up with a common statement about what we all believed in. Well, the guidelines for the meeting suggested that we might start with a simple statement about why we were there, but it got off track in trying to construct a mission statement. Which isn't easy with a group of people who weren't quite sure why they were there in the first place, even if we keep things very general. So, rather than having a consensus about the wording of such a statement, we ended up with a consensus about leaving the details to be figured out later, and that it was enough of an accomplishment for the moment that a group like that came together, and that it might connect with a network of other groups like that in other places.

What I usually come back to is that we need to grow a better global brain amongst us. And I perceived that as being part of the purpose there. Specifically to develop a network of small groups or centers that can help people figure out what resources are available, particularly in their local area. Like, who to contact for what. What kinds of community or activist or environmental groups are active locally, etc.

I know lots and lots of people that I somehow consider to belong to the same network, even though they do different things, in different ways, under different banners. But all are the kinds of people who work on making the world a better place in one way or another. Cultural creatives. It is very hard to get them all to agree on any particular agenda or statement or project. And I'll always insist that it isn't necessary to do so. But it might be a good idea to have some infra-structure. Some more neurons need to develop between these cells of humanity. To the point where the network actually becomes intelligent.


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6 Feb 2002 @ 03:39 by mmmark : The Challenge
Hey Ming - I don't know how my comment got deleted, but I will try again. OK - you can slap my hand for being a broken record. We often talk in broad generalities that are so nonspecific that ground is not gained in real measurable terms. It is wonderful to see a ground swell of activity, but then what results - at least awareness and general sharing of concern. What's the next step? My first post was " What Are We Doing Here?" This is the best first subject of Dialogue. As smart as we are - one would think we can be a bit more purposeful - that we would protect diversity by supporting a few basic things that make it possible. What do we stand for? We must say. And there is nothing wrong or anything to stop us from group accomplishment here on NCN. How we relate to all the other groups is another areana of discussion. Each organization seems to have a specialty so how can we pool that enegry?  


6 Feb 2002 @ 05:12 by tdeane : Just Curious
In looking over Idealist.org's site, and all the while thinking about the Global Brain idea, why don't we post volunteer and internship opportunities for member organizations of NCN? Just curious. Much love ~ Tricia  


6 Feb 2002 @ 15:18 by ming : Volunteer positions
Yeah, I don't see why not. I don't think we're any less serious than many of these other non-profit groups. We're not officially incorporated as a non-profit, mainly because I haven't gotten around to it, and I hate legal paperwork.  


8 Feb 2002 @ 16:17 by iguana : Global Brain
Interesting idea, If one could acheive the linking of the neurons without the need for technology, the process would be that much faster. One part of the problem I have found with such groups and the like is that either there are no definite goals resolved, or that one person starts to take control of the group for their own agenda. Perhaps striking a balance between leadership and consensus would speed the process of debate?  


9 Feb 2002 @ 00:59 by mmmark : Native Americans
I can be quite ignorant at times, or naive, but the original Americans seemed to have good leadership that did not have a personal agenda in general. It was an honor to serve the tribe. It was not a paid position and that position was granted to those with respect for experience and wisdom. The reward was another successful day, month, year of a prosperous society. If we all have equal opportunity and we are all responsible as individuals, there will still remain needs for central intelligence. We have concerns in both the personal and community realms. This is an interdependence where one cannot be healthy if the one realm takes priority over another. They must be seen as equal in importance and attention. Foolproof may not be possible, yet we should be able to have enough checks in a social concept that it does not run out of control in the hands of the corrupt. Divisions of interest have no relevance to the logistics of life support.  


9 Feb 2002 @ 01:12 by maxtobin : need for neurons
The technology is needed as an interim measure I think, to get us into the new civilized space, response-ability to self, little and large (me and you and all the I AM's expression here) and to the planet, remembering the goddess through this activity and therefore knowing god expressed through all life. And then we won't need the technology any more!! The so called primatives/savages are not needing this, they already know and empower those who are empowered by spirit (the sharman, we lock them up in rooms with soft walls or worse!) to act as brain while they happily carry on being heart or lungs or feet or, its our "western disease" (or is that civilized dis-ease) that we all need to be the big Kahuna (don't tell me what to do!!). So lets accept that this is where we are and its OK, then the WWW becomes the neuronic (not moronic or neurotic we must leave that to the experts) glue to connect all the little bits of the global brain. There are many who are happy to be just hands or feet and let the brain direct them but they too will know when the brain is happy and contented (at peace finally?) Because the hands and feet are part of the ONENESS.  


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