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Wednesday, October 2, 2002

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 Wednesday, October 2, 20022002-10-02 00:37
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  • Al Joy is good at getting through to me about things I do 'wrong'. I often speak to the wrong people. I sometimes act as if I'm organizing a bunch of people who washed up on a desert island after a shipwreck. But really, the people I hang out with don't feel very shipwrecked and are kind of busy with other things. I create spaces and announce that people can do whatever they want in them. Except for that it better be diverse and positive and world-changing, and better nobody try take the thing over and give it any different direction, or I'll go intervene. A slight bit of a logical problem there. I'd like to make certain things happen, to spearhead something, to bring a certain message into the world. But yet I prefer to be invisible, and I'll insist that I'm no leader. Really what I want to do would be to create a technology, a device, a system, which allows a new kind of collaborative communication to happen. I'd like to stand up and speak for its virtues once in a while, but otherwise I'd prefer for it to be something people could just take away and use whichever way they imagine. Not anything I'd have to manage. So, I'd like to invent a telephone, but I don't really want to run a phone company, and I'd really prefer to not have to be involved in everything everybody says. I'm an independent. I can be a real good advisor. Or a messenger. But I change my mind about things too often to be much of an organizational leader.

  • I started going to an improv acting class again. It has been around 5 years or so, but I've really enjoyed the time I've spent in improv workshops. Its a great way of getting out of one's head, into being present and creative in the moment. Works really well for me, and it's something I need. But it is also scary.

  • Randy Schutt has gathered some great resources on Nonviolence, Cooperative Decision-Making, and Inciting Democracy.

  • SEAS offers a $1 million prize for a testable new energy device with the potential to be mass produced, preferable an over unity / zero point kind of device that might independently power a private home. SEAS (Space Energy Access Systems) is an offshoot of the Disclosure Project.

  • Reuters: shoe size and penis size not linked. No?!? There goes my plan for an MLM penis enlargement business.

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    2 Oct 2002 @ 01:36 by jstarrs : Again...
    ...another good, clear, statement of intent from you Ming. I hear you!
    Exactly why, for you, is impro acting 'scary'? You don't say  



    2 Oct 2002 @ 01:43 by ming : Improv
    Well, it is kind of about getting one's mind out of the way, and just letting out whatever comes up, without censoring it. It is not very entertaining or funny in improv if people try to plan something funny in advance or they memorize jokes or something. What is an amazing experience is when everybody in a scene are sort of channeling things in the moment - starting sentences without knowing how they'll end, making strong choices without knowing yet where to go with them - while everybody still totally honors the shared reality between the players. So, the scary part is letting go of the safety of planning out what to say or do. You're sort of doing it naked. But when you really let go of the attachments to be proper, safe, smart, funny, etc., something magical happens and it is really worthwhile. And, even though I know that very well, I personally still have a certain tendency to be in my head and to say things I can defend. So, it's scary to let go of that safety blanket.  


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