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How to get together

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 How to get together2003-02-15 14:12
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One of the fields of interest that most captivates me is how people get together in useful ways. That might sound very vague to some, but that is in part because the vital components of 'how people get together' aren't apparently known. There's no widespread technology or fundamental protocol for how a group activity forms from the bottom up. How some people notice that they share a certain *something*, and they then organize themselves such as to allow that *something* to emerge further, and they figure out what they actually want to do, and how. And then they do it.

There is quite a bit of a system for it when it comes to business ventures, companies, or any venture where one party comes up with the money that makes it happen. Even if nobody has the money, there's a pretty clear approach. You write a business plan, which includes deciding what you're going to do, who's going to do it, why it's a good idea, and what resources you need to do it. And then, typically, you'll try to convince somebody to provide the funds for doing it. And, if you succeed, then either you start doing it, or you make a new plan for what you really want to do. Either way, the money flows in a hierarchical way which supports a system of somebody above you telling you what you ought to do, and you feeling compelled to do it, because the money is good and you need it to eat and pay rent. And you use contracts money to sort of tie the pieces together. That system has proven itself to work, even though it has faults.

I don't think what I'm interested in will boil down to business plans and financing and who's the boss. Although maybe some of the pieces are partial answers. What I'm looking for is what will help it happen where there's noone clearly in charge, and no clear source of funding, and therefore no obvious hierarchy. And if hierarchy isn't really desired. I'm looking for how a grassroots group comes together. I'm looking for how free people, who don't feel an urgency to sell their soul, but who have a desire or a passion, or who see a need - how they come together.

If the desire or the need is strong enough, and the situation at hand is clear enough to everybody, self-organization might happen instantly and effectively. If millions of people love watching Farscape on the Sci-Fi channel, and they suddenly cancel it, thousands of those will feel strongly enough about it to do something about it, and the task is sufficiently clear that they can self-organize. And they did.

I suppose I'm looking for tools that will facilitate the clarification of what we're talking about, what we might agree on doing, and how we're open to doing it. If the need is not perceived as an emergency, and the task isn't already very simple, we will have to negotiate each step, and remain in alignment all the time, or each of us will just go back to doing something else we find compelling.

I'm looking for a language or a protocol or a tool or a metaphor that helps a matching process to happen. Kind of like how an antigen has very specific receptors that will make it physically match together with certain kinds of things that it is meant for attaching itself to, and it won't fit with other things. I'd like some ways for people to become more clear on what receptors we have, so we can better fit our receptors together where they fit, and not waste too much energy on where they really don't fit.

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15 Feb 2003 @ 22:06 by sevenlamb : The Metaphor that Saves Worlds
It's literally in our hands.

I could point it out, fast, and 5 people, merely 'playing' with it, could rescue not a people, but a universe, in 90 days.

But when will someone ask a real question, and become small enough...to -follow- the answer, instead of 'think'? Or 'compare', or 'know already?

follow a whiteRabbit.
or simply ask.

Do so sincerly, and I give you my word as a child of christmas and the solar king, that I'll put that metaphor you requested, right back into your library.

Then you can throw it away, or laugh at me or save the world with it.

But at least, hear my 34 year quest.

Hear the fact that I would -never- have raised my tiny hand, unless I was certain.

And I only started raising my hand...when my sources showed up...with toys that save worlds.




Please, get -smaller-.

Please, sit down quietly, at the foot of the oldest teacher. There's only one. it isn't me. people still think my words are mine. they aren't anymore. this thought makes them not see, or hear, the children, the essential toyWorlds, the unityBeing, toyMaker - the messengers.


I am begging you as a child of christmas.

I am humbly begging.


16 Feb 2003 @ 14:54 by ming : Metaphor
sevenLamb, hm, I don't really know what to say. I find your site and your writings very interesting and inspiring, and it all sounds like you have some key pieces and perceptions that are important. But at the same time it looks like you aren't really succeeding in conveying to anybody what it is you actually are trying to say. When people sort of read it back to you, they're far off the mark of what you're actually pointing at. And I for one would like to know what that is. I'm not sure I'm willing to jump through a series of complex hoops to potentially get there, based on just your words. What would a real question sound like?  

23 Jul 2013 @ 06:16 by JoyceLesley25 @ : re
Set your own life more simple get the credit loans and everything you need.  

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