The change we are striving for is not going to come from established “leadership.” It is going to come from grass roots participation.
Are you a forward thinker? Are you committed to the future of our societies? Do you subscribe to our ethos that we move forward on the basis of sound knowledge? And are you willing to contribute to the development of this knowledge? Are you willing to be involved in the actions required to move our society forward? If the answers to these questions are affirmative please do enter your name and email address in this right hand column and participate in this initiative.
For examples of radical social change consider The Berlin Wall, the emancipation of women, the defeat of Apartheid, the civil rights movement, the green agenda and most recently the events in the Arab world.
The whole basis of the Unreasonable Learners is the thought that together we can make a difference. In this context you might wish to view the TED video clip of Seth Godin and his Talk “The Tribes We Lead,” (17 minutes). Its basic message is that leadership in the future is going to come from connections of foward thinking people. see http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead.html
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them” – Mother Thersa. We ask our participants not to be precious about their own views and to be open to the learning that is available all around us.
Our wish is to develop this site through involving all forward thinkers. So please do comment on, correct and add to the various pages of the site.
You will have noted that the site contains facilities for discussions and blogs. We want as broad an involvement as possible. But we believe that it is important that the discussion should encourage learning based around considered debate. The following was some guidance supplied by one of our participants, Wendy McPhedran – she used to work with Peter Senge and SOL (Society for Organisational Learning)
1) ALWAYS try to find the good AND the bad in every situation. THAT’s systems thinking. Seek clarity and perspective, not reinforcing your own pre-conceived beliefs. It’s most often REALLY HARD, in the heat of a disagreement, to stop our own “run-away-train” line of arguing. It requires a mature and disciplined mind to desist debating and seek the often unclear pros and cons of a situation. And when it matters most, this kind of discipline is needed most.
2) “Bitching and moaning” is an absolute no-no (along with unconstructive cynicism). If you don’t agree, don’t respond until you have either a helpful question to ask (designed for clarity, not blame nor to make yourself look smart) AND you are ready with a suggestion for a possible resolution to the problem.
Peter (Senge) used to say to people – “leave your cynicism at the door, but please bring your curiosity to the discussion”.
Just another thought – Bill Isaacs says that when someone that you know to be sensible, even intelligent, says or does something apparently crazy, STOP and wonder – what would make him/her say/do something like that? It’s a good way to begin to see a side of the arguement that you previously had not seen. Asking good questions after that pause is the best next step.
We have yet to set up the discussions/blog page. – Please bear with us in the short term.
If you wish an email or telphone conversation with one of the instigators of the site do not hesitate to contact:
The Deming Learning Network
22 Bruce Crescent
Aberdeenshire, AB41 9BF Scotland
Tel: 00 44 1358 721258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org