Collaborations Ahead, Vision Unlimited
"All flourishing is mutual"
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
How do we co-create conditions for mutual flourishing? How do we repair the great divide between our hearts and minds? I believe our most urgent work is to repair the disconnection within the self and between humans and nature. We can begin to address the polycrises of climate change, biodiversity losses, and systemic racism by making spaces for the mutual flourishing of all beings. It helps me to break these overwhelming problems into smaller pieces--one connection at a time, one forum at a time, one conversation at a time, and in settings that allow for the nourishment of the mind and the body.
To re-imagine mutual flourishing we begin with a simple question or a vision. What if... is one of my favorites. Working with your questions, visions, and aspirations we'll design processes to ask who, when, how? We will connect ideas with actions, doers with thinkers. We will consider whether our questions and problems are served by a network or a coalition. What shape should a gathering be? Do we share and test our connections at a one-time conference, or do we retreat to the forest to invite nature into the conversations meeting seasonally or monthly? We will discover the methods, settings, and schedules that best match your vision, questions, and partners.
There is an art to gathering; no two are the same. When we create intentional space for our hearts and minds to reconnect we take that home, we take that to the next conversation, and just maybe transformation happens.
"Let my words turn into sparks"
Marge Piercy, The Birthday of the World