Was thrilled to help lead the Women’s March down the Parkway yesterday and end up on the stage. The crowd of 50,000 stretched from the Art Museum to City Hall – incredibly inspiring to see it from this vantage point!
It was truly a pleasure facilitating a strategic planning retreat for the Psychologists Coalition at the United Nations. There was a lot of interaction – at this moment I was looking in on break-out groups.
My work has taken me back to the United Nations, where it always feels like home. I enjoyed working with United Religions Initiative UN and WorldPeace.org on a Peace Day Flag Ceremony and then hearing Nobel Laureates talk about a sustainable peace.
Peace is a multi-level endeavor and there’s always room to look further for inner and outer peace with little and big things. A coaching suggestion: Make some peace today.
Check out my article in Kosmos article, published online.
Consciousness: Seeds and Soils of the Commons
I’ve been developing a theory called Essential Commons as a field for negotiation of what James Quilligan calls “…our mutual commons – the dynamic interrelationship of human subjectivity and material substance,” (Kosmos Journal. Spring/Summer, 2013).
As policies and practices are beginning to better account for the commonality of our materiality, it’s critical that we consciously evolve our understanding of the intangible drivers of our subjectivity. Essential commons is a domain for accessing fundamentals of unity between self and all else through inquiry into the axiology (values), metaphysics (causality), and ontology (nature of being) of the transformative impulse toward commons consciousness.
Essential commons holds integral space for the very essence of our individual and collective commons concerns. In the spirit of statistician George Box who said, “all models are wrong, some are useful,” the essential commons can be broken down into civil commons, spiritual commons and universal commons.
As the domain where subjectivities come together, civic space is where we create who we have to be to do what we want to do. Civil commons is the ground for establishing every sentient being as a noble seed. It’s a domain of inquiry into the personal and communal “soil” (programs, economics, policy, law, resource management, opportunity, nourishment, connectivity…) required for all seeds to thrive.
Spiritual commons makes sacred space in the commons conversation as a domain of inquiry into the life-force that is unique in each of us and common to all. It is a clearing for inter- and trans-denominational dialog, visionary impulses, wisdom traditions, humanism, metaphysics, spiritual insight and renewal, vibes, and mojo. Spiritual commons is a domain for syncing up our inner GPS’s toward negotiating all of our commons in Golden Rule compliance.
Scientists agree that we only know about 5% of reality and that about 95% of what’s so in the universe is a common frontier. As we continue to unravel the majority mystery we’re part of, the universal commons is a domain for inquiry into what’s beyond our understandings of individuality and commonality. It is a realm for exploring correlation between consciousness, energy, matter, volition, provision, behavior, evolution and the as-yet-to-be-discovered.
Sustainable progress with common resources requires progressing our consciousness of the underlying essentials of the interrelationships of commonality. As we re-negotiate our relationships with shared resources, the essential commons model is a tool for conscious evolution that offers access to our invisible commonality and our deepest resourcefulness.
We just finished celebrating Media’s second annual Happiness Week. It’s been a thrill to be the instigator of such fun – we had an old fashioned street dance party, a couple of fairs, drumming, learning about plants and saving energy and lots and lots of connecting with new and old friends.
The idea to celebrate came from working with colleagues around the world as part of my work on the United Nations initiative toward a New Economic Paradigm based on Happiness and Wellbeing. I love the fun stuff but for me the highlight of the week was a community dialog on integrating what the world knows about changing what we measure and why with how our community goes about its business. Here’s an article about my path to this work: