Monday, December 12, 2005

Various journalists, researchers and I are surveying at this valuation blog which market sectors we see as compounding increasing conflicts with humanity's needs . Before the sample below, two questions, what the biggest sector conflict in your areas of interest which we haven't listed yet, and are any of these sectors that you open space regularly around? (In the latter case sould we form clubs to share knowledge of who is trying what reconciliation experiments where)


Healthcare – increasing costs
Children – increased family strain, lost safety of community
Professionals- loss of Hippocratic oath, ever more bureaucratic
Water – Clean water is getting scarcer
Transport – getting slower
National Government – Increasingly powering over instead of facilitating what people need next Mass media – dumbing down, loss of social space and transparent debates
Food chain – cost of good for you food going up
Nations Cultures- love of each other’s diversity going down
Pensions (investment in sustainable growth) – going down
Adult confidence in making a difference with lifelong learning potentials – seems to be going down
Insurance – cost going up, learnings across biggest tragedies seem increasingly blocked
Underclass – compounding underclass- their loss of hope in life and mutual risks to all of us in a hi-connected world
NGOs/Charity – Global*Local infrastructure further removed from depth of grassroots needs in crisis or sustainability turnround challenges

Friday, December 02, 2005

ho day

the birthplace of open space technology
(photo by Wickenden, under the Creative Commons license)

Dear Harrison! Happy 70th Birthday to you,
celebrating at the Practice of Peace in Berlin

Here's a little handful of passages
in lieu of a birthday card:

One Heart

Look at the birds. Even flying
is born
out of nothing. The first sky
is inside you, friend, open
at either end of day.
The work of wings
was always freedom, fastening
one heart to every falling thing.

Li-Young Lee

There is a community of the spirit.
Join it, and feel the delight
of walking in the noisy street
and being the noise.
Drink all your passion,
and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes
to see with the other eye.


Having Come This Far

I've been through what my through was to be
I did what I could and couldn't
I was never sure how I would get there

I nourished an ardor for thresholds
for stepping stones and for ladders
I discovered detour and ditch

I swam in the high tides of greed
I built sandcastles to house my dreams
I survived the sunburns of love

No longer do I hunt for targets
I've climbed all the summits I need to
and I've eaten my share of lotus

Now I give praise and thanks
for what could not be avoided
and for every foolhardy choice

I cherish my wounds and their cures
and the sweet enervations of bliss
My book is an open life

I wave goodbye to the absolutes
and send my regards to infinity
I'd rather be blithe than correct

Until something transcendent turns up
I splash in my poetry puddle
and try to keep God amused.

James Broughton (also known as Big Joy)

Earth Verse

Wide enough to keep you looking

Open enough to keep you moving

Dry enough to keep you honest

Prickly enough to make you tough

Green enough to go on living

Old enough to give you dreams

Gary Snyder

walking in the open space between
(photo by Quas, under the Creative Commons license)