”Meaning is created through a craft approach to life.”
— Alan Moore
Here is the story about the transformation of Gränsfors Bruk into an innovative, sustainable, and lightweight company. It’s a story of transforming a company from a mass production-style manufacturer, to a small scale, high quality shop with skilled, dedicated, and engaged co-workers. It’s a story about another way of doing business based on values that manifest themselves in the whole company and its products. It’s a story which gives hope for small scale, sustainable ways of running businesses. It’s a story of craftsmanship.
Here is a video with Genpo Roshi who has integrated aspects of Zen state training with Voice Dialogue. The process works by engaging the “voices” of the ego—such as desire, fear, and “the controller”—and then moving into an experience of Big Mind/Big Heart, and the integrated free-functioning self. My question is whether this self really is the ”aware ego” or still is a ”voice”?
Gregg Kendrick shares his experiences on creating workplaces where people thrive in this video. The video is from the 4-day conference ”Making Collaboration Real: Empowering the Workplace with Nonviolent Communication” in San Francisco, March 2011.
Here is a conversation between Gary Hamel and Terri Kelly, president and CEO of W.L. Gore, on Gore’s long-running experiment in natural leadership and managing without managers. Very interesting and fascinating!
David Marquet is the submarine captain who turned the ship around by treating his entire crew as leaders, not followers. He vowed never to give an order. This is an example on how to release the passion, initiative, and intellect of everyone on the team. The submarine crew continued to do well long after his departure.
Here is a #HRockstars IGNITE session on transforming global workplaces to open workplaces with Johann Gauthier, Suzanne Daigle, Josh Allan Dykstra, Derek Wade, Kevin O’Brien and Linda Stevenson. These persons are dedicated, being relentless in changing the way we work, not separating life and work anymore. Very inspiring!
Here is an interview where Nicholas Beecroft interviews Jim Rough on Wise Democracy, Choice Creation and Dynamic Facilitation. Dynamic facilitation takes people into a choice-creating conversation which generates the potential for new outcomes. Jim has found that deep wisdom emerges from a randomly chosen group when the group seeks to serve the whole. He has found that what emerges often is transformational to the whole community. Jim points out that democracy requires ongoing attention and adaptation to the actual needs of a situation. Jim integrates this approach, which is called Wisdom Council, into existing structures to help meeting the challenges which we face.
Here is Harrison Owen’s TEDxTalk on Open Space Technology and self-organization from September 2013. Harrison Owen says (5 min from start) ”If human systems are fundamentally self organizing, then control as we have sought it is impossible, and management as we have practiced it is questionable.”
I am exploring the Quaker traditions. The reason for my interest is that the decision making by consent (not consensus) in Sociocracy is derived from Quaker practices. Furthermore, I think there are lessons to learn from how Quakers facilitate their meetings in general. The more I learn, the more fascinated I become! For example, here is What Wikimedia can learn from the Quakers by Sue Gardner. Note that Sue provides a reading list for those interested in learning more. And here is Martin Kelley’s review of Michael Sheeran’s ”Beyond Majority Rule”, which to some is the definitive guide on the Quaker decision making method. Michael Sheeran spent several years studying the Quakers for his PhD. There are two short videos on YouTube where Michael shares his observations on Quaker Traditions and Quaker Decisions.