Posted on October 11, 2006
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Changing the world is a big job – so big in fact that most people think it simply cannot be done. As a result, many people feel overwhelmed – helpless and hopeless, and so they ignore the task. But like any big job, sometimes the hardest thing to do is just to get started. So, let’s get started.
If all goes well, the American people will vote for gridlock in the upcoming election, putting a Democratic House and Senate in place to thwart any more of Mr. Bush’s bright ideas. “The best government is a government that governs least,” said Thomas Paine.
While 1 in 2 Americans apparently feel that voting is a waste of time, I do not believe that any activity undertaken with earnestness and pure intention is ever a waste. It is the beginning of change, and by definition, beginnings lead somewhere. Gridlock is not the end, it is the beginning. It buys us time to come up with and implement some good ideas.
Take a look around you: Everything you see – your computer, the lamp, that pen, those books – everything began as an idea in one (wo)man’s mind. Ideas change the world – so there is no time to waste. The purpose of this exercise is to generate ideas about a better world.
Forget everything you know for a moment. Forget the very dis-empowering idea that nothing you can do will change anything – that the problems are too big, too hard, that the PTB have things all locked up and will never allow change to happen. Shut off the inner critic and instead, just imagine. Dream. Imagine you are a little kid again, and imagine the world that you want to live in. What would a just and peaceful world be like?
There are only a few simple rules in this exercise:
- Forget all limitations or how you would ever implement your ideas. We will get to that later. This is a brainstorming session.
- Participants can second (or third or fourth) the ideas of other’s (after all, good ideas are good ideas!) and build upon them, however,
- Criticism is strictly forbidden! VERBOTEN! Criticism includes statements such as “that is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” or “that will never work!” etc. You get the idea. This is a brainstorming session, and criticism kills.
- The more the merrier! This is the internet – for goodness sake – it is the global brain!
- Have fun! Life is full of fun.
Next time we’ll sort through the ideas – but that is next time. After that, we’ll brainstorm about how to implement some of the ideas, but that is next, next time.
Looking forward to the ideas!
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