Saturday, September 1, 2012

strong & mackey - be the solution

geeking out too much to not take a break,
and write this....

a simple plan

change the world for good.
in a more timely manner.
no 20 year strategic plan.
tomorrow even.
lofty? ridiculous?
things that matter often are.

One of the mistakes that we have made is to limit opportunities for making the world a better place to those projects whose validity can be proven by research. The history of discovery and innovation is filled with monomaniacal individuals pursuing a vision or a dream with no objective evidence that the project will succeed.
Note: spaces of permission with nothing to prove...

however lofty,
it’s very simple.

people are good.
set them free.

no need for prep/training.
no need for management.
set people free.

the problem comes in our mindset, in our lack of trust.
we don’t believe people are good.
we don’t trust people.
we don’t trust ourselves.
so we get in the way.
or we hide in the crowd
of people,
who are getting in the way.

we spend our days mostly,
in defense and policy.

it is time to rethink the extent to which creative individuals are allowed to create new products, services, and institutions. There are many thousands of unnecessary laws that limit creativity and constrain human potential.

both signaling our lack of trust.

Our faith in freedom rests not on demonstrable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will on balance release more forces for the good than for the bad.

and perhaps it would be fine,
but it’s really boding no one well.
not as a people.

the human spirit is our greatest asset.
and we’re not tapping into it fully.
The developed world has a vast, underutilized asset that is not being leveraged to its best advantage: idealistic people who want to make the world a better place.

we’re not setting it free.
not fully.
partial freedom is no freedom. (Krishnamurti)
Freedom granted only where it can be known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial would not be freedom. If we know how freedom would be used, the case for it would largely disappear.

so - say we decide to set people fully free.
a great place to start?
perhaps public education..
currently the #2 market in the u.s. at 1.3 trillion
perhaps 90% of people spend much of their lives there.
If all the energy that is currently invested in zero-sum political conflict was gradually transferred to the committed creation of sustainable enterprises, the cumulative impact on behalf of good would be extraordinary.
Note: we have all we need

and by definition, it begs we start there:
pub·lic concerning all the people
ed·u·ca·tion  learning experience
but let’s imagine it beyond a classroom.
imagine we see the entire city/community as the school.
public education.
There is a myth that advanced formal education is necessary to succeed in today’s world because of the complexity of technology. And yet . . . our most recent technological revolution was largely created by high school and college dropouts, much as was the Industrial Revolution. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Linus Torvaalds, and many thousands like them transformed the world. Although their work did build on the work of thousands of academic mathematicians, scientists, and engineers, as well as progress created by both corporate entities (such as IBM) and government (especially the U.S....
Note: city/community alive...a quiet revolution

imagine it is that simple.
imagine nothing right now as bad or good.
imagine we start to say and, more than either or.
what if all we need to change in public education:
who’s together in a space, is per choice.

no worries,
imagine we are crafting a way to ground the initial chaos.

seeking to set a city free.
giving it a go.
we know too much not to.

aren’t you just curious?
you come too?

Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in the development and use of his imagination. He has not yet reached the apex of development in the use of his imaginative faculty. He has merely discovered that he has an imagination, and has commenced to use it in a very elementary way. —NAPOLEON HILL

Individual human beings, believing in individual human visions, despite the evidence, despite expert opinions, despite the odds against them, have been the most powerful creative forces in western civilization. The one thing that Cesar Narys, Fred Smith, Alfred Butts, and J.K. Rowling have in common is the persistence of a vision.

They may or may not understand the idea. They may be afraid to do something out of the ordinary before others have done so. But a quiet inner voice tells them they can and should trust Rodrigo.

talk it over.
with yourself.

talking to yourself.
it is legal.
imagine that.