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Scene 3. The Politics of System Processes

Barry Oshry Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

All organic systems—from the split-leaf

philodendron to the common earthworm to

General Motors—engage in similar system

processes. They individuate, integrate,

differentiate, and homogenize. What distinguishes

human systems from all other organic systems is

that we think about these processes, we believe in

them, we attach value to them, we politicize them,

we favor one over the other.

Some Words of Caution for Those Who Worship Togetherness
we like huddling—
thinking together,
planning together,
deciding together.
And sometimes
we believe in huddling.
is the way we should
And so
we sit in our room
An issue comes up.

we think,
we plan,
we decide.
Another issue comes up
(there are three more at the door).
we think,
we plan,
we decide.
Four new issues at the door,
six outside the window,
three opportunities just flew past
(waving bye-bye).
The issues flow in
under the door,
through the keyholes,
over the airwaves.
Our thinking grows fuzzy,
but still they come;
our planning is . . .
(What happened to planning?),
and still they come.
More issues:
Didn’t we already handle that one?
Our decisions are random
(someone has to decide).

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Chapter One The Artistic Flow of Business

Stan Davis Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

On stage was a six-foot-square sheet of black paper with about eight buckets of paint on the floor in front. We were in Boston’s Museum of Science, after dinner, at a business conference. The artist came out, chatted with the audience for a few minutes about what he was going to do, and then began to paint.

He used his hands as brushes, thrusting and cupping them into various buckets, then flinging, spattering, and smearing the paints onto the canvas. The colors, Day-Glo orange, lively chartreuse, electric blue, and the like, made a vivid contrast with the black sheet. Tony Bennett sang on the sound track. The artist spoke to the audience as he created, telling them that he needed their enthusiasm and involvement for inspiration. The room began to pulsate gently with foot tapping, some encouraging call-outs, and general enjoyment.

Within a couple of minutes you began to see that he was painting a portrait and by coloring the negative spaces, not the hair but the background arc around the hair. Around three songs or fifteen minutes later, he finished with a flourish of splatter for good measure, and there it was—a very alive-looking portrait of Tony Bennett in midsong.

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2 You Gotta Dream Big

Fauzia Burke Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Part of the reason I love my job is because I help authors make their dreams come true, but those dreams don’t manifest instantly. Okay, they do for some—but those are the exceptions. To become a well-known and well-established professional author you have to be ready for the long haul, so adjust your expectations and remember that building an effective brand is a marathon, not a sprint.

This work is important, but it’s not easy or quick. There may be an investment of years before you see the results you want. Or the results may look quite different from the ones you initially set out to achieve.

For now let’s just explore this territory. The next step is to think of your dreams. Have fun with this list and check all that apply:

I sell a zillion copies of my book.

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16. 10 Ways to Support the Occupy Movement

Sarah van Gelder Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


How can you help build the power of the Occupy movement? Here are some places to start:

1. Show up at the occupied space near you.

Find a location near you at occupytogether.org. See if they have a Facebook page. Bring a tent or tarp to stay. Or just stop by to talk to people, participate in a general assembly, hold a sign, or help serve food.

2. Start your own occupation.

Call together friends and acquaintances. Reach out to people you don’t normally work with so you can better represent the 99%. Talk together about what you want to occupy, and why.

3. Support those who are occupying.

Most sites need food, warm clothes, blankets, tarps, sleeping bags, communications gear, and money. Search #needsoftheoccupiers on Twitter for real time updates or check in with your local occupiers.

4. Get into the debates and the teach-ins.

Many occupation sites have workshops and discussions on the critical issues of our time. Get into the discussion. Bring copies of this book, YES! Magazine, or other materials to share. Listen to perspectives you haven’t heard before, and share your own.

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7 Quiet Transparency

Robert Johansen Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Ability to be open and authentic about what matters—without being overly self-promoting.

THE MAKE: MAGAZINE MOTTO, If you cant open it, you dont own it,1 is a call—really a demand—for transparency. Transparency is rooted in the maker instinct. Peoples curiosity and knowledge about how things are made has always been there but will increase dramatically. Where did those ingredients come from? What standards of safety were used? How green were the factories? Who were the workers and how were they treated? Quiet transparency is also necessary for constructive depolarization. Quiet transparency starts from being quiet and listening. Creating calm. Listening for the future.

New technology, such as cheap sensors everywhere and wireless connectivity, will fuel the growth of transparency—whether leaders like it or not. Transparency often wont be as easy or even as desirable as it sounds in the abstract. Although increasing transparency is inevitable, definitions of transparency will vary.

Companies and their leaders are being called upon to be transparent at every step of a products life cycle. If leaders arent transparent, others are likely to force it and the transparency they force may be neither accurate nor pretty. Transparency is in the eye of the beholder, or in the metrics of the people doing the measuring. If you dont measure yourself, you are likely to be measured by others. Measure or be measured is a current motto, but measure and be measured may be more accurate.

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