I asked about the deeply woven context of bias and discrimination – the kind that is so integral to the methods of doing work it is undetectable without honest conversation hosted by a kind of arbitrator. Or, I wondered aloud, how about a restorative justice approach (the Ear Hustle emerging into the moment). What if you sat the perpetrators down with the people they affect and have them listen to how they are impacting others.
Someone immediately piped up: well, they probably don’t even know they’re negatively impacting others.
Not so fast, lady.
I do believe the love-fest of the boy’s club provides a very warm glow. I unleashed the Kraken on the boss on Tuesday for participating in just that, and it was pretty nice not to have him throw it back in my face as imagined.
Anyway, it generated a good discussion, as did all of the rest of the points brought forward. The magic of being together is important to get things in order face to face, to know the mission, to decide together how to proceed. I came to the first one of these four years ago (also in Chicago) and things have come a long way. It’s pretty neat to be a part of it.
I was listening to You 2.0: Rebel With a Cause this morning, hosted by Hidden Brain. It reminded me of being here with these people. They are all people who enjoy a blank white page, a fresh spot to jot down the plan, no fear of the lack of boundaries, no concerns about what to do next. There is always something to do next! It’s a good listen, if you have time. All of the episodes in the series are good.
I don’t know about you, (I would like to, but we are here in this limited panorama together) but I do not want to live an uninteresting life. I don’t mean I must live on a speeding train and that every single thing must be epic, but I want to spend the time I have to give doing something I am passionate about. And not be dinged for being passionate. It’s about finding somewhere you fit, about being certain once you’re there, and about enjoying the splendor and wonder of the people who are changing lives every single day, from the little bitty, to the crashing waves. Every single bit of change counts.
Today, we had a guy in from Disney. He went over the concepts of innovation. How not to shut down good ideas. The concept of having a continuing conversation nurtured by the two words “yes, and” instead of what we are normally faced with (“no, because”) was inspiring.
We also talked about playfulness. I’m not sure about other big company people but every time I get playful at work the room turns diablo on me. As if by nature of being playful I’m wasting time.
Oh, dear Lord, how the lack of playfulness hurts my life.
I try very hard to keep an element of fun in every aspect but the competition for Focus (you name it, work, home, world) is almost overpowering. It sends me right into myself where I can be safely playful. Except who wants to play alone....
it takes the entire spectrum of human ability to make this experience of our lives together interesting, functional, something to be in love with. It’s knowing the right time for the approach.
I am so unnecssary to the big scheme. I’m really nothing without the collaboration of others and as I get a bit more confident with age, I don’t care so much about the outcome rather than what we do along the way. That’s what I remember the most. What about you?