Taking the Revolution Forward
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    You never change things by fighting existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

     -Buckminster Fuller




    Welcome to Organization Unbound’s special themed section, Taking the Revolution Forward.

    Like many people, we were fascinated by the global wave of uprisings and citizens’ movements in 2011. What struck us most was their focus on how people were coming together. Public demonstrations had a generative quality. They expressed not just demands but a kind of rich, unqualified yearning, and people worked, however haltingly, to meet that yearning right in the squares and streets where they stood.

    The failures were familiar, but the fledgling successes felt hopeful and new to us, not so much because they had never been imagined before, but because they had never been imagined so actively by so many people in so many places at once.

    Those who were searching for alternatives to current  realities began trying to live those alternatives out together, even if only for a moment.  The squares and streets became spaces of learning and experimentation. People were prototyping change as much as they were asking for it.  It was as if the ‘intentional community’ and  ‘activist’ modes of social change had merged into one movement.

    This felt like a significant shift to us, and we were curious about how this dynamic could be maintained and deepened as these citizens’ movements begin the longer institutional walk of reinventing society. How can we continue to take and make those generative spaces?

    The following is a collection of reflections exploring this question- from Motaz Attalla in Egypt, Anthi Theoipoulou and Sarah Whiteley in Greece, Aydin Yassemi in Iran, and Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay in Canada. They don’t necessarily contain the answers, but they illuminate some beautiful intentions and promising practices.


    Click here to visit the gallery of reflections


    We will be highlighting one reflection a week in the month of January and look forward to continuing to build the collection to include more voices and movements.


    January 3rd, 2012 | Warren Nilsson & Tana Paddock | 6 Comments

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  • Ria Baeck 01.03.2012

    Can we subscribe to the gallery of reflections?

  • Hi Ria, unfortunately there isn’t a way to subscribe only to the gallery, but we will highlight any reflections we add in our regular blog posts- so if you subscribe to Organization Unbound, you’ll get those.

  • FYI the graphic that is supposed to lead to this page does not work in Firefox. I had to click the link on the right panel to get here.

  • Hi Kevin, thank you for the heads up. Can you please send me the link to the page where the graphic that you’re referring is? I’m just checked all the possible links I could think of via Firefox and couldn’t find the problem you’re referring to. Thanks!

  • Soooo excited and inspired by Motaz’s interview. I was particularly struck by the comment that Warren made about worrying that even in a system in which everyone is offering their gifts … and finding that they have new gifts … that things will become to mechanized, to fragmented. One of the things that I am noticing is how important the flow of communication, connection, synchronization of different parts of the work is. And this leads me to remember some of the most important things that I learned through my experience with the Berkana Exchange about how much we need to focus on and rely on our deep, authentic relationships. So the space between becomes, many times, more important than the individuals, actions or agencies themselves. That, and the WAY that we are doing our work. Another golden nugget I am taking with me from this piece is this: “We need to host imagination.” YES! Kudos! Can’t wait to read next week’s interview!

  • So great to hear what you connected to in the conversation. Just posted the next one with Anthi Theiopoulou from Greece. I think you’ll really enjoy it as well. There’s even a short audio that accompanies the written post…Org Unbound’s going way hi-tech 🙂

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