Thanks for the kind words of support for B Jibe. I know Ideal Network as well through Ronnie Bell; we met through Social Innovation Fast Pitch. It was good seeing you at the OM center a few weeks ago for Sherri Herndon's event. I look to forward sharing more the next time our paths cross. And if you ever want to grab coffee, please don't hesitate to ask.!
I am a story teller so I will love to tell a story re compassion. Compassion does not always show it's beautiful face on a large scale, sometimes it uses a small unnoticed act (or so it would seem) to pierce the heart, enabling it's flower to burst forth, totally uninhibited. I don't have internet, so next time I am here using a dear friends services, I will write
Hmm. Did I do that right? In case I didn't, here's a message I think I just sent to you...
Dear Jon Ramer --
Just wanted to say good morning, and thank you for the steady sustained leadership you have maintained for many years.
I wanted to mention a modest little conversation that is beginning to emerge -- that might be connecting some elements you would find exciting.
I am responding particularly right now, this morning, because I just got a message from Compassionate Seattle, mentioning an interfaith leadership summit that is coming up. Checking that out -- I'd say the basic themes are of wide interest -- and might become part of an emerging broadly connected "circle" process of some kind -- that puts critical elements on the table, and begins to build some robust connections that can "move this movement" in some exciting ways.
I've been posting some messages on Phil Lane's "Four Worlds" web system, and have been citing your draft document on "Deep Social Networks" for a couple of years. I believe in that vision, and feel that it contains "seed power" for something that might become significant and inclusive.
"Starting from within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner, we develop and heal ourselves, our relationships, and the world."
Maybe we are coming into a time where it might be possible to "call a circle" (as Christina Baldwin might say) that widely embraces critical issues -- connecting the primal indigenous vision ("The hoop of the nation is broken") with emerging contemporary interfaith -- and with the transformative politics of community that is pushing to be born all over the world...
The idea that is beginning to glimmer in my mind -- would be to follow this idea about "calling a circle" -- if the people I'd like to see in the circle might be interested -- exploring ways that these slightly separated elements (interfaith, politics, indigenous wisdom, circles, community, etc) can be called together into a conversation that is bigger than any of us, or any of these subjects.
There's a lot that can be done -- and maybe an emerging potential for a "deep social network" of real significance.
Thanks again for your continuing vision and stability.
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thanks for the reply. I will definitely pen an article about the US trip. I see you are a musician like myself and I am bringing with me my Baritone Ukelele so perhaps we can have a jam? I would love to give a talk to the group but can only be in Seattle from 31st Oct to 4th November 2012 so maybe we can arrange a talk at these times. I am a great believer in International solidarity and my trip is an expression of this. We realize that we only have one planet and need to change our ways by developing compassion so there is a future for our children. Seattle has always excited me as a place, I have got good reports come back to the U.K. and anyway Jimi Hendrix was from your place!
I hope on my visit to really connect with the local community and bring good news from Leamington Spa, where there are really terrific things happening. In our Transition Town status we have been helped by the Town council. Our local Member of Parliament is very keen on community based initiatives , especially social enterprise and even got a bill in Parliament to support these activities in the U.K. The United States has always had a pioneering spirit and the groups in Seattle seem to express that admirably! We are all pioneers for the future! Thanks again.
The video is absolutely brilliant, Jon! Thanks so much for doing the editing -- and of course for inviting me to share. Let me know if there is ever anything I ca do for you & yours ... Scaughdt, out -- Peace, out
Thanks so much Jon ... I think the Joy & the Blessing have been mostly give to me, and I remain extremely thankful! I am super-excited to see where CAN grows -- Great stuff, man! Keep up the Good Work ... ;)
In gratitude to you and Phil Lane Jr's article: "Deep Social Networks & the Digital Fourth Way". What an insightful shamanic read about how the circular context of creative learning and growing together is always at the heart of deep affective networks of care and sustainability.
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