Reading Indra’s question on my Comment Wall, “Would you like to write something for the site,” I felt a big “Yes!” and wanted to jump to write, right away, but tempered my boyish enthusiasm for two days, out of caring and loving the work that you all are doing here.
I am still new to this community and am here, mostly, in a listening mode. I feel I can’t contribute anything of much value before sensing more of the field and discovering the resonance between it and my own appreciation of an integral politics. The kind of an integral politics I’m thinking of is the one that will be capable to harmonize and build with the synergy of not only the feminine/masculine qualities but other complementary polarities as well, e.g.: autonomy/community, conserving/rebooting, etc.
Reading the blogs and comment walls, and forums on this site made me curious of how my “internal Downing Street Project” is doing. How well I consumed the marriage of the internal feminine and masculine? Do they inspire each other and have a committed, playful, and always-evolving relationship? Those are questions that my attention keeps returning to, from time to time.
I also try to sense what are the essential forces present in the emergent social field of authentic conversations around gender relationship and their impact on our social systems. Indra’s blog at Huff Post on “Do Women Need Their Own Space?
” was very eye-opening to some of those issues. I warmly recommend to read it if you have not yet done so. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, its “comments” section was closed. It is unfortunately because the subject deserves a high profile public dialogue space even beyond the borders of Britain.
I believe that transforming our gender relations from competition and dominance to collaboration and partnership is the most foundational issue of our transition to a better world. They affect profoundly all social systems including governance, media, education, and finance, just to name a few.
What I am also present to in me, is a sense of urgency about increasing the influence in the world of such soft powers as “using intuition and emotional intelligence, making relationships, networking, mediating…” (After Gender Neutrality
, in The Guardian)
That’s because there’s no way to meet the galloping complexity of our intertwined global crises without a massive increase of our collective intelligence and wisdom, which in turn is conditioned on a massive increase of soft power of/in women, men, and our communities.
How can we do that? Neither I, nor anybody I know has the complete answer. The only thing I know for sure is what’s not needed -- a grand plan and a top-down, “rolling out” approach to implement it. Instead, we may connect our conversations to grow wiser together. I wrote about that approach, here
I am fascinated by the possibility of creating a collaborative, participatory action-research, with widening circles of involvement, to discover what may become possible when a critical mass of women (and men) are in their best at using soft power for affecting social innovation and change. Observing what works well at small scale and why, then sensing the conditions necessary to scale it up could be some of the first steps. Appreciative Inquiry and the U Process could be natural allies in the research methodology. Does anybody know of any funding program that could make it possible?
Finally, just one more sentence about why I am so passionate about seeing and supporting women taking their place, in much larger number, in the leadership of our institutions. It’s a sentence borrowed from a 19th century Russian philosopher. “No one can be free until everybody is.” (Kropotkin). In the context of post-feminist liberation of the soft power, that sentence also means, no man can know what is freedom to realize his full social potential until we create a world where all human institutions are designed to benefit from the proportionate presence of women in guiding them.
If you are with me so far, then after all these long sentences of my prose you deserve a little poetry
I’d enjoy hearing from you.