The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence – it is to act with yesterday’s logic - Peter Drucker

Remembering what it was to be me…

Remebering me blog

 

Maria Popova's newsletter (recently renamed ‘The Marginalian') brings to my iPad every week the most exquisite writing in easily digestible morsels. This quote by Joan Didion in a recent newsletter made me hesitate:

 

“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us….”

 

These words make a connection to the inner transitionary shifts I have noticed in my way of being as we travelled through the various stages of the pandemic. Sometimes the changes were decisive and dramatic requiring an immediate response, as in the need to rapidly up-skill in online facilitation; while others have been more meanderingly deceptive. Others still have been joyful and enriching.

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ULab - Connecting to Source

 Pen and Journal

    "I've never been to anything like this in Scotland…where people get up on stage and bear their soul".

 The words of an intrigued John Swinney, Deputy First Minister of Scotland.

He had joined the ULab Scotland community gathered at Pollock Halls in Edinburgh to watch the final Live session of the 'Transforming, Business, Society and Self' programme. People were getting up on stage to share their inspiring ULab stories and they weren't holding back.

Yes, perhaps it was 'un-Scottish'. But it's another indication that it's a Scotland in transition.....towards a more compassionate, equal and resilient society.

So what is it about ULab that makes you want to share your innermost thoughts?

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U Lab Reflections at the turn of the U

U Lab Reflections

I'm undertaking the U Lab programme sponsored by Scottish Government. Angie Meffan-Main who is coordinating the programme invited me to write a blog post on the experience so far.  Here's my reflections....

Half-way through the U Lab programme it's too early to report on outcomes. We're currently sitting at the bottom of the U.

Instead I reflect on the origins of The Melting Pot Hub in Edinburgh and some of the questions that are arising for me as Host. Maybe these questions will resonate with others.

Hubs are a feature of the U Lab programme and bring the learning alive. They're self organised and connect people by virtue of special interest or locality.  

Since the independence referendum and probably long before, people in Scotland, whatever their political affiliation, seemed to be searching for something different. It was nebulous but palpable. 

If change is so 'wanted', does this mean that the journey to the 'something different' will be easier? Less fraught? 

When the conditions are right and the political will is there, will change happen more fluidly? 

These are some of the questions that have emerged for me.

The Roots of What's Gone Before Are Still Growing

Otto Scharmer describes the dance between the security of the familiar and fear of the unknown as the complex interplay of 'Presencing' and 'Absencing'.

Dayna Cunningham's contributions as a guest speaker during week 3 of U Lab were particularly powerful. Using a tree metaphor to describe her experience of campaigning against racism, she reflected that you can chop down the tree but the roots continue growing unseen for years to come.  

Liken the roots to the behaviours that support the status quo and you get a sense of why planned change can be problematic. The roots of what's gone before are still there to trip you up.

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