What has called me -- it's been calling down over the years and only as I get older do I find the words for the narrative and, sometimes, even the eyes to see that there is a steady curve to the story.
I'm drawn by connections and fascinated by fractals, the over-and-over again way of humans being together, everywhere. Briefly, I learned of something called "servant leadership" while I was career networking in 2007. Through that paradigm, I was introduced to the work and person of Ann McGee-Cooper. Following her, I came upon "systems thinking" and attended the Pegasus Conference in 2008 where I learned (more) of Berkana, Art of Hosting, and synergistic practices. I've also attended IONS in Tucson. Meantime, I've been following the AoH list for a few years and "lurking" -- listening, reading, daydreaming. I see this work (your work, and I hope it to be mine) as unabashedly, unflinchingly peace work.
I've just listened to Eve Ensler's speech at the Upaya Zen Center (http://www.upaya.org/dharma/the-future-is-girl/). She speaks of the new world we're living into and how we might together call it into existence. So very much the same language as I've learned from this worldwide community of practice. Then, the hostess, Roshi Joan Halifax, speaks of Senge and Wheatley and it becomes obvious (again) that we're all in this together and anticipating and building the future together.
There's this hopeful, proactive, Theory U, conscious and conscientious approach to envisioning, nay, co-creating, the future. Then, there's also the Hollywood "Armageddon-is-here"/post Apocalyptic blockbuster, bombast genre that dates back, I'm sure, to before I was born. You know the one, Terminator, The Stand, Day After Tomorrow, The Book of Eli. They premeditate what we're going to do when, not if, it all goes to hell. Mentors of mine have said to me that they already think it's too late. I disagree. I intend to put my efforts into service of this Great Awakening. But, my entrepreneur's heart is weary.
So, towards answering the second question, I'm hoping to find my role in the unfolding. As a "walk-out" from corporate America, I struggle almost daily with my decision and how best to proceed. I am so tempted to pull the veil back over my eyes. I'm excited for this gathering and expect to find exactly what I need (whatever that is) and hope to give to it and you equally.
Thanks so very much for your Self.