2020 is not only a new year, but the beginning of a new decade.
I’ve pulled together some questions you might want to use to guide a deep reflection in preparation for the coming times.
I’ve come to see that the embracing of true peerness with all others is the core value that needs to be in place if networks are to become transformational. But we are each wrapped in a sticky, almost invisible cocoon of our culture – a culture that has taught us that we are separate from others and that every relationship has a hierarchy.
So the first question I ask for this new year: How can you begin the healing process that will enable you to remove the cocoon of dominant culture? How can you dismantle the hierarchy, patriarchy and racism all around us that keeps you and others from a life of wellbeing? How can you find others to work with you on this?
Because dismantling hierarchy is so core to the transformational aspect of networks, we here at Network Weaver are going to try to publish at least one blog post a month on this important topic. If you have some thoughts, an existing blog post or recommended resources on this topic, please send them our way!
The second question is: If you are an experienced network weaver, how can you become a mentor to less experienced weavers, especially those who come from communities of color or from the global south? If you are a novice weaver, how can you find and reach out to a more experienced weaver so that you can get the support and practice you need to more quickly become a skilled weaver?
The third question is: How can you share more of what you are learning with weavers around the world?
Can you write a blog post for your blog or the network weaver blog on on your work? Have you developed resources that you use in your network work and practice that you could share with others in the resources section of our site?
In 2020 we’re going to make the site able to handle payments to multiple product owners so you can generate some income from your materials. Can you please take a bit of extra time to document what you’re doing and share it with others? It’s this kind of learning and sharing that is going to bring transformation more quickly. As Curtis Ogden often reminds us, transformation is about changing the flows in networks and that is what your sharing can do.
The fourth question is: What networks do the networks you work with need to connect with to provoke their thinking and aggregate their efforts? How can you bring together participants from two or more networks to build the relationships that they will need to share and work together?
And one final question: How are you going to take care of yourself this year so you are in the best shape to do this weaving work? What can you do to work from a more centered and supported place where you can get the clarity you will need to ruthlessly prune your to do list and have the spaciousness to notice and engage when areas of opportunity arise?
What questions would you like us to focus on to be ready for the coming decade? Please share in the comments below!
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