Archive for April 19th, 2012
For interaction, the challenge is engagement. Widening the circle of involvement means expanding who gets to participate. It is about inviting and including relevant, new and different voices. The measure is built on the social graph: how many of your friends know each other?
The network design principles successful organizations follow are:
- shortening the distance between two randomly picked files/nodes/people.
- getting more people who you personally know to know each other.
The perspective of network science views knowledge as socially created and socially re-created not as stuff of the mind that can be shared and stored by individuals. Knowing is a process of relating. From the network-based, relational perspective knowing is viewed as an ongoing and, never-ending process of making meaning in communication.
The potential of social media cannot be realized without a very different epistemological grounding, a relational perspective. Independently existing people and things then become viewed as co-constructed in coordinated networked action. Accordingly, the role of management is different, opening up new possibilities: power in networks is about “power to” or “power with”, and not “power over”.
We have never been good at predicting the future, and so raising and educating our kids as if we have any idea what the future will hold is not the smartest notion.
How then to prepare our kids for a world that is unpredictable, unknown? By teaching them to adapt, to deal with change, to be prepared for anything by not preparing them for anything specific. This requires an entirely different approach to child-rearing and education. It means leaving our old ideas at the door, and reinventing everything. We homeschool our kids — more accurately, we unschool them. We are teaching them to learn on their own, without us handing knowledge down to them and testing them on that knowledge.
The world needs leaders, not politicians. Live Indigenously, Live Consciously, and allow passion to flow with tears when it needs to.
I feel that leadership is something that cannot be developed or taught. Leadership can be mentored but not from a place of becoming like someone– rather, opening into the authenticity of the self. Leadership is revealed, as greatness is revealed. True greatness comes from the inside. No one, no teacher, can ever be an expert at your own greatness. It is a greatness that is beyond the self and it’s a matter of becoming the conduit for that greatness. Greatness has no room for ego so it is important to study the ego, embrace the ego, and let go of the ego. We need Indigenous Leadership Revelation programs; so young people can awaken their authenticity, responsibility, and become conduits for greatness.
As Indigenous people we have heard the many half-truths from the federal government and know about the areas of need within our respective reservations on a local and regional basis. We know what we need, and where we lack in resources. As issues arise related to the health, education, natural resources management, and community wellness- especially as it relates to federal Indian, and the treaties that affect our reservation communities, as an Indigenous community- we are failing our People. I won’t go through the historical laundry list of what the government failed to do. However, I want to send a message to readers- both Indigenous and non-Indigenous- that as a society, we need to stop and listen to what we are doing and consider what a decolonization process would “look” like and evaluate how Indigenous communities have been subjected to colonization … we need to wake up and shake the colonized form of governance.