ReImagining Democracy
Deeper Democracy the Antidote in Pandemic-Conscious Future

Deeper Democracy the Antidote in Pandemic-Conscious Future

October 28, 2020

Things are not getting worse, they are getting clearer, says Cormac Russell.

Ever since members of the human race have commenced settlements and domesticated animals as a feature of organizing society, issues like COVID-19 have been present. Cormac, author of Rekindling Democracy, says there has been at least a decade-long awareness that we would be contending with pandemics.

The encroachment on the planet has consequences. As we scale up and we cut deeper into the Amazon rainforest, etcetera, there are fallouts for all of us, he says.

“We are in a context and in a time when our awareness one way or the other is forced towards a pandemic-conscious future, the limits of what institutions can do about that, and among other things, an economically grim decade ahead,” he says.

In Rekindling Democracy, Cormac makes the case that, “if you're waiting for the ‘big man' to get his act together so he can come and save you, or do no harm to you, you're going to be disappointed. So, you’d better get organized, you’d better find your power. And you’d better find ways of keeping yourself and other people safe. It's its neighbour-to-neighbour, citizen-to-citizen, where our greatest hope is.”

It’s a Thin Rope We Walk Upon Into the Future

It’s a Thin Rope We Walk Upon Into the Future

October 26, 2020

Story by story we thicken the rope: Mara Spruyt.

The conversations we have, the stories we collect, one by one, thicken the rope we walk on into the future, says Mara Spruyt, organizational journalist with Kessels and Smit.

In Appreciative Inquiry it is often said that change happens one conversation, one story, at a time.

“Let’s not forget that’s how it works,” says Mara.

For Mara, that’s what generative, organizational journalism (GOJO) is about, sharing one story at a time to bring about change in our lives and organizations.

Discovering Generative Organizational Journalism with Derk van der Pol

Discovering Generative Organizational Journalism with Derk van der Pol

October 15, 2020

It is people who start initiatives inside their organizations. They should have a podium to give their stories back into the whole organization so other people can connect to those stories and grow together, says Derk van der Pol, organizational journalist with Kessels and Smit.

This is what Generative Organizational Journalism (GOJO) can do, really reconnect people to the people of an organization and what they, together, want to put into the world.

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