Ideas, Details and Possibilities regarding the Happy Community Project

What Makes a Happy Community?

I just travelled 8000KM (5000 miles) through a large variety of communities across Canada- some big, some small. Here is what I learned about what makes a healthy, strong community.

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In a happy, vibrant community, there are strong social connections that create a sense of belonging. And along with belonging comes a sense of responsibility to support your fellow members. With a strong sense of belonging and knowing other community members will take care of each other comes a sense of peace, security, and meaning. Communities provide a soul nurturing experience when you have the opportunity to contribute and know others are there for you.

For example, in Yellowknife (population 20,000) while walking down the street, people want to reach out to you and see if you are a new member of the community. If you are, you are treated to the experience that Mark had. Mark is Pilipino and when he first arrived in Yellowknife, for the

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Thinking Differently

System Change examplesIn the last two months I have talked to a large number of Phds.  What I have learned is they are very good at recognizing the problems. When I say we are headed to h… in a hand basket, I get instant agreement. We do not need to spend anytime debating the truth of this statement or their underlying causes.

What I found interesting though is their instant reaction to new ideas on what to do about it.

It seems that their training has taught them that they already know everything there is to know and that if there was another good idea they would already know it. For sure they know a lot and they are experts in their field. What the world needs is new creative thinking that moves us out of our well established patterns of behavior.

We need all brains on deck to approach new ideas with curiosity and creativity It is our collective acceptance that Read the rest

Fantastical Thinking

Fantastical Thinking

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”

Dr. Seuss

I love Dr Seuss. I agree that escapism is healthy – we need it to survive and I practice escapism all the time. However – acknowledging reality can also be about survival. It is important to choose when to fantasize and when to know your going over the tipping point.

I have just read some of the work by John Casti, Phd. Casti is a systems guy who likes to look at both reality and fantasy. He looks at large systems and understands how they behave, particularly why they sometimes go over the tipping point and what we can do to prevent it.

He calls his idea the complexity gap – something that we should all know about. The basic principle is the system being managed has to … Read the rest

Why is Reshaping Our World Important?

Why is Reshaping Our World Important?

For almost 3 years now, I have been working to bring people together to reshape our world. It started with the idea that my granddaughter’s future is at risk when she is in the prime of her life 30 or 40 years from now. I wanted to do something that makes a difference to that outcome.

We have had three conferences and countless meetings trying to figure out how to bring focus to this idea.

What I have concluded from these three years of efforts is that most people agree with me – our world is heading for trouble. I have also learned that most people want to do something about it; most people just don’t know what else we can do besides trying to be good neighbors, parents and employees. We want to make a meaningful difference; we just don’t know what it is or we don’t have the support we need to make the difference.

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