Notes of the gathering

Date: Wednesday Oct. 12th 2011, 19:30-22:00

Location: the Hub Amsterdam

Theme: business & money

#Participants: 11

Program parts:

- We consider the notes with "I want" and "I offer" produced by the Saterday group and make some additions to them. These will be used to create the program for the coming practice groups.

- Break

- Tijmen plays a song he wrote today, accompanies himself on the guitar. The theme of death raises some eyebrows. We are touched by the lyrics and Tijmens singing.

- Norma relates on her work as a CSR manager at a large company. She speaks about the misconceptions idealistic people can have about the corporate world and about her own experiences there. It is great to see her enthousiasm.

- The group splits up in pairs for a quick round of shadow work. Following the 3-2-1 proces we engage in a shadow issues considering money, wealth or related.

- Some announcements are made:

  • Opens internal link in current windowThe CL4S-2011 video material is available online! Find hours of enlightening video!
  • All participants of the practice groups will be invited for the larger Experience Integral community on Gaiaspace
  • Rik is looking for a better PC to do the editing of all the material of last summer's seminar and Barrett's course, suggestions are welcomed.
  • Feb. 11 2012 will be the next Experience Integral Community day! Make sure to safe the date! The theme will be "Conscious Followership 4 Sustainability" (Projections based on leadership trainings calculate a large number of followers will be needed in the near future)
  • Tijmen proposes to initiate a discussion on how the Occupy Wallstreet movement represents a chance for real change. This will be announced on the GaiaSpace.
  • Sven proposes to initiate a group to start actually doing work (consultancy, training, ...). This comes close to an initiative that´s already started (about facilitation by ExpInt.), Sven will come join us there.

- Michiel reads a poem "Wild Geese"

- We do a one-word checkout


Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting -
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

Key Learnings:

  • The value of beauty and artistic expression in sustaining ourselves as sustainability agents. We tended to focus on the Good and the True, now we're ready to face Beauty as well.
  • In collaborating with corporate entities we should be prepared and ready to discuss the bottom-line viewpoint of our proposals. In order to be succesful we'll do good to learn to create an orange interface for our initiatives.