Reflective image of the week: Citi Zen and self reflection

And more on mindfulness in the everyday… I’m noticing the interrelationship between self reflection and systems change thinking (the small in the big, or more, the big in the small as my tai chi teacher would say). Spotted this image on Flickr via Michael Coghlan and immediately saw the words “Citi Zen” and connected with mindfulness (perhaps as a Zen practice?) and the need to grow the “mindful citizen”.

Citi Zen Restauant
Photo by Michael Coghlan on Flickr

As the participating services engage with the Elders in their organizational review process, there’s a need to create new spaces for conversations, a new shared language and more inclusive consensus building processes. More and more I’m convinced that none of this can occur without a person being self reflective and mindful of how they engage with others, despite the broader systems change references we’ve been referring to in the Project. We’re talking about building relationships and deepening them. We can only do this skillfully if we are mindful of how we relate to others. From there it seems all the more likely that systems change can occur authentically and sustainably.

Also in the image, I noticed the juxtaposition of the tree in front of the building; two structures representing two different expressions of different worldviews. How do these work together? What environmental conditions help them to do so productively and sustainably? This is the work service providers are about to embark on as they work together with Nyoongar Elders in a process we are naming as decolonization (of service based workplaces). We have come to understand this to mean:

Decolonization is a process, not an outcome; it involves an ongoing discussion between those who are beneficiaries of colonialist practices and those who have been impacted by colonization. One of the key objectives of decolonization is to reconstruct and rewrite the discourses and practices that reinforce the principles of colonization to include those silenced voice.*


* Tiffin H, 2006, ‘Post-colonial Literatures and Counter-discourse’, in The Post-Colonial Studies Reader, 2nd Edn, Eds Ashcroft B, Griffiths G & H Tiffin, Routledge, London, pp. 99-101. 

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Mindfulness in the everyday: Awake Youth Project

Something to cap off the week with… I wonder, when does reflective practice become mindfulness?

Awake Youth Project

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Wisdom of children: Leadership

Little Miss Nearly-five was the first one dressed this morning, as did I in getting ready for work. She said that the girls could lead the trip (her planned adventure for the day) because we were ready first.

I suggested that maybe the girls could just lead the whole world, as I gave her a hug.

She responded with:

“No, there are only two leaders in the world, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.”

Pirate Clancy
Pirate Clancy

Here are some more thoughts from kids about leadership, and what adults can do when they acknowledge the child within!

Happy Friday :o)

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Reflective image(s) of the day: silos

It’s been a big week in the world of service providers and with our evaluation planning. I am struck by the silos that still exist in the way some services are governed. The conventional and conservative approaches are alive and well (and comes as no surprise)!

I wonder how organisations that adhere to a more conventional model of governance see themselves in relation to the world around them? I fear there is an echo chamber rather than a (connecting) feedback process that perpetuates the silo-ed structures of such organisations.

silo canister
Silo canisters by alandberning

How do we look out and connect to the world beyond, when we are silo-ed? How does this skew or colour our view of the world? What relationships are we able to enjoy (and endure)? How do we validate what we do? And with whom? How do we trust others with our knowledge and practices? How do we trust in ourselves?

Silos 1
Silos 1 by Cal Dellinger

The cultural challenge begins . . .

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Social Power and the Coming Corporate Revolution

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There have been a number of recent posts about the importance of “social” for organizations.

Marg OConnell‘s insight:

"Trust is built by sharing vulnerability,” says John Hagel, a long time author and consultant who co-chairs Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. “The more you expose and share your problems, the more successful you become. It’s not about the top executive dictating what needs to be done and when, it’s about providing individuals with the power to connect."


…What could education institutions learn from these business experiences?


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