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A brief introduction to the concept of Gentle Action, which F David Peat PhD has developed in a book of the same name, and further explores in GentleAction.org

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An introduction to Gentle Action

  1. 1. Gentle Action: I ntroduction & Discussion with Author F David Peat Hosted by
  2. 2. Gentle Action F David Peat, author & physicist http://www.fdavidpeat.com Pari Center for New Learning http://www.paricenter.com
  3. 3. Gentle Action
  4. 4. Gentle Action Conversation forums Blog http://www.gentleaction.org Facebook http://bit.ly/GentleActionFacebookGroup Twitter http://twitter.com/fdpeat Gentle Action book Study guide following each chapter Webinar series Including today’s discussion
  5. 5. Gentle Action Today’s discussion • Introductions • Where did the concept of Gentle Action come from? • What does Gentle Action mean? • Six characteristics of Gentle Action • Open discussion
  6. 6. Gentle Action Where did the concept of Gentle Action come from? It was created in response to: • The attention we give to “the cost of inaction” • The aggressive language we typically use to describe action • Asking, “Why do well-intentioned organizations end up disrupting a community, or an economy, or an environment?”
  7. 7. Gentle Action What does Gentle Action mean? A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation.
  8. 8. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation What doesn’t follow: • A prescription or strategy, i.e. Seven Steps to Gentle Action • A series of rules, or even suggestions, would imply we’re standing outside the system and making those observations
  9. 9. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation What does follow: • Characteristics that are common to ways in which an individual or organization might discover new and creative measures that can spread within a system • For each characteristic, examples of what each of us can do in our own lives, families, work, and community to help bring about Gentle Action and creative change
  10. 10. G but highly intelligent activity that arises out of entle Action A kind of minimal the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  11. 11. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  12. 12. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation periods of creative suspension Composer Michael Tippett Composers and artists The Fetzer Institute Peter Benenson Gordon Shippey Artist Anish Kapoor
  13. 13. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation periods of creative suspension Composers and artists The Fetzer Institute Peter Benenson Gordon Shippey
  14. 14. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation periods of creative suspension Composers and artists The Fetzer Institute Peter Benenson Gordon Shippey
  15. 15. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation periods of creative suspension Composers and artists The Fetzer Institute Peter Benenson Gordon Shippey
  16. 16. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  17. 17. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  18. 18. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  19. 19. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  20. 20. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system Gordon Shippey + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  21. 21. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within a system + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  22. 22. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Characteristics (a recap) periods of creative suspension + seeking appropriate levels of control + operating from within + honoring complexity + responsive and flexible + trust
  23. 23. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Today’s discussion • What is meant by “Gentle Action” and where did the concept come from? • Characteristics of Gentle Action • Open discussion
  24. 24. Gentle Action A kind of minimal but highly intelligent activity that arises out of the very nature of the system under investigation Conversation forums Blog http://www.gentleaction.org Facebook http://bit.ly/GentleActionFacebookGroup Twitter http://twitter.com/fdpeat Gentle Action book Study guide following each chapter Webinar series Including today’s discussion
  25. 25. Gentle Action: I ntroduction & Discussion with Author F David Peat Hosted by
  26. 26. Gentle Action Evidence • Of trust • Of opportunities for empowerment • Of an “output emphasis” on “good questions” rather than answers • Of a context that actively encourages broad ripple effects of even the tiniest of actions • Of an explicit dance forward into the “do-able” parts of a problem and then back, to take into account the overall context and meaning of the much wider issue, on both the individual and organizational level
  27. 27. Gentle Action Evidence • That participants are able to express their individuality • That participants value their local and global citizenship • That participants are taking personal responsibility for what is going on
  28. 28. Gentle Action Evidence • Of a sense of obligation to the rest of the world and a responsibility to the future • Of careful consideration for the ethical and moral dimensions of the decisions being made, and actions being taken
  29. 29. Gentle Action Evidence • That the experiences and advice of elders is honored • That family and community connections are being highly valued • That artists’ participation is encouraged and celebrated
  30. 30. Gentle Action: I ntroduction & Discussion with Author F David Peat Hosted by
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