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Goals of the Dragon Dreaming Processes• Empowerment is the goal of Dragon Dreaming.• Like the process of development itself, empowerment is an on-going process.• No-one has yet been fully empowered, and we are all working far below our genuine potential capacity.• As one works with individuals, groups, organisations and communities, however, it becomes clearer that empowerment is produced through the free flow of information as a part of an effective process of communication, and upon the extension of one’s personal boundaries of moral concern to include a compassionate understanding and empathy with others, whilst being able to take distance when needed, enhancing a clear insight in considering the ecological connectedness of all factors involved.• An empowered system is one that produces empowered individuals.
Avoiding the Blockages• Dependency is the result of any situation of inferiority, in which a person or a group of people lose their autonomy and control over their own future.• Dependency sees people reduced to being less than human, to the situation of a client or a customer, resilient upon systems over which we have no individual or collective control to meet our basic fundamental human needs.• Dependency is the result of a blockage in our ability to achieve our full potential as human beings.• The “Psychology of Dependency” appears when the following symptoms appear :- apathy, fatalism, powerlessness, fratricidal violence, loss of all visions for the future, mimicry of the powerful.• To escape from dependency, you cannot be empowered by others, you can only empower yourself.• Any system that produces disempowered or dependent individuals is an exploitative system.
Dependent versus Empowered• The Power to Destroy • The Power to Create war loving, coercive peace loving, consensus & violence & retribution reconciliation using using cultures societies and cultures• Dominator Cultures • Partnership Cultures elitist, high degrees of egalitarian, low degrees of social status, social social stratification & stratification status• Power over (Autocratic • Power with (Power as nature of power) Win-lose process) Win-win competitive zero sum cooperative positive sum games games
DREAMING Symptoms Present From Dependency To Empowerment• Lack of awareness, • Growing self awareness, “false consciousness” self esteem & self & ignorance of self acceptance• Low motivation, issue • Highly challenged by to big or too “fuzzy” situation, keenly to deal with motivated & enthusiastic• Little access to • Active searcher for new relevant information. perspectives & relevant No appropriate theory information about the to shape action issues
PLANNING Symptoms Present From Dependency To Empowerment• No alternatives • “Lateral thinking” perceived, no real about new alternatives choices possible & possible solutions• Fatalistic strategy, • Practical strategies for apathetic acceptance how to convert of the status quo possible to probable• Avoidance of the trial • Acceptance of risk, situation, Avoidance willingness to trial by of accepting the risk “giving it a go”
DOING Symptoms Present From Dependency To Empowerment• No implementable • Creative implementable vision, minimising behaviours minimise stress by living from stress by keeping sight of day-to-day the goal• Distracting activities • Engagement with the in order to withdraw environment, concentrate from the situation on “job to be done”• Punitive monitoring • Outcome of monitoring confirms feelings of personal outcome clear, personal & group and shapes actions powerlessness appropriately
CELEBRATING Symptoms Present From Dependency To Empowerment• Deskilling of the • Personal skills individual. Growth of enhanced, new gained negative self image abilities recognised• Progressive loss of • Positive results control of results, contribute to improved lowering self esteem quality of life• Acceptance of pre- • Increased accuracy and judgement determined by discrimination of others, mimicry of the judgement powerful
The Community Worker who fosters dependency fosters empowerment DREAMING• Suppresses awareness to • Raises awareness to subconscious consciousness• Produces separateness, • Enhances connections, mystifies & demotivates demystifies & motivates• Conceals and hides information • Shares and disseminates as a source of power available information PLANNING• Inflexibly adheres to known • Creates a range of flexible pattern, avoids alternatives alternatives• Creates competitive win-lose • Creates cooperative win-win strategies strategies• Suppresses risks, seeks • Takes appropriate risks, is open invulnerability and accepts vulnerability
The Community Worker who fosters dependency fosters empowerment DOING• Asserts status differences & • Acknowledges equality, fosters hierarchical control participation• Orders from position of rank, • Networks, through maintaining power & status involvement, develops peoples’ differentials potentials• Instills fear through punishment • Provides nurturing, caring & & retribution support in supervision CELEBRATIN• Enforces conformity to preset G • Acknowledges individual levels of competance uniquesnesses in abilities• Wealth privatised and • Mobilises community wealth ecological pressure increases producing resilent ecologies• Fosters prejudices and cultural • Enhances discrimination and biases accurate judgement
Our Transition We are moving through a “Great Turning” from unsustainable industrial dominator dependant societies to life supporting partnership empowering societiesAt the moment characteristics of both are present. We are at the inflection point, a chaotic “flip flop” where the situation fibrillates wildly from one to the other We are now in the zone of “Double-Power”… …where the old hierarchies…… have all of the power but none of the capacity to resolve problems … … where the new networks … … have the capacity to resolve problems but no power or legitimacy ...