Voices

This is true all the time, but it’s more relevant than ever in months like the one we’re having, and probably for several months ahead: it matters which voices you listen to. Here are two recent quotes from Seth Godin about this – the first about who shouts loudest, who we listen to, and our choice to lead instead of…

Hand-washing, face masks and cultural hygiene

The best reason for washing your hands at regular intervals isn’t protecting yourself. You might only rarely wash your hands and still never get sick. This might be because you’re a clean sort of person, or it could be because you have a strong immune system. In this case, the best reason for washing your hands regularly is to protect…

Unlonely

Di dunia ini manusia bukan berduyun-duyun lahir dan berduyun-duyun pula kembali pulang. Seorang-seorang mereka datang. Seorang-seorang mereka pergi. Dan yang belum pergi dengan cemas-cemas menunggu saat nyawanya terbang entah ke mana. In this life, it’s not as if we’re born by the dozen and go home in a crowd. One by one we come.One by one we go. And those…

Penn Jillette on the politics of “us”

I’ve trying this thought experiment of trying not to use the words “us and them.” I’ve tried to say the sentence “those of us who voted for Trump,” which is a very difficult sentence to say, but if you say it, it’s very profound. Because it is “those of us” who voted for Trump. It’s not “them” who voted for…

Networks: your organisation as an unending conversation

What would happen to your organisation or movement if you dropped out? If the answer is “It would probably die,” then you probably* need to think about building something bigger and longer lasting than yourself. One lens for understanding how to do this is to think of your organisation as ‘conversation’, drawing on Kenneth Burke’s metaphor for history and culture…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (1)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Barking up the right tree Most of this toolkit is concerned with tools – including knowledge and ways of thinking – that will be useful as you work for change. But we…

The DriverlessBookodile roadmap

One my my 2019 resolutions was to completely re-order DriverlessCrocodile and make it easier to find stuff by theme. I’d also like to collect the best insights and resources together in a series of five-minute pages that just might work together as chapters in a very short (but very helpful) ebook* and companion limited podcast series. This is proving very…

Some questions for making change happen

What’s the problem? What networks of people and things underlie the problem, and what context or environment are they embedded in? Who wins if you solve the problem? Who stands to lose? What’s in it for you? What else is in it for you? What or who is keeping you honest? Who else cares about this? Can you join them?…

On assuming the best

Assuming the best of other people is usually the best position to assume. Here are some reasons for this: 1) There’s a double-distortion going on in our interactions: we think that we’re nicer and more reasonable – and our foibles more loveable – than they probably are (call it +1 vision), while people who aren’t us see everything we do…

Eyes. Sawdust. Planks.

 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Jesus of Nazareth – The Gospel of Matthew Some…