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June 03, 2008

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Jean Russell aka Nurture Girl

If Boomer morale is based on Boomer ego being central, then it is in need of sapped. Real servant leadership drives toward making change rather than being the recognized focal point of change. Want to be part of social media? Earn your way with your words and community building rather than resting on the laurels of wealth or heritage. This is an emergent do-acracy with a flat organizational principle. Reputations on the edge are built in a few short years based strongly on action and results. Gifthub offers a terrific example of this: the visible network, the tangible history of quality conversations, the generous attention to others acting as consistent invitation. It isn't how old you are, it is how you play together. It appears mostly generational, but really it is a culture. If you want to join the millenials--BE different. Get into the technology, become fluent in social media, act with invitation, build trust through transparency, and facilitate the many-to-many connection that IS the change.

Phil

Thanks, Jean, well put. "Plays well with others," without hogging all the attention. Not taking oneself too seriously seems to be part of it also. But some of it is also, don't you think, a dexterity with technology, a habit of linking, or reading online? Then there are all those irreverent stangers online. Loss of dignity seems a risk.

Fungus McGee

No worries, children. The Tiffany Network is doping it out for us.

Phil

But, hey, Boomers are special too. We have always been the Me Generation and now the kids are the We/Me Generation. Fragile egos all around. The Happy Tutor has become a life coach.

Fungus McGee

Yeah, we ALL could use a little of this from time to time [mp3 audio]. It's a shame ol' Happy's gone beige.

Boomers Plan to Open Up in a Closed Sort of Way

Phil

Time to be death and reincarnation, maybe. We have outworn our earthly sheath.

JJ Commoner

Old news. Anyone remember '68 ? The world was gonna be different after that. Then money and power decided to have their say.

You can network your ass off (twice or three times if you care to) but if collectively we don't change things like capital markets, central treasuries and campaign financing laws, they'll net your work for you.

Fungus McGee

68? That was the year the OverArchies came out, yeah? Sugar Sugar? Who's Your Baby? Bang-Shang-A-Lang? Jingle Jangle? Every generation's got their OverArchies, as you say. May as well be be the same band, and maybe it is. :)

Jean Russell aka Nurture Girl

JJ Commoner is right. If we don't change the systems we build our world upon, then we are going to keep getting variations on the same results. Addressing poverty, for example, without addressing the system that creates and maintains it, is still just charity and merely marketed as change. An illusion for fools to rush in and be distracted from making much needed systemic changes. And thus, if it is all just Sisyphean maneuvering, why be so attached to what is?

Phil

Unless we eliminate control files kept by secret bureaus and used to coerce, blackmail, and suborn the forces of change, we will get no further than did MLK, who not only was surveilled but also shot. The world we have does not work for most people because the biggest benefits are drained off by overt and covert means to benefit the few who have the country and the world more or less under controll. To stand agains that is, indeed, Foolish. We had better stick to "being the change we want to see in the world," meditating, praying, and engaged in feckless but inspired acts of random generosity. Above all, we should set a good example of transparency for those who surveille us. Maybe they will be moved by our example and open up the FBI and NSA archives so we can correct any misinformation or illegally obtained information that may have gotten into the files by mistake.

Ikorush Sikorsky

eh, new tools are the progeny of old tools. heh.

eh, there's a lot of money to be made building tools that people label as "social."

eh, there's a lot of money to be made building tools that you can market as not being the next social media phenomena.

Generally, in either case, these are planned and built by tired people sitting around conference tables writing on legal pads with ballpoint pens, people who will either make a lot of money or not, with ambitions of building better tools than the tools they are using to plan the building of better tools.

There aren't really generations of people, only generations of tools, generated by people who believe in generations of people, as a reverse metaphor for the generations of tools.

I think that was the title of a book by John F. Kennedy. A Generation of Tools. Whoever it was, he died young, I know that.

Phil

The tools and traditions do indeed have a life beyond us. In fact traditions skip around from generation to generation, die out, and come back sometimes hundreds of years later. T.S. Eliott made this point as he revived aspects of Metaphysical poetry, after several hundred years of neglect. So, likewise in America we reinvent Oligarchy, from seeds transplanted from European theorists, as well as our own native gifts.

Speed Grieving

Join me in a more efficient lamenting.

Sniff. Boo hoo. Better.

Phil

What are we speed grieving for? The Boomer's fading away? Our slow drift into senescence?

Speed Grieving

Guess it's a little ad that belongs in a box. A chip off the blue box, perhaps.

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There's so much, imo. Not meant to be sarcastic, as if boomer's loss wasn't worth a full deep cry. There simply isn't time.

I wonder if millenials are coming of age with a sense of loss, or not. Will succeeding gens sense something missing? Maybe nothing is...

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Sikorsky's "There aren't really generations of people" struck me viscerally. Does it you?

Phil

Yes, I do have a sense of loss; I often wonder if this is age talking in me, that what I sense as a risk of decline in community and democracy and the ecosystem might be in part a projection of my own aging. I do wonder if younger people sense the urgency of change, and how late it is, and how irrversible will be trends, if they are not already. I also tend not to believe that these generational generalizations are essential. We have parents but also forefathers and foremothers, often taken into our genetic code by reading, or going through training. To be deeply educated in a field is to have a tradition's DNA spliced into your own. I am only half kidding about being an Ancient in some respects. Stupidity, complacency, cliquishness, and knavery are ages old and cross all the generational boundaries. The rising gen is lost, so are we.

Joseph Fosco, Editor-In-Chief, The Key's to Faith Publication

Hello Phil and everyone else:

I thought I would drop in on you and see what is going on these days. I have reinvented and renamed Key’s to the Vatican. We are now The Key’s to Faith Publication (www.thekeystofaith.org); please stop by and check us out.

Sincerely,

Joseph Fosco

Editor-In-Chief

The Key’s to Faith Publication

www.thekeystofaith.org

Phil

Thanks, Joseph.

Joseph Fosco, Editor-In-Chief, The Key's to Faith Publication

What are the good topics these days?

Joseph Fosco, Editor-In-Chief, The Key's to Faith Publication

Phil,
Will you consider writing a piece for us to publish on The Key’s to Faith Publication? The Chicago Sun-Times gave us a nice plug last Sunday: http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/980740,CST-NWS-sneed01.article
Thanks,
JF

Phil

Here is a thought, if you think Lord Black might agree. What if we did an article on ways a person, rich or poor, can "give back" or "pay forward a gift"? It might begin with the parable of the talents. It might then go on to Milton's great sonnet, "On His Blindness," which alludes to the parable. An example of giving back might be the philanthropy that Lord Black has engaged in over the years, but giving back, giving a return "on the talent that is death to hide," would also be the course he teaches in prison on history. He himself might see ways that even in prison other people from other walks of life do something, large or small for others. An article like that would have real appeal and would be in keeping with Catholic doctrine. You cannot speak for Lord Black, but if you are willing to show a draft to him and ask for his editorial suggestions and his additions, based on his experience, I would be happy to make a first pass. If he does not want to look at the piece, or does not want to be associated with it, that, of course, is fine. You could publish my effort as is, but it would be far more powerful if it included the insights of Lord Black as well, and any comments he might find from his students in his current Tutorials. What do you think? You don't have to ask him yet. I could draft the framework and you could forward it to him for his decision or collaboration. I would be honored.

Joseph Fosco, Editor-In-Chief, The Key's to Faith Publication

Phil,
Very nice idea; get me the piece and I will get it to CB.
Thanks,
Joe

JJ Commoner

Speaking of Boomers, Millenials, and deep change to who and what actually run things, and and whatnot .. wandering along the streets here in Quebec City, I just happened on this .... World Social Finance Summit 2008.

It's in a ramshackle-ish not-for-profit arts centre in the lower town of Quebec City.

I noticed that neither Ben Bernanke, Hank Paulson, George Soros or CA Fitts were in attendance. Plus, it's in Quebec City, so no one of any importance actually knows where it is.

I don't expect much change to come of it.

Phil

Social change conferences generally do not produce much, alas. Now social venture conferences hold great promise, for more of the with bells on. I hope we are wrong, that new models with produce better results.

Phil

I will give it some thought.

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