I’ve been blessed in my life to have the opportunity to travel to amazing places, meet amazing people and develop on-going supportive and creative relationships with these amazing people. I learn from these people and value these connections. One of these teachers, John O’Brien, recently posted this YouTube clip on FaceBook and I immediately thought to share it here on this blog. The person responsible for this video is Edgar Cahn, creator of time banking concept. In this piece, “The Parable of The Blobs and Squares”, the concept of co-production is highlighted. In our society, as currently structured, all too often well-intentioned governmental systems and institutions try solving problems with “imposed solutions” rather than seeing people for what they can be…citizens capable of creating solutions by simply utilizing the gifts and talents we already possess.
Take the time to watch this brilliant piece. It is 6 minutes well spent! Thanks for sharing John!
“About 6 weeks into this research, I ran into this unnamed thing that absolutely unravelled connection”.
To love with our whole hearts
I have mentioned Brené Brown (in passing) on this blog before. And if you have spent much time with me since I saw her TED X talk a couple of years ago, I have probably chewed your ear off about her work. But I need to share this here as a focus, not just in passing. I think her research is incredibly important and valuable, and if enough people watch and reflect on her words – I believe the world could be a better place.
I would love you to watch this talk. If you like this one, she has a second which can also be found on www.ted.com. If you get addicted and want to join me in stalking her, she has some books published and she is well worth following on facebook.
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