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How To Rescue the Golden State from the Junk Heap

part two:

My hope would be that you'd bring these authors onto KPBS. I think it
would open up a whole world of possibilities for your listeners and for
politicians. Also it would open a very fresh, hopeful, and eye-opening perspective on where we are right now and how we can, with minimal resources, find our way out of this *together,* even emerge as...friends?!

July 9, 2009 at 12:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Rescue the Golden State from the Junk Heap

re: California budget crisis

There is a very simple solution to this crisis: bring together all the
interested people, citizens, organizations, legislators, the governor
for a two-2- 1/2 day conversation/conference on ending the
budget impasse using a highly participatory approach like Open Space
Technology. It has been used all over the world with all kinds of people
with amazing results.

Some examples here:

There is *what* we want to get done (break through the budget impasse)
and there is *how* we do it. The old ways of doing things in this time
of awesome change and complexity are no longer working. Recall
Einstein: "We can't solve problems by using the
same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

How we meet and gather is just as important as -if not more important
than- what we are trying to achieve. Process determines content. And
unless we engage all the players, the whole system, all the wisdom we
will not be able to deal with this budget crisis meaningfully.

Open Space Technology is one of the very simple, inexpensive, and
incredibly powerful approaches.

Read more about it here:

Also I recommend three books that offer invaluable context, perspective,
and solutions for the time we live in:

Harrison Owen's Practice of Peace
first chapter here:

Jim Rough's Society's Breakthrough (

and Tom Atlee's Tao of Democracy

July 9, 2009 at 12:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )