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The last few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me. Spending 6 hours over a fine meal in Sydney with David Martin and Laurent discussing everything from our global money system, the world patent system, corruption, poverty, value, history, the future...was a highlight. (Not only of the last few weeks, but of my life.) The article on this fine meal and dialogue is yet to come. Running the Six Foot Track in the Blue Mountains, also a highlight. An incredible event, one of the best I have done in the world.
Going through the highs and lows of working for yourself, being re-visited again by old demons, while having a future emerge that truly excites me...
Having my daughter in tears because she has discovered that the global fashion and textile industry is incredibly bad on the environment, on poor workers in Asia etc... she feels conflicted about her own integrity around her potential career..
Planning some wonderful artifacts that have been brewing inside for years...and all the while caring for an old four legged companion who is daily deeper in the throws of dementia....this has been my last two weeks!
Please do check out the 13 minute audio interview of me on You Tube. (link below) Let me know what you think.
Also you can now add comments to some of my articles on the Positive Deviant site. Please do leave your comments on my review of the movie, The Hurt Locker. Another way I can connect with you.
Happy Easter, for those who celebrate it...in whatever way you do. For me, Easter will be a time to pause and breath. Four days of quiet. And maybe a really good novel or two.
Feature Article - At What Price Integrity in the Workplace?
Built a multi million dollar company.
Held a high power job at the senior level.....
I am not into;
The seduction and manipulation that seems to be the requisite entry into the click of power.
Compromising my own integrity in the workplace in any form just to get a leg up. (figuratively and literally)
Instead I have......
As Bucky said, You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Global Climate Change and Integrity
Are green companies becoming the shadowy side of the global climate change movement with more corporate corruption?
As Bucky said repeatedly, Integrity is the Essence. Our biggest challenge, in any organisation, is to BE the very model of who we say we are. While this sounds very simple in theory, in practice this is hard. Why? Because the very act of coming together and stating a purpose, and intention, and speaking out loud the values we want to live by invites the shadow. And it will arrive, stealing stealthily into our soft places, one small drop at a time. (See Little Atrocities.) Like a master spell caster, we will find ourselves saying yes to some very small, and seemingly insignificant thing, knowing somewhere deep inside, that in the act of saying yes to this, we are betraying ourselves, our organisation, and our values. Exactly this shadow happens the moment a politician accepts any form of money/gift from a company for any reason, without full and total disclosure. Small and subtle it starts, like a very slow rot.
Six Foot Track - My experience of running Australia's most popular Ultra Marathon
One of the biggest ultra marathons in Australia, the 6 Foot Track Ultra Marathon sells out to 850 curiously strange people in a few hours. The course is limited to this number for several reasons, including the sheer difficulty of squeezing too many people into the narrow aperture that occurs about 150 meters from the start, reducing the track size to 6 Feet, the width of two horses. (Hence the name of the track, which is an historical track harking back to the white explorers)...more...
The Hurt Locker - my review of the Oscar winning movie.
I was unprepared to be so blown open by this movie, left thinking about it for days..still thinking about it now.
I remember at one point during the movie realising that I had slipped down into my seat, contracted into myself. Apart from one scene, it wasnt a visually violent movie. But the tension was unrelenting. Yet it wasnt exhausting or draining. Why? There was a complexity to the characters that made me ask questions. Why did he do this? How did he sustain himself? What was he thinking? Was he an idiot or smart? Did he have a death wish or had he reached a place in life where he knew no fear because death had been his companion for so long? Few movies have ever really examined our fear of death..the Western taboo conversation, and while this movie didn't do this specifically, death and the question of death was ever present....please also leave your own comments and review..more...
Resources, Tools and People We Would Love to Share
This week I was interview by Warren Pollack, blogger and economist. The interview was conducted over skype, and rather than ask me questions, Warren typed questions into the skype chat, so it made for a very unusual experience. It's 13 minutes of audio, referencing Buckminster Fuller, the economy, integrity, systemic change. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
click here (inpoints blog) or here (youtube)
For an article on the fundamental flaws in the political system of the USA and its contribtion to the GFC.
Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Co-founder of Change Congress
Posted: March 4, 2010 11:07 AM
Get Involved with Four Years Go. Watch the video, sign up, take action. This is a great project put together by people who create results. At the least, watch the video. Its short and powerful.
If you are interested in Spiritual Astrology, then I can highly recommend the work of my mother, Ashtara. I speak with Ashtara at least once a week, and have my own spiritual astrology review every month or so. She also writes a Moon Musing, which is always informative. The effects the full and new moon have on us, and the general planetary influences. Ashtara also takes group tours to sacred sites in South America several times a year. Click here
Where in the World is Syzergy?
Happily home this week. Many projects happening and looking forward to some non travel time to get some behind the scenes work done.
If you are really keen and want to see some photo's and video footage of last weeks Six Foot Track, click here
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Christine McDougall is the Founding President of SYZERGY, a global innovator in helping leaders, their organizations and communities work together to address their toughest problems and create collective alignment against all odds.
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