Strategically Relevant Evocative Questions?
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Part of Towards Transformative Conferencing and Dialogue: Collection of papers and notes, problems and possibilities on the new frontier of high-risk gatherings concerning social development (1991). Prepared in the process of envisaging the group dynamics of the World
Parliament of Relgions
- How can one use one's limited personal energy to optimal effect, when the effects of so
many strategies are so easily nullified? And when each such strategy is part of the
- Why do the "good guys" have such difficulty in getting their act together --
and why are they so suspicious of one another? What is the discipline by which they fail
to constrain themselves?
- How is it that the "bad guys" are so creatively innovative in their use of
legal, accounting, strategic and organizational opportunities?
- What useful strategic or organizational principles have emerged from the much-acclaimed
holographic, non-linear or related ground-breaking forms of thinking?
- Why is there no detectable use of the acclaimed insights of the spiritual disciplines in
elaborating new approaches to organization -- especially the organization of meetings?
- Why have the "explainers", whether from the sciences or the religions, been
unable to recommend more appropriate forms of strategy or organization -- even for
- What needs to be explored to ground the principles of the emerging "new
- What is valuable in what is condemned and rejected in the light of the
"highest" currently acclaimed values? What is dangerous in what is pursued in
the light of the "highest" currently acclaimed values? What are the necessary
functions of both the "peaceful" and the "wrathful" deities?
- Is planetary society dangerously vulnerable to the subtle appeal of a "New Age
Hitler" -- and by what reliable criteria could such be distinguished from a "New
- Would it be more effective for the "good guys" to reinforce the destructive
strategies of the "bad guys" -- to provoke the passive majority into fruitful
- How is appropriateness to be comprehended? How is the set of insights or energies
relevant to a sustainable future to be recognized in a world of mutually suspicious
schools of thought and belief -- where each claims an effective monopoly on part of the
- How are the insights from the "cultural rainforests" to be integrated before
the process of "cultural deforestation" is complete?
- How are the needed insights to be effectively captured (and interrelated) in meetings?
- Do the dramatic planetary consequences of "go forth and multiply" derive from
a traditionally simplistic understanding of the range of mathematical relationships? Are
subtracting and dividing "evil"?
- Are the excesses of each, as a meeting participant, to be understood as a metaphor of
the reproductive challenges of over-population?
- How can the art of not-doing be used to interweave and balance the many forms of doing?
- Why are "peace", "democracy" and "consensus" so boring?
Does harmony without melody result in monotony? But what of unthinking repetition of
melody, without creative constrast and variety?
- Why cultivate the belief in a single, magical "answer" to the dilemmas of the
times -- "my answer"?
- What are the key questions that we need to rediscover? Could key principles be replaced
by key questions as a basis for appropriate strategy in a "new order"?