Of Silence and Slow Time

Reflections on creative dormancy and the rebellious nature of silence.

“The task of calling things by their true names, of telling the truth to the best of our abilities, of knowing how we got here, of listening particularly to those who have been silenced in the past, of seeing how the myriad stories fit together and break apart, of using any privilege we may have been handed to undo privilege or expand its scope is each of our tasks. It’s how we make the world.”

First Followers

“Wow, that would be amazing for us to do. It could really change how we work together,”  concurred a group of managers at one of the biggest technology companies in the world last week.

“But it’s just not how our culture works,” someone said.

Then the grumbling about the culture began until, as the strategy facilitator, I cut the naysaying short and asked:

Why couldn’t this group start working differently and then open the way for others to follow?  Change has to start somewhere. Why not you? You view yourselves as creative and innovative.

Someone has to start, having the guts to stand alone.

And someone has to be the first to follow, also an act of leadership.

That’s how culture changes and movements start.

Dare to start or be the first follower.

Isaac Asimov on why you need a faciliator

What's the value of a facilitator? "I do not think that cerebration sessions can be left unguided. There must be someone in charge who plays a role equivalent to that of a psychoanalyst... In the same way, a session-arbiter will have to sit there, stirring up the animals, asking the shrewd question, making the necessary comment, bringing them gently back to the point."