Adapted from writings from the 1960s onwards. Updated Feb, 2015.
This page will have further hyper-linking woven into it during Feb, 2015
Seems there’s a social phenomenon now happening in every country of the world - a new form of social movement’.
There is a vast undeveloped human potential, and that there are ways that this potential may be accessed, used and extended individually and collectively – realising human potential.
When this social phenomenon was raised one person said:
Show me where in human history attempts to change a current system for the better by alternative type people on the margins have ever worked. The dominant system collapses them every time!
It’s one thing to talk of transforming society, how do we actually do it, especially when folk attempting to do this are targeted for harassment or worse?
Dr Jim Cairns (1914-2003) Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister in the Whitlam Government picks up the above themes in writing of our times in his book Human Growth – Its Source...and Potential (1984, p. 156-157):
What has come through so far in survival and progress is nothing less than the release of energy, life force, consciousness – but of only a few. What has to come now for survival and progress is the release of energy, life force, consciousness and intelligence of the people as a whole, or as many as will be necessary to make a change.
It is happening all over the world. That it will is inevitable (our italics).
When the Anthropologist Margaret Mead visited Dr Neville Yeomans residential therapeutic community Fraser House (Cultural Keyline, P. 268 in the early 1960s it was the presence of this form of release of human energy or life force the Dr Cairns was writing about among the 180 people shoulder-to-shoulder in Big Group that entranced her. Margaret Mead, who was co-founded of the World Federation of Mental Health, ably led Big Group when she attended Fraser House in the early 1960s. Fraser House psychologist Warwick Bruen who led Big Group many times described Big Group human energy as addictive – ‘It was very tough; very emotionally demanding – though at the same time extremely compelling’. The German language has the term ‘stimmung’ for this life energy accompanying and affecting group mood (refer Appendix). Wilhelm Reich used the term ‘orgone’. Dr Jim Cairns brought Wilhelm Reich’s daughter Eva Reich to the Conference festival ConFest that Jim Cairns commenced with Dr Neville Yeoman’s support in 1976. Eva discussed her father’s work and orgone energy at ConFest. The following links give glimpses of this release of energy, life force, consciousness now happening all over the world.
Action on the margins has evolved a large body of processes that are being used wisely at appropriate times, places and contexts. Hardly reported in the Worlds mainstream media, a myriad of energies are coalescing with potential for evolving into a new system of social systems on Earth. What is emerging is similar to the millions of mushrooms (fruiting bodies of a gigantic fungal mycelium) that had popped up overnight for a bus load of tourists to see in driving past the rolling green hills in Northern Tasmania in the early 1960s. White edible mushrooms for six kilometres on each side of the road for 20 kilometres. They were thick with over 200 mushrooms beginning to open up over every square metre (approx 4.8 million mushrooms!).
Similarly, myriads of small and not so small moments and happenings among people are popping up all around the world. These happenings are hardly noticed by people immersed in the dominant system. Action may happen in front of people who have no sense of its significance or potency. Actions are not step-by-step (linear). Typically, they involve a few self starters. Others may join in and things happen in natural organic ways, typically mirroring nature. Actions are typically guided by context rather than by preplanning. Consciousness raising of human potential and growth is happening socially. Humanity is changing how they relate with themselves and each other.
To understand these actions and happenings, one entry point for understanding may be via a few sub-themes; some are mentioned below. Some or all of these themes may be happening simultaneously. Teasing these threads out of the social weaving may help understanding concerning what is happening around the Earth, apparently in every country (refer Blessed Unrest).
Simultaneous Non-Linear Threads:
1. Playfully releasing life-force energy, stimmung and orgone energy
2. Relating well with Self and Others
3. Locating Natural Nurturers (people naturally good at nurturing others)
4. Enabling Enablers – (Supporting Others to be More Able)
5. New Paradigm Consciousness Raising
6. Face-to-Face Social Networking
7. Enabling Group Processes
8. Enabling Self-Help and Mutual-Help Processes
9. Evolving & Enabling Celebratory Gatherings
10. Catalysing Self-organising Systems
11. Supporting Inter-group & Inter-network Collaborating & Relational Mediating
12. Inter-cultural Mutual Help Networking
13. From Local Area Mutual-Help to Weaving New Social Fabric
14. Weaving Local Areas’ New Social Fabric into Regional Social Fabric
15. Inter-linking and Inter-Weaving each of the Above
Berger and Luckmann in their 1966 book The Social Construction Of Reality write of three co-existing processes:
a) Together, humans construct society
b) Simultaneously, the varying socially constructed realities fold back, as it were, to construct humans of varying types, and
c) These social systems are humanly experienced as objective realities.
Being constructed, it follows that both humans and their varying societies may be reconstructed, perhaps better said as, may be transformed or re-constituted (as ‘construction’ is a metaphor hinting at rigidity and permanence).
Over decades, processes have been evolved that support personal, communal and societal transforming action. These have been passed on in networks and changed or adapted in other contexts.
An expanded version of this page includes examples of these processes.
The link to this expanded version is Processes for Transforming Action