Working together for a better world...
I have been reflecting recently on the speedy development of Tariki, and wondering about the whole phenomenon of identity, structure and authority. These are often subjects which are not discussed in organisations - sometimes with good reason - and most groups muddle along on ambiguous mixes of conscious and unconscious process.
Ive been involved in many groups over the years so starting a new organisation is an interesting process. I have seen the seedier side of most things which are held up as ideals, as well as things that work well. There are many paradoxes. For example, I want to facilitate inclusiveness in Tariki but know that a complete free-for-all in decision making quickly descends into ineffective chaos and conflict. I want us to listen well to one another, but what I hear from some sub-groups within an organisation can conflict directly with the interests of other sub-groups - in a leadership role one can frequently feel like a referree between parties whose interests one is guessing at. Personally, I tend to favour a 'both/and 'policy rather than 'either/or', but this can itself create mixed messages and grounds for turf wars. I do feel that it is important the responsibility and decision making are somehow linked - that people who make decisions hold the responsibility to see them carried through and provide the resources for this. I dont believe in people telling other people what they should do and then expecting that all will be provided by some overarching benefactor. At the same time it is very good to hear everyone's views, however distant they are from the consequences, since it is often the outsider who holds the wisdom.
I am sharing all this, and notice I use a lot of 'I's. Two months ago this would not have been surprising as at that time Tariki Trust didnt even exist and I was alone in the world with no one obvious to form a 'we' with. But now we are much more of a 'we' at Tariki. What sort of a 'we' is emerging gradually from the process of dialogue.
At present Tariki has an undefined structure and no 'membership'. This has pros and cons. It feels naturalistic, but does it preclude you feeling involved? Is this something people would like to see in place? How do you want to be involved and how can your voice be heard in a realistic way? What can you contribute in real terms and what do you want to? Im listening.
Im sharing these thoughts as a starting point. Maybe someone else can reply and tell me what sort of a we you think we are becoming... and are you part of the we or a compassionate by-stander?
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