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What’s happening now in my outer and inner worlds (above and below the line) (inspired by Derek Sivers and Graham Allcott)

May 2018 - Look, a new capitalism is happening all around us. NOW

Don't let the name put you off. ‘Transforming Capitalism’ may sound hopelessly idealistic. But not only can it happen, it is happening right now, while we’re all looking the other way.

The Transforming Capitalism Lab is an 18 month interactive, multi-media platform offered free by The Presencing Institute for change makers. It is part of their partnership with HuffPost to bring a new economic narrative into the mainstream and ‘to connect and empower citizens from around the world to become active participants in creating positive change’. Sounds good to me.

Here’s a screen shot from the 3rd session on 10th May.

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You're alive, live it well

British politician Baroness Tessa Jowell has died. At 70 she was just two years older than me. That makes me think.

In many tributes I heard that she had 'an extraordinary capacity for decency' and was 'always true, decent, loyal and wise‘. Alongside her compassion and kindness she was ’tough’ and would ‘fight her corner’ with 'guts and determination’. And all this in service of a more civil society.

Even as she knew her death day was drawing close, I heard that she danced to the song Alive by Skipinnish ‘We may not see tomorrow’ but ‘Feel the wonder of the world, you are alive’

She is a civil society inspiration, for me and many others.


'... it is possible that one day England might manage to transform herself...'

Every news report about Brexit weighs me down. I hear a constant background drone. Then I remember that this rupture has always been inevitable. In 1963 when I was becoming a teenager, French President Charles DeGaulle saw what was coming and was arguing against British membership. He saw that there was a neurosis deep within the British soul. And that profound ambivalence about our place in the world was acted out in dramatic fashion on 23rd June 2016.
So now let’s experience it fully. No more referenda. No more prevarication. Just let this dreadful destructive dynamic work itself through.

Then one day, maybe a decade from now, we may all have come out the other side and look back on our folly. As DeGaulle said ‘Yet it is possible that one day England might manage to transform herself sufficiently to become part of the European community’

My granddad, my dad and my garden

The obvious dawned on me last autumn. I don't have to do the same as my dad, nor my granddad. They were both keen and able gardeners. So much so that it was only when I went to infant school that I realised you could actually buy potatoes, daffodils and lettuces in shops. A revelation indeed.

Somehow I have laboured for years under the illusion that I was as capable as they were. Not true.

So I decided to acknowledge my ignorance, get some advice and start again. NOW I see shoots of sweet peas, lettuce and cosmos. Still waiting for the Kohl Rabi to show up.

Posted on 14-05-2018 at 21:42