OS with Firtst Nations|
OS with First Nations|
Mikk Sarv, Michael Pannwitz Jr|
MikkSarv, MichaelPannwitz? Jr|
OS with First Nations
Summary of the meeting:
I was sitting for a while alone in tower of Bramstrup. It is a large space. I felt urge to take my flute and to play. The tower echoed to whatever sound came out from my flute. Even the quietest sounds were carefully preserved and carried on.
This made me to recall Practice of Peace, the notice, that self-organisation and OS has been around as long as there is Life and Universe around us. It is like a big tower, which catches and carries on whatever sound we make.
First Nations have thousands of years experience, how to explore this echoing. There is a lot to learn from their experiences. Yet more exiting is to continue together with them the learning expedition into OS.
At this moment Michael Pannwitz JR joined me. I shared, what I have experienced. We talk further about the different pace and sense of time flow. First Nations teach to be focused to now, to the real reality, what is just happening inside and outside. We are often trapped by secondary and tertiary realities. These are forcing us to do things, which sound together with someone’s will, which created these realities, not directly with the reality of Life and Universe.
We recalled idea from last day’s workshop of /OSWithNature and the idea of walking OS. This and other ways how to organise OS in different conditions, for illiterate, for blind etc is good to gather together and to make available for the learning expedition.
We both continue the expedition and call along with us everybody, who is burning to learn from huge experience of First Nations about how to sound together in the OS of Life and Universe.
I will convene this topic at Practice of Peace in November on Whidbey Island, in Chinook traditional territory. -- ChrisCorrigan
Two things come to mind. First there seems to be a thought that First Nations can contribute an understanding of what it means to open big space. This is true and Elders and traditional teachers I have worked with (and continue to work with) point me in this direction all the time. My space holding role models are the teachers who lead sweatlodge ceremonies and who hold space for the body and the spirit to dissolve in darkness and erupt into light.
Then there is the experience of First Nations who have traditional ways of gathering and inviting contributions from their community members, which Open Space Technology enhances. At the moment I am working with one such First Nation and their approach is in the document below.
Sijitus (Advise) Community Information Package
March 26, 2003
This document is intended to be a starting point for discussions on how Sijitus might best serve the people of Sliammon. It is a tool to help the group function in a proactive manner so that we may move out of the current crisis management system that we have all become so accustomed to. There is a pessimistic perception out there that this will not work and that we cannot learn to get along again. I disagree and I believe in our people’s potential to do great things with our combined talents and strengths.
The time has come for us to work together and stop being our own worst enemies. Our culture and our teachings will clear the path and make us a strong and independent nation once again.
Yeeq otl tlet (Mission Statement) To support the development of a self-sufficient community through traditional approaches to community improvement. Sijitus speakers will advocate on behalf of their family when addressing policy and program issues with Sliammon organizations.
T’ums ninee jeh (Mandate) Sijitus spokespeople will develop strategies and action plans that advocate and support the improvement of service delivery within the Sliammon community in a proactive manner on behalf of their family.
Non peh gahn ehm (Concept)
Kweh heht moht (Roles & Responsibilities)
How heh goos (Council and Boards)
Jeh jeh (Families)
Yax utch (Background)
Ye’thot (Goals & Objectives)
Tee my yin (Conclusion) The most critical part of making Sijitus work will be that the organizations are diligent about following up on the issues brought forward and making those results public in a timely manner. Another success factor is for everyone to remember that this is a non-political process and not a program. It must remain for the people-by the people. Sijitus is a permanent structure that will lead into our self governance model.
It is more important than ever for individuals to take responsibility for being informed and participating in their political, economic and cultural life. We don’t always have to agree, but it is time for all of us to work together again.