I am interested in holistic approaches to democracy, collective intelligence, conscious evolution, powerful conversation, sustainability, and responding to crises (all these things go together, of course!). I have a holistic spiritual-evolutionary activist take on the world and our role in it. In 2003 I published THE TAO OF DEMOCRACY: USING CO-INTELLIGENCE TO CREATE A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL. I live in a 9-person co-op in Eugene, OR.

Tell us about a meaningful experience you have had with self-organizing and/or ways you are engaging with new forms of leadership and organization.: The cross-country 9-month Great Peace March in 1986 involved 400 people walking across the US, camping together along the way. It fell apart in the Mojave desert 2 weeks after it started, and took another 2 weeks to get rolling again, this time with no formal leadership. It self-organized itself all the way to DC -- a monumental human and logistical feat. I had my first vivid experiences of collective intelligence on that march. And I've been exploring how to become an agent of "evolution becoming conscious of itself".

When you think about leadership in a self-organizing world, what questions are cooking you? What do you hope to learn at this gathering?: What does all this have to do -- ACTUALLY, in practice -- with the financial crisis, climate change, peak oil, and the many other phenomena related to the collapse of Empire (centralized control)? How do we turn this era of crisis into a self-organizing era of ongoing conscious co-evolution? I've invited folks from the Transition Towns initiative and several other transformational approaches in the hopes that something will gel that will really make a difference in this.

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