This is a link to draft guidelines on working together in meetings, something that has application in a wide variety of meeting settings.
WHERE’S THE HEAT?
I recently caught a PBS news piece on a Northwestern Native American community that was engaged in looking at the future of the natural systems that were at the heart of their physical, social, and spiritual well-being. The salmon fishery and the impact of global warming and sea level rise on tribal lands were of major concern.
This is a TED Talk by Joseph Nye, the author of several books on "Soft Power." Soft Power is an important element of what empowered, sustainable, and resilient communities "have." Nye says there are three kinds of power, all of which are directed to influencing the actions of others to get a desired outcome. First, there is force or threat, e.g. military, police, and regulatory, to mention a few examples of "hard power." Second, is incentives--you pay actors to do what you want.
This is a Ted Talk in 2010 by David Cameron, then leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, and now Prime Minister. He maintains that the traditional reliance on money, and government spending in particular, as the primary source of maintaining our quality of life is a thing of the past. To make his point he starts with a "Public Debt Meter" which shows public debt at roughly the $62 Trillion level, and increasing each second. As a related matter he believes that Gross Domestic Product is no longer a proper measurement of the well being of civic society. He says w