In the discussion of principle-centered organizations, Julie responds:
I can see that there would be a way through this with large scale whole
system participation - at the moment one or two people (possibly a group)
wrestle with issues like this - what I have seen emerging when the whole
system wrestles with it in meaningful ways is that we do not have to
assume that these are the only choices - I have also seen patterns
emerging in being involved with this work with a diverse range of
organisations and that is that common ground *does* emerge which people
can agree on (and interestingly enough a lott of the common ground is
common across different organisations) and synergies previously unthought
of emerge from the interaction of such diverse groups focusing on the
future rather than problem solving the present...
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Here we are, a large scale group. Can we discuss this issue of paper vs
plastic, and come to agreement on a temporary, local truth that -- until
we learn better -- we are willing to go forward with? Who would like to
lead off the dialog?
Actually, the state of Maine wrestled with this very issue a few years ago
as a state. Good sized group, you could say. We resolved the question
for the time being, but not by finding common ground.
Some situation lend themselves to this approach better than others.
Strongly held values can and do get in the way. Ambiguity gets in the
way. Common Ground efforts do not always work. I do not believe anyone
keeps score on their success rate.
[Host's Note: I'm not sure I fully understand Rol's comment above, but LO
is not the place to debate paper vs. plastic. ... Rick]
Rol Fessenden LL Bean, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning-org -- An Internet Dialog on Learning Organizations For info: <email@example.com> -or- <http://world.std.com/~lo/>