The second Loops of Learning Session was another chance to delve in to some deep thinking about who we are, where we fit in our big societal system and what a better system might look like.
The question for the night was "What does a better life look like?" and it instantly started some debate and discussion about what the word 'better' really means. One of the stand out questions was 'Does better mean we have to be better than someone else?'. A challenging concept.
During our brainstorming the themes and visions that began to emerge were:
A society where power it equally shared
Can we 'give' power or is it the permission to take power that is required?
Does better mean we have to be better than others, either comparing to our parents or peers?
Does the need to be better feed our need for economic growth? At what expense?
A society where we are able to connect and empathise to reduce conflict
Does good communciation and empathy lead to better connection, collaboration and community?
Could we create a society where we have connection to family and friends, have good health and have work that gives us purpose? Is that a perfect life?
A society where we are able to freely choose
How do we build a world where we feel free to choose and not fearful that our actions may have dire consequences, particularly in the context of rape culture?
After our group brainstorming we split off in to smaller groups where deeper conversations took place in each area. I then invited each group to present a summary of their thinking, for a bigger group wrap-up.
There were some interesting concepts presented, including discussion about the difference between betterment and happiness. We all agreed they don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. We also acknowledged the difficulty of 'handing over' power. It was inspiring to hear of the work people have done in areas of indigenous and cultural diversity within their workplaces, and acknowledged most organisations and change is focussed within the common 'white' paradigm of action-orientated change. This creates fast paced, agenda driven action and doesn't necessarily allow for deeper reflection time, where cause and effects can be understood at a bigger picture level.
For me, this is where the Loops of Learning purpose sits. I hope it will help us sit with ourselves, understanding who we are and how we fit in. I also hope it will help us understand the system we live in and the levers we have to pull to create the change we'd like to see in the world.
Our next session in April will focus on exploring the connection points between our system crises and our vision for a potential future. If you'd like to join one of our sessions, please subscribe to our mailing list via the Loops of Learning homepage and you'll receive notice of events.