failed governmental governance–and then what?

Monday, January 4th, 2010 | Uncategorized

copenhagen. new banking bill. new health care bill. three processes — one outcome: failure of addressing the real systemic issues. to say we only deal with the symptoms level would be overstating the positive: we clearly fail of even dealing with the symptoms (copenhagen), or we deal with them in a way that mostly benefits the well organized special interest groups (wallstreet and the health-industrial complex). ok, we knew that (and that they have been the primary campaign donors), so where’s the good news? its here:
copenhagen clearly demonstrated that the biggest crisis of all is the current crisis of leadership. the new leadership and the new global governance that we now need is not going to come from our special interest group driven governments. it can only come through new initiatives in which leaders and people from civil society organizations collaborate in new ways with partners and leaders from governmental, and multilateral institutions as well as from business organizations: cross-sector, cross-disciplinary, cross-generation, and in a way that puts deep human awareness and collective intelligence over and above the straight jacket of narrow institutional imperatives.

so the positive side is that everyone now sees that: if governments cannot pull it off, WE have to do it. we have to rise to a new global movement that is being born as we speak. a movement that is already there: between us. may this year help us to deepen this waking-up process — and to move from being awake to being connected and creative in regenerating our world.

6 Comments to failed governmental governance–and then what?

Chris Corrigan
January 5, 2010

We’re doing it locally on a little island off the west coast of Canada. Lots of learning coming from this prototyping.

Juergen Große-Puppendahl
January 5, 2010

Many Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

“so the positive side is that everyone now sees that: if governments cannot pull it off, WE have to do it. we have to rise to a new global movement that is being born as we speak. a movement that is already there: between us. may this year help us to deepen this waking-up process — and to move from being awake to being connected and creative in regenerating our world.

This Cuckoo’s Nest of our earth is full with people capable of doing the urgently required and truthful deeds need to be done. How can we create a social awakening? How can we create a song that resonates in every_body and by which the majority is inspired? We need a sort of world anthem generating field 4 awareness while hearing. Is that possible? Is there a well known and skilled musician available who is composing a gift to the trapped world? This song should be broadcasted via all possible channels free of charge. Before any commercials on TV are shown this song should be played in abridged version before.

These were my spontaneous ideas when reading the text ‘failed governmental governance-and then what?’

(We have to rise to a new global movement that is being born also as we sing since singing touches the heart of our hearts.)

Sarah Murison
January 5, 2010

I so agree with the need, and the failure of governments, and the hopeless limitations of our leaderships, but I am not optimistic about the movement from being awake to being connected. There are many progressive things going on, most of them still isolated from each other, despite the internet, and far, far from being a critical mass. The real need now is for connection, coordination, deliberate co-creating of a strategy, or rather consciously linked strategies in multiple spheres. We need leaders capable of bringing the various campaigns and groupings together in the kinds of ways suggested in Otto’s work, and stimulating linked and focused action across all their various areas.
I hope that 2010 could be a tipping point, but it will take a whole lot of work!

Ann Cleary
January 6, 2010

In many respects the new social awareness is here. Maybe we are not confident enough, maybe we need to get clearer on new ways of thinking about the world so that we can move more confidently into this social awakening.

Maybe we do need a rallying call that takes us from self-interest, self-care into an awareness of the collective, our part in it and its part in us.

Increasingly I think that this can only come from practice, sound spiritual practice that integrates heart, mind, body, soul.

Ralf Lippold
January 6, 2010


again you have touched a sensible point – as you did with one of your first blog postings some time in 2008.

Copenhagen showed that governments and its supporters (official institutions) can’t either see what is approaching the whole world and how to cope with it collectively. To diverse are the experiences, in the Western world we have a pretty good living standard by all means and can (or rather could) deal easily to set the standards for sustainability. Countries in Africa or Asia however are in a state that we have been through centuries ago (BTW with great help of exactly these countries and our economies still benefit from that: slavery, exploitation of ore, cheap labor – colonies!).

So it is like in a stadium during the Olympics, where the highjumper needs his special equipment and the hurdles sprinter needs something different. Both however need and appreciate the love of the crowds! Everything is done together on the same stadium space in a collaborative way.

Perhaps it needs the cheering crowd that would enable our leaders (including ourselves) around the globe to focus on the same goal, despite their sometimes diverse background and abilities to make the change. What do you think?

@Ann, practice really starts within us. Even the smallest effort of a single person, may it be an article in a newspaper, a tweet on Twitter, a blog entry or asking questions during a conference will have impact on potential “almost”-leaders who follow suit. Last Monday when I attended a meeting of visionary people here in Dresden, I was shocked about the “siloistic” (“I am doing it alone!”) way people act or even resist any change taken by themselves because government is so stupid, won’t change and BTW action has never brought any difference.

Sometimes one has to act personally – and then talk about it! To make other people hear of the action and join the tribe.

With our learning experience here in Dresden which emerged from my past visits to the 3rd Global SoL Forum in Oman and a visit to Team Academy in Finland (a management school of the future without teachers, as Peter Senge, author of “The Fifth Discipline” calls it, you can find his speech on my blog) the positive effects of small action and a vision that hasn’t been lowered, rather than talked about in an ever growing audience across boundaries are coming into reality.

@Sarah, when hope is combined with personal action: Yeah, this can drive the change, that’s for sure. What’s been your action in this journey? I would love to learn more about it.

If the leaders aren’t there, then let’s develop them step by step in small dedicated groups, using the tools of the web age that enable connectivity around the globe. A few days ago I linked back to a German consultant from Bremen. This happened via a LinkedIn Conversation, a Skype chat with one of the moderators, whom I then sent an email that he forwarded to his colleagues in Germany, a day later I got a phone call by his colleague in Bremen, we chatted for about an hour and then fixed a personal meeting in Leipzig next week. And the most interesting thing about this was that Vancouver & Canada has been the main connector (I stayed in Vancouver for three months during my school time in ’82, Hans from Bremen stayed close to the Canadian border in Michigan for 1-year school exchange and Suresh lives in Vancouver).

Sometimes surprises come up when you allow them to rise:-)

The same it is with change – let new connections and conversations make the fertile social field for making the change to become reality rather than a dream!

Best regards and a great rest of the week to all


Bill Russell
January 19, 2010

None of the alternative avenues of addressing major issues will have any real chance of success nor will they gain public acceptance when they are missing an essential ingredient – integrity. All three of the processes cited – Copenhagen and the Congressional/administrative reviews of banking and health care have been absolutely undermined by the lack of integrity on the part of the supposed “reformers” processes. Whether it is falsified climate data, back room deals for special union and Congressional support, or more blatant past political/personal actions by the leading House and Senate financial “reformers,” the public is increasingly seeing through the self-dealing. Technological changes in communications mean that the making of sausage is now public. There is a world of difference between “change” and the same old back room power deals. None of this will work in the long run without a real commitment to transparency, a real attempt at concensus, and a real dose of intergrity.

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