Monday, June 23, 2008

building community to save the world

OK so I am very new to this blog thing.  But I am not new to networking.  So I have an idea and need lots of help.  I want to save the world working in groups of four.  I figure if we can work in groups of four there is enough diversity among us to help us deal with challenges we come up against.  So what I need right now are at least 3 people who want to help me save the world.  One community at a time.  I want it to be an action oriented, idea generating group.  
Please let me know which of these four ways of moving thru the world is how you relate to the world (Taken from InterPlay tm and Move to Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a whole and Balanced Leader by Ginny Whitelaw and Betsy Wetzig.
 Swinger: or the person whom connects people to people, places etc.  Also know as a collaborator
 Hanger: A person who gets lots of ideas by reading and taking to others.  Doesn't act very fast at times but when they do it is usually when the time is right. Sometimes called a visionary.
  Thruster: This is the person that has to have their ideas and be heard.  They are out on the forefront before anyone has figured out what they are talking about. (Whitelaw calls this person the driver)
   Shaper: Ok so this is not my strong point.  But these are the folks that just are able to put things together to "make them work".  I am talking procedures, policies etc. 
We have all of these parts to make who we are in the world.  But some of these parts are stronger than others.  Since my first way of operation is one of collaboration I see the importance immediately of working with others.  I do not want to do it all and I want others to join me.  So please join me my campaign to save the world-one group of 4 at a time.   
Thanks for you input
Lay Community Minister for Peace


Abq_rob said...

Well, Kathleen, as someone who has meet you, I know you are earnest in hoping to change the world. But, I'm wondering what you are up to here? What exactly are we trying to do?

I'm also confused by the verb choices for the four types (except, maybe, "shaper"). Why would someone identify fundamentally with swing, hang or thrust? It's hard to imagine these as the four "essential energies" of anything. Can you give another clue?

One UU out to change the world said...

Hello abq_rob,
Thanks so much for your comment. You are what I would call an great sharper. So yes you might not see why someone would identify with the other ways of moving. That is my point we need all four ways in order to be effective. All of us have all the movements but we are more comfortable with some aspects than others. Myself as a very strong swinger/collaborator and secondary hanger/visionary I see a great need to working with people who have strong shaper and thruster (driver) tendencies. That is if I want to get anything done that anyone will pay attention to.
Does this help?
In Peace,