"The only place where things were actually real was at this frontier between what you think is you and what you think is not you." 

David Whyte

January Week 2: Co-Creating And Culture Overview

Overview And Objectives

When we think of culture, we generally think of it as being something fixed. Sure there are conflicts and ups and downs but because culture builds and maintains institutions and they have longevity, we can think of culture as having permanence.

In reality, cultures have changed many times over the centuries and are a part of the development of the co-creating skill in humans. The process of developing these co-creating skills through time has been a laborious process and one we benefit from. Our cultural history may require that we forgive many things but it can also serve as a resource as we continue to develop our co-creating capabilities.

This week we are going to take at the relationship between co-creating and culture.

But look around at this world, how perfectly it's made. Flowers can't move, yet the insects come to them and spread their pollen. Trees can't move either, but birds and animals eat their fruit and carry their seeds far and wide.” 

Nahoko Uehashi, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

How Cultures Co-Create

Cultures need us to co-create with them or they would not exist. This video discusses how important stories and narratives are to the creation of culture.

Creating Culture: Stories And Narratives

The stories we have, the stories we allow and the people we allow to be a part of creating the stories is an important part of creating conscious cultures.

Stories And Their Impact

Different Ways Of Looking At Stories

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Story Of Your Life

How stories shape our personality and self perception.

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Co-Creating And The Power Of Stories

Stories are an important part of co-creating. How we define and see our paths and histories determines possibilities as individuals and collectively. 

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How To Tell Your Own Life Story

This article from Quiet Rev is about claiming your own life story.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Stories impact our feelings in important ways. Stories give context to what is happening and tell us what to feel.

Insight 2

Self-doubt often comes from accepting someone else's stories.

Insight 3

Stories tell groups what to feel also. They tell us who to fear and why even if the reason is fabricated. That is why group stories need to be treated with great care.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4