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Generative Images of the Future: 2021

Sixteen ways to progressive democracy where we live and work

The pandemic gives us reason to move forward rather than delay.

I would like to see us pivot rather than postpone. Deepening democracy, liberating our strengths, and cultivating peace and abundance amidst trying times … this is what I’d like to see happen in 2021 …

Let’s Step Into the Intersection

What’s next for all of us is at the intersection between big and small, system and life world, institution and citizen

For the nations that got on it from the start, the COVID-19 first phase is spent. That means that it is done. Even though money seems to have grown on trees, even those magic money trees seem to have a limit to their yield. Even if the powers that be could keep going to the magic garden of money trees, they are signalling that they too are contemplating the possibility that if all the leaves are plucked the tree will stop giving altogether.

Notes Towards a Definition of Generative Journalism

During the last eight months, a small group of Appreciative Inquiry practitioners has been exploring Generative Journalism.

What Piano and Social Procurement Have in Common

Unbearably practical words pointing to where new worlds of wonder await

So much mystery and romance are conjured by the word piano. The piano is a powerfully evocative musical instrument. A piano is capable of sounding as many notes, and by some mysterious art even more, as a pianist has fingers and in endless combination. The harpsichord, the piano’s predecessor, could do all that too.

Journalists Changing Stance in Response to Pandemic

Media shift towards civic communications is worth appreciating

Over the past two weeks, the journalistic stance of media here in Canada, and I suspect other countries, has been changing in a manner worth appreciating.

Notes Towards a Democratic Newsroom

Start with what brings each journalist alive

If one wanted to create a democratic and engaged newsroom the place to start is with what interests each journalist specifically. Find out what about their community is most important to them personally, what they care the most about.

Generative Journalism and the Real Issues

After 15 years of producing stories that contributed to change after change for the better, people still come to us with the concern that all we do in Generative Journalism is publish positive stories at the expense of facing reality.

Inclusive and Generative Journalism for a New Narrative

The stories we tell shape our culture. Journalism as a civic art, to be of real assistance to democracy, has a few things to overcome.

Elements of a Reimagined Democracy: Unleashing Local Capital & Pent-Up Capital

I have come to see capitalism as the ideology or worship of capital, of money. Absentee investment is the root of so much in the way of dissociation. Money for money’s sake, and not for what it can do. Instead, we should look at intimate and engaged investment, that puts the power of money to good use.

Elements of a Reimagined Democracy: Citizen-Led Community Building & Democratic Workplaces

One of the challenges we face in realizing a reimagined democracy is the force of narrative. The dominant narrative, the one purveyed by mainstream media, corporate communications, and political campaigns, is for the most part an institutional narrative. It isn’t really for or by the grassroots at all.

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