Collaborating with the enemy

There are few really evil people. Almost all of us do bad things, make mistakes, lash out, step over, dismiss. Often from hurt, fear, protection, or ignorance.

This week I heard a group of privileged 15 year olds speak of slavery as something worth doing to refugees. In truth I am still trying to reconcile that. I am in shock that this could even be a conversation in 2018.

The same day I stepped back into conversations with the very people who had done their best to destroy a community project I had created two years ago. I have no idea why they did this. It has taken me two years to recover from the grief.

Our current world is so divided. So broken. We are on a boat that is designed to do this…create obscene wealth for a very few, and hardship for the rest. To exploit and extract, reduce and use. To turn humans into refugees and refugees into non humans. To take beautiful Earth and tear her apart.

As the mechanism that has been designed to do this continues, those who gain the most seek to turn those who do not to fight each other. This keeps the attention away from what needs to be attended to the most. We need to build a new boat that makes the existing one obsolete.

In the history of the world when the larger system is broken, the change comes from the grass roots. From people. From you and me.

We have our differences. Yet our suffering is similar. Our yearning is the same. We want access to health, security, education, dignified work, community, belonging, love, respect.

We need to cross the floor and hold these aspirations as our common ground. We will not always agree on the pathway. We can agree on the destination. It is a good place to start.

Photo taken October 18th 2018

Podcast for this week, Richard Hames – momentous leaps, pluriversal education and the nuances of male strength

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About Christine McDougall

Creating a world where Syntropic Enterprises are the way we do business. Leaving everything better.

As the Founder and Chief Steward of – Christine works with leaders and enterprises globally who have a commitment to being the pioneers of enterprise change. Christine has the ability to completely re-imagine business, its role in our world, and its potential for a future for all humans. She experiences a deeper level of truth through applying synergetics (Buckminster Fuller’s anticipatory design science) and the working laws of Universe to enterprise design and human co-ordination. She has a way of articulating this so others can see it as well. Christine questions the most basic assumptions that drive our complex systems and can map that back to what is needed today. To learn more visit

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