Call for Papers and Other Contributions
19th Annual Conference for Global Transformation, May 17-19, 2019 – Hollywood, California
Listening for Fulfillment
“There is never, ever, anything wrong,” and “Anything is possible!” my coach Joe Rink barked repeatedly during the Fall 2013 Introduction Leaders Program. This was my first time leading the ILP classroom in Jamaica. It was a grueling eight-month experience, hazardous to my identity, as it constantly looked like I was failing. In hindsight, it was a daring feat, exhilarating, enlivening and an adventure to behold!
The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
What if it were true though? What if—in embarking on a quest for the fulfillment of an impossible outcome—there was “nothing wrong”? And, if it were indeed possible, then what?
Sitting with those questions, I was confronted with a rapid series of other questions: Am I willing to have my commitments fulfilled in the world? What if my commitments were fulfilled independent of my work, my insight, my planning? What if others happened upon a way to produce the same outcome—others who I may not like very much or agree with at all fundamentally? Would I even notice? I found myself oddly saying “no.” But, who then would I need to be to allow this to happen? Do I need to have only my hand in the accomplishment of my promise, my commitments? If not, then how would I be participating in the world? On what might my attention be focused that my attention has not been focused? What new possibilities for fulfillment might be forged in my listening?
As human beings, I’ve come to realize once again, we are ‘wired for survival’ and the arrogance of our own self-importance often discounts or obscures the abundance of resources and contributions available in the world.
I am honored to co-author, with much support, this Call for Papers. Over the past seven years, I have been actively engaged in the fulfillment of my Impossible Promise, discovering and inventing new worlds, confronted with calls for reinventing ways of being and acting. Things often look very wrong and quite impossible. I often find myself being anxious, doubtful and even afraid.
And, sometimes I wonder, what would life be like if I could just live this amazing life here in Jamaica with freedom, ease, and a lot of play? Could I give my life over to the world and let the world fulfill my promise? What kind of a human being produces results through something other than hard work? Exactly what does it look like anyway when my promise is fulfilled?
As a member of this social commons, we cordially invite you to submit a paper or other contribution to the 2019 Conference for Global Transformation, addressing the matter of moving a promise or an intended outcome into performance, consistent with a future in which the promise of a possibility is realized. This Call for Papers and Other Contributions requests articles, workshops, and Reports from the Field that reflect the impact of the ways of being and acting that worked in your projects.
We look forward to a year of work on these investigations and to the report on your research in the Journal of the Conference for Global Transformation next May. You might include the work of producing a paper as one of the structures you use to keep an inquiry and a promise in front of you for the year. Further, we invite you to join the weekly occasions to inquire into the multiple topics of this Social Commons for Transformation.