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Blogue de Lyne Robichaud

07 juin 2012

Why so interesting connection with activists from around world?

Why is it so interesting to be connected with open government activists from around the world?

Could it be because these multiple connections offer us a diversity of strategies that allows to expand our horizons?

Those who know me well must have noticed that I like to make hypothesis about a variety of topics...


In Tunisia, Tarak Bouazizi, male, 26 years old, young graduate in computer science, doused himself with petrol, and set himself in fire in the public square after the authorities confiscated his wheelbarrow and goods, and then humiliated him when he tried to tell his story and find a solution to keep his small business. (ref http://www.gauchemip.org/spip.php?article11257)

Immolation was his opengov activism style. The sacrifice of his life was the only way that he found to demonstrate his point of view.

In Tunisia, and in many other countries around the world, bloggers are imprisoned, abused, tortured, and many die from their injuries. They sacrificed their human lives simply because they talked, they tried to share their point of view.

In Quebec, thousands of citizens have been arrested these past weeks, since the draconian Bill 78 has been adopted. Citizens are denied their right to demonstrate.

Two members of parliament of Quebec, Bernard Drainville and Amir Khadir, have been arrested and will have to pay a ticket (ref. Amir Khadir arrested; Bernard Drainville had to pay a ticket)

I don't demonstrate because I am a single mother with the responsibility of a son. If I am emprisoned, who will take care of my son??? Where will my son go during the time I spend in prison? I am also too poor to be able to afford having to pay very high fees to demonstrate. Some students have been billed nearly $700 for participating in a public demonstration. I need this money to feed my son.

As much as I would like to take part in daily demonstrations that occur every night, I must think of these things. Men who take the street, and are fathers, they are likely to have a wife that can take care of their children. That is not the case of single mothers.

What kinds of open government activists grow in such environments? Are there differences in gender? What directions do these activists explore? What solutions are they analysing?

Most of the 'sacrifice' bloggers / activists that we have seen so far have been mainly men. What happens when it comes to women activist? Do they think of other types of solutions, that men have not considered?

Consider me, for instance. Why do I talk about subject matters that are not normally discussed by other open government activists? What is it exactly, in my personal experience, which allows me to connect multiple factors together, and all link these to my open government activism?

When people take the streets, it is usually because the situation has become unsustainable in its most extreme way. How many years before a situation becomes completely intolerable, how long does it take before the bloggers perceive this situation and sound the alarm? During all these years that some far-seeing individuals live with these thoughts of unsustainable government in their heads, carry this vision of intolerance with them, what solutions do they find, in their own points of view, that could improve the situation?

Could we consider the various types of experiences of open government activists, including the "mainstream" or "traditional" and the more extreme "sacrifice" types, and after having looked at all their experiences and understood that they may represent a response to a certain type of (abusive) governance, be inspired by them to propose a diversification of strategies for open government?

24 mai 2012

Rewiring shift

In "Europe is at risk of War - What should we do?" (by Vinay Gupta, on Edgeryders), Nick Raaum wrote: "I think the battle ahead of us is to create new forms of corporations that provide more equal acessibility, flater distributions, and are socially and ecologically integrated. Unfortunately I really don't know where we start on that goal..."

My answer to Nick:

MY SUGGESTION: Start by applying the rules of biology and neuroscience to corporate leadership and government management.

By nature, all biological organisms are self-repairing, self-regulating systems. When we hurt ourselves, our bones reattach themselves, our skin heals itself. Arms cut off from the starfish grow back. Lost teeth of the shark grow back. Harvested stems of chives grow back. Wilted flowers are replaced by other buds that bloom in other beautiful flowers. The leaves fall in autumn and snow covers the landscape and forests, and the following spring, nature is reborn in all its splendor. Everywhere around us we see the non-stop to the transfiguration of life. The same return to balance (or consciousness) needs to happen in business and government.

The current model of our society is based on PREDATION, a masculine point of view: conquer, manipulate, dominate, defeat, win. It has worked in the past, but its life is coming to an end. This model has a brute force kind of way, but it is hypersensitive, over-reactive. Given the archaic nature of the present model, it is not surprising that the corporate and institutional worlds are crumbling.

The alternative would be a model governed by more recently evolved and sophisticated areas of the brain, based on HEALING, a feminine point of view: a force acting and pushing the evolution forward, an intelligent and motherly energy which can do no harm. A healing force, always acting in a gentle manner, reservoir of personal power, available to each of us. Given the elevated nature of this model, it would have regenerative and recuperative effects on systems.

My model of a Luminous Man (see Michel Filippi, Des hommes et de notre civilisation) indicates how mankind is evolving and how sophisticated areas of the brain are activated. A biological process producing an organic transformation, carrying the entire race toward a glorious destination. The brain has a potential (yet) unknown to science that can radically change the personality of a human being. Many individuals who are already in this biological process can guide and help scientists, businesses and governments to better understand what it is, what it does, what it means, and how we can apply it to our economic and political systems.

The slow process of upgrading sophisticated areas of the brain, gradual and imperceptible, leads to a radical change in thinking and behavior: abatement of passion, ambition, and desire; diminution of ego and pride; a growing love for fellow human beings, and in impulse for self-introspection, with a growing sense of inner peace and detachment from the world. An unmistakable sobriety in thought and serenity in behavior soon becomes apparent.

Therefore, this evolutionary process creates more noble, more sober, more far-seeing, more sensitive, more compassionate, more loving individuals.

Once that is understood toward what new horizons human beings are tending, by developing the more sophisticated areas of the brain, it becomes possible to model how this Luminous Man will manage businesses and govern nations. It implies a REWIRING shift.

09 mai 2012

Happiness leads to empathy

Everyone follows their own path and does what is believed to be the best for its own life. There is no doubt that the many who devoted their lives to monasteries beforehand did something good for humanity.

These were isolated cases of rare exceptions. Since 5000 years, such cases of enlightened human beings have been documented. However, we are witnessing a rise of these cases right now. I see them emerge, because I edit daily the Twitter account of an institute on consciousness. They ask questions, they talk about their experiences. They look for answers. They try to find what they should do.

Wanting to be happy and reach happiness, this should be the noble goal of every person. The path is the same in every human heart (although many are not aware of it). It is one for all mankind. And this path is leading to one world, one humanity, one happiness.

What happens, once happiness has been reached by an individual, a perennial condition of happiness sets in, often called spiritual extasy, or illumination. There is an expansion of the individual consciousness. It creates transports of inexpressible bliss and intensely absorbed state of ecstasy. Better than any sex or any 'normal' physical sensation.

Once the condition of happiness is reached, one gets 'stuck' with it. It doesn't stop. It is constantly there, hour after hour, day after day, year after year. We often see monks with a blissful smile. This is because they really feel happiness, at every second of their lives. Since there is nothing to worry about happiness anymore, once the individual understands that is there to stay, he/she turns to other life challenges.

He/she who awakens, even for a minute, his or her life is transformed.

The individuals who reach this state become very active in their communities and they usually tend to have an impact, as this perennial condition of happiness leads to a greater regard for truth, a greater measure of self-mastery, altruism, absence of envy, malice and hate, and a greater sense of empathy for all human beings.

For instance, look at the impact that Ghandhi had, a leader of the independence movement of a subcontinent carrying a population of more than four hundred million. Such unique individuals become instruments in causing mass upheavals to change the fate of empires and the multitudes under their sway.

Currently, mankind is at a critical state because a good number of the many leading minds lack some of the essential qualities needed for a balanced evolution.

The nuclear devices and the present precarious conditions of the world are the grim outcomes of the disproportionately evolved personality of many leaders.

I worry considerably about these issues. But I tell myself that the technological leap to an almost unlimited power of destruction must have been foreseen, somehow. I cannot accept the idea of an irremediable harm done to mankind, and the rest of the living species.

I believe in this quote from Gandhi, "Be the Change you want to see in the world". I like to repeat it often. I look forward to hear a head of government say that. I will get an adrenaline rush in the spine, when I hear this from their mouths. It is coming...

Already, Edgeryders and Council of Europe are telling citizens participants that they are not standing at the extremity of the power chain anymore. They are citizens experts. They are decision makers. If we keep pushing in this direction, good stuff will probably happen.

Les "mous" et le "souci exclusif de soi"

Monastic life is also something which I have always been somehow temped to try. There are times in my life that I would have liked to drop everything and go on a high mountain, and stay there, recluse. But I am unable to sit cross-legged, since I was 8 years old, because I have too much energy in my body. It's a bit ridiculous, but that's what has made me think that monastic life was not for me! That was when I was 8. My understanding of the world has grown since then, and now I realize that the greater the degree of goodness (illumination), the more sensitive the mind becomes to the sorrows of fellow beings and more resolutely does it act to alleviate their condition. That is just the way it goes... The aim of the desire to become a better person is not to make one insensitive to the environment or to the pain and suffering of fellow human beings.

Selfish occupation with one's own salvation (ie monastic life), when the world is burning, is not really considered a sign of spiritual regeneration anymore.

I just discovered Nirgal Démopolitique web site, and we are on the same wavelength.

I especially enjoyed reading Nirgal's post about "dilution of responsibility". I repeated numerous times on this Edgeryders platform that we are responsible for everything (since we are all connected to each other. We are One).

Reading through your web site made me think about the essays of philosopher and sociologist Pascal Brucker, which I read many years ago. Actually, that was 20 years ago.

Bruckner, dans "La mélancolique démocratie", a dressé une exquise description des 'mous'.

"À moins de dire et d'écrire n'importe quoi, on ne voit pas comment le souci exclusif de soi pourrait nous sensibiliser au drame humain, concret, immédiat de la famine, comment la mode creuse le lit des droits de l'homme et fait ouvrir les yeux sur le malheur de l'humanité, comment la participation passagère à la carte, à la fois branchée, drôle et festive, à des concerts antiracistes nous transforme en philanthrope, bref comment l'on peut être à la fois détaché et concerné, égoïste et altruiste." (Bruckner, avril 1990)

Tout comme Bruckner, je suis convaincue que le "souci exclusif de soi" (le sentiment d'être séparé, le fait de ne pas percevoir la non-séparabilité), je pense que c'est à l'origine des maux de notre société actuelle. Et que nous sommes en fait tellement enfoncés dans ce souci exclusif de soi que notre société a sombré dans la décadence.

Il n'y a pas de quoi être fiers de l'Age du Nucléaire dans lequel nous vivons. Non seulement nous sommes devenus indifférents aux gens qui meurent de faim et de violence chaque jour, mais nous sommes devenus à ce point fous d'avoir créé des armes si puissantes et meurtrières qu'elles peuvent anéantir l'humanité toute entière, en plus d'effacer de la surface du globe un nombre incalculable d'espèces vivantes.

Nous continuons de vivre dans ce monde, avec cette menace qui pèse sur nous, telle une épée de Damoclès, comme si tout allait bien. Nous vaquons à nos petites occupations sans réfléchir aux conséquences de notre grave errement collectif.

Il y a 20 ans, je lisais Bruckner, qui nous avertissait que "notre société s'est abonnée au conte de fées et ne veut plus entendre parler du négatif. Comment a-t-on pu penser qu'une fois les furies partisanes apaisées, nos pays allaient s'orienter vers la coopération en vue du bien public? La vérité, c'est que les égoïsmes catégoriels se déchaînent comme jamais dans une modération en effet quasi générale et une indifférence de chacun au sort de tous."

La différence, entre il y a 20 ans, et aujourd'hui, c'est que la jeunesse n'adhère plus autant au "souci exclusif de soi", que les générations précédentes.

La différence, c'est qu'il émerge en ce moment même, des mystiques à la pelletée. C'est grâce à ces individus qui s'efforcent de faire le bien, qu'une nouvelle société pourra se construire. J'ai bon espoir que la coopération sera cette fois-ci au rendez-vous.

C. C. Jung believed that the human being is essentially dark. "As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." He explored the possibilities of the soul, he was on the right track, but did not completely manage to unravel its mysteries, and what it does for the world.

I think there are much brighter prospects for humanity. We walk towards a more balanced society.

About 6 weeks ago, I had the honor to meet Gene Kieffer, president of the Kundalini Research Foundation, and an ex-journalist who edited many books of Gopi Krishna. In 2007, Gene Kieffer declared, about Kundalini (the process leading to illumination of the mind): 'Kundalini changes everything, not only within the individual in whom this process awakens, but within society as well. If as many as ten men or women become enlightened in the 21st century, the world would be changed completely.' (ref, The biggest story of the century)

There are thousands awakening at once, now...

Le temps des "mous" tire-t-il à sa fin?

TechMonks and Super Radiance program

Neonynos, I'd love to set up *techmonks* with you...!

Because of the nature of consciousness, and the fact that the human mind is biologically connected to consciousness, "It is possible that when a sufficient number of people believe that one thing is real, it becomes true for everyone", said Lyall Watson, who tried to make sense of supernatural phenomena in biological terms.

The idea of "a setup which would help to solve all the global issues" has already been explored by several researchers who have worked on this hypothesis, like Candace Borland, Lyall Watson, etc. Their findings have shown extremely surprising results.

In the first blog post I wrote about open government, I mentioned these results. In "Le plus intéressant à propos du Web 2.0", on September 2010, I wrote:

"Des études portant sur les effets de la conscience collective affichent des résultats fascinants. Candace Borland a découvert que lorsque le nombre de méditants d'une ville atteint 1% de la population, le taux de criminalité diminue spontanément. Ces résultats paraissent invraisemblables tant que l'on ne comprend pas que la réalité se forme dans la conscience collective. Une fois le fait admis, ces résultats deviennent fascinants et révèlent la possibilité prometteuse de rendre la réalité humaine positive et progressive." (See Candace Borland, Improved quality of city life through the transcendental meditation program)

The paper "Creating Heaven on Earth: The Mechanics of the Impossible", by Robert M. Oates, Jr., explains what is the Super Radiance program. A group of meditation radiates peace into the world. "Twelve published research studies have now shown that, ripples of orderliness and harmony radiate outward from this concentrated group of meditation experts. As the numbers at M.U.M. increase, crime, traffic accidents, fires, and war fatalities decrease. Not only do such signs of social disorder go down, but signs of coherence and progress go up."

Like every other aspect of nature— like gravity, like electromagnetism—consciousness is at basis a field, an infinite, unbounded, unmanifest reality. And waves travel this field like ripples travel the surface of a pond. Radio provides an analogy. There waves can’t be seen, but they have their effects. To put the hypothesis as compactly as possible: the human mind can bring peace to the world because the human mind is one with the world, at the most basic level.

I haven't participated in Super Radiance sessions yet. I am not an experienced meditant, but I'd to give it a try at one point.

I was thinking of doing an experimental open government projects based on this hypothesis. By asking a small number of citizens to focus on the positive side of something, instead of confrontation and criticism, instead of seeing the problem, contemplate the desired goal, it might be possible to reach unexpected results. This type of projet would not cost much (compared to what is spent on national defense), and might produce considerable effect. It wouldn't necessarily have to be champion meditants engaged for such an experiment. For instance, members of the Anonymous movement, or another group of self-selected citizens, could be used to test this hypothesis. Also, champion meditants could be matched with ordinary citizens. Group sessions could take place simultaneously in several cities spread over the world.

30 avril 2012


Revealing the hidden aspirations, processes, and even laws of nature, underlying what the Edgeryders participants care about, probably constitutes the most pressing grand challenge, and is equally important for the development of novel robust, trustworthy and adaptive public policies, as well as guidelines for businesses, organizations and lifestyles in general.

Integrating Edgeryders content could go as far as creating a paradigm shift.

I caught here and there, a substantial amount of content which was aiming to mean that society has been lopsided because it has paid much attention to certain things, like accumulation of goods and power, acquisitive, aggressive, ambitious behavior, and less attention to the exploration of things, like nonviolence, truthfulness, absence of anger, tranquility, kindness to creatures and other human beings, limiting idle pursuits, foregiveness, absence of self-importance, to name just a few.

What struck me most in this experiment Edgeryders, are the comments of several participants, who went well beyond my wildest expectations.

What many Edgeryders participants are saying - using a wide variety of ways to express it - is that the present state of luxury and comfort of our society, our habits and ways of life and our corresponding systems, denote an absence of fire that must kindle to lift it up from the old position toward a new pattern of life, more in harmony with inner growth.

The present tangled position of the world, well described with details by Edgeryders participants, is a loud warning that reform is needed at once.

Edgeryders participants demonstrated that efforts made in politicians, thinkers, scholars, imbued with ideas that have become outmoded now, instead of improving, are making the situation worse. Only a radical change of thought and behavior, in the social and political orders would bring about healthy change.

We need now, and in the future, citizens-experts, thinkers and politicians who will look beyond the limited horizon of today, to inaugurate a new era in which spirit and matter will receive the same attention, and inner and social regeneration will be considered as important as intellectual advancement for individuals and nations alike.

It is in this state of balanced progress, that should invest the grass-roots efforts and leading personalities of our nations. What Edgeryders participants are telling us, is that as long as a disproportionate combination continues to be at the root of the condition of our world, we will continue to live on the edge of the precipice. The world will continue to be in turmoil. Edgeryders people are living on the edge of a different life, by pointing to balanced and healthy ways to build the future.

Mission reports along this line:

Michel Filippi, DES HOMMES ET DE NOTRE CIVILISATION, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/shine-some-light/mission_case/des-hommes-et-de-notre-civilisation seeks to define a new model of human being, the Luminous Man, based on a real possibility of psycho-physical development in humans resting on a hitherto unsuspected activity of the cerebrospinal system. A model of Man toward understanding the nature and spirit of evolution and its ultimate goals. A physical evolution involving a constant process of #REGENERATION of the nervous system and the brain. An evolutionary #MECHANISM dormant in every human being.

Andres DaVila, TOWARD A GLOBAL MANAGERIAL INTELLIGENCE, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/spotlight-internet-common-resource/mission_case/towards-global-managerial-intelligence recognizes that new levels of #CONSCIOUSNESS seem to be causing a change in attitudes. The creation of new discourses brings a new perception of reality which effects and leads to a dynamic of change and renewal. By seeking to bring out new levels of individual and collective consciousness, it will allow the creation of an improved discourse by forming more enriched personal and institutional realities. By training visionaries, Andres DaVila tells us that we enable to help change directly or indirectly by infusing new patterns. When changing a part of something, however small it is, the structure gets modified. In doing so, we help each other in our own #EVOLUTION, and that of others.

Jasmine Idun, OUTSIDE THE BOX, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/reality-check/mission_case/outside-box #IMAGINATION and #INTELLIGENCE are boosted by being open to learn new knowledge, to study and to talk with people.

Eimhin David, or Involute Conduit, EVERYWHERE THE SAME: A TRANSNATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND GLOBAL ASPIRATION, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/spotlight-social-innovation/mission_case/transnational-youth-connectives-leveraging-change-many-hand has a vision of healing which is very advanced. He understands --- and applies in his life --- the latest discoveries of quantum physics, and he can make a connection of this knowledge with the actual model of #MEDECINE and #HEALTH, and sees how it is obsolete, and should be replaced by another more appropriate approach based on recent discoveries about the nature of matter. A turning point in our present concepts of the universe as a whole will occur when the biological relationship between expanded consciousness and the brain is understood.

Bridget McKenzie, MY STORY, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/share-your-ryde/mission_case/my-story has a vision of being and learning which is very much in line with the development of the inner self, through #CREATIVITY and #LEARNING, away from the the incessant whirl and distractions of society, allowing herself, her husband and their daughter, to focus on who they really are and grow beautifully.

Tiago Dias Miranda, I'VE GOT A PLAN! http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/spotlight-social-innovation/mission_case/ive-got-plan, is resplendent of universal love. He seeks solutions to create a world of peace, letting go of the fact the authorities are locked in their hatred and violence. He clearly sees that people's deepest desire is #PEACE.

Ampat Koshy, AUTISM VILLAGE PROJECT, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/spotlight-social-innovation/mission_case/autism-village-project seeks to create a village to help autistic children and their parents to live harmoniously by accepting their neurological differences. #DIVERSITY and #DIVERSIFICATION.

John F Moore, A VISION FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT, WORLDWIDE COLLABORATION, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/bootcamp/mission_case/vision-open-government-worldwide-collaboration dreams about a true worldwide #COLLABORATION. He would like to put an end to the rivalry between political parties, and create bridges of collaboration, so that governments are aligned and that borders disappear.

Nadia El-Imam, Ela, and Alessia Zabatino, WHAT IS THE VALUE OF CULTURAL PRODUCTION, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/shine-some-light/mission_case/what-value-cultural-production allows us to question the #REMAKING the human and introduces the concept of #TRANSHUMANISM. In this mission report, there were discussions about the quest to reveal mankind's ultimate destiny.

Lyne Robichaud, GIACOMO NERI, L'AGILETÉ QUI PERMET DE MESURER L'INCONFORT DES SITUATIONS, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/shine-some-light/mission_case/giacomo-neri-lagilit%C3%A9-qui-permet-de-mesurer-linconfort-des-situations opens a discussion about what it means to "listen". The participant Serge Meunier describes listening as "gradually becoming an easy way to embody the #SACRED." In her series of four mission reports about the Edgeryders ambassadors, Lyne describes the fact that younger generations are very adept at what is called #COOPERATION, at tending towards #UNITY, but not in opposition with others. Cooperation is essential for the healthy functioning of our society.

Lucyanna, FAMILY LIFE - A MYTH, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/spotlight-meet-my-family/mission_case/family-life-myth looks at family life, and explores love, motherhood, and even #POSTGENDERISM.

Lucyanna, DEMOCRATIC UTOPIA, http://edgeryders.ppa.coe.int/share-your-ryde/mission_case/democratic-utopia speaks about a society based on a model of citizen, the #CITIZEN-EXPERT (by the way, very well described as well by Alberto Cottica), which is close to what the Edgeryders project aims for. "I dream of a perfect society where all citizens take part in the decision-making process. A modern direct democracy based on new technologies."

These are just a few. I invite Edgeryders participants to help complete this list. Thoughts?

25 avril 2012

Giacomo Neri, l'agilité qui permet de mesurer l'inconfort des situations

Ceci conclut ma série de 4 rapports de mission sur les ambassadeurs Edgeryders, Tiago Dias Miranda, Andrei Trubceac, Alessia Zabatino, et Giacomo Neri.

Nous avons recours à toutes sortes d'instruments de mesure. Par exemple, nous utilisons le thermomètre pour mesurer la température ambiante. Le baromètre nous permet de mesurer la pression atmosphérique. Le pèse-personne nous indique les kilos en trop ou en moins.

Cependant, il n'existe pas d'instruments pour mesurer les situations et nous donner le pouls dans nos relations avec les autres. Imaginez! Ce serait formidable d'avoir une sorte de montre qui se mettrait à s'affoler chaque fois que nous racontons des bêtises ou que nos propos sont blessants, ou encore non appropriés à un groupe-cible de personnes. Malheureusement, nous ne disposons pas encore de tels capteurs de pensées.

Il n'y a pas non plus de programme informatique ou d'application que l'on peut brancher sur la table de conférence, qui capte les émotions et les pensées des gens présents dans une salle.

C'est difficile à expliquer, mais je pense que Giacomo Neri a une sorte de baromètre interne. Il ressent les impressions que les autres vivent mais n'osent pas exprimer tout haut. Quand la pression monte et que les cerveaux se mettent à surchauffer, Giacomo émet des signaux qu'il suffit d'essayer d'interpréter, un peu comme on lirait un instrument de mesure, pour tenter de saisir quelle pourrait être la perception d'un groupe.

Par exemple, lors de la mini-conférence Edgeryders de mars à Strasbourg, Giacomo m'envoyait des gazouillis pour me signifier son inconfort. Je ressentais moi-même cet inconfort chez plusieurs personnes présentes dans la salle, mais lui l'a manifestée. D'autres n'ayant pas remarqué ce qui se passait, lui ont demandé, «Pourquoi fais-tu cela?». C'est ainsi que j'ai pris connaissance de la capacité spéciale de Giacomo, et j'ai immédiatement fait le lien avec son expérience des six dernières années, au cours desquelles il a tenté de nous avertir que le système d'éducation ne tourne pas rond, qu'il y a quelque chose qui cloche avec ce système. Giacomo a 24 ans. Depuis des années, il s'efforce d'envoyer des signaux pour faire comprendre qu'il existe un profond malaise avec le système éducationnel.

Cette capacité particulière pousse Giacomo à constamment s'adapter. Il s'appuie sur l'improvisation pour s'ajuster aux situations. Tout comme je l'ai décrit pour les trois autres ambassadeurs Edgeryders, Giacomo a développé une habilité pour une forme particulière de souplesse, qui pourrait devenir un atout majeur dans son parcours professionnel.

Je perçois l'agilité particulière de Giacomo comme une certaine forme d'intuition. Les dauphins et les baleines entendent et communiquent avec des ultrasons. Je me rends compte que des jeunes, tels que Giacomo, sont en train de développer de nouvelles habiletés, qui pourraient être très utiles en cette période de transition. Pour arriver à faire en sorte que nos systèmes et institutions parviennent effectuer une transformation organisationnelle qui soit accordée aux plus profondes aspirations de la population, nous avons besoin d'être ouverts à de nouvelles façons de faire.

Je continue de croire à la pertinence que des équipes composées de divers types d'iconoclastes pourraient parvenir à améliorer la gestion et à solutionner des problématiques. Des jeunes ayant des profils sortant de la normalité, un peu comme celui de Giacomo, pourraient servir d'instruments de lecture et de mesure des situations. Qui sait? Cela pourrait être poussé, d'ici quelques années, à tenter de lire dans la conscience collective?

J'ai lu dernièrement qu'il y a des scientifiques qui ont développé un programme qui permet de lire dans les pensées des gens, sans qu'ils ne parlent tout haut. Il y a par conséquent déjà des travaux scientifiques pointant dans cette direction. Voir «Des chercheurs capables d'entendre ce que l'on pense tout bas». http://links.visibli.com/share/wZ3jgL

«À l'Université Berkeley en Californie, un groupe de chercheurs, Brian Pasley en tête, développe une technologie permettant de découvrir ce qu’une personne entend ou pense tout bas. La technologie en question consiste à surveiller les ondes cérébrales d’un individu. En effet, lorsqu’une personne entend une sonorité, son cerveau réagit. Cette activité cérébrale est étudiée à la loupe et les chercheurs ont constaté que chaque son correspondait à une onde cérébrale précise. Il serait ainsi possible de deviner ce qu’une personne entend ou pense rien qu’en surveillant son activité cérébrale. Le premier débouché serait de comprendre ce qu’un patient paralysé ou dans un état végétatif aurait à communiquer.»

Mais je suis persuadée que les humains peuvent parvenir aux mêmes résultats, sans l'aide d'aucune machine ni aucun programme, rien qu'en développant leur cerveau et leurs capacités intuitives.

Je souhaite sincèrement à Giacomo qu'il trouve des gens qui le verront tel qu'il est, et qui reconnaîtront sa façon bien à lui de voir le monde, et que cela l'aidera à s'épanouir et à développer ses talents particuliers. Connaissez-vous des gens comme lui? Qu'est-ce qui fait, d'après vous, qu'il possède ce talent particulier de perception accrue?

24 avril 2012

Gilda Farrell, la puissance transformatrice du regard neuf et l'art du compromis

Pour que des projets novateurs aient lieu au sein d'institutions gouvernementales, il faut d'abord que des gestionnaires aient eu le courage de les présenter et aient réussi à convaincre d'autres gestionnaires du bien fondé des leurs idées et objectifs proposés. Gilda Farrell, la chef la Division pour le développement de la cohésion sociale du Conseil de l'Europe, œuvre depuis plusieurs années au développement d’instruments conceptuels et méthodologiques pour la promotion de la cohésion sociale.

À chacune des occasions que j'ai eues de voir Gilda Farrell en action et de l'écouter parler, j'ai été séduite par son optimisme et sa façon de transmuer ce qui est perçu négativement en une image plus positive, ce qui favorise le développement et le pouvoir d'agir de collectivités.

C'est grâce à Gilda Farrell que le fabuleux projet Edgeryders existe, qui sort des sentiers battus et laisse entrevoir de nouvelles possibilités de collaboration avec les citoyens. Gilda a conçu ce projet avec l'aide d'un des meilleurs experts en collaboration ouverte, Alberto Cottica, et s'est battue pour qu'il soit financé et piloté par le Conseil de l'Europe, conjointement avec la Commission européenne. Gilda continue de se battre pour faire rayonner son projet, et pour qu'il soit accepté comme prototype modèle. À la mi-mars, le projet a été présenté lors d'une table-ronde regroupant des participants Edgeryders et des gestionnaires du Conseil de l'Europe. La vision de Gilda Farrell et d'Alberto Cottica, d'une gouvernance axée sur la participation citoyenne, est en train de se concrétiser. Tel un caillou que l'on fait ricocher contre la surface de l'eau, nous verrons bientôt les ondes de cette expérimentation se répercuter infiniment au sein du Conseil de l'Europe et ses États membres, et même au-delà des frontières européennes.

Jour après jour, Gilda pose des gestes, ajoute une nouvelle brique à la construction de sa vision. Elle s'est donné pour mission de transmuer la perception négative que les gouvernements et les entreprises se font des jeunes. En permettant aux jeunes de collaborer avec le Conseil de l'Europe, en leur offrant un espace non contrôlé et par conséquent, la liberté de s'exprimer, Gilda fait en sorte que soit récoltée l'évidence, ou une partie de la preuve justificative, que les jeunes ne sont pas du tout à l'image de ce que certains indicatifs traditionnels nous indiquent (comme le NEET).

Pour se distancer encore davantage de ces indicatifs, elle a proposé le 15 mars 2012, de se départir de l'acronyme NEET, qui porte une lourde connotation négative, et de le remplacer par SOFIR, "solution finders in search of recognition". Cela lui permettra d'ouvrir un nouvel espace, dans lequel pourraient être introduites des solutions alternatives.

Par conséquent, Gilda insuffle son intention de transmuer la perception d'une proportion de la population en nous proposant de délaisser les idées obsolètes, en introduisant dans l'espace créé par la nouveauté, la créativité et l'innovation, la possibilité que ce regard nouveau donne lieu à une nouvelle façon de composer avec ces problématiques et favorise le développement de solutions appropriées. Ceci devient possible parce qu'elle a fait le choix de laisser de côté le modèle désuet. Mais cela ne signifie pas qu'il faille ignorer pour autant les statistiques et les analyses précédentes.

L'enjeu et les défis sont titanesques, mais Gilda sait où elle s'en va. Elle mettre en place le contexte qui permettra un changement profond et durable.

Elle s'appuie sur la force transformatrice du regard neuf.

Sa force réside également dans une maîtrise de l'art du compromis.

Puisqu'elle est capable d'apercevoir que la perception des jeunes est faussée, elle arrive également à apercevoir que la perception qu'ont les citoyens des élus, décideurs et gestionnaires gouvernementaux pourrait elle aussi d'avérer erronée. Gilda nous aide à balayer nos préjugés, et nous secoue, en espérant que sera compris le potentiel de chacun. Elle nous invite à nous départir de nos vieilles lunettes pour contempler les gens sous leur véritable jour, de part et d'autre de la médaille.

Ainsi, tous les décideurs gouvernementaux ne sont pas peut-être aussi mesquins et mal intentionnés que nous pourrions l'imaginer.

Gilda nous rappelle qu'il faut verser de l'eau dans son vin et donner chance au coureur. Sans doute qu'une majorité de décideurs ne parvient pas encore à embrasser le changement. Mais il y en a qui s'efforcent de le faire, souligne-t-elle.

Feminine energy empowering evolution

In a discussion with Lucyanna about family life and gender roles, we said that equity between men and women is something that we would like to see achieved.

My model of an ideal society (experimental philosopher Michel Filippi and Edgeryders participant and I called this model the "Luminous Man") is based on the feminine energy. But that does not mean at all that women would have power over men.

The energy of life, the one that allows the human race to reproduce, fills us with love and passion, guides us (intuition): this energy is female. The same power that brings a human child into being drives it at a certain period of life to the act of procreation, and, when the time is ripe, fills it with the urge for self-awareness, as it had once filled it with erotic desire, to lead to a higher state of being.

When we really connect with this energy (which can be found in our body), we are free of ego, immoderate ambition, lust and greed for wealth. We become more ready to serve than to rule, altruistic and compassionate.

Human beings (men or women), when they awaken the feminine energy dormant in every human being develop the following traits of character:
Non-violence, truthfulness, sweetness of tongue, absence of anger, tranquillity, refraining from malicious gossip, kindness to all creatures, nonattachment to the objects of senses, mildness, abstaining from idle pursuits, sublimity, forgiveness, absence of malice and feeling of self-importance, calm, balanced.

This feminine energy leads to a perennial physical state, free of ups and downs, devoid of complexes, tensions, anxieties, neuroses, and fears, with a firm grip on the mind and body, on emotions, passions, and intractable lusts.

So you see, if we were more aware about the existence of this possibility for the human being, and if we all learned to develop its potential and process, the world would be very different from the one in which we live in now. This is how I visualize a matriarcal society, based on this feminine power, empowering humanity. How do I know that this could be a possibility for the human race?, Because there are currently many men and women in this perennial physical state. It exists. A majority of human beings could eventually evolve to show a broader and more healthy attitude toward the problem of existence, and this would change everything. The blueprint of evolution is indelibly stamped on the brain. We need only to learn how to read it in order to design our institutions and lifestyles.

23 avril 2012

The first multilingual edition of Gov 2.0 Radio

Last week, I had the honor to co-host the first multilingual edition of Gov 2.0 Radio (http://gov20radio.com).

It went smoothly and I had great fun doing it.

Gov 2.0 Radio's web site says about its vision that "by being an effective, useful and respected channel, we can play a role in accelerating positive change where it's most needed."

Photo: Allison Hornery

Since 2009, I had watched the founder of Gov 2.0 Radio, Adriel Hampton, and later, co-host Allison Hornery, produce and host Gov 2.0 Radio. I faithfully and passionately covered this radio show extensively in 2009 and part of 2010. Every week, I was tweeting live about everything that was discussed at the show, both in English and French, and the following days, I blogged in French about the invited guest(s) and the issues discussed at the show. I did this for many months, hoping that the information about open government, which was produced only in English, would one day cross the barriers of languages, and reach the ears of French-speaking citizens and policy makers. I was hoping that this knowledge about open government would be understood by those who do not speak English.

I really enjoyed the collaboration with Adriel and will always remain grateful, because through him and his guests, I learned a lot about open government and the tremendous efforts of citizens and government managers to implement it. I was, after all, a chosen student, attending the School for gifted newbies of professor of Aracalm (one of Adriel's many virtual identities).

But it came to a point where my eyes would suddenty be flodded with a stream of tears, as I was hearing about all the wonderful projects and initiatives being carried elsewhere, while absolutely nothing was happening at my place. So I had to stop listening, because the pain was getting too hard to bare.

When I met Adriel Hampton in person in Edmonton, in October 2010, he gave me a boost of energy. He told me, from the height of his stature (he is two heads taller than me), "Be bold!". These two words had the effect of thunder and lightning on me. They gave me wings and the courage to propose a bold opengov project, an hybrid multilateral partnership to unify Francophonie around opengov issues.

My project has not been successful. Risk aversion took over it and I was finally told that "the project does not meet business criteria" and that "there is no solution".

But 3 weeks later, the United States and Brazil jointly launched the Open Government Partnership. More tears flowed down my cheeks, on September 20, as I watched more than 40 countries sign the opengov declaration on my computer screen, as this event was streamed live. At least, I was comforted for the relevance of the ideas proposed in the project.

In the fall of 2011, I joined the fantastic Edgeryders team of the Council of Europe. Because all the doors had been closed on me, I let others try to walk in the direction I had pointed. They created Démocratie ouverte.org, a we-blog, set up at the beginning of 2012 by lobbyists Jean-Francois Gauthier (in Quebec) and Cyril Lage (in France).

They organized a barcamp meeting in Paris in April 2012 (GouvCamp).

I am thankful that for months, Allison Hornery has been closely following the evolution of opengov in the Francophonie world. She was reminding me from time to time, that she was observing what was (not!) happening. When she proposed a first bilingual edition of Gov 2.0 Radio, I was totally thrilled by this proposal. It had an illuminating effect in my mind, as I immediately saw the show's influence extend its action to all people and all languages​​.

The first multilingual edition of Gov 2.0 Radio was an interview of Jean-François Gauthier (an Edgeryders participant) a lobbyist consultant from Loran Technologies, wrapping up the GouvCamp, which took place in Paris on April 10, 2012. Allison asked a series of questions in English, and as co-host, I repeated approximately the same questions in French. The interview conducted in French, however, was much more complete and detailed, as I had more time with the guest to go deeper and discuss, not only about Quebec and France, but the overall situation encompassing all countries of the Francophonie .

From the beginning, I believed in what Gov 2.0 Radio does, in its mission, in its influence, and its active role to identify and support change.

Now that this first multilingual edition went well, there is an opportunity to repeat this experience, and slowly build a multilingual programme, from which opengov and innovation can expand, in the long run, in all languages and all countries around the world.

If you have suggestions of non-anglophone guests, passionate activists, government officials, organization managers, innovators, thinkers, etc., building our future, please, do not hesitate to share your recommendations!

I send a big hug of gratitude to Allison and her partner from Cofluence, John Wells. Read more about Gov 2.0 Radio's plans for 2012. (P.S. The first multilingual edition has not yet been released. Stay tuned!)
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