GCC Discussion area
We feel hopeful that this discussion area will contribute to mutual information and clarity. Feel free to ask questions here and make comments as we continue the planning process for the Global Coordinating Council.
Jim and Jori
6th March 2007
Dear Jori, Jim, Eva, Isabelle, Pierre, Louise, Shantigarba, Kirsten, Chris, Meta, Linda, Ann, Jeff, Jan, Jerry, Laura, Dominic, Ron, Kumarjeev, Aniruddha,
We were pleased by the GCC "Invitation" (see CNVC wiki), and have some heartfelt responses we would like to be known and considered by the GCC. We have expressed these in the attached letter (also shown below, in case of any problems with the attachment).
Please would you read the letter, and bring the issues we raise and our proposal to the GCC teleconference on Wednesday?
We look forward to your response.
Warmly, Alison, Fabiola, Jenny
6th March 2007
Dear Members of GCC, and members of the worldwide NVC community,
We are three members of the NVC community living and working in the UK. We are pleased by the GCC's invitation to consider how we would like to be linked to others practicing NVC both locally and beyond, and the welcome they have extended to having feedback. We would like to respond. We are Jenny Edwards, Fabiola Fuentes and Alison Harper.
The three of us are passionately committed to the vision and mission of CNVC. We were delighted to read Jori's description of the part that she and Jim intend to play: "working together to support the connectivity that could fuel global social transformation through the growth of NVC consciousness." Yes!
We understand the intention of the GCC is to have "NVC Project Teams operating in every country of the world by 2017. Resources are developed to enable NVC teams to begin and sustain their projects. Teams will be organized sociocratically with double-linking." We also understand that the GCC see their role as including "to explore the structures and strategies that will provide representation and mutual connection that will support us all in fulfilling our shared vision of the growth of compassionate giving, joy, and nonviolence in the world."
In order to achieve this, we understand, from the GCC Minutes of the November, December and January teleconferences, that what has been proposed and agreed is a structure of language-based circles: English-speaking (Western), English-speaking (non-Western), French-speaking, Spanish/Portuguese/(Italian?)-speaking, and German/ (Dutch?)-speaking. We appreciate that the intention behind this proposal is to enable more active participation by members of the worldwide network who do not speak English, and we share the desire to facilitate their participation in collaborating in realizing the vision of CNVC.
When we saw that a structure has been agreed based on these languages, the three of us felt devastated, alarmed, and angry, because our need for understanding and respect of the different contributions, contexts and cultures of members of the worldwide network is not met by this proposal. We trust that the members of the GCC share this need. But we are concerned that the strategies they have chosen will not meet this need, and we would like to be clear about why.
1. From the Minutes it appears to us as if the proposal has been generated and adopted without consultation with the network members native to South America, Africa and Asia. We would like to be sure that you have talked to all of the certified trainers, supporters and other NVC practitioners in those continents to find out from them how they would like to be included.
Fabiola is a certified trainer who is Colombian living in the UK. She would like to have been consulted, and so far has not. When she read about what had been proposed, her response was:
"I want to be included from the beginning - before any decisions are made about what the GCC thinks is meeting our (people from South America, Africa and Asia) need for inclusion. I would like to be consulted about any ideas or strategy that the GCC thinks will meet our need for inclusion, even if the ideas and strategies are temporary. I want to acknowledge that the GCC's intention is one of inclusion. AND I need confirmation right from the beginning that they are trying to CONNECT with us in order to meet the need I have for inclusion. I would like people in the GCC to take time to talk with those of us who are part of the CNVC community and come from Africa, South America and Asia. And for this to have happened before any election of functional leaders took place. I am asking the GCC to reconsider their strategy and to widen the process of consultation so that the functional leaders that are elected really and truly represent who we are. I trust that those the GCC have elected would care about us. What I am finding hard to trust is the process because of a lack of quality of connection that gives me the confidence that my needs will truly be heard. I want to have a voice from the beginning."
2. We believe that language-based circles will run the risk of exacerbating conflict. It appears from the Minutes of the GCC teleconferences that Chris Rajendram from Sri Lanka shares this concern and would like to see a different basis for the circles. He said:
"I understand now what was blocking me from the conversation - we are killing each other (in Sri Lanka) because of the language. I'd like another way of uniting us and getting a central circle functioning".
3. The four language groups (English, French, German/Dutch and non-French Romance (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian)) on which the circles are based are the languages of the countries ("colonial powers") that made choices to go to other geographic areas of the world from the 17th to the 20th centuries and, through punitive use of force as well as other means, implement national, international and corporate structures that did not recognize, value or support the inherent worth of the native people of those areas, their languages or their cultures, and which thus did not meet their needs for inclusion, respect and recognition. The impact of these actions on, for example the native people of Africa, has been a deep legacy of pain, and a deep suspicion of the intentions of people from the "colonial" areas of the world and who speak those languages.
We mourn and empathise for that pain and for that suspicion, and want to be part of organizations that may help to heal those wounds and repair those relationships by visibly demonstrating that they value the unique gifts and insights of each person, each culture and each language. So we are very concerned when we see an organisation that has emerged from white Western roots suggesting a form of representation based on the "colonial" languages, even if that is only a first step in the process. It does not meet our needs for awareness and caring for the pain of people from these other areas of the world, nor for inclusion of their voices right from the beginning.
4. As a strategy for meeting these needs for inclusion, recognition and care we would like to have presence and visibility of people of all races right at the heart of CNVC and right from the beginning of an organization - the GCC - that is aiming to "support the connectivity that could fuel global social transformation". We feel concerned when we see that the people selected so far as the functional leaders in the GCC it seems to us do not represent a diversity of races and cultures.
When people of one race and culture attempt to represent people of other races and cultures quite a lot of important information can unwittingly be left out because of differences of cultural perspectives that inadvertently filter the meaning of what is expressed to them by people of other races and cultures.
Those are the reasons why we are so concerned about the strategy being followed by the GCC. We deeply trust that the members of the GCC have the intention to find ways to connect with network members worldwide in ways that meet everybody's needs. And we believe that sociocratic processes exist to support the intention to meet everybody's needs.
Request & Proposal - for an amended approach
We request the GCC to reconsider their strategy for moving forward, and to amend it. We propose:
1. First connect. Contact, by phone or email, all the certified trainers and supporters listed on the CNVC website, to make personal connections with them, particularly those in Africa, Asia and South America.
2. Then listen. Find out and appreciate what is already going on. Seek to understand how we can build on what has already been created in each area in pursuing the aim of Project Teams in every country by 2017. We believe this can help to provide the recognition, celebration and support we would want, especially for those who are working to bring NVC to non-white countries, cultures and languages.
3. Identify needs not yet met through what already exists in support of global social transformation. What do the people who are actually seeking to bring about global social transformation in their part of the world see is needed there to achieve that objective?
4. Consult. Find out how practitioners worldwide would like to be connected, represented and involved in pursuing that vision - so that they have a voice from the beginning. The current survey of NVC practitioners in Australia and New Zealand appears to be a step in this direction. Inclusion is the process, not the outcome.
5. Share and communicate the different ideas and input that have been offered.
6. Explore possible strategies to address those unmet needs. Ensure everyone has an opportunity to understand each strategy under consideration (e.g., sociocracy) before inviting them to select those strategies that will meet their needs.
7. Select a strategy, processes and structure with the opportunity for inclusion by anyone who wishes. (This comes at the end of the process, rather than going out with a structure and trying to fit people into it).
We long to see an integration of the gifts of all cultures, including those that bring the clarity of individuality and those that bring the capacity to feel the interconnectedness of the whole. We look forward to collaborating with you and people in the network throughout the world in creating an interconnected global organisation that will support and inspire all of us to be fully effective in bringing the gifts of NVC to creating a world in which everyone's needs are met.
Jenny Edwards, Fabiola Fuentes, Alison Harper
NVC-UK SOCIOCRACY CIRCLE SELECTS OBSERVERS TO GCC
On the recent UK Sociocracy teleconference (11th January 2007) we selected three people to act as observers between them on the next three GCC meetings. Below is the extract from our minutes.
Proposal 2a: To elect someone to act as an observer at the next three GCC meetings and who would report back to us in an agreed manner. CONSENT GIVEN.
Proposal 2b: To draw up a role and person specification for the observer
CONSENT GIVEN to the following parts of the role description Â· Listening in to GCC meetings and making notes Â· Reporting back to NVC-UK Network phone meeting for four minutes, plus writing 200 word summary and emailing it to the network for next three calls.
CONSENT NOT GIVEN to mandating the observer to ask questions on our behalf nor to speak about issues on our behalf. CONSENT GIVEN to Shantigarbha, Gina and Jo to consider these possibilities (asking questions and raising issues) and to bring proposal to our next telephone conference call.
CONSENT GIVEN to including the following requirements of the observer: Â· accuracy Â· impartiality Â· ability to report back succinctly Â· has appropriate technology.
Proposal 3: To elect three observers to observe the GCC meetings between now and our next conference call (this is likely to involve observing three meetings) CONSENT GIVEN to Shantigarbha, Laura and Daren. Shantigarbha will contact Laura and Daren, invite them to accept the nomination and then arrange coverage of the three meetings.