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My Scheme Team Dream: Partners Wanted for Shaping and Changing The World

September 19th, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Scheming – or creating schemas – helps us shape a clear understanding of how the various parts of systems relate and connect. It then empowers application through developing strategic, intriguing, and often subversive plans to create innovative change in the world – for better or for worse. After a period of undefined frustration, a discussion with a friend helped me pinpoint my recent lack of partners with whom to co-scheme as the root of my dissatisfaction.

In this post, I discuss what scheming means to me and its central role in my worldview and throughout my life in areas ranging from math, medicine and sports to relationships, politics and business. I explore key examples of special shared moments, evolutionary factors and enviably successful teams that explain the excitement and rewards of co-scheming. And, in the service of initiating connection and dialogue with dynamic new “partners in crime,” I describe the similar and complementary assets and qualities that I and they would ideally bring to such an emergent and generative partnership. Read my thoughts on the process and goals of co-scheming at its best and consider whether you might be one of the fellow co-schemers I’m looking for.


The Challenges of Accepting Civilization as Unsustainable and Unhealthy

August 27th, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Reading Ishmael by Daniel Quinn in 1997 first exposed me to the idea that civilization is an inherently unsustainable and unhealthy social structure. But it took further reading of works by Quinn and Derrick Jensen, along with greater experience, to help me increasingly incorporate this understanding into my life. Most recently, Jensen’s work Endgame impacted me with a particularly convincing presentation of civilization’s shortcomings from the concrete and powerful perspective of physical resource dynamics.

In this post, I examine the paramount importance of internalizing the implications of our social structure’s fundamental flaws, the experience of facing the impact of this understanding, why it is to difficult to fully internalize, the variety of ways that people respond to the issue, and how my growing acceptance of it has influenced my life journey. I then discuss the process of finding our optimal roles in the re-emergence of health and sustainability and the invaluable role of community and support as we do so.


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 8

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Conclusion (Part 8 of 8)

Note: This is Part 8 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.
There are tremendous challenges in our world today. Michael Moore’s films have been some of the most powerful channels through which many of us have become aware […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 7

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

A Formula for Fundamental, Sustainable Political and Social Change in America (Part 7 of 8)

Note: This is Part 7 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.

The Inseparable Roles of Moral Courage and Campaign, Election and Media Reforms in Fundamental Political and Social […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 6

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Campaign, Election and Media Reform as Central Themes in Michael Moore’s Work (Part 6 of 8)

Note: This is Part 6 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.
While none of Michael Moore’s films focus primarily on campaign, election and media reform, like the […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 5

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Campaign, Election and Media Reform: Levers and Leverage Points for Improving Our Society (Part 5 of 8)

Note: This is Part 5 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.

Moral Courage Alone Isn’t Enough
Clearly, moral courage, as discussed in Part 3, Moral Courage: A […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 4

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Moral Courage as a Central Theme in Michael Moore’s Work and Life (Part 4 of 8)
Note: This is Part 4 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.
I believe, and seeing Sicko again reinforced, that Michael Moore is one of our greatest examples […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 3

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Moral Courage: A Required Virtue for Improving Our Society (Part 3 of 8)
Note: This is Part 3 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.

Psychological Dissonance: The Cost of Keeping Quiet
In our society, we have a great number of “elephants in the room” […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America - Part 2

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

Introduction (Part 2 of 8)
Note: This is Part 2 of an eight-part series. You may want to start at Part 1 of the series, Summary and Table of Contents.

Sicko and Beyond: New Inspiration from Michael Moore
Two weeks ago, I finally saw Michael Moore’s new movie about the health care industry, Sicko. As usual I was […]


What Michael Moore Really Teaches Us About Political and Social Change In America

August 2nd, 2007 by Howard Ditkoff

In his previous films, Michael Moore opened minds regarding injustices in deeply emotional areas including corporate responsibility, gun violence, 9/11 and the Iraq War. In Sicko, and his related appearances, he has pursued change in the American health care system. But Moore’s work and life embody two underappreciated themes even more central to social change in America – moral courage and campaign, election and media reform. In this eight-part series of posts, I explore the importance of these intertwined themes and their relation to Michael Moore. I then propose a formula for focusing influential individuals and organizations on these core leverage points to stimulate fundamental, sustainable sociopolitical reform in America.


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