PROCESS BEFORE PRODUCT
Our goal is process and discovery, not the usual focus on outcome or product; to truly move into the world with open hearts and minds, and to listen for what serves and what is deeply needed.
Too many times people, especially Americans, go with a formula, a pre-determined outcome, and miss the genuine opportunities that arise along the way. With each collaboration, we sit in Council, listening to the vision, knowledge, dreams and experience held therein. We feel there is something important to go and listen to practicing council with the land and its people and letting an exchange emerge that will reveal the future outcomes. Thus, rather than pre-determining outcomes, we have generated a commitment to bring our learning home and forward in the best possible way given what we witness, learn and experience, collectively and as individuals. We work between the worlds at times, across organizational lines, job descriptions, and/or institutional or community loyalties — bridgepeople, contributing to common intentions and dreams.
The gifts we share include council, rites of passage, the best community practices we’ve experienced, organizational development, permaculture teachings, and whatever seems to be needed within our capabilities.
We are forever grateful for the support of the process, the willingness to operate a bit differently than NGO’s, the commitment to nature’s way and changing movements, each year confirming what is essential and right to do. And, with time, we are seeing some true products appearing, in the form of: