Seven great ideas for movement builders

Silvia Austerlic
Posted February 15, 2016 from United States

Hi everybody,

Another great article SEVEN GREAT IDEAS FOR MOVEMENT BUILDERS BY GRACE LEE BOGGS:http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/what-makes-a-great-place/seven-great-i...

Many good insights--in particular, the first point she shares deeply speaks to me:"Suffering and oppression are not enough to create a movement. A movement begins when the oppressed begin seeing themselves not just as victims, but as new men and women, pioneers in creating new, more human relations, thus advancing the evolution of the human race."

That connects her last point:"Movement building is essentially counter-cultural. It is a struggle to transform both ourselves (the way we think and act in relationship to one another and the Earth) and institutions. ... Genuine movement building is about restorative justice, new ways of thinking and being that restore community and advance us another step in our evolution as human beings."

To me, this is what true leadership is about, starting with self-leadership, daring to break free from self-limiting beliefs and internalized self-oppression, and becoming our true self, whatever feels authentic to us. Then, reaching out from that centered place to others, so they can take that step for themselves. Like Martin Rutte's quote, "you have to do it by yourself and you can't do it alone." From that place we then connect, center-to-center. Then we begin to create critical mass, and 1 + 1 + 1 + ... become a field, a movement, a new world....

In solidarity and community, Silvia

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Aliya Bashir
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

Dear Silvia,

Hope you are fine!

"You have to do it by yourself and you can't do it alone." From that place we then connect, center-to-center. Then we begin to create critical mass, and 1 + 1 + 1 + ... become a field, a movement, a new world...."

What an inspirational thought!

Thank you so much for sharing this important post with us which is full of energy and moral boost.

The message is clear and loud that we have to responsive to our inner-call and break the shackles that are holding us back!

I am going to share this post as in spotlight!

Keep inspiring us!!!

Rock on!!!

Take care

Sarah Murali
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

I love the thoughts you are sharing here, Silvia! What I am hearing from you is that movements are as much about inner transformation as they are about outer transformation. When a person or a group of people begins to see themselves differently than the structures of society have told them they should (overtly or implicitly), they have already started to lay the foundations of a movement. When many people transform in that way and band together, a movement is born! Is that right? It's a powerful thought. And thank you for directing us to the article by Grace Lee Boggs - a very powerful leader!

Reading your post, I could help but think that you might have much to say in response to two action opportunities currently up on world pulse. One is focused on Leadership, the other on the power of Transformation. I hope you will take a look and consider participating!

Keep sharing your powerful message!  

Best, Sarah

Silvia Austerlic
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 16, 2016

Sarah,

What I am hearing from you is that movements are as much about inner transformation as they are about outer transformation. When a person or a group of people begins to see themselves differently than the structures of society have told them they should (overtly or implicitly), they have already started to lay the foundations of a movement. When many people transform in that way and band together, a movement is born! Is that right?

YOU GOT IT!!

Best, Silvia

ikirimat
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016

Dear Silvia thank you for sharing these very clear and motivating words. I especially love when you emphasise that we  begin by self leadership. If everyone begins to think this way, then we can propel ourselves into leadership beyond self.

Again thank you and keep sharing,

JANEKALU
Feb 18, 2016
Feb 18, 2016

Dear Silvia, thank you for your motivational words