I had a bit of a ding dong with Conrad Bird, Deputy Director, Government Communication, during a panel at The British Library recently over my use of the title "The Quiet Revolution" for my workshops. Conrad took exception to the word revolution and preferred the use of the more moderate word evolution. The reason I preface the word revolution with "quiet" is that while this thing we are at the start will be revolutionary in terms of how we see ourselves and the world around us I would agree that images of the storming of the Bastille are not really appropriate!
While this is not a revolution in the sense of being bottom up - those in the middle and the top are in some ways as constrained by the system as those at the bottom - and it is also not revolutionary in the sense of a concerted activities driven by one small group with a particular ideology. It is a gradual, revoltuionary sophistication of how we see ourselves, each other and the world we create.
Reading the section in Here Comes Everybody about the power of self organisation in political contexts, along with watching this video about monetary reform, combined with my previous post on the dangers of right answers all lead me to believe, yet again, that while there may be flaws in the wisdom of the crowds the madness, and misdeeds, of the few are currently a far bigger problem. For every perceived risk of anarchy or chaos I see a benefit in dispersal of the power to misuse or abuse.
Diffuse means collective. We need to see things as shared responsibility and take that responsibility. I am convinced that we will re-invent politics, and hopefully even religion, in ways that enable us to take account of our new found ways of understanding our world and working together to improve it. Capitalism, socialism and the belief in a patriarchal deity all feel like incredibly tired ways of making sense of things. Surely we can do better ....?