I have had that experience just recently. I was so fortunate to spend 3 nights camping in beautiful country Victoria at Paynes Hut with the very first DO Lectures Australia. No mobile phones, no distraction, a composting toilet and a portable shower in the back of a big old truck. Sharing a tent at night with 3 strangers (well they were on Day One) with temperatures hovering around zero one night. Over our roasted yabbies and velvety shiraz we told long, winding stories about how change is possible. The sort of stories you never tell at a conference but go home wishing you had. We spoke about the courage, the loneliness, the exhilaration, the drive and the energy that all come when we make change happen. We came to realise, more then ever before that people can change the world. (Malcolm Gladwell in his book The Tipping Point said it only takes roughly 15% of a population to flip a system.)
Here’s a question – have you ever done something that re-set your engine?
Seventy participants and twenty speakers building a micro community of possibility under a blanket of stars with the moon swimming around us. I could go on and on about the Do Lectures but I’m going to leave it to you to check out the website and hopefully you can join in next year. This blog is about doing the thing, as an alternative to just talking about the thing. I’ve come away committed to doing a few things diferently. Firstly I’m going to write my blog every week, so you’ll be hearing from me more often. I want to start a conversation about how we can join forces around change to health and social care services in Australia. Secondly, I’ve come home with a fire in my belly about Change Day Australia 2015 – it is going to be so much greater next year, with your help. I’ve quoted Margaret Wheatley lots of times in my blogs, that’s because I think she nails it when it comes to whole system change. She identifies four steps: 1) Isolated pioneers struggle alone; 2) They begin to connect in networks; 3) Where the ground is fertile, communities of practice begin to emerge; 4) Communities of practice link together to create a force-field that tips the whole system to a new mode of behavior. Let me know if you want to be part of the Change Day 2015 force-field- I’m looking for friends in every state and territory who want to create a better health and social care system. Let’s just DO IT! Join me mf