How to Use ZENWSP in Politics Part 5: Do You Edit Your Ideas?

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After the market organized by Seeds of Sustainability, I attended Satish Kumar’s talk at Higashi-Hongan-Temple. He is quite old now but is still vibrant as ever. The first time I heard him speak was about 33 years ago in London, when he gave a joint-talk with Petra Kelly who was representing the German Green Party. He hasn’t changed at all.


As I said before, one of the reasons I created ZENWSP is to empower sustainable-minded people to get into influential position in society.


Since we had an election, I have been thinking about how we can apply ZENWSP to politics.


I said it was good to brainstorm your ideas for action, but you don’t want to stop there.


You want to move on to the next stage called editing. Nonetheless, this editing step is often forgotten or skipped due to our busy schedule and so on.


Good example is when we conduct sessions like World Café or Open Space Technology to gather ideas for our action. What we do is brainstorming. We get some ideas, sometimes useful ideas, but without the editing process, those ideas won’t become workable. They may be time-consuming, not feasible, or not effective enough. Every idea needs to be evaluated measuring from all angles. We do that when we conduct business, but because we engage in political activities on voluntary basis, this action sometimes is neglected. Partly because we don’t want to deny anyone’s ideas, and evaluation sounds like denying.


Therefore it is good to have the second and the third session for editing. This time with fewer members. I would take time to do editing because, in the long run, it will save many people’s time if you can come up with a method which requires the least time and create the maximum result.


I am giving a 2-day workshop in Japanese on December 2nd and 3rd.


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