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Individual Expression and the Group

I love these words from Peggy Holman that name the relationship between individuals in relation to a group. It is often a dynamic that I notice people struggle with. How to lean into what is the group, but then act individually, or in smaller groups, from what is felt in the group.

Create opportunities for individual expression and connection. It brings out the creativity in differentiation. A lesson from Open Space: the heart of self-organizing in human systems is the invitation to take responsibility for what you love. A seeming paradox: when we are invited to pursue what authentically matters to each of us rather than selfishness, our actions become an act of service, of contributing what we love on behalf of the whole. What, in other circumstances might be disruptive differences can become gifts to the whole.

 

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