Episode 1.21: School's Out
THE PODCAST: JUNE 25 /19
REFLECTING ON A YEAR OF REFLECTION: HOW TO TAKE HEART AND CULTIVATE READINESS FOR BOLD CHANGE
In season one’s final episode, Tim and Tuesday wrap a year of incredible conversations with a summer assignment: how do we cultivate readiness? Along the road as systems change facilitators, we wonder: are we really doing what we set out to do? And how can we find fertile and steady ground in emergent work?
Together, Tim Merry and Tuesday Ryan-Hart are THE OUTSIDE—systems change and equity facilitators who bring the fresh air necessary to organize movements, organizations, and collaborators forward for progress, surfacing new mindsets for greater participation and shared impact.
1.21 —— SHOW NOTES
Tues: This is our Season Finale episode!
Tim: The number of people listening has been steadily increasing. I know there are groups listening together. I love the honour and opportunity we’ve had in being in people’s lives. It makes me really happy.
Tim: The Outside has exploded. It’s busy and we are still trying to figure out how to deal with that because we did not expect it to grow this fast, this soon. And so, the podcast has become a space to stop, reflect, think bigger, reconnect around the work, challenge each other.
Tim: Looking back on our year, what is important to leave with our podcast listeners?
Tues: Two things: (1) Work-wise, one of our learnings is that systems change, with equity at the centre, takes a long time to really catch. It can be years into an effort before those pieces really come together. (2) Personal: Keep learning and understanding and moving from your centre. If you do nothing else this summer, except discover more about yourself, you will have done some pretty amazing work and some pretty amazing work in the world.
Tim: My personal practice of meditation, of spending time in nature, of being in therapy that allows me to revisit things in my childhood that set fundamental patterns for my behaviour… there’s something in all of that which is about letting go of who I think I am, what I think I am, what I think my work is.
Tim: Accessing “readiness” is one of the things I want to start exploring. How to we map the stages of this [client’s] journey over multiple years. When I was in my early 20’s coaching with Meg Wheatley, she used to talk about ‘one step at a time leadership.’ Stop, Re-orient, Re-organize, Move.
Tim: My wife and I choose a word or a sentence that sets a tone for the year. The one we landed on for 2019 was ‘balance’. What is the balance I want in my life? Inviting everyone into this — how are we giving all parts of ourselves what we need?
Tues: Next season, we’ll interview Jacob Watkins, Trupti Sarode & Gabrielle Donnelly about co-existence of data and analysis. We’ll speak with Alastair Jarvis about Two Loops of Systems Change. We’ll explore balance, and continue to share what we’re learning about equity and systems change. We’ll also feature Ole Qvist-Sørensen from Bigger Picture, around visualizing shifted futures.
Tues: We will be back next fall (Date: TBC)! In the meantime, please revisit season one, and share and subscribe!
Poem: “Find a Point on the Wall” by our friend, Lex Schroeder
Find a Point on the Wall
try holding your leg out straight from your hip
bend, and dip
now hold it straight out
where's your core
now hold it straight out
take it to the side
we’ll do 8
take it up now
ball of the foot
grow 5 inches more
kick it out
try not to collapse into your standing leg
where’s your core
now try letting your friends feel pain
let them live with a steady ache
let them bring themselves back from the dead
let your loved ones grow older
keep going, let people get sick
let someone worry about you
try laughing during a nuclear war
let beauty wash over you
feel loved, try to love somebody well
take up a bit more space, back up
we’ll do 3 sets of 8
let it be bigger than you
grow 5 inches
say it straight out
don't rush these
try practicing grace
let your heart break for the world
try crying after a dry spell
root into the ground
now stay long
we’ll do 3 more sets
just 2 more
where’s your chest
make more space
it's ok, be exhausted
let it be easy
relax into the breath
find your core
Song: “Incapable” by Róisín Murphy
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