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Saturday, October 20, 2012
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The A.M.E. Zion Church on The Hill
2005 Amsterdam Ave btw 159 & 160th St, Washington Heights, NYC

Coffee and pastries @ 9:30 am
Program begins promptly at 10 am
Light lunch provided
Donations for food and materials welcome

What will it take to really work together now?

This event is a call to learn and practice a self-organizing structure called Open Space, that we believe will help us be smarter together. We will spend a little time learning how it works and the theory behind it, practice Open Space with the inquiry ‘What does it take to work together now?’, and, then, reflect on what we discover in this dialogue.

We are a growing group of people who connected through our beliefs that we can create a more just world and that this will happen only when we figure out how to re-member ourselves –how to work with our many ideologies, analysis, faiths, backgrounds, causes and identities instead of in spite of them.

We share a deep longing for unity in these times as the constant barrage of corporate news, political divisiveness, corruption, meaningless entertainment and advertising are interrupted only by stories about increasing racial economic disparity, increased poverty, racial profiling, student debt and foreclosures as well as social unrest, direct action and other glimpses of peoples movements.

What more would be possible if the people worked with our differences instead of debating them?

We are frustrated by the way we the people, get stuck, again and again, when we try to collaborate as organizations, political affiliations and identity groups, through which we continue to promote competing goals and agendas.

Instead, we want to create spaces were we can show up first and foremost as human beings who are ready to offer our varied perspectives, analysis, skills, experience, passions and gifts to the work. We will meet in Open Space…

Please join this inquiry!

Hosted by: Deforest Raphael, The A.M.E. Zion Church on the Hill, Jason Harris, Dialogue to Action, and Kelly McGowan, Going Upstream…
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Email: Kelly@goingupstream.net
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2 Responses to What Will It Take to Really Work Together Now? Community Meeting at AME Zion Church, NYC 10/20 – All Welcome!

  1. Madan Mohan says:

    Given that 1% of 7 billion people on the planet = 70 million
    and we’re looking to achieve unity in a meaningful sense,
    why alienate all 70 million as ‘non-members of the 99%’
    when only a tiny minority of those people are actually
    shaping policies or making significant decisions that actually
    affect the rest of us?
    And why not include the decision makers or their
    representatives in an open way by invitation to be part
    of our unified world when a) we all know full well they have
    already fully infiltrated the Occupy movement and b) we still
    have to live alongside each other anyway, whether we do or
    don’t like all sorts of people, including the very most influential
    and/or abusive among the topmost decision makers?

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