Commitment

2018 Handbook: Making the Commitment

When you consider making a commitment to Peace and Power in your group, consider the following questions:

  • Do we agree about our purpose?
  • Do we want to equalize the balance of power among everyone in our group?
  • Are we relatively free to determine our own ways of working together?
  • Are we all committed to spending time together?
  • Is everyone willing to pay attention to the group’s process?
  • Do we seek meaningful change in ourselves and in the world at large?

Review the following examples of actions that flow from PEACE powers:

Power of Process –

  • Giving yourself and everyone else in the  group time to attend to a concern
  • Letting decisions emerge gradually, realizing that very few decisions are urgent.
  • Inviting everyone in the group to express their ideas or concerns during the discussion.
  • Acknowledging the things that happen that are consistent with the group’s values.

Power of Letting Go:

  • Acknowledging but setting aside your  own vested interests, in order for others to express their interests.
  • Supporting others who are new, or learning something new.
  • Expressing your misgivings or concerns about a situation in the group, but letting the sense of the group prevail.

Power of the Whole:

  • Placing your own individual needs and interests within the context of the group.
  • Seeking ways to do things together to equalize power within the group.

Power of Collectivity:

  • Taking into account the interests of every member of the group, including those who are not present.
  • Making sure that every concern is carefully integrated into every decision.

Power of Solidarity:

  • Addressing conflict openly and constructively, and, in so doing, working actively to strengthen the integrity of the group.
  • Keeping the group’s principles of solidarity in conscious awareness as a basis for moving forward.
  • Celebrating shared values and joys.

Power of Sharing:

  • Taking responsibility for leadership and tasks, including things you enjoy doing as well as things you would rather not do but that need to be done.
  • Encouraging others to join in passing tasks and skills along by assuming  tasks from others.

Power of Integration:

  • Listening actively and deliberately to every concern or idea that others bring to the group, and taking active steps to understand and act on others’ points of view.
  • Taking actions that encourage bringing things together, rather than polarizing them into opposing points of view.

Power of Nurturing:

  • Treating others in ways that convey love and respect.
  • Acknowledging that each individual’s experience has uniquely qualified her to be where she is at the present.
  • Affirming and rejoicing in the knowledge that each person in the group has power, and power to choose how to use it.
  • Using critical reflection to bring forth the best for every individual and the group.

Power of Distribution:  

  • Taking actions to overcome imbalances in material resources among group members.
  • Using resources that are available to the group as a means, not an end.
  • Working to make resources that are available to the group accessible to all.

Power of Intuition:

  • Taking the time to think, feel, and experience the fullness of a situation.
  • Taking actions that seem risky when your instinct tells you to go ahead.
  • Paying attention to the intuition of others and taking their sense of things                          seriously.

Power of Consciousness:

  • Talking about the values on which you are building your actions so that everyone one can be fully aware of your intentions.
  • Exploring with others awareness of feelings, situations, responses, and meanings in your experiences.

Power of Diversity:

  • Carefully considering another point of  view when your immediate response is to reject it.
  • Taking deliberate actions to keep yourself and the group open to welcoming others      who are different or new.
  • Paying attention to subtle assumptions that may not hold true for everyone in the group.

Power of Responsibility:

  • Keeping everyone in the group fully informed about anything in your personal life that might affect the group as a whole.
  • Acting to make sure that nothing is mystified, that everything that concerns the group is equally accessible to every member.
  • Actively checking in and closing in a spirit of contributing to the growth and development of the group.

Power of Creativity:

  • Imagining possibilities that have not yet been tried.
  • Drawing on everyone’s ideas to craft new solutions to persistent problems.
  • Making better use of time, resources, and energy to accomplish what needs to be                    done.

Power of Trust:   

  • Letting everyone know your intentions and what you plan to do next.
  • Keeping your promises.
  • Taking time to assure others of your commitment to your relationship.
  • Disclosing your underlying values when you speak or act.

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