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Community Hero Playbook

Posted: 06/22/2012 11:05 am

I am thrilled to share this Community Hero Playbook with you featuring some of my most valuable teachers and ask you to help me expand on them.

Community Hero Playbook: Community Restoration

Occupy the Dream: The Mathematics of Racism
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When we look closely at the American justice system, we find that racism and has been rebranded and made acceptable, simply by calling it "the war on drugs." One shocking statistic: with over 40 million arrests for drug-related offenses since 1971, blacks were ten times more likely to be incarcerated for drug crimes. Meanwhile, a private prison system and our law enforcement agencies are making big money off the system. Here's what we can do to begin to fix it.
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Community Hero Playbook: Energy

Exposing the True Cost of Fossil Fuels
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While the oil and gas industry gets tax breaks, subsidies, and military support in volatile regions, politicians get campaign contributions, a steady flow of dirty energy, and a talking point to brandish about how they kept gas affordable. This energy system is increasingly making public sick and hobbling American innovation. Learn more about the true cost of fossil fuels from Brian Merchant of Treehugger.com.
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Community Hero Playbook: Health

Misaligned Interests in Health Care
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Community Hero Playbook: Education

Salman Khan: Skill Mastery Is Key to Fixing Our Education System
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I talk with education entrepreneur Salman Khan of the Khan Academy about rethinking the current approach to education by encouraging students to master skills, which also means accepting failure as part of the process. Watch the full interview.
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Meet my best teachers. They are advocates of all cultures that learn, teach, model and show how to get more abundant supplies of food, energy, learning and health, along with cultures that cultivate access to opportunity to maximize potential for all groups and individuals.

Over the past 3 years, I have been learning from these community heroes that are modeling a new culture of solving age old problems with new tools.

These cultures all share one set of universal principals:

1. They are honest with a tendency toward one-set of rules and shared mutual understanding and goals.

2. They emphasize FIRST STEPS. This means they are ruthless in evaluating where they are and what they have before they make any plans.

3. They use an "Apollo 13" mentality of making the best use of what the group does have, rather than itemize what the group doesn't have only to get lost in fighting over why that is.

4. They have a clear imagination of exactly what the goal of their mission is.

5. They make decisions based on the clarity of that imagination not in response to available or lost objects.

6. They use mission based hierarchical structures to plan, brief and execute tasks. But the more power you wield in the hierarchy to more you are expected to serve the mission.

7. They use communal egalitarian structures for mission analysis and debriefing before and after each plan, brief and execution.

All of this is definitive to any true problem-solvers culture.

Failure to have a good first step can result in jumping out of a plane without a parachute, building a bridge without any nuts and bolts, or planning a political reform that treats symptoms, not roots. It is the most important step, before planning or execution can begin.

The people in this playbook have been some of my best teachers the past 3 years and I believe their culture of thinking represents a clear success in achieving security, abundance and individual and collective freedom.

The best community heroes use a "mission" culture. This best defined in the Marine Corps, a surgical operating room, or while engineering a bridge, road or factory.

I believe that if we teach, model and show good first step practices - which are being shown to us by our "Greatest Generation," returning war veterans, youth and countless civilians - a true renaissance is closer than we realize.

Here's to the story of our lifetime!

Dylan

 

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