- Sunday, Barbara Horst and I visited Janet Feldman in Barrington, Rhode
Island. Janet and I made good progress on how we might work together for
a successful Charter and culture. I share my understanding, upon further
reflection. I invite Janet and all to add your thoughts! This will be a
My aim is to organize a culture of, by and for independent thinkers. The
purpose of this culture is to embrace and nurture individuals as such, so
they might thrive free of any groups. My intent is to foster a culture
where individuals are always primary, and groups are always secondary with
regard to individuals. This means that individuals can participate in
this culture without "joining" but simply as individuals who identify with
the same existential situation. We can organize ourselves by making
explicit our existential situation. We should be careful as organizers
because we can easily slip to champion the group instead of the
Janet and I sorted out that different people care about such a culture to
different degrees, and so we should be sure that they have an appropriate
degree of impact.
* At one extreme, I am dedicated to jumpstarting such a culture. In this
sense, it is "my project". My role is to make explicit, as much as I can,
with input from others, What is the existential situation at the core of
our culture? I think this is the reason why I should author the Worknets
charter, because I identify so much with this existential situation and I
* At the other extreme are people who have a personal interest in this
culture, who identify with it, want to participate in it and contribute to
it. They can choose to accept the charter and also they should be able to
add their clarifications where they might disagree or where they'd like to
add more to it.
* Yet most important for the ultimate success of our culture and charter
are the people who care about this culture not just for themselves, but
for others as well, who they work with and nurture. Janet and I agreed
that there should be a special role for active leaders of working groups
(like Janet, Pamela, Franz, Edward, Samwel, ...). These are people who
are investing in our culture, offering their leadership by openly growing,
and nurturing others at venues they host. They are leaders who appreciate
as moderators that our participants are at various degrees of awareness as
independent thinkers. They also appreciate, in practice, the relationship
between the value of a group as a venue, but also their responsibility as
the leader for their group. They have many practical concerns that the
Charter should acknowledge, and they should be able to work out policies,
as relevant. Ultimately, Worknets is a network of such active leaders,
each of whom stands alone as a center for activity, and all of whom work
together because they share this culture as independent thinkers.
I want to focus on clarifying our expectations coming from the existential
situation of independent thinkers. I wish to be open to all manner of
input regarding that, but I want to integrate and express that myself, as
best I can. I am very interested that our active group leaders might be
in charge of working out the practical policies. Here there influence is
essential and my interest is to support their decision-making.
Thank you, Janet, for helping me appreciate these distinctions. They
certainly help me share more authority as we grow our culture.
What do we think?
I will keep writing and sharing drafts of the Worknets charter. I look
forward to our thoughts. I would like to meet in London to discuss there.
Then we might agree to a first 2009 version of the charter.
AndriusKulikauskas January 18, 2009 16:22 CET I want to send out my
thoughts on a Worknets Charter for a culture of independent thinkers,
which might in ten or twenty years have 100,000 active and 1,000,000
supportive participants. My thought is that I author such a charter so as
to express my vision and then to evolve that charter over the years with
our help. Here are the parts...
What do we mean by a culture of, by and for independent thinkers?
What is attractive about such a culture?
This charter supports this culture by defining our expectations.
We want everybody to use their own best judgment.
* Venues are Public Domain by default.
* Money can bring people together, but you can't pay people to care.
* We want all individuals to succeed. Groups are not substitute for
How people benefit
* Moral support
* More minds
* Social framework for making one's dreams real
* Discovering resources for making a living and one's projects
* Personal growth
The growth of the independent thinker.
We allow that everyone is the same, and that everyone grows, so it's
natural that we are at various levels of maturity.
We accept each person growing by their own will at their own pace.
We grow along with each person who grows.
Everybody has a capacity for independent thinking, but not everbody has to
exercise that, and we all have the same rights as human beings regardless.
Everybody thinks, but not everybody cares about thinking.
We support people by fostering their leadership at the stage of growth
they identify with:
* Understanding oneself as an independent thinker. What does that
mean? Learning to think out loud.
* Learning about oneself by doing projects.
* Integrating oneself, being well rounded, resolving one's tensions,
"knowing oneself" by clarifying one's own deepest value. Leading a
working group. Linking of social and individual.
* Leading by what we don't know rather than what we know. Investigating.
* Wishing for others to challenge us to grow. Inviting others
likewise. Checking one's selfish influence with a vantage point (one's
God) that's greater than one's self. Fostering a sensitivity to that
* ...learning to grow and live forever...
Where is God relevant or not?
* Caring about God is ok
* Loving one's enemy
* Checking one's self
* Reaching out to the hard to reach
Layers of a culture for independent thinkers.
Levels of unity for "we".
* God - who is alone - as an independent thinker. Accepting that our
universe is supportive of independent thinking.
* Independent thinkers -
* Global village centers
* Self-learner thematic paths
* Interest groups
* Working for free and for pay
* Meeting each other halfway
* Being careful with the poor
* Learning to share
Showing that one is a member
* Accepting the charter means that one will abide the "practical
rules" and clarify where one has differences with the vision so far
* Accepting the charter, adding one's comments and clarifications
* Posting at one's website the Worknets feeds and/or widgets with our
Meet with us! Shop with us! Network with us! Chat with us! latest
* Being active through these channels
* Sharing one's deepest value, investigatory question, etc.
* Worknets is open to all cultures, beliefs, movements, acknowledges
lovely endeavors and seeks to learn and merge where possible although
that is difficult
* Worknets is a practical attempt at "the kingdom of heaven" as
sketched by Jesus
* Worknets Charter is authored by Andrius Kulikauskas as a practical
consequence of his quest to know everything and apply that usefully
* Worknets - a healthy organization has a wider movement
* Worknets is initiated and organized by Minciu Sodas, a base for
independent thinkers which Andrius owns and leads
* Worknets needs to evolve beyond that as a complete culture with a
governance structure that includes all as leaders to the fullness of
* Worknets evolves through our learning in practice how to work
together on projects, share resources, organize content, help each
* Worknets Charter is rewritten yearly or more frequently to embrace