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The goal of this forum is to enable a non-partisan discussion about how we can grow the economy of Cortes Island in order to provide income producing opportunities both by employment and by local businesses. The meeting at Linnaea Farms on January 24 was an exiting and hopefull. I expected that we would have the opportunity to carry on the discussion, but as nothing is happening, and I can't access the email list that was collected, I started this forum site to keep the conversation going. My intention is that the rules and agenda for this website will be controlled by the participants themselves. This site is not sponsored by, nor is it affiliated with any existing organization, including the Strathcona Regional District. I believe that this process should work towards a consensus, and reject the creation and maintenence of political factions. Our existing political system requires partisanship, and we are all conditioned to believe that the world would be a better place if only our political group was victorious. In the end, the new boss is the same as the old boss. In my view of the future, there is no politics as usual. There is no management of information, no spin, no backroom strategizing, no manipulation of the process. We need to strive every day, with every decision, to promote transparency, inclusion, and compromise, and build a consensus that whatever our differences, we can work together to build an economy that supports us all. If we do it right, we can be a model community, and demonstrate the overwhelming power of creativity. Building consensus requires rigorous self examination of our beliefs and assumptions, and a dedication to overcoming our conditioning and our primitive instincts. A successful consensus based organization doesn’t have leaders in the traditional sense, on the contrary, it has mechanisms to limit the accumulation of power in the hands of any person or group of people. It creates a format for discussion that promotes the ability for all voices to be heard, not just the loudest. Are you up to the challenge? Do your actions serve to develop consensus, or to divide us into competing political factions who will expend our creative energy on useless and unproductive bickering over things we cannot control?
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Hi Micheal, as an old timer, albeit a recent immigrant to Cortes, I encourage you not to set your ideological sights too high. People are people with all their beautiful differences. Nothing is ever perfect. If your stated goals for this forum were to be adhered to honestly, I doubt many people could measure up. So I encourage you to work with conflict and compromise. It's the Cortes way!
Good luck. I'm on your side. Andy Vine
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No, I don't think any of us measure up, and I think that's the theme. I've been training a puppy, which has been a window into human behavior. We're not that different from a puppy. We are driven by instincts that we don't really understand and are not aware of how those base instincts govern our behavior. We talk allot about it, and we all have our own ideas, ideologies, religions, and political philosophies that claim to create context for our existence, but more often than not, our ideas, however noble in intent, are overtaken by our instincts. Modern society has adopted competition as it's organizing principle, and it works, but it exhalts greed and selfishness, which results in a series of terrible decisions that will be the end of us all. We'll never agree on everything, thank God. Let a thousand flowers bloom. We can, however, strive to agree on a narrowly defined strategy with a specific goal, which simply put, is the economic survival of the island.