The WE Cycle

Michael Drew · September 12, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, ME Cycle, social cycle

As our current social cycle matures – a WE Cycle begun in 2003, which encourages community over self-seeking – we tend to take a good thing too far. As Roy H. Williams and I found in doing the research for our book Pendulum, what begins as a dream of cooperation can deteriorate into a nightmare of accusations and witch hunts, as people begin to blame each other for not living up to whatever it is they decide that society should be.

We noted that this has happened time and time again […]

Michael Drew · September 05, 2016
Pendulum in Action, societal despair, Pendulum, WE Cycle

Contrary to what a lot of people think, we’re doing okay. The economy is better than it was a decade ago, for one thing, and crime overall is down. But tell that to the haters.

But it’s always been like this at certain times in history: the negatives outweigh the positives. And an interesting article by Sam Kriss on Slate explains why.

Of course, […]

Michael Drew · August 23, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, social cycle

If you believe the fuming of the political sphere, the world’s in terrible shape. If you read news, the world’s in terrible shape (no one reports on what’s not happening, but what captures attention – and good things are, in a way, not noticed by the media).

This is puzzling, but it’s natural: we want catastrophe. Unfortunately, this leads to catastrophic, or at least, pessimistic thinking. Which can lead to the kind of turn in society we’re seeing now, a change that Roy H. Williams […]

Michael Drew · August 16, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, political events

It’s said that a lot of people are tired of being politically correct. As if thinking of others, of not wanting to hurt others, has become such a burden that a number of us cannot bear to hold back any longer. We lash out at the Other, we become angry in the face of people who seem, somehow, to be different from us because of where they’re from or what they look like or what they believe.

This is puzzling, but it’s happening. This is a divisive time in the United States, as a recent […]

Michael Drew · August 15, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, conversations with your audience

In my last post on Pendulum and business we looked at how to build trust with your tribe.

Here, we’ll look at getting congruent with your message – being who you say you’ll be. Make sure you walk the walk after you talk the talk. Don’t expect your audience to trust you just because you said so. Show it. Keep your promises to earn the trust of your audience as part of your strategy to […]

Michael Drew · August 09, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, Mikhail Lermontov

Who will inspire us today? Whom do we look to? Who is a person who might help us see ourselves for who we can become rather than who we settle for being?

In his 1840-41 novel, A Hero of Our Time, the Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov asks these same questions. It concerns the adventures of a young, intelligent sort-of Byronic antihero, Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin. Pechorin is sensitive, cynical, arrogant and torn by the actions he takes: he doesn’t understand why he does what he does, […]

Michael Drew · August 02, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, common good

People have differing views of the world, and they look to leaders (or wannabe leaders), who represent that worldview for them. You can examine the world through the antagonistic eyes of someone who is being threatened, and whose values are under pressure from outsiders. Or you can consider a world where opportunity is available and a community can help enable change.

The world is more complicated than that, of course – but the public discourse often reverts to black-and-white, […]

Bob Hughes · July 28, 2016
Pendulum in Action, technology, WE Cycle, backyard gardening

For anyone with a patch of land and a wish to grow vegetables, the desire is often damped down by the actual work involved.

But thanks to new robotics, you might be able to grow your own vegetables all year round, without having to do anything more than harvest what you’ve sown.

Well, not you: the Farmbot Genesis.

A new robotic system – which costs under $4,000, which could be a lot less than what you might spend on groceries in […]

Bob Hughes · July 22, 2016
Pendulum in Action, small actions, crowdfunding campaign, WE Cycle

The world’s beaches are for everyone. But some people – especially rich people who own land near the water – want to keep commoners from access to the ocean.

But a group of New Zealanders has ensured that at least one contested beach will remain free for the public to enjoy.

A crowdfunding campaign raised $1.7 million, from about 40,000 people, to buy a beach in the Abel Tasman National Park, on New Zealand’s South Island. The beach, called Awaroa, will now be run by a national […]

Michael Drew · July 19, 2016
Pendulum in Action, WE Cycle, Brexit referendum

People are fearful of each other, in a general way. And with reason. Especially given how much we now appear to want to hurt each other. Every few days it seems that something terrible happens in the world. And modern technology makes these terrible events closer to us than ever, wherever in the world they take place.

Although each turn of a civic cycle ha a certain rhythm, according to what we discovered in our book Pendulum, which I wrote with Roy H. Williams, our current turn toward […]