Tom Lee: Intrinsic Participation and the Great Co-Creative Dance

Cultural Intelligence
Tom Atlee

Intrinsic Participation and the Great Co-Creative Dance

In this essay I expand on the idea of “intrinsic participation”, a concept I introduced in “Creative Participation of the Whole – a North Star concept”. It stresses that our efforts at participatory democracy are manifestations of a far larger Reality in and with which we are forever dancing – this participatory, co-incarnational universe. It notes that we couldn’t NOT participate if we tried! The implications of that Reality are quite vast….

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. – Martin Luther King

In 1986 I participated with 400 others in the cross-country Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. It took 9 months and contained many unusual events – like this and this – which launched me on my explorations of co-intelligence.

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