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A-S-K and it shall be…

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picture-105 Ask, and it shall be given you;

Seek, and you shall find;

Knock, and it shall be opened …

Most of us have heard this idiom and considered its meaning – at least at the obvious level of understanding. To some it has also disclosed wisdom beyond what is stated for power that can be unleashed in one’s own behalf and for all others as well. It frames a simple and profound ‘secret formula’ that holds true in both the practical and spiritual dimensions.

To those who can hear, it may be ‘simply profound’.

ASK – is an important position from which to start. Know it or not, we typically do not know it all. Instead, we are prone to mentally assemble our ‘current’ opinions and launch into some initiative – without asking first. What follows is often an offense to others in the situation or a misplaced effort that exacerbates the problem further or is ineffective in resolving the issue at hand. Asking enforces the

transparency that is critical to any progress.

SEEK – is an ongoing process that can only follow after we accumulate what can be known by asking. Once we have ASKED, we can then seek insight WITHIN what is now known – as it applies to our quest and questions. Seeking without asking first is out of sequence and likely to lead us away from any solution – beguiling us to address symptoms rather than

getting to the root cause.

KNOCK – is an action that requires a position – at a door of opportunity. Without first asking and then clarifying where to knock, we might bang on the wrong door, or lean our ladder of success against the wrong wall. We are not entitled to opportunity if we are unwilling to continue to actively knock – not stopping at door #1 only to miss the prize behind door #3, or #4, or #6, etc.

‘Affirmative action’ is completely different than ‘entitled waiting’…

Any call to action or any effort to create CHANGE will fail if these simple principles are out of sequence or abandoned at any point.

  • Failing to ASK perpetuates assumptions and exclusion.
  • Failing to SEEK perpetuates blindness and ignorance.
  • Failing to KNOCK creates stagnation and frustration.

This simply profound system is self-monitoring. If any of the symptoms of assumption, blindness, or stagnation are present, the system is not engaged. If any of the feelings of exclusion, mis-information, or frustration are present, someone is being isolated or not represented in the process or the benefits.

This simply profound system is self-correcting. Any issue that is individually noticed can then be individually or collectively addressed by the process.

This simply profound system is self-improving. Every step through the sequence arrives at a new position that is more aware, informed, and opportune than the last.

This simply profound system is self-policing. Any individual can easily learn and quickly amend to this sequence. Any symptom that occurs becomes immediately apparent and can be addressed cooperatively, and toward resolution rather than blame. Seeking ‘blame’ indicates a telling symptom of an assumption, blindness, or a focus on stagnation rather than progress.

Individually and collectively this is a useful model for progress. I have to individually ascribe to the formula for my own purpose – and collectively we have to all amend to its process in order to cooperate toward our mutual benefit. It is a granular formula that can scale to support small group, community, regional, and even international initiatives.

So I ask, “What would happen if each of us used this as a way to think, a way to act, a way to collaborate, a way to interact, a simply profound way to co-manage our local circumstances and our global responsibilities?”

SELF-ishness will never work!

Want real cooperation, progress, CHANGE ? – Dare to ASK4™ it…?

What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.




VOTER FRAUD (or Defrauded?)

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Which is it – fraudulent or defrauded – democratic or democracy, and what’s the difference?

Just because “everybody” says it or seems to believe it – doesn’t mean that ‘group think’ will best enforce democracy, let alone represent those whose motive may be democratically aligned with ‘the party’ line.

In fact the ‘party line’ is often a manufactured belief to which others are asked to conform or to align for the perceived ‘good of the group’. Certainly one cannot express any opposition since that can be ‘career limiting’ and castigation may soon follow. At first it is just ‘politically incorrect’ then unpopular, then tyranny when everyone else has been ‘won over’.

Turns out that opposition may be exactly how democracy can survive – by those who raise counterpoints, are not ‘swayed’ by crowd noise, and that at least stop the lemming run for a moment of sanity. Instead, many often rush to do the WRONG thing, in small and even large groups. This is made clear in their book “SWAY” – by authors Ori and Rom Brafman who note these interesting observations on human nature, explaining why teams, companies, Congress, or even nations may not be democratic by nature.

Perhaps that explains why many seemingly intelligent folks democratically agreed to act in a way that created the crisis which some others saw coming. Perhaps since some are actually at fault, that explains why they want others to act quickly on some ‘bailout’ so that EVERYONE can then be seen as co-conspirators when THAT new solution becomes the next problem. Perhaps it explains why rather than ‘focusing ON’ the solution many are just ‘cussing AT’ each other. And perhaps it might help to have an explanation that even ‘Forrest Gump’ understands, as reported here:

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Mortgage Backed Securities are
…like boxes of chocolates.

“Key political figures” thought everyone was entitled to have some – even if they couldn’t afford them. So they funded some ‘nutty’ agency to organize community action groups and promote this giveaway idea. Lenders that refused to share their chocolates were noted as ‘politically incorrect’ and even more pressure was put on them – including some strong words from the Attorney General’s office.

To make the deal worse, some criminals on Wall Street stole a few chocolates from the boxes and “CHANGED” them for turds. Their criminal buddies at Standard & Poor rated these boxes AAA Investment Grade chocolates. These boxes were then sold all over the world to investors. The stolen chocolates were given to “key political figures” as ‘protection money’ so these criminals could continue unnoticed. Eventually somebody bites into a turd and discovers the crime.

Suddenly nobody trusts the American chocolates anymore. Chocolate values are starting to ‘stink’ everywhere – globally. Hank Paulson steps in and wants the American taxpayers to buy up and hold all these boxes of turd-infested chocolates for $700 billion dollars until the American market for chocolate returns to normal or all the turds can be found. Some other politicians are not sure about this but approved it because something sure needs to be done, and quick. The world’s key financial leaders all wonder what to do and why this was happening.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street criminals who stole all the good chocolates quit the business taking even more stolen chocolates with them. They aren’t being investigated, arrested, or indicted because the same “key political figures” are still in charge – and promising even greater ‘CHANGE’ – soon. And, they claim that the real problem is that they weren’t being regulated well enough to prevent this crime – and that we ALL need to share any blame.

Some in the press are accusing those who smell something of having a rotten attitude because they have their heads up their buts – even accusing them of being against sharing candy of any kind. They say that we’re too dumb to understand these complicated issues…

But Mama always said: ‘Turds can look just like chocolate, Forrest’.

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So if you find yourself frustrated by recent events and your inability to explain it to your colleagues or Congressmen, remember:

For those who understand,
no explanation is needed.

For those who do not understand,
no explanation is possible.

And when you get that most precious opportunity to vote, remember:

  • It is not whether you vote with the majority that may really count
  • You might be voting with the ‘majority of folks who are wrong…’ or those whose intentions are purely selfish and might entice you to

…democratically vote away your rights to have a democracy.

In DEMOCRACY – it’s your vote that counts,

in Feudalism – it’s your Count that VOTES.

…and that’s all there is to say about that…!


How can we establish and maintain individual freedom – ASK for it

Where can we go to find existing solutions or create new ones – ASK for it

It’s not that difficult – isn’t it about time to:

Question Prior Answers – it’s Liberating!

Answer Current Questions – it’s Empowering!

Create Future Solutions – it’s Fulfilling!

Share these Benefits – it’s SUSTAINABLE!

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Inuit (or ‘I-knew it’)

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There’s something ‘magic’ about coming full circle – back to a known but forgotten concept. That was my recent experience as I moved from site to site across the web with the intent of finding graphic explanation for a developing (ASK4™) approach for local problem-solving, and cooperation within a global perspective (U-Netted Nations™).

It had occurred to me that the ASK4™ concept was similar to the eskimo blanket toss – each person first holding the edge to give lift to another, and then enjoying their own uplifting experience in turn. I only needed a picture .

That’s when I ran across not only the graphic that I desired – but the full explanation of a – ‘stylistic graphic of an Inuit blanket toss (a game often played at Inuit celebrations) and a circular path (the “Journey of Lifelong Learning”) to portray the Inuit learning journey and its connection to community well-being.’

Enlightened? – YES! Uplifted? – YES! So what’s missing – connection?

As I see it, the Inuit concept has long since been validated (and now by the reflected comparison, so has ASK4™ – as I see it). Whats their status in implementing its practice for collecting and sharing ‘tribal knowledge’? – their website says “Knowledge Exchange page – being developed’. What is my purpose for creating the ASK4™ concept? – to serve EXACTLY that type need. Connected yet? – fortunately we have the web for content sharing and email for initial contact (and, yes I did).

Can we cooperate to serve each other? – We already have, as I see it, from my needs (for ‘just’ a picture) already being met. Can ASK4™ now serve their needs in return? – I hope so. Can their intent (and mine) to cooperatively serve others be enhanced? – I think so.

Are we already ‘U-Netted’ – I KNOW so!

Inuit as they would say !!

(“I knew that” as I might say…

The rest of the story – is up to the universe, you, me, them…

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What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

Peering into the STORM

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hurricane-eye-quadrantsThe ultimate thrill and immersion-learning experience appears to come from getting right into the eye of the storm where everything that is going on around you can be reviewed for heightened insight. That’s why some folks chase them.

Steve Paxhia of Gilmore Group, posted these thoughts after hearing Jimmy Wales speak at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference: “Wikipedia represents the “perfect storm” for a collaborative work or “peering”. According to Wikinomics by Tapscott and Williams, there are three factors necessary to make peering effective: 1) the object of production is information or culture which keeps the cost of participation low for contributors; 2) Tasks can be chunked out into bite-sized pieces that individuals can contribute in small increments and independent of other producers. This makes their overall investment of time and energy minimal in relation to the benefits they receive in return; 3) The costs of integrating those pieces into a finished end product, including the leadership and quality control mechanisms must be low.”

So, collaboration will likely occur where people:

– want (particular/useful) information; that they can

– assemble incrementally and independently; and can from it

– produce a compendium of reasonable quality at little if any cost.

Sound like the perfect enterprise – good/fast/cheap?.. Also sounds like knowledge-management. The gentle breeze of information available from diversely remote areas is now being drawn into the ‘whirlwind’ of global users via the neural network of the internet, and its ‘cloud computing’ repositories. That takes care of the ‘tropical storm’ of content availability. What can take that tracking data content and synthesize it into a predictable storm-path projection – so we can prepare -and at least avoid danger.

How can that content be transferred into an effective tool for social network collaboration – on purpose – and ending with beneficial results?

What type process easily collects information, automatically aggregates it, objectively improves it, and equitably presents only the best of it for consumption, or for re-evaluation and any needed upgrade? It also sounds like problem-solving, 24/7, complete with planning, navigation, mid-course correction. Where is our gyroscope to keep us oriented – our compass to keep us on course?

We may have the makings for a ‘perfect storm’ but some energy must come together and an eye must form. When it does that will become the center of excitement where that information can become well organized by purposeful collaboration and integrated into the ‘gale force’ power needed for solving real problems. Dare to become a chaser of that ‘storm’?

What will it take for ‘us’ to get our ‘clouds’ together…

to grow from the ‘tropical’ strength of ‘content’

to the hurricane force of CHANGE ?

While several options may exist, one comes quickly to mind…

are you ready to ASK4™ it?

Are you ready to ‘peer in’…? You could get caught in

the perfect storm of ‘cooperation’.

You could help make possible ‘one internet, under control, of liberty and justice, BY all’…for those who dare to participate in – and benefit from – their U-Netted Nations™.

What’s about YOU? – care to comment?

– dare to COOPERATE?

NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.

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