‘The WE appears when, for a moment, we set aside the story of fear, competition, and struggle, and tell its story. […] What happens after that is not in your control, but springs spontaneously from the WE itself.’*
As we move deeper into the “connected” future, we’re trying to figure this story out. For whilst we have the greatest means to connect we have ever had, yet we’re becoming more disconnected.
Kio Stark writes about the simple joy of introducing her daughter to a neighbour from where she used to live, about whom she knew quite a bit, though not his name:
‘I wrote this book, in some ways, to describe why that moment made me so soaringly happy – why I love introducing my daughter to a man whose name I could not remember and calling him my friend.’**
Stark’s remark echoes what we know at our core: that we are part of a WE story.
Peter Senge, in describing systems thinking, observes how inventions becomes innovation when many elements come together:
‘In engineering, when an idea moves from an invention to an innovation, diverse “component technologies” come together. […] Until this ensemble forms, the idea, though possible in the laboratory, does not achieve its potential in practice.’^
This suggests that many people must come together. The WE story is about a people system which not only reaches around our planet, recognising how we live interdependently with one another – knowingly or unknowingly, but also into our past and into our future. The ways our ancestors lived affect us today, and we are ancestors to those who will follow.
Connecting to the WE story recognises this, each able to take their place through a unique contribution.