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Without a rulebook, what now?

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We are in the midst of a conflagration, with no rule book or way out. No quick fixes or messaging will get us through.

What has erupted in the US with the death of George Floyd and ignited around the world cannot be unheard or unresponded to.

By Cathy Burke

How we typically try to deal with things that are uncomfortable is to turn away, feel bad, pretend it’s not happening, indulge in ‘whataboutery’ (obfuscating the issue by raising a different problem), or clutch our pearls in horror. This won’t do.

Real leadership is required from us all. And I mean true leadership – not posturing, or hand wringing or turning away. At the heart of being a leader is responsibility. I learned a great definition on this from The Hunger Project founder Joan Holmes. In 1993, celebrating the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger she said:

“The key to leadership is responsibility. A leader must say to him or herself that, “even though I have inherited this problem – a problem that I did not cause – this problem is now mine. With your participation, I will solve it.”

Oppression and racism is institutionalised and entrenched into all facets of life. We are all responsible for its perpetuation – and for its dismantling. That’s the sort of leadership I’m talking about. This is what is required of us now.

What we are being confronted with right now is a righteous reckoning. The bill has been presented and payment is long overdue.

A reckoning is part of life. Everything must be accounted for in some way. An orchard not watered will harvest bitter fruit. A body not exercised will harvest a difficult ageing. Human beings who are systematically subjugated, marginalised, murdered and enslaved require an accounting for this. That reckoning is here.

Doing nothing is not an option. We need to rethink what ‘doing’ looks like in this context. It doesn’t only have outward momentum, springing into action. For those of us privileged in any way, ‘doing’ needs to be grounded in ongoing, uncomfortable work – on and in ourselves, and in our societies. In Australia as a colonised country, de-colonising our mindsets, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours is part of the work required of us.

I don’t have the answers, but I take responsibility to constantly educate myself. That is on me. I am inquiring into what I can do that is genuine and impactful. I notice when jumping on a bandwagon feels easier than actually doing the work. How superficial can’t cut it. There’s no to-do list out of this – we each have to find what we need – and be responsible for finding it. For me, I’m following Black writers and commentators. I’m listening deeply to Black friends. I am observing and challenging my own internalised racism with wide eyes, open heart, clear mind – and compassion.

Poetry has always shown me a new world, and allowed me to soften into it.
I want to finish up this week’s offering with a poem I love – ‘won’t you celebrate with me’ by African American poet Lucille Clifton.

won’t you celebrate with me

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

 

About Cathy Burke
Cathy Burke helps organisations find and unleash the leadership hidden in their people. Through keynote speaking and leadership programs, I inspire new possibilities for us to lead and live differently.

Pop me an email to find out about my programs for organisations worldwide.

I’ve been a CEO, and worked globally to help end hunger. I understand change, transformation, and what is required from us as humans to meet the demands we face with grace and power.

I’m also a lounge room dancer, a lover of dark chocolate, and the author of Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom

 

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Welcome to the New Powered by You: An Evolution in Media Whose Time is Now

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January 16, 2022

Hello,

Every day, I wake up and ask myself a question: How can we create the future when the world is upside down?

If we look at the “corporate” news, that is, the stories paid for by advertisers and large corporations, one would want to crawl back into bed.  But in reality, there is something brewing under the radar, that is, unless, one focuses on the next generation of systems and services that’s emerging.

Our world is changing. And with these changes, there is an increased demand for relevant knowledge to guide us towards optimal health and well-being for people and the planet.

But the ways of the past are not capable of bringing us to a healthier tomorrow.

While it seems that the world is turned upside down, in reality, we are going through the largest seismic shift in our lives.  

While some people are looking to fix potholes, there are those of us who are building better roads; better paths;   

As the corporate and political worlds try to maintain their stranglehold on public systems, services and policies, there is a whole new world being born, a world where systems are based on natural synergy, equilibrium—balance and integrity.   

As we are experiencing the end of a civilization based on greed and plundering natural resources, people have woken up to the reality that the greatest natural resource is a well-informed public, and the convergence of technologies and system change has opened up a rare one time ina lifetime world where we the people can come together and unite and consciously create the systems, services and policies that serve all life–including the health of our planet, with systems, services and polcies that are dedicated to prosperity without harming our beautiful blue planet.

The age of enlightened conscious creativity.

We have an important choice to make: 

We can continue as we have been going, putting our trust in failed leadership and their systems driving us off a cliff, 

Or we can come together, united in Solidarity for the health of all life.   

What if we can harness collective power and wisdom to create a healthier planetary co-existence?

Mobilized is a nationally broadcast Television series with weekly conversations and a collaborative website dedicated to overcoming our misunderstandings to work and co-exist better together.

Please join us as a collaborator in creation.

Thank you.

Steven Jay

 

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As the Golden Globes lose their luster, can we create a better version of Hollywood?

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Something interesting is happening in Hollywood. People are walking away from the Golden Globe Awards.

And for good reason.

Anyone who has ever worked in the filthy abyss of Hollywood, New York, or any major entertainment city will know first hand how these systems work. Sycophants, parasites and moguls and talent agents willing to step all over each other just for the sake of another prize. Some will even kill for a shot at the brass ring.  And industry divided cannot succeed.

The only good thing I found in the Golden Globes was watching Ricky Gervais lampoon the stars and their handlers from the stage. Bravo to Gervais, it doesn’t make a difference what you think of him, afterall, he had something that most of Hollywood doesn’t have. Balls. Guts. And a way of delivering amusing reality dosed insults to their face only to find he’s been re-instated as the show host for the next years showing.

 

The annual Golden Globes ceremony has been unable to find a broadcasting partner or any celebrities willing to present or collect its awards after a Hollywood boycott over its diversity and ethics scandal, resulting in a pared-down event with the emphasis on philanthropy.

According to Variety, the Globes’ talent bookers have failed to persuade any big Hollywood figures to attend the 2022 edition of the awards ceremony, a hitherto glittering annual event that traditionally kicked off the lucrative awards season. In March 2021 more than 100 public relations firms announced they would withdraw cooperation with the Globes, a series of high-profile Hollywood figures, including Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson, made stinging public criticisms, and TV network NBC cancelled its broadcast of the 2022 edition. (-The Guardian)

 
eguardian.com/film/2022/jan/09/golden-globes-lose-their-shine-as-a-listers-shun-unethical-ceremony

But this years showing not only lacked the luster of Hollywood today, but doesn’t even have a Network or Livestream to cover it.  I guess we’ll have to rely on celeb Twitter Feeds.

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How The Pentagon and CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Hollywood Movies into Super Effective Propaganda

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By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, January 5, 2022

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened.

 

When we imagine that the U.S. military only occasionally and slightly influences U.S. movies, we are extremely badly deceived. The actual impact is on thousands of movies made, and thousands of others never made. And television shows of every variety.

The military guests and celebrations of the U.S. military on game shows and cooking shows are no more spontaneous or civilian in origin than the ceremonies glorifying members of the U.S. military at professional sports games — ceremonies that have been paid for and choreographed by U.S. tax dollars and the U.S. military. The “entertainment” content carefully shaped by the “entertainment” offices of the Pentagon and the CIA doesn’t just insidiously prepare people to react differently to news about war and peace in the world. To a huge extent it substitutes a different reality for people who learn very little actual news about the world at all.

The U.S. military knows that few people watch boring and non-credible news programs, much less read boring and non-credible newspapers, but that great masses will eagerly watch long movies and TV shows without too much worrying about whether anything makes sense. We know that the Pentagon knows this, and what military officials scheme and plot as a result of knowing this, because of the work of relentless researchers making use of the Freedom of Information Act. These researchers have obtained many thousands of pages of memos, notes, and script re-writes. I don’t know whether they’ve put all of these documents online — I certainly hope they do and that they make the link widely available. I wish such a link were in giant font at the end of a fantastic new film. The film is called Theaters of War: How the Pentagon and CIA Took Hollywood. The Director, Editor, and Narrator is Roger Stahl. The Co-Producers are Matthew Alford, Tom Secker, Sebastian Kaempf. They’ve provided an important public service.

In the film we see copies of and hear quotations from and analysis of much of what has been uncovered, and learn that thousands of pages exist that nobody has yet seen because the military has refused to produce them. Film producers sign contracts with the U.S. military or CIA. They agree to “weave in key talking points.” While unknown quantities of this sort of thing remain unknown, we do know that nearly 3,000 films and many thousands of TV episodes have been given the Pentagon treatment, and many others have been handled by the CIA. In many film productions, the military effectively becomes a co-producer with veto power, in exchange for allowing the use of military bases, weapons, experts, and troops. The alternative is the denial of those things.

But the military is not as passive as this might suggest. It actively pitches new story ideas to movie and TV producers. It seeks out new ideas and new collaborators who might bring them to a theater or laptop near you. Act of Valor actually began life as a recruitment advertisement.

Of course, many movies are made without military assistance. Many of the best never wanted it. Many that wanted it and were denied, managed to get made anyway, sometimes at much greater expense without the U.S. tax dollars paying for the props. But a huge number of movies are made with the military. Sometimes the initial movie in a series is made with the military, and the remaining episodes voluntarily follow the military’s line. Practices are normalized. The military sees huge value in this work, including for recruitment purposes.

The alliance between the military and Hollywood is the main reason that we have lots of big blockbuster movies on certain topics and few if any on others. Studios have written scripts and hired top actors for movies on things like Iran-Contra that have never seen the light of day because of a Pentagon rejection. So, nobody watches Iran-Contra movies for fun the way they might watch a Watergate movie for fun. So, very few people have any notions about Iran-Contra.

But with the reality of what the U.S. military does being so awful, what, you might wonder, are the good topics that do get lots of movies made about them? A lot are fantasy or distortion. Black Hawk Down turned reality (and a book it was “based on”) on its head, as did Clear and Present Danger. Some, like Argo, hunt for small stories within large ones. Scripts explicitly tell audiences that it doesn’t matter who started a war for what, that the only thing that matters is the heroism of troops trying to survive or to rescue a soldier.

Yet, actual U.S. military veterans are often shut out and not consulted They often find movies rejected by the Pentagon as “unrealistic” to be very realistic, and those created with Pentagon collaboration to be highly unrealistic. Of course, a huge number of military-influenced films are made about the U.S. military fighting space aliens and magical creatures — not, clearly, because it’s believable but because it avoids reality. On the other hand, other military-influenced films shape people’s views of targeted nations and dehumanize the humans living in certain places.

Don’t Look Up is not mentioned in Theaters of War, and presumably had no military involvement (who knows?, certainly not the movie-watching public), yet it uses a standard military-culture idea (the need to blow up something coming from outerspace, which in reality the U.S. government would simply love to do and you could hardly stop them) as an analogy for the need to stop destroying the planet’s climate (which you cannot easily get the U.S. government to remotely consider) and not one reviewer notices that the film is an equally good or bad analogy for the need to stop building nuclear weapons — because U.S. culture has had that need effectively excised.

The military has written policies on what it approves and disapproves. It disapproves depictions of failures and crimes, which eliminates much of reality. It rejects films about veteran suicide, racism in the military, sexual harassment and assault in the military. But it pretends to refuse to collaborate on films because they’re not “realistic.”

Yet, if you watch enough of what is produced with military involvement you’ll imagine that using and surviving nuclear war is perfectly plausible. This goes back to the original Pentagon-Hollywood invention of myths about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and runs right up through military influence on The Day After, not to mention the transformation — paid for by people who throw a fit if their tax dollars help prevent someone freezing on the street — of Godzilla from a nuclear warning to the reverse. In the original script for the first Iron Man movie, the hero went up against the evil weapons dealers. The U.S. military rewrote it so that he was a heroic weapons dealer who explicitly argued for more military funding. Sequels stuck with that theme. The U.S. military advertised its weapons of choice in Hulk, Superman, Fast and Furious, and Transformers, the U.S. public effectively paying to push itself to support paying thousands of times more — for weapons it would otherwise have no interest in.

“Documentaries” on the Discovery, History, and National Geographic channels are military-made commercials for weapons. “Inside Combat Rescue” on National Geographic is recruitment propaganda. Captain Marvel exists to sell the Air Force to women. Actress Jennifer Garner has made recruitment ads to accompany movies she’s made that are themselves more effective recruitment ads. A movie called The Recruit was largely written by the head of the CIA’s entertainment office. Shows like NCIS push out the military’s line. But so do shows you wouldn’t expect: “reality” TV shows, game shows, talk shows (with endless reunifications of family members), cooking shows, competition shows, etc.

I’ve written before about how Eye in the Sky was openly and proudly both completely unrealistic nonsense and influenced by the U.S. military to shape people’s ideas about drone murders. A lot of people have some small idea of what goes on. But Theaters of War: How the Pentagon and CIA Took Hollywood helps us to grasp the scale of it. And once we’ve done that, we may gain some possible insights into why polling finds much of the world fearing the U.S. military as a threat to peace, but much of the U.S. public believing that U.S. wars benefit people who are grateful for them. We may begin to form some guesses as to how it is that people in the United States tolerate and even glorify endless mass-killing and destruction, support threatening to use or even using nuclear weapons, and suppose the U.S. to have major enemies out there threatening its “freedoms.” Viewers of Theaters of War may not all immediately react with “Holy shit! The world must think we’re lunatics!” But a few may ask themselves whether it’s possible that wars don’t look like they do in movies — and that would be a great start.

Theaters of War ends with a recommendation, that movies be required to disclose at the start any military or CIA collaboration. The film also notes that the United States has laws against propagandizing the U.S. public, which might make such a disclosure a confession of a crime. I would add that since 1976, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights has required that “Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law.”

To learn more about this film, view it, or host a screening of it, go here.

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