a LAP Wrap
an overview of the community LAP...
a local access proposal for the e-merging in formation transformation
Can we talk about how we can lap our efforts?
For all my relations,
for affording me this moment to share. So many have been a guiding
light and inspiration for me in my work with LAP for the past seven years. That grew out of my science/economics background, my acting/music/tv/celebrity experience and my native american/environmentalist activism. Basically LAP is a metaphor and a "macronym" meaning one acronym for the many components of the community LAP, all of which are producing and transforming each other as happens in any living system.
The notion of the metaphor: Each of us has a
lap, an environment we can create with the right support/connection to mother earth, for storytelling, teaching/learning, wisdom sharing through the cycle of generations. A domain of care, charge, control and responsibility. Where is the lap of the community? In the constellation of metaphors that includes the invisible hand of the marketplace, the social safety net, the information super highway, the american dream and others. The visible lap of the community is made up of local access participants, places, platforms, programs, purpose, policies, principles (love and peace, language and process, laughter and passion, life and people, literacy-artistry-poetry, lens-aperture-perspective, legality-accountability-proactivity, looking at possibilities, leadership-authorship-partnership, leveraging all participation, linking alternate paradigms), local access philosophy (the fulfillment of needs and aspirations that enhances the chances for new generations).
Ok, so the word play grows out of and represents the
reflection which, alone, can become mere verbalism. The action part, for me, has been to stay on the learning curve around the common
good, always "accelerating" toward the center, building relationships by exploring (over)laps and keeping in mind the LAP OM (Organizing Metaphor) or MO if you prefer. That is sometimes called a lap circle. If a group of people form a circle standing shoulder, all turn so that each is watching the back of the one in front and each has someone watching his back, and if all together, seeing the potential and having the trust (the currency of social capital), sit at once the circle will self support.
On that learning curve, from the rez
to the pres, from neighborhoods to national agencies, from silos to sectors, from individual to international, grass roots to global efforts, I have seen the e-mergent "C's" of coordination, cooperation, collaboration, communication, community, conscillience, caretaking and caregiving) that are creating community. On air, on line, on land and on the level, now, given the necessary activation energy for the processes for which you and I and many others seek to be catalysts.