Last Friday some of us got together for an online Blab and BrainJam! The “we” who got together is a small group of enthusiasts and evangelists spread around the World who want to help get Chris Heuer’s “We Are The Solution” movement off the ground, but that “we” needs to include “you”. Let me explain a little about what we are trying to do in practice, and the philosophy that underpins how we are trying to make a difference.

We Are The Solution becomes the Rysing Tyde

In today’s World of global communications and digital disruption things move fast and change is a constant.  The initiative that only started a few months ago is already changing its name to the Rysing Tyde – it’s a cooler name, and it better explains what we are trying to achieve. The rising tide (of human collaboration) can float all boats (and help us change things for the better).  When we say “things” we plan to cover a lot of ground. We want to change things for individuals who need help, organisations, both commercial and non-profit, that want to do better, right up to making a dent in the Universe and Changing the World.  We are thinking big, but we know we have to start small. The idea is based on the simple principle that working together we can do more than working individually.  Our collective know-how can be harnessed so we can do more, do it better, do it faster, do what’s needed.  We want Rysing Tyde to become a force for change and a force for good across the globe, although we have to target a short list of cities and initiatives first, get those off the ground, learn from our mistakes and then expand step by step, but with the World as it today, we have to move fast!

Connecting People

Rysing Tyde is about connecting people. It’s about pulling individuals into our network so we can help them.  It’s about putting together programs and ideas to help organisations do the stuff they need more effectively. It’s about connecting our various networks together, so we create a network of networks, and each network will amplify the initiatives we will start and the changes we are helping make.

At the moment, we are a volunteer network putting our time in because believe in the idea.  That will work short term to get started, but that approach won’t be sustainable. In connecting people, we want to connect to funding too, so that we can really make an impact.  We want to work with commercial organisations and governments departments or other organisations who can fund and sponsor our initiatives so that we can do more for the individuals and non-profits that need help, but can’t afford it.  We envisage a social enterprise business model where we generate revenue so we can pay our people for their contributions, as well as to provide resources for our projects, both large and small, and then reinvest anything left over in to growing the network.

Our Philosophy

There are some key points in our approach:

  • Value for Value – if you are putting effort in and adding value for the network, then you should get a return.  That could be financial, or in skills transfer, or an exchange of services from another network member.  We want this to be fair and transparent.
  • Working Out Loud – the foundation of our network’s culture is open collaboration, and our starting point is working out loud.   It’s the approach we will take to everything we do, and that is the way that we will ensure that everybody has the opportunity to know what is going on and contribute their skills so that we can do a better job.
  • Constant Iteration – digital disruption is the new normal in business, and our endeavour is no different.  We will have to think in terms of continuos reinvention.  We’ll try things out, carry on if they work, try something different when they don’t.  A “fail fast” mentality, with constant iteration.

Our Core Values

They come from the don Miguel Ruiz 1997 book The Four Agreements and are as follows:

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
    Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
    Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.  When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions
    Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
  4. Always Do Your Best
    Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.  Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.

Rysing Tyde Wants You!

We need your help!  We’ve had our initial BrainJams, and the next step is to start getting organised in our initial City based groups – for that we need you to come along, hear us out, and think about getting involved.  Look out here for announcements of an event near you and book the date in your diary!   We look forward to welcoming you to the network so we can really begin to change things.

Check out the Rysing Tyde organisation discussion from Friday 13th November 2015: