A Social Organization Dream

What you can find here is a group of attributes I have found congenial for meetings of some organizations and groups. Perhaps I should have included "meetings" in the title. But then, most organizations do seem to have a lot of meetings.

I have attended meetings at conventions and at my den mother's home, I have attended business meetings and 12 Step meetings, educational meetings and political meetings, city council meetings and lots of meetings. 

I imagine that you have attended your share of meetings; some of which you have found more congenial than others. I have found it so.

Below are a couple of lists of meeting attributes I have found congenial.

A congenial meeting is one which likely has:

  1. the purpose of advocating and protecting me. 
  2. members who value honesty and justice highly.
  3. a mission I find valuable and pleasing.
  4. those who study and promote actions good for me and others.     
  5. dialogue which leads to appropriate actions.
  6. enough competent members.
  7. plenty of talk in which all participate.     
  8. members who feel, connected, involved, and respected.
  9. members who embrace reality and are willing to approach truth.
  10. members who promote widespread participation and responsibility.
  11. enough of those who have a clear understanding of costs and benefits.
  12. the motive of helping me and others.                                                                                            


And more; a kind of meeting which attracts me is one which:  

  1. keeps me in the informational loop.
  2. most members feel well connected with leadership.
  3. makes very clear who pays how much and who gets what.
  4. moves in the direction of democracy.
  5. tends to be inclusive.
  6. tends to safeguard that which I value.
  7. includes those who study and promote actions good for me and others.
  8. advocates and protects people and processes important to me.
  9. promotes effective dialogue.
  10. leads to appropriate actions.  


12+10 = 22  attributes

What meeting has these attributes? Probably there is no meeting that has half of them. One which has five of them may be worth looking into. You might try including six in your own meeting.  


If I found a political meeting with ten of them I might try to become a member. 



What attributes might attract you to a meeting or organization? I hope there is a space below for comments. I invite you to use it. Ah, what have you hated about a meeting? Comment. I think that it is possible to comment anonymously.


  I may post more on organization an organizations.



by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill




There Are Still Some democrats

In the distant past, there were democrats. In the recent past, there were democtats. There are still some democrats. A democrat might be thought of as a person believes in the people's ability to learn and to do. I know little about what those who call themselves democrats now are doing.  I do have a sharp emory of that which democrats have done in my lifetime. 

I hope you understand that I am not using "democrat" to refer to a member of a political party, but rather as one who holds a certain philosophical position. A Republican may be a democrat.

Democrats have tended to promote certain doings. Many of those doings tended to be definitive of their beliefs.

Democrats have promoted:

enhancement and protection of democracy among us.

the study of legislation affecting democracy.

vigorous ongoing education about the use and doing of democracy.

  • improved communication among political organizations and within them.
  • development of widespread leadership rather than of super-leaders.
  • enhanced education for participation in governance.
  • cooperative self-governance.
  • willingness to thoughtfully and promptly change a bad law for the better.
  • strong respect for law.
  • inclusivity and diversity in public life.
  • cooperation within and among groups.
  • knowledge of the history of democracy including its limitations and advantages.
  • respect for the varieties of democracy around the world.
  • our Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
  • loving care for each and every child.
  • respect and honor for the individual, the family, and the neighborhood.
  • more nearly equal opportunity for access to healthcare for each person. 
  • strong support for public health.
  • respect and support for the positions of minorities.
  • wide, ongoing educational opportunities for all. 


This list can be greatly increased.

However, there is already enough here to suggest planks for the platform of a present political party or candidate; or, for a new party or candidate.


by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill 





Your "revolution" and Napoleon's

Napoleon Bonaparte, a leading republican of Europe, was willing to become Emperor of France. Most of Republican France welcomed Napoleon as Emperor! There may be a lesson or two to be learned from that bit of history.

Napoleon did bring reforms to Europe in the fields of education, science, and in a variety of cultural areas. Some of those works of his could be called republican. 

The legal system called the Napoleonic Code influenced most of Europe and much of the Eastern world. Much of the law of the U.S. state of Louisiana was founded on Napoleonic law.

Napoleon was a warrior. a leader of armies. Some say he won a war against Russia. To attack Russia, he left home with half a million men, the largest army to be assembled in Europe until that time. He returned home with about 20,000 men and "the shirt on his back."

He met his Waterloo in a battle against Prussia and GB, in which Prussia saved Britain's bacon. 

After Waterloo GB, Spain, Prussia, Russia, Austria, and others joined one another for suppressing liberal movements throughout Europe.

Lessons might begin with questions like:                                                                                                               

  • Why do the histories of so many revolutions seem revolting?
  • Why might a republican be willing to become an Emperor?
  • What could be the responsibilities of the citizens of a republic?
  • Where might your revolution be headed?


by Richard Sheehan

for Mago Bill