Me To We:

Social science proves "together, we're better"

02 October 2010


Act as if you were separate from nothing, and no one,

and you  will heal your world tomorrow.

Understand that it is about power with, not power over.

            -- Neale Donald Walsch

                in Conversations with God - Book 3

"We are each other's hope."

            -- Elie Wiesel

                at We Day 2009

The supreme value of
small group listening,
equal participation

     October 1,2010 -- A new MIT study has finally documented the time-tested human experience in sustained Dialogue with its listening-to-learn that fosters equality and can lead to unprecedented creativity.
     Small, cooperative groups solve problems with additive, collective intelligence beyond the cognitive abilities of the groups individual members.
     The ability to cooperate effectively, discover new social insights, and creatively solve problems increases with:

1. the number of women in the group.

2. internal social skills to:

        A.  sensitively perceive each other's emotions, and

        B.  listen to ideas from everyone, equally -- the group's ability to take turns.


     When one person dominated, the group was less intelligent than in groups where the conversational turns were more evenly distributed.
     Teams containing more women demonstrated greater social sensitivity and in turn collective intelligence, compared to teams containing fewer women.
     In groups of two to five, 699 people worked on tasks that ranged from visual puzzles to negotiations, brainstorming, games, and complex rule-based design assignments.

     Investigators were clear that the gender effect cannot be generalized.
     Rather, people with social skills are good for a group in search of useful, innovative outcomes. 
     Quality group relationships can be more important than individual intellects that make up the group, for determining creative outcomes.
     Having a bunch of smart people in a group doesnt necessarily make the group smart, concluded Thomas Malone, one of the MIT investigators.


Putting heads together:

New study: groups demonstrate

distinctive collective intelligence when facing difficult tasks

MITnews -- 01 October 2010


     The best kind of collective thinking and creativity in the Holy Land brought together a big roomful of Palestinians and engage -- for some, for the first time in their lives.
     MEPEACE -- -- is a the growing social network that hosted the interfaith dinner and team-builder.
     A Danish reporter wrote: "I participated in this event and covered it for Danish media.
     "It was a great event and it was wonderful to see two supposedly different groups of people approaching each other and opening up to each other."


Interfaith Iftar-Shabbat Dinner

September 11 -- Beit Jala

NTD TV news  --  2 min video

A global call to
expand our identification
and cooperate of everyone's good

    In the mountains of Ecudor, when a task seems impossible, the village chief -- a woman elder -- has the solution.
     "Tomorrow...there will be...a minga," she shouts out.
     Minga is a community coming together to work for the benefit of all.
     Once a minga is called, children are sent as runners to neighboring villages -- there are no phones. 
     People from different tribes drop what they were doing and travel sometimes six hours to, for example, build a school -- even though their own children live too far way to attend.
     Everyone understands that by helping others in another village they helped their collective future.   
     Someday the people of this village and their children will return the favor.

     In Kenya, the harambee -- "all pulling together," in Swahili -- is of supreme human activity of mutual assistance.
     It has been elevated to the official motto of the Kenyan culture and nation.
     ME TO WE in one contemporary example of young adults animating a life of service to birth the new global spirit of cooperation.


Me To We

Better choicesf or a better world

Jewish and Palestinian youth
master skills of co-creation
for theatrical excellence

     Summer 2010, the finest kind of collaboration was modeled by 100 young Palestinian and Jewish Israelis from Peace Child Israel -- .
     They gathered to celebrate their collective theatrical genius to cooperate in scripting,  compositing music, and performng their peace-related stage productions.
     It was "a fabulous day of peace-building hosted by the Habima National theatre," wrote their director, Melisse Lewine Baskovich ( ).
     The youth-driven teams are composed of mature communicators and cooperators on partnered teams from paired Arab and Jewish towns:

Sakhnin - Misgav

Nazareth - Yagur

Baka al-Gharbiya - Petach Tikvah

Tira - Kfar Saba

Tel Aviv - Jaffa    

     New bi-lingual productions are created and performed all year for thousands of Arab and Jewish school students and the general public.
     The Habima National Theatre event culminated one year of activity with musical excerpts from five different, original plays full of story and symbolism about the road beyond war.
     VIEW today's young citizen leaders into their shared future.


Peace Child Israel

8 min youth-created video -- 28 Sept 2010

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