Charles Starrett


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Culture consultant & social tech teacher/facilitator at SoulCo & Northeastern University. He/Him. Dad, Harvard and NEC alum, visual thinker, dabbler in ukulele, electronic music, 한국어, and TTRPGs.


Pooling our capacity

Each of us can only handle so much.

So much anxiety. So much stress. So much frustration. So much pressure.

When we get together to complain, it feels a little better in the moment. We can each let some steam out of our own pot of challenges and reduce the pressure for a bit. But before long, the pressure builds back up again.

A more lasting solution is to pool our capacity together. To create a safe enough space where we can come together to slow down and share what we each see, feel, and sense in a way that creates a large, shared cauldron of experiences. A single pot that can contain all of our perspectives and that lets each of us see a bigger picture — a picture that we each contribute to.

And when we get together regularly to keep the cauldron going, we don’t have to be limited to the size of our own little pot anymore. We can call on the spaciousness and openness of the cauldron whenever we need to.

This world is too much for any one of us to handle. But together, not only can we handle it, we can use what we see, sense and feel in our shared cauldron to create a world that supports the well-being of all.

6 August 2022

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