September 6, 2015

Artful steward: Janelle Monae on catalyzing group dynamics

Janelle dynamics

Listen to and watch the (acclaimed, nominated for six Grammys singer, writer, producer, rapper, enactivist) Janelle Monáe Tightrope performance. It is a 5 minute neurodownload seminar on leadership, advocacy, enaction, presence et al. Doesn’t matter much whether you like it, or if it’s your style. Just open brain and dump it in.

Before (or after) that, note these meanings drawn and distilled here:

Some people talk about you
Like they know all about you
When you get down they doubt you  
Eg in a digital social network, people will talk. When you present your ideas, feelings  and being, some people will not respect your digital humanity, maybe see you as a target in a thoughtless game. But they will talk about you.

And when you tipping on the scene
Yeah they talkin about it
Tip: A way of being or feeling – Urban Dictionary

When you get elevated,
They love it or they hate it
If you are doing what has to be done to make something happen, it’s going to make some waves.

They trying to take all your dreams
But you can’t allow it
Don’t spend life’s precious time on grievance and retribution, at the expense of simple happiness. You can’t allow your dream of bringing the future into being to be destroyed that way.

Cause baby whether you’re high or low
Whether you’re high or low
You gotta tip on the tightrope
(Tip, tip on it)
Whatever the situation, whatever your level of responsibility, your being is on the line. So be. On the line. That is all there is to social presence.

See I’m not walkin on it
Or trying to run around it
This ain’t no acrobatics
You either follow or you lead, yeah
You don’t walk on the laser-hot tightrope of presence, or sluff it off, or mechanically work the system. You be it. Whatever the situation, follow or lead, and do what has to be done to make something happen.

Before we go-go backwards
Act up, and whether we high or low
We gonna get back-up
Like the Dow Jones and NASDAQ
Without enaction, homeostasis breaks down, the center doesn’t hold, we go backwards. If you are the center person in a situation — own it, curate it, steward it. Do what has to be done to bring the future into being now.

Ain’t no equivocating
I fight for what I believe
That is all there is to advocacy.

I’m calling you to dinner
And you know exactly what I mean,
Yeah I’m talking about you
You can rock or you can leave
Are you for real? Then rock this moment — it’s all there is. I’m calling you a liar or I’m calling you to dinner. Which is it?

Now shut up, yeah
Yeah, now put some voodoo on it
Cool down frenetic second-guessing. Find yourself as you are now. Yeah Baby. Get down with your natural bad self.

Postproduction analytical summary: Structure and modality of an organizational dynamic

Music, choreography, cinematography, text, and direction are all integral to expressing the meaning and carrying out the intent of the production Tightrope, which is about enacting personal responsibility and dynamic balance in society, of which qualities the production itself is an exemplary artifact. The principles invoked are widely applicable in organization, business, art, and family and social life.

Some highpoints in the video:

1:01 – 1:36: Dynamic coordination
Choreography demonstrates and embodies 4-dimensional organizational enaction: working together in an organized interpersonal process while the group as a whole is also in motion.

1:59 – 2:21: Situational leadership
Monae steps aside into a supporting role in the company, and colleague Big Boi steps in and carries the central role.

2:39: Company photo
Entire cast begins to appear in the production, including supporting musicians, who were only heard and not seen until now. (Who plays the soundtrack that moves your group?)

3:44: Deep mind
Hooded figures with mirror faces reappear, suggesting the unconscious self and mortality. How does what you are doing play on the stage of all life?

4:02 – 4:15: Break on through
Monae walks through a wall, opening a portal to another world, which she enters, followed by the figures. In contrast to the institutional interiors, the outdoor wooded scene is hauntingly natural. Monae is pensive and attentive. At the end of the scene she again enacts her own portal, re-entering the real(?) world.

What institutional realities are you or your organization living? What has to change? What other realities could there be? Is there a promising path forward? As an artful steward you have the courage and confidence to get up on the stage (or cafeteria table), channel the group’s good intent, and make it happen.

4:15: Back to the drawing board
The show is winding down. There is an atmosphere of eerie sadness. The cast, crew, support and production teams, and peripheral agency networks of the entire company has enacted its magic for today, one more scene in the play of life, death, and the infinite. Time to lower the curtain.

Having been there and back, in today’s boundary-crossing enaction, what can you feed back into the ever-changing blueprint of the future, Artful Steward?


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Attested this day by: The Sceenius Collective Intelligence

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