Conversations For Transformation: Essays Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

Conversations For Transformation

Essays By Laurence Platt

Inspired By The Ideas Of Werner Erhard

And More


The Posse

Cowboy Cottage, East Napa, California, USA

June 27, 2011



This essay, The Posse, is the companion piece to


The Posse by Joy Blackburne


Welcome to the Wild West! I'm Laurence. I invite you all  to join The Posse.

The Posse is a dedicated group of committed riders, cowboys and cowgirls, I started a while back. My purpose in starting this group is to create an opportunity for us to get out there  and enjoy riding the range together, so to speak, of the new wild west frontier: the internet, mending fences and correcting the inaccuracies and in some cases outright virulence  we find in the new wild west about the work of transformation. In this I include all  the work of transformation.

This isn't a political  group. We're not voting  for anyone. We're not lobbying, canvassing, or soliciting for anything either. Neither are we offering a candidate or electing a new sheriff to run the bad guys out of Dodge City. We're not law enforcement. We're not even cavalry. The way The Posse mends fences and corrects inaccuracies about the work of transformation in the new wild west of the internet is we share our experience. That's all.

We're not combative. We don't have to be: the fight is already all over. We're not argumentative. Nobody's made wrong, and we're not right just because we're The Posse. There'll be no Gunfight at OK Corral  on my watch. Nobody gets to say "Reach for the sky, ya ornery varmint, or I'll fill ya full o' lead!"  at high noon on this mission. If you're looking for that, this isn't the team for you. This isn't what we do. Not figuratively. Not literally.

People make up their own minds - about anything and everything. Not surprisingly, people make up their own minds about transformation and about the work of transformation as well. And the thing about mending fences ie the thing about correcting inaccuracies about transformation and about the work of transformation is I can't do it by making the inaccuracies wrong. To do that is bad enough. But when I do it by making the people  wrong who are inaccurate about transformation and who are inaccurate about the work of transformation, it's deadly.

Gee! I hope you get that ...

As soon as I stop sharing my experience and give over to defending against the perceived attack, I'm lost (coaching Werner Erhard may have given). When you ride the range with The Posse, when you mend fences on the new wild west frontier of the internet, share your experience. That's all The Posse does. It's not only that sharing my experience mends fences where they've been breached by inaccuracy and virulence. It's that sharing my experience without being combative, without being argumentative, without making wrong, without being right, creates the space for people to make up their own minds about transformation and about the work of transformation.

I welcome you to The Posse. Thank you for riding the range with me. Thank you for mending fences with me. Thank you for correcting inaccuracies about transformation and about the work of transformation on the new wild west frontier of the internet.



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