Using ‘The Churning’ to counter disinformation

An interesting short film* above, which describes how Russia’s President Putin (and others) have deliberately used tactics intended to undermine people’s perception of the world.

Their approach is to create so much churning (in the world, and in people’s minds) that people no longer understand what is happening: who is doing what, or why, or what their wider intentions might be.

In the face of such confusion, the film says, our only response is to say “Oh dear.” To give up and take no action. Which is exactly what they want you to do.

But there is another more useful response. And that is to get clear on who we are, what we want, why, and what we are going to do about it — irrespective of what anybody else might (or might not) be doing.

This is what the Inner Leadership half of The Churning offers. It provides tools that enable you to centre and ground, make sense of the situation, and then choose what you want instead. To become your own protagonist, rather than reacting to what others might (or might not) be doing. To create your own inspiring vision and have the tools to pursue it.

* The above film is called “Oh dear”-ism II – Non-Linear War“. It was made by Adam Curtis and shown as part of Charlie Brooker’s review of 2014 (which is available on iplayer until 10 January 2015) starting from 28m 17s.

Adam Curtis’s latest film, Bitter Lake, which addresses similar and related issues with a focus around Afghanistan, was released on BBC iplayer in January 2015.

The churning of the world will continue for the foreseeable future, and films like these can help us to understand who might be doing what.

But ultimately each of us has to decide who we are, what we want, and how we are going to get it.

This is what The Churning’s Inner Leadership can help you to answer.

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