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Essay XX:  Generativity Three : Ceremony, Preservation, Display and Honor

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William Bergquist and Gary Quehl

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This essay and the next are filled to the brim with diverse acts of generativity, because we think the acts of Generativity Three are least likely to be identified, classified or fully appreciated. We identify eight modes of Generativity Three, but expect there are many more:

(1) Offering ceremony (celebrations, parades and other ritual enactments).

(2) Preserving (keeping something in its original state).

(3) Displaying (allowing people to observe the preserved object).

(4) Honoring (setting aside a specific day or product in recognition of the contribution made by a specific person, group or event).

(5) Consecrating (setting aside a specific place where an important event occurred or setting aside a specific place that is related tangibly to a specific person or group).

(6) Gathering (bringing together people on regular basis who have shared a profound experience).

(7) Preserving values (providing clarity, representation, demonstration, monitoring or reinforcement of specific, cherished values).

(8) Story-telling (sharing the history of specific people, events, traditions).

In these two essays we explore each of these acts of Generativity Three, deploying our Four Featured Players and the interviews we conducted with our Sage leaders. We also look at other examples of the eight forms of guardianship we have witnessed in our own lives, among our friends, and in various written accounts.

We explore the first four acts of Generativity Three in this essay and begin with ceremony.

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