Sahlan Diver was opened in Subud in 1972, and left university in 1973 looking forward to an uncertain future as a totally unemployable person. He became interested in shadow puppetry and worked freelance giving shows to schools, pioneering multi colour projection and 3-D shadow puppets. Next he taught musical instuments for a few years, finally moving into computer programming after being taken on as a "floor sweeper and disc copier" at a Subud enterprise.
In 1989, Sahlan and his family moved to the Republic Of Ireland, where he went freelance again, eventually attaining the Holy Grail of all unemployable people, i.e. becoming a highly paid consultant advising employed people on how to do their job properly.
While providing consultancy to over forty companies, large and small, Sahlan was able to observe at close hand a variety of project management styles ranging from excellent to downright appalling. This experience showed him the importance of good management, and led to a conviction that something was seriously wrong with the way Subud members were "doing Subud". He formed an alternative organisation, "Subud Eire", through which he discovered many other members who had serious misgivings about Subud, but who had mainly kept quiet because they felt criticism wasn't welcome.
We know very little about what members think of their Subud experience. Shouldn't we be trying to find out?
A checklist of the changes Subud must make in order to (a) survive and (b) grow.
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'Nobody knows for certain when the closings started.'
Sometimes a 50/50 split is not the way to go.
The inside story of how we lost Anugraha and what we can learn from it.
What we can learn from Subud critics.
How I found Subud - with some thoughts on Subud enterprise.
Could Bapak have been right about the importance of enterprises?
Spiritual understanding? Or just poor quality thinking?
As custodian of the latihan- Subud hasn't done so well. Why not give others a chance?
Leave it to God. How is that strategy working for us?
Why we would be better off without Subud membership.
Plans that we have been following for 50 years that haven't worked out yet.
If Subud appointed an external inspector would we ignore her recommendations just like we ignore the recommendations of our own members?
What will happen when a new organisation offers only the latihan?
That's our claim. But what is the reality?
The future reveals an exciting new concept that might actually work.
Spiritual wisdom or spiritual make-believe?
A Review of Bei Dawei's "Baha'i and Subud Dissent: Developments in the 2000s"
Seven ways that Subud shapes your thinking
An outline for a new latihan organization
A stage play- for Subud members only
The beginning of the end for Subud
A short story and a G&S parody.
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