There are many situations where we voluntarily give up power even when the drawers are on our side of the desk. For example, when my team is planning we expect Marketing to set priorities that drive development. Engineering goes along with this for a lot of good reasons; however, the Engineering has the drawers on what really goes into the product.
This Dunkelism helps me align priorities and eliminate roadblocks. As I dig deeper and deeper into community driven open source projects, I find that the idea behind this expression is a mantra that drives projects forward.„