"The technologies exist to solve
the problems. The policies that can accelerate them
have been pioneered... The piece that is missing is
a worldwide movement in every village and every city... that
will create the political will to make the transition happen."
True climate science says we should prepare for coming cooling;
Peak Oil says we will be forced
to change, to live within more limited means, and to seek
These pages give several ways to work
with groups. These ways can be simple yet extremely powerful.
We believe in the power of home groups
as an essential part of the work of planetary healing.
Circles use the principles of the "Ten
Constants" to make them simple yet deep, and
easy to start with. You can feel your way forward, with new
and old friends, step by step, at whatever pace is comfortable
for you, enjoying yourself. Open up to both the deep planetary
problems and to the high visions, discover your strengths
and passions and where you can contribute to the tremendous
challenge of our times. We believe that help from Great Spirit
is available, but we also believe that help for the planet
will not come unless we ask, and unless we are building solidarity
to work together, to build community, to rebuild individual
and community resilience, whatever our individual beliefs.
World Cafe invites participants
to respond to key questions in small and friendly groups
at tables, changing tables so as to increase "cross-pollination"
of ideas. "It creates dynamic networks
of conversation that can catalyze an organization's
or community's own collective intelligence around its
most important questions".
It works best with something like 20 to 200 participants.
This simple but highly-regarded format could help us
develop a wide support network, for mutual support for
small local groups, to back up the online Forum, and
to develop a deeper sense of identity.
Just start a regular "Heartbeat"
group with no special format. Offer
a regular space, offer refreshment, set no agenda, have no
expectations, do what you are comfortable with. Just ask within
yourself for this space to be used to "help people help
the planet" and you will be amazed what can happen. Regularity
really builds up the feeling of heartbeat.
Towns Training - Notes from Transition Initiatives
training weekend which "Lucy Skywalker" completed
before discovering the awful truth about the corruption of
Space Technology is a curious term for a way
of brainstorming that Transition Towns uses a lot because
it is so productive, creative and empowering. In theory
it should not work but it does. It is a glorified coffee
break. It starts when it starts and finishes when it finishes.
Whoever turns up are the people who are meant to turn
up. Whatever happens is what is meant to happen...
Directions of Life This is taken from Native American
wisdom and adapted to include the dimensions of Time, which
makes nine directions altogether. This way we can remember
to allow for the very different levels of engagement with
which people may come to work with the Great Transition, from
sheer innocent ignorance regarding the present global situation
to committed, experienced, skilled involvement.
to Basics (New to Peak Oil and Transition
Towns, coming from "the past")
Warriors (Finding oneself, Vision
Questing - especially Youth, "East")
the Seventh Generation (Balance &
Wisdom - especially the Elders, "West")
Initiative ("Male" side
of life, Business, Enterprise & Competitive Challenge,
& Community ("Female"
side of life, Healing, Conflict Resolution, Community,
Permaculture (Foundations of earth-wisdom
- "the Great Turning" - "Below")
Be Your Best Self (Life Coaching:
"Think Global Act Local" starts at home; - "Centre")
Grace & Gifts (reading the Book
of Life, overseeing the Great Change of Ages, "Above")
the Web of Life
(experienced and proactively engaged in the Great Transition,
last updated 4th February 2008
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