Cultural/Spiritual Change & Awareness

posted Friday, January 16, 2009        

JANUARY General meeting — Organizing questions:

How can we get past the barriers that keep groups separated?
What needs to happen to create cooperation and inspiration instead of divisiveness and perhaps violence?
How do we shift our thinking to value relationships and peace and quiet over acquiring stuff and consuming stuff?
What can we do to recreate a more caring and interacting community in urban areas?
How do we turn Tucson into a true permaculture oasis?
What are the ways to bring children & young people to this process? They have the most stake in tomorrow.
How do we create more cultural shift through increasing youth education programs today?
How can we control reproduction?
How do we make sustainability joyful and engaging so that everyone wants to join in?
How can Tucsonans come to care about, and care for each other as a community instead of just caring for themselves or their small circle of family and friends? In other words, how can we widen our circle of caring?
How do we expand participation by all communities – especially those not usually involved?

Group Discussion:

How do we integrate the various groups? Create less isolation and separation? What are the barriers to participation? How do we create support?
We need a network of organizations that share a common vision of a sustainable future. This network will provide a unity for our progress.
Create gathering place on a regular basis.
Consciousness-raising groups.
Link with friends to create change.
Model “Move On.Org” including house parties.
Address people’s fear of involvement.
Create “change” support groups.
Explore incentives to increase involvement/change.
Engage “cross-pollinators” of groups; plant seeds of change in other groups.
Seek out the gaps – groups that aren’t involved, such as senior groups and tap into their knowledge.
Face to face, Internet, phone, etc.
Supply neighborhood associations with information.
Seek commonalities among focus groups of Sustainable Tucson.
Understand how language perpetuates mindsets.

Main points:
1) Create gathering place on a regular basis.
2) Model “Move On.Org” including house parties.
3) Engage “cross-pollinators” of groups; plant seeds of change in other groups.
4) Seek out the gaps – groups that aren’t involved, such as senior groups and tap into their knowledge.

FEBRUARY General Meeting — Discussion and Who elese needs to be involved/invited?

Help people to be aware of themselves and actions, with each other and environment
Church communities
Withour spiritual basis, sustainability won’t be possible
Beyond consumer culture, move into-values based culture, inclusiveness, compassion, generosity, seven generations
Creative community/communication—the collective consciousness
League of Women Voters defining sustainability values and morals define sustainability
Educational psychology—study of teachers’ attitudes, desire a symposium about attitudes and feelings about environment and changes in their lives
Shift is beyond the physical into the spiritual, physical/material is falling apart
Spirit and physicality as an interface with the consciousness/ resource center/outdoor marketplace/ community resource/education-food-resource
How can spiritual/cultural sustainable society be actualized?
Honor differences
Community center of resources with arts and education and holistic vision
Faith-based groups on the same page-find commonality
Catalyst agents for personal development to take out into the community for cultural change, non-political, small-group based, connecting the dots
Low-carbon diet program – meetings to find out carbon footprint, action steps, report backs, within church program and other organizations.
Gardening, permaculture
Connect to other groups doing the work/support groups
Billboards and street art (guerilla postering) with sustainability messages/ public service messages
PSAs
Understand small/slow change makes a difference
Songs/songwriting/concerts
Art and relationships are the expression for spirit and culture
Organization/culture to support arts and spirituality—Tucson Arts Brigade is a model

Who needs to at the spiritual/cultural table?
–Pastors/ministers/rabbi/iman/religious leaders
–Teachers/professors
–Congregations
demographic groups: youth, Hispanics, blacks, Asians, native, elders, glbt, etc
–healers, practitioners, therapists,

How do we get them involved in the spiritual/cultural discussion?
–Have meetings in different communities. Not everyone will travel to downtown.
Go to: religious centers, community centers, other libraries, schools/universities, organizations doing sustainability work, listserves, neighborhood associations
Potlucks
Fun meetings with art and games and music and food


One comment about “Cultural/Spiritual Change & Awareness” ...
 

Spiritual culture has to be fun,rewarding,with clear,achievable goal,and values,Ethics and Morals has to become the new relgion,with Virtues,Values,Principles,Integrity and character development,it mustbe presented as the Culture of the future,with music,dance,food,fun,and lots and lots of love. Blessings Lawrence.


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