The challenge our time is to evolve a life-affirming culture, rather than continuing on our present course of ecological self-destruction.
This is a support platform for a movement of self-initiating citizen-educators and evolutionary activists. It has two strands:
Help people come to grips with our ecological emergency, and the profound systemic changes necessary to pull out of our ecological nosedive.
- Evolutionary activists
Introduce people to do-it-yourself tools for resolving their own emotional triggers.
Champion institutional change to support well-being within organisations and communities.
Our approach to social activism is novel. Really novel! It is to help people function better mentally and emotionally. We help people come to grips with our existential emergency, and think through the profound, positive changes necessary for things to come right. This positions us to support transformative leadership when it arises, and to exert transformative leadership ourselves within our sphere of influence.
We also provide tools for sorting out emotional issues. Cultivating emotional maturity is as important as technological changes in creating a sustainable society.
Although the thinking in back of Inspiring Transition is sophisticated, the tools themselves are straightforward to apply. Anyone who has the motivation can do it.
We are catalysing a movement. The purpose of this movement is to inspire thoughtful public will to doing everything required to pull out of our ecological nosedive. We see two paths to the future:
- Visionary: The evolution of a life-affirming culture that takes care of people and the planet.
- Dystopian: The collapse of civilisation, and possibly virtual extinction human species through climate change, ecological collapse and/or nuclear war.
People who participate in this movement act as independent agents; there is no central group that establishes policy or directs what people do.
We address the unsolved problem of the entire environment-progressive movement: How to get out of our own thought bubbles and inspire the conversations and thinking that will lead to mainstream commitment to doing everything required to turn things around.
We support citizen-activists in communicating personally with people they know about transitioning to a life affirming culture. Why communicate with people we know? Because we are all part of mainstream culture; they are our friends, neighbours and business colleagues. This is how we affect the mainstream – provided we can take it to scale.
Citizen-activists also communicate with the broader public through social media, plaques and flyers in business premises, flyers on billboards, and the like.
If we are public intellectuals, we bring up the goal of transitioning to a life affirming culture in our lectures, panel discussions and writing, and encourage members of their audience to become citizen-activists.
Our model for taking this idea to scale is to encourage the members of as many organisations as possible to act as citizen-activists. This is a huge cohort of aware intelligent people. We think that if we align towards a common goal of inspiring commitment to transition to a life affirming culture, we can be vastly more effective than we ever supposed. Let’s put it to the test!
Kitchen Table Conversations
This is the primary tool that citizen-educators use. It is designed for face-to-face conversations. A unique feature is using physical models to help people keep track of the conversation. People like this!
□ Catalysing mass commitment to transformational change introduces the key ideas and describes Kitchen Table Conversations.
□ Kitchen Table Conversations is a manual for conducting Kitchen Table Conversations.
□ Templates for making the models are here.
□ Kitchen Table Conversations Kits can be purchased through Be The Change Australia.
□ Evolutionary Activism introduces the idea of being an evolutionary activist.
□ Inner Work is a manual of self-help techniques for resolving emotional issues. Evolutionary activists introduce these techniques to people they know.
□ Creativity Games is a manual for teaching creative thinking skills. Adapted from propositional acting and other creativity techniques, these games and exercises develop the skills of thinking out-of-the-box. They also enhance our capacity to work collaboratively with other people.
- Purchase the softcover version here.
Outreach is reaching out to people might be potential colleagues – especially influential leaders.
The best form of outreach is personal conversations. This can be done face-to-face using the Kitchen Table Conversations models.
It can also be done using Zoom. Here is a useful PowerPoint on Catalysing Mass Commitment to Transformational Change. Share Screen on Zoom enables you to use these images to conduct a thoughtful conversation about transitioning to a life affirming culture.
Emails are the next form of outreach. Here is a sample email you can tweak.
- TEDX talk
- An interview with Steve Bhaerman
- Mother Pelican article: Catalysing mass commitment to transformative change