The challenge our time is to evolve a life-affirming culture, rather than continuing on our present course of ecological self-destruction. We would like to think that you will want to play a role.
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.
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.
This dystopian possibility gives urgency to our action.
People who participate in this movement act as independent agents; there is no central group that establishes policy or directs what people do.
How do we engage the unengaged?
A major unsolved problem for the entire environment-progressive movement: How to get out of our own thought bubbles and engage people who do not come to our lectures or seek out our blogs or You Tube videos? How can we inspire the conversations and thinking that will lead to mainstream commitment to doing everything required to turn things around.
Our idea is to inspire people to act as citizen-educators in communicating personally with people they know about transitioning to a life affirming culture, and provide innovative communication tools.
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 reach ‘the mainstream’.
We 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 global culture in our lectures, panel discussions and writing, and encourage members of our audience to be citizen-educators.
Taking it to scale
There are millions of groups that care about environmental and social well-being. Members of these groups comprise a huge cohort of intelligent, aware, competent people. Typically they pay dues and sign petitions. Suppose many of them were to go a step further, and initiate thoughtful conversations with people they know about the profound changes necessary to pull out of our ecological nosedive, and successfully transition to a life-affirming culture? Then we would have a way of generating support for transformative change at every level. Such prior support is essential if leaders to have any hope of affecting change at the scale we need.
Therefore, our vision is that the members of as many organisations as possible act as citizen-educators.
We provide a tool called Kitchen Table Conversations to make such conversations effective. Kitchen Table Conversations enable people to connect the dots and see why transformative change is needed, and how they can contribute.
An important way you can lend your influence is by conducting Kitchen Table Conversations with people you know. Training materials are here.
Another way is by introducing leaders of organisation to the idea of asking their members to act as citizen educators. If you would like to have a conversation about helping in this way, contact Andrew Gaines.
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 improvisational acting and other creativity techniques, these games and exercises increase our capacity for innovative ideas, as well as enhancing our capacity to work collaboratively with other people.
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 thoughtful conversations 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