As April closes, we’re just wrapping up a month-long “collective intelligence” experiment around the personal experience of climate change. Twelve participants enter into a virtual canoe journey into the uncharted country of climate change. There are most of them, above!
Participant Lynn Thomas, PhD, writes:
The Hello Climate Change! is just what I’ve been wanting without even knowing I wanted it. I volunteer regarding climate change and reversing it through drawdown. I’m in groups that include looking at the issue with body, mind and spirit. Yet the questions we work with here and the approach of awareness of the group field/intelligence are completely fresh for me and I find myself growing as a sacred activist even more.
We held four sessions over one month. In a next iteration we’ll journey for nine weeks.
Your participation is invited. We’re having the conversation around climate change and survival that, for the most part, we’re not having! The direction of the journey is guided by the collective intelligence of the participants. We hold it online and live, face-to-face via zoom technology with people from all over the world.
This isn’t the conversation about carbon in the air and rising seas, things we know about. It’s about what we don’t know about yet. Bill Kauth of the Mankind Project and Time to Tribe and Andrew MacDonald recognized the need for these sessions. We wanted a welcoming “room” for what’s showing up inside us when we consider the future for ourselves, our family – and even human family since we belong to that too. We wanted a welcoming room for the climate change conversation where it was OK to talk about it without having all the answers, or even any of them.
Heidi Hendersson did a series of in-depth interviews with young sustainability students around their future. To a person, they weren’t able to imagine a realistic future for themselves and their work – and they had no place or language to talk about that. There’s is a reflection of society’s disconnect! Bill and Andrew imagined to create a pilot project to build a place for that conversation – and for silence and personal work around it too! We wanted a place where we could sit with this question of climate and survival, for ourselves and others who wanted to sit with us.
A virtual room but not a gloomy room. A room to welcome this strange guest, the unknown future and share how it is for us to be in relationship with it. What might we learn?
To register or explore further contact Andrew here. We’ll find a good time when there are about a dozen participants, the maximum number who will be journeying together.
I’m learning, and it seems to me that the community is learning, about what an economy based on the gift looks and feels like. It doesn’t look like traditional payment! At the same time, it’s not the same as “free!” Sovereign humans recognize and respect the a balance of giving and receiving that mark our lives, especially when what is important to us is concerned. Without a reciprocity, it’s hard for all of us to fully receive gifts and let them in because we feel incomplete. The true equality of “giver” and “receiver” isn’t seen.
So the request is for participants who are receiving from the group experience to sense inside what give-back creates the feeling of generosity and completion that honors the work and allows it to take its place in the world. It’s an opportunity to experience generosity around the work and it gives me the opportunity to experience gratitude.
You join the lineage of giving and receiving that I’ve received from my teachers and friends. Most recently the excellent Khuyen Bui