Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action (September 2020)

Welcome to the Drawdown Solutions: Getting into Action workshop focused on aiding you develop an action plan in the quest to reverse global warming.  Below are the materials for the current workshop starting September 27, 2020 and going through November 15, 2020.   For reference, here is the event page on Meetup.

If you have any questions or feedback on any of the materials or workshop, please send to scott.henson@outlook.com.

Intentions of the Workshop

    • During the workshop you will be doing some reading, research, fieldwork, and collaboration.
    • You will gain a basic understanding of how it is possible to reverse global warming, and specifically how you and people in your community can accelerate and expand the work being done to achieve one or even several of the solutions outlined in the Drawdown research.
    • The wisdom of coming from a place of deep connection to the earth and all life when working to reverse global warming will be evident to you.
    • By the end of the course you will know yourself newly as someone truly making a difference in humanity’s response to the challenge to actually reverse global warming, and will see the opportunity that we as the human family have to take this on.
    • You will have the opportunity to engage in one or more specific Solutions and become an active advocate for reversing global warming.
    • That engagement will include a new attitude, a new hopefulness, and partners both locally and in an extended network that you contribute to, and that contributes to you.
    • And the intention is that this engagement will represent a lifetime commitment – that what gets unleashed in you doesn’t end when the workshop ends; you can be counted on for the rest of your life as part of a larger movement bringing about a more beautiful world.

Workshop Overview

Session

Focus

Research

# 1
(Sep 27)

  • Come together as a community
  • Introduction to Drawdown – 2017 & 2020
  • Focus on solutions
  • Summarize Drawdown information for two solutions

# 2
(Oct 4)

  • Small group solutions sharing
  • Intro to the four levels of action
  • Beginning to map your action plan
  • In depth research about how one specific Solution is active around the world
  • Practice talking about Drawdown

# 3
(Oct 11)

  • Communicating effectively about reversing global warming
  • Small group Solutions sharing
  • Identify local opportunities for engaging with one specific Solution
  • Prepare and practice an elevator talk

# 4
(Oct 18)

  • Full group sharing about local Solution opportunities
  • Inventory of goals and resources
  • Develop and begin implementing a “Game On” action plan

# 5
(Nov 15)

  • Community gathering
  • Full group action plan sharing

 

Resources to Use Throughout the Workshop

All files and resources for the workshop are available to download here.

Slides and Resources from Session 1 (DISCOVER)

Overview

    • Connect as a group committed to a shared goal
    • Experience the context of possibility for reversing global warming
    • Understand Project Drawdown and the updated 2020 Solutions for reversing global warming
    • Understand the structure, expectations, and intentions of the workshop series
    • Select two Solutions to begin exploring individually for next week

Slides

    • Session 1 – Discover.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our first session.  Videos are not embedded to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  All slides are available in Microsoft PowerPoint format, but if you would like them in another format please let me know.

AV During Presentation

Handouts

Researching two solutions.  For the next week please investigate two solutions you find interesting and be prepared to discuss them with your classmates for about 5-7 minutes next week.  You can download this Microsoft Word doc and edit and easily share with others.  If you would like an example for inspiration, here is one I created for the last workshop focused on Plant-Rich Diets & Health and Education.

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

 

Slides and Resources from Session 2 (DEEPEN)

Overview

    • Deepen understanding of Drawdown Solutions
    • Share experience of researching Solutions to reversing global warming in small groups
    • Engage with Four Levels of Actions and begin applying them to specific Solutions
    • Select one Solution to research at Four Levels of Action for next week

Slides

    • Session 2 – Deepen.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our second session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

AV During Presentation

    • What is Possible Now? (11:37).  From the Awakening the Dreamer workshop offered by The Pachamama Alliance,  this video helps to see that a new future is possible and that a huge, unstoppable movement is already in action, committed to creating a new story for humanity.
    • Will Grant Four Levels of Action (7:35) ( transcript).  A great way to think about your personal action portfolio!  Will Grant is an activist, author, and long time professional facilitator who works with organizations to help accelerate positive momentum and change.  You can find more about his work here. Also, we will soon be discussing Will Grant on the Movable Middle (on Pachamama Global Commons) in future sessions.
    • Going Forth (2:48) Katherine Wilkinson’s (VP of Communications and Engagement – Project Drawdown) closing thoughts from her Fall  2018 TED Talk for Women about Project Drawdown.

Handout(s)

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

    • Stand by Me (5:27).  Singers from around the world unite in showing us one way we can see ourselves as being connected as a human family.
    • Talking About Climate Change.  How do you talk to someone who doesn’t believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we’ve been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion — and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. 
    • Game Changing Movements: Climate Change.  From the eight week Game Changer Intensive offered by The Pachamama Alliance, here is the latest list of resources they offer to have participants learn more about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity.

 

Slides and Resources from Session 3 (DEVELOP)

Overview

    • Explore communicating about reversing global warming
    • Sharing about Solutions using the Four Levels of Action
    • Select one Solution to research identifying local engagement opportunities for next week

Slides

    • Session 3 Slides – DEVELOP.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our third session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

 

AV During Presentation

 

Handout(s)

    • What Works in Communicating About Global Warming. This is a one page document focused on who to talk to and what we are up against when we talk about global warming.  In short: Aim for the Early Majority and the Late Majority. The first 16% are already there; the final 16% are deniers. The deniers are not going to change their minds; they’ve made it part of their identity.
    • Solutions Research for Session 3 (Develop).  There are two parts to this week’s Research: (1) Research opportunities to engage with a Solution in your community and (2) Develop an elevator talk about a Solution or about reversing global warming more generally.

 

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

Slides and Resources from Session 4 (DIVE IN)

Overview

    • Share concrete opportunities to get involved with Solutions of interest
    • Choose one Solution to create an Action Plan around
    • Do an inventory process of your personal goals and resources
    • Individually or in groups be on track to develop and begin implementing an Action Plan

Slides/Presentation

AV During Presentation

Handout(s)

    • Inventory of Goals and Resources Adapted from a Joanna Macy exercise from her book: Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy.

      You can do this by yourself, or, ideally, have someone act as a “scribe” for you so you can let the ideas flow. The scribe will record your responses and reflect them back to you (and also act as a witness you in the process). Use more paper as needed. If you have no one whom you wish to invite into that role you can simply fill in the answers yourself. The scribe begins by reading aloud each question and recording your answers to each one.

    • Solutions Research #4 – Action Plan Worksheet. The goal at this point in the course is for each of us to discover and begin to get into action on our unique contribution to reversing global warming!

For Fun and Going Deeper and Wider

    • 100 People of Dance (3:47) An incredible video of adventure and collaborative dancing.  From the creator: “Filming this video was one of the craziest experiences I have ever had in my life. It took 2 months of filming and a month and a half was spent living out on the road driving all around the USA and Canada, I drove a little over 10,000 miles. This video was incredibly difficult to film and edit, so hopefully people find a little enjoyment out of this. Huge thanks to everyone that danced with me and helped film the video. Meet so many amazing people, got to see so many friends, it was an experience of a life time. “.  You can find this video on YouTube here.
    • More presentations and material from Will Grant who you may remember from the Four Levels of Action:
      • Will Grant on the Movable Middle (on Pachamama Global Commons)
      • Will’s Sythesis.Guide website on facilitation, training, organizational development, and instructional design.
      • Staying Centered in These Times.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Will Grant did this one hour seminar on staying centered and facilitated a great discussion on comfort zone, stretch and panic zones.  A great resource for anyone who is working to have difficult discussions.
    • Kate Raworth Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.  She is featured throughout the movie 2040. Here are some resources to her work:
    • 30 Days, 30 Ways.  Discover What You Can Do to Reverse Global Warming.  The Pachamama Alliance created a series of small steps each of us can take to build a portfolio of action for ourselves and to inspire others. 
    • Game Changing Movements: Climate Change From the eight week Game Changer Intensive offered by The Pachamama Alliance, here is the latest list of resources they offer to have participants learn more about one of the most pressing issues facing humanity.
    • On demand online courses:
      • Awakening the Dreamer.  This two-hour, self-guided online course is designed to awaken you to the challenges and opportunities of this critical moment in history, and inspire you into action. You can take the course in one sitting, or break up the experience into smaller units over a period of time.  If you are interested in some of the videos and presentation materials, you can find them here.
      • Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown In this 90-minute course, you’ll explore a new orientation to climate change as you dive into the 100 most substantive solutions for reversing global warming and begin to discover your unique role.

Slides and Resources from Session 5 (DISSEMINATE)

Overview

    • Goals: To create a space of community, collaboration, excitement, and momentum for participants and their guests in terms of being lifelong participants in the movement to reverse global warming and actively engaging with the Drawdown Solutions of their choice.
    • Intended Results:
      • For participants in the course to share what you have learned.
      • Commit to being lifelong ambassadors for reversing global warming.
      • Acquire new tools for being effective in your Drawdown work.
      • Clear on how you can stay engaged with others in the workshop, with Pachamama Alliance, and other organizations that can help support going forward.
      • For people not in the workshop to be inspired to investigate and participate.
      • Have fun!

Slides/Presentation

    • Session 5 Slides – DISSEMINATE.  These are the slides with notes that we went through during our fifth session.  Videos are not embedded in order to work better on Zoom and to reduce the size of the presentation.  At present, the slides are only available in Microsoft PowerPoint format but we will likely update this before the end of the series.

AV During Presentation

    • Will Grant Innovation Skills (7:07) (transcript).  Will outlines the set of skills including design thinking that will be essential to continue to develop as we continue our journey to address the climate emergency.
    • Will Grant Comfort Zone, Stretch Zone, and Panic Zone (6:18) (transcript) A great overview from Will on where we learn as human beings (the Stretch Zone).  This is where we want to be as we do our work.
      • Related: Staying Centered in These Times.  Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Will Grant gave this one-hour seminar on staying centered and facilitated a great discussion on comfort zone, stretch and panic zones.  A great resource for anyone who is working to have difficult discussions.
    • For Fun: School Lunch Opera.  Wouldn’t it be cool if this happened at a kid’s school lunch?  Wouldn’t it be cool if we were not in the middle of a global pandemic and this kind of lunch could happen?? 😁 
      • Description from YouTube: Sacla’ the Pesto Pioneers and Italian foodies favorite, served up a great surprise at a Buckinghamshire primary school and staged an impromptu Opera in the canteen one lunch time. Four secret opera singers, disguised as canteen staff, broke into song bringing the room to a standstill with a rousing medley of the Italian classics by Verdi, Puccini and Rossini. From soaring soprano to booming baritone, the singers’ stunning performance thrilled the unsuspecting school children whose shocked and surprised reactions were captured on camera by a six strong film crew behind the scenes.e

Handout(s)

    • IDEO’s The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design. (referenced in Will’s Innovation Skills video) Embracing human-centered design means believing that all problems, even the seemingly intractable ones like poverty, gender equality, and clean water, are solvable. Moreover, it means believing that the people who face those problems every day are the ones who hold the key to their answer. Human-centered design offers problem solvers of any stripe a chance to design with communities, to deeply understand the people they’re looking to serve, to dream up scores of ideas, and to create innovative new solutions rooted in people’s actual needs.

Polling and Quizzes

    • CNN and Project Drawdown’s Climate Quiz. The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you. To reduce our impact on the climate and avert disaster, it’s going to take more than switching to high-efficiency light bulbs. But the most effective ways that individuals, policymakers and businesses can reduce our carbon footprint might surprise you. Let’s see how much you know about what can be done to fight climate change.
    • Yale Climate Opinion Maps 2020. (Interactive) These maps show how Americans’ climate change beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support vary at the state, congressional district, metro area, and county levels.
    • Global Warming’s Six Americas. One of the first rules of effective communication is to “know thy audience.” Climate change public engagement efforts must start with the fundamental recognition that people are different and have different psychological, cultural, and political reasons for acting – or not acting – to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  NOTE:  You can find the latest 2020 survey information here and messaging strategies for the six Americas here.
    •  Six America’s Quiz. Take the quiz to find out are you Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, or Dismissive.

For strategies of how to invite various audiences into the discussion related to global warming, here are some additional recommendations:

    • Jonathan Haidt’s work on the moral foundations that drive our attitudes and behaviors:
      • TED Talk: The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.
      • YourMorals.org.  Welcome to YourMorals.org, where you can learn about your own morality, ethics, and/or values, while also contributing to scientific research. We are a group of professors and graduate students in social psychology.
      • The Righteous Mind:  Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt challenges conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to conservatives and liberals alike in this New York Times bestselling “landmark contribution to humanity’s understanding of itself” (The New York Times Book Review).
    • Renee Lertzman, PhD on How to Turn Climate Anxiety into Action
      • TED Talk: How to Turn Climate Anxiety into Action. It’s normal to feel anxious or overwhelmed by climate change, says psychologist Renée Lertzman. Can we turn those feelings into something productive? In an affirming talk, Lertzman discusses the emotional effects of climate change and offers insights on how psychology can help us discover both the creativity and resilience needed to act on environmental issues.
      • Project Inside Out.  We have launched this Hub with an invitation for the climate campaigning community to self-assess our theories of change and to shift our mind sets and skill sets toward Guiding. This is less of a methodology as a set of robust, flexible and powerful Guiding Principles. Within each Guiding Principle are applications for your work, whether it informs how you understand your stakeholders and members, or designing your entire engagement strategy. Our hope is that this is taken as a holistic approach, and you experiment and practice with each other and colleagues.
      • Towards 2040 – A Motivational Discussion. Damon reached out to Dr Renee four years ago when he started research for ‘2040’, keen to understand the psychology of apathy and disengagement when it comes to our biggest environmental and social challenges and to understand what can keep us buoyed, engaged and motivated to positive action. This conversation with Dr Renee inspired the solutions-focussed narrative of ‘2040’ and new ways to communicate the opportunity that the climate movement presents as we learn more about creativity, resilience, and problem-solving than ever before.
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All files and resources for the workshop are available to download here.

 

  • Pachamama Alliance Resources:
    • Awakening the Dreamer On-Demand. Take an honest look at the challenging state of the world, reflect, and discover opportunities to create a new future where you have a key role to play. This is a two hour course that you can take at your own pace wherever you like!
    • Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown In this 90-minute course, you’ll explore a new orientation to climate change as you dive into the 100 most substantive solutions for reversing global warming and begin to discover your unique role.
    • Awakening the Dreamer Next Steps. Congratulations! You have joined hundreds of thousands of people from over 100 countries who have experienced Awakening the Dreamer. Here are some offerings from Pachamama Alliance to support you in bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet going forward.
    • The Game Changer Intensive. The Game Changer Intensive is a unique online course that will inspire you and equip you to become a game-changing leader in the world. Over an eight-week period, Intensive participants delve into a wealth of carefully-curated resources—videos, readings, and activities—delivered on a platform that allows you to explore the course content on your own schedule and interact with others in lively online discussions. You can also participate in weekly conversations with a small group of learning partners and join in web gatherings with all participants at the beginning and end of the course.
    • Learn and Engage. Pachamama Alliance has created the Up to Us engagement pathway to educate, inspire and engage a critical mass of pro-activist leaders who are committed to bringing forth a thriving, just and sustainable world for all.
    • Awakening the Dreamer Training and Resources. All the materials and tips you need to plan, host and present in-person Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums, including the manual and presentation slides for V-4, the latest release. There are also additional materials to train future leaders and trainers as well.
    • Donate to the Pachamama Alliance. If you are compelled by the training materials or the mission (or both) of the Pachamama Alliance, you are invited to help keep these kinds of courses and great work protecting the Amazon rain forest going in the future.

Building on this new awareness from the Awakening the Dreamer workshop, you can also see all of the upcoming workshops from Drawdown Seattle here:

https://drawdownseattle.org/events/