Give a Hoot! Home of the Pachamama Game Changer Intensive, March 2020

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Our Wise “Team Mascot”

This is the home of the noon PST weekly Game Changers who participated in the March 2020 Game Changer Intensive with the Pachamama Alliance.  On this page, we will keep all things relevant to staying in touch as a group including member info, shared resources, and anything the group finds valuable in keeping a connection as we go forth into the world with a sense of possibility, hope, and solutions.

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Inspiration We Shared and Contact Info

Below are links that we shared with each other throughout the 8 week journey.  Please e-mail Scott Henson (scott.henson@outlook.com) if you would like to add to these list of resources or if you anything was accidentally missed or if you would like anything changed.  In addition to the contact links below, if you would like to e-mail our whole group, you can click on this link here.

Christine O’Brien (Mt. Shasta, California, USA)

    • On connecting with people with different viewpoints and non-violent communication: I was thinking of non-violent communication and the work of Marshall Rosenberg (at the Center for Non-Violent Communication – CNVC) in effectively communicating with people who have very different views.
    • I have one more suggestion regarding top down conversation.
      Years ago, I read a book by Christina Baldwin, Calling the Circle.  This book was foundational when I began facilitating creative writing circles.  The premise of the book is that there is an equalizing power in sitting in circle formation.  This has proven true whether it be a small circle of writers or a boardroom of shareholders.  In a circle formation, the hierarchy changes–in this form, everyone is both a participant and a leader.  I’m attaching a little YouTube video that gives a general introduction to circle as a means of facilitating equality and as a receptacle for learning and stretching beyond what we’ve been accustomed to into a more inclusive and expansive and perhaps heart-opening space.  Link to the YouTube video
    • [The Man Who Stopped the Desert] is relevant and on many levels, hopeful, to one of the overall intentions of Pachamama Alliance.  It’s a true story and documents the life of Yacouba Sawadogo, a farmer in Africa who used and revitalized an old farming method to bring water to the desert.  Little villages were folding and people were forced to move to the cities due to lack of water.  Yacouba never learned to read or write, but he is brilliant, witnesses nature, is wise.  I find what he is doing to be very inspiring.  Link to trailer here and Prime video here. You can also read about Yacouba in the Drawdown book on pages 118-120.
    • Here is a link to a two-minute trailer for the hour-long film on the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and the salmon.  I love our tribe.  The chief, Calleen Siski, is a wise woman and a good leader to her people (and to all of us who listen to her). Link here.
    • The farmer’s market is opening locally where I live in Mt. Shasta – this is their video: https://youtu.be/1oXfKbWxtCg
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Khang Nguyễn (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

    • In case you haven’t heard of her, Miki Kashtan has been a tremendously refreshing and helpful source of support for those of us living in the old systems. She reminded me that no matter what amount of money we have, the systems were designed to keep us feeling guilty and shameful about it. Her website is thefearlessheart.org. She also offers group coaching calls on the theme of Facing Privilege using the lens of non-violent communication, twice a month.
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 Melissa Dawn Brown (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

    • Shared Quotes & Poetry:
      • “When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.”   — Jim Henson
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Maia Boswell-Penc (Albany, New York, USA)

    • Regarding sharing podcasts…I like Hip Hop Caucus — an Environmental Justice  show, Mothers of Invention(on climate crisis and women who create ways to resist, and Outrage & Optimism, different discussions on climate abyss and global depletion.
    • Here is a “commercial” in a sermon I did at my church (Unity) to launch our EarthCare Team’s work. We introduced out compost heap in the back garden that day, and invited people to bring all organices there, or set up a compost heap at home.  Then we gave a short workshop. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf5TgVRGND4
    • Shared Quotes and Poetry:
      • There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
        Ask “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
        Notice what you care about.
        Assume that many others share your dreams.
        Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters. . . –Margaret Wheatley
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Liz Wanfried (New York, New York, USA)

 

Mary McAnulty (Clanvaraghan, Castlewellan, UK)

    • Shared Quotes and Poetry:
      • Keep walking, though there’s no place to get to.
        Don’t try to see through the distances.
        That’s not for human beings.
        Move within, but don’t move the way fear makes you move.
        Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
        Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.
        Take down a musical instrument.
        Let the beauty we love be what we do.
        There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
        — Rumi
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Greta Franklin de Matos (Pucón, Provincia de Cautín, Región de la Araucanía, Chile)

    • I thought I’d share some of the resources that I mentioned on our call [regarding “The Rigged Game”], in case anyone is curious about them or they can support anyone else’s efforts.
      • Spiral Dynamics– Here is a quick video overview, and I’ve attached a longer-form explanation in case you feel like diving in for a deeper read.Trump is a good example of a “leader” operating primarily in RED but can be easily influenced by ORANGE.

        So the way I work with this is be aware of the different kinds of behavioral dynamics leaders embody within different corporations – this tell me which “meme” they are operating from.

        For example, in my work, I deal with a lot of people who work in legal and social/environmental compliance teams (operating mostly in BLUE), people working on sustainability teams (people operating mostly in GREEN) and many C-Suite executives that are operating in ORANGE.

        Even just looking at that it’s easy to see how many human behavioral systems can be operating in conflict within a company all competing and sometimes hijacking one another’s efforts toward change related to social justice and environmental sustainability…this model helps me zero in on understanding who my audience is and how I need to adjust my approach if, for example, I am bringing a GREEN system-thinking solution to a person functioning in a ORANGE system and mindset- it helps me reduce my own blindspots and not take for granted the need for the proposal to be valuable to every level of human development- with particular focus on the level in which they are operating- in order to be relatable and not trigger our basic human defenses/emotional response).

        However, it’s important to acknowledge that no one person is living in a single dimension and it’s not a linear progression- we still might have aspects of ourselves operating in BEIGE (how you might respond instinctually to save your child from danger, for example) or PURPLE in some life situations whereas in others we are more easily slipping into GREEN or BLUE. Every level that we have evolved through continues to operate within us in some way, and everything is able to continue toward the more expansive evolution.

        The key is to keep in mind what dynamics you are dealing with when you are trying to relate to the values of the individual you wish to influence (and what system they might be coping (or thriving) in, for example I often find people who personally function in GREEN at home/lifestyle, but at work they conform to the demands of BLUE). It’s dynamic 🙂

        The other keep aspect of this framework is to not take it “personally”- it is much more a tool for working neutrally with human behavioral dynamics and creating pathways for conscious evolution without emotional entanglement (takes away the victimization and vilification dynamic).

        Nelson Mandela utilized Spiral Dynamics when he was rebuilding South Africa.

      • Sharing story and seeing ourselves as contributors to the system, even in minute and complex ways- this is a brief, profound and beautiful talk from the actress Julia Ormond and her experience with human trafficking, and the way in which she found her voice by first finding herself in the system and exactly how she was directly contributing to the problem.In those moments of struggling to find our footing (while standing on fishes) and knowing what our role is- I love these words she shares:

        “Probably the only accurate presumption I can have is that I will never get beyond my inaccurate presumptions”- these issues are all so complex and there are so many layers and dynamics at play, being willing to humbly keep learning and feeling our way toward how we can best be of service is a worthy endeavor.

        She also is willing to claim radical responsibility, which I think is equally important, and reflecting on her own questions are applicable in the dismantling of any of these unjust systems:

        Where is it worst? “In my own home.”

        Who is doing it? “Me”

        Why is it happening? “Denial”

        And who can solve it? “All of us. It has to be all of us, because one person in isolation is not going to ever be enough.”

      • I’ve been LOVING this podcast called Myths, Morals & Money – it is hosted by Berry Lieberman (if you haven’t heard of her, she has a pretty incredible story related to disrupting the system and turning her privilege into a force for good, she shares a good bit of that story in the first episode) and three Jungian analysts and they essentially bring a psychological perspective to our rigged game of an economic system.It is quite intriguing and also poignant in this moment where we are seeing so much failure within the systems, and being able to connect the human psychological and behavioral change that is necessary in order for the system change to be possible.
    • System breakdowns are fertile grounds for system breakthroughs, and as the entire world takes stock of how fundamentally broken so many of our existing systems are, this is a stunning, unique and profound opportunity for reflection about what critical changes and innovations are necessary in order to support the resilience of life on this planet.
      Having worked for nearly 15 years in the belly of the beast of broken systems- our global economic system – and continuously witnessed how essentially every effort to improve upon the existing broken system in terms of assuring more human dignity, respect for human rights and reduction of negative environmental impacts has simply never been enough, is a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, it’s been work that has often exhausted my personal capacity for optimism. And yet, with self care and a whole hell of a lot of grief work, I truly believe we do have the capacity to evolve and innovate as a species in a manner that serves the greater good. But we need massive innovation that changes the way we think about the purpose and intention driving our economic efforts.
      This news – Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut’ model to mend post-coronavirus economy-lifts my hope that perhaps we will integrate some of what we are learning from this present moment and as a collective we will actually be willing to reconsider the way we do everything and never return to “the way things were”.  I know it’s one city, in one country, but in a moment where there is so much awareness of our collective interconnectedness, who knows how far this ripple might spread.

“The world is experiencing a series of shocks and surprise impacts which are enabling us to shift away from the idea of growth to ‘thriving’, Raworth says. “Thriving means our wellbeing lies in balance. We know it so well in the level of our body. This is the moment we are going to connect bodily health to planetary health.”

Additionally- if you have never heard of Doughnut Economics and are curious, here’s a link to it– and Kate’s Ted Talk here– what I love about Kate’s work is that she offers a grounding view of what we might take into consideration if we really want to change the story of our globalized economy.

  • I wanted to share with everyone a brief film from Green Renaissance that is quite  a lovely remembrance and invoking of connection with the environment- I found that it felt supportive of the materials we were working with this week related to climate change. Link: (RE)Connect
  • Here is the podcast link I mentioned related to carbon offsets (which should be discussed whenever talking about the carbon tax) and carbon tax…Personally I find this is such a dynamic and multi-layered conversation, and what I appreciate about this particular podcast is that they bring many different perspectives (local indigenous leaders, academics, NGOs and also an executive from an offset market manager) to the table and are able to share both the values of these models as well as their shortcomings and challenges- all considerations we can benefit to be mindful of whether we choose to support this approach or not.  Link here: Carbon Offsets: Privileged Pollution?
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Our Group on a (Flat) World Map

CGI March 2020 Member Map

Link to our map: https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Pachamama%20Alliance%20-%20CGI%20-%20March%202020

Resources from the Game Changer Intensive Course

There is a folder with all of the downloads in one folder which you can find here.  You will see folders for each of the weeks and documents in the main folder which have all of the links to them.

 

Photos Shared By Our Group

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Whoooo is this you might ask? The creative inspiration of our Mascot – Jan-Marie Etzel!

 

 

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