Political Influencing

Engaging in political reality so that what we think is right and needs to be done actually happens.

To become effective we need to understand how power operates, e.g. how decisions are actually made, how to build alliances and coalitions and how to sense the right moment to act. We need to give up the wish to be popular and understood by everyone.

Statement of Intention

Clarifying our focus to build support

Practice distilling the essence of our project into a few short sentences and work with a simple template that helps to crystallize our thinking. Develop an ‘elevator pitch’. Find the right name. Clarify the vision and core goals of your project. Think about a logo.

Support groups - Women’s and Men’s C

The role of support groups, in particular women’s and men’s circles

Finding a support group that meets regularly or can be activated when you need it, can make all the difference.

System Blindness

Overcoming blind spots in planning for sustainability : spatial and temporal systems blindness

The first problem is exacerbated because problems like atmospheric pollution are increasingly cause by millions of small, incremental damaging contributions to the biosphere (eg aerosols, car exhausts) rather than large scale, more obvious ones (like oil spills, factories).

The Laws of Manifestation

How to attract the resources necessary to do what you need to do.

Working with spiritual principles can be very helpful here. David Spangler, one of the pioneers of the Findhorn Foundation community, set out some key principles in publications on “The Laws of Manifestation”.

The Practice of Journaling

Gaining self-awareness through a regular writing practice

Regular automatic writing can become a key to discovering deeper layers of our own being. It can help us work through difficult feelings, become aware of our patterns and habits and open up a flow of creativity.

School yards to fruit forests

Productive multi-purpose school grounds/ greening school yards or compounds/ school food forest/ school orchard gardens

Integrated land use design (ILUD) is an inclusive and participatory process that is used by the SCOPE and ReSCOPE Programmes in east and southern Africa to green the schools and turn the bare school grounds into food forests.

What is Dragon Dreaming?

Dragon Dreaming definitions

Description:

THE SHORTEST DEFINITION
Dragon Dreaming – is love in action

THE ONE LINE DEFINITION
Dragon Dreaming – a way of making 100% of your dreams come true.

Localisation-economics of happiness

Promoting the renewal of local communities, economies and cultures

The answer lies in shifting away from economic globalization towards localization. Whereas the global economy demands monoculture, both human and ecological, localisation is a process that adapts economic activity to diversity -- a fundamental principle of life.

Pinakari

Deep Listening

Pinakarri is the Martu Mandjilidjara Aboriginal word for Deeper Listening. In our western culture we seem to have lost the skill of empathically listening to each other.

Happiness

Promoting human and ecological wellbeing

It is important that we promote a holistic vision in which human happiness or wellbeing are seen as inseparable from ecological wellbeing.

Celebrating

The key to successful sustainable projects

Celebration is about gratitude, thanks giving, recognition and acknowledgement. It is the importance of Celebration that makes Dragon Dreaming different from many other project management tools. Celebration is an important process that reconnects the doing of a project back to the dreaming.

Overcoming trauma

Supporting children to overcome trauma and become responsible adults.

If life is a game called "I'm building the world", them it's fun to play. Beginners are not responsible for anything, like babies. But step by step the players learn about self responsibility and respect. There's the thrill and the theatre of initiation to become a Student.

What is an Ecovillage?

Definition by the Global Ecovillage Network

Mandala category: 
All dimensions

An ecovillage is an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments.

University of Resistance

A collaborative University of farmers building regional autonomy in the area of education for non violent resistance

Eleven years ago, the community’s response was to organize volunteer teachers to give basic classes as a traveling university. “We began to realize that we are the owners of our education,” said Tuberquia.

Attunement

Bringing a group together consciously at the beginning and end of meetings, aligned to the highest purpose.

Taking a minute or two at the beginning of the meeting, either in silence with a few words of guidance offered by the facilitator, to pause and notice that we are in a new space; to consciously connect with the others with whom we are meeting; and to clearly connect with the overarching purpose o

Medicinal Gardens

Building regional autonomy in the area of health and strengthening local sovereignty in healthcare

Part of the 11-year-old University of Resistance’s curriculum is to share ancestral health knowledge. It has become survival knowledge as well as a tool to regain community power and autonomy.

Balancing Mind & Body

The importance of balancing mind & body to relieve stress symptoms and avoid diseases.

Understanding what stress is and having a daily practice that balances your mind and body system.

Responsible Tourism

Community based tourism: how it benefits local people by creating revenue streams while protecting environments

The Ecovillage Design Education course (EDE) is a wonderful way to promote eco-tourism. The social, cultural, economic and ecological potential that exists within coastal villages brings new and bigger visions for participants.

Collective Wisdom

How the whole becomes more than the sum of the parts

We need to reinstate meaningful conversations at every level of society. We need to learn how to creatively express our individual diversity and potential, without attachment to being right, contributing our piece to the jigsaw puzzle of life.

Community Building

A process to develop authentic communication in community

Scott Peck has identified 4 phases of group development and created guidelines for skillfully navigating these that culminate in an experience of a mature, authentic community.

Learning from Failure

Daring to face what we’ve defined as failure

Take time to reflect on past failures. Feel the emotions that accompany these experiences. Make space for these. This might lead to a deeper integration. With support, create a space from which we can look back at these experiences and place them in a bigger context.

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