Conversation Week March 25-31(Portland, Oregon, Cascadia)
Here is a forward I recieved and thought I should share it with the community.
As a side note I think this would be a great event for all Cascadians to come together and talk of their bioregion as well as the Earth as a whole.
From: "Heather Carver" < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: March 8, 2007 10:17:59 PM PST
Subject: [earthcharterportland] Conversation Week
I thought you might be interested to know about Conversation Week,
March 25-31. The idea is to get people together and talk about what
matters most. The suggested discussion questions sound like some of
the things we've talked about at Earth Charter meetings -- how do we
change the world? what actions can we take personally? For more
information, please read the message below.
And speaking of Earth Charter discussions, please join us this
Saturday, March 10, 1:00-2:30pm at the Belmont Library, 1038 SE 39th
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Dear friends, activists, social change agents and dreamers,
Please join us, the Conversation Week
< http://www.conversationweek.org> team, in the exciting, innovative
work of building the capacity for the people of the world to sit down
together and talk about what matters most.
Through Conversation Week 2007, March 25-31, we are rapidly developing
the know-how and networks to host simultaneous face-to-face
conversations globally, interconnected by sharing key questions
crucial to our common future and a website where key insights from
conversation can be shared and synthesized. We will be able to hear
ourselves think. Experience our shared humanity and shared concerns.
Discover new approaches to rote and tired ideas. Listen, learn and
think together. It will reveal the intelligence of the "second global
Dialogue and sustainability experts around the world have helped us
develop the ten Conversation Week Questions at the end of this email.
We need hosts to select their favorite and invite people to consider
it with them during CW.
We need your help today. This Conversation Week experiment rests on
250 people around the planet having the courage and love to host a
conversation in their home, community or workplace during CW.
Hosts receive training, support from mentors, a method that's been
proven over five years to work for small group inquiry and materials.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who wants to learn a
new skill that will increase their intelligence and compassion in
their social change strategies.
Please sign up http://www.conversationweek.org/register-to-host/
< http://www.conversationweek.org/register-to-host/> , and send this
invitation on to your networks to help us achieve our goal of
recruiting 250 hosts around the world!
1) If you have a blog, please post this week about Conversation Week
and invite others to consider being a host.
2) Invite 3 people in your personal network to become a host for CW.
3) Post an invitation to email lists you're a member of, especially
those that would appreciate a CW invite!
4) Use the tags conversationweek and conversationcafe on your blog,
Flickr, del.icio.us, and other social networking sites if you use
5) If you have other ideas about spreading the word, please do tell.
talk to you - or someone you know - soon!
Vicki for the CW team
------ THE QUESTIONS -------
What do you think is the most important question in the world now?
This was the top pick, perhaps because every reviewer found our
request to find "the most important question" so stimulating.
Questions direct our attention and focus our creativity. What do we
need to ask ourselves now? It can be a philosophical question or a
pragmatic one. It can be political or personal. You don't need to come
to consensus about the most important question. You only need to
explore the range, and see what's behind each one, what they suggest,
what they tell you about yourself, others and life, where they point.
What's the highest leverage action you or anyone could take towards a
just, peaceful, and sustainable world by 2025?
Sustainability is both a buzzword and the key word of our times. We
are at a turning point. Actions that made sense in a less populous,
polluted and technologically advanced time don't make sense anymore,
but our habits, customs, lifestyles, laws and politics don't allow us
to easily change. Common sense says we can all live well within the
earth's means, but getting there is a big challenge. How do you feel
about where we are now? What changes do you see that give you hope?
You don't have to agree, just put what has heart and meaning for each
of you on the table and follow where your interest takes you.
How are we making life better for our children - and what else can we be doing?
Our children are our future. They are our love and our hope. What
child inspires you to care for the future? What might be a better
future for them? How can we create that better future now by how we
care for our own children, others' children and the generations to
come? Following the thread of this question might inspire you to
appreciate the children in your life, to act in new ways on their
behalf, to be grateful for those who gave you the world you live in -
or something else entirely.
What do you think we can do now to make life better here?
If a better life isn't happening in your home, neighborhood or
community, it isn't happening. Actions elsewhere - in halls of power,
in other places - can inspire you to make a better life where you are,
but in the end, all concrete action is local. Whether you've just made
something wonderful happen, are in the middle of a great project, have
plans for the future or have given up on making life better, this
question prods your imagination and asks you see what could be better
right where you are - and what you might do to make it so.
What do you believe freedom is for?
We do so much in this world in the name of freedom, hoping to be free
from oppression, and to be free to have the life we want. We wage wars
in the name of freedom. We struggle against the prisons of our lives,
be they tyrannical leaders or difficult circumstances. Beyond that
wonderful feeling of release, however, what do we want to use this
freedom for? What are we truly free to do? What responsibilities do we
have in exercising this freedom? What influence do others have over
our freedoms? America has developed one understanding of freedom - are
there others? When in your life have you felt free, and what did you
use this freedom for? This question asks us to explore one of the key
values guiding our own lives - and global conflicts.
What does it mean to you to be a human?
When have you felt most human? Who inspires you with their humanity?
Is there a universal definition of being human? Is it human to be
inhumane - is our dark side part of what it means to be human? This
rich question can lead many directions - history, politics,
compassionate action, religion, cultural differences and more. Follow
it together with no need to establish a shared understanding, only to
understand yourself, others and the world better.
How can we heal the wounds of violence and war?
Histories of nations as well as histories of families suggest that
violence begets violence. Rape and war, bullying and battering are
often skirmishes in longer wars of words and weapons, sometimes going
back centuries. Through violence and war, we suffer injuries to our
pride, our confidence, our security, our bodies, our property and our
lives. How can we heal that? What do we owe one another, whether
friend or foe? When have you experienced or seen forgiving the
unforgivable? What understanding do you have of war and violence that
gives you hope - or at least direction? What can we do collectively to
heal these wounds?
What is one of the most important things you have learned in your life so far?
Each person's two minutes of wisdom will naturally lead to other life
lessons to share and new insights from what others say. Include, if
you like, what led you to that gem or how it has helped you through a
difficult time. By listening to one another's life-lesson without
anyone trying to convince or impress others, everyone can expand their
store of wisdom. Consider, too, who you would like to hear and heed
your life lesson. We often wonder why mates, bosses or leaders don't
understand what is so clear to us. What do you want to say - and to
How much is enough? For you? For others?
What is enough anyway? Is it having what you need? Want? What others
have? Everything? When have you felt full, satisfied and relaxed with
no need for more? What else do you need - materially or spiritually -
to feel happy? What are those basics we should all have enough of?
Whose responsibility is it to make sure we all have our basic needs
met? What makes people who have plenty dissatisfied with their lot in
life? What do we owe the poor? What happens to people's souls,
families, communities and the world when wealth is distributed
unfairly? How can we have a world where there is enough for everyone,
and everyone has enough? Who knows - you might discover something by
following the thread of this question that creates a breakthrough.
When do you feel most alive?
African American preacher and ethicist Howard Thurman said "Don't ask
what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Do you
agree with this? When have you felt that being "most alive" has also
been what the world needs? Where did that feeling take you? When did
it leave you? What might make you come alive now? Who in your life
exemplifies this aliveness? The world needs a lot right now - are
there other sources of right action than "aliveness."? This question
can help everyone explore what motivates and inspires them - and bring
that to whatever is theirs to do.
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Discouraged about the state of the world? There is hope. The Earth
Charter is a bold, courageously optimistic declaration of
interdependence lighting the way to a sustainable and peaceful future.
Read the document at www.eccommunities.org and you will find that
people all over want the same kind of world that you do. The work of
building our global community has already begun.
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