Global climate change threatens to undermine the conditions that allowed civilization to thrive on earth. The economy continues to sputter and economic inequity is growing. Personal stress and discontent are rampant. Many people sense that the systems they have long relied on are collapsing. Yet few can explain why, or know what to do about it.
In this workshop, we will explain how today’s problems are of our own making: they result from flawed beliefs and assumptions about how the planet functions and what it means to live a good and decent life. Solutions require a fundamental shift from imagining ourselves as free-standing organisms — a separate “Me” — which triggers aggressive acts and defensive measures, to experiencing ourselves as what we truly are: interdependent beings completely reliant upon the broader “We” — the earth’s ecological and social systems that created and sustain each of us.
Through talks, group exercises, and personal introspection, we will identify the many systems we are dependent upon, how our actions affect those systems, the moral and ethical principles that guide our reactions to those consequences, our commitment to protecting life on the planet, and our capacity for thinking and acting sustainably. We will also apply five commitments required for the shift From Me to We, and design strategies for motivating friends or coworkers to make the shift.
Recommended reading: Doppelt, From Me to We.
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