Elder Activists for Social Justice
3rd Thursday of each month
9:00 - 10:30 am PST / 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST
We participate together over Zoom video conferencing in a lightly-facilitated, educational and interactive conversation. We have time to deep dive into our topics using an Elder and social justice lens...always provocative, meaningful and community-oriented.
We began, three years ago, by looking at issues related to racism, white privilege, wealth inequality and Islamophobia, and have recently studied Native peoples' history, reconciliation and the moral voice of an Elder. Each month’s topic grows from the previous month's and the interests of those attending.
Approximately two weeks before each meeting we may post resources about our subject which include relevant readings, videos, articles, and introspective questions. Our meeting format is participatory, and everyone has a chance to interact and share. All meetings are via Zoom video conferencing. ALL ARE WELCOME.
How to join the conversation:
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, which is very easy to access by computer or regular telephone. If you choose to use your tablet or smartphone, be sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time. We will be starting each meeting on time so please connect 15 minutes before the call so that the host can help with any technical difficulties or questions you may have. Once the call starts the host will be not be able to help with connection issues. Once you are connected via Zoom you are welcome mute your microphone and turn off your video until just before the meeting starts, or you may enjoy chatting with others in the meeting while you wait.
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New Worldview Workshop
Facilitated by Geoff Ainscow
Seven Session Series Online
October 30, 2018 - February 19, 2019
10:00 - 11:30 am PST / 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
What is this workshop about?
This workshop is about a person’s worldview. How that worldview influences how we live, how we treat Earth and how we relate to each other. Today, with 7.6 billion humans and growing on a finite planet, our worldview needs to change from seeing Earth as a dead rock to a living system. Our new worldview will ensure clean water, fresh air and productive soil for future generations.
Session 1 – Today’s Reality
What is today’s reality? What is the state of our Earth, oceans, soils, forests, rivers, atmosphere, humanity, all species. Part of reality is also our history, our present and our vision for the future. Does our worldview change the reality? What is the predominant worldview today?
Session 2 – What Is A Worldview?
Our guest speaker is a professor at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She will introduce worldviews and conduct a survey. We will discuss different worldviews and explore your own worldview.
Session 3 – Earth’s History
Many people say Earth has a cancer. Most doctors before giving a remedy want to know the patient’s history. To discover the remedy for Earth’s crises we must know Earth’s history and how life works.
Session 4 – Continued Growth Versus A Finite Planet
All the crises are symptoms of one underlying problem, ‘humans demand more than Earth can supply’.
Everyone completes the Global Footprint Network calculator.
Session 5 – A Self-Regulating Earth
Earth history shows the Sun continually heats up, yet the surface of Earth stays between 0 and 100 deg C. How so? Life regulates the density of the atmosphere to keep the temp even.
Session 6 – Purpose Of Life?
Present the arrow of time. Discuss is there direction, intention to the arrow of time. What is the purpose of the oceans, the topsoil, the air, humans? What’s the purpose of life, of your life?
Session 7 - How Do We Live To Ensure Our Grandchildren’s Future?
Inspired to work for a sustainable world for our grandchildren.
Complete New Worldview chart.
Handout list of actions. Close with video of our grandchildren.
Workshop Dates: All sessions are on Tuesdays at 10:00 to 11:30 am PST
Session 1 Tuesday, October 30
Session 2 Tuesday, November 20
Session 3 Tuesday, December 4
Session 4 Tuesday, December 18
Session 5 Tuesday, January 8
Session 6 Tuesday, January 22
Session 7 Tuesday, February 19
Join our next Book Study Group!
Our last book, The New Republic of the Heart: An Ethos for Revolutionaries by Terry Patten, was a great success and now we’re ready to take on our next book...
Who Do We Choose To Be?
Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity
By Margaret J. Wheatley
Mark your calendars, bring a friend!
Every other Monday (dates below)
First discussion meeting:
Monday, January 21
9:00 - 10:30 am PST | Noon - 1:30 pm EST
From the author:
“Now in my 70’s I can look back and appreciate what a rich and blessed life I’ve lived…I’ve been able to explore a wide range of disciplines and lived in several different cultures… This access to so many sources of experience and wisdom, held in the container of friendship continues to deepen my resolve to bring whatever I’m learning into my books and teachings. For me, privilege is a responsibility rather than a source of guilt. Having experienced so much, I want to find the best means to communicate with all of you as we aspire to do meaningful work and be of service in the ever-darkening world…” -Meg Wheatley
What is being said about this book?
“I want to state up front my deep affection and appreciation for Margaret Wheatley. Wheatley's books aren’t just facts and figures, they aren’t simply a vision for a different world, they aren’t manuals to guide action; they are pieces of art, meditations, journeys into deep places, cries for change, calls to action, yearnings for a better world. Her books are expansive, creative, generative, and deeply personal.” Read more
“Steal yourself for a cold dose of what Wheatley's vision of what leadership should look like during a time of disintegration and collapse. The facing reality part of her book is grounded in two bodies of work: The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter and The Fate of Empires and the Search for Survival by Sir John Glubb. Wheatley uses these lenses as the backdrop for where we are.
If you can look past the stark and depressing characterizations of current events through these filters, Wheatley offers much to be absorbed and considered. The extensive footnotes and references after each chapter are worthy of the price of the book if you are determined to be a conscious leader.
The larger themes of service Wheatley describes coincide with some of my personal observations. I appreciated the validation I felt from reading her take. This is not a book of hope...it is a manifesto of clear-eyed determination.” —Goodreads
|Chapter One:||Monday, January 21|
|Chapter Two:||Monday, February 4|
|Chapter Three:||Monday, February 18|
|Chapter Four:||Monday, March 4|
|Chapter Five:||Monday, March 18|
|Chapter Six:||Monday, April 1|
|Chapter Seven:||Monday, April 15|
|Chapter Eight:||Monday, April 29|
The Empowered Elder
EAN's Foundation Workshop
(Seven online sessions via Zoom video conferencing)
Tuesdays, February 5th - March 19th
10:00 am - 12:15 pm PST / 1:00 pm - 3:15pm EST
PURPOSE OF THE WORKSHOP
EAN is a movement of vital elders who are dedicated to growing in consciousness while actively addressing the vital issues of our time. The Empowered Elder Workshop introduces the basic tenets upon which EAN is founded and explores the important role of elders in today's world. There is a focus on understanding, embracing, and stepping into the role of elder—of moving from 'disempowered older' to 'empowered elder'!
OVERVIEW OF SESSIONS
1 - Being an Elder
- Introduction to EAN and to the values, roles, and tasks of elderhood
- What it means to be an Elder and to move from un-empowered senior to a state of empowerment
2 - Growing in Consciousness
- Introduction to the science of mindfulness and the Story of Oneness
- How growing in mindfulness/consciousness/awareness supports our interactions with life as an individual and as part of the larger living system
3 - State of the World
- Introduction and exploration of environmental, socio-economic, and spiritual crises and divides in our world today
- How squarely facing the state of the world empowers you to act on behalf of Earth
4 - The Great Turning: The Sustainability Revolution
- Introduction to the Ecological Revolution and new sustainable models of environmental, social and economic systems
- How shifting from “there's little-or-nothing I can do” to understanding what I CAN do and changing my behavior is part of the solution
5 - Sacred Activism
- Exploring and connecting to what is “sacred” and important to you, as well as how to take action from love not hate, from unity not division
- Finding your calling—what is being asked of you now as an Elder?
6 - Taking Action Together for the Earth
- Forming into Elder Circles, Climate Action Chapters, or other community action groups; setting plans for how we will engage as elders
- Shifting from "not knowing what I can do" to commitment with others to take action on behalf of Life
7 - Elder Circles • Projects Creation • Celebration
- Hearing from the Elder circlers, actions groups, and individual projects that have formed about their plans and next steps
- Celebrating our time together and reflecting on what we have learned
HOMEWORK AND RESOURCES
After each session participants will have access to a homework and resources webpage with daily practices and journal questions, along with readings, videos, and websites relating to the topic of the next session.
The following four books have provided key source material for our workshop. They are not required reading; however, we highly recommend them for your reading list now or in the future.
From Age-ing to Sage-ing (2nd ed.) — Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
The Great Work — Thomas Berry
Active Hope — Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism — Andrew Harvey
Constance Washburn M.A. is the lead facilitator of the Empowered Elder Workshop. She is a founding member of the Elders Action Network and is a long time facilitator, community builder and leads retreats, trainings and workshops in Joanna Macy's “Work that Reconnects,” helping people reconnect to themselves, each other, and the earth in order to build a sustainable future for all life.
Constance has an M.A. in education and theater and is a graduate of the Ecology of Leadership and Permaculture Design programs at the Regenerative Design Institute, holds a certificate in Transforming Business, Society, and Self with U.Lab from MITx, and she is a mindfulness/meditation instructor and yoga teacher.
She served as Education Director at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), Marin Organic, and the Marin Agriculture and Education Alliance (MAEA) for 18 years, creating programs and events connecting people to the land. Programs included farm tours, talks, large festivals, volunteer and teacher trainings, as well as the Farm Field Studies program, which brought thousands of students a year out to farms.
What participants have said about the workshop...
“The Empowered Elder: EAN's Foundation Workshop gives a superb overview of what EAN is about as well as going into depth, especially through the varied, imaginative, and potentially transformative experiential exercises, as well as the rich resources. You will emerge more knowledgeable and wiser -- not only about what Elders Action Network really means but also about how you want to embrace your elderhood and contribute to making our world and earth a better home for our great, great grandchildren. This workshop will be valuable for EAN "old-timers" as well as new members.“
—Meg Newhouse, Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting,
founder of the Life Planning Network, EAN "old-timer"
"This workshop lays the foundation for our thinking, acting and being needed to preserve all life for all future time. If there is one course that says everything about everything, this is it. In a world exploding with information, how do we decide what to let in…This gives participants the keys to what's important and a method by which to choose."
—Geoff Ainscow, producer of The Deep Time Walk, EAN “old-timer”
Waking Up to Our Own History
Dates in 2019: March 20, April 3 and 17, May 1
9-11 am PST Noon - 2pm EST
Registration is on a sliding scale: $45-$75
This 4 session online workshop (2 hours each), with extensive interaction with other attendees, will be based on seeking right relationship to all peoples and our Mother Earth. Developed by the Elder Activists for Social Justice group of EAN, as a group we turned out to be mostly descendants of settler/colonizers and immigrants from Europe. We have endeavored to learn the truth about our own family history so as to better understand our place now, in particular as elders and people dedicated to creating a better world for future generations. We wanted to understand how we got where we are embedded in a culture of continuing oppressions, and on-going harms, in crisis mode today. We will be using a social justice lens to look at the history of white supremacy and systemic racism in the US. We have noticed a disconnection with our own authentic sense of self, particularly as elders in this culture, but also in grasping what responsibility do we have for our own lifetimes and all the past lifetimes that created us today.
What is our role as elders in this current culture, facing the social injustices in our lifetimes and in our lineage, and proclaiming our moral voice for a better world?
Facilitators Molly Arthur and Molly Brown.
Dates in 2019: March 20, April 3 and 17, May 1, 9-11 am PST