Study Circle Invitation – Why aren’t People More Engaged?

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not
.”
~ Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
~ Anne Frank, Anne Frank’s Tales from the Secret Annex

It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Silvia Di Blasio05hr

Thanks in advance to all who participated in the “Food Sovereignty” survey, that has allowed me to craft a social venture project around the topic for next year (2018).

Here is a second (parallel) project you can help me with:

The climate is changing, species are being lost, the waters, soils and air are being polluted and depleted, people are losing their basic rights, there are wars and acts of terrorism, genocides and plagues, hunger and poverty, inequality is increasing…people in “developed” countries are going numb with drugs, entertainment, overwork and yet more and more indebted, unhappy and isolated…

I could create an almost infinite list of doom and gloom, and yet (most) people are still not engaged, feeling called to do something about any of those issues, even a simple lifestyle change, much less to become activists, advocates, builders of a new, more just and sustainable reality…

Why?

I have many ideas: people are tired, overwhelmed, overworked, made feel powerless by all the challenges and a culture that traumatize us all from even before birth. We all follow a narrative of separation and hierarchies that makes us think that “someone else”, “the experts, scientists, governments, technology, God, etc.” will magically change things around and save us all…some go beyond and think that there’s nothing anyone or anything can do and that we are all doomed, therefore why to care at all…

I want to go beyond all that: I am currently taking a few programs (list below) that are providing a framework to study this and turn a problem into a solution: first, I want to understand the problem: why regular people living in developed countries, with privileges such as resources, education, ability and agency don’t engage more? What are the challenges they experience and how can we work together to change those challenges or use those privileges to empower them?

From all the people in the world, is probably the middle class in the developed countries who has the most power to change things. Impoverished and oppressed people in very poor, devastated and war-torn places can’t do much more than survive and fight back. And yet, amazing things are being created and built by inmates, refugees, people from forgotten and poor or devastated neighbourhoods, etc.

An invitation:

During the month of November, I would like to create a small study group to discuss this and brainstorm solutions. I also want to know from first hand middle class “regular” people, I want to understand their challenges and their thoughts about all this.

I’m here to co-create, listen deeply, facilitate and find ways to go forward…

This may lead to a community project, a co-op or social venture. You don’t need to be part of it, but if you want to, let me know…

Contact me through: https://mainstreampermaculture.com/contact-silvia/

I will be creating a survey and post it here soon…

Some of the programs that have inspired this and I’m currently taking:

http://elearning.gaiaeducation.org/

https://workthatreconnects.org/event/facilitator-development-online-program-2017-18/

https://www.sfu.ca/ced/news_events/2017_Cohort.html

http://www.groundswellcommunity.ca/

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