Wellbeing Or Woe?

Children in the 21 Century
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Where are we?

NETWORK Rocks!!

What? Why? Where? When? How?

A Short History of Childhood
“Considering the wholesale torture of children... mutilation... sacrifice... abandonment... sexual abuse...we should view much of human history as a holocaust against children.” - Robin Grille, Parenting for a Peaceful World

The Infanticidal Mode (Pre 4th Century)

High rates of condoned infanticide, incest, ritualised mutilation and large scale use as slaves and sexual object s. Practices pervaded all societal domains More infants died in Europe from abandonment than every plague and epidemic combined. Rise of foundling homes, wet nursing, fosterage, apprenticeship, oblation and slavery Beginning of child protection movement, though children believed to be born evil, needing correction – and viewed from a modern perspective nearly all children 'battered' Children now seen, however not heard. Earliest accounts of children suffering no beatings, though repressive and violent attitudes to sexuality prevail Creation of paediatrics and first child protection societies (France 1865, UK 1895)

The Abandoning Mode (4th to 14th Centuries)

The Ambivalent Mode (14th to 18th Centuries) The Intrusive Mode (Post 18th Century)

The Socialising Mode (Late 19th Century onwards)

Increased acceptance of children however fear that full emotional freedom will lead to unhealthy dependency. Thresholds of abuse remain high, such as 'spanking' Market forces arrive – such as baby formula which was 'similar to milk'

Australians: Forget Them Not

In just 238 years we have experienced toxic shame, trauma and deep disconnection. Such an abrupt toxification to the place of the world's oldest and longest surviving culture. Crime upon crime, trauma upon trauma, shame upon shame.

Evolutionary Impulse: Expand & Connect

With a Global Village in need...
The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific. 51 would be male, 49 would be female 82 would be non-white; 18 white 67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian 80 would live in substandard housing 67 would be unable to read 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation 33 would be without access to a safe water 39 would lack access to improved sanitation 24 would not have any electricity (76 only for light at night) 7 people would have access to the Internet 1 would have a college/university education 1 would have HIV 2 would be near birth; 1 near death 5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens 33 would be attempting to live on only 3% of the income of “the village”

Growing Energy & Resource Needs

Peak Oil Update - July 2009:
Production Forecasts and EIA Oil Production Numbers

Declining Oil Discoveries

Pique Oil

“We need to curtail our appetite for oil. We already know that the burning of fossil fuels harms the atmosphere. We need to understand that our dependence on oil has warped countries that provide us with the substance. If we become less reliant on oil we will not feel a need to go to war for oil's sake, or to support a dictator for oil's sake.” — Peter Maass

We All Live on the Polders

It's Not the Future – It's NOW!!

Don't Think of a DINOSAUR!

Don't think of a DINOSAUR!!

Do Think of Wellbeing & Sustainability

Beyond Maslow's Needs

Globo Sapiens

Our Evolving Values in Detail

Parenting for a Peaceful World
“The ultimate source of all advances in human civilisation – political, social, individual – can be found in the day-to-day innovations in child rearing invested by each caretaker and child in their developing relationship.” - Lloyd de Mause

The Helping Mode – The Rise of Natural Parenting, Attachment Parenting or Continuum Parenting

Attend to emotional development with empathy to children's expressions of need Invited mutual expression of needs and feelings Fostering child's autonomy and self-regulation Distinguishing between child's need and parent's wishes (rather than for your own good) Parents' power is earned through trust Return to breastfeeding The foundation of parent-child secure attachment Authoritative rather than authoritarian, building healthy interpersonal boundaries Relationship-centred rather than child or parent centred Holistic education with emotional mind-body development curriculum Recognised role of 'the village' as family supporter and adult role model

Peace & Human Development

Number of Armed Conflicts (1946-99)

Main Arms Exporters

We have Money

The Great Transition Initiative
Pathways to Sustainable Wellbeing
Major Conflicts

Social Equity

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Peace
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Freedom
Hunger

1 billion

Development

1980 2020
Climate

2060

1980 2020

2060
People in stress

1980 2020
Water billion

2060

Environmental Health
CO2(ppm) Forests (ha)

550

Ecosystems 4.5 billion

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300 1980 2020

2060

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2060

1980 2020

2060

We must be careful with Nostalgia

We can Renew our Energy

Evolve our Transport

TH!NK city. For around $100 AUD per week, an overnight power top-up, and it’s ready to go in the morning. It can carry 2 + 2, travel up to 200 kilometres in city driving on a fully charged battery, with a top speed of 100km/h.

Watershed

“The Story of Stuff”
Your Money or Our Life? 88% have at least one cluttered room Average home has 3+ cluttered rooms Australians boast the biggest homes in the world – 3sqm bigger than US, 30sqm bigger NZ and 130sqm bigger than British 84% are buying things to deal with excess stuff – ¼ have vacuum storage bags, 1/5 built a shed and 1 in 8 have moved house

Cuba: (Most) Sustainable & Well
The Cuban government changed its 30 year motto from "Socialism or Death" to "A Better World is Possible." World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report identifies Cuba as the only country in the world to meet requirements for sustainable development (low resource use and high living standards) Community gardens – 50% of Havana’s vegetables come from within city limits Other Cuban towns' and cities' urban gardens produce from 80 percent to more than 100 percent of what they need Decentralized energy generation throughout the country Community based energy efficiency programs Cuba is an economically poor country (bottom third of all nations) however: Life expectancy averages 77.4 years Infant mortality is 9 per 1,000 live births Literacy rate in Cuba is 97% Education (one teacher for every 16 students) Medical systems are free (one doctor for every 167 people) To halt migration from the countryside to the city higher education was spread out into the provinces, expanding learning opportunities and strengthening rural communities. Now there are 50 colleges and universities throughout the country, seven in Havana.

What? Why? Where? When? How?

Child Friendly Communities ~ social, economic & natural ~

"The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet." – William Gibson

Growing up the Whole Child

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Wellbeing Or Woe?
Children in the 21st Century
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Thank you to Network for the opportunity to speak with you again and be a part of Switched On. I acknowledge the Dharawl and Wodi Wodi people, the first people and custodians of this area for millenia. I thank them for allowing me to be on this land today, and for allowing my ancestors to have lived in Australia too. I believe that there is much unfinished business for us modern Australians and that we need to discuss the issue of sovereignty to be able to create a truly shared future for all Australians. Hold onto your hearts and minds as we go for a roller coaster ride exploring the place and space we find our children – and ourselves – in today.

Where are we?

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I believe humanity has entered a 'paradigm storm' – a multigenerational period of simultaneous and significant shifts towards health, happiness and sustainability. These paradigm shifts will be cultural, technological and systemic. These shifts reflect the clear need for us to address environmental priorities, carbon light and socially inclusive economics, population and life expectancy growth, globalisation and massive mobility and migration. I believe these massive changes and challenges will be met through profound breakthroughs in human wellbeing – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual – culture, organising systems and technology. I also believe these shifts will be deeply challenging, requiring us to evolve, let go. Many people will suffer greatly along the way. M25, London, Hawkes

NETWORK Rocks!!

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Speaking up for kids and families Growing up kids – play, activities, gardens, fundraising for causes, participating in your communities Rights & Wellbeing – freedom of expression, creativity, care and play Facilitating connections, relationships and building communities Information Exchange – social networks and activities, services, environmental education and issues, cultural diversity and harmony Collaboration with other services to meet the needs of children and families Lobbying, advocacy – policy influence for the profession and sector Professional Development & Training, Conferences, educational products and services SO WHAT VALUE CAN I ADD??

What? Why? Where? When? How?

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What for Network – services, programs, issues, resources, connections. Looking good! I want to focus on the Why, deepen your shared understanding of why your work is so important today. Where – with a massive reach of 900 OOSH services in NSW alone there is great potential to consider where else Network might be of service. The when is now, the urgency of the need which will become blatantly clear. And the how, an opportunity to consider room to create and innovate. What if deep down we know what needs to be done with great urgency and effort? How would our kids be affected if we didn't act on this impulse? What is holding us back? What moves us?

A Short History of Childhood
“Considering the wholesale torture of children... mutilation... sacrifice... abandonment... sexual abuse...we should view much of human history as a holocaust against children.” - Robin Grille, Parenting for a Peaceful World

The Infanticidal Mode (Pre 4th Century)

High rates of condoned infanticide, incest, ritualised mutilation and large scale use as slaves and sexual object s. Practices pervaded all societal domains More infants died in Europe from abandonment than every plague and epidemic combined. Rise of foundling homes, wet nursing, fosterage, apprenticeship, oblation and slavery Beginning of child protection movement, though children believed to be born evil, needing correction – and viewed from a modern perspective nearly all children 'battered' Children now seen, however not heard. Earliest accounts of children suffering no beatings, though repressive and violent attitudes to sexuality prevail Creation of paediatrics and first child protection societies (France 1865, UK 1895)

The Abandoning Mode (4th to 14th Centuries)

The Ambivalent Mode (14th to 18th Centuries) The Intrusive Mode (Post 18th Century)

The Socialising Mode (Late 19th Century onwards)

Increased acceptance of children however fear that full emotional freedom will lead to unhealthy dependency. Thresholds of abuse remain high, such as 'spanking' Market forces arrive – such as baby formula which was 'similar to milk'

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Excerpts, Parenting for a Peaceful World, Robin Grille (2005) As a child, Hitler was whipped or caned up to 200 times in a day, which sometimes put him into a coma. Hitler learnt how to disconnect to survive, to ignore his own pain, trauma and feelings and even more sadly learnt how to project that on others with just as severe and affect. The child that acts unlovable needs to be loved. Anon. Perhaps so too it is true for the adult that acts unlovable.

Australians: Forget Them Not

In just 238 years we have experienced toxic shame, trauma and deep disconnection. Such an abrupt toxification to the place of the world's oldest and longest surviving culture. Crime upon crime, trauma upon trauma, shame upon shame.

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a0/FirstFleetCharlotte http://www.forgottenaustralians.org.au/ http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23206140-2,00.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Buggery - Death of 50-70% of Aboriginal in 50 years from new illnesses from Europe - Arrival of 165,000 convicts, often victims of gross injustice - 10-30% of Aboriginal children stolen day in day out for nearly a century - The murdering of tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of women, men, boys and girls in the Australian frontier wars - Added some 500,000 forgotten Australians - And 1 million plus post World War migrants What light shines through the cracks in these broken hearts? Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. - From the the lyrics of the song Anthem by Leonard Cohen

Evolutionary Impulse: Expand & Connect

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www.bestfutures.org Expand in possibilities – aspirations, world view, technology. Expand in needs – self development (Maslow), population growth, environmental changes, economic changes, conflict, attachment to what already got. Internal (consciousness) and External (material) Individual & Collective From individual Hunter & Gathers to the kinship of Clans & Tribes. Then to Empires & Nations & Big Religion. From here the Market, Business arrive, dominating today and the edge is EcoCommunities of multi cultural, family friendly, green and social communities. Walking to horses to space travel. Town criers to the web. = Moving towards more inclusion, greater wellbeing and sustainability.

With a Global Village in need...
The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific. 51 would be male, 49 would be female 82 would be non-white; 18 white 67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian 80 would live in substandard housing 67 would be unable to read 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation 33 would be without access to a safe water 39 would lack access to improved sanitation 24 would not have any electricity (76 only for light at night) 7 people would have access to the Internet 1 would have a college/university education 1 would have HIV 2 would be near birth; 1 near death 5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens 33 would be attempting to live on only 3% of the income of “the village”

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http://www.familycare.org/news/if_the_world.htm

Growing Energy & Resource Needs

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http://www.footprintnetwork.org/gfn_sub.php?content=global_foo www.bestfutures.org Overshoot is possible in the short-term because humanity can liquidate its ecological capital rather than living off annual yields. Humanity has moved from using, in net terms, about half the planet's biocapacity in 1961 to over 1.25 times the biocapacity of the Earth in 2003. World Overshoot Day was 25 September 2009. Australia overshot its share of biocapacity in March spending the rest of the year using someone else fair share, including our childrens. We now consume more natural resources than all the people who have gone before us put together. http://www.veoliaenvironnement.com/globe/en/environment/

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http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/worldpopgraph.php Population growing though plateauing by the end of the century. Most growth is due to the doubling of life expectancy in the last century. UN report 200sqkm of forest clearing every day – while regenerating 15% of the Earth could address half of all climate change emissions. More than 800 animal and plant species have gone extinct in the past five centuries with nearly 17,000 now threatened with extinction. International Union for Conservation of Nature http://planetark.org/wen/53608 The commencement of the Anthropocene Age, so called because we are witnessing the largest loss of biodiversity since dinosaurs became extinct 60 million years ago.

Peak Oil Update - July 2009:
Production Forecasts and EIA Oil Production Numbers

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http://www.theoildrum.com/tag/update Energy Information Administration, USA World oil production (EIA Monthly) for crude oil + NGL. The median forecast is calculated from 15 models that are predicting a peak before 2020 (Bakhtiari, Smith, Staniford, Loglets, Shock model, GBM, ASPO-[70,58,45], Robelius Low/High, HSM,Duncan&Youngquist). 95% of the predictions sees a production peak between 2008 and 2010 at 77.5 - 85.0 mbpd (The 95% forecast variability area in yellow is computed using a bootstrap technique). The magenta area is the 95% confidence interval for the population-based model.

Declining Oil Discoveries

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Pique Oil

“We need to curtail our appetite for oil. We already know that the burning of fossil fuels harms the atmosphere. We need to understand that our dependence on oil has warped countries that provide us with the substance. If we become less reliant on oil we will not feel a need to go to war for oil's sake, or to support a dictator for 13 oil's sake.” — Peter Maass

http://www.petermaass.com/ 40 years ago villagers were eating canned tuna fish because the fish in their rivers were too contaminated to eat. Chevron operations have left 916 waste pits of crude oil in the Amazonian region of northern Ecuador – and cancer and other health problems plague the Lago Agrio region. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=49041

The Puffin field lies about 50 kilometres north west of the West Atlas oil rig, where oil has been leaking from a well for nearly 10 weeks. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/10/29/2728160.htm?

Nigeria has not benefited from oil. 80% of its oil revenue going into the pockets of 1% of the population. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/10/crude-world.php?dc

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From the Book, "Hungry Planet”

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp Food expenditure for one week, about A$1 Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_137 Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide Food expenditure for one week about A$600 Favorite foods: fried potatoes with onions, bacon and herring, fried noodles with eggs and cheese, pizza, vanilla pudding

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_137 According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted after production.

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http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/why/evidence/mental-health

Sensational stories driving paranoid thoughts Dr Daniel Freeman from the psychiatry institute of King's College London says almost a quarter of the population experience regular paranoid thoughts, driven by an avalanche of sensational stories in the media. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/12/22/2453118.htm The Netherlands betters Australia by a factor of nearly two. Plus alcohol and other drugs Child abuse & neglect Family violence Gambling

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Inequity looked at through the lens of income and material wealth is an indicator of community and social inclusion.

We All Live on the Polders

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_the_Netherlands
Dutch people have a saying about their culture which reflects a unique environmental need they have which goes something like 'whether you are rich or poor, black or white, man or woman, young or old, we all live together, in the same polder – below sea level'. The polders are land that has been reclaimed from sea, flood plains, river systems and wetlands. The majority of land in the Netherlands lies less than one metre above sea level, with a great deal being below see level. The maps show the Netherlands in full (left) and what would be left without dikes (that is without land that is in fact below sea level) (right).

For the first time in human history we have a range of needs that require global solutions through cooperation rather than control and force. For the first time in human history, we are all now living on the polders so to speak.

http://www.planetark.com/envpicstory.cfm/newsid/51066 http://www.treehugger.com/galleries/2009/03/7-terrifying-global-w Waterfall spouting from the ice edge of Brasvell Glacier, Arctic.

It's Not the Future – It's NOW!!

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/11/18/2745742.htm?WT http://www.smh.com.au/national/hopes-hit-by-high-tide-20091104 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/04/murray-darling/drape Melissa and John Mekrizis house are already counting the cost of their decision to buy on Old Street, Tempe. Each morning, Mrs Mekrizis has to to sweep away the tidewaters pooling on the road outside the house. “People not caring enough about the environment” was ranked in the online survey as the third worst thing about living in Australia. Many children and young people also listed looking after the environment as something they would change to make Australia a better place for kids. A NATIONAL CONSULTATION WITH CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL PLAN OF ACTION FOR A WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN - NSW Commission for Children and Young People June 2005

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Don't Think of a DINOSAUR!
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Don't think of a DINOSAUR!!

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The vast majority of social change efforts are framed in the negative. Avoiding serious climate change, preventing violence or child abuse and neglect are common examples of many other similar negative strategic frames used by advocates, strategists and campaigners. The problem with using negative frames is that the negative frame used remains dominant. George Lakoff demonstrated this humorously by pointing out that if we are told Don't think of an Elephant, we do in fact think of an elephant.

Do Think of Wellbeing & Sustainability

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A positive framing of change is required for social change towards, rather than away from, goals sustainability, children's wellbeing and family friendly communities instead and away from the many 'dinosaurs' facing humanity today. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynic, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not. ~ John F Kennedy Man alone, of all creatures on Earth, can change his own pattern. Man alone is the architect of his destiny. The great revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. ~ William James

Beyond Maslow's Needs

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Individual focus, mostly internal plus basic material. ●'Flat Evolution' which doesn't recognise that these needs can only be met in an expanding and increasingly connected social system. ●Time to add external and collective social structures.

Globo Sapiens

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"At each stage of human existence we quest for a Holy Grail, the way of life he seeks by which to live. At his first level this quest for automatic physiological satisfaction. At the second a safe mode of living, and then a search for heroic status, for power and glory, by a search for ultimate peace; a search for material pleasure, affectionate relations, respect of self then peace in an incomprehensible world. As each level we believe will lie the answer to existence, yet instead every stage leaves us disconcerted and perplexed, finding as we solve one set of human problems there is a new set in their place. The quest... is never ending." Clare Graves Beige: CHIEFS Purple: Connection with Nature, Sense of Belonging/History Red: Self Agency, Rights Blue: Safety, security, law and order Orange: Performance, Success Green: Connection with 'others' Yellow: Balancing all this with sustainability and equity for all life on Earth.

Our Evolving Values in Detail

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www.bestfutures.org For example, a global rather than nationalist approach to climate change would prompt us to consider: ● 33% of China's emissions come from manufacturing goods intended for overseas sale. That is a third of all China's climate changing pollution happens because Western countries (mostly) have been demanding more, and cheaper, 'stuff.' Like massive plasma TV's to watch a smog-filled Beijing Olympics. Ah, the twisted irony. ● Australia's carbon footprint highest in world per capita

Parenting for a Peaceful World
“The ultimate source of all advances in human civilisation – political, social, individual – can be found in the day-to-day innovations in child rearing invested by each caretaker and child in their developing relationship.” - Lloyd de Mause

The Helping Mode – The Rise of Natural Parenting, Attachment Parenting or Continuum Parenting

Attend to emotional development with empathy to children's expressions of need Invited mutual expression of needs and feelings Fostering child's autonomy and self-regulation Distinguishing between child's need and parent's wishes (rather than for your own good) Parents' power is earned through trust Return to breastfeeding The foundation of parent-child secure attachment Authoritative rather than authoritarian, building healthy interpersonal boundaries Relationship-centred rather than child or parent centred Holistic education with emotional mind-body development curriculum Recognised role of 'the village' as family supporter and adult role model
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De Mause (1999) Excerpts, Parenting for a Peaceful World, Robin Grille (2005) Importantly, Grille points out that of all species, humanity has the greatest variability of practices in child rearing. He attributes this to the fact we raise children in village environments. Our parenting ability is so strongly influenced by our village and community culture.

Peace & Human Development

Number of Armed Conflicts (1946-99)

Main Arms Exporters

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http://www.dreamstime.com/kid-in-rye-imagefree502677

http://www.newint.org/features/1999/04/01/thefacts/index.php Costa Rica's President breaking a wall of the Cuartel Bellavista symbolizing the abolition of the Military – 1 December 1948 The military budget is now is used for security, education and culture; the country maintains Police Guard forces. Unlike its neighbours, Costa Rica has not endured a civil war since.

There are now eighteen countries that have no armed forces. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_without_armed_

We have Money

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www.bestfutures.org Consumer society creates an illusion of scarcity in the rich world, where people try to satisfy their needs through consuming things. All the while there is real scarcity in the poor world. Two weeks alone of the global military budget is enough to provide CHIEFS needs: clothing, health services, information technology, education for all, food and shelter to every person in our global village still needing these things. This presentation is brought to you by free open source community software, saving me hundreds of dollars per year from M$.

The Great Transition Initiative
Pathways to Sustainable Wellbeing
Major Conflicts

Social Equity

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Peace
1

Freedom
Hunger

1 billion

Development

1980 2020
Climate

2060

1980 2020

2060
People in stress

1980 2020
Water 5 billion

2060

Environmental Health
CO2(ppm) Forests (ha)

550

Ecosystems 4.5 billion

300 1980 2020

2060

3 1980 2020

2060

1980 2020

2060
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Key elements of a sustainable vision are: ● our collective survival depends on human economies becoming sustainable ● a peaceful and co-operative world is possible and necessary ● power and resources must be redistributed to meet essential human and biophysical needs ● cultural and genetic diversity is essential for health and wholeness.

We must be careful with Nostalgia

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http://www.planetark.com/envpicstory.cfm/newsid/49292 As wind turbines stand on the shoulders of wind mills, so to do we now stand on the shoulders of our parents, elders, and ancestors.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/08/eveningnews/ma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sams%C3%B8 In 1997 Samsø in Denmark won a government competition to become a model renewable energy community. At the time it was entirely dependent on imported oil and coal. An offshore wind farm comprising 10 turbines plus 11 landbased windmills, was completed, funded by the islanders. The people of Samsø heat their homes with straw burned in a central heating system and they power some vehicles on biofuel which they also grow. Now 100% of its electricity comes from wind power and 75% of its heat comes from solar power and biomass energy.

We can Renew our Energy

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The sun supplies the amount of 15,000 times the daily energy usage on earth. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns It is time now for us to farm the sun for our energy needs. Image of land needed to power the world, Europe or Germany with solar-thermal power - Spiegel Online pictures titled "Desertec: Strom aus der Wüste" (translation: Desertech: Electricity from the desert). http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/solar-thermal-power-pho Plus hot rocks, tidal, wind and biofuels. http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2009/en/ch6.shtml

Evolve our Transport

TH!NK city. For around $100 AUD per week, an overnight power top-up, and it’s ready to go in the morning. It can carry 2 + 2, travel up to 200 kilometres in city driving on a fully charged battery, with a top speed of 100km/h.
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From Newride London, showing electric vehicle charging points. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/04/2264271.htm http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/05/electric-vehicle-charging

Mercedes to discontinue production of fossil fuel powered vehicles by 2015. At Mercedes-Benz, our aim is sustainable mobility – and here’s how we plan to achieve it. First, make the combustion engine as green as possible. Second, promote the development of high quality and alternative fuels. And finally, perfect the fuel cell for zero emission driving. http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mp

The risk of developing asthma, hay fever, eczema or other allergies is about 50 percent higher for children living 50 metres (yards) from a busy road than for those living 1,000 metres away. http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/48785/story. Portugal President

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Not technolgoy change alone, also we need to shift our culture and our systems. For food this means more seasonal food, sourced locally, grown naturally in ways that regenerate and complement native environments. We can make these choices as consumers and individuals, so too in collectives like Brisbane's highly successful FoodConnect.

Watershed

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/11/01/2079239.htm http://www.chrisjordan.com/ http://www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php?id=11 206 billion litres of bottled water (2007) = 30.8 litres p person USA 2 million plastic bottles every 5 minutes & bottled water takes 600 times more carbon than tap water. http://www.smh.com.au/environment/water-issues/rees-bans-bot NSW State Government follows Bundanoon and is banning commercially bottled water in all govt departs and agencies. Pacific Garbage Patch: a vast rubbish dump, which covers an area bigger than Australia, is floating in the Pacific Ocean and research shows it is growing bigger. Known as the Pacific Gyre the rubbish collects in one area because of a clockwise trade wind that circulates around the Pacific rim.

$20 to prevent a child dies every 20 seconds from a disease associated with a lack of clean water (UN). http://www.usefulgifts.org/gift/safe-water/ http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/50826/story

“The Story of Stuff”
Your Money or Our Life? 88% have at least one cluttered room Average home has 3+ cluttered rooms Australians boast the biggest homes in the world – 3sqm bigger than US, 30sqm bigger NZ and 130sqm bigger than British 84% are buying things to deal with excess stuff – ¼ have vacuum storage bags, 1/5 built a shed and 1 in 8 have moved house

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Jaz & Sponsoring a Brumby – some call this emerging patter The Philanthropic Age, where a dollar donated holds more value than a dollar consumed on stuff. Productivity Commission chairman Gary Banks said one of the factors pushing up the cost of housing was the desire for ever larger houses, with Australians now boasting the biggest homes in the world

http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/results.chtml?filename_num=194 http://www.newint.com.au/shop/5-fair-trade-news-ft197.htm

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/04/080407-seaho

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Cuba: (Most) Sustainable & Well
The Cuban government changed its 30 year motto from "Socialism or Death" to "A Better World is Possible." World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet Report identifies Cuba as the only country in the world to meet requirements for sustainable development (low resource use and high living standards) Community gardens – 50% of Havana’s vegetables come from within city limits Other Cuban towns' and cities' urban gardens produce from 80 percent to more than 100 percent of what they need Decentralized energy generation throughout the country Community based energy efficiency programs Cuba is an economically poor country (bottom third of all nations) however: Life expectancy averages 77.4 years Infant mortality is 9 per 1,000 live births Literacy rate in Cuba is 97% Education (one teacher for every 16 students) Medical systems are free (one doctor for every 167 people) To halt migration from the countryside to the city higher education was spread out into the provinces, expanding learning opportunities and strengthening rural communities. Now there are 50 colleges and universities throughout the country, seven in Havana.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/colloidfarl/63643221/ http://www.whatthebleep.com/herald13/cuba3.shtml http://www.communitysolution.org/talks.html http://www.newint.org/issue277/profile.htm

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Coming back to Network. The why of the importance of growing up kids and the values you instill in them is clear. So too is the urgency of deepening and broadening this across every facet of your work.

Child Friendly Communities ~ social, economic & natural ~

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http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1220/p01s03-woeu.html WHERE – the community of place, retail spaces public places Germany's best-known environmentally friendly neighborhood. 2,000 new homes on a former military base 10 minutes by bike from the heart of Freiburg. Carpoolers get free yearly tramway passes, while parking spots are available only in a garage at the neighbourhood's edge. 40% of residents have bought spaces, many just for the benefit of their visiting guests. Car-ownership rate in Vauban is only 150 per 1,000 inhabitants Environmental research also became a backbone of the region's economy, which boasts Germany's largest solarresearch centre and an international centre for renewable energy. There are four kindergartens, a Steiner Waldorf school, and plenty of playgrounds - a good thing, because a third of Vauban's residents are under age 18.

"The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet." – William Gibson

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In terms of how there is a great value in strengthening the integration of cultural diversity and understanding across your services, programs and staffing, better reflecting the diversity of Australia and the world. Oh, and more men in children's services too!

Growing up the Whole Child

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http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/curriculum/MISmart/MImapDef.HTM The where of innovation is not just the physical communities and space. It is also into the unseen, the inner world of children and their relationships. Social and emotional intelligence is one aspect of this, however equally important are all the domains of intelligence and development for children. I believe that the spiritual, such as the quiet reflective times that Maggie Dent speaks of, are of great importance to this great transition to sustainability and global equity – the emergence of Globo Sapiens.

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In regards to 'How', participation is perhaps the ultimate action-learning tool for us all in understanding the strengths, and aspirations, hopes and dreams of our children. More participation of children and young people: decision making, visioning and planning and taking action (like the Gymea Bay garden, Marrickville Bagbusters and Digital Media Stories.)

Participation is key to ownership and personal responsibility. It is also key to learner-driver education. http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/lifes-best-le Santa Fe youth public art. The Academy for the Love of Learning created El Otro Lado (“the other side” in Spanish), a citywide public art project that encourages people to learn about one another. Kids turn their heritage stories and immigration experiences into writing, paintings, photographs, and journals - transforming feelings of alienation into feelings of community.

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http://www.treehugger.com/galleries/2009/02/earth-from-the-air-yann-arthu What if deep down we know what needs to be done with great urgency and effort? How would our kids be affected if we didn't act on

this impulse? What is holding us back? What moves us?
“People don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are." - Jim Henson One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. THE AGE OF LETTING GO ~ Andre Gide (1869-1951) in The Counterfeiters Jerry Seinfeld: "Wait up!" That's what kids say. They don't say

"wait", they say "Wait up! Hey, wait up!" 'Cause when you're little is up. Your life is up. The future is up. Everything you want is up. "Wait up! Hold up! Shut up! Mom, I'll clean up! Let me stay up!" Parents of course are just the opposite. Everything is down. "Just calm down. Slow down. Come down here. Sit down. Put that down." Let us listen to the kids and get up and take the actions, make the changes, that we need to, together and herald a new era in wellbeing, equity and sustainability.

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