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Symposium Presenter’s Manual V-2.5
Last Revised January 15, 2012
A NOTE ON THIS MANUAL
This is the Presenter’s Manual for the V-2.5 version of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, released in November 2011. This revision of the Symposium is the result of the continuing input and dedication of Symposium Presenters around the world who are committed to making sure that the material stays relevant and powerful. Many Presenters offered suggestions on how to improve the exercises and Live Presenter portions, including, but not limited to: Mary Chase, Ruel Walker, Jon Symes, Anita Sanchez, Niklas Högberg, Mike Arundale, Chuck Putnam, Leslie Mezei, Leila Bruno, Gregory Mengel, Mark Bachelder, Jennifer Berry, Nancy Carnes, Kathryn King, Vinit Allen, Steve Motenko, Maureen Jack-LeCroix, Drew Dellinger, Konda Mason, Noelle Poncelet, Zachary Twist, Valerie Love, Vivian Dittmar, Steve Rundell, and Sand Symes. Also: Megan McCombs, Liz Crampton, Bill Twist, Reverend Deborah Johnson, Colleen Douglas, Christie Stenz, Dana Williams, Michael Badertscher, and Mia Murrietta. Mary Chase, Neal Rogin, and Tracy Apple edited the videos. Your feedback will help us refine this tool even more. Presenters are invited to post their comments, corrections and suggestions for revisions on the Facilitator Network website http://www.atdnet.org [Go to "Quick Links" in the right-hand column, then to "Rosters & Materials," then to "Facilitator Reports."] Or you may send them to Director of Symposium Development, Tracy Apple, at firstname.lastname@example.org with “V-2.5 Manual” on the subject line of the message.
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Symposium Manual Contents
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Symposium Outline MANUAL FOR PRESENTERS Additional Materials for Presenters Proportional Timing of the Sections Symposium Timing Planner Audio Visual Outline Message to Presenters
• Things to keep in mind • What has changed in V-2.5, & How the Changes Effect you as the Presenter • New Licensing Agreement for Awakening the Dreamer Version 2.5 Videos
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V-2.5 Purpose & Intended Results Audio Visual Notes List of Speakers in the Videos Transcript of Lynne Twist (DVD bonus material) on Getting Into Action The Pachamama Alliance, Purpose Statement October 2011
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7A Acknowledge/Celebrate Sacred Space (W-4) Slideshow: Rainforest Sounds + Slides (1:45 loop) W.12 An Inquiry: We Don’t Have All the Answers W.Symposium Title W.9 Opportunity to Go Deeper W.13 Hold Questions I.Connections (1:42) (W-2) Slide: Symposium Title W. Changing the Dream V-2.11 Introductions W.1 Set Up Environmental Sustainability (1-1) Slide: Where Are We? Symposium Questions.5 Logistics W.4 Begin with Environment + Won’t Leave You Here (1-2) Video: Environmental Sustainability (8:50) 1.Awakening the Dreamer.5 Invite: Take a Breath 1.6 Set Up Social Justice + Spiritual Fulfillment (1-3) Slide: Children of the World 1.1 Gather WELCOME + INTRODUCTION (W-1) Video: Eco-Spot .5 SYMPOSIUM OUTLINE Doors Open (P-1) Opening Slide: Pachamama Logo (P-2) Slideshow: Opening Slides & Music (21:44) (P-2a) Buffer slide .5B A/B Sharing 1.7 What is Social Justice? V-2. Changing the Dream V-2.10 Flow/Symposium Questions (W-7) Slide: Four Symposium Questions W. WHERE ARE WE? 1.Listen with Your Heart 1.4 Why We Are Here W.11A Introduction Exercise (W-8) Slide: Introduction Questions (W-9) Slide: Rainbow over Rainforest W. first highlighted 1.6 Define “Pachamama” W.3 Presenters’ Introduction (W-3) Slide: Rainforest Landscape W.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 i .2 Welcome W.2 Consensus of Experts 1.3 Not New Information .8 How the Symposium Came to Be (W-5) Video: The Pachamama Story (4:00) (W-6) Slide: Symposium Purpose W.7 Becoming Present W.5 Symposium SYMPOSIUM OUTLINE Awakening the Dreamer.5A Moment of Reflection 1.
second highlighted (2-2) Video: Worldview & Assumptions (9:55) 2.6B Alternate “Triangle” Exercise 2.8 Another Perspective: Indigenous View (2-4) Video: How Did We Get Here . HOW DID WE GET HERE? 2.15A Group Share How Are You Feeling – in One Word (1-6) Slide: Cartoon – Hole in Your Half of the Boat … 1.15 A/B Share: How Are You Feeling? 1.14A Response Reflection 1.12 “Milling” Exercise 2.9 Coming Together of Worldviews 2.13 Spiritual Fulfillment 1.12A Group Share 2. third highlighted 3.6 Group share 2. WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? The “Great Turning” – It’s Happening (3-1) Slide: Symposium Questions.9 Economic Injustice 1.12 Cost to All of Us 1.6C Alternate “Upstream/Downstream” Unintended Consequences Exercise 2.14 Loss Exercise (1-5) Slide: Bamboo Forest (Loss Exercise) + Music (8:34 loop) 1.11 Going Deeper with Social Justice (1-4) Video: Social Justice + Spiritual Fulfillment (8:55) 1.5 Groups: Identify Unexamined Assumptions 2.1.1 Root Causes (2-1) Slide: Symposium Questions.6D Group Share 2.11 Misinformed—Opens New Possibility (2-5) Slide: Close-up of Leaf 2.8 A Skewed Playing Field 1.3 Additional Examples of Unexamined Assumptions (2-3) Slide: Unexamined Assumptions 2.10 US History of Racial Injustice 1.The Illusion of Separation (6:55) 2.13 Set Up Break BREAK (10 minutes) (B-1) Break Slideshow + Music (17:10) END BREAK (B-2) Eco-Spot: Island Home (00:34) III.12B ALT: Seated Milling Exercise 2.16 Complete Where Are We 1.7 Consequences 2.4 Set Up Exercise 2.1 ii V-2. Not Three” Exercise 2.10 Not Separate—Creates New Possibility for the Future 2.17 Shifting Energy Activity II.7A Examples of Social (In)Justice 1.6A “One Issue.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .
7 Stay Awake 4.17 Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide (4-8): Slide: Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide V-2.2A Examples from History 3.3 Examples of What is Emerging 3. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (4-1) Slide: Symposium Questions.5 Visioning Exercise (3-3) Slide + Music: Silhouette of Kids with Blue Sky (2:26 loop) 3.12B Group Share 4.2 Power of a Stand/Opportunity to Declare What We Stand For 4.Awakening the Dreamer. GO.6 Set Up Where Do We Go from Here (4-5) Slide: Where Do YOU Go from Here? 4.15B A/B/C Share 4.12A “What You Are Already Doing” Exercise 4.4 Joining Others Around the World Acting from a New Possibility 4.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 iii .8 Set Up FOUR YEARS.3A Group Sharing 3. (3-5) Video: FOUR YEARS. fourth highlighted 4.13 Putting Commitment into Action (4-6) Slide: Putting Commitment into Action 4.8 Get Educated 4.15A Choosing Commitments Exercise 4.12 Being Inspired by What You (and Others) Are Already Doing 4.11 Get into Action 4.12C What Makes You Come Alive Exercise 4. GO.16 Participating with the Awakening the Dreamer Community (4-7): Slide: Participating with Awakening the Dreamer 4.6 Role of Media in Changing the Dream/Set Up Wombat Video (3-4) Video: Wombat (1:00) 3. Exciting Time to Be Alive 3.9 Get Connected 4.14 Wisdom from Within: Moment of Reflection 4.12D Group Wisdom Exercise 4.15 Choosing Commitments 4.15C Group Share 4.3 Declaration Card (4-3) Slide: Declaration Card 4.9 Movement IV. Changing the Dream V-2.1 Transition to “Where Do We Go from Here?” (4-2) Video: The Power of a Stand (6:03) 4.2B Examples of Historical Shifts Exercise 3.7 “One-Minute” Symposium 3. 3.5A Group Sharing from Visioning 3.4 A Critical Missing Ingredient: Imagination 3.2.5 Symposium SYMPOSIUM OUTLINE (3-2) Video: What is Possible Now? (10:24) 3.5 Commitment + Vision + Plan (4-4) Slide: Vision + Plan 4.10 Communicate 4.
2 Acknowledgments CL.6 Bracelet Ceremony CL.21 An Ongoing Process 4.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .4.5 Sacred Space Ceremony CL.9 Close CL.20 Awakening the Dreamer Website (4-10): Slide: Awakening the Dreamer Website 4.18 Be the Change Action Guide (4-9): Slide: Be the Change Action Guide 4.21 Community “Public Service” Announcements CLOSE (CL-1): Slide: Dawn over Water CL.8 Set Up Final Video (CL-2) Video – Closing Message (2:50) CL.4A Completion Sharing CL.19 Community Support 4.7 Tie on Bracelets CL.3 Opportunity to Contribute CL.4 Symposium Begins Today CL.1 Set Up Close CL.10 Feedback + Participation Form (CL-3) Video – Closing Montage (2:30) (CL-4) Slideshow – Closing Slides + Music (13:20) iv V-2.
Awakening the Dreamer. Cancion De Pasaje (Tito La Rosa. AV Operator needs to identify how to do that on the machine being used. Gary Malkin). Woman Drawing Water. press ENTER (select >).. at the end of this manual. New Presenters should review the Message to Presenters.) (To skip EcoSpot Connections video. Also.5 SYMPOSIUM PRESENTERS MANUAL Key Dark blue: Presenter remarks ALT: Offers an alternative way of saying what’s just been said Shading: Optional material for deepening inquiry Black: Speakers in video modules. not to be read aloud Purple: Wording or idea under consideration Arial Light blue: AV note Times New Roman italic light blue: Message to Presenter New social justice material Note to Presenters familiar with earlier versions of the Symposium: While the title of any given paragraph (e. Video: Connections. W. Flamenco (Gary Malkin). then press SKIP FORWARD (>>|)” to advance immediately to Buffer Slide. We are ready to begin! V-2.) (Select > to start W-1. Changing the Dream V-2.) W. Red signals new narration. A “FORCED ADVANCE” is needed here.1 Gather We will be starting in just a few minutes.g. before presenting for the first time. Hana Pipi (John Keawe)] (Press “Skip Forward (>>|)” to advance immediately to P-2a: Buffer Slide Symposium Title) [**Note: this may not work on all machines. the order of some of the paragraphs has been rearranged in this version.] P-2a: Buffer slide .Symposium Title (Select < to restart Music: Intro Slideshow.19 Conclusion) in the script may be the same as in your V-2 manual.5 Outline will help display the changes. Changing the Dream V-2. the content under the title may have been changed. Thank you. video elements in bold Green: Interactive exercises Box around Intentions of Sections: Presenter reference. Pink/Blue indicate gender of Narrators in video modules Red: Audio Visual element/data on screen. Please take your seats.5 Symposium SYMPOSIUM OUTLINE Awakening the Dreamer. Please use this version.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 1 . Mo'opunas (John Keawe). Comparing the V-2 Outline with the V-2. Doors Open P-1: Slide: Pachamama Logo P-2: Slideshow: Opening Slides & Music (21:44) [Wind Spirit (Tito La Rosa).
That might be what brought you to this Symposium. in the warmth from a ray of sun or the kindness of a stranger it occurs to you how one life touches so many others. and class backgrounds. and then we will look at how the day is organized. Thank you so much for being here. and you come to realize that mankind did not weave the web of life. and a day begins in much the same way for all. We're merely a strand in it. we do to ourselves on the third planet from the sun.) my name is … Like most Symposium presenters around the world. Presenters come from a variety of cultural. and whatever we do to the web. For a living I …. some is confusing and brings up real fears about the future. We are really glad to be able to share this experience with you.3 Presenters’ Introduction We will start by telling you a little about ourselves. And so we may find ourselves worrying about the state of the world and questioning if there is anything we can do about it. welcoming place–– one that has been generated by a call from indigenous people––and for them to anticipate with excitement the journey ahead. W-1: Video . W. like the blood that unites one family. (Co-Facilitator shares) (Co-Facilitator name) and I are not necessarily “experts” in all the areas we’ll be covering today.4 Why We Are Here W-3: Slide: Rainforest Landscape As you have undoubtedly noticed. Some seems to be for the good.Connections (1:40) It’s the third planet from the sun—a tiny sphere spinning through a moment in time—a remarkable place that was kind enough to yield just the right elements to sustain a phenomenon called life where each creature is as unique as this world we call home.Woman Drawing Water W-2: Slide: Symposium Title W. (As I said.Eco-Spot . Changing the Dream V-2.2 Welcome Welcome to the Awakening the Dreamer. but the material we’re presenting here has been fully researched and is based on a wide consensus of recognized experts.5 Symposium WELCOME + INTRODUCTION WELCOME + INTRODUCTION Intention of the Section: To have participants feel they are in a safe. Changing the Dream Symposium! We are delighted you are here. I’m a volunteer. We lead Symposiums on six continents across the globe in more than a dozen languages. we are living in amazing and challenging times. W. (Voiceover: Linda Hunt) W-1a: Buffer Slide . ethnic. Maybe that's when it crosses your mind. 2 V-2.Awakening the Dreamer. And you begin to see how all things are connected.) I care deeply about the issues we will talk about today and I do this because ….5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . So much is changing all around. (How I usually spend my time is….
5 Symposium WELCOME + INTRODUCTION We are here today to share with you about both the urgency and the opportunity of these times. In a few minutes you will learn how the Symposium came to be.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 3 . They are also available on our website. and come together in community. take a deep breath.] If you are willing. Many agree that many of the resources and technologies needed to address this crisis already exist. to advance to Buffer Slide: Sun Through Trees) V-2. we will provide you with a handout with the websites mentioned during the Symposium. please let us know. (Pause) Take another deep breath. are absolutely pivotal in terms of turning around the direction we are heading. Thank you! W. let go of whatever else you might have been doing during this time. And now. If you need to move or stretch.7 Becoming Present We are going to begin today by borrowing a practice used by many indigenous peoples of the world when they gather for something important—a short ritual to help us settle in. but right now some of you may be wondering about the word “Pachamama. and let it out. Part way through we will take a short break. from now through 2014. become present. we invite you to listen to the sounds of the tropical rainforest. although it is not about The Pachamama Alliance. Changing the Dream V-2. Experts have indicated that these years.7A W-4: Slideshow: Slides + Rainforest Sounds (1:45 loop) (Press ENTER (or Select >). and this group of fellow human beings…. and how you can become an “agent of change” in bringing forth a new future. If at any point you can’t hear.Awakening the Dreamer. please close or lower your eyes for a moment and. (To skip exercise press ENTER (or Select >). it is perfectly fine to get up and go to the back of the room to do that—take care of your physical needs Please turn off your cell phones and pagers and anything that makes a sound now. or anything else that might be pulling at your attention or awareness…. and what is missing is the collective will to implement the solutions – the human commitment to make them happen! Bringing together that collective will and commitment in the larger culture is what our work is about. first. Acknowledge/Celebrate Sacred Space [2 min. and it is our intention that you leave today excited and hopeful about participating in making that happen. and all time. so you don’t need to worry about writing them down. At the end. then press ENTER again to advance immediately to Buffer Slide: Sun Through Trees) W.5 Logistics This Symposium experience will last until approximately (insert time). Bathrooms are located…. As you do.6 Define “Pachamama” As you may know this Symposium was created by The Pachamama Alliance. whatever works best for you. the universe.” but which more accurately includes the sacred presence of the Earth. (Pause) W.” Pachamama is a word in the Quechua [Kee-chwa] language of the Andes that some translate as “Mother Earth. Feel free to take notes or not. the sky. W. and become completely present to this time and this place.
” Indigenous Elder NARRATOR: These are the Achuar people. and when you are ready. one of our planet’s most remote indigenous groups. (Pause) Thank you. as they began to see what contact with the outside world and its thirst for oil was doing to the land and cultures of their indigenous neighbors. In the summer of that year. we would need to change the dream of the North—the dream of the modern world. of all species. then let us work together. Since the Symposium was launched in 2005. W. as they put it –“change the dream” of our culture.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . these two worlds came together. The Achuar soon realized what that threat was.500 trained volunteer facilitators in more than sixty countries and in more than ten languages. shoulder to shoulder. and as they put it. in a remote village in the rainforest. but that was only half the battle. we would need to go to work in our part of the world. open your eyes. The Achuar are an ancient dream culture still living in harmony with their ancestral land.) people. In 1995. We respectfully ask that the spirits of the indigenous people who were on this land before later settlers arrived. indigenous dream-culture in the Amazon region of Ecuador and Peru called the Achuar [Ah-chwar]. In the late 1980’s. If you are coming because you know your liberation is bound up with ours.These sounds can serve as a portal to the natural world—a space of connection. really great that we were working with them in the Amazon. 4 V-2. They told us that if we really wanted to protect their lands permanently. you are wasting your time. it has spread around the world: It is now presented (as of late 2011) by over 3. And so. (Pause) Now. The Awakening the Dreamer. We understand that we do this work not only for ourselves. and interdependence. bring your awareness back into this room. the (insert name of indigenous people who lived where Symposium is held. the Achuar made a bold move: they reached out to create a partnership with the very world that was threatening to destroy them. Changing the Dream Symposium originally arose in response to a request. for all time. take another deep breath. or even our own future. LYNNE TWIST: From the very beginning. and The Pachamama Alliance was born. a dream rooted in consumption and acquisition. Presenters outside of USA modify appropriate to your continent.8 How Symposium Came to Be W-4a: Buffer Slide – Sun through Trees Let’s begin with a video about how (and why) this Symposium came to be. with (the) Earth and with one another. and the spirit of Pachamama join with us to support and guide our time together. This video we are about to watch talks about the Achuar and their request that we. nearly two million acres of pristine tropical rainforest in Ecuador and Peru. a call issued forth from the heart of the natural world that was heard thousands of miles away by a small group of people in the modern world. a “call” that came from an intact. our indigenous partners told us that it was really. nourishment. but also for future generations—for the benefit of all children. W-5: Video – The Pachamama Story (4:00) TEXT GRAPHIC: “If you are coming to help us. without any regard to the consequences to the natural world. the Achuar elders and shamans began having dreams and visions that a grave threat was coming to their people.
and experts everywhere are saying that we have a limited time to turn things around.9 Opportunity to Go Deeper (Referring to slide on screen) It is a pretty inspiring purpose. and of the times we are living in. and yourself. socially just human presence on this planet. wouldn’t you agree?—one worthy of you. this Symposium is an opportunity to go deeper. Our society is on a completely unsustainable path. but it's something that we can actually create. for the future—have the ability to see that the future is not something that we're just gonna live into. TEXT GRAPHIC: SYMPOSIUM PURPOSE Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. spiritually fulfilling. you see them as interrelated facets of one profoundly interconnected whole. explore some new perspectives and possibilities. long time and we acknowledge and thank you for that. and that also have a vision. socially just human presence on this planet. The Pachamama Alliance created this Symposium: Awakening the Dreamer. this Symposium may offer new information and altogether new ways of looking at the world. Changing the Dream—now being offered by thousands of volunteers in dozens of countries around the world. For you. For others of you. we came to see that we in the modern world truly are in some kind of a trance—living in a dream that’s threatening to destroy not only the rain forest and the Achuar way of life. Changing the Dream V-2. V-2. rather than seeing these as three separate issues. NARRATOR: So in response to the request that came from its indigenous partners. We realize that some of you have been committed and in action toward some aspect of this purpose for a long. as well as become part of this community. and some would even say an impossible task. But we took the request of the Achuar very seriously. And that you not only understand the scope and urgency of the planetary situation we face. but the health and well being of our entire planet. an optimistic vision.5 Symposium WELCOME + INTRODUCTION BILL TWIST: Changing the dream of the modern world is certainly a daunting.Awakening the Dreamer. socially just human presence on this planet. In either case. Out of our work with them. W.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 5 . today may be an opportunity to deepen your understanding. but you also see that the possibility of our times is greater than the crisis. spiritually fulfilling. and perhaps expand and strengthen your own commitment to what you are already engaged in. and to be able to more powerfully stand in the tension that results when we face square on the current reality of the world—while maintaining a vibrant relationship to an optimistic vision of the future. The goal is that you leave here in a state that could be described as “Blessed Unrest. The purpose of the Symposium is an audacious one: bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. NARRATOR: The intention is that by the end.” BILL TWIST: The main purpose of the Awakening the Dreamer program is to create a cadre of global citizens that are awake—people who are engaged in the conversation of what's it gonna take to create a new future. W-5a: Buffer Slide – Forest Canopy W-6: Slide: Symposium Purpose TEXT GRAPHIC: SYMPOSIUM PURPOSE Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. spiritually fulfilling.
your community. it’s okay to ask them to just turn to one person sitting near them. How did we get here? Second. You will only have ninety seconds.11 Introductions Before we get into the main content of the Symposium. Some people refer to this condition as being in a state of “Blessed Unrest. we will start by simply looking at our current situation. in these three areas? This will provide an important foundation of shared knowledge for the rest of our journey together. For now. rather than just superficially change how we do things. Please wait for the instructions before you begin talking. could you please switch seats? Thanks.” W. using consensus data from widely recognized experts—what is the current “dream” of the modern world creating.It is also an opportunity to explore standing collectively in that gap. Great. What is possible now? Given all of that. of energy and hope. and the people you come in contact with? W.11A >>>Introduction Exercise: [5 min. we will offer a fresh perspective on how we got into this situation. in a way that gives us. How did this happen? Identifying the root causes makes it possible to choose responses that go to the true sources of what is not working. what is possible now? Is a different future really possible. So if you are sitting with people you knew when you came in.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Where do we go from here? In some ways this is the most important part of today—Where do you fit in? What are the perspectives and actions and conversations that you can take to create a new “dream”? What is yours to do? How does all this affect you and your life. so you are going to need to be pretty succinct! 6 V-2. given that our commitment is to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. just get seated with people you don’t already know. we would like to take a few moments now so that you can meet and introduce yourself to at least two new people from the community here today. rather than drains us.10 Flow/Symposium Questions W-7: Slide: Symposium Questions The Symposium is organized around four key questions: 1. right now. Please greet one another and then you will each have about a minute and a half to introduce yourselves and to engage with the questions I am about to tell you about. W. Where are we? First. spiritually fulfilling.] (Presenters: If time is short. distinct from the one that seems probable or even inevitable? And what is actually already emerging at this time in history? 4. socially just human presence on Earth. 3.) In a moment I’m going to ask you to find two people you don’t already know—who you are going to introduce yourself to in a particular way. 2. being open to something greater than ourselves moving through us.
(Ring bell after one+ minute. to be clear. And today we are also not going to debate the validity of specific solutions. strategies or schools of thought. What we will do is assist you in finding an empowering way of relating to. During the Symposium there will be opportunities for group sharing and exercises.) • Your name • What you do (what occupies you?) • In just a few words. if you would like. we are not going to be able to tell you specifically what steps you should take to make a difference. what gives you hope.) Okay. will the longest-haired person please begin. Changing the Dream V-2. Thanks. if you have time. what concerns you most about the world today. No one person or organization knows how to make happen all that needs to happen at this time in history. Remember. what concerns you most about the world today? • What gives you hope? (or. Let’s begin! V-2. Great. Great. speak to us about them on the break or at the end of the day.13 Hold Questions Please also bear in mind also that we have a lot to cover today.) TEXT GRAPHIC: • NAME/O CCUPATION • WHAT CONCERNS YOU MOST ABOUT THE WORLD TODAY • WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE Okay.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 7 . You will to need to be brief—just get to the heart of the matter. and integrating. Thank you. Thank you and welcome all! W. long-haired person. W. We clearly don’t claim to have all the answers. Now switch. Nobody does. an inquiry. Our aim is to empower and support you in exploring your next steps. last person: it’s your turn. mention one thing you are grateful for.12 An Inquiry: We Don’t Have All the Answers W-9: Slide – Rainbow over Rainforest We invite us all to relate to this day as a journey.Awakening the Dreamer.5 Symposium WELCOME + INTRODUCTION We will sound a bell to let you know when to switch speakers. So. what may have been abstract. where you’re from. what you do. please tell your partners the same: your name. if you’d rather: What inspires you?) • And finally. Please thank or acknowledge your partners. Finish up now. and. our time together today has a different goal. Next person. While that sort of analysis is important. you just have a minute and a half! (Pause. individually and collectively. please finish up. ideas. disconnected or overwhelming information before.) Thank you. (Ring bell after 90 seconds. Thank you. (Ring bell after 90 seconds. so we ask that you hold your questions. Here are the topics to use in your mini-introduction: W-8: Slide: Introduction Questions (Questions on flipchart and on screen. to allow them a moment to think.) Okay. talking with one another and for self-reflection.
So here’s our invitation to you.org web site. social. during the breaks you can refer to this binder (Point to binder containing a copy of Background References if there is one in the room.2 Consensus of Experts As we mentioned earlier. The rest of the Symposium is designed to leave you in a place of grounded possibility and hope—and action. Reference document can be found on the Awakening the Dreamer ‘Resources Wiki’ under Symposium Materials.3 Not New Information . and let it touch you in a way that deepens your understanding and maybe takes you to a new place. Please keep in mind that seeing the facts clearly is the first. and as part of a global movement of committed individuals creating a new future.4 Begin with Environment + Won’t Leave You Here The first video in “Where Are We?” addresses environmental sustainability. and listen with your heart as well as your mind.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . WHERE ARE WE? Intention of Section: To have participants face as a group and let in the urgency and scope of the current global environmental. In fact.Listen with Your Heart For those of you who may be familiar with much of the information in this next section. spiritual fulfillment.) is: “Where Are We?” What is our current situation in relation to these three fundamental concerns: environmental sustainability. we invite you to let it all in.) that contains all the sources behind the information we will be looking at today. 1. and spiritual crises. not as three separate issues. 1. and to have a beginning understanding of the systems and structures that keep the current dream of the modern world in place.Awakening the Dreamer. 1. to understand them as totally interconnected facets of one crisis. Changing the Dream V-2. deeply. first highlighted The first of the four questions we will be looking at today (Refer to Symposium Questions flipchart. and social justice? 1. 8 V-2. necessary part of our journey.awakeningthedreamer. not our final destination. for today: See if you can relate to this information as if it were the first time you were hearing it. more empowering way of relating to the information and a different way of responding to it as an individual. sometimes knowing a lot of information can make us numb. If you would like.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? I. The sources are listed on the www. To everyone. please keep in mind that the Symposium is designed not necessarily to give you new information. all the information we are offering to you today represents the consensus of a large majority of widely recognized experts in the areas we will be looking at.1 Set up Environmental Sustainability 1-1: Slide: Where Are We? Symposium Questions. but to provide a different.
at the time of the industrial revolution. ON-SCREEN GRAPHIC: ANIMATED CONSUMPTION GROWTH GRAPH NARRATOR: Since then. That allowed agricultural productivity to increase dramatically. Changing the Dream V-2. production. there’s also a lot of destruction of natural wealth. V-2. we in the modern world have attempted to meet our needs and wants through an everexpanding process of extraction. and disposal of natural resources. what kind of world is our modern way of life actually producing? NARRATOR: Answering that question — and confronting the realities it reveals – may not be comfortable. and socially just human presence on this planet – the first question to ask is Where Are We? In other words. One place to begin is with the dramatic changes that have occurred in human population. WALDEN BELLO: Gross domestic product—GDP—is supposed to be a measure of everything—puts a value on everything—that’s been produced in an economy within a year’s time.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? 1-2: Video – Environmental Sustainability (8:50) NARRATOR: Given that our purpose is bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. human population on Earth remained relatively steady. about 200 years ago. Then.Awakening the Dreamer. and human population began to grow exponentially. ON-SCREEN GRAPHIC: ANIMATED POPULATION GRAPH NARRATOR: For thousands of years. But what that doesn’t measure is the fact. humans learned how to harness the energy of fossil fuels. But as we’ll see. spiritually fulfilling. consumption.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 9 . it is an essential first step to revealing what may be the greatest opportunity any generation has ever faced. that in order to achieve that gross domestic product.
One such tipping point is the end of cheap. the more natural wealth.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . either in that place or globally." United Nations.And one can in fact say that the greater the GDP of a country is. grasslands are turning into desert as a result of overgrazing. threatening the existence of life as we know it. without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. 2015…something like that. NEW NARRATION: In fact. MICHAEL MEACHER: The academic researchers who are much more likely to be independent and hard-headed in their analysis outside the oil industry believe that peak oil is probably in the area of 2010. "Sustainability is the ability of the current generation to meet its needs. TEXT GRAPHIC: GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) G RAPH BUILDS NEW NARRATION: This current industrial model requires continuous economic growth. nor will ours." GRAPHIC ANIMATION. 10 V-2. "Sustainability is the ability of the current generation to meet its needs. without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. has been destroyed. soils are eroding. the world is rapidly approaching a number of tipping points – thresholds beyond which dangerous trends will become irreversible. LESTER BROWN: The Earth's forests are shrinking. TEXT GRAPHIC: 75% OF THE WORLD’S ORIGINAL FORESTS ARE ELIMINATED 30% OF THE WORLD’S ARABLE LAND LOST IN 40 YEARS MORE THAN 200 OCEANIC “ DEAD ZONES” WORLDWIDE 90% OF ALL LARGE FISH GONE FROM THE OCEAN LESTER BROWN: No civilization has ever survived the ongoing destruction of its natural support systems. measured conventionally. but is that growth sustainable? According to the United Nations. 1987 NEW NARRATION: In many ways the mass consumption dream of the modern world has been a nightmare for the global environment. plentiful petroleum –what is known as “peak oil”. Fisheries are collapsing. water tables are falling as a result of the over pumping of aquifers.
if everyone on Earth lived as North Americans do. humanity used about 30% more than what nature can renew. Changing the Dream V-2. For everyone to live as Europeans do would take three Earths. MATHIS WACKERNAGEL: Humanity has been continuously increasing its resource demand to the extent that by the mideighties we started to use more than what nature can regenerate.Awakening the Dreamer. It is impossible to believe that that will not happen. China and India are presently living just under the ‘one Earth’ level. humanity is living off of its ecological credit card. but an acceleration of demand.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 11 . And by 2007. You know. that’s sure to change. we’d need five Earths. It is going to happen. ANIMATED GRAPHIC: ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT BY REGION NARRATOR: Currently. we actually start to erode the natural capital that life depends on. so we have been in global overshoot. MUSIC + ANIMATION FROM 350. In other regions people are living beyond the capacity of one Earth as well.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? And after that we begin to see a reduction in the supply.ORG V-2. ANIMATED GRAPHIC: HUMANITY’S ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT 2007 SUSAN BURNS: Overshoot can be thought of as living off of your credit card. but given the rapid industrialization and economic growth of both countries. If we use more than nature can keep up with.
there is no more. what’s not as wellknown is the impact we’re having on other species. If the glaciers disappear. That’s down 90% in the past few decades. the extremes in weather. 1. Half of all species of life may be extinct in 50 years. BRIAN SWIMME: Nothing this destructive has happened in 65 million years. then they will no longer be able to supply the lakes and the rivers. Why is that not our central concern? It is overwhelming. in fact take a few deep breaths. you have more water around. but the news has not reached the general public. (Pause) 12 V-2.] (Pause) Please take a breath. African lions are on the absolute verge of extinction. (Pause) This can be pretty difficult to confront and let in. As they are melting.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . The polar ice caps are melting. flooding. 1-2a: Buffer slide – Lion and Cub Invite: Take a Breath [1 min. They will not return. JANOS PASZTOR: Tipping point means—in the context of climate change—that after a certain temperature rise and certain other impacts on the global ecosystem. The signs of this are the cataclysmic storms. 90% of all large fish are gone from the oceans. Please remember: this is one stage of the journey. Every species and subspecies of tiger on the planet is on the absolute verge of extinction. certain things change that cannot move back. and it means that the entire ecosystem is in peril. There are only 20. MAUDE BARLOW: The scientists around the world have come together to tell us that climate change is actually happening at a much faster rate that they had first anticipated.000 left. I think that’s beyond most of us. No one imagined it could happen. we aren’t going to leave you here. They are utterly unaware that the sacred and talismanic and heartbreakingly loved companions of ours on this Earth are about to disappear forever. and to let it in as deeply as we can. because we haven’t deepened our hearts in a way that would be. So suddenly we’re confronted with this fact. today is about allowing ourselves to feel it.5 Let’s take a moment to be with what we have just seen and heard.NEW NARRATION: We are fast approaching a number of tipping points related to the increase of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels. Elephants are down 90% in the past century. While many of us are already familiar with much of this information. and lakes are full. then that’s it. and we don’t really know how to respond to it. NARRATOR: While people are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of climate change. DAVID ULANSEY: We are in the midst of a mass extinction. would make possible the grief that is wanting to be felt. But once they disappear.
Changing the Dream V-2. Thank you.7 A >>>Examples of Social (In)Justice [2+ min. I will ring a bell to tell you when it is time to switch. going out. please start now.5B 1. 1.) Okay. 1. see if you can allow yourself to just feel. and everyone would have equal access to [all] the resources and opportunities of society. >>>Group Share [3 min.] (Take a handful of shares for each question. Please open your eyes. nor what needs to be done about it—there’s time for that later. I invite you to notice your breath going in. >>>Group Share [3 min. they are a fellow human who shares your concerns. all the crises we are facing now can be viewed as resulting from the ways in which we relate to the world.7 What is Social Justice? 1-3: Slide: Children of the World So let’s consider for a moment: what do we mean by a socially just world.] What is social justice? Take a few moments to reflect on what social justice is for you.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? >>>Moment of Reflection: [1 min. and jot down some examples of how the lack of social justice is showing up in the world today. Some would say that in a socially just world. (Pause) And now just sit quietly. to one another and to ourselves. please lower or close your eyes for a just a moment. all people would have a voice. (Pause) It would be a world V-2. Please bring your attention back to the front of the room.) Thank you. Thank you. One of you. Not what you are thinking.] Let us hear some examples from you on what social justice is—and how a lack of social justice is showing up in the world today. Whether this person is a total stranger or a longtime friend. We will ring the bell when the time is up so you can switch speakers. We have just looked at what kind of impact our relationship to the planet is having on environmental sustainability.). (Ring bell after a minute. For now. not the solutions or your thoughts.5A >>>A/B Sharing: [4 min. Now turn to a partner and please each spend a minute sharing what you came up with. right now. 1. anyway? 1. (Ring bell after a minute.] If you would.] (Take a handful of shares for each question. Please look at your partner.6 Set Up Social Justice + Spiritual Fulfillment In some ways. (Pause for about 30 seconds. and then take a minute each to share something about how you are feeling.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 13 . please share with your partner how this information makes you feel. Let’s move on to see what kind of impact our relationship to one another and to ourselves is having on social justice and spiritual (or personal) fulfillment.) ALT: >>>A/B share Social Justice [5 min. noticing how you are feeling.Awakening the Dreamer. whoever has not spoken yet.] Would you please turn to someone sitting near you (it’s okay to move to find a partner).) Thank you.
no matter how painful to admit. Just present the information without adding significance or your own moral judgments. the deep dissatisfaction people are feeling (as exemplified by the Occupy Movement) is not so much because there is an economic disparity between the rich and the poor—that’s always been the case. “a rising tide raises all boats.free from discrimination and oppression based on race or religion.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .9 Economic Injustice In terms of economics. but that privileged “elites” have set things up so that they are playing with a different set of rules than the great majority. nor how we got here. Watch the video again where Van Jones talks about a socially just world. though. a profound toll on all of humanity. and was built on. the intentional elimination of huge populations of the Native Americans who were here before settlers arrived. In other words the game is rigged. One of the themes that motivated the Occupy Wall Street movement was the recognition that the primary source of inequality in our society is not the result of some people being smarter and working harder and thus earning and deserving rewards for their abilities and efforts. somehow we would all end up better off. 1. (Pause) 1. and that the system is corrupt. We need to realize that if we don't understand the living legacies of injustice—of centuries of colonialism and imperialism. And people are finding that intolerable. economic and political privileges have been given to the dominant. physical ability. Another way of saying it is that it is a rigged game. Social. religion or class and gender on our fellow human beings has taken. (often minority) sectors of society the world over.8 A Skewed Playing Field (Presenter needs to keep the tone clear and spacious here. gender. a commitment to social justice needs to recognize. Previously. that this country began with. or sexual orientation.” and that when the rich got richer. and unearned privilege for the dominant groups—it is not possible to really understand where we are now. in this country and around the world. age.) In order to move toward a world that is truly fair and that genuinely values diversity. and not step over the fact. of religious persecution and genocide—and how discrimination is still embedded in practically every institution of our society—resulting in inequity for the oppressed. But the financial crisis of 2008-2009 revealed that not everyone plays by the same rules. The result: Centuries of institutionalized inequity. on class. and the crippling impact of discrimination based on differences such as race.10 USA History of Racial Injustice Here in the USA. it was assumed that. 1. (Pause) ALT: People in many countries around the world have been subjected to colonialism. imperialism and institutionalized oppression for centuries. it is important to be willing to recognize that part of what has stood in the way of a socially just world is the fact that the playing field has been (and continues to be) skewed in favor of some groups at the expense of others. and continues to take. 14 V-2. as a model.
presenters of color may want to share some authentic. Western society. and its perennial ally—economic exploitation—provide the key to understanding most of the international complications of this generation.that we are continually moving toward a more socially just world. and the fact that “whiteness” has been seen as a mark of innate racial superiority. While viewing this next video. I’m coming to see how much unearned privilege I receive based simply on my white skin color. The first part of this next video looks at the area of social justice. in many parts of the world. 1-4: Video – Social Justice + Spiritual Fulfillment (8:55) NARRATOR: We’ve seen the impact that the dream of the modern world is having on the environment and other species… but how is it affecting the human family? NARRATOR: One of the primary expectations people have of the modern industrial system has been that by growing the economy. we [they] take a deeper look through a social justice lens into the ways that structures and institutions help create the nightmare/dream of the modern world and stand in the way of our changing and dismantling that dream and replacing it with one that creates a thriving. Racism is no mere American phenomenon. almost hour-by-hour revelation. see if you can allow yourself to begin to let in the cost that social injustice exacts upon our souls.11 Going Deeper with Social Justice For those who want to go deeper in the area of social justice. In fact racism. Jr.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? and on a foundation of slavery. (Presenters who are white may want to share something like the following. this is the topic of a new workshop The Pachamama Alliance is working on currently titled “A Workshop for Agents of Change: Longing For & Inquiry into a Socially Just World. just. King is pointing to the fact that racism is bound up in the institutional structure of modern. personal observation or experience here) For myself.Awakening the Dreamer. is as true today as it was when he wrote it almost half a century ago (read aloud): “Among the moral imperatives of our time. Its vicious grasp knows no geographical boundaries. And that the legacy of both are in some ways remain embedded in practically every institution of our society. But is this true? V-2. life will get better for everyone -. many social. Changing the Dream V-2.” In the workshop. It’s a day-to-day. economic and political privileges afforded to white people. If you check the awakeningthedreamer. we are challenged to work all over the world with unshakeable determination to wipe out the last vestiges of racism…. and sustainable future. empowering. Martin Luther King.org website you will be able to find out when that workshop becomes available. Do not announce yet: 1. Even now. then moves into the area of spiritual fulfillment. This quotation from Dr.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 15 . there are many.” (For US Symposiums) Dr. certainly here in the USA. and on our spiritual wellbeing and on our sense of being deeply connected.
However.CHRISTINE LOH: When I was growing up. It doesn’t mean everything’s equal. and it would put you anywhere in that society. that’s in the past. we’ll all be better off. air. imperialism and racism. systems of power and privilege still perpetuate injustice throughout the world. this hasn’t actually worked out to be true. CLOTHES IN YOUR CLOSET. think to yourself. people will get jobs and. NEW NARRATION: Although significant progress has been made in addressing issues of social justice. The movement to addresses this has a name: “environmental justice. But for millions of others. VAN JONES: A socially just world is a world in which. minerals. Much of humanity continues to suffer from the legacy of centuries of colonialism. if you wouldn’t trade places. AND A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD YOU ARE BETTER OFF THAN 83% OF PEOPLE ON THIS PLANT. This idea that the poor will be kind of helped to come along even though the rich get richer. I always thought that of course the world will become more equal. A BED TO SLEEP IN. there’s no more racism -.all this racism stuff. It just means that every single person in that society has a decent shot at living the fullest life that they can. NARRATOR: People round the world are starting to realize that climate disruption. There will be more people educated. you know. because you knew whatever lot you drew would be a good lot. what has happened in the last twenty years or so is the world has become more unequal. But if you close your eyes and you think to yourself. NARRATOR: In many parts of the world—especially once colonized countries. where local people still have no control over their natural resources—the industrial world’s demand for oil. pollution. and other environmental problems will soon have an impact on the way they live. One way to understand this disparity is to think of the Earth as a community of 100 people…. An example is the Niger Delta of 16 V-2. we’ll all be more prosperous. then there’s work to be done. it already has. that is something that you see. and people. you would feel perfectly confident. you wouldn’t be worried.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . if you had to draw a lot.” MAJORA CARTER: Environmental justice is the belief that no community should have to bear the brunt of a disproportionate amount of environmental burdens and not enjoy any environmental benefits…And around the world. NARRATOR: We all know that a great disparity currently exists between rich and poor. would you want to be black? Would you trade places? Well. ANIMATION WITH TEXT: IF THE EARTH WERE A COMMUNITY OF 100 PEOPLE… 1 PERSON WOULD OWN 50% OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH… AND 50 PEOPLE WOULD SHARE ONLY 1%OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH 15 ARE HUNGRY AND SERIOUSLY MALNOURISHED 16 HAVE NO SAFE DRINKING WATER 39 HAVE NO BASIC SANITATION 15 ARE UNABLE TO READ IF YOU HAVE FOOD IN YOUR REFRIGERATOR. and timber is having devastating effects on the land. Close your eyes. water. you know.
very difficult to go through life anymore and not see it and not feel it at some level personally. Meanwhile. not a curse to our land.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? Nigeria where hundreds of millions of dollars of oil have been extracted and exported.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 17 . more travel. Pollution carries. the cassava is all rotten.I've got my life. water runs out in rich places too. TEXT GRAPHIC: INCOME/HAPPINESS INDEX JOHN ROBBINS: There is a great loneliness of spirit today. I don't have to know about environmental degradation or environmental justice or injustice because it's not me.” But the world is not forgiving of that much anymore. the fish in the sea are depleting. And when we kill part of the system we are killing ourselves. NIGERIAN MAN #2: Oil should be a blessing. with the powers of nature. yet most of the people live in poverty on less than one US dollar a day. the possibilities of being alive. The aquatic life is destroyed. But has all this made us happier? NARRATOR: The idea that material gain leads to personal fulfillment has been demonstrated not to be the case. Changing the Dream V-2. MAUDE BARLOW I think for a lot of people who are born in privilege there's a sense that what a friend of mine calls the right not to know: “I don't have to know about poverty. I was five months pregnant. and I've got my family and I can do what I want. more comfort. Although incomes have skyrocketed in economically-advanced countries. more entertainment. But it is a curse to our land now. Yes. NIGERIAN WOMAN #1: Because of the oil activities in this place. I miscarried. The Green Belt Movement] What we do not understand is that we humans are only part of this ecosystem. I don't have to know about racism. NIGERIAN WOMAN #2: Look..Awakening the Dreamer. The forests are coming down everywhere. all our fish died—finished! NIGERIAN WOMAN #3 The community asked us to go out and do the clean-up. It's hurting us all. we’re yearning for connection -with each other. with ourselves. We are nine women who miscarried. and more communication than any people who have ever lived.. The oil spoils it like this… NIGERIAN MAN #1: All our food. a lot of people who go fishing can’t even catch fish. We’re trying to cope in the face of what seems to be overwhelming evidence that who we are doesn’t matter. WANGARI MAATHAI: [Nobel Laureate. but it's very. more food. Founder. FADE TO BLACK NARRATOR: Those of us in the modern world have had access to more money. We are dying here. When that V-2. study after study has shown that levels of reported happiness have remained the same or even declined. it's hurting the poor first.
grief. isolation. PAUL HAWKEN: This is not the best of all possible worlds. (Pause) 1. I think people in their most poignant and honest moments will admit that this is really hard right now. anxiety.13 Spiritual Fulfillment When we talk about “spiritual fulfillment” we are talking about the experience that our lives have meaning and purpose (Pause). that has contained all of your experiences—your love. >>>Loss Exercise [4 min.12 Cost to All of Us (Pause.” The “trance” we live inside of relentlessly demands that we acquire more and more things. regardless of impact on the Earth—that’s the environmental impact—and makes it seem fine to completely ignore the consequences of the way we live on other people—that’s the social justice impact. passion. Just don’t be afraid of it. and that awareness drives us even further into alienation.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . (Pause) (ALT: “planet we call home. and that we are fulfilled in terms of why we are here. The suffering of the materially privileged may be less visible because it is happening on a psychological or spiritual level. Pain is very useful. and where it comes from is love. very little sense that our lives have meaning beyond consuming and acquiring “things.] I would like to ask you now to please close or lower your eyes. very few sources of connection with other people or with the Earth. joys 18 V-2. in your mind’s eye. 1. visualize the beautiful blue and green planet we call (Mother) Earth from the perspective of space.tension arises. For everybody. more things—the relationship with things—will fix the hunger in the human heart. so full of life.) We are all suffering in some way. and go away. 1-4a: Buffer Slide: Woman and Child 1. JOANNA MACY: The anguish we feel for what is happening to our world is inevitable and normal and even healthy. That’s what is going to pull us through. One way the dream of the modern world robs us of a sense of fulfillment is by reducing us to consumers who have very little ability to create the world we truly want. we won’t feel where it comes from. and people are hurt. Meanwhile. alienation. and disconnection. Because if we are afraid to feel that. Allow for thoughtful silence. despair. even though it appears that way on TV and advertisements. stress and all sorts of addictions that surround us. at some level we know what is happening to the Earth and to the human community. and people really believe that more income. we are all paying a price for this situation. VAN JONES: The reason that people are into this mass consumption nightmare dream is because people are lonely. we feel pain. our love for this world. This is the place that has given you existence as a human being. more consumption. we can all point to instances of depression. and it will never work. and then we cover that over with anything that we can use to disconnect. more stuff.14 1-5: Slide: Bamboo Forest (Response Exercise) + Music (8:34 loop) (Press “Enter” at any time to stop music and advance to 1-5a: Waterfall in Hawaii) 1-5a: Buffer Slide – Waterfall in Hawaii Now.”) See her in all her beauty and majesty. but when we look. and what we are devoting our lives to.
the more capacity you will have for action when the time comes. and I will tell you when to switch. 1. Please switch now. You might feel numb. and the animals that you love. Each of you will have about a minute or so. please take a breath…. (Pause) Please let yourself notice what you are feeling… Notice any sensations that you have in your body… and any emotions that may be there. how do you feel as you look at this beautiful home of ours? If you can. please take a breath and open your eyes.14A >>>A/B Share: How Are You Feeling? [5 min. Thank you. Please notice your breath going in. And now just sit quietly.) Thank you.15 In a moment I am going to ask you to turn to someone and share with this fellow human being whatever feelings and emotions are there for you. Decide who will begin. about what is happening on and to the Earth. we want to offer you a chance to connect with one another about the responses you have had to what we have all just witnessed together. Whatever it is. The deeper you can go with this. just be with your feelings. not your solutions.Awakening the Dreamer. 1.] Before we move on to the next section. Changing the Dream V-2. V-2. This is an opportunity to speak from your heart rather than your head—not what you’re thinking. Please begin. And the love and life of every other human being and creature that has ever lived.5 Symposium WHERE ARE WE? and losses. What do you feel as you contemplate what might be their future? For a few moments. (Pause) Knowing what you know now.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 19 . what is happening to and among the people who live here. Thank you. the people in need or suffering from injustice.) When you are ready. going out. visualize the things you care most about – the natural world. You might feel a sense of release. Just experience for a while what it is to be alive on Planet Earth. >>>Response—Reflection [2 min. (Long Pause) When you are ready. noticing how and what you are feeling right now. (After one or 1½ minutes ring bell. but rather how does what you have just seen make you feel? You might be in the depths of despair. please use these next few moments to share how you’re feeling right now.] I invite you to please allow your eyes to lower or close. not your assessment of the situation. and open your eyes. Allow yourself to feel in your body your response what you’ve just seen. (Long Pause—give them plenty of time to do what you have asked. human emotions. You might feel overwhelmed. These are all natural.
) Would you be willing to begin? (Each participant stands and shares. let us shift the energy in ourselves and in the room for a moment. Please remain standing. 1.) Thank you.17 20 V-2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .) 1.16 Complete Where Are We Okay. 1. I know there may be many feelings. and let them know somehow that you heard them. >>>Shifting Energy Activity Before we move on. >>>Group Share [2 min. (Movement activity as needed) Thank you.] I would like to ask you each to get in touch with one word that summarizes how you are feeling right now.] >>>Group Share How You Are Feeling – in One Word [1-2 min. it is the foundation for what comes next. Please have a seat. we have finished with “Where Are We?”! Thanks to everyone for being open and staying with it. please thank your partner. when it is your turn please stand and share that one word.If you would.15A 1-6: Slide: Cartoon – Hole in Your Half of the Boat … SLIDE TEXT: “I’m sure glad the hole isn’t in our end…” (Comment on cartoon on the screen if people have a reaction to it. (Point to someone. but select just one for now. This shared information about our current situation is not meant to be the focus of this Symposium. the next person will then say their word and also remain standing. We will go around the room.
I would say. But if we try to change our behavior without becoming aware of the root causes of our conduct. in a different way! So let’s first look at what the root causes might be of the issues we have been looking at today. And the only way to explain this is that we've been locked into a kind of mythic entrancement. NARRATOR: According to Thomas Berry. that we're on this kind of a logical economic course. a good question to ask might be: How did an intelligent. one that is consistent both with modern science and with the understanding of the world that indigenous people have always had.” This dream could also be called our current worldview. our industrial age could be characterized as a period of technological entrancement in which our obsession with progress has us marching toward an ill-defined magical paradise somewhere in the future—a future in which we have mastered the Earth and everything on it—without any limits. for them to see the causal relationship between the trance and the dream of the modern world. end up in such a condition? What could possibly explain how we got into our current predicament? How did we get here? Someone who looked deeply at this question was Thomas Berry. We are going to look at some of the “unexamined assumptions” that helped get us here. It’s that simple. is moving the human community from its present situation as a destructive presence on the planet to a benign or mutually enhancing presence. a cultural historian and cosmologist who spent much of his life examining the relationship between humans and the community of life on Earth. 2-2: Video – Worldview & Assumptions (9:55) NARRATOR: Now that we have looked squarely at where we are. For participants to recognize that a new way of seeing the world–as profoundly interconnected–is emerging in our culture. Changing the Dream V-2. but actually we're heading toward our destruction. the power of the “story” a culture tells itself. a worldview that's become dysfunctional and therefore destructive. and what a new worldview makes possible in a society. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Intention of Section: To have participants distinguish and awaken from the ‘trance’ that we have inherited and are caught in as individuals and as a society.5 Symposium HOW DID WE GET HERE? II.Awakening the Dreamer. a way of seeing the world we’re not even aware that we have! V-2. well-meaning species who for the most part only wanted to make the world better and more secure for their children. it probably will not be long before we are doing the same thing over again. and to empower them to continue to identify for themselves the unconscious. DREW DELLINGER: Thomas Berry says that the primary problem with western civilization is that it creates and perpetuates a radical separation between the human world and the natural world—that we’ve given all rights to the human and no rights to the natural world. unexamined assumptions that perpetuate the trance.” Indigenous people would call this trance “the dream of the modern world. second highlighted We are ready to look at the next question: “How Did We Get Here?” In our action-oriented culture. And so it could be said that we in the modern world are living in a kind of “trance. THOMAS BERRY: The great work of our times.1 Root Causes 2-1: Slide: Symposium Questions. 2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 21 . when we see something is wrong our immediate reaction is often to rush to do something to “fix” it. We think we're behaving very rationally.
” so that the Earth is full of resources that are there for us to use as we see fit. NEW NARRATION: Many people assume that we can create a healthy society by concentrating solely on our success as individuals. we use the word “resource. These people paid with the loss of their clean air.99 wouldn’t even pay the rent for the shelf space it occupied until I came along. ROBERT REICH: We are not just individuals. We’re interdependent. Until we understand the depth of that. NARRATOR: All the crises we’re facing today can be seen as the unintended results of the unexamined assumptions that permeate the modern industrial society—and our own thinking. rather than changing the systems that makes sure that some people don’t make it. how it came into being.99 possibly capture the costs of making this radio and getting it to my hands? The metal was probably mined in South Africa. But suddenly. and I wanted to listen to the news. I found this cute little green radio for 4 dollars and 99 cents. VAN JONES: 22 V-2. people pitched in so I could get this radio for $4. it’s important to identify the unconscious. many of us believe that our job as “smart shoppers” is to get the highest level of comfort and convenience at the lowest possible price. So we want to make things. The effects of institutionalized racism are harder to see—and to change. BRIAN SWIMME: One way to characterize the cosmology that really is at work in our culture is this: That the natural world. According to Annie Leonard in “The Story of Stuff. NEW NARRATION: Another prevalent assumption is that racism is primarily an expression of personal prejudice and the way individuals treat each other. The notion that we can exist and prosper just individually based purely on what we do and what we earn is a rather new notion in history. Racism has dehumanized all of us. and it doesn't work. how could $4. and that interdependence flows at many levels: It’s spiritual. So. ANNIE LEONARD: I was walking to work. And often those actions produce outcomes we didn’t predict or intend. We assume that when we buy something. DIANA DUNN: Racism has a cost to every human being on this planet. let alone part of the staff guy’s salary that helped me pick it out. Now that orientation actually is not that bad so long as humans are not that powerful.” maybe not. whatever they might be. We take actions consistent with how we see the world. We make things. it is psychological. NARRATOR: In modern society. and maybe the whole thing was assembled in Mexico. All along this system. is there for us to satisfy our needs and desires. how the very fact that we have something called race means that we are ranking people and that we are giving white people more value than everyone else. the Earth. Or we think of it as something like a lumberyard. In fact. the petroleum was probably drilled in Iraq. these people paid with the loss of their natural resource base. $4. a worldwide society. with increasing asthma and cancer rates. So when our actions produce outcomes we’re not intending. we are part of a society. or the multiple ocean cruises and truck rides pieces of this radio went on. So let’s look at some of these unexamined assumptions. unexamined assumptions that generated those actions in the first place.99. it’s going to be hard to change. it is economic. the price we pay reflects the full cost of making it. that orientation turns out to be completely pathological. People’s actions correlate with their worldview.A worldview is held in place by a set of beliefs and unexamined assumptions that we’re completely unaware of—like glasses we’ve worn so long. That’s how I realized: I didn’t pay for the radio. We use the Earth. What we try to do is change people that aren’t making it in the system. it’s going to be hard to undo racism. who did pay? Well.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . and I kept thinking. we don’t even know we’re looking through them any more. when we become so massively present. the plastics were probably produced in China. We are not taught how it was set up. I was standing there in line to buy this thing.
S.S. Colombia. throw-away people.” 2-3: Slide: Unexamined Assumptions This slide (Point to screen) shows some of the unexamined assumptions that were mentioned in the video.3 Additional Examples of Unexamined Assumptions Unexamined assumptions are often underneath our conscious thoughts. you name it.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .” One result of that particular assumption is that it then becomes our job to consume more to generate that growth. Ecuador. such as. I am so fiercely passionate about it. and/or share unexamined assumptions that have had a hold of you. We just take it for granted that we're going to go to the coffee shop and get coffee that came from an exploited community somewhere where a forest was destroyed for a monoculture. I’m doing my part. Everything that is called waste or disposable is the ways in which we are saying that it is acceptable to throw our planet and its people away. We cannot have peace on the Earth unless we also have peace with the Earth. “A healthy society depends on a growing economy. Every plastic bag. paper napkin—that is a forest. And.) (Sustainability) “I’m recycling. now our primary label is “consumers. and a healed world is not possible.K. JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL: When you say you’re going to throw something away. drink it. We have a society that believes we have throw-away resources. there are many that weren’t covered. THROWS “AWAY” 27 MILLION PAPER BAGS EVERY DAY THE U. plastic to-go container—that is the petroleum complex in Africa. plastic cup. paper plate. often as invisible to us as the air we breathe.5 Symposium HOW DID WE GET HERE? We don’t just have unexamined assumptions about how we relate to the planet. a mistake my child might be making with drugs or whatever—that’s the core mindset. a healthy and a holistic. Questioning these assumptions is a powerful way to begin to awaken from our collective trance. obviously. And there are plenty more. Every paper bag. And where “away” actually is social justice issues and environmental justice issues.” Right? The recent financial collapse allowed people to see how the rules for those at the top of the economic hierarchy (bankers in this case) were different from those of everyone else. THROWS “AWAY” 600 MILLION PLASTIC BOTTLES Disposables are one of the huge magnifiers of how we've lost our connection to the sacred. you know. and then throw it away where it goes back and pollutes a nature community or a human community at the end. THROWS “AWAY” 41 THOUSAND CELL PHONES EVERY DAY THE U. We have underlying assumptions that we haven’t examined about how we relate to each other. the “dream. Alaska. the same mindset says I can ball up this child and throw that child into a prison forever for a mistake that that child made. You may remember a time when people were called citizens.” 23 V-2. similar to. throw-away species. 2-2a: Buffer Slide – Cartoon Man with Glasses Off 2. because I know in my heart that as long as we are trashing the planet and trashing each other. THROS “AWAY” 137 MILLION ALUMINUM CANS EVERY DAY THE U. put a plastic lid on top of it that used to be an indigenous community somewhere in a beautiful area.” One of the most prevalent unexamined assumptions particularly among those of us with (unearned) privilege is: “Everyone has an equal opportunity to ‘make it’ if they just work hard enough. For example: (Presenter: Choose among the following. The same mindset that says I can ball up this can and throw it away. TEXT GRAPHIC: EVERY DAY THE U. where’s “away”? There’s no such thing. put it in a paper cup that used to be a forest. They make up the story or narrative we live in as individuals and as a culture. NARRATOR: The dream of the modern world is constructed almost entirely out of assumptions that have simply been accepted for generations.Awakening the Dreamer. Changing the Dream V-2. personally.S.
Remember that our focus here is to identify the assumptions that led to the impacts on the environment. Science/technology will find a solution.4 Set Up Exercise Now we are going to give you an opportunity to identify for yourselves some of the unexamined assumptions and beliefs that make up the trance that we in the modern. “This demonstrates how an unexamined assumption (especially one manufactured to serve a particular interest) can leave people apathetic and resigned and how its dissolution can energize and spark imagination and participation.” Okay—are you clear about what we mean when we talk about an unexamined assumption? Does anyone need more clarification about this? 2.” “These issues are so huge that the only meaningful action has to be at the level of government and corporations—there’s nothing an individual can do to make a difference.” “Meditation (yoga/etc.’ In the process the ’unexamined assumption’ of earned and justified differential exploded. and sense of belonging depend on what I have.” “We don’t need to change how we live/consume. you just aren’t being smart about your money.” (Social Justice) “Poor people are poor because they are lazy.” “I don’t have privilege. worth.” “My status. and they could see that the game was ‘rigged.) is for people with time. This is important because if we can identify the assumptions that make up the trance in ourselves then at least we have a chance of separating ourselves from them. and making clear and conscious choices of our own. It’s not my fault.” This quotation from Pachamama Alliance co-founder Bill Twist provides some context for the connection between our current societal circumstances and our unexamined assumptions and beliefs (read aloud): “One theory is that people have tolerated growing inequality and the resulting social inequities for so long without any outcry because of an unexamined belief that the inequality is the result of earned and deserved differentials.” (Spiritual Fulfillment) “Don’t blame me.“If I want something. and on our own sense of spiritual fulfillment that we saw in the first section of the Symposium. not people under as much stress as I am. industrialized world are caught up in and that drive our behavior. 24 V-2. on social justice. I should have it. I had nothing to do with slavery (pollution/poverty).” “Racism and sexism are no longer really issues in our society. The recent financial collapse allowed people to see how the rules for the elites (bankers in this case) were different than those of everyone else.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . I’ve earned everything I’ve got.” “If you’re in debt.
6B V-2. What are the unconscious.” “spiritually fulfilling. You have five minutes: talk about as many as possible in the allotted time. personally. to represent where the consequences of that assumption “show up”—do they show up mostly in the environment. will the scribes please draw a triangle on a blank page and label each of the three points “environmentally sustainable. and contribute to creating the destructive consequences we’ve been looking at today. >>>> Group share: Okay. (After several minutes) Okay. Not Three” Exercise [8 min. just go deeper into the inquiry. Changing the Dream V-2.” Please give a number to one of your unexamined assumptions and talk about where to place that number in the space within the triangle. It is like trying to see your own eye—you are trying to identify characteristics of the “lens” through which you are looking. the job of your group is to identify what seem to you to be the unexamined assumptions that motivate us and our society and contribute to creating the “dream” of the [modern] world we live in. The scribe will keep note of the ideas your group comes up with. Note: there is no right answer to this.] All right. or in the area of social justice. incl. (Assist in forming the number of groups that will allow for all to report. please make sure you are identifying unexamined assumptions that have a grip on you. unexamined beliefs that are so totally accepted in our society that we ourselves operate out of them without even thinking? This is not so easy. may I have your attention for a minute? We are going to keep going. You will have about five minutes or so to come up with your list. but also in the areas of social justice and spiritual fulfillment. pick one of the unexamined assumptions from the video. Thank you.] Now. what did your group learn from that? 2.5 Okay. and have a discussion about whether the unintended consequences of that unexamined assumption appear in the area of environmental sustainability.” and “socially just. now in your same groups. Group Share. and whoever is feeling scribe-like today. >>>Group share: Let’s go around and hear one or two examples of an unexamined assumption from each scribe—no repeating! Great! 2. 2. give it a number. (If you have time. in the area of spiritual fulfillment. Do your best to come up with examples of unexamined assumptions that have debilitating consequences not just in the environment. Thank you. Thank you.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 25 . incl. mostly is social justice issues.Awakening the Dreamer.] Let’s rearrange ourselves into groups of about six. (After several minutes) Excuse me. Please begin now. will all the scribes please stand. but if you have not already.6 >>> Alternate “Triangle” Exercise [8 min. please select any one of the unexamined assumptions from your list. Group Share.5 Symposium HOW DID WE GET HERE? >>>Groups: Identify Unexamined Assumptions [12-20 min. please identify yourself. not just general ones that “some people” have! Bring this home to your own life.6A >>> “One Issue. and demonstrate on a piece of paper how they might place that 2. or mostly in spiritual issues—or somewhere in between? Then move on to another assumption.) Please look around your group.
2. If we go back far enough.6D Thank you.] Who would like to share what their group discovered doing this exercise? 2. what did your group learn from that? >>> Alternate ”Upstream/Downstream” Unintended Consequences Exercise [6 min. industrial worldview. ways that humans have generally lived and organized themselves in earthhonoring traditional societies for thousands of years. By the way. The good news is that looking. Encourage as much specificity as possible both “upstream” and “downstream. but many of them share similar beliefs about the interrelatedness and interdependence of the natural world and the human community. through an indigenous or traditional way of seeing the world gives us some perspective on our own modern. You will have five minutes to get through as many unexamined assumptions as you can. 2. and on the trance that our worldview has generated. what is the likely future of the object.6C >>>Group Share [1+ min. as we will see in this next video. when we use the word “indigenous” or “traditional” we’re not referring to a particular racial or ethnic group or groups.8 Another Perspective: Indigenous View At this point it is valuable to recognize that our modern worldview is only one way of viewing the world among many that have arisen in different cultures at different times. Please understand that we are not idealizing indigenous or traditional people and societies—they have their own challenges. we see that their “cosmologies” entail very different understandings of the world and the place of the human in it.7 Consequences Please remember that these unexamined assumptions in many ways are at the heart of the current crisis we are now in as a species and as a planet. needs to change. have each group choose an object in someone’s purse or pocket—anything will do—and have a conversation to identify. Their effects are very real: many laws. some of 26 V-2. what was involved in creating it in the first place in terms of the impact on the environment as well as on social justice issues.] If time allows. >>>> Group share: Okay. But an indigenous way of viewing the relatedness of the natural world and the human community can help us identify some of the areas where the dream of the modern world that we are unconscious about.) There is no “right” answer on any of these—the point is to stimulate a discussion. And. and second. When we look at indigenous worldviews. for a moment. there is a perspective emerging within modern science that shares with traditional cosmologies this basic principle of interconnection. first. We are talking about ways of relating to other beings and the Earth.” Report back to the group—the unintended consequences that resulted from producing the object. 2. all of us are indigenous at our deepest roots.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .number inside the space of the triangle. Some of us have departed from those traditional roots. policies and societal structures are based on them.
If there's only one. TEXT STORM TEXT STORM CLEARS TO ONE: “We Are Separate” NARRATOR: Over the centuries.Awakening the Dreamer. JAKADA IMANI: There is a fundamental misconception that we are separate. whatever I do to the air I do to me. doing to my children. has been that the world operates like a huge machine. then whatever I do to you I do to me. And so what evolved was kind of a fragmented view of the natural world. We're learning that that's not true. consciously or unconsciously. there was a way of analyzing what people were coming into contact with and taking it apart. made up of separate parts like a big clock. doing to my family.The Illusion of Separation (6:55) NARRATOR: Now we're going to look at what might be an unexamined assumption that affects our entire modern worldview. If there's only one. there is one that is primary and all encompassing: The assumption that we are separate – from every one and every thing. the story that’s been communicated in the modern world. and we lost our connection to each other. we lost our connection to the mystery of the universe. whatever I do in society is what I'm actually doing to my self. Changing the Dream V-2. Of all the countless assumptions that make up our modern industrial worldview. For the past 400 years.5 Symposium HOW DID WE GET HERE? us are returning to them. And we became hypnotized. 2-4 Video: How Did We Get Here . V-2. CARL ANTHONY A mechanistic view meant that instead of seeing the interconnection between things. with the power that came out of this technology. If there's only one. and some of us are continuing to honor them—regardless of the racial or ethnic group we belong to. This assumption shapes virtually all of our perceptions and actions. the scientific tradition has been trying to take the clock apart and figure out how it works so we can master it and use it for our own purposes.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 27 . really.
alone.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Looking at our history through this lens. Rather. uh… brother. birds. it could be said that humans beings have been tragically mistaken. So that we are all related. we are all connected.to the animals. TOM GOLDTOOTH We use another terminology called Mitakuye Oyasin. by yourself. a sphere of lava that miraculously gave rise to the sea and the atmosphere. You are part of that land—it’s your body—it’s you.NARRATOR: Spiritual traditions have long taught that separation is an illusion. So it is impossible to be by yourself. You need other people in order to be. inter-be. Everything we see around us has developed from the boiling cauldron of the early earth. tinier than a tear. river.9 Coming Together of Worldviews 28 V-2. But there is hope for one that has recognized—and is waking up from—a trance. As Brian Swimme says. Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh puts it this way: THICH NHAT HANH: We have the word to be. NEW NARRATOR: Increasingly. So in a very real sense science has discovered what indigenous people have known all along: we are all one. was compressed into a space smaller than a seed. it’s not possible to be alone. to the birds. Everything is part of this. sister. which has shown that all of creation is profoundly connected at both the macro and micro level. That creates some powerful new possibilities for the future. we came out of the Earth. more miniscule than a molecule. which is “All My Relations. is or will be.” BRIAN SWIMME It is not the case that the Earth was assembled and then we were added to the Earth. a new story about who we are as a planetary family is beginning to shape the consciousness on Earth. “The earth was once molten rock and now sings operas. we are related. and therefore. and the potential for everything that would ever exist started as a single point. to the fish. but you also need…uh…sunshine. we all come from the very same source. but it is a massive change in human consciousness. We are related in terms of energy. 2-4a: Buffer Slide—Children’s Hands (Pause for a moment after the video completes. whose message has always been that all things are connected. and it was there for our purposes. to be means to inter-be. to the trees.” We try to recognize that we are related to everything -. rather than being fundamentally flawed. but also uncle. NEW NARRATION: Seeing ourselves as separate has had devastating consequences on the planet and all of life. It’s an amazing new understanding of ourselves that is so profoundly inclusive and everyone is part of this. NEW NARRATION This deep recognition of interconnection is supported by the current scientific understanding of the origin of the universe. You need other beings in order to be. And it is true of everyone. and then life in its infinite expressions. air. people in the modern world are listening to the voices of indigenous people. to the plants. elephants. society. You have to inter-be with everyone and everything else. Now. all time. mother. because there’s not much hope for an innately flawed species. We’re related in terms of genetics. or an indigenous point of view. All space. And you can't do things to the land that in the end comes back and destroys you. that no matter what being we’re talking about on the planet. trees. even the microorganisms. So it’s just now coming into human awareness. Not only (do) you need father. uh. Because. DREW DELLINGER We can see that everything that ever was. This is good news.) 2. but what I propose is that a word to inter-be. We are the universe in the form of a human. We’re all in one way or another like a form of kin and that just – It’s overwhelming. JEANETTE ARMSTRONG The foundational understanding from my point of view. It’s going to take a lot of reflection to embody this fully. and so on. and we discover as well a profound kinship. is that you are a part of that land in a very interdependent way.
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By combining the ancient wisdom of traditional indigenous cultures (which includes a deep reverence for the natural world), with the best of the modern “scientific/technical/rational” worldview, an entirely new way of being can arise that serves us all—and benefits the Earth. Incidentally, many indigenous groups around the world have prophecies that point to this very time we are living in now, as a crucial turning point in human history. Some say it is the time when the Eagle and the Condor will fly together. In Latin America the Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor has shaped the work of The Pachamama Alliance and this Symposium. This is how John Perkins, one of the founders of The Pachamama Alliance and board member tells it: “The indigenous people have this inherent knowledge and feeling about nature, and being one with nature. They have a rule where they’ll never do anything that threatens future generations. “We in the North, on the other hand, have an incredible body of knowledge around science. Around really understanding the nitty-gritty of what’s behind nature, and both of these are important. When we combine them, they become very, very powerful. “According to ancient indigenous legends that go back millennia, the Eagle is the bird, which represents societies that are very materialistic and very human oriented. The Condor represents more spiritual societies and ones that feel more integrated with their environment. “This legend said that every five hundred years, we’d go through a cycle. The last cycle began at the end of the 1400’s, roughly the time of Columbus. It was predicted that during that cycle, the Eagle would dominate, but within five hundred years, that cycle would start to change and the Eagle and the Condor would fly together in the same skies. “And in fact, we’re seeing that happen today, and we’re seeing it happen through organizations like The Pachamama Alliance, where the Eagle and the Condor are dancing together in one sky.
Not Separate—Creates New Possibility for the Future
This story of profound connection and realization that we are all part of one interconnected whole is beginning to shape the consciousness on our planet. That is good news! Because we are part of—not separate from—the web of life, behaviors that previously would have been considered an assault on (the) Earth, or on different groups now can be seen as an assault on ourselves, as that cartoon we just saw illustrated. And that emerging shared understanding creates a possibility for a new future, different from our most recent past.
Misinformed—Opens New Possibility
The unquestioned assumption that we are separate, that we are not connected to each other at a fundamental level, could help to explain why the history of the “modern world” has been such a tragic story of exploitation and oppression. It could be said that rather than being fundamentally flawed as a species, human beings have been profoundly and terribly mistaken and misguided about who we are, and our relationship to one another and to the Earth.
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The video does a great job of pointing out that the assumption of separation that we have here in the modern world is not an assumption that is held by everybody in the world. In fact, this particular assumption of separation is a large contributing factor to the last centuries of human history, which have seen groups of human beings dominate, oppress and exploit other groups. Maybe what is happening now is that we are beginning to wake up and see that that assumption is not accurate. Which is pretty encouraging! We, as Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Aborigines—or any ethnic or religious group of people around the globe—tend to be nourished by our story of the creation of the universe. We do not need to reject our traditional stories. They comfort and support us and connect us to our traditions and our ancestors. What is vital in light of the “new” story is to examine where our stories may have led to a worldview of separation that misguides our actions and has begun to jeopardize and compromise the future of life on Earth. Evidence of a profound interconnection throughout the universe urges us to embrace a wider understanding of our own identity. The fact that this “new” story, new understanding, exists—and is being explored by scientists, philosophers and theologians and is embedded in our culture and the way many people are seeing the world—changes everything. And that is so whether or not you and I, personally, subscribe to this, or any particular theory of how the universe began. So here we are, alive at a special point in time, with an emerging worldview of connectedness existing side by side with the all too familiar story and experience of separation that we have grown up with. We are going to do an exercise now to put us in touch with both of those ways of being.
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>>> “Milling” Exercise, adapted from Joanna Macy [18-20 min. incl. group share, without optional questions]
I am going to ask you, in a moment, to stand up and walk over to the empty space over there, and just stand there, in no particular arrangement, facing different directions. You can leave your belongings on your chairs. Okay, please quietly go stand over there. Thanks. Please close your eyes, breathe deeply, and find a quiet, receptive space inside you. See if you can allow your mind to be calm and centered. (Pause for a moment.) Now, please imagine that you are in downtown [name city], on a very short lunch break. (Pause for a moment.) Slowly open your eyes, and begin walking in a kind of rushed pace that you might actually use—but not too wild—because you are in a hurry to get somewhere during your short break. You do not see the other people around you or look at them, except as barriers to get accomplished what you need to get accomplished today. You have important things to do back at your work place—there is probably no way that you can get done all that you need to today. In fact, there is a chance that it may all fall apart. (If
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they are walking too fast, you may have to tell them to keep it safe, and walk only as fast as they would in real life.) Let yourself really feel in your body all that you are feeling right now—whatever that may be. (Let this go on for enough time to let them really sink into it, get it in their bodies in a significant way—intuit what the right time is, but don’t rush it. This is essential to build energy for what follows—you will have a tendency to end it too soon, because it is a little uncomfortable for you, too.) And now, you find yourself in front of someone. (Wait a moment for them to find their partners.) Stop there. Hold up your hand if you don’t have a partner. (Have production person ready to move in to pair with any unpaired person.) Standing there before this person, let yourself register their presence. Make eye contact. Here is someone alive on planet Earth at just this same moment, born into the same period of crisis, confusion, and speed. But they’re not speeding right now. (Pause) They’re right here. (Pause) And they have chosen to be here. There were plenty of other things they could have done today. But they have chosen to be here with us, to confront our current situation together. (Pause) Feel your gladness that they made that choice (Pause to let them do this) and express it nonverbally in any way that feels right to both of you. (Allow time.) Now, start milling around again, but slowly. (Pause) Again, find yourself in front of someone and stop. Hold up you hand if you don’t have a partner. Look at them [and if you mutually agree, hold each other’s hand]. Behold this brother/sister being. (Pause) You are looking into the face of someone who deeply feels what is truly going on in our world—like you, they understand the full situation facing the Earth and the human species at this time—the changes in the environment, the rampant social injustice, and the disconnection among and within people. (Pause) Yet they have not closed their eyes, they have not turned away. This is someone who, like you, is choosing to love the gift of being alive in this time, with all its challenges. Being with them this way is like a kind of healing medicine. Allow yourself to experience what it feels like that you are not alone. (Pause) Find some way to silently let them know how grateful you are that they are here. Thank you. Please sit down with your partner, sitting as close as you both feel comfortable. (Pause for them to do this.)
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Now you are going to talk a bit more with this person. The person closest to the window is “A”; the person furthest is “B.” I’m going to say the first part of a sentence out loud, and I want both of you to pay close attention to what comes up spontaneously within you as the completion of this question. “A” will immediately begin speaking, saying the completion of the sentence that came up within him/her, and continuing to speak spontaneously about that—try not to filter anything that you are saying, just let it be said. “A” will have about one minute, and then we’ll ring a bell. “B,” your job will be a little tougher—you have to hold on to your awareness of what came up for you when you heard the first part of the sentence, while you also listen completely to what “A” is saying. And then, it is your turn. I will repeat the first part of the sentence, and you speak spontaneously about that, just as “A” did, for about a minute. After both “A” and “B” have completed the same sentence, you will reverse roles and respond to a second sentence. Does everyone understand? First sentence fragment: “When I think about all these things—the environmental destruction and the human suffering and isolation—the feelings that come up for me are ___________.” Second sentence fragment: “The ways that I respond to or handle these feelings that come up for me are ____________________.” (Ring final bell). ALT sentence fragments: First: The ways in which I separate and disconnect myself… Second: The ways I connect myself to the world and other people … Now, look at one another again. There is another thing to see in this face. Allow your awareness to open up to the very real possibility that this person will play a role in the healing of our world, that they are at the right place, at just the right moment, with just the right gifts and motivation. Allow that possibility, with all that it means for you––and for them––to enter your consciousness and your heart. Find some appropriate way to let them know how you feel about it—and you can do it verbally this time.
2.12A >>>Group Share: Thank you. Please let’s form a circle (remain standing). Would anyone like to share something about what they experienced?
>>>ALT: Seated Milling Exercise Can be used when there is no space to get up and move around. (Have people turn chairs to face a partner. Have them close their eyes and imagine rushing around…then open their eyes. Adapt script, doing both exercises with the same partner. Questions are optional.)
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(Press “Skip Forward (>>|)” to advance immediately to B-1a: Buffer Slide.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 33 .) END BREAK B-2: Eco-Spot: Island Home (:34) B-2a: Buffer Slide – Mt.Awakening the Dreamer. Press SKIP FORWARD (>>|) to go to Buffer Slide: Mt Fuji and Flowers.) (To exit Slideshow. Changing the Dream V-2.) (Ring bell a minute or two before break ends to gather people back. press ENTER to advance to Video: Island Home.) (To skip Island Home. Fuji and Field of Flowers V-2. but first let’s take a brief bathroom and stretch break.) (To skip Break Slideshow. say ten minutes. click ENTER or (Select >) to start B-2: Video: Island Home.) (Select > to start B-2: Video: Island Home. Please be back in your seats by [time].) B-1: Break Slideshow + Music (17:10) B-1a: Buffer Slide – Man and Camel (Select < to restart Music Break: Break Slideshow.13 Set Up Break We’re going to look at what all this means for us and for the future we want to create.5 Symposium HOW DID WE GET HERE? 2.
5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . lets take a look at what that makes possible. by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies. by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible.5 Symposium WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? III. and for participants to be uplifted. After one second holding a banner in front of you. in a country with a history of slavery and segregation. and then we did it three times. who could have imagined the emergence of the political and economic power that is now the European Union? And. 3. But we did it once. JR.” It’s happening now—and we’re all part of it! (Let’s start to explore what’s possible for the future by watching this next video that illustrates some of the shifts that are happening now. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions. energized and inspired into action by seeing that a huge. Some call it “The Great Turning.) 3-2: Video: What is Possible Now? (10:24) MARTIN LUTHER KING. a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. as well as some of the people in this room. you would be arrested. Changing the Dream V-2. The emergence of a New Dream is not something that is going to happen in the future—it is already happening! Leading cultural philosophers and activists/thought-leaders. but it bends toward justice. and a year later demonstrations were common thing on the streets of Moscow. but as creatable and that they make a difference in how the future of the planet unfolds.” “The Turning Tide. CROWD CHEERING TEXT GRAPHIC: WHAT IS EMERGING NOW? ZINN QUOTE: “There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long. un-named.Awakening the Dreamer.: Let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe. What leaps out from the history of the past one hundred years is its utter unpredictability. but we did it anyway.1 The “Great Turning” – It’s Happening 3-1: Slide: Symposium Questions. NARRATOR: After many centuries of warfare in Europe. who could have predicted that a man of color would be elected its president? Or that a nation would publicly apologize for the wrongs committed against its First Peoples? PRIME MINISTER RUDD: 34 V-2. We didn’t believe that we can change anything. Some of them may be news to you.” MARIYA SHALL: Demonstrations in Russia were like totally illegal. point out that a large. by extraordinary changes in people's thoughts. and we did it twice. sweeping movement is emerging around us at this time in history. third highlighted Welcome back! Given a growing awareness of how profoundly connected everything is.” or “The Great Transition. unstoppable groundswell of committed energy and activity is emerging around the world as a new expression of civil society. WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? Intention of Section: For participants to experience the future not as predictable or inevitable.
And he kept saying “when we end apartheid.” I mean. It is roughly an eighth of the global military budget. it was over. not that much. eradicate poverty. We think it'd take about 200 billion dollars a year to stabilize population. suffering. like apartheid.” And I kept thinking.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 35 . “dream on. we say sorry… CATHERINE INGRAM: Many. But when you compare it with military budgets. It is less than a third of the US military budget. “not in your lifetime. prior to the end of apartheid. For the pain. Hahahaha! It is that… there’s no way in which evil will ultimately triumph. What that says is that ultimately good prevails. despite all appearances to the contrary.Mahatma Gandhi.5 Symposium WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? We apologize for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief. and loss on these our fellow Australians. many years ago I interviewed Desmond Tutu. So it was really a profound lesson about what can happen when the will of people aligns. like. Mother Teresa. And we have seen some wonderful human beings –-. Changing the Dream V-2. “yeah right. This is not a great mystery. It is a moral universe. a year and a half later. DESMOND TUTU: We have defeated awful things like Nazism.Awakening the Dreamer.” And lo and behold.” you know. and restore the economy's natural support systems over the next decade. • • • TEXT GRAPHIC: $200 BILLION STABILIZE POPULATION ERADICATE POVERTY RESTORE NATURAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS That’s a lot. the Dalai Lama. We don't have to do research for the next 20 years to figure out what to do. V-2. but in my heart of hearts I thought. I didn’t want to rain on his parade or anything. NEW NARRATION: Many experts are convinced that humanity already possesses the resources and technology to solve our most pressing environmental and social problems. We know what to do. suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations. it's really. LESTER BROWN: We know how to do these things.
and sell only sustainable products. NARRATOR: Innovative design is also creating low-tech solutions for the developing world. ON-SCREEN GRAPHIC: PERCENT IMPACT 36 V-2. HUNTER LOVINS: The world's largest corporation has announced aspirational goals to be 100% renewable energy. We do. technologies. and individuals who are changing the way they are living—making new choices based on the values that support a more sustainable. ERIC LOMBARDI: A lot of people think that trash is inevitable. and policies that will lead to a new future are already emerging in government. and civil society—as well as people’s personal lives throughout the world.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . como a un alguien a quien proteger y no como a algo que se destruye y se explota. just. it’s one of those necessary evils of life. MILITARY EXPENDITURES (2009): $661 BILLION So we can't say. zero waste. Ecuador is the first country in the world to recognize the rights of nature in its constitution. But that’s not true. we don't have the resources to save civilization. as someone to protect and not as something to be destroyed or exploited.S. families. NEW NARRATOR: The ideas. business. El reconocer los derechos de la naturaleza significa tratar a la naturaleza como a un alguien.TEXT GRAPHIC: WORLD MILITARY EXPENDITURES (2009): $1. and fulfilling society. Recognizing the rights of nature means treating nature as a somebody. NARRATOR: Businesses and corporations are recognizing that success in the twenty-first century means paying attention to the triple bottom line: People. Sixty to ninety thousand companies that sell products to Wal-Mart will now have to show that they are measuring and tracking their carbon footprint and beginning to reduce it. NARRATOR: At the heart of the transition to a new world are the communities. and Profit. Planet. Waste is actually the product of bad design. NARRATOR: The United Nations Millennium Development Goals represent a worldwide effort to end hunger and poverty by 2015. and bad design can be changed. NATALIA GREENE: Ecuador es el primer pais en el mundo en reconocer los derechos de la naturaleza en su constitucion.522 BILLION U.
but in fact how we eat has just as big an impact on climate change. no armies. (Laughter) … This unnamed movement…You can clap for that…. I think. NIGER DELTA WOMAN: The only voice we have is this video editing.5 Symposium WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? MICHAEL POLLAN: When we think about global warming. and no helicopters. committed people are galvanizing that will and becoming who they need to be to make it happen—together. Changing the Dream V-2.Awakening the Dreamer. They say we don’t know books. And that’s a minimum. We can’t write much. we still would not have seen the names of all the groups in the world. NEW NARRATION: We have the technologies. NARRATOR: Everywhere on Planet Earth—in cities and towns. But if we are able to make a small film about what is happening to us. beautiful. It has no central ideology. policies. This movement is humanity’s immune response to resist and heal political disease. This is fundamentally a civil rights movement. we think about transportation. JON WARNOW People can now be connected nationwide to act locally in their communities and then have all that local action united into one synchronized. by far. to change our direction. It flies under the radar of the media by and large. it is grass-roots. and then a month after that.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Awake. It is nonviolent. it will go the internet and the whole world will see it. we think about how we heat our houses. PAUL HAWKEN Voice-over What you’re seeing here is the beginning of a list of the two million organizations in the world that work towards social and environmental justice. and the day after that. It's the largest social movement in the history of humankind. this is a democracy movement. is too small to describe it. It is far different and bigger and more unique than anything we have ever seen. a human rights movement. and we watch this all day and all night. It has no cluster bombs. it is the coming world. harmonic voice. economic infection. A male vertebrate is not in charge. NARRATOR: Powering this growing global phenomenon is the explosive digital revolution that is revealing and connecting a planetary human community.2 Exciting Time to Be Alive 37 V-2. and then for three more weeks. and ecological corruption caused by ideologies. suburbs and villages—a vast and unprecedented global phenomenon is beginning to make itself known. PAUL HAWKEN: There is another super power here on earth that is an unnamed movement. 3:2a: Buffer slide – People Planting 3. the collective will. All that’s missing is something that only human beings can provide: the commitment. (Applause) The very word “movement”. and initiatives to move us toward a thriving future. To give you a sense of how big this movement is: If I start this tape on today at 9:00 am.
That is a tenfold increase! We are alive at an unbelievably exciting time! 3. History is full of such examples. completely unexpected.3 Examples of What is Emerging Let’s take a few minutes to hear from one another about the evidence of a Great Turning that you may be noticing. Sharing: [2 min.000 organizations. there is a lot going on now! 3. >>>Group Sharing [2 min. Totally unpredicted. We can only imagine the kind of unseen shifts that are even now being generated in small groups like this one all around the world… 3. exciting initiatives … approaches … movements… directions … practices … that you’re aware of.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . and the hopeless sense that there is nothing we can do about—anything (!) (Have you noticed that?) So what is missing? 38 V-2.3A>>>Group Thank you! Yes. would have been totally unimaginable.] What are the examples of this new emergence that you find particularly inspiring or hopeful? (Take brief examples of what’s emerging locally. Here is another example: How many of you smoke? (Show of hands) How many of your parents’ smoked?… Right! What happened?! 3. What we have recently witnessed with the up swelling of democracy in the Middle East and the Occupy movement around the world are powerful examples. unpredictable. Things that. unprecedented shifts toward the positive occurred. and whole new social orders or social norms were brought forth. some of the new.2B Examples of Historical Shifts Exercise Let us hear some other examples from you of this kind of unpredictable historic shifts (toward the positive) that have occurred. When Paul Hawken first gave his talk in 2004.What we have seen here is only a tiny fraction of what is going on all around the world—and the pace is accelerating. or internationally. in the figurative blink of an eye. We could start with things like the internet revolution. he cited some 200.2A Examples from History As we just saw in the video. or the growing popularity of permaculture or the spread of the Transition movement. when you were growing up. Many of these shifts started silently with ideas shared and spread among small groups of people years before they became visible in “sudden” events.4 A Critical Missing Ingredient: Imagination This is a time of great hope and possibility. there have been many times throughout history when the status quo seemed totally entrenched and. or when your grandparents or parents were. despite the fact that the mainstream media and the dominant conversation all around us tends to foster a state of despair and apathy.) 3. society-wide. now it is two million.] Thank you.
Let yourself be touched by the sound of their laughter and the warmth of their hands in yours. and to stand powerfully in our vision for the future. and take a breath and let it out. There is now a human presence on this planet that has restored and is caring for the natural environment—that has come to value all of life… In this future world.] Please settle back into your chair and allow your eyes to lower or gently close. some insightful leaders have suggested that the key missing ingredient is for humanity to rediscover our ability to dream.5 >>> Visioning Exercise [4 min. for the better? (Long pause) Now see yourself sitting in a circle with many great-great-grandchildren (or great-greatnieces and nephews) from many different cultures on an open field of luxuriant green grass. just and fulfilling world. spiritually fulfilling. Imagine that you are living in that world now. What do you see? What stands out as you look around? What has changed. when people’s differences were considered a problem V-2. (Pause) They point out that the real crisis we are facing now above all is a crisis of creativity and imagination and a lack of a sense of possibility! So we are going to take a few minutes now to tap into our own creativity and imagination. human beings of all colors and cultures live equitably and harmoniously… and they are emotionally and spiritually fulfilled. socially just human presence look like? (Long pause) And what do you see as your contribution toward this outcome? (Pause) 3-3: Slide with Music: Silhouette of Kids with Blue Sky (2:26 loop) [Music: Tito la Rosa: Morning Star: World at Peace] (To end music. (Pause) Please go out into the future 40 or 50 years from now… and see a world that is environmentally sustainable (Pause) … spiritually fulfilling (Pause) … and socially just.5 Symposium WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? In order to have a sustainable.Awakening the Dreamer. press ENTER. Then the children ask you.) ALT: >>>(Joanna Macy’s) “Visioning” Exercise [6 min. What does an environmentally sustainable. and to begin to envision and create for ourselves what is possible for the future. What do you see? (Pause) If you like. imagine that you are guided by some of the children from the future. socially just human presence” might look like. Remarkable events have occurred in the world around you now.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 39 . (Pause) Look around. spiritually fulfilling. Let yourself be touched by the sound of their laughter and the warmth of their hands in yours.] Now imagine that you are able to move forward in time—decades out into the future. 3. as they show you around in their world. Changing the Dream V-2. Slide will become Buffer Slide Silhouette of Kids & Blue Sky. as they show you around in their world. “Great-Great-Grandfather/mother/aunt/uncle: Tell us what it was like for you when the world was in crisis…when the Earth’s eco-systems were unraveling… when there was so much inequity and injustice and oppression still affecting so many people’s lives. what an “environmentally sustainable. Allow yourself to be guided by some of the children from the future.
and for seizing the opportunity and not going back to sleep. listen up! This is your home.5A 3.) 3.)? What if the PR forces of the world united with Hollywood and made it their priority to create a global advertising campaign to make that happen. Just imagine—what if a fraction of the brilliant. but you can’t live there. 3-4: Video: Wombat (1:04) Yo.instead of a contribution … and there was starvation and war in the human family? (Pause) Then the children ask: “Dear Ancestor. we know that you were part of the Great Turning that we have heard so many songs and poems about. you can’t even get there.6 Role of Media in Changing the Dream/Set Up Wombat Video Let us consider for a moment what role the media (including social media) plays in perpetuating the current “dream” of the modern world—and what role it could play. Let them thank and embrace you. Please tell us about that—how you co-created a sustainable. to appreciate and acknowledge you for playing a role. Allow yourself to be surprised by what you say in their curious listening. it’s the only one you’ve got. just and fulfilling world. Thank you. This place is pretty. Please take a breath and then gently open your eyes. for being alive at a time when your life could make a difference.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . (Pause) 3-3a: Buffer Slide: Silhouette of Kids with Blue Sky >>> Group Share from Visioning: Did anyone have an experience or vision that they would like to share with us? (Take several shares. effective public relations and advertising minds around the world that are currently focusing their energies on toothpaste box designs and on encouraging us to consume more and more and more so that we will be “happy”—what if they took on this? (Point to Symposium Purpose. 40 V-2.” So tell the children who you were and what you did as a change agent for a new future. Now allow these children (and the great-great-grandchildren of all species). creative. Think about it! This 60-second video clip created by GlobalMindshift gives us a taste of the enormous possibilities.
Here is another example of the creative power of modern media to help focus public attention on the urgency of these times.8 Set Up FOUR YEARS. So. “FOUR YEARS. one. can we ensure the fastest animal on Earth won’t live only in a book? Can we spend four years planting only things that grow? In four years. These guys. Because they are your neighbors.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 41 . the people— They’re all connected. they ain’t goin’ away. the water. (3:02) TEXT GRAPHIC: The next four years will determine the quality of life on this planet for the next 1. Wieden + Kennedy. GO. It’s the only one you’ve got. you’re doomed. there you have the Symposium. this is your home. Not two worlds. can indigenous people teach the rest of the world to evolve? V-2. OK. Cherish it. They all depend on one another. can everyone decide 10MPG is not enough? In four years. listen up: it’s all one. can we give cows more space? Could we cut our power lines in four years? In four years. then press SKIP FORWARD >>|) 3.. protect it. You have to get along.5 Symposium WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? So. it’s the only one you’re gonna get.” created by one of the world’s largest advertising agencies. This video. repeat.7 “One-Minute” Symposium Well. Think about it: There are hundreds of millions of users of Facebook and YouTube and millions of young people with their cell phones and Twitter accounts. press ENTER. GO. I repeat. can we put more girls in school and fewer into the sex trade? Could we spend the next four years growing our cities? In four years. doomed. 3-5: Video: FOUR YEARS. the bugs. just one.000 years So everyone will need to motivate themselves for four years Four years is enough time to make a difference Four years is sooner than you think In four years. shows what can happen when commitment meets creativity. they’re not goin’ away. all is one. GO. all this stuff— The animals. So get in gear. could Manhattan look like this? In four years. can we learn that nothing is ever really thrown away? In four years. Okay…hit it! 3-4a: Buffer Slide – Wombat 3. they ain’t leavin’. so you have to learn to share. the tacos. If you ignore that. You have to get along with them. Changing the Dream V-2. the ground. the fish. they’re your neighbors. in one minute! That “Wombat” video begins to illustrate the untapped possibilities of global communication. not three. Remember. Okay. GO. Everything is connected. you have to learn to get along.Awakening the Dreamer. the sky. What if we have it as an integral part of the way we use this media that we document and share examples of workability and encouragement for a sustainable future for all? (To skip FOUR YEARS.
fouryearsgo. business and organization to identify and commit to what is theirs to do between now and 2014.9 >>>Movement Why don’t we all stand up and let the energy of this in. “social climate change” campaign that invites every person. and to find ways to work together for the common good of all.org 4YG (logo) 3-5a: Buffer Slide: Achuar Boy with Leaf This video is part of the FOUR YEARS. GO.Go.This is not a new organization this is a new goal for every organization This is a new goal for every Woman Man Grandmother Politician Student Liberal Conservative Teacher Preacher Agnostic and Generation Everyone needs to know what we could lose and what we can accomplish Four years To make skies bluer To eat fewer Chemicals To add trees To un-oil To outwit malaria To grow To teach To clean a beach Four years To go on a CO 2 diet To learn our neighbors’ names To recharge To give rights to nature To trust To share To trade your SUV for a hybrid To trade your hybrid for a bike To trade your bike for recycled shoes To change our direction To donate To shake hands To hug wind To kill war To awaken Four Years. This video is easily accessed online and can be shown to anyone who has access to a computer. 3. www. and open our bodies for a moment as we prepare ourselves to look at our final question… 42 V-2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . to make their own four-year plan to address the urgency.
and for them to have a commitment to stay engaged with the issues raised in the Symposium as part of their life’s work.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .Awakening the Dreamer. 42 V-2. reptiles. in particular! We would like to suggest that the key ingredient in making something happen in the world begins with making a commitment. for them to identify for themselves. and the industrial system it gave rise to. have run up against the limits of a finite planet. a man wanted to break free. and commit to. Let’s watch this video about taking a stand. the question arises: “What part do we play in this great unfolding story?” Where do we go from here? TEXT GRAPHIC: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE ? ECO-SPOT – THE POWER OF ONE Not so long ago. organizations and institutions in their lives.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? IV. To prevent poaching of the African mountain gorilla. practices. At the same time. And we know that it is hurting all of us inside. 4. and I'm awake because my great-great grandchildren won’t let me sleep. In East Germany. We know that our current worldview. taking a stand. As the mammals. And a woman traveled the world giving hope to those who had none. for participants to have an opportunity to express both their longing and their stand for creating an environmentally sustainable. And a gentle man from India wanted to raise consciousness without raising his voice. spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet. fourth highlighted And now we are ready to move into the fourth and final question—really the most important question of the day. We know that the vitality of the Earth is declining every day. Given all we have looked at today—Where Do We Go from Here? And by “we” we mean all of us in general—and you.1 Transition to “Where Do We Go from Here?” 4-1:Slide: Symposium Questions. sustainable actions. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Intention of Section: Recognizing the critical role of community in creating a new future. What did you do while the planet was plundered? What did you do when the Earth was unraveling? Surely you did something when the seasons started failing. That the chasm between the few of us who have more than we need and the many of us who have not nearly enough gets wider every day. Changing the Dream V-2. and ways of being which are consistent with their vision and stand. My great-great grandchildren ask me in dreams. 4-2: Video – The Power of a Stand (6:03) DREW DELLINGER: It’s 3:23 in the morning. we know that we are part of a worldwide awakening—a grassroots movement for change that is unprecedented in human history. for them to be inspired to actively communicate about the urgency and opportunity of our time with the people. It all begins right there. a little girl in Alabama wanted to go to the same school as everyone else. birds were all dying? Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen? What did you do once you knew?" NARRATOR: So now we know. So now that we know. This is the power of one: To protect your home in the Amazon.
I think an authentic stand comes from your heart. VERA AMORE: Es una especie de esplendida antorcha que estoy sosteniendo por ahora. RUEL WALKER: Life is no brief candle to me. RUEL WALKER: I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community. You don’t have a big role and you don’t have a small role. And if you play it. RUEL WALKER: the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. and I think that’s a good question too. you just have your role. I rejoice in life for its own sake. ALAIN DESOUCHES: et je veux la faire brûler aussi vive que possible and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible VALERIE LOVE: before handing it on to future generations. for the harder I work. selfish little clod of ailments and grievances VALERIE LOVE: complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. The power of one is the power to do something. ALAIN DESOUCHES: Je me réjouis de la vie en tant que telle. Now you stand up by yourself don’t make a dad gum bit of difference—in the rational world. you license other people to stand up. But a more profound question and a more powerful question is who do we need to be? And I think who we need to be are people who know that the decisions and choices we make now impact the future of life for the next hundred years. Or to care for the environment in our own backyard. and it’s a sort of splendid torch that I’ve got hold of for the moment.Awakening the Dreamer. Anything. ALAIN DESOUCHES: d'être une force de la nature au lieu d'un petit noud égoïste et fébrile de griefs et malaises. right…something happens in you to make a miracle. and it’s a different moment. But have you ever seen a standing ovation? It starts with one fool standing up. But if you feel it. KONDA MASON: the more I live. If your child is sick. to make a miracle. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? LYNNE TWIST: People want to know what to do. VALERIE LOVE: This is the true joy in life. -George Bernard Shaw VAN JONES: I don’t think an authentic stand comes from your head. then your life will really have a kind of meaning that you’ve dreamt of. Everybody alive today has a role to play. 4-2a: Buffer Slide – African Woman in Group V-2. you’ll sit down.5 Symposium To rescue harp seals in Finland. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 43 . And then pretty soon the whole stadium is standing up. VERA AMORE: Soy de la opinion de que mi vida pertenece el mundo entero. you’ll stand up! That’s the amazing thing about this thing is that it’s when you stand up. You’re just one fool standing up. Changing the Dream V-2. And if you start thinking about it. the being a force of nature instead of a feverish. KONDA MASON: and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . (You might put it up some place that you will see it every day. of course. When we take a stand. spiritually fulfilling. We all stand for something already by virtue of what we give our lives to and the choices we make every day.) Our purpose statement is on the front of the card. we move from having a point of view about the world.] We are passing out (ALT: You will find in your packet under your chair) a declaration— or commitment—card for you to sign and keep.” (Pause for a moment. you experience that your life has meaning and can—and does—make a difference. and is life-affirming. our lives get reorganized around whatever we stand for. from the soul. An unshakable commitment can be a source of great energy. and because we know that these next few years are critical.” We want to give you a moment to reflect: Why are you here?—both here in this Symposium and why you are here. and kept.): “Bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. A stand comes from the heart. when we start to lose our way or our enthusiasm. In many ways it is the stand-takers who actually change the course of history. If you wish. and the George Bernard Shaw quotation we heard in the video we just saw is on the back. And so we want to offer you an opportunity to commit (or recommit) to including this in your life’s purpose (Point to Symposium purpose. the situation is urgent. Most of us are here today because we know at some level that the way we are walking on Earth and being with our fellow human beings is not sustainable. the way we spend our lives.) 4. to actually embodying a way of being in the world. We’d like to suggest that taking a stand is different from taking a position—a stand is generally for something (while a position tends to be against). of freedom. (Pass out declaration cards and pens if they have not already been handed out in materials envelope. and keep it as a reminder of your personal commitment to that goal. silently declare yourself. if you wish. who we long to be. what we stand for. and you experience a kind of spiritual fulfillment in the process. When you’re living from a stand. What are you standing for? (Pause) 4. “The way we spend our days is.) >>>Declaration Card [2 min. and in some ways. There is tremendous power in committing.3 44 V-2. sign it.Each of us has the precious opportunity to say what our lives are committed to. socially just human presence on this planet. in your life. from vision. As the American writer Annie Dillard said. like on top of a dresser.2 Power of Stand/Opportunity to Declare What We Stand For Let’s look at “taking a stand” for a moment. as each of us who has ever made. on your desk or refrigerator. a commitment can attest. The commitment becomes the beacon that helps guide us when circumstances get tough. As you may have noticed in life.
Life is no brief candle to me. is one of the most effective ways to translate your commitment into action.5 Commitment + Vision + Plan Okay. But a vision with a plan can change the world. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. what is your plan? 4. press ENTER. the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. what comes next? An old proverb says it well: “A vision without a plan is just a dream. complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? (Presenter may wish to share some personal experience of what it has meant to him/her to have taken this stand. But a vision with a plan can change the world. Signature Date Copy on back of card. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. allow time for those who wish to fill out card. for the harder I work. communicating it to others. the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances.” ~ George Bernard Shaw (Pause. 4. thousands and thousands of people around the world have taken this stand.Vision + Plan Text Graphic A vision without a plan is just a dream. and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. the meaning—and the discomfort— that results from taking this stand. spiritually fulfilling. We urge that you always keep your stand alive and present in you as you get into action and go out in the world. Congratulations! Having taken a stand for this new possibility.6 Set up Where Do We Go from Here 45 V-2.) 4-3: Slide .Awakening the Dreamer.) Thank you. (To skip any slide in this section.) 4. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. Like you. and inviting them to stand with you. Changing the Dream V-2.4 Joining Others Around the World Acting from a New Possibility Thank you.Declaration Card Text Graphic The Pachamama Alliance Logo Awakening the Dreamer.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . which I have got hold of for the moment. and are experiencing the beauty. not shown on slide: “This is the true joy in life. the more I live. it is a sort of splendid torch.” 4-4: Slide . Let it guide and influence your life and life choices. once you are committed. Changing the Dream Symposium I am committed to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. So. and (sic) socially just human presence on this planet as the guiding principle of our times.
That is true for living consistent with creating a sustainable. Do whatever it takes to stay awake. it’s important to stay awake! We are awake now—don’t go back to sleep! It sounds easy -. fulfilling and just human presence as well. What is an example of a practice in this context? Well. or the solutions that are emerging. Right now. and the systems that perpetuate those injustices and how you can get involved. tennis. The term practice is an interesting one. you could adopt a practice of consciously examining the environmental ramifications of your actions and your purchases as Julia Butterfly pointed out in the video clip we saw earlier today. violin. it’s real easy to go back to sleep. >>> Group share: [2 min. and committed to making a difference—remembering that the “trance” of our culture is working to lure us back to sleep! And it is not easy.7 Stay Awake First of all. It is a way to stay awake to something. plus the pull of our own habits and unconscious practices could very well dilute the power of possibility and inspiration you may be feeling now. It is up to us to go out and track down alternative perspectives and sources of information and perhaps find regular news sources that offer alterative views.) 4-5 Slide—Where Do YOU Go from Here? TEXT GRAPHIC: Stay Awake Get Educated Get Connected Communicate Get into Action 4.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .8 Get Educated SECOND: Get (or continue to be) educated. (Presenters: okay to put these in your own words. Be curious! Learn all you can about the environmental challenges facing us. learn about the many forms of social injustice that are all around. much of our media does not do a great job of telling us what is really going on in the world. It evokes the kind of day-by-day commitment that we all know it takes to really cause a change in ourselves. Well. learning skills at a new job. You could adopt a practice of meditating or running or doing yoga each morning. commit to finding out what gives real meaning to life and has people living truly fulfilled lives.] What are some other examples of practices? 4. This “trance” that our culture constantly engulfs us in continually communicates: “You are isolated! Those other people are not your concern! Take care of yourself! You can’t make a difference anyway! Consume more to be happy!” That. We all know about practicing yoga. and what people are doing about it.We would like to offer you a framework as you consider your next steps and plan of action. oh yeah I can stay awake. football— to have just about anything become a regular part of our lives. You could adopt a practice in your conversations of making sure that those who traditionally are less privileged and have not been given a voice have the space and the respect for their voices to be heard. We may need to search if we want to find empowering 46 V-2. meditation.stay awake. aware of what is going on in the world.
and supported by.10 Communicate FOURTH: Something you can do the minute you walk out the door today is to communicate. She points to three different ways we can engage in what she calls “The Great Turning”: • We can resist and slow down the destruction that is going on. friends. ones you are ready to join—or a group you bring together yourself.9 Get Connected THIRD: Get (or stay) connected!—to others who are engaged in this movement for a sustainable future. All of these are resources that can help us stay educated and awake. blogs. Invite them to a Symposium. by getting into action. everywhere. Tell at least three people what you have found out here—this week! Talk to your family. It could be in groups you are already part of. our fellow agents of change. and to bring it forth in the world. at this time of unprecedented crisis. In either case. or maybe you are just starting. or maybe you are ready to expand into some new areas or practices.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 47 . It takes courage to actually bring up global crises in polite company (doesn’t it?). communicate. The Symposium is designed not to provide a “to do” list for you.Awakening the Dreamer. empowering perspectives. and papers and online periodicals that are especially useful for offering a different.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? information rather than merely sensationalized sound bites of “news. communicate! This is probably the most important action you can take to keep this work alive in yourself. 4. Buddhist scholar and general systems theory and deep ecology scholar Joanna Macy points to the importance. now is an opportunity to look at how you might want to expand or deepen your participation. but this situation is urgent and we need to talk about it… with everyone. but to let your own genius guide you at finding what calls to you to do.” Part of what is so amazing about this Great Turning we are living in is that there are any number of websites.11 Get into Action And FINALLY. bring all these areas together and get into action to make your vision and commitment a reality.) Eco-philosopher. The kinds of changes needed now are on a scale that can only be accomplished by individuals and communities working together. 4. and co-workers about some of the things you learned or realized today. Changing the Dream V-2. in your life. perhaps with some of the people in this room! 4. to release our need to be “certain” before we take action. V-2. Actions tend to be much more powerful when they are informed by the wisdom of community and amplified by the combined commitment and practice of likeminded people. The reality is that for any of us to be in action powerfully and sustainably we need to be connected to. Joanna Macy’s Framework of Change (Presenter may want to present Joanna Macy’s framework for change in addition to the above framework. You may be already engaged in a range of actions and practices. Find a “community of practice”—people you want to work with and who will help keep you on the path.
or “force” something new into existence.• • We can create new structures.) Thank you—those are great ideas! 4. Does anyone need a piece of paper or something to write with? (Logistics team be ready to pass out paper and pens as needed.12A >>> “What You Are Already Doing” Exercise [2 min. If you would. Turning the paper 48 V-2. and that which is unsustainable. recognize yourself.) Great.] Please reflect on all the ways your life is already consistent with this purpose. I will give you a few moments to reflect and write. changes in ways of seeing and being. 4. pause. by definition. will not last. but hospice their natural withering away and dying.12C >>> What Makes You Come Alive? Exercise [10 min. actions.12B 4. for everything—commitments.) Look back at the last five years or so. and the actions and practices you’re already committed to.) Thank you. and notice the changes in your values and lifestyle since then. (Take shares from several participants. awakenings. are not trying to destroy something or even to create something. just a sentence or two! Take notes if you hear a new idea that you like. and at what you care deeply about in the world or in your community. which she refers to as a little bit of green sprouting up through our dysfunctional society. (Point to Purpose.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . it is easy to think that we have to “kill off” something old. We can shift consciousness.] Let’s hear from several of you—please stand up and briefly. midwife the emergence of a new “Earth Community” and the new structures and systems and ways of being that will support it.] One way to explore what might be next for you is by looking at what makes your heart come alive. Please take out a blank piece of paper. Not destroy or murder the old structures and systems. we need to commit to. Hospice/Midwife Metaphor This might be a good time to offer two metaphors that many people find useful. acknowledging them.12 Being Inspired by What You (and Others) Are Already Doing Let’s take a moment to reflect on and acknowledging what you are already doing—and who you are already being. In challenging times like these. 4. (Pause for one minute or so. After all. tell us about something that you are already doing that others might be inspired to learn about—please. they are unsustainable. please take out a piece of paper and jot down what comes to mind. Honor yourself. as agents of change. But maybe it is good to remember that we. mindfully and with great intention. At the same time. Was anyone surprised or impressed at seeing the changes you’ve already made to your lifestyle? >>> Group Share: [2 min. Maybe what we need to seek to do is consciously hospice the death of the old structures and systems that no longer serve and support life on Earth.
) 4. (Hold up sample. if you wish. share with the others in your group your three columns. “What Is Needed. write them in that first column. now at the top of the right hand column. can I have your attention up here? Thank you.) You will have about one more minute to work on this—and you can continue once you get home. Ring a bell twice to make sure that all three get a chance to have the group focus on their list.12D V-2. “What Makes Me Come Alive” at the top of the left-hand column.) • What lights you up. look over your two lists. please make two vertical lines. write “What Is Needed in the World or My Community. and see if you can find connections or overlaps between the list on the left.) And take a moment to consider these different questions: • What does the world really need right now? • What does my community really need right now? • Where do I hurt over what is happening to others.) Thank you. Create a list of what brings you the greatest joy… what you love… what makes you most come alive… what wakes you up. (Pause for a minute or two.” If and when you find a possible connection or overlap between the two lists. what's happening to my community.” (Pause to allow them to do this. Changing the Dream V-2. (Pause to allow them to do this. This is your chance to see what insights others may have about the connections in the middle column that you have not yet seen—a chance for the wisdom of community to help you discover your path. >>> Group Wisdom Exercise [5 min.” This column may help you see more clearly your role.Awakening the Dreamer. an action that could unite what you love to do with what you see as needed in the world. You could label the middle column: “Where My Joys Connect with the World’s Needs. or as long as seems necessary for them to list 5-6 things. (Pause for a few minutes. (Give several minutes for this. “What Makes Me Come Alive. I will give you a few minutes to see what comes to you.) Step 3: Now.” and the list on the right. or my world? I will give you a moment for those things to come to you and for you to write them down in the right hand column. expressions or interests give you joy and lasting satisfaction? • What are you doing when you feel most fully alive? And as things come to you. (Pause for a minute or two to give them time to fill in. as you sense how much time is needed. Step 2: Okay. dividing the paper into three columns.] Now please get into groups of three and. Step 1: Okay. draw a line connecting them.) Fine. gives you energy. (Ring bell after a minute or so. passions. what your unique contribution to a New Dream can be (No one else has those particular two lists!). or as long as seems necessary.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? horizontally.) Okay.) All right— you may want to come back later and add things to the list—it does not have to be absolutely complete right now. ignites your imagination? • What projects. now please write the words. Write that action in the middle column.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 49 . and then think if there is an action that could fulfill that connection. Now take a moment to consider these questions: • What is it that you love to do? (Pause.
14 If you would.] So. on which you can find where your skills. religious institutions. travel and heat our homes (our “footprint”). Community/Workplace: Our work colleagues and neighborhood community or social/religious groups. policies. please lower or close your eyes for a moment. • • • Individual/Family: Actions like lifestyle choices—what we eat. whom we count among our friends. Social Justice and Spiritual Fulfillment. what are my next steps to make a 50 V-2.4. 4. Down the left are listed various sites or arenas where change can take place.) >>>Wisdom from Within: Moment of Reflection [3+ min. corporations. Then across the top you see the three lenses we have been looking through today: Environmental Sustainability. (Pause) What might “float” up into your awareness if you are just quiet and receptive? (Pause) Silently ask yourself.13 Putting Commitment into Action 4-6: Slide – Putting Commitment into Action It may help to look at a possible framework for action. your experience. Think about this as a landscape on which you can map action. banks.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . how we consume. (Pause) and notice what ideas are there for you now. Institutions/Systems: Government. education. etc. your passion meet the needs you see in the world (or in the community at your doorstep. colleagues and mentors and our spiritual. given everything we have talked about today. TOPIC/GOAL ARENA OF CHANGE Environmental sustainability Social justice Spiritual fulfillment Individual/Family Community/Workplace Institutions/Systems This slide displays some arenas of action. “What is my unique contribution. we are going to give you some time now to reflect (Pause) upon how you might bring your unique gifts and talents to the work that is needed in the world today. business. religious or centering practices. Change will need to happen in all of these arenas in order to change the dream of the modern world.
pick something specific and do-able. 4. some corporation or financial institution. create room for their own inner wisdom to guide them. now we are passing out (ALT. if you are living at home. like the five examples Lynne gives (see Appendix.) How can you be an Agent of Change to influence your work community. whether it’s with your employer.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? difference in the issues we have been looking at today?. “I’m going to change the world.” and see what comes to you in the silence. (Long Pause—about a minute) Thank you. your local. Or attending multicultural social or religious groups or arts groups in order to expand your world. instead of letting them run. not prescriptive here. regional or national government representative.] V-2.Awakening the Dreamer.) Don’t write. Please open your eyes. What action will you take individually? Right away! Within the next week! (NO action is too small.) This piece of paper is not going to be collected—it is for you. Instead. if you really want to create some momentum for yourself indicate by when you will do or begin them! (That will help make all of this more “real” for you once you leave today.15A (Presenters note: Be respectful. Maybe you will commit to turning all your electronics off every night. commitments you will make at this time as a way to begin to express your commitment. >>> Choosing Commitments Exercise [3+ min. Now please look it over and see if you can identify and write down between three and five actions you are committed to taking. 4.] Great.15B >>>A/B/C Share [6 min. and. (Presenters give personal examples. perhaps you can persuade your parents to install a clothesline and give up on your dryer. (Give time to write down.) Please write them down. or use the back. You don’t have to do this in any particular way. your colleagues.15 Choosing Commitments (Pass out Action Map) (ALT map is in a packet of materials that have been handed out with the Declaration Card) Okay. Changing the Dream V-2. your family. And finally: What actions will you bring forward to "the powers that be" to carry your ideas forward? Note down one or two actions that you would be willing to advocate for. or whatever groups you may be part of to take needed action? For example. It might be that you will pick up the phone and make that call you’ve been meaning to make.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 51 . You can use the paper if it helps you.” It’s too big and you can’t do it by yourself. Or riding your bike when you only need to travel a mile or two. Take a couple of minutes to list several commitments you can put into action right away. do not talk down to the participants. look in your packet of materials and find) a copy of the slide we were just looking at.) 4.
) >>> Group Share [3 min. now please find two partners and share with them what you have decided to take on. (Pass out Getting Into Action handout or instruct to remove from packet. you can exchange contact information with your partner(s) so you can offer one another support in your commitments after the Symposium. you might share the 1-minute Wombat Video we just watched.Great. and fulfilling human presence on the Earth. Or. Now that you have spent this time with us.) Participate in our other programs o These programs can help you stay awake. is a for people who have taken the Symposium and want to explore in greater depth • • 52 V-2. and/or any other social networking site you use.org you will receive the Awakening the Dreamer newsletter electronically and be kept informed about upcoming events and opportunities.) • Sign up at www. They are also listed.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . and your timeframe. We are committed to making a difference in the world—we plan to expand dramatically—and we would like to have you join us. Remember. There are lots of ways to participate—this slide points out key ones. o The Getting into Action Workshop. If you would like. which takes place over one or two days. (We do not share your contact information with any other organization. You will have about a minute and a half each—we will ring the bell when you should switch.joinatd. Share it on Facebook and Twitter. a community of like-minded people on six continents who are building a movement to bring forth a sustainable. ring bells. and the next steps that you have chosen? (Take shares) Thank you. (if shown. along with websites.] Can we hear from a few of you? What are some of the commitments you are making. you see what we are up to. 4. or the Four Years Go video.15C 4.) Share the Symposium with your network Get this message out to your friends and communities! Talk about what you experienced in this Symposium with friends and co-workers. on the Getting into Action handout in your packet.16 Participating with the Awakening the Dreamer Community 4-7: Slide .org Share with your network Participate in our other programs Join us in spreading this work (Presenters: Okay to say all this in your own words) We warmly invite you to become part of the Awakening the Dreamer community worldwide.joinatd.Participating with Awakening the Dreamer TEXT GRAPHIC Participating with Awakening the Dreamer • • • • Sign up at joinatd.org By registering at www. just. the days of the Lone Ranger are over—it is about community now! (Time.
specifically designed by and for young people between the ages of 14 and 30 years. o Learn to facilitate live Symposiums yourself! You can join others in a Facilitator Training to learn to be a Symposium Presenter or host or production person. o Connect with an in-person local Awakening the Dreamer community. transformational events. or start one in your area. This digital version of the Symposium can also be viewed online. We would love to have you join us in any or all of the above! 4. be sure collect that information now or tell participants how to get it to you.) o Or. a local school or church. This is an entire Symposium that has been videotaped that people can watch. Again. tell them about it now. you have the web address in your packet. to recreate the interactive experience of a live Symposium.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? • what they are called to do. Join us in spreading this work o Host a Symposium with a live Facilitator (like me!) for friends and neighbors in your home or host the Symposium with groups or communities that you have connections with—for instance. o Host a viewing of the Awakening the Dreamer DVD with friends. and/or insert any announcements re what’s happening in the local ATD community.Awakening the Dreamer. where you can indicate how you would like to participate. (Presenter: tell people the phone number or e-mail address of the local ATD community coordinator. (Presenter: talk about your personal experience in leading Symposiums.) o Generation Waking Up is a youth version of the Symposium. if they would like to be invited to future meetings. announce it here. stopping the DVD to do the processes and exercises. (Presenter: If there is a WakeUp scheduled in your area. (Presenter: If you have a GIA Workshop scheduled in your area. or have someone on the production team talk about their training.) o You can explore all of these opportunities at the Awakening the Dreamer website. Changing the Dream V-2. Don’t forget to hand it back in before you leave.Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide V-2.) (Presenter: If there is a Facilitator Training scheduled in your area. Most people who go on our journeys refer to them as life-changing. The two-day (and sometimes three-day) training is designed to be a transformative experience. or if your community group has a centralized data collection system for those interested in being trained in your area so that they can attend a future training in your area. announce it here.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 53 .17 Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide 4-8: Slide . You’ll also find in your packet a “Pathways to Participation” card. and to how to get into action. if you are not able to attend a training it is possible to download all the materials you need to present a Symposium through links you will find on the Awakening the Dreamer website. and to connect you with others in the community.) o Pachamama Rainforest Journeys offer you an opportunity to visit two indigenous cultures: in the Amazon rainforest and the Andes Highlands of Ecuador.
But if they make a plan to accomplish it. and have also designed a guide to support both individuals and groups in staying engaged with many of the topics—and then some.20 Awakening the Dreamer Website 54 V-2.First. our colleagues at Be the Change Earth Alliance in British Columbia.and Set a date to have the goal completed by. (at the back of the room. They are available (at the back of the room.and Have a specific accountability time for completion of your goal. 10% 20% 40% 50% 65% 95% So. and accountability.. Canada. have come up with a comprehensive and very well designed program to support and sustain people in making sustainable lifestyle choices individually. and report back on how they did…that number can go all the way up to 95%.18 Be the Change Action Guide 4-9: Slide – Be The Change Action Guide Likewise.. If you: Your probability of success is: Come up with the idea to attain a goal. with you will greatly increase the likelihood of success and of being sustainable in your commitment.. if presenters have them for sale) from the web address on the screen and on your handout as well. Both of the resources we just mentioned are excellent guides for circles of people acting together to address the issues we have been looking a today.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . if presenters have them for sale) by going to the website on the screen. find some way to fulfill your commitment as part of a circle or group or community where people support one another. The Sustainable World SourceBook and the Learning & Engagement Guide are available ….. talk to others about it. some very experienced Awakening the Dreamer volunteers have created a great summary of much of the information about the big issues that we presented today... 4. According to the American Society for Training and Development. everyday actions in a whole range of areas. 4. and as part of ongoing study and engagement groups.19 Community Support Being part of an ongoing group or community who share a commitment..and Consciously decide to attain the goal.. if you want to maximize your effectiveness. if people think about an idea..and Put a plan in place.. The Be The Change Action Guide supports people in getting clear on where to focus and it offers hundreds of simple. there’s a 10% chance they will accomplish their goal.. 4..and Commit your goal to someone else.
And. You can accomplish that at www. we recommend that you register to receive our newsletter about the Awakening the Dreamer program. and resentment. love.21 An Ongoing Process We think you will find.” The children sat wide-eyed in silence for a moment. Be rigorous about not letting anyone go past the 30 seconds. This should be high energy and it is okay for it to feel slightly chaotic. peace. lastly. Their job is to be concise. It is also on your handout. But there is something you may not know about me: There is a fight going on inside me. Changing the Dream V-2. which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee paused and looked into the grandchild’s eyes and replied: “The one I feed. Then one youngster asked. 4. as we have. where you can get more information about all of the opportunities we discussed just now. It’s a terrible fight! And it’s between two wolves. informative and enrolling. anger.] (Have people who want to share about a project they are involved in all standing in line before you begin. the name of the project.joinatd. and its essence or purpose.awakeningthedreamer. And that is a good thing! There is a story I want to relate to you now about a Cherokee elder who was teaching the grandchildren about life. envy. “But Grandparent/Wise One. here is the web address for the Awakening the Dreamer program. The elder drew the children around one night as they sat by the campfire and looked around the circle and said. solemnly: “You know me as a strong leader. “One wolf represents fear. that when you are living your life committed to changing the dream of the modern world.) Okay. “This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person too. for anyone who is dying to tell us about a project you are involved with or that you would like us all to know about (or one you have just decided to start!) we are going to give you the microphone for a total of 30 seconds (!) to do a “Community Public Service Announcement” to describe this fabulous project so we can get more information and consider enrolling in it! V-2.5 Symposium WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 4-10: Slide – ATD Web address (www. the next steps that are right for you will continue to reveal themselves to you as your life unfolds…It never ends. sorrow.22 >>> “Community Public Service Announcements” [5+ min.org) And. Let them know they will have 30 seconds (and not a single second more!) to tell the group their name. to get the most up-to-date information about these and future opportunities. and more. The other wolf stands for joy. you may even need to make it 15 seconds if time gets short. hope.” 4.org. again.Awakening the Dreamer. Make sure they write their contact information legibly on a flipchart.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 55 . And it goes on every single day. and kindness.
Okay. even if you are in the middle of a sentence! People want your enthusiasm.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .Anyone who wants to take advantage of this broadcast time. come make a line and put either your email address or the project’s web address on this flipchart. before it is your turn to speak. they do not need the whole story. We are almost out of time so we are really going to ring the bell at 30 seconds. 56 V-2. as you get in line. who is first? >>> Group shares Great! Thank you all.
Thank you for making it happen! CL. we would like to ask you to please lower or close your eyes one last time. how this has been for you. CL.Awakening the Dreamer. and be quiet for a moment. the real Symposium begins after you leave today—and hopefully lasts forever. that would be truly wonderful. CL. creativity. which then gets put on a shelf somewhere and forgotten.] We began the Symposium with a ceremony borrowed from indigenous people. of all species. “peak” experience. Changing the Dream V-2. or what may have shifted for you during the course of our time together? ALT: Standing in a circle (or not). In fact. for all time… and to express your gratitude to all the spirits/ancestors that were with us guiding us today—including Pachamama herself. and for the opportunity we have to contribute to the future for all children. Would any of you like to briefly share with the group where you are right now. I invite you to silently express your gratitude for your life. (Ensure that pledge cards are available.” CL.3 Opportunity to Contribute This Symposium is an offering.’ standing powerfully as change agents in a place of possibility.4 Symposium Begins Today So what has happened for you here today? The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium is not intended to be a one-shot. a gift from The Pachamama Alliance. There are pledge cards at the back of the room.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . >>>Completion Sharing [2+ min.] We have covered a lot today.5 56 V-2. and a final video— and a small gift we would like to share with you. Let’s take a few breaths together. for our shared lives. If you would like to contribute to The Pachamama Alliance to help finance spreading this message worldwide.1 Set Up Close CL-1: Slide: Dawn over Water We are going to complete the Symposium shortly with a few announcements. to recognize the power and meaning in coming together with a shared purpose.5 Symposium CLOSE CLOSE Intention of Section: For participants to be in an abiding state of ‘blessed unrest.) CL. the organization that created and disseminates it. let’s go around and each person say one word or phrase that describes “where you are.2 Acknowledgments We would like to thank (Say names and have them stand if they are in the room) for organizing and pulling together this Symposium. community—and action. As we bring this time to an end. CL.4A >>>Sacred Space Ceremony [2 min.
CL. CL. something called the “imaginal cells” become active. inside the molecular structure of the caterpillar. or we don’t It is a dimension of the soul. (We like the symbolic message of that simple gesture: “We can only do this together. and who understands that galvanizing a critical mass of conscious commitment can make the difference in turning things around. bless them and this work. V-2. When enough of them connect.8 Set Up Final Video CL-2: Video –Closing Message (2:50) ON-SCREEN QUOTATION: MALE VOICE.] You will notice that you can’t tie your bracelet on easily by yourself. a broad-based collective will to take action. even though they are not in the majority.”) As you tie on someone’s bracelet. Thank you. let others help you. We offer these to you as someone who is awake. (Pass out bracelets. it becomes over-consumptive. who understands that these next few years are critical for our planet. Changing the Dream V-2. But who is also able to see that the possibility of our time is greater than the crisis.” “NEW” NARRATION (from V-1): As we look to the future.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 57 . At that same time. not a state of the world. What’s possible is that we are the imaginal cells on the planet now. Either we have hope within us. They wake up. someone who sees that what is missing is a critical mass of conscious commitment. >>>Tie on Bracelets [2 min.5 Symposium CLOSE Please take one more breath and then gently open your eyes. regardless of how it turns out. a voracious eater that consumes hundreds of times its own weight. and who can embrace the crisis. (as well as to create openings in conversations when people ask you what it is). ALT: We offer these to you as someone who recognizes the urgency of these times and that we don’t need to wait for anything to act.Awakening the Dreamer. When a caterpillar reaches a certain point in its evolution.6 Bracelet Ceremony We have a small woven bracelet made by the indigenous people of the Andes in Ecuador for you. We invite you to wear it as a reminder of your commitments. who knows what is at stake. Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well. VÁCLAV HAVEL QUOTE: “The kind of hope that I often think about…I understand above all as a state of mind.7 CL. look for each other. but the certainty that something makes sense. and bless the future that we are creating together.) Please don’t do anything with them yet. and begin to cluster inside the caterpillar’s body. This bracelet can remind you that you are one of those people. VAN JONES: Let’s turn to the screen one last time for a final video message. there is a metaphor from Nature that can serve us. they become the genetic directors of the future of the caterpillar. At that point the other cells begin to dissolve and become what’s called the nutritive soup—out of which the imaginal cells create the absolutely unpredictable miracle of the butterfly.
then there’s hope for the world. then hope is alive in the world. You already have within you enough love to save the planet. a new appreciation for the privilege that we have of undertaking this challenge. DESMOND TUTU: Every single one of us can do something to make a difference.” AL GORE: There is an old African proverb some of you know that says. WANGARI MATHAAI: In the course of history there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness. go together. CL. go alone. a time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other.10 Thank you! We will be here for a while and invite everyone to stick around to connect with one another! CL-3: Video –Video Production Credits (2:30) CL-4: Slideshow – Closing Slides + Music (13:20) 58 V-2. a change in commitment. If you want to go far. JULIA BUTTERFLY HILL: (EDITED) If you have hope in your heart and even if you’re the only person left who has hope in their heart—if that hope is committed in action. If you’re the only person left. (Pass out feedback/Pathways to Participation forms. or point to them in their packet. we would love to have you fill out a Feedback and Participation form to help us in the development of this Symposium. as long as your hope is committed in action. That time is now. Please feel free to pick up a handout with local contact information as you leave (Make sure local information is printed in advance. a new sense of urgency.We don’t need any hero on a white horse. God Bless you.” We have to go far quickly.9 Close Thank you! It has been a privilege and pleasure to be with you today. to reach a higher moral ground.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . I can.) and hand them in at the door before you leave. It can also be included in their packet). We’re the people we’ve been waiting for. so we have to have a change in consciousness. >>>Feedback + Participation Form Also. CL-2a: Buffer Video: Spinning Earth (:29 loop) CL. You can--you can--you can—you can. Have someone at the door collect them. “If you want to go quickly.
Message to Presenters 5.5 Purpose & Intended Results 6. Changing the Dream V-2. Transcript of Lynne Twist on Getting into Action V-2. Proportional Timing of the Sections 2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Chart of Speakers in the Videos 8.Awakening the Dreamer. Symposium Timing Planner 3. Audio Visual Outline 4. Audio Visual Notes 7.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS 1. V-2.
if you add them. WHERE ARE WE? Video: 18:00 II. WHAT IS POSSIBLE…? Video: 14:24 inc4yg IV. Schedule more time for lunch or additional breaks. Section Late Start WELCOME/INTRO Video: 4:40 I. broken down proportionally.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . On the back of this page is a timing worksheet to use in planning and monitoring the time of your Symposium. But it will be helpful for you and your team to be clear on your timing goals. Below are some suggested timings. with approximate video run times for each section. and that only one break is involved. which exercises you include. etc. how quickly you move through the material.PROPORTIONAL TIMING OF THE SECTIONS There is no “right” length for any section of the Symposium. It depends on what parts you choose to present. NOTE: These times assume no lunch break. HOW DID WE…? Video: 16:50 BREAK Video: 0:34 III. WHERE DO WE GO…? Video: 6:03 CLOSE Video: 3:48 2 hours 0 10 30 30 0 20 25 5 3 Hours 0 20 35 40 10 20 45 10 4 Hours 5 30 45 50 15 25 60 10 5 hours 10 40 50 60 20 35 70 15 TOTAL MINUTES 120 180 240 300 60 V-2.
What Is Possible Now? IV. Where Do We Go From Here? Close TOTAL MINUTES: V-2. How Did We Get Here? BREAK III. Calculate what your goal start time on the clock is for each section. Changing the Dream V-2. Where Are We? II. but probably realistic. have someone record the actual start time for each section in Column C. you can fill in column E. then compare B with C and write the total time ahead/behind schedule in Column D so that you know whether you need to do anything to have enough time for section IV and GIA. A Goal: Planned # Minutes for Section B Goal: Planned Starting Time on Clock C Actual Start Time for Section Welcome/Intro D Actual Total # Minutes Ahead or Behind E For future planning: Actual time used for section SECTION (Time Taken for Late Start?) I. As you present the actual Symposium.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 61 .5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS SYMPOSIUM TIMING PLANNER How to use this tool: Before your Symposium. After your Symposium.Awakening the Dreamer. to help you with future time planning. Allowing time for a late start is optional. and write it in Column B. decide how long you have for each section in minutes and write this timing goal in Column A.
AV Operator needs to identify how to do that on the machine being used.) (Select > to start W-1. Flamenco (Gary Malkin). Cancion De Pasaje (Tito La Rosa.V-2. PRE-SYMPOSIUM P-1: Slide: Pachamama Logo P-2: Slideshow: Opening Slides & Music (21:44) <2> [Wind Spirit (Tito La Rosa).) WELCOME + INTRODUCTION W-1: VIDEO: ECO-SPOT—CONNECTIONS (1:40) W-1a: Buffer Slide – Woman Drawing Water W-2: Slide – Symposium Title W-3: Slide – Rainforest Landscape W-4: Slideshow: Slides + Rainforest Sounds (1:45 loop) (Press “Enter” to advance to W-2a: Sun Through Trees. Slides need to be advanced manually by AV operator AV has its own numbering system and is sequential.Symposium Title (Select < to restart Music: Intro Slideshow. Video: Connections.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Mo'opunas (John Keawe). then press SKIP FORWARD (>>|)” to advance immediately to Buffer Slide . Gary Malkin). Hana Pipi (John Keawe)] (Press “Skip Forward (>>|)” to advance immediately to P-2a: Buffer Slide Symposium Title) [**Note: this may not work on all machines.5 AUDIO-VISUAL OUTLINE Buffer Slides appear automatically at the end of a video element. press ENTER (select >).] P-2a: Buffer Slide . A “FORCED ADVANCE” is needed here.) (To skip Eco-Spot—Connections video.) W-4a: Buffer Slide – Sun Through Trees W-5: VIDEO: THE PACHAMAMA STORY (4:00) W-5a: Buffer Slide – Forest Canopy W-6: Slide – Symposium Purpose W-7: Slide – Symposium Questions W-8: Slide – Introduction Questions W-9: Buffer Slide – Rainbow over Rainforest 62 V-2. all the rest of the Symposium follows a parallel but distinct numbering system.Woman Drawing Water.
press ENTER to advance to Video: Island Home.Awakening the Dreamer. Press SKIP FORWARD (>>|) to go to Buffer Slide: Mt Fuji and Flowers. Fuji and Field of Flowers V-2.) 2-5: Slide —Close-up of Leaf (Milling Exercise) (Press “Skip Forward (>>|)” to advance immediately to B-1a: Buffer Slide. click ENTER or (Select >) to start B-2: Video: Island Home.) (To exit Slideshow.) BREAK B-1: Break Slideshow + Music (17:10) B-1a: Buffer Slide – Man and Camel (Select < to restart Music Break: Break Slideshow.) (To skip Island Home. press ENTER (or select >) to go to Break Slideshow. first highlighted 1-2: VIDEO: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (8:50) 1-2a: Buffer Slide – Lion and Cub 1-3: Slide –Children of the World 1-4: VIDEO: SOCIAL JUSTICE & Spiritual Fulfillment (8:55) 1-4a: Buffer Slide – Indian Woman and Child 1-5: Slide – Bamboo Forest (Response Exercise) + Music (8:34 loop) (Press “Enter” at any time to stop music and advance to 1-5a: Waterfall in Hawaii) 1-5a: Buffer Slide – Waterfall in Hawaii 1-6: Slide – Cartoon: Hole in Your Half of the Boat II. HOW DID WE GET HERE? 2-1: Slide – Symposium Questions. Changing the Dream V-2. WHERE ARE WE? 1-1: Slide – Where Are We? Symposium Questions.) (Select > to start B-2: Video: Island Home.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 63 . second highlighted 2-2: VIDEO: WORLDVIEW & ASSUMPTIONS (9:55) 2-2a: Buffer Slide – Cartoon Man with Glasses Off 2-3: Slide – Unexamined Assumptions 2-4: VIDEO: HOW DID WE GET HERE – THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATION (6:55) 2-4a: Buffer Slide—Children’s Hands (To skip Milling Exercise.) END BREAK B-2: Video: Eco-Spot .) (To skip Break Slideshow.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS I.Island Home (00:34) B-2a: Buffer Slide – Mt.
press ENTER. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 4-1: Slide – Symposium Questions. press ENTER.) 3-3a: Buffer Slide – Silhouette of Kids with Blue Sky 3-4: VIDEO: WOMBAT (1:00) 3-4a: Buffer Slide – Wombat (To skip FOUR YEARS.) 4-4: Slide – Vision + Plan 4-5: Slide – Where Do YOU Go from Here? 4-6: Slide – Putting Commitment into Action 4-7: Slide – Participating with Awakening the Dreamer 4-8: Slide – Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide 4-9: Slide – Be the Change Action Guide 4-10: Slide – Awakening the Dreamer Web Address CLOSE C-1: Slide – Dawn over Water C-2: VIDEO: CLOSING MESSAGE (2:50) C-2a: Buffer Video: Spinning Earth (00:29 loop) C-3: VIDEO: PRODUCTION CREDITS (2:30) C-4: SLIDESHOW: CLOSING SLIDES & MUSIC (13:20) 64 V-2. press ENTER.III.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? 3-1: Slide – Symposium Questions. then press SKIP FORWARD >>|) 3-5: VIDEO: FOURYEARS. third highlighted 3-2: VIDEO: WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? (10:24) 3-2a: Buffer Slide – People Planting 3-3: Slide – Silhouette of Kids with Blue Sky & Music (Visioning Exercise) (2:26 loop) [Music: Tito la Rosa: Morning Star: World at Peace] (To end music. GO. Slide will become Buffer Slide Silhouette of Kids & Blue Sky. GO. fourth highlighted 4-2: VIDEO: THE POWER OF A STAND (6:03) 4-2a: Buffer Slide – African Woman in Group 4-3: Slide – Declaration Card (To skip any slide in this section. (3:02) 3-5a: Buffer Slide – Achuar Boy with Leaf IV.
2008. Bill Twist says about the job of the Symposium: “What is missing is a sense of urgency. Providing your AV operator with hard copy of the AV Outline is advisable. as we have found it eats up time irretrievably and takes the Symposium off-track. so it can be announced while people are most in touch with their enthusiasm for bringing the Symposium to their families. It often works best to have your next Symposium scheduled before you begin. “We won’t have time for this.” Prepare. People have opportunities to share with one another in groups. to the whole group. it is to alter the way they see the world.” or “We’re falling behind. but not to outflow. Changing the Dream Symposium does not lend itself to “winging it. and who will be delivering which sections. (In a two-day version of the Symposium that sort of dialogue could work.Awakening the Dreamer. FYI: “Open sharing” is not part of this Symposium. Running through the audio-visual elements ahead of time with your AV operator is essential.org) and click on the Materials section.”) Allow them to have an experience that the Symposium they participate in has just the perfect amount of time. Your job is to hold the tension line. prepare. Changing the Dream V-2. As a rule. prepare. Remember that the point of the day is not for the participants to listen to your words of wisdom or watch great videos. do not make it the participants’ problem if you are feeling pressed for time. a recognition that we don’t need to wait for solutions. Create a timeline for your Symposium based on how long you have. colleagues and communities. 2009.E. (Avoid saying things like. located beneath the heading for Symposiums. To download the current version of the manual go to the Symposium Wiki (http://wiki. You’ll want to do one or more walk-throughs with your co-presenter to determine which of the optional portions you will be including.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS Fall 2005 Revised 2006. 2007. 2010. 2011 MESSAGE TO PRESENTERS THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND: Please be advised that the Awakening the Dreamer.” Presenters would do well to keep in mind this context while delivering the Symposium.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 65 .) Be spacious and unhurried while keeping your eye on the clock. and identify what time you need to be starting each section in order to not end up shortchanging Where Do We Go From Here? Pencil those times in your manual and/or use the Symposium Timing Planner at the end of this manual. We should encourage building this broad-based collective will.awakeningthedreamer.” (Don’t leave out the blessed part!) Here is what The Pachamama Alliance founder and C.O. it is good to check the Awakening the Dreamer website to ensure that you are using the most current version of the manual and other materials. however passionately. what is missing is the broad-based collective will do to something. A ‘critical mass of conscious commitment’ is an important context for the end of the Symposium. V-2. You’ll also want to do a detailed walk-through with the person handling your AV. themselves and the future such that they are committed change agents who are awake and propelled into action and are and remain in a state of “Blessed Unrest.
included as optional video element o Shortened finale video Presenters or others who find that some of their favorite speakers or parts have been removed (the 20 minutes needed to come from somewhere…) are encouraged to use KeyNote or PowerPoint versions of the Symposium where they can modify the modules to use the elements that speak best to them and their audiences. Sorry if your favorite part was removed!).5. it’s okay. In general. Have a glorious time! WHAT HAS CHANGED IN V-2.org) to view the Two-Hour Symposium Presenter’s Guide. and the process. the Two-Hour Presenters Guide will help you be able to deliver a Symposium in that time frame. Feel free to swing out.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . to freshen and update the content.) • • • 66 V-2. however if the only window available is twohours. These were accomplished. if you have only a much shorter amount of time (say one or two hours) to edit the Symposium to work in the amount of time you have. Keep your heart open and stay focused and clear on the purpose of the day. However. and to strengthen the social justice message. A lot depends on the amount of time spent in groups and exercises (one of the highlights for most participants). Go. If you have a limited time for your Symposium you may want to consider using the presenters guide adapted for a two-hour Symposium. How long is V-2.5. & HOW THE CHANGES EFFECT YOU AS THE PRESENTER: • Our chief mandates in creating V-2. all the time.5.awakeningthedreamer. your hosting and production teams. Remember that guidance is available all around you. You’ll probably be better off with a longer time if feasible. it’s about making your best effort and trusting yourself. your co-Presenters. The actual running time of the video Modules is somewhere around 65 minutes (Approximately 20 minutes of video material was removed from V-2 in the making of V-2. important participant activities were truncated or eliminated in the shortened version. Go to the Symposium Wiki (http://wiki. (A two-hour version is very abbreviated. We’re just making it up here.5 were to shorten the video modules so that a 2+ hour Symposium would be possible (though not necessarily advisable).5? It depends. Obviously. There are notations on which portions to omit for a two-hour Symposium. you should plan on between three and four hours for V-2. most of the exercises need to be removed or altered. In the end. Changes to the video elements: o Shortened videos modules by 20+ minutes o TPA story edited o Combined the 3 Where Are We? segments into two o Added military expenditure graph o Added in short clip on racism o Changed video narration in Social Justice segment and in several others o Edited “How Did We Get Here?” o Combined and shortened Another Worldview + A New Story o Edited (and renamed) “What’s Possible For the Future?” (“What is Possible Now?”) o Added in expert talking about solutions (Lester Brown) o Removed Blessed Unrest video altogether o Four Years. try out your ideas and let us know how they work. If you feel you have a better way to work with the videos.
as Presenters. “Putting Commitment into Action. the Be the Change Action guide focuses on supporting people living lives that are sustainable. Get Educated. One good place to start might be by renting or streaming the “Eyes on the Prize” video series from Netflix. There are five distinct frames of participation suggested: Stay Awake. and (identify others). Drew Dellinger speaks highly of the Challenging White Supremacy program. institutions).awakeningthedreamer. engage ever more deeply with issues of privilege in our own lives and systemic injustice in our society. or simply guide people to the websites. The recommended handouts for this version of the Symposium are: o Declaration Card o Putting Commitment into Action sheet (new) o Participating with Awakening the Dreamer (new) o Pathways to Participation/Feedback form (will be revised.) A great deal of support material was created for the previous version of the Symposium. Other programs that have been recommended to us include Be Present. Get into Action. New Presenters are advised to research Part B and the Appendix of the V-2 manual for a treasure trove of additional material. live. In future versions this material will be handled by speakers on video. It would be prudent for you as a Presenter to be familiar with them as well. Staying Awake: Daily Practices (will be revised. There are all manner of excellent programs available to support us. Changing the Dream V-2. Get Connected. There are plenty of resources. The Getting into Action section has been removed and replaced with a one to two-day Getting into Action Workshop designed for Symposium participants. To do so with authenticity is likely to require that we. what is needed is the commitment on the part of Presenters to have a breakthrough for themselves in this area. Communicate. okay to use current version for now) o Participating with Local Organizations (to be created by Presenter for local area) o Awakening the Dreamer. You may wish to purchase quantities of them in advance and sell them to the participants in your Symposium. for now we will be delivering the material. We make reference to several excellent guides in the Symposium that you may want to make available to your participants at your Symposium: the Sustainable World SourceBook + Engagement Guide. Go to the Symposium Wiki (http://wiki. social justice) and the three arenas in which action and change need to take place (individual. The Pachamama staff had a very powerful experience with the Undoing Racism program offered by the People’s Institute for Sustainability and Beyond. or give them away at the end (and recoup the costs by charging more for your Symposium). okay to use current version for now) o “Taking the Symposium Message out into the World” fold-out (to be created) o “Makes Me Come Alive” (optional) • • • • • • • V-2. (Note: The Sustainable World materials focus on global problems and solutions. Check the Facilitator Network for information about learning to present this workshop.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS • Delivering the new social justice sections creates a wonderful opportunity for soul searching on the part of Presenters.org) and click on the V-2 Symposium manual link. and the Be the Change Action Guide. spiritual fulfillment.” creates a grid based on the three lenses of the Symposium (environment. community. A new tool and exercise.Awakening the Dreamer.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 67 . Inc.
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To provide an experience that inspires participants to stand for. socially just human presence on this planet. and understand their role in making it happen. and they leave with tangible commitments to sustainable action that they have shared with another participant. spiritually fulfilling. V-2. * Asterisk indicates intentions added to this version of the Symposium. Changing the Dream V-2. and just human presence on the planet. and live their lives consistent with.Awakening the Dreamer. fulfilling. *Participants see the critical importance of generating collective will. Participants experience themselves as integral members of an already emerging and expanding community that is committed to bringing forth a sustainable. INTENDED RESULTS Participants are profoundly aware of the scope.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS PURPOSE & INTENDED RESULTS Revised November 2011 PURPOSE To provide an experience that inspires participants to stand for a new possibility for the future: an environmentally sustainable. Participants are aware of the worldview that people in the modern world have inherited and its role in bringing us to where we are today. *Participants have a commitment to stay engaged with the issues raised in the Symposium as part of their life’s work. and begin to free themselves from the constraints of the unconscious. complexity and urgency of the issues facing our planet today. the magnificent possibility of our times: a human presence that is environmentally sustainable.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 69 . and are inspired and equipped to actively communicate about the urgency and opportunity of our time with the people. unexamined assumptions that make up that worldview that they have internalized. *Participants are moved to go deeper by becoming part of a “Pacha Community” and/or by participating in deepening experiences and workshops provided by Awakening the Dreamer. organizations and institutions in their lives. spiritually fulfilling and socially just. *Participants have a beginning understanding of the systems and structures that keep the current dream of the modern world in place. Participants experience the future not as predictable or inevitable. and experience that they make a difference in how the future of the planet unfolds. but as creatable.
the Earth and one another.FYI: This version (V-2. the Symposium calls into question long held assumptions about the purpose and possibility of the human species and offers a vision of human beings’ true relationship to. 70 V-2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Thus shaped. and responsibility for.5) has been designed to be able to present the fundamental messages of the Symposium in as short as a two-hour timeframe if necessary. Note: The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium was inspired by indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest whose profound connection with the natural world may account for the dignity of being with which they walk upon the Earth.
• The DVD starts with a music “loop”. As the A/V person. This means it will play over and over again until you advance out of it. Some segments are a video (or slide-show) – each of these ends automatically with a static picture – the “buffer slide”. Changing the Dream V-2. • Each machine you play this on may have slightly different symbols or commands. (3:02) 4-2: VIDEO: THE POWER OF A STAND (6:03) CL-2: VIDEO: CLOSING MESSAGE (2:50) Audio Visual Guide for Awakening the Dreamer. Some segments are just a static picture. and you will always be looking to them for exact cues when they want the next segment. GO. It is necessary to PRACTICE on the actual equipment you will be presenting from to be sure about V-2. and make sure that they know to catch your eye when they are ready. but it is intimate. and it is quite fulfilling. This takes you to the next “slide” and the music stops.5 VIDEO MODULES . Keep your attention on them.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 71 . or the right-pointing triangle on your remote) to get started.5 Symposium prepared by Mark Bachelder Doing the A/V for the Awakening the Dreamer symposium is not just a technical task – it is a pleasure and a privilege. The rest of the event progresses from segment to segment by pressing ENTER when ready.LENGTH W-1: VIDEO: ECO-SPOT—CONNECTIONS (1:40) W-5: VIDEO: THE PACHAMAMA STORY (4:00) 1-2: VIDEO: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY (8:50) 1-4: VIDEO: SOCIAL JUSTICE & Spiritual Fulfillment (8:55) 2-2: VIDEO: WORLDVIEW & ASSUMPTIONS (9:55) 2-4: VIDEO: HOW DID WE GET HERE – THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATION (6:55) 3-2: VIDEO: WHAT IS POSSIBLE NOW? (10:24) 3-4: VIDEO: WOMBAT (1:00) 3-5: VIDEO: FOURYEARS. QUICKSTART Guide: Using this DVD in it’s most basic form is very simple: after loading DVD in your laptop or DVD player. called a slide. You will find that you truly are part of the presenting team. for the most part all you need to do is press ENTER (or PLAY. you will find that you need to precisely track where the facilitators are in the manual. One of the few exceptions to the ENTER rule above is this loop: to advance you need to press (or locate and click on your laptop screen) the >I symbol. Changing the Dream V-2.Awakening the Dreamer. once the first frame is on the screen. This isn’t complicated.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS AUDIO VISUAL NOTES V-2.
anyway! PRACTICE. or from a laptop. You can project from a TV screen. (or a screen or suitable white wall) you will need to bring that equipment in. Set it up the day before. if you use a laptop. After a while. Setting your laptop on a sturdy music stand. you can even do the A/V from your chair as a presenter. Talk to the person in charge of events in that room about what you will need. you can use the volume control on your computer to adjust the sound. Setting up the night before is a good idea for larger events. but be sure you have the exact connectors and cables you need to tie into their system. • If they don’t have sound. well before the guests arrive. In reverse. You will need access to the volume control on the sound-system you are using (you will need to sit close to this for the entire event). You will get the hang of it pretty quickly.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . and a sound system. or a projector. get it set up long before hand and test it. o If you are driving from a DVD player. • CONTROLLING the sound: o if you are driving this from a laptop. SOUND: • You can use computer speakers from a laptop for smaller rooms. o The DVD-player sound-buttons will work if you are connected to a TV in a normal way. SET UP and EQUIPMENT NOTES This event can be done large or small. • -don’t forget to bring it back up to normal before the next segment! • The “Visioning” Exercise in section 3 has background music you will want to adjust as needed to follow the process. from the DVD player found in any home. • Test everything. and slowly raise it as the facilitators narrative is completed. 72 V-2. laid nearly flat works for a lot of people. They may have a video projector. but this step needs to be taken. or a video projector. or you will need to have a mixer or similar control near you. and into remote speakers or amps of any kind – the volume button on the DVD control WILL NOT WORK. test ALL functions then. On the day of the event: test EVERYTHING again.the above operations. and test again on the day of the event. It won’t take lot. especially for your first few times. even for experienced presenters There a few points where you will want to adjust the volume: • The Loss Exercise in the Where Are We section it is important to start with the background music almost inaudible. • In larger rooms and public spaces – get clear on the equipment you need several days ahead of time. Whatever equipment you use. make sure you are asking enough at the door to cover these expenses. slowly bring the sound down as the process is brought to completion. until the sound gently fills the room. This is experience talking! Re-checking always needs to be done. with the entire disk. It can be rented. or you can connect to the TV sound system or stereo in someone’s home.
to being the presenter in front of the room. at the very beginning and select any segment to play from there (this is the only way to get back to a past segment). • On a typical home-DVD player you can fast-forward and reverse a little bit. V-2. • Generally. especially if you anticipate any changes to the typical flow of the event. This won’t give you much. experiment with bringing up and moving around on the Main Menu. Changing the Dream V-2. Again. BACKING UP: All of these functions can be done. and it is a small step from doing the AV only. • If accessible. By the way: doing A/V for this transformational workshop is a great way to become proficient at presenting – you will become familiar with all the material in the most useful way. Again. it is a pleasure and a privilege to do the audio-visual part of this event – it truly makes a difference in people’s lives. This has the drawback of projecting the menu and this whole process to the entire room – not very elegant. • Nevertheless. This way you are literally on the same page as the persons in front of the room. you use the >I symbol to skip to the end of a video.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 73 . but only inside one given segment on the disk. and get the next slide. Have fun! LEAVING OUT SECTIONS. SKIPPING AHEAD.Awakening the Dreamer. and must be practiced before your event.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS PRESENTING: We include an A/V detail in the manual. • One can also go to the main menu. you can cover the lens on the projector for a moment (Mac’s may allow you to block the projection while you fuss with the menu). every machine may have its own features about how this exactly works. but most people find it easiest to do A/V from the same manual as the facilitators.
Noel Brown Note: A number of these clips have been shortened in V-2. Al Gore Annie Leonard Bill Twist Brian Swimme Carl Anthony Catherine Ingram David Ulansey Desmond Tutu Drew Dellinger Enei Begaye Eric Lombardi Jakada Imani Jeannette Armstrong John Perkins John Robbins Julia Butterfly Hill Lynne Twist Majora Carter Mary Evelyn Tucker Matthew Fox Mathis Wackernagel Maude Barlow Miriam McGillis Dr.5 Annie Leonard (partial) Bill Twist (partial) Bob Randall Cormac Cullinan Enei Begaye Juan Manuel Carrion Kenny Ausubel Kiritapu Allan Luke Taylor Lynne Twist (partial) Mary Evelyn Tucker Matthew Fox Miriam McGillis (part) Randy Hayes Sheikh Bentounes Dr. Vandana Shiva WakeUp-FreakOut Mohammed Yunus Ed Miliband Onno Koelman Rob Hopkins Alain Desouches Dr.5 Many ALSO FEATURED IN V-2 Amore Vera Vida Konda Mason Jon Symes Ruel Walker Valerie Love SPEAKERS ADDED TO V-2.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 .5 Lester Brown Dianna Dunn 74 V-2. Noel Brown Paul Hawken Randy Hayes Robert Reich Susan Burns Thich Nhat Hanh Thomas Berry Tom Goldtooth Van Jones V-1 SPEAKERS NOT IN V-2 Belvie Rooks Jay Harman Kavita Ramdas Sarah Crowell SPEAKERS EDITED IN V-2. Vandana Shiva Walden Bello Wangari Maathai SPEAKERS REMOVED IN V-2.SPEAKERS IN THE AWAKENING THE DREAMER SYMPOSIUM VIDEO MODULES V-1 SPEAKERS APPEAR IN V-2 WHO ALSO SPEAKERS ADDED TO V-2 Alain Desouches Bob Randall Christine Loh Cormac Cullinan Ed Miliband Hunter Lovins Janos Pasztor Joanna Macy Jon Warnow Juan Manuel Carrion Kenny Ausubel Kevin Rudd Kiritapu Allan Luke Taylor Mariya Shall Michael Meacher Michael Pollan Mohammed Yunus Natalia Greene Onno Koelman Rob Hopkins Sheikh Khaled Bentounes Dr.
communicate. Okay Lynne. Pick 5 actions that you're going to be committed to taking out of this experience. what you're passionate about. I'm gonna give you just a few ideas to get you started but the actions you come up with will be way more powerful than anything. It will keep you awake and deepen your own commitment to share it with other people. Write down the actions you are committed to taking in your life right now. For example. maybe you would refill your bottle instead. Here's what I would say. Think about the last time if ever you let your voice be heard by your elected representatives. Are you willing. to be one of the people who maybe never again uses another plastic water bottle or certainly thinks about it before you purchase one. Look at where you're investing. and the good news is we don’t have to. are committed to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. what you learned here. that is so huge. that was a showstopper. also a “video asset” on the V-2. Look and see where in your life you've shut people out. then communicate some more. Get the word out. Look at how you use your money because our spending habits are driving the dream of the modern world. V-2.5 DVD I think that when historians look back at this time they will see it as the most remarkable moment in human history. perhaps. When I heard that I couldn't even believe it. and socially just human presence on this planet. We cannot do this alone.5 Symposium ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR PRESENTERS ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TRANSCRIPT OF LYNNE TWIST ON “GETTING INTO ACTION” from the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium DVD. No other generation in history has faced the challenges and the opportunities we now face and that means that we have the opportunity to live the most meaningful lives that any generation of human beings have ever lived. Are you willing to speak out to your government about the issues that you care about? There has never been a more critical time than now to exercise the muscle of our democracy. You can come up with your own as you just look at your life. your work. the pivotal time when we as a human family took it upon ourselves to summon the will to make the changes that altered the course of history forever. And like you. (fade to black) You are now part of a growing movement of people in every village. people who may be a different color or people who speak another language or follow other faiths. And go out of your way to include them in your life. What an extraordinary time to be alive. Think about that. Start where you are right now and who you are right now. so beyond what I as one little individual can do. Tell at least 5 people about this experience. look at how and where it's made. you might say. the dream we don't want. communicate.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 75 . Invite them to participate as well. Changing the Dream V-2. spiritually fulfilling. Gather a group to do this experience together. Where do I fit in? Where do I start? Well those are all great questions. Congratulations and thank you. remember the part where it was said that people in the US throw away more than 600 million plastic bottles every single day? That was just stunning to me. Think about using your money to support the causes you really believe in.Awakening the Dreamer. Communicate. Tell your online friends on Facebook. every town. How much stuff do we really need? Before you buy something. people you think are too old or too young or too different from you. Together we’re a genius. and every city on every continent on this magnificent earth who are now awake to the urgency and the opportunity of this amazing time in history.
just and sustainable way of life on Earth.THE PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE . spiritually fulfilling. and with the natural world. We weave together indigenous and modern worldviews such that human beings are in touch with their dignity and are ennobled by the magnificence. and to transforming our relationships with ourselves. The Pachamama Alliance is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable. We are here to inspire and galvanize the human family to generate a critical mass of conscious commitment to a thriving. socially just human presence on this planet. The Awakening the Dreamer.5 Presenter’s Manual 15 January 2012 . Changing the Dream Symposium is one expression of this work. with one another. and engage people everywhere in. Our unique contribution is to generate. 76 V-2. mystery and opportunity of what is possible for humanity at this time.PURPOSE STATEMENT OCTOBER 2011 Empowered by our partnership with indigenous people. transformational conversations and experiences consistent with this purpose. This is a commitment to transforming human systems and structures that separate us.