“By what name will future generations know our time?
Will they speak in anger and frustration of the time of the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth's capacity to sustain and led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competition for what remained of the planet's resources, and a dramatic dieback of the human population?
Or will they look back in joyful celebration on the time of the Great Turning, when their forebears embraced the higher-order potential of their human nature, turned crisis into opportunity, and learned to live in creative partnership with one another and Earth?” -David Korten
Activists, authors, indigenous elders, and philosophers from many countries and backgrounds describe this point in human and natural history as The Great Turning. Essentially, it is a term that recognizes that we are at a crossroads and continuing the path that we have been on for the last 100 years will lead to unmatched devastation of human and natural life. However, there are actions, alternatives, and solutions springing up in areas of human rights, economics, the environment, (and so much more!) that are actively combating these crises and the best part is that the folks participating in them are having fun in the meanwhile!
The Great Turning Trip’s goals will be two-fold. Part of the experience will include a tour of some of these fantastic organizations located in the San Francisco Bay--a kind of vortex of visionaries working and playing for a more just and sustainable future. Much of the time will also be spent in interactive workshops with leading activists, using internationally acclaimed methodology for helping us to get in touch with our own individual roles in The Great Turning. Being an activist means something different to each of us and the hope is that through experiencing and being introduced to a range of change-makers, activism and alternative systems, we will be able to see how we might each use what makes us happy in life to make the world a better place!
If you would like to learn more about The Great Turning, here is an article by David Korten:
The Catalyst project:
What: Catalyst Project is a center for political education and movement building. We work to create a world where all people are free from oppression and exploitation. Catalyst Project works in majority white communities with the goal of deepening anti-racist commitment and building multiracial movements for liberation. We create spaces for organizers to develop and share analysis, visions and strategies to build movements for racial, economic, gender and ecological justice. Catalyst programs prioritize leadership development, supporting grassroots organizations and multiracial alliance building.
The Canticle Farm: 9-2
What: The Canticle Farm is an intentional community based off of the values of The Great Turning, including service and nonviolence. The community and its urban garden are located in downtown Oakland. Please click link to read an article about the community:http://www.johndear.org/articles/making-peace-in-inner-city-oakland.html
The Canticle Farm: http://canticlefarm.wikispaces.com/Mission and http://www.servicespace.org/join/?pg=why
o At the Canticle Farm we will talk to Pancho: http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=127
o And Adelaja: http://www.awakin.org/forest/index.php?pg=profile&cid=48&sid=12302
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights: 3-4:30
What: We will learn about their wonderful projects helping people to speak out for justice, build a green economy, empower voters, build community and invest in young leaders.
Generation Waking Up: 9-5:30
What: The Generation Waking Up Experience - called a “WakeUp” for short - is an interactive, multimedia workshop about the challenges & opportunities of our time, and inspires participants to take meaningful action toward a thriving, just, sustainable world. Whether it be social entrepreneurship ventures, community service projects, or hard-hitting advocacy campaigns, the WakeUp has inspired collaborative action by young people around the globe. Since its launch in 2010, young people have brought the WakeUp to at least 12 countries including the United States, China, Mexico, India, Kenya, Australia, Egypt, Germany, and Brazil. Thousands have experienced it and over 150 are now trained as WakeUp Facilitators.
Global Exchange: 9-11
What: Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. We will have the opportunity to talk with amazing activists who are in the front lines of the community rights movement, as well as meet a former sweatshop worker who exposed the factory to the ABC 20/20---and more!
Pachamama Alliance: 1:00-2:30
What: ThePachamama Alliance empowers indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
Time Bank at Noisebridge Hackerspace 3:30-4:30
What: Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) a collaborative network that supports the development of alternative means of exchange in the San Francisco Bay Area, will host the event. They will introduce us to the Gift Economy concept and the idea of the Time Bank. The Happiness Institute is a space where community members collaborate and work on social projects.
Food Not Bombs in the mission district 4:30-?
Going out to dinner in china town!
Mission District Mural Tour 9-12
We will spend the morning touring and engaging in activities related to the various alleyways of the Mission District that are painted from floor to ceiling with graffiti which is often very current and political.
HOME AGAIN by dinner!!!