|Proposals for the January 8 EcoMinds/Climate Change Changers monthly meeting||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)|
|Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:52:16 -0800 (PST)|
At the November 14 CCC meeting we voted to unite as the MUUSJA EcoMinds working group. Before the vote there was no actually working working group anymore; after the vote there was, sort of. The 'Issue Working Groups' page at the MUUSJA website still has an out-of-date description. The link to the working group on the left side of the homepage yields a 'default index file not found' response. The last announcement on the EcoMinds listserv was posted on June 28; when I recently sent an announcement to <editor-ecominds [at] muusja.org>, there was neither a posting nor an acknowledgement. If the working group has a leadership structure, it has yet to be publicized. Clearly it takes more than a vote to resurrect a moribund 'legacy' working group. I propose that a visible leadership team be put into place - at least until MUUSJA's spring membership meeting - and that its first order of business be to bring its part of the MUUSJA website up to date. I'd be happy to serve on that team. I also propose that the leadership team consider training options and opportunities for MUUSJA climate disruption/climate justice activists after determining if there is sufficient interest in EM/CCC. In October I attended the first day of MN350's weekend Climate Leadership workshop. (Unfortunately, I became ill late that evening and couldn't attend the second). I strongly recommend the experience. Although MN350 has no workshops scheduled at this time, it is able to offer custom workshops to interested groups. (One of the facilitators, Erika Thorne, was hired by MUUSJA to facilitate its first organizing workshop.) MN350's description of its climate organizer workshops can be found at http://www.mn350.org/mn350-fall-workshops-register-today/. I agree with Ralph Wyman that we consider the spiritual context of our work, and I recommend we schedule a workshop based on the writings of Joanna Macy, a Buddhist scholar, eco-philosopher, and general system theorist; and facilitated by Kaia Svien, a local teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction who has been trained by Macy. Although I wasn't able to attend Kaia's workshop in October, a description of which I sent to CCC folks, I've known her for more than 40 years and think highly of her. Her description of the variety of Macy classes that she offers can be found at http://www.mindfulnessforchangingtimes.com/index/Macy_Classes.html. I'll continue to post training opportunities in the metro area as I become aware of them. Scott Jackson sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com
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