The Change-Making Manifesto

ChangeMaking ManifestoWhat is Change-Making all about?

Change-Making is passionately creating positive change.  It’s an onging and forever project, because there is simply so much that needs repair and nurturing.  That means there’s an element of long-term commitment.  But then, what else better to do with our lifetimes?

Change-Making is far too big to do on our own.  Thus it is predicated on trust.  Trust that if you take a deep-breath leap, others will see you and follow.  Trust that there are millions and millions of other change-makers out there, most of whom we will never know or hear about, who also are passionately creating positive change.

100 Dreams for a Powerdown world

In his blog today, Chris Guillebeau challenges his readers to list 100 dreams: “a completely unedited list of anything you might want to do or have more of in life. It’s like a bucket list, but most people don’t get all the way to 100 when creating a bucket list. The point is to really think about what you might like.”

Changing things up a bit, tempering it for my own topic(s):  in a world which is powering down, which needfully must powerdown and de-carbonize, what are your 100 dreams?  What might you want to do, or have more of in a powerdown life?

Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Activism – March 21

Charles Eisenstein — visionary, philosopher, social critic, and author — is coming to L.A. this month!

Eisenstein’s latest book is The More Beautiful World our Hearts Know is Possible.  In it he sagely describes the emotional, social, civilization-wide “between” that is transition.  It’s the space between the old (worn-out, flawed, unfilfilling and unfulfillable) story, and the new Story of Interconnection.

Charles Eisenstein has long been associated with the ideas of the gift economy.  You may recognize him from his previous book, Sacred Economics, which was equally ground-breaking in its approach.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear his wisdom.

What happened to the GMO-Free Zone?

Not everything we do comes out successful.  Sometimes we have some rather spectacular failures.  Hopefully, we learn from them, we dust ourselves off, and we continue on.

When you’re fighting GMOs, you know that at some point you’ll encounter opposition.  It’s inevitable.  And for us, the day the Big Guys exercised their significant muscle was December 8, 2014.  It felt like running at 60 m.p.h. into a brick wall.

Up until that point, our initiative to make L.A. a GMO-Free Zone had pretty much flown through all the channels of government.  Sure, it was hard work, but it was highly successful work.

We had TONS of local people on our side:  over 5,000 signatures from the general public, 5 endorsements from Neighborhood Councils, and over 100 endorsement letters on file — from a very diverse set of organizations including small business, urban agriculture, seed companies, Latino organizations, environmental organizations, and faith communities.  Our mixed coalition included GMO-labeling activists, ECM people, Seed Library of Los Angeles people, and oh so many more.

Councilman Paul Koretz remarked that he had not seen an L.A. initiative with that level of public support for a very long time.

Revolt and Change our lives

Sunflower at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity

Sunflower at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity

It’s a sign of a really good essay when bits of it linger with you for days after you’ve read it and it keeps popping up in your mind. Naomi Klein’s “Why Science is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives Before We Destroy the Planet” is one of those. Her theme? “Global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that ‘earth-human systems’ are becoming dangerously unstable in response.”

“Serious scientific gatherings don’t usually feature calls for mass political resistance, much less direct action and sabotage,” Klein writes. She describes UC San Diego geophysicist Brad Werner at a major scientific conference as “observing that mass uprisings of people — along the lines of the abolition movement, the civil rights movement or Occupy Wall Street — represent the likeliest source of ‘friction’ to slow down an economic machine that is careening out of control.”

The part that keeps itching at me, days after I read Klein’s article, is the presumption that “mass uprisings” are the only way out of this mess.