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    together Although I do not yet know the actual numbers involved it appears that in most major cities hundreds of people turned out to each lunch together and this was repeated in smaller communities The Eden project and those supporting The Big Lunch are also encouraging people to grow their own food and flowers to share seeds make street art form bands and reclaim the street as a place to tell stories You can see more at http www thebiglunch com big idea what is Gentle Action 1 RESPONSE JULY 21ST 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Rosa Parks Richard Morris Rodriques Jr recently sent me some additional information on Rosa Parkes who in December 1955 was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery Alabama Her action acted as a powerful catalyst in the Civil Rights movement Earlier the same year Parkes who was also secretary to the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP had attended a workshop on school desegration run by the Highlander Folk School Highlander was founded in 1932 in order to help the labor movement in the south east United States but in 1953 changed its focus towards Civil Rights While it is certainly true that Parks felt tired after a day s work when she refused to give up her seat she had already been sensitized to issues of civil rights Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES JULY 20TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Each One Teach One In my book on Gentle Action it attribute the Each One Teach One to Paolo Freire Now while Friere s work in Brazil and Chile was enormously influential in fact he was not the person who was originally responsible for the movement Having heard the recent New Dimensions Radio interview on Gentle Action Juliette Mondot wrote to me I have just enjoyed listening to your interview on NPR I would like to correct one bit of misinformation Each One Teach One was actually introduced as a concept before WWII by Dr Frank Laubach the great pioneer in adult literacy whose mission to the Moro tribe in the Philipines resulted in his world wide literacy work When the depression happened and Dr Laubach had to stop paying his literacy teachers to the Muslim tribes a Muslim Village elder announced that the literacy lessons would not end because of the lack of money rather that each one who learned to read and write would teach another Hence the Each One Teach One concept was started I heard this story from the lips of Dr Bob Laubach Dr Frank s wonderful son who is now in his 90s The Laubach Literacy organization headquartered in Syracuse New York can give you more information on this remarkable work Gentle Action 2 RESPONSES JULY 20TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Walking the Cherokee Train of Tears After hearing the New Dimensions interview with David Peat Jerry Elli wrote to Gentle Actions with the following story In 1985 I moved to LA

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    also acquired 9 more acres of campus land for experimental use When I first began working for the farm in 2005 we were packing about 20 boxes a week a box feeds a family of four Now the farm provides over 300 boxes of produce for the community as well as participating in several local farmers markets At one point the Cal Poly Organic Farm CSA was the fastest growing business on campus They have also created the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium and through the efforts of this organization Cal Poly offers classes in organic and sustainable agriculture through its curriculum The original Peace Corps students are no longer at the farm Although they stop by from time to time and share their stories about how different it was when they started My experience working on the farm was one of the highlights of my life and I have enjoyed watching the farm s contribution toward the creation of a Green community in our area We had a saying on the farm If you take care of the Earth the Earth takes care of you There were moments when I was harvesting vegetables with butterflies and bees buzzing frogs hopping by birds singing and lady bugs landing on my nose where I knew this is how it should be and I could feel the Earth giving thanks for my work These are the moments that kept these students going These were the moments of Gentle Action http www calpolyorgfarm com Gentle Action 0 COMMENTS APRIL 27TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Gentle Action Webinar David Peat s Webinar on Gentle Action 23 May 2pm Eastern Standard Time On May 23 the group Social Actions will host the first in an anticipated series about ways to think about taking action This first event will be a facilitated discussion with F David Peat of the Pari Center for New Learning Dr Peat is a theoretical physicist who explores the social and physical sciences for explanations of why the world is the way it is In his latest book Gentle Action Bringing Creative Change to a Turbulent World he shares a number of insights into how we might create positive effects when we set out to make a difference in the world whether across the globe or down the street For additional information and to register for the Webinar go to http my socialactions com events gentle action introduction and 1 Gentle Action 0 COMMENTS APRIL 27TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Grameen Telephone Abdul Quadri worked as an investment banker in the US and was inspired by the ideas of the Grameen Bank He returned to his native Bangladesh with the idea of making a low cost mobile phone service available in rural areas He also began the Village Phone program which is now available in over 50 000 villages as well as Community Information Centers to provide Internet access You can see a lecture by Quadri by going to http fora tv 2008 05 21 Iqbal Quadir How Technology Is Empowering the Poor chapter 02 Note the lecture lasts for 1 hr 15 mins but is divided into a series of short chapters Gentle Action 0 COMMENTS APRIL 21ST 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Oxygen Tax A few posts back we met a cardboard oven a neat idea and a promotional video which tended to take a politically correct stance on the notion of a carbon footprint Now I d like to promote a crazy idea of an oxygen tax Large forested area produce the oxygen that is necessary for our particular form of life on planet earth A major source of this oxygen is are the rain forests of the Amazon However for a variety of economic reasons large areas of these rain forests are being cut down to produce land that can be employed for other uses including farming Now we are quite willing to accept that if a particular nation has natural resources such as oil coal or fresh water that other nations should pay for these products Brazil however supplies the world with oxygen yet no one appears to think it reasonable that Brazil should be paid for the great resource it supplies to the planet Of course there are considerations of supply If a nation has great supplies of oil then it builds pipelines and charges for its product likewise a river of fresh water could be dammed but it would be rather difficult for Brazil to contain the oxygen it freely supplies to the planet It now appears to be politically acceptable that nations should reduce their carbon imprint or in some cases offset the carbon dioxide they release So why not introduce an oxygen tax and recompense Brazil as well as other heavily forested areas as a reward for preserving their forests Is this a totally crazy idea Would anyone support it Or to we simply sit by calculating our individual carbon imprint or trying to figure out if its better to use paper or plastic bags while the world s major forests are cut down Gentle Action 2 COMMENTS APRIL 20TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Appearance and Perception Thanks to the sort of world we live in of Twitter Facebook and Youtube Susan Boyle within a matter of days and even hours became on of the most famous people in the world and also challenges us about our preconceptions about appearance At birth she experienced oxygen deprivation which left her with some partial brain damage and learning disabilities After school she enrolled in some government training schemes and on the death of her father she spent the rest of her time looking after her mother who died in 2007 However one of her passions was singing and she became a member of the local church choir Finally she decided to audition of a TV talent competition Britain s Got Talent and appeared on the show a few days ago Walking on the

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    week a box feeds a family of four Now the farm provides over 300 boxes of produce for the community as well as participating in several local farmers markets At one point the Cal Poly Organic Farm CSA was the fastest growing business on campus They have also created the Sustainable Agriculture Resource Consortium and through the efforts of this organization Cal Poly offers classes in organic and sustainable agriculture through its curriculum The original Peace Corps students are no longer at the farm Although they stop by from time to time and share their stories about how different it was when they started My experience working on the farm was one of the highlights of my life and I have enjoyed watching the farm s contribution toward the creation of a Green community in our area We had a saying on the farm If you take care of the Earth the Earth takes care of you There were moments when I was harvesting vegetables with butterflies and bees buzzing frogs hopping by birds singing and lady bugs landing on my nose where I knew this is how it should be and I could feel the Earth giving thanks for my work These are the moments that kept these students going These were the moments of Gentle Action http www calpolyorgfarm com Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES APRIL 27TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Gentle Action Webinar David Peat s Webinar on Gentle Action 23 May 2pm Eastern Standard Time On May 23 the group Social Actions will host the first in an anticipated series about ways to think about taking action This first event will be a facilitated discussion with F David Peat of the Pari Center for New Learning Dr Peat is a theoretical physicist who explores the social and physical sciences for explanations of why the world is the way it is In his latest book Gentle Action Bringing Creative Change to a Turbulent World he shares a number of insights into how we might create positive effects when we set out to make a difference in the world whether across the globe or down the street For additional information and to register for the Webinar go to http my socialactions com events gentle action introduction and 1 Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES APRIL 27TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Grameen Telephone Abdul Quadri worked as an investment banker in the US and was inspired by the ideas of the Grameen Bank He returned to his native Bangladesh with the idea of making a low cost mobile phone service available in rural areas He also began the Village Phone program which is now available in over 50 000 villages as well as Community Information Centers to provide Internet access You can see a lecture by Quadri by going to http fora tv 2008 05 21 Iqbal Quadir How Technology Is Empowering the Poor chapter 02 Note the lecture lasts for 1 hr 15 mins but is divided into a series of short chapters Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES APRIL 21ST 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Oxygen Tax A few posts back we met a cardboard oven a neat idea and a promotional video which tended to take a politically correct stance on the notion of a carbon footprint Now I d like to promote a crazy idea of an oxygen tax Large forested area produce the oxygen that is necessary for our particular form of life on planet earth A major source of this oxygen is are the rain forests of the Amazon However for a variety of economic reasons large areas of these rain forests are being cut down to produce land that can be employed for other uses including farming Now we are quite willing to accept that if a particular nation has natural resources such as oil coal or fresh water that other nations should pay for these products Brazil however supplies the world with oxygen yet no one appears to think it reasonable that Brazil should be paid for the great resource it supplies to the planet Of course there are considerations of supply If a nation has great supplies of oil then it builds pipelines and charges for its product likewise a river of fresh water could be dammed but it would be rather difficult for Brazil to contain the oxygen it freely supplies to the planet It now appears to be politically acceptable that nations should reduce their carbon imprint or in some cases offset the carbon dioxide they release So why not introduce an oxygen tax and recompense Brazil as well as other heavily forested areas as a reward for preserving their forests Is this a totally crazy idea Would anyone support it Or to we simply sit by calculating our individual carbon imprint or trying to figure out if its better to use paper or plastic bags while the world s major forests are cut down Gentle Action 2 RESPONSES APRIL 20TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Appearance and Perception Thanks to the sort of world we live in of Twitter Facebook and Youtube Susan Boyle within a matter of days and even hours became on of the most famous people in the world and also challenges us about our preconceptions about appearance At birth she experienced oxygen deprivation which left her with some partial brain damage and learning disabilities After school she enrolled in some government training schemes and on the death of her father she spent the rest of her time looking after her mother who died in 2007 However one of her passions was singing and she became a member of the local church choir Finally she decided to audition of a TV talent competition Britain s Got Talent and appeared on the show a few days ago Walking on the stage produced laughter from the audience for she looked dumpy and far from attractive and her answers when questioned by the judges particularly when she confessed that she

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