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    used the money she made from the sale of collard greens to buy medical equipment and turn her home into a clinic Ten years later the Tabitha Medical Clinic comprises 13 rooms with doctors and clinicians X ray and pharmacy and HIV counseling service with over 40 000 patients visiting each year All this from 26 and someone who was willing to listen Barcott s story can be found in his It Happened on the Way to War published 2011 Gentle Action No Comments No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name Email not published Website Comment moderation is in use Your comment will appear shortly Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the Future SHAPE program Complete list of recent posts Recent Comments Andrea Barbieri on Rabbits in Kenya charity on Rabbits in Kenya Boniface MW on Rabbits in Kenya Tracy on Rabbits in Kenya Janet Bravo on Rabbits in Kenya Complete list of recent comments Links Buy F David Peat s Gentle Action F David Peat Pari Center for New Learning Archives December 2011 November

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    the Future The Pari Center has jointed centers in Berlin London Lisbon Tromso and Stockholm for an E U sponsored study of the sustainable city of the future For more information go to www paricenter com library papers unigrowcity php Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES NOVEMBER 12TH 2011 By F DAVID PEAT SHAPE program From Bob Wright Mark J Gordon has given away 3 5 Million thru his foundation He s seeking to create the next generation of non profit givers by reaching students while they are still in HS The SHAPE program is currently offered in 41 high schools 39 in south Florida and 2 in Vermont Currently 1600 students are participating but they hope to take the program nationwide next year http www shapestudents org Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES AUGUST 1ST 2011 By F DAVID PEAT No Agenda Clubs Dear fellows of Gentle Action I ve just finished reading the book Gentle Action and I feel so happy I ve also been browsing through your web site the blogs cases and discussions This all looks very promising and meaningful I really feel you ve discovered something essential for our time What really struck me in the book was the passage related to indigenous tribes and their talking sticks Non natives often wonder how decisions are made within an indigenous community In a talking circle a pipe or feather may be passed around allowing each person to speak in turn The topics discussed are not so much plans or proposals but people s feelings memories ancient stories At first sight this appears puzzling until one realizes that a field of meaning is being created which is owned by the whole group rather than by the particular individuals who speak This made me think of our No Agenda Clubs where we meet in small groups with no predefined agenda or goals of any kind It s really about creating a common field of meaning or trust looking for the small and subtle through open and spontaneous dialogue without any hierarchies or structures In the book the word TRUST is mentioned repeatedly in many contexts In our club discussions the three key words that always seem to emerge are RESPECT TRUST and PRESENCE So I felt the need to build links between Gentle Action and No Agenda in my mind to learn and then I got this idea of sharing this story with you The arrangement is very obvious there s nothing new in that we meet once a month in a nice place for breakfast or afternoon coffee and unhurried discussion The setting varies essential words are nice and unhurried Average group size is 15 20 people Usually there s no fee or the fee is minimal to cover the cost related to the venue and breakfast This has been going on for years with several groups with different backgrounds and lifespans The very first club started in 2003 and is still up and running As the name implies we don t have a fixed program or goal we don t ever graduate or get ready we just explore and flow together Some members stay on the group for years some attend for a few times and move on Sometimes the flow is almost stopped and we practice the skill of being slow sometimes we discuss furiously some topic that has made us excited and curious The most common question I get when I tell about No Agenda is this Why is agenda forbidden How can you achieve anything without agenda The term No Agenda is just a provocation not to be taken literally We say no to predefined fixed agendas that are decided by one person or too few We say no to mechanical thinking staying on the predefined agenda even if the world outside is changing and we should self reflect and reframe our thinking We say no to knowing what the other person s problem is before we have stopped to listen to him or her We say yes to spontaneous creative and playful courses of dialogue that lead to surprising paths of joyful innovation No Agenda Club is really a Dynamic Agenda Club or Surprise Agenda Club It s about setting spontaneous goals and achieving them effortlessly I d like to say it s about Gentle Action in dialogue creative suspension in terms of unhurried discussions with no deadlines also creative acceleration since there s space for spontaneous breakthroughs if a point of focus is discovered by the group building a common field of trust by practicing subtle talk and conscious listening focusing on presence and respect and ignoring each others organizational or social prestige we actually have this motto everyone s a leader since we all have the full power and responsibility of how we lead our lives It s all about taking some distance from doing and practicing being Every meeting is an oasis of surrendering to who you really are This surrender opens all channels and interaction becomes easy natural respectful joyful and very effective It s very much about trust small words of appreciation moments of genuine listening gestures of compassion that make all the difference This was a spontaneous free flow writing experience to me resulting in a No Agenda style summary of how I see links between Gentle Action and No Agenda If you got curious about the story of No Agenda Clubs there s more to read on my blog http noagendaclub blogspot com the birth story and insights from various meetings that have taken place recently I wish you all spacious moments and Gentle Actions on your path Pekka Pirhonen Coach development consultant noagendaclub gmail com Gentle Action 7 RESPONSES APRIL 13TH 2011 By F DAVID PEAT Malnutrition Traditionally the way to treat malnutrition amongst impoverished Vietnamese children was for experts from outside to diagnose these children and then supply them with imported foods This remained successful until outside aid ended and then the children returned to their old habits and became under nourished again Then a new approach was tried and that was to identify what healthy children were eating and why they were healthy Once this had been properly understood then it could be applied to children with malnutrition In other words the knowledge and the solitions did not come from outside but from the intelligence of the village itself Gentle Action 1 RESPONSE DECEMBER 28TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Gentle Action on Youtube Ryan Polly has made an interesting video on Gentle Action You can see it at Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES NOVEMBER 18TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Improving social attitudes In Colombian a professor called Antanas Mockus obtained some remarkable results in Bogotá improving attitudes of car drivers saving water for the city reducing alcohol consumption of drivers and so on In one example he hired 420 mimes and put them on street corners They gave out 350 000 thumbs up and thumbs down cards The cards were meant to approve or disapprove of other citizens behavior it was a device that many people actively and peacefully used in the streets and helped to improve the attitudes of car drivers He l also launched a Night for Women and asked the city s men to stay home in the evening and care for the children 700 000 women went out on the first of three nights that Mockus dedicated to them And this in macho society Mockus said The distribution of knowledge is the key contemporary task Knowledge empowers people If people know the rules and are sensitized by art humor and creativity they are much more likely to accept change For more info see http www scribd com doc 4891823 Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus turned city into a social experiment Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES NOVEMBER 13TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT The Sewing Machine Project Margaret Janowski from Wisconsin read an article about a woman who make her livelyhood by sewing but had lost her machine in a tsunami is South East Asia and how it had taken her several year to save for another machine Janowski who was a keen artist and sewer began to collect donated machine and ship them to Sri Lanka Then when to Hurricane Katrina hit she rented a van and drove to New Orleans with donated sewing machines to give to the Mardi Gras Indiana so they could sew their new costumes This grew to the point where she had collected over six hundred machines donated to help people start sewing related businesses Her organization The Sewing Machine Project has also sent machines to help people become self sustaining in a woman s collective in Mexico When the earthquake in Haiti hit she partnered with Family Outreach International to take a hundred machines fabric and other supplies to help women rebuild their lives Recently when the Gulf of Mexcio oil spill happened she partnered with residents of Houma LA to start SeaHope partners delivering machines which are being used to recycle sails into bags providing jobs and training and funds to help the Gulf They have now started offering small business support in broken communities in the US as well as abroad All of this grew organically from small donations and Margaret herself can hardly believe what has happened as others have joined in with each crisis responded to and it keeps evolving beyond her imagination Gentle Action 1 RESPONSE SEPTEMBER 29TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Good News Stories Another source of positive stories taken from the news media is Good News Stories http goodnewsstories org The example of Cleaning up a Country Comes from that source Another source is Positive News http www positivenews org uk cgi bin Positive News welcome cgi Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES SEPTEMBER 29TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Cleaning up a country A group of young people in Slovenia having heard of a clean up action in Estonia in 2008 proposed the idea of cleaning up the entire country in one day The idea was soon backed up by several partners and supporters and nation wide campaign started The campaign managed to involve and connect more or less the entire nation including the Government the President of Slovenia local municipalities and organizations media partners Olympic committee of Slovenia tourist organizations Slovenian Army Fire fighters trash management companies Slovenian universities schools and kindergartens etc with several companies and well known individuals backing up the campaign and the project And so on April 17 2010 people across the nation gather together in a massive cleaning action clearing up several illegal dumping sites and picked up scattered litter across the country Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES SEPTEMBER 12TH 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Gentle Action reflections from Hala Makarem Gentle action starts within close by expands spreads and becomes My reflections to the inquiries ideas and experiences shared in the Gentle action book Natural Environment I experience the environment through its delicate movement through its integrative nature When I feel taken away by the noise of the day I pause and connect with the environment around me first and then beyond me to reconnect with the essence in all Time The passage of time flows smoothly now in some instances it dissolves and others it finds its way through I do not carry a wristwatch as I feel the movement of the moment and respond accordingly keeping the direction clear within me ahead of me Place I live in the city and I feel that I can with conscious awareness touch the nature that surrounds us The cycle of the moon reflects itself in the expansion contraction dance that is witnessed in our nature and the nature of where we are Thinking I carry a scientific analysis when I have to identify what happened to a physical matter in terms of issue or resolution in that state the object is tangible mechanical and the state of where it is right now follows ed a tangible concrete path this approach does not work with human relations with integrated interrelated processes with relational dynamic situations and entities Learning I allow myself to learn more and I feel my way through the experience The uncertainty creates a learning opportunity for opening up and sensing what is present in the field and what action is being called for to respond I stay with the uncertainty that is close by without jump thinking and falling into an overwhelming situation that can whirlwind my existence and trap me I look for the questions and I state them clearly as I stay with the ultimate intentional feeling in my whole resonating through my heart I no longer feel uncomfortable I feel it a gift for exploration and discovery a gift for trusting and surrendering while staying aware alert conscious and mobile Chaos When I hear the word chaos I sense movement that is guided by a higher force I sense various forms of chaos one in which the lack of awareness creates a pool that traps the movement in its search for resources of survival dissipating creativity away from the center inviting destruction one in which the awareness of few allows the mobility to flow in between the closed and the open finding its stable balanced state for continuation more stability and slightly more creativity one in which the awareness of many expands to facilitate a self organizing organism that responds attentively to what is being thrown towards them where chaos becomes a space for creative order to emerge Role It is important for me to remain in control with awareness when the life circumstance involves the basic survival situation e g war where life threatening events are coming from an external source here the call is to respond without hesitation a control center is required to avoid confusion in the necessary actions I can relax my control and flow into action when the life circumstance enters the realm of creative becoming and being when I can observe reflect respond and grow into an experience rather than living it rigidly and linearly I can relax my control when I become aware of my role away from fear and judgment Leadership When working with groups a leader is a facilitator coach guide and expert depending on the required role for the moment a leader models what the group is a leader plays the role of a learner a leader hosts the space and opens it up for the group dynamics to flow and respond appropriately Inquiry Upon the exertion of power in defiance to nature people initially out of the need to survive follow blindly since they do not know better and many operate unconsciously in a resistance line that starts softly covertly but if not addressed well continues to grow into an overt expression of deep conflict however when the sense of self starts to emerge and the satisfaction of what is becomes real and the trust in life s offering starts to appear people start to question explore and move away Self organization I have recently entered the realm of experiencing directly the essence and meaning of a self organizing community as I step into the infancy stage of hosting an learning space initiative for collective creativity on a tangent note if I reflect I notice that our country Lebanon is a perfect example of a self organizing environment the inherent creativity within the individuals embraces the chaos that comes with the constant living in or under the pressure of war and conflict resulting in a chaotic order that keeps everyone aligned and moving making sure the dance does not collapse the dancers The country stays solid in its market and attraction it remains resilient as the sense of love of life supersedes conflict in harmonizing chaos into a self organized order Co initiating A group came together through the common intention and through their unwavered presence in the whole process trusting the emergent outcome an existing group had people opt out when commitment became a decisive factor when the association of economics to security superseded the passion that lies in the heart of the matter Butterfly effect this afternoon on July 22nd I received the following from a co creator Jan has offered to help find resources so let s have a conversation in right timing if you think that might be needed at any time I am so excited that our little Friday conversation with an intimate small group in Beirut around the future of media may spark many conversations in Lebanon and beyond it s incredible what a butterfly s wing can achieve Unexpected side effects Working on resolving the sanitary disposal in the capital away from a more comprehensive outlook resulted in the shift of the crisis to another very touristic area in the country The increase of real estate business in the country pours money into investors and the country but the effect is that the country is no longer being developed to serve its people who can not afford the new prices resulting in a shift of the demographic and dynamics of the key asset of the community its diversity and interrelations One of the major side effects that I experienced which was a trigger for change was that despite the successful implementation of development projects in the public sector in Lebanon through foreign aid the outcome was not sustainable the ownership was not in the right place a state of dependency was becoming an integral culture all of which were supporting corruption and more importantly the lack of initiative for learning and contributing the result is an aging public sector unable to find its liberation outlet to respond to 21st century challenges One positive side effect that I witness is when community members are invited into an authentic participatory engagement they sense belonging and become loyal to the initiative and all supporting activities Creative Suspension the activities of observation and reflection are

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  • Gentle Action Blog » Unsweet Charity
    point of the enterprise Eric is willing to admit that even if money is spent on administration at least some of the money gets through and without it people would starve But now Barlow points out that all this has nothing at all to do with charity The whole point is not the starving children but that putting money in the tin can makes us feel good After all if people really cared about starving children they d be down there in Africa or South America trying to help directly But there is an easier way simply write a cheque and then the world is off our back and what s more it gives is a rosy glow into the bargain That s why it s better to give than to receive A very cynical point of view perhaps But what about those Christmas cards we are receiving this time of the year with a very prominent message on the back that the profits from this card are going to the following charities or the sender of this card supports the following charity Christmas cards are a business like any other business and attaching them to a charity is in a sense a successful marketing approach and may indeed give the sender a rosy feeling into the bargan Gentle Action No Comments No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name Email not published Website Comment moderation is in use Your comment will appear shortly Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the Future SHAPE program Complete list of recent posts Recent Comments Andrea Barbieri on Rabbits in Kenya charity on Rabbits in Kenya Boniface MW on Rabbits

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  • Gentle Action Blog » Maxims
    it turns out Canadians who eat their lamb locally have a larger carbon footprint than those who buy lamb from South America Certainly there is a footprint involved in flying the lamb several thousand miles then shipping it to the supermarket But on the other hand Canadian sheep must be kept in heated enclosures over the winter months with considerably outweighs the footprint involved shipping the meat from South America Again if we only eat locally this means we will not be buying produce from Third World countries whose economies depend on exports the alternative is yet another round of aid programs Admittedly these are rather extreme and simplified arguments and am I guilty of the same thinking that produces Maxims in the first place I think my point is that the issues we face are highly complex and really do need thinking through In most cases this thinking through may be too demanding or require a high level of expertise Nevertheless I think we must always be willing to question those who appear to have all the answers and search around for new and more creative solutions Gentle Action No Comments No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name Email not published Website Comment moderation is in use Your comment will appear shortly Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the Future SHAPE program Complete list of recent posts Recent Comments Andrea Barbieri on Rabbits in Kenya charity on Rabbits in Kenya Boniface MW on Rabbits in Kenya Tracy on Rabbits in Kenya Janet Bravo on Rabbits in Kenya Complete list of recent comments Links Buy F David Peat s Gentle Action F David Peat Pari

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  • Gentle Action Blog » Sustainable City of the Future
    for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name Email not published Website Comment moderation is in use Your comment will appear shortly Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the Future SHAPE program Complete list of recent posts Recent Comments Andrea Barbieri on Rabbits in Kenya charity on Rabbits in Kenya Boniface MW on Rabbits in Kenya Tracy on Rabbits in Kenya Janet Bravo on Rabbits in Kenya Complete list of recent comments Links Buy F David Peat s Gentle Action F David Peat Pari Center for New Learning Archives December 2011 November 2011 August 2011 April 2011 December 2010 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 Log in RSS Comments RSS Web Design Includes code from WP theme 8some Home Gentle Action Blog Library Social and economic limits of the current economic paradigm Ubuntu Declaration for a Just and Sustainable World Economy Gentle Action in Middlesbrough Gentle Action Surviving Chaos and Change Gentle Action for a Harmonious World

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  • Gentle Action Blog » SHAPE program
    nationwide next year http www shapestudents org Gentle Action No Comments No comments yet RSS feed for comments on this post TrackBack URI Leave a comment Name Email not published Website Comment moderation is in use Your comment will appear shortly Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the Future SHAPE program Complete list of recent posts Recent Comments Andrea Barbieri on Rabbits in Kenya charity on Rabbits in Kenya Boniface MW on Rabbits in Kenya Tracy on Rabbits in Kenya Janet Bravo on Rabbits in Kenya Complete list of recent comments Links Buy F David Peat s Gentle Action F David Peat Pari Center for New Learning Archives December 2011 November 2011 August 2011 April 2011 December 2010 November 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 January 2010 December 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 Log in RSS Comments RSS Web Design Includes code from WP theme 8some Home Gentle Action Blog Library Social and economic limits of the current economic paradigm Ubuntu Declaration for a Just and Sustainable World Economy

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  • Gentle Action Blog » No Agenda Clubs
    breakfast or afternoon coffee and unhurried discussion The setting varies essential words are nice and unhurried Average group size is 15 20 people Usually there s no fee or the fee is minimal to cover the cost related to the venue and breakfast This has been going on for years with several groups with different backgrounds and lifespans The very first club started in 2003 and is still up and running As the name implies we don t have a fixed program or goal we don t ever graduate or get ready we just explore and flow together Some members stay on the group for years some attend for a few times and move on Sometimes the flow is almost stopped and we practice the skill of being slow sometimes we discuss furiously some topic that has made us excited and curious The most common question I get when I tell about No Agenda is this Why is agenda forbidden How can you achieve anything without agenda The term No Agenda is just a provocation not to be taken literally We say no to predefined fixed agendas that are decided by one person or too few We say no to mechanical thinking staying on the predefined agenda even if the world outside is changing and we should self reflect and reframe our thinking We say no to knowing what the other person s problem is before we have stopped to listen to him or her We say yes to spontaneous creative and playful courses of dialogue that lead to surprising paths of joyful innovation No Agenda Club is really a Dynamic Agenda Club or Surprise Agenda Club It s about setting spontaneous goals and achieving them effortlessly I d like to say it s about Gentle Action in dialogue creative suspension in terms of unhurried discussions with no deadlines also creative acceleration since there s space for spontaneous breakthroughs if a point of focus is discovered by the group building a common field of trust by practicing subtle talk and conscious listening focusing on presence and respect and ignoring each others organizational or social prestige we actually have this motto everyone s a leader since we all have the full power and responsibility of how we lead our lives It s all about taking some distance from doing and practicing being Every meeting is an oasis of surrendering to who you really are This surrender opens all channels and interaction becomes easy natural respectful joyful and very effective It s very much about trust small words of appreciation moments of genuine listening gestures of compassion that make all the difference This was a spontaneous free flow writing experience to me resulting in a No Agenda style summary of how I see links between Gentle Action and No Agenda If you got curious about the story of No Agenda Clubs there s more to read on my blog http noagendaclub blogspot com the birth story and insights from various meetings that

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  • Gentle Action Blog » Malnutrition
    Country Pla nning Association and a squatter in London have in common The answer they re both anarchists Or rather the squatters have been dubbed anarchists by the media Ward was an anarchist of his own volition It s strange to think that a well respected public figure such as Ward could be openly allied to anarchism a tradition currently associated with ruining the royal wedding or vandalising shops on Oxford Street But the truth is anarchism isn t simply a byword for criminal damage It s a broad based political philosophy one which accommodates people of significantly contrasting viewpoints Thus Ward could call himself an anarchist yet spend most of his life championing tenant co operatives and died never having smashed a single window The problem with the contemporary media narrative on protest is that in its refusal to understand the nuances of anarchism it is using the term as a euphemism for dangerous violent or bad So when the Telegraph reports that 100 masked anarchists were thwarted by pre emptive arrests before the royal wedding it encourages us to make a judgement on those arrested They were anarchists we think ipso facto they must have deserved it The dangers of this way of thinking hardly need explaining There are flickers of McCarthyism in the way the state is currently dealing with those it perceives as threatening Potential anarchists are intimidated and smeared and denied liberty on the grounds of nebulous and almost Orwellian charges Protester Charlie Veitch for example was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance which is something we should apparently be relieved about because according to the Telegraph he s a known anarchist Although we should be careful not to exaggerate the issue I must admit I notice parallels between the police s recent actions and senator Margaret Chase Smith s condemnation of McCarthyism She argued that the practice fundamentally inhibited the right to criticise the right to hold unpopular beliefs the right to protest the right of independent thought There are other recent examples of suspected anarchists being the victims of McCarthyist policing ostensibly in the name of national security In 2009 French police raided the small village of Tarnac including a farm consisting of goats chickens and vegetables believing it to be an anarchist terrorist cell The alleged ringleader Julien Coupat was jailed for six months despite a judge s ruling that he be released This decision led other residents of Tarnac to accuse the French authorities of fabricating an enemy within and in doing so labelling all forms of leftwing demonstrations and activism as anarchist terrorism Coupat and his friends like the alleged anarchists that were arrested in squats last week had attended several demonstrations opposing French and American government policy The raid of Tarnac is unsettlingly reminiscent of the recent police raid on Transition Heathrow a grassroots community that describes its aim as the promotion of green living working fellowships As with Tarnac the 40 riot police that

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