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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2011 » November
    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 0 RESPONSES NOVEMBER 12TH 2011 By F DAVID PEAT Sustainable City of 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 Entries RSS Comments RSS About this blog Categories Creative Suspension Gentle Action Trust Recent posts Listening Unsweet Charity Maxims Sustainable City of the

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2011 » August
    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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2011 » April
    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 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 » 2010 » December
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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » November
    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 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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » September
    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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » August
    per month For a minimum 20p villagers can call anywhere in the world including cell phones for a cost of only 1p per minuite Gentle Action 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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » July
    a shop four miles away Customers can phone in an order using a credit card or sending a check With no one inside running the shop up to date nothing has been stolen Gentle Action 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

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