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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » June
    F DAVID PEAT Eight year old transforms a park Ryan Wells is an eight year old boy who was concerned about the state of his local part in Lee South London It was filled with litter the paths were overgrown with weeds It was also used by drug addicts land street drinkers who leeft their syringers and bottles It was certainly not a place where Ryan and his friends would play since older youths prowled around the part with agressive dogs And so the eight year old boy borrowed his mother s camera shots documentary evidence of the state of the part and then wrote a letter to the Mayor in which he complained about the park and said There are so many kinds around in the streets in my area on the pavement and in the road some as young as five without their mum I would like to give them somewhere to go The result is that the Mayor has set asde 10 000 for a general tidy up and to improve the children s play area But eight year old Ryan hasn t stopped there He is now applying for 50 000 grant from a lottery fund to build a BMX bike track in the park 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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2010 » January
    of Buenos Aires and the area became abandoned and was soon filled with crime Then in the late fifties an artist Benito Quinquela Martin had the idea of painting the fronts of the houses in bright pastel colours The effect was to revive the area Bars gift shops and restaurants opened and soon the area becama a mecca for tourists and today is very a lively area Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES JANUARY 23RD 2010 By F DAVID PEAT Society as womb Al Boag has sent his own reflections on society and what can emerge out of a moment of creative suspension Back in 1980 Boag was half way through a doctoral program in Scotland when while riding his bicycle to the university he had a critical moment where everything stopped and his thinking changed in a radical way causing him to abandon his thesis One image that came to him was the idea of life in the womb where biology provides everything to the developing baby He related this to the utopian notion that the state should provide food shelter and clothing as a citizen s basic right A Guaranteed Minimum Income would provide the security out of which a citizen could then find a way to contribute back to society When Boag returned to Australia he went on unemployment benefits and retrained himself The result was that he began to build frame houses Today five houses have been provided for himself and others with a market value of 1 5 million This in Boag s estimation is a five fold return on what the Australian government had invested in his unemployment benefits Over the past twenty years Boag has been writing to politicians social reformers and policy theorists arguing that the provision of food shelter and clothing should be

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » December
    residents solution was to purchase one of British Telecom s famous red phone boxes for the sum of one pound Wooden shelves were installed and the villagers donated books The library is now open twenty four hours a day and has a rapid turn over Now other communities have decided to open their own local libraries and so far British Telecom has had 770 applications from communities to adopt a box 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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » October
    Gentle action seems to me a very good general modus operandi for bringing the Renaissance about as illustrated by your Middlesborough example But I cannot see how gentle action could simply be applied to the status quo to change what we have into what the world really needs At the moment the world is run by what in effect is a consortium of powerful governments plus corporates plus big banks They are all offspring of the Enlightenment and individually and collectively their philosophy and modus operandi is the precise antithesis of what you are envisaging in Gentle Action They are seeking top down despite the lip service paid to democracy to impose an algorithm on us all that of the neoliberal global market which is intended primarily to generate money which it effects to maximize through ruthless competitiveness There is nothing underhand about this They make a virtue of it Increase of money GDP is called economic growth and in effect is the sole and stated ambition Material growth and the elimination of human skill by industrialization is equated with progress and is seen unequivocally to be good In truth of course the algorithm is failing horribly and the general reason for this is that it is so unsubtle The approach is ultimately materialistic reductionist positivist approach as you describe The things that really matter slip through the mesh Tesco just to take one important example now has enormous control over the world s food supply from field to fork as the cliché has it Archetypally it is top down and again it makes a virtue of this Vertical integration is the key to its success It scours the world in search of bargains playing one farmer off against another in the competitive spirit of neoliberalism and largely because oil has been cheap and because modern governments favour big companies that generate wealth it is able to sell high class produce cheaply to people who can afford to pay Governments find this convenient and they like Tesco itself are prepared to overlook the collateral damage including the destruction of agrarian economies worldwide and indeed make a virtue of this in the name of progress It seems to me that gentle action is a form of reform implying a step wise progression by painless increments from what we have to what we really need But there seems to me to be no plausible route by which Tesco could be converted step by step from what it is into something the world would actually benefit from In general I think of the early 20th century American evolutionary biologist Sewall Wright who pointed that in theory an elephant could be converted gene by gene into a daisy but in practice this cannot happen because there is no plausible route by which this change could happen because the intermediates are nonviable So Darwin s suggestion that gradual change over time could convert anything into anything a bear might become a whale is as a

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » September
    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

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » August
    will confidently rattle off the details of the 120 watt solar panel including a battery installed at home and how she earns more than 5000 takas every month assembling cooking stoves and mobile chargers that are powered by the sun Once famous for its juicy jackfruits Noorgunj is now known in the region for its solar panel dotted rooftops and solar entrepreneurs who are using sunlight as their core capital names changed Gentle Action 1 RESPONSE AUGUST 16TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Plastic bags Some supermarkets ask Paper or Plastic at the check out Better still some shoppers take their own reusable bags with them When Clare Hopkins encountered the www morsbags com site she learned that all over the world 1 millions plastic bags are used per minute Many are concerned with the environmental impact particularly on marine animals who ingest these bags and die And so 18 months ago Clare formed a group of people who meet regularly to make fabric bags from fabric given to them by the local charity shop So far they have made and given away over 1000 bags Their aim is to make their village plastic bag free this year and they are well on track Lots of other benefits have come about as Clare writes we ve met women we never would have come into contact with shared stories taught women to sew and learned sewing and general life skills and tips from each other We ve raised awareness about the sad dumping of fabric into landfill and the endless misuse of resources to make new things water chemicals power to weave new fabrics etc etc Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES AUGUST 16TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Frisbees for Africa Francie White has written with a suggestion and a question Some

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » July
    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 to try to get produced a film about the Cherokee Trail of Tears where in 1838 the entire Cherokee Nation of 16 000 people living in a sovereign nation were imprisoned in 31 concentration camps by 7 000 armed US soldiers and marched 900 miles to Oklahoma 4 000 Indians mostly children and the elderly died along the way and were buried in shallow unmarked graves This route became known as the Trail of Tears Those in LA didn t think that Americans cared enough about this history and inhumanity to see a film about it Recall this is before the movie DANCES WITH WOLVES I was heart broken feeling total despair and lost at what I could do to tell the world about the story of the Cherokee Nation I decided to take a leap of faith and trust in my fellow man I sold everything I owned which was little and took a bus to Oklahoma There I began to walk in reverse the Trail of Tears talking to all I met and recording their stories of modern

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  • Gentle Action Blog » 2009 » May
    for by the local government and Enrique will deliver them to a person s home and at the same time make a new friend Enrique also plans to produce his own food using the John Jeavons biointensive approach and get other people involved in his community He has started a DVD library with films such as Al Gore s An Inconvenient Truth and Patch Adams Gandhi Erin Brockovich Patton Braveheart Farenheit 9 11 People can borrow this for free and he feels that by watching these films people can begin to educate themselves People drop off used batteries at his house and he takes them to a center that disposes of toxic waste This also has the side effect of bringing him in contact with like minded people He would like to become involved in a community that operates like the ashrams of Gandhi one that is non dogmatic and has respect for life and universal values Finally he asks us all for suggestions as to how to make his life more useful and fulfilling Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES MAY 7TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Webinar Postponed We have decided to change the time of the Webinar to a Saturday so that more people can participate It will now take place on Saturday 23 May Please go to the Social Actions site for more information and to register http my socialactions com events gentle action introduction and 1 Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES MAY 4TH 2009 By F DAVID PEAT Mastering the Internet Two British newspapers The Sunday Times and The Recorder ran stories on 3 May that the British Government had spend one billion pounds in a hitherto secret project to monitor all e mails website visits and social networking sessions as well as telephone calls over the internet landlines and mobiles The project called MTI Mastering the Internet would use thousands of black boxes covertly installed within the Internet s infrastructure This news disturbed groups concerned with privacy In turn the Home Secretary announced that 2 billion pounds of public money would be spent to enable telephone and internet companies to retain information in separate data bases She also claimed that plans for the centralized monitoring system would be dumped What are your reactions to this Gentle Action 0 RESPONSES MAY 1ST 2009 By BONNIE A Farm Story California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo has been a predominately conservative agriculture school for a long time They have catered to students who come from rural agriculture areas where big ag business has taken over the scene Big agriculture corporations such as Monsanto also contribute large amounts of money toward grants and scholarships for students and professors who continue their research agenda like planting genetically modified corn and testing their pesticide brands Needless to say the word organic wasn t too popular around the Cal Poly campus for some time In the early 1980s a couple of recently graduated students joined the Peace Corps and went off to a

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