How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy (webchat)

Here’s a very interesting webchat between Joanna Macy (The Work that Reconnects), psychologist Chris Johnstone and Transition movement founder Rob Hopkins. The conversation deals with ‘Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy’.

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Some topics touched on in the webchat:

The three great stories you can choose between in making sense of the world: Business as Usual, The Great Unravelling, The Great Turning
The inner voice of caring-for-the-world everybody is born with (Bodhisattva, bodhi-citta)
Active hope (the process of doing, action) versus denying/pollyanna ‘hope’
No need for hope, just care enough and you will act (Macy)
Listening to what’s coming out of your own mouth/mind, then helping others listen to theirs
Don’t proselytise, it’s the aliveness of people in movements that attracts
Forget the numbers/majorities fetish: often consciousness shifts when things are bleakest
Art and poetry are becoming more central to our expressing our immense grief/rage and our love for the planet

[The photo was taken in Wingello State Forest near here]

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on May 1, 2013.

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