Monday, August 18, 2008

Individual statements by participants

Each person came up with a statement(s) of what they see to be the 'main problem', and what kind of solutions they envision.

Andrea Salvador: Saving Yasuni Forests in Ecuado
Bob Banner: Relocalization
Brian O'Leary: Governance
Carol Dunne: Relocalization
Chris Shaw: Preventing Biosphere Collapse
Chuck Feil: Interconnecting local communities globally
Deanna Martin: How we talk & think together to make collective decisions
Jean Rough: Governance
Jim & Sherry Husfelt: Awakening humanity to a New Consciousness
Kathy Moore: Water Security, quantity and quality for all species
Kathy Moore: Over-population
Leonardo Wild: Respect "life processes"
Michael Brownlee: Relocalization
Miroslav Kolar: Governance Systems
Osvaldo Landeros: Local Sustainability can remake communities
Paulina: The transition of being, the disconnected urban person to start being part of nature
Pondo: Communicating limitless energy to the campus generation
Raju: Sorting out the conflicts in one's life
Richard Moore: Governance
Sergio Lub: Identifying & empowering good people
Sergio Lub: Monetizing social capital
Shrikumar Poddar: A World without War
Tania Duran: Education
Virginia Igonda: Pan American unified vision towards impending threats


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Andrea Salvador: Saving Yasuni Forests in Ecuador

Key Theme
Saving Yasuni Forests in Ecuador

My Concern
Time is running out! We have one year for the world to respond for the $350 million/year for 10 years.

My Solution
With the help and support of members of the Phoenix Gathering to make the approach to the government.




Bob Banner: Relocalization

Key Theme
Relocalization.

My Concern
With the converging of global crises, much of our needs will be focused on surviving and thriving locally.

My Solution
Creating interdependent resources of sustainable practices focusing on food, water, energy, shelter, and a local living economy.


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Brian O'Leary: Governance

Key Theme
Governance

We first need to write a declaration of independence to resist the tyranny that grips the world. We shold also draft a declaration of interdependence to address those issues that affect all of humanity and nature. From these "self-evident" truths will come those structures that will facilitate the needed transitions toward a truly sustainable world. Systems of governance need to be local and regional wherever possible, and global only insofar as the ruling elites are replaced by representatives dedicated to the rights of all living beings.

My Concern
We know what it means to be ecologically sustainable, but we must insist that this goal is achieved in the very near future.

My Solution
We must consider solutions that lie "outside of the box" of current discourse, such as clean breakthrough energy (e.g., vacuum energy, cold fusion and advanced hydrogen and water technologies), combined human intention. We must create nests, as a crucible for the needed changes here, in us and in Ecuador.


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Carol Dunne: Relocalization

Key Theme
Relocalization

My Concern
Possible collapse in infrastructure

My Solution
Create a community support network for education regarding rebuilding infrastructure


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Chris Shaw: Preventing Biosphere Collapse

Key Theme
Preventing biosphere collapse.

My Concern
The end of human civilization.

My Solution
Educate our fellow human beings to a revolutionary concept: the essential need to recapture the commons and our independence and freedom as human beings, and our interdependence with all species on the planet. Take back control of the Earth by whatever means necessary (nothing is off the table). Mission command concept.


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Chuck Feil: Interconnecting local communities globally

Key Theme
Interconnecting local communities globally.

My Concern
Without connecting cultures, language, and understanding of local issues in a global network...we are lost in having solutions in the time of crisis, whether political, economical, or environmental.

My Solution
Local ambassadors that would serve as emissaries to other local global networks...sharing solutions and resolutions on issues that affect the world community.


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Deanna Martin: How we talk & think together to make collective decisions

Key Theme
How we talk & think together to make collective decisions

My Concern
We've structured into place mechanistic system that permeate our political, economic and social structures.

My Solution
If we can ultimately become conscious of identity a "we" that can choose a different system, then we can emerge different structures that will work for all life. There are many dialogue processes, with the wisdom council as central, that can create a parallel conversation for a "we" to form and get empowered. This can happen at the local, regional, national and global level. Create our own governance system that things the current governance system so it begins to serve "we" rather than the other way around.


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Jean Rough: Governance

Key Theme
Governance

My Concern
The "System" and the lack of authentic conversations

My Solution
Ongoing wisdom councils locally and globally to ensure creative solutions that create a will and voice of the people through choice-creating conversations that are best for all.


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Jim & Sherry Husfelt: Awakening humanity to a New Consciousness

Key Theme
Awakening humanity to a New Consciousness

My Concern
People are spiritually bankrupt and malnourished due to the effects of greed and materialism. With the increasing collapse of the known structures of society (i.e., food, fuel, water, etc.), peoples' fears will increase and their attachments to what they have and are losing. This will invoke various mental, emotional and bodily responses (i.e., anger, violence, illness) which is a result of these external forces. This will create an unstable and chaotic society.

My Solution
• Education and awareness of a shift in thinking from an external view of separateness to an internal view of unity/oneness
• Awakening to the belief that we as humans and all things have the Divine Spark within
• Working as a global community valuing our individual intrinsic values


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Kathy Moore: Water Security, quantity and quality for all species

Key Theme
Water Security, quantity and quality for all species

My Concern
Decimation of all species and pristine lands and forests. Poor governance, greed & privatization. Impacts of pollution & climate change on water quality & quantity. Lack of comprehension of severity of issue - lack of urgency to act.

My Solution
• Need strong pan-national organization, more clout than the UN for education, conservation, implementation & enforcement of water initiatives & regulations.
• Need worldwide local activism & community groups to take control of municipal & regional level of watersheds, water supplies & sources.
• Elect strong enviro candidates in municipal elections
• Promote education, conservation & protection strategies & efforts, community meetings, schools, sharing knowledge & expertise in & with broader area
• Establish local land trusts
• Preserve green space, contiguous corridors, etc.
• Enact effective legislation to protect watersheds ffrom surface & subsurface threats (local, provincial & national)
• Enact local legislation & initiatives such as green building standards, reduction of impermeable surfaces, daylighting weeks & restoring wetlands through community efforts
• Support new technology & innovation to purify & reclaim polluted water & water bodies - locally, regionally, nationally & internationally (including oceans)


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Kathy Moore: Over-population

Key Theme
Over-Population

My Concern
Ever increasing population has now exceeded the carrying capacity of the Earth. Population reduction will occur cataclysmically through war, genocide, famine etc. without some intervention. Humane intervention is difficult (rights to procreation is sacred right). Too many people in competition for diminishing resources.

My Solution
• Requires international effort to reduce population, through education & contagion model (peer pressure, viral education)
• Draconian measures might include enforced rules, Chinese model
• Incentives for having less children
• Cap & trade system for reproductive rights


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Leonardo Wild: Respect "life processes"

Key Theme
Respect "life processes"

Under "life processes," I understand the process that occurs when living organisms interact with their environment, which is defined from within through a semipermeable membrane. Structurally, all living organisms have one thing in common: a chaordic interior, a semi-permeable membrane created from within by that "autopoietic interior," and an environment which, scale-wise (compared to the organism's interior) is chaotic. Unicellular microorganisms, bacteria, plants, animals, humans, "social organisms," all the way up to planetary Gaia, share this structure and the way of interacting with the surrounding universe.
       The important thing to understand is that the decision making of what trespasses the membrane (the elements needed for the survival and growth of the organism), comes from within, not from without. It is the organism's inner structure that "knows" what is good for it, and what can be detrimental to its health. Thus, anything that "leaves" the organism (it's waste and/or excess production of the elements it does not need) will have an effect on the surrounding environment (which includes other organisms up to the scale of Gaia). Also, any behavior that disregards other organism's life processes will be a "lack of respect" to their inherent nature.


My Concern
The existing social structures are mostly disrespectful of life processes.
       Most present-day social structures of economy, health, education, religion, politics, even those of change, are disrespectful of life processes. Economy is based on life-disruptive behavior through the monetization of all things, forcing exponential growth that is not sustainable even at the planetary scale. Structures of the "health practice and industry" disregard the way organisms interact with their environment. Education is designed to disrespect the most basic human biological, emotional and spiritual needs (as defined by their chaordic interior). Religions (as in "belief systems, on how we understand reality and existence") are inherently exclusive and have become institutional structures which, coupled with Politics, define the "proper, ethical and moral" behavior of individuals from "without."

My Solution
Create social structures that respect life processes, which automatically means that you can only do that yourself, in your immediate surrounding, showing others who are interested how you are doing it, and they can take from it what they are able to assimilate according their own inner nature.


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Michael Brownlee: Relocalization

Key Theme
Relocalization as a strategic approach to global challenges (climate changes, peak oil, economic instability) creating community resilience and self-reliance.

My Concern
• Time frame/urgency;
• Engaging whole communities in the process (scale);
• Security sufficient local funding to sustain effort;
• Short-term shortages, outages, emergencies;
• Linking local groups to global effort.

My Solution
• Develop replicable models
• effective and inclusive democratic processes and structures
• local currency system for resilience
• emergency preparedness task force
• Develop collaboration/sharing tools between communities to maximize learning, including media
• Build regional networks of learning and trade.


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Miroslav Kolar: Governance Systems

Key Theme
System of government.

My Concern
Citizens have today little say in decisions affecting their lives.
       Government secrecy and dismal performance of mainstream media keep people uninformed or ill-informed about important problems.
       The military-industrial complex takes huge resources that could be used instead for the solution of urgent environmental problems, education of the people, and for improving their living standards.
       Conflicts between nations and various ethnic groups are perpetuated by continuing to use military force instead of negotiations for their solutions.


My Solution
Abolish all secrecy, make all the information freely available to all.
Provide means (alternative information networks, alternative media if necessary) to make the information easily accessible to everyone. This should enable everyone to make or participate in making wise decisions about environment, economy, politics that should lead to sustainable society.
       Enable participation of all people in the government. All decisions concerning only a single community should be made only by the members of that community. Only matters concerning whole regions, states, or the whole Earth should be made by a meeting of representatives of the lower levels or by referenda held in the respective areas if important decisions are [to be] made.
       While local communities will be the centres of most activity, global planetary identity (global citizenship) must be cultivated. Exchanges of experience and information and personal visits between communities will be encouraged to avoid any potential for misunderstanding and possible conflicts between communities/regions/states.
       Armies should be abolished as fast as practicable.
       Non-interest monetary (or exchange) system has to be introduced.


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Osvaldo Landeros: Local Sustainability can remake communities

Key Theme
To stop consuming as we are doing and to change the paradigms of happiness. This is the moment of transcendence, recognizing that we forgot how we can focus on growing internally for the best evolution of the collective. To stop competing for having social status and incongruous commodities in our homes.

My Concern
Search and help the last people were living on concepts of easy sustainability, and work with them reorganizing these communities. They are also tied of hands as we are (Western lifestyle). The world conditions had obligated them to forget how to live in a sustainable way and their resources are very limited because the most part of them never had to live before on a world that depends of something called economy.
       They know how to made their own houses with the local resources, how to seed their own food and to made different articles as clothes, incenses, wood furniture, artisans, etc. The things these don't know are how to make a relation with our world, the one they are tied against not their voluntary. They wish to go back to their (rakes) but know they are disorganized and they don't know how to solve that because now everything costs dollars and they don't have the technical, social and economic resources to do it.
       We have to make a fusion with them and help together to give an example of sustainability to everybody in different ways than we already were planning together.


My Solution
       * Free energy
       * Agriculture
       * Education


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Paulina: The transition of being, the disconnected urban person to start being part of nature

Key Theme
The transition of being, the disconnected urban person to start being part of nature

My Concern
Even if we know that things are not going well, we don't have practical and simple solutions that can be reached for everyone how does that wants to change

My Solution
Create a semi-urban place (while living in a community) with practical solutions using permaculture systems (and others) and creating a space to share experiences in all quality of life themes solutions - local and worldwide. Offer a place to sell or exchange local and healthy products.


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Pondo: Communicating limitless energy to the campus generation

Key Theme
Communicating limitless energy to the campus generation


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Raju: Sorting out the conflicts in one's life

Key Theme
Discover the source of one's own life which creates conflicts which in turn contribute to broader conflicts through time and space disturbing peace and harmony in the environment.

My Concern
How to keep my sense of integrity and strength and use them in the service of others non-violently, lovingly rooted in truth.

My Solution
Work harmoniously in networks and groups to enhance the quality of living to all beings for peace, justice, and enlightenment.
       We have to identify a field of action in our life and ask the question "how does it help for enlightened living".


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Richard Moore: Governance

Key Theme
What is the real problem?

My Concern
It is not true that the ecosystem cannot support humanity at current population levels. It is true that industrial methods of agriculture and market-based distribution systems are
       (1) Destroying [the] ecosystem
       (2) Selectively starving 80% of humanity


My Solution
Break away – declare independence from global economy: As localities and as nations seek local solutions to food production, economy, transport, etc.


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Sergio Lub: Identifying & empowering good people

Key Theme
Identifying & empowering good people

My Concern
How to empower "good people" so it "pays" to care for others and the commons.

In many areas, corruption is endemic. Criminals hide in anonymity and need secrecy. Financial credit systems cannot differentiate between the credit rating of a good person and of a criminal.

My Solution
A secure online referral system where those I interact with can post a referral on me, and can change it if they wish.
       This system will allow people of goodwill to be welcome around the world. Not just in their immediate community. Similarly, as our credit rating works. If I do not pay my bills that becomes known everywhere now. Likewise, if I abuse others or if I help. Likewise, if I abuse others, or if help others, will become equally known to the world.
       A prototype is being tested successfully. Since 1998 by Favors.org, and is available for implementation at a larger scale.


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Sergio Lub: Monetizing social capital

Key Theme
Monetizing social capital

My Concern
Quite often good people are broke while crooks live in affluence. How to improve the system so we grant credit according to a person's standing within the community

My Solution
To grant credit proportional to the number of positive referrals received. Thus, the most appreciated members of a community will have the most resources to work with.
       A prototype exists and has been tested with Favors.org community and its ThankYou's system.


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Shrikumar Poddar: A World without War

Key Theme
A World without War

My Concern
How to free all to good. Learn and live simply with dignity.

My Solution
From self-transformation to global transformation.


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Tania Duran: Education

Key Theme
To educate, inform, promote & develop "free energy" to the Planet Earth starting at local, communal, national & global levels.

My Concern
How to motivate people to be responsible & ready to start taking actions. How to create funding for this vision such as alternative technology, renewable technologies, education.

My Solution
1. Develop renewable technology, "free energy" in different locations on the Planet Earth
2. Create an alternative educational process that includes training-trainers
3. Inform globally through Internet, movies, DVDs, music & theatre
4. Give special attention to educate children in this new paradigm through visiting schools, theatre, video games


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Virginia Igonda: Pan American unified vision towards impending threats

Key Theme
Pan American unified vision towards impending threats

My Concern
Not enough interest or knowledge of neighboring peoples and cultures

My Solution
Learning more about language and traditions to "communicate!"