Embracing Hope, Taking Action, and Transforming the World
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With every news report, the world seems to be careening off the rails. It's all too easy to slip into despair waiting for co-opted, self-serving governments to act.
Hope and action is the antidote. We each hold the power to make personal changes that can drive local changes and cascade into large-scale social transformation. This is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now.
The first section explores the idea of transformative change - what it is, what difference it makes, and how it is connected to learning.
From creating a citizen-powered community bus service, to winning the right to local food, to women hand-sculpting their own houses, the second section explores powerful stories of everyday people who have challenged traditional understandings and transformed their lives, their communities, and wider society.
In the final section, the authors provide a workbook to guide people, wherever they are, through the process of catalyzing change.
We all have the power to create a more just and ecological society. We all have the power to be changemakers.
Fay Weller is a community organizer, homesteader, researcher, and artist with a PhD. focused on social transformation. She and her partner live on Gabriola Island, BC, with two sheep and numerous chickens.
Mary Wilson is a facilitator, researcher, instructional designer, and activist with a Ph.D. in education. She and her partner live on Gabriola Island, BC where they are restoring a home, developing a permaculture food forest, and building an engineless catamaran.
SECTION A: CHANGEMAKING
1. A Tale of Egg and Agency
3. Learning Change
4. The How of Change
SECTION B: STORIES AND REFLECTIONS
5. Sowing the Seeds of Change
Thinking about Food Systems
Changemakers' Food Stories
6. Walls and Roofs
Thinking about Shelter
Changemakers' Shelter Stories
7. Moving Forward
Thinking about Transportation
Changemakers' Transportation Stories
8. There is No Away
Thinking about Waste
Changemakers' Waste Stories
9. People Power
Thinking about Energy
Changemakers' Energy Stories
10. Cooperative Economics
Thinking about Economics
Changemakers' Economic Stories
11. From Analysis to Activism
SECTION C: CHANGEMAKERS' MANUAL
Session 1: Transformative Spaces
Session 2: Learning Change
Session 3: The Genesis of Ideas
Session 4: From Spark to Action
Session 5: Cross Purposes and Spirals
Session 6: Linking with other Changemakers
Session 7: Societal Change
About the Authors
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