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A Compassionate Civilization

The Urgency of Sustainable Development and Mindful Activism

 – Reflections and Recommendations by Robertson Work

 Hosted by: Kathy McGrane, CTF & Cheryl Kartes, CTF, principals at VFC

Held September 11th through October 23, 2017

Session 3 Chapter 3Jim Wiegel, CTF Charter/Facilitator

Chapter 3 Recording: September 25, 2017

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(content can be downloaded from the recording)

 Overall Book Chart

 Chapter 3 Chart

Additional thinking chart: by Jim Wiegel

Divided up Sections —Reports on Key Ideas from Each Section

 61-66 Gender Equality Reported by Kathy McGrane

P 62 Studies show that when more women are in decision making positions the more creative and effective the war outcomes – do we have a list of some of these studies?

Greed must give way to generosity, Fear and hatred overcome by mutual trust and care. Violence replaced by peaceful coexistence and coop.

P 63 We are all human beings first!

Human society distorted toward male values and aggression, competition, abstraction, control and detachment.

Cut throat capitalism, obsession with tech, warfare, a culture of violence and destruction of the natural world.

P 65 I was reminded of my grandmother who lived to be 101+ And how can she be gone and yet I see her living on in my cousins, nieces and nephews.

Robertson Work: Yes, I have a list to share.

67-77  Socioeconomic Justice Reported by Phyllis Hockley

We now live in a world of staggering inequality where a few people own and control the money supply.

We must require corporations to pay a living wage with benefits.

We must get corporate dollars out of politics.

Since this poverty is a function of inequality and injustice, it must be addressed systemically thru new policies, new programs, projects and cultural values that change the rules of the game and provide opportunities and resources directly to the poor.

We must work diligently to awaken minds and hearts, to change individual hearts, to change individual behavior, to transform cultural values and practices, and invent new institutions, and new policies based on principles of sustainability, equality, justice, participation and tolerance.

78-93 Participatory Governance Reported by Jean Watts

We must take care of our wounded heart.

Finally, we should take comfort by experiencing deep gratitude for the gift of life itself and for our unique life as it unfolds in mystery and perfection.

We must shift to a political process of authenticity and substance based on principles of truth and well-bing for all.

May everyone everywhere realize the great happiness that embraces both the ups and the downs of living by saying yes!

94-98 Cultural Tolerance Reported by Elsa Batica & Nadine Bell

Tolerance willingness to accept something.

Tribalism perhaps needed …

What is a human being?

Pride and prejudice, conflict and love between the classes

We encounter life and death together

Everyone on planet earth deserves to live a life that follows from tolerance, understanding, love and mutual support.

Let's promote and enable love and lifelong commitment between people of any race, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, nationality, political persuasion, or class.

We must change our mind-set, behavior, culture, and systems fro exclusion to inclusion, from pride to compassion, from prejudice to respect, from domination to collaboration, from doing harm to doing acts of kindness.

We must each practice new ways of thinking, doing and being, moment by moment for the rest of our lives.

99-117 Peace and Nonviolence reported by Catherine Tornbom

#1 Violent, harmful systems are manifestations of collective greed, fear, anger, hatred, or pride, including practicing exorbitant wealth accumulation, militarism, and armed conflict; maintaining armed forces, the armaments industry, nuclear proliferation, and capital punishment; extracting, selling, and burning fossil fuels; honoring plutocracy; and allowing systemic poverty, injustice, and inequality.

#2 It is often said that there can be no peace without development and no development without peace.

#3 How do we care for ourselves and those we love while we guard against harming others?

#4 A Cherokee prayer: “O Great Spirit, help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence.”

#5 We cultivate the behavior of peacemaking through practicing happiness, nonviolence, facilitative leadership, collaboration, compassionate action, reconciliation, mediation, and vegetarianism; promoting diversity; and caring for environmental sustainability.

Image:  What Image Do You Have for this Chapter?

Jim Wiegel described his image:  “Smells Like Team Spirit” – song title remembered by Jim. Delicious “Stew” of a Compassionate Civilization

Nadine Bell: A patchwork quilt that becomes far more than the individual squares!

Kathy McGrane: This is a pot of Shoulds and Musts boiling together

Phyllis Hockley: Looks what's bubbling up from the fire of compassion.

Catherine Tornbom: “Don't worry, be happy…”

Cheryl Kartes: The clay of life, representing these 6 arenas, is in our hands to collectively mold and shape for our future

Elsa Batica: a picture of children somewhere in Africa. They were told to run to get a basket of food. The winner gets it all. The kids instead of running separately, held hands together. When asked why? “How can we be happy if others are sad!” they responded.

Jean Watts: Focus on be positive and it will happen. Focus on negative and it just gets bigger!

Phyllis Hockley: What's the most important thing to be doing right now?

Jim Wiegel: How do you see the current kafuffle with the NFL and taking a knee as connected to these six?

Cheryl Kartes: How can these 6 arenas be worked on in a collective, integrated way?

Elsa Batica: On page 96, you talked about doing new ways, who defines what is new? Respect for one is insult to another.

Jean Watts: What is the best way to show and talk about what is working rather than what is not working?

Nadine Bell: What are your recommendations for action on these important points given our political reality?

Elsa Batica: How do we balance some good intentions when it makes a unintended impact?

Kathy McGrane: Rob if we have time today could you please share basics of how to use Trusted Sharing?

Kathy McGrane: Trusted Sharing Book Charting Group URL: Click on this URL: (copy and paste into your browser)

Jean Watts: I thought I was doing Chapter 5!

Jim Wiegel: It is too easy to assume that what you are describing is for the gentle souls among us . . . the peace loving, academically, humanistically-minded progressive folks to speak out. Here, suddenly, we have the big, testosterone gifted, people in a relatively violent profession stepping up, and then the President pipes up and suddenly this conversation is having to figure out how to be translated into “locker room talk” as well as Ukrainian

Jim Wiegel: Yesterday on public radio, an excerpt from a TED talk: Casey Gerald: “When Beliefs Fail Us, How Do We Move Forward?”. He talks about the gospel of humble doubt.

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