How To Redesign the World: Live Online Course
These days are intense. No question. Depending on your perspective, things are moving with astonishing speed and clarity, or painfully slow, and saddening. We need to act fast. We need to shed our skins, and redesign. We need to do this together.
Come along with Starhawk, Van Jones, Vandana Shiva, Toby Hemenway, Ernest Callenbach, Carolyn Stayton and Mark Lakeman on four consecutive Wednesdays, from March 30 through April 20 at 9:00 p.m. EST, to dive deeply, intimately and comprehensively into How To Redesign The World: Lessons From The Fifth Sacred Thing.
Evolver Intensives are, well, intense.
Video calling and conferencing has become the norm, via Skype and so forth, but these sessions – these feel different. It’s quite an experience to gather together with a large and diverse group of people from around the planet, see each other, interact, chat, and sit comfortably with respected visionaries, luminaries and elders; sharing stories, experiences, wisdom, designs and energy openly, intimately, eloquently.
If you’ve participated in the previous session; Awakening The Cosmic Serpent, you know what I’m talking about; it’s a global campfire, and it’s warm and friendly.
Where Awakening the Cosmic Serpent explored worlds beyond, How To Redesign The World, takes things in another direction – down to earth, ground level, grassroots.
If you’re drawn towards peace, practical solutions, permaculture, transition towns, economics and ecology, community, regeneration, balance, and vision – then let’s go.
The course begins March 30 and runs four consecutive Wednesdays at 9:00 PM EST.
Registration is $110, and includes:
- Four 90-minute live video seminars with Starhawk and featured guests
- 30 minutes of question-and-answer time in each seminar
- Breakout sessions for student discussion following each seminar
- Participation in a private online community with other students
- Unlimited online access to videos of all seminars
- PDF articles about course topics from Starhawk and each of the guests
Gather your friends, family and neighbours together, share the cost and make it a weekly event!
Without a clear vision of the future, how can we move forward? A vision crystallizes vague hope into concrete direction.
- What would it look like, feel like to live in harmony with nature? To live in a world that celebrates diversity, where art, joy, love and compassion take precedence over war and weapons? How would we grow our food, produce what we need, educate the young and care for the old?
- How can we turn this vision of the future into the mission that guides our lives today, so it can shape the world of tomorrow?
- What forward-looking efforts now exist to inform and nurture the growth of your vision?
In her utopian novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk offers a vision of a green, multicultural society based on reverence for the four sacred things, a vision that has inspired countless readers, and has changed lives. In the novel, northern California has survived ecological and social catastrophes to become a place where no one goes hungry or homeless, streams flow through former streets, gardens are everywhere, and the culture has the strength and fortitude to resist invasion without turning to violence.
As we head into times of great chaos and potential destruction, we need a vision of a positive future. In this course, Starhawk will train us in some of the basic tools of magic, “the art of changing consciousness at will”: meditation, visualization and grounding. We’ll then use those tools to generate our own vision.
For over three decades, Starhawk has been one of our most respected and influential visionaries, leading the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. In her work as an eco and peace organizer, she has trained thousands of activists in the skills necessary for effecting real change consistent with their deepest held convictions. As a prize-winning author or co-author of 11 books, her voice has been instrumental in shaping the ecological consciousness many of us share today.
Join Starhawk as she takes part in intimate, in-depth discussions with five fellow pioneers who are helping to move us into the future we want to see: Van Jones, Vandana Shiva, Toby Hemenway, Ernest Callenbach, Mark Lakeman, and Carolyn Stayton. In her talks with these remarkable thinkers, writers and activists, she’ll explore some of the most inspiring efforts to create the diverse, sustainable, exuberant society depicted in The Fifth Sacred Thing. For the course, Starhawk will also suggest discussion topics, exercises and journaling for participants to develop their own clear visions and map the path for getting there. Participants will come away from this course with renewed inspiration and practical ideas for making the transition to a truly abundant, just and resilient world.
You will be part of this unique online event, watching the live video stream and asking your questions directly to these inspirational pioneers.
Starhawk For over three decades, Starhawk has been one of our most respected and influential visionaries, leading the revival of earth-based spirituality and Goddess religion. In her work as an eco and peace organizer, she has trained thousands of activists in the skills necessary for effecting real change consistent with their deepest held convictions. As a prize-winning author or co-author of 11 books, her voice has been instrumental in shaping the ecological consciousness many of us share today.
Vandana Shiva In her many roles as environmentalist, physicist, feminist and philosopher, Vandana has been a powerful voice of deep conviction, grounded in solid research. Her ability to combine intellectual study with grassroots activism in the fields of eco-feminism, bio-piracy and intellectual property rights has won her many international awards, including the Right Livelihood Award (the Alternative Nobel Prize), the Earth Day International Award, and the Global 500 Award.
In 1984, Vandana founded Navdanya, an organization which helps India’s small farmers to develop organic farming methods and ensure biodiversity. Following on the success of Navdanya, she started Bija Vidyapeeth in Dehradun, India, to popularize holistic living practices.
Van Jones Globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean-energy economy, the co-founder of three successful non-profit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. Author of the definitive, best-selling book on green jobs, The Green-Collar Economy, Van served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009.
Carolyne Stayton Executive Director of Transition US, Carolyne, brings over thirty years of experience with nonprofit organizations and educational institutions to the growth of a grassroots network that aligns community activists around a shared vision and a unified mission. Carolyn will talk about the movement to organize in our towns and neighborhoods for a graceful transition to a society that uses less fossil fuel energy but has more time for relationships, connection and real abundance.
Mark Lakeman In the last decade he has directed or facilitated designs for more than 300 new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and its nonprofit affiliate, The City Repair Project, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory design projects and organizations across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities.
Toby Hemenway Author of the classic introduction to permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the last seven years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.
Ernest Callenbach Author of the utopian novel Ecotopia, one of the inspirations for The Fifth Sacred Thing and an environmental classic that has sold almost a million copies.
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