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June 2017

Choice and Change: How do You Respond to Global Issues?

by Hélène Montpetit

This series on choice and change was born out of a personal need for clarity and direction at a time when there seemed to me to be little room in the world for my values and approach to life. It was only when I began to research people and organizations working for positive change that I realized I actually was in good company. For decades now, all around the world, thousands of people have been actively adopting different lifestyles and creating more collaborative and humane systems in the process. Many are featured here in the Sweet Songs collection. I am happy to also have found several groups of like minded people in my own home town, some of which have been the subject of posts in the local initiatives section of the site.

I recently had the pleasure of moderating a Transition NDG film and discussion event. The evening’s featured film was Cultural Creatives—The (R)Evolution, by Frigyes Fogel. Produced in 2011, it presents information about emerging groups who contribute creative solutions to the crises of our times. Julia Itel, a young woman currently working on her Master’s thesis on Cultural Creatives and spirituality, was there to share her knowledge with the group. She gave the phenomenon context by drawing a timeline and telling us about changes that have been taking place in our metanarratives in the context of postmodernism. I hope to include some of her work here at a later date when its publication is allowed, but for now, here is a quick summary of what I took away from the evening. I would be curious to know whether you recognize your style of response to global issues in the descriptions that follow.

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Changes to Hands Across Our Green Spaces Flash Mobs

Despite our extending the deadline and making a final appeal for increased registration, only about half the number of people required signed up to take part in the Hands Across Our Green Spaces event planned for June 10th. Accordingly, we have stepped back for now and will be looking at how to improve participation levels for a possible revisiting of the concept next Fall.

Several concerned groups will still hold activities, so if you are in Montreal on June 10th and 11th and want to take part in community events designed to support natural habitats or active transportation infrastructure, consider going out to one of the following locations: Continue reading “Changes to Hands Across Our Green Spaces Flash Mobs”

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