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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.

Continue reading “Choice and Change: How do You Respond to Global Issues?”

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16-year-old Songwriter Influences Approaches to Senior Housing

by Hélène Montpetit

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”
Lennon/McCartney

I think a song Paul McCartney wrote when he was 16 may be at the root of a revolutionary trend in senior housing. Released in 1967 on the album Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band, When I’m 64 became Baby Boomers’ cheerful, cheeky poke at their parents’ generation.

Now that their own golden age is upon them, flower children are coming together to make sure they are not carted away to senior ghettos set apart from the world. These new seniors are considering reliving past experiences in communes and intentional communities or have started eyeing ecovillages, off-grid communities and tiny housing developments. Continue reading “16-year-old Songwriter Influences Approaches to Senior Housing”

Charles Eisenstein: Stepping Into A New Story

Charles Eisenstein is a man with a message. It is a message of hope that starts with a serious look at real truths. The short video below is a thought-provoking summary of what he has to say. If you are so inclined, let it be your first stop on a journey of discovery. I hope it will lead you to new friends, inspiring ideas, and practical steps to improve quality of life (yours and that of others).

 

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Sweet Songs Collection no. 26 : The UNHCR

houx-de-noel-1The holiday season is upon us and those of us lucky enough to live in safe, stable countries look forward to celebrating with friends and loved ones. For the person on your list who has everything, why not consider the Give a Gift, Save a Life program developed by the UNHCR? You can find out more about by clicking here.

The UNHCR is the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, aka the UN Refugee Agency. It is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting people forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict and persecution. It provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.

In Canada, volunteers continue to show an outpouring of support for Syrian refugees by housing them and including them as members of the community. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 26 : The UNHCR”

Choice and Change: How to deal with bullying in an open and positive way

by Hélène Montpetit

Ormstown Elementary School has taken singer-songwriter-guitarist David Whyte‘s song The Way I Like To Be Treated and made it into an inspiring anti-bullying video.

Whyte’s approach eschews dark representations, preferring to address the issues from a childlike perspective. Set to a simple melody with interesting phrasing, the song’s lyrics are in the plain language one is most likely to hear on the playground: “I don’t like to be called names, I’m not gonna call anybody names.” The children on the video are shown playing in the schoolyard and modeling inclusive behaviour. They sing earnestly, with humour and purpose.

What a fresh way to broach this topic and to teach children better ways of behaving!

Kudos to Whyte for setting this lesson to music kids can enjoy and to the Ormstown Elementary School staff who directed and filmed the children and who produced this wonderfully positive clip.

 

 

Whyte, who also teaches guitar at Sullivan & Whyte Music School and tours with the Durham County Poets, has arranged to donate revenues from his music to Bullying Canada Inc.  For more information, click here.

 

Sweet Songs Collection no. 24: The World Social Forum

All citizen-run groups and individuals belonging to social movements are invited to attend World Social Forums to raise important issues, discuss ideas, formulate proposals, build their networks and learn from each other’s experiences.

The first World Social Forum was held in 2001 in Brazil. Since then, gatherings have taken place almost every year. Documentation stemming from these meetings as well as from other workshops and conferences organized under the auspices of the organization is being shared online. Several topics of interest to anyone wishing to foster social, economic and political change are covered. To see what is available, please click here.

Participants come from all over the world to focus on practical alternatives that foster a world built on social and environmental justice, social and supportive economic principles, participative democracy and the preservation of equality and dignity for all.

From August 9th to 14th 2016, Montreal, Quebec, Canada is hosting the first edition of the Forum to be held in the northern hemisphere. For more on this event, click here.

For more information about the World Social Forum in general, click here.

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to share your comments in the space below.

 

Choice and Change: A Shaman’s Perspective

“It is an inflation to think you can manage the spirit. At best, you can learn to follow it.”

Arnold Mindell, author of The Shaman’s Body

Choice and Change: What I’ve learned so far

by Hélène Montpetit

Back in August 2015, I realized my life was about to take an unavoidable turn for which I was not prepared. Since I wanted to make sure I had a say in shaping my own future, I began looking into choice and change.

SteveJobsFollowYourDreamsI wanted to know how much influence my personal decisions could have on outcomes. I asked friends I felt had done well how they had experienced and navigated their own life transitions. I searched for other resources and found several exhortations to “follow your heart/passion/dreams”. It seemed a little pat and easy, but I thought that since Steve Jobs, one of the most happily successful people of our times, was one of those exhorting, I probably ought to give it a try. Continue reading “Choice and Change: What I’ve learned so far”

Choice and Change: Living in interesting times

by Hélène Montpetit

Are you familiar with the curse “May you live in interesting times?” It’s been on my mind lately as I wonder what, if anything, we are supposed to do about the economic hardships, armed conflicts, acts of terror, and all manner of other things competing to ensure historians will want to pore over and analyse the turn of the 21st century.

Since I do have–(as a Twitter friend recently put it)–a lovely glass-three-quarters-full worldview, I of course wonder whether blessings can’t be found under the curses of our very own interesting times. Continue reading “Choice and Change: Living in interesting times”

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