New Year 2011 — Civil Society Is On The March
31 December 2010
The greatest discovery of my generation is that
human beings can change their lives by modifying their mental attitudes.
-- William James
American psychologist and philosopher (19th century)
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
-- Margaret Mead
American sociologist and anthropologist (20th century)
New Year 2011 will increasingly see change begin in more, small circles of citizens worldwide.
The Good News Agency -- http://www.goodnewsagency.org -- was founded in 2000 by Italian journalist Sergio Tripi ( S.Tripi@tiscali.it ).
This month Tripi boldly announced:
CIVIL SOCIETY IS ON THE MARCH
Editorial by Sergio Tripi
Good News Agency -- Rome -- 03 December 2010 (bottom of page)
"On reflection, these are really revolutionary observations, because they
assign to humanity as a whole, but also to every single inhabitant of this
planet, the responsibility and the faculty for contributing to the creation of
a better future," says Tripi
Our new context is "based on the emerging values of unity in diversity and of the consequent responsibility for sharing."
A once-silent global army is on the march, responding with "growing determination to solve the serious problems of our times with altruism and a strong spirit of sacrifice for their solution."
The new"explosive power...knocks down the fences" between favorite doctrines, narratives, and diverse people in our human family.
Our "march of civil society...can no longer be halted," declares the Italian scholar of life on Earth.
Civil Society in 2011:
in the World
People are organizing themselves to respond to challenges that governments alone are incapable of addressing.
Citizens together are engaging -- manufacturing humanity's antidote and immunity to the deadly HRV -- Human Relationship-Deficiency Virus -- described at http://traubman.igc.org/nigeriahrv.pdf
Beyond old ideologies, vastly diverse women and men are building capacities to transcend each global problem.
In this age of community, the inventive citizens and their initiatives largely fly under the radar of the popular media.
They are not waiting for governments and traditional institutions, but are eager to cooperate.
This unnamed, tireless, global movement of garden-variety citizens is growing and spreading worldwide.
The origins are tens of thousands of small circles of communicative, creative youth and adults.
These Cultural Creatives are the indigenous and the worldly, from diverse races, continents, and faith traditions.
Exploring possibilities and solutions, small circles of people are discovering and modeling what to do.
How the Largest Movement in the World
Came into Being. . .and Why No One Saw It Coming
Paul Hawken --Bioneers Address
English with Hebrew subtitles
2011 Examples of
Civil Society on the March
#1 - An adult
New Year 2011 following December's universal celebrations of light is a good time to remember that the religions that sometimes divide us have much history in common.
The world faiths all began with a principal revulsion from violence.
At each religion's core is The Golden Rule -- http://www.scarboromissions.ca/Golden_rule/sacred_texts.php
We are advised to treat everyone else exactly as we wish to be treated.
Practicing this life often begins in small circles.
One example is a simple, face to face interfaith group of a handful of women in Buffalo, New York.
It was begun by one person, Lori Newberg ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), a Jewish woman in search of knowing about "other" and what it takes to bring people closer.
The Buffalo group was inspired by The Faith Club -- http://www.thefaithclub.com/ -- authored by three women in New York City -- one Muslim, one Christian, and one Jew.
The Faith Group of Buffalo started this past summer and meets every several weeks.
Finding a Religious Common Ground
CBS News -- 26 December 2010
READ and SEE more at:
Three WNY women start faith club
WIVB-TV News -- Sunday, 26 Dec 2010
1 min video
#2 - A youth for our times
Zoe Meadow, a 12-year-old Boston-area artist, in Spring 2010 was preparing for a her Bat Mitzvah right-of-passage Jewish ceremony.
Her Bat Mitzvah dream was to create a calendar with art work from Palestinian and Israeli teenagers.
Zoe ( ZMMeadow@gmail.com ) had been inspired in 2009 by viewing in her Sunday School the 2001 Oscar-nominated movie, PROMISES -- http://www.promisesproject.org/
She searched for Palestinian and Israeli youth paintings or drawings to symbolize "something that is important to them in their daily life."
Zoe asked each to write a paragraph or two that could accompany the printed art, explaining the artist's purpose in creating the image."
Her larger purpose was to sell the calendars and donate all net proceeds to three relationship-building organizations, equally:
ArtsBridge -- http://artsbridgeinstitute.org/
Hand in Hand Schools -- http://www.handinhandk12.org/
Seeds of Peace -- http://www.seedsofpeace.org/
Zoe never gave up.
This New Year, Zoe's 2011 dream calendar is online:
Israeli & Palestinian youth art
She has already sold 60 calendars.
Even more, Zoe decided to additionally donate all the cash gifts she received from her Bat Mitzvah as well.
It totaled over $3,300, and has already been sent to the three groups who bring Palestinian and Israeli youth together for the Middle East citizen peace process.
SEE PHOTOS of Zoe's ceremony at http://traubman.igc.org/zoe.pdf
In 2011, Civil Society Is On The March!!!
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