Culture Transformation Resources
Joseph Chilton Pearce told us decades ago that we were facing the unresolvable Bio-Cultural Conflict: living in a culture that does not support or advocate for life-affirming values and actions. Today it is hard to overdramatize the serious state of the world on every level. But in this hour there are many organizations, collaborations and thought-leaders emerging to help provide insight, promote civil dialogue, and offer peaceful avenues for resistance and rebuilding. Here are a few of those resources. Feel free to send your own over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons, we act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
Breaking the Cycle, A Short Film. Breaking the Cycle illustrates our capacity for breaking our current Cycle of Competitive Detachment and returning to the pattern of 95% of our human history: a healthy, peaceful Cycle of Cooperative Companionship. Breaking the Cycle is based on the multi-award-winning book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, by Darcia Narvaez, PhD.
Breaking the Cycle contrasts the two basic ways societies can function: the optimal approach, which most human societies through time have followed, is the Cycle of Cooperative Companionship where children’s basic needs are met; they grow into well-functioning, cooperative community members (from neurobiology and on up); and as healthy adults, they maintain the cooperative system. Currently in the USA, the opposite pattern is in place: children’s basic needs are not met, ill-being and dysregulation ensue, creating adults who are detached and distracted and keep this Cycle of Competitive Detachment going. The United Nations ranks the USA as 41st out of 41 developed countries for child and adult wellness.
The Center for Partnership Studies is a catalyst for cultural, economic, and personal transformation- from domination to partnership, from control to care, from power-over to empowerment. CPS’s programs provide new knowledge, insights, interventions, and practical tools for this urgently needed shift. We invite you to explore the many resources CPS offers to build a better future for yourself, your family, your community, your nation, and our world.
The Center for WorkLife Law is a research and advocacy organization at UC Hastings College of the Law that seeks to advance gender and racial equity in the workplace and in higher education. WorkLife Law focuses on initiatives with the potential to produce concrete social, legal, and institutional change within a two to five year timeframe. Our current major initiatives include programs for advancing women leaders, eliminating barriers for pregnant and breastfeeding workers and students, preventing Family Responsibilities Discrimination, and helping companies to interrupt and correct bias in the workplace and create more stable schedulesfor their hourly workers.
Climate Change and Consciousness. Climate Change & Consciousness is a global community that meets you at the intersection of your heart’s longing and the earth’s needs. We empower individuals to discover their unique contribution for these urgent times and steward a diverse community of visionaries and activists. Climate Change & Consciousness is rooted in heart-centered climate action and addressing climate crisis through the lens of expanding consciousness.
Do No Harm Coalition. The Do No Harm Coalition was founded in May 2016 in response to police violence in San Francisco and the 17-day hunger strike by the “Frisco 5.” We are healers, health workers, and activists accompanying communities affected by state sanctioned violence in our collective struggle for health, dignity, and sovereignty. Health is a human right and as health workers we have a collective duty to eradicate systems of oppression which threaten that right. The coalition currently operates as a single Bay Area-based chapter. We invite healthcare providers who share our values to start chapters in their own regions.
Extinction Rebellion. XR’s mission is to spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscape. We endeavour to mobilise and train organisers to skilfully open up space, so that communities can develop the tools they need to address Britain’s deeply rooted problems. We work to transform our society into one that is compassionate, inclusive, sustainable, equitable and connected.
The Global Bildung Network is a network of bildung enthusiasts from around the globe. We hope that you are like us, that you would like to sign the Global Bildung Manifesto, and that you would like to join one of our events, and/or one of the continental networks where most of the action and interaction are.
Global Women’s Strike is an international multiracial network campaigning for recognition and payment for all caring work for people and planet – a Care Income. It is co-ordinated by the International Wages for Housework Campaign launched by Selma James in 1972.
Humanity 2.0. Our mission is to dentify impediments to human flourishing and then work collaboratively across sectors to remove them by sourcing and scaling bold and innovative solutions. We are building a new model for human cooperation that enables us to transcend the boundaries and silos we have created and unite in realising a common vision.
Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) offers this publication, Plain Talk About Spanking, for the benefit of children everywhere. The ideas that you will read here are not new. There have always been wise and perceptive people in every civilized culture who have practiced and advocated violence-free interactions with children. But, for the most part, their good example and good advice have been ignored or rejected, and the consequences to humanity have been incalculable. In these few pages we have attempted to summarize their message and offer it once again.
Proven Sustainable. This project offers educators and community activists words and images from representatives of earth-centric cultures. These are dynamic and resilient cultures that, in the words of John Mohawk, understand “humankind’s relationship to nature (through a ) pre-colonial, pre-patriarchal, pre-modern story.”
Racial Equity Tools. Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
Regeneration. The world’s largest, most complete listing and network of solutions to the climate crisis. And how to do them! Founded by Paul Hawken, an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of eight books that have been published in thirty languages in more than fifty countries and have sold more than two million copies. Hawken is a renowned lecturer who has keynoted conferences and led workshops on the impact of commerce upon the environment, and has consulted with governments and corporations throughout the world.
Sunrise Movement. We’re building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.
We’re building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.
We are ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are gathering in classrooms, living rooms, and worship halls across the country. Everyone has a role to play. Public opinion is already with us – if we unite by the millions we can turn this into political power and reclaim our democracy.
We are not looking to the right or left. We look forward. Together, we will change this country and this world, sure as the sun rises each morning.