“Prosperity” – A glossary featuring Permaculture, New Mythology, Bioneers, Transition USA, Green Peace and Daily Acts with Discussion Questions. By Willi Paul, CommunityAlchemy.com
I. Wikipedia’s Definition of Prosperity –
Prosperity is the state of flourishing, thriving, good fortune and / or successful social status. Prosperity often encompasses wealth but also includes others factors which can be independent of wealth to varying degrees, such as happiness and health.
II. Scanning for Prosperity –
Permaculture, New Mythology, Transition, Bioneers, Transition USA, Green Peace and Daily Acts
a. Permaculture Ethics – The ethics: earth care, people care and fair share form the foundation for permaculture design and are also found in most traditional societies.
b. New Mythology – promotes new stories and myths through initiation, journey, community support as related to Joseph Campbell.
c. Transition Values – include sharing, localization of resources, equality for all and new rituals.
d. Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that fosters innovative solutions for restoring people and planet.
e. Transition US is a nonprofit organization that provides inspiration, encouragement, support, networking, and training for Transition Initiatives across the United States. Transition seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. It represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected.
f. Green Peace is an independent, campaigning organization which uses nonviolent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace’s goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity.
g. Daily Acts provides citizens and organizations the knowledge and tools to transform lawns into food forests, install greywater systems, create habitat, keep bees, rear local chickens, and tend to personal and financial ecology. Their education programs promote skill-building at the individual level, while catalyzing green policy and widespread change throughout our communities.
III. Discussion Questions –
+ Not all of the above groups address prosperity directly. But how are they connecting to this idea?
+ What are common values needed to prosper?
+ Are we all after the “same prosperity”? With the same tactics?
+ Are we competing for hearts and minds?
+ What are opposing organizations doing in this game?
+ Is there an action plan to realize prosperity for all?
+ Is prosperity an outdated social driver now?
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