Our aim is to support you in effectively communicating about transitioning to a life-affirming culture.
The first step is to familiarise yourself with our approach.
- TEDX talk on Transitioning to a life-affirming culture
This presents the overall idea.
- Introductory Zoom conversation (download)
This presents the ideas through an interactive conversation.
- Catalysing mass commitment to transformational change
This article explains our approach, and describes Kitchen Table Conversations, our main tool for personal conversations.
You can download the slide deck here.
- This flyer is a 2-page summary.
Kitchen Table Conversations
Our primary tool for personal conversations is Kitchen Table Conversations. It is purpose-built to enable people to connect-the-dots and grasp the big picture as quickly as possible.
- Catalysing mass commitment to transformational change (mentioned above) describes Kitchen Table Conversations
- You can download Kitchen Table Conversations here
You can purchase the book here.
Templates to make the movable pieces are here.
Premade kits can be purchased here.
Our Kitchen Table Conversations model is intentionally abstract. For example, we mention ‘economic growth’ but do not go into detail about it. This is because we want to help people connect the dots and form a rough overview of our system as a system in one go – hopefully in less than one hour. We don’t want to overload folks.
However, the details matter. Here we list resources that are helpful in digging deeper.
Patel and Moore A History of the World in 7 Cheap Things
Like water, money in moderate amounts money is helpful. However, when it surges globally without restraint it is environmentally and socially destructive. This book, filled with vivid examples, shifts our perception of capitalism from being a ‘thing’ or ideology to be applauded or critiqued to seeing it as a dynamic process.
Pope Francis Laudato Si‘
This book clearly shows how devotion to economic growth erodes well-being both socially and environmentally.
David Korten Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth
Makes a fundamental distinction between a ‘Main Street’ economy and a financially exploitive ‘Wall Street’ economy, and shows practical policy changes to support local economies.
Paul Ehrlich, The Population Bomb
This classic book spells out the implications of overpopulation.
Bessel van der Kolk The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
Cites research that shows shocking amounts of child abuse, and beautifully describes a variety of highly effective healing techniques. Human, readable, and authoritative.
Amory Lovins et al Natural Capitalism
Describes design techniques in every field from agriculture to architecture (including retrofitting buildings) that greatly reduce energy requirements.
Siebert and Rees Through the Eye of a Needle
A very clear analysis of why we cannot realistically expect renewable energies to power our current high consumption lifestyles.
Donella Meadows Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System
Meadows’ original article asserting that improving people’s paradigms and goals are high leverage points for systems change.
Riane Eisler The Chalice and the Blade
The original book that introduces the Partnership-Dominator contrast.
Riane Eisler The Partnership Way
Applications of partnership-respect thinking at different levels from child rearing to global governance.
Gisele St. Hilaire A Feldenkrais lesson
An example of a Feldenkrais individual lesson. It demonstrates the process of improving the coordination of the whole body, rather than just focusing on the area of pain.
Andrew Gaines Creativity and High-Performance Team Collaboration
Introduces Feldenkrais neurological theory, and shows innovative applications.
There are ways to resolve such doubts as ‘I don’t know enough’ or ‘People will think I’m weird’.
Here are three techniques that can be really helpful:
- EFT (the tapping technique)
EFT is an aspect of energy psychology. It was discovered that tapping on acupressure points with our fingers can elicit a mental/emotional shift that symptoms surprisingly rapidly resolves specific psychological issues.
- St Francis Process
In the St Francis process we visualise meeting the (unknown) part of us that carries doubt, phobias or other psychological issues.
- Option Process
Starting with an issue on the surface, such as doubt, we can ask a series of Zen -like questions that take us to deeper layers of the psyche. At some point we may realise that our concerns are quite unrealistic in terms of current reality, and laugh and let them go.
These techniques are described in Inner Work. You can download it here.