Task 3: Great Ideas are born from small causes
I had some difficulty thinking about this task, when I was so uprooted from a sencse of immediate community. I then took a look at the title, and what it allowed me to think was, "start small". That's what i did, and then a string of things showed up for me to help me on the path towards something like a "Bike the Change: a one-day service tour and transformation through goofination." I put a shout out to the loved ones I'm going to be living with, and their co-creative ideas starting flowin'!
For this task, I want to do a one-day service bike tour/ride in Oakland, California and other contacts. After sharing the idea with them, we discovered that the day after I arrive will be 350.org’s Work Party for Climate Change; a worldwide play-work day where organizations, groups, and individuals do a project that will help solve the climate crises in their local community. http://www.350.org/en/invitation
This day is 10/10/10. It will be a powerful display of projects in the East Bay area where I will be living, and I’m really excited to offer our gifts and ideas to this day of community service/development. The idea for my action is two-fold. The first part will be on the Saturday of the 350.org event, and will be comprised of biking from event to event (there’s ~40 in the East Bay!) and supporting each group with the manual work (or at least many groups) spontaneously and with an emphasis on appreciation, creativity, clowning, and possibility. We will whisper inspiring stories of that other grous are doing and how their doing, in an effort to cross-pollinate the energy and power. The second part will be advertising for a “Wake Up” on the coming Wednesday. The reason for this is that this day (10/10/10) will be an incredible day to make leverage of the number of people who will be within our reach to share about the work we’re doing. The intention would be to connect and inform people to a “larger context” within which climate change action is a part of. Meaning, how the actions taken in the realm of environmental sustainability is one element of a Movement of Movements towards socially justice and healthy interpersonal/intrapersonal growth as well (at that we can’t work in one area without, in some way, having our foot my default in the other areas.) In essence, answering part of the question, "What to I do after the 350 day of action?".
As a side note, this landmark event will be the kick off for a potentially monthly Wake Up + something we (my house-mates and i) want to explore/bring (aka, another work party, yoga class, etc. in addition to the half-day program that will be the same every month). It will be a platform and time for experimentation, fun, and community building.
For task 4, I’ll need to contact the following people before Wednesday.
- ATD network
- Ramana coop
The skills and resources I need to make sure I have are as follows:
- location for Wake Up event