Do you miss our regular calls?  Were you hoping to join one but never made it?  Then perhaps you will join Occupy Cafe's Ben Roberts on a free Cafe Call he is co-hosting this Saturday as part of The Shift Network's Spring of Sustainability:

Sustainability at a Crossroads
Saturday, May 11
5:30-6:50pm Eastern / 4:30-5:50pm Central / 2:30-3:50pm Pacific

Register here (you will receive an email before the call with call-in information)

Ben will be joined by  Leslie Meehan of The Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory, an organization that works to help make the movement towards sustainability (and beyond) visible to itself, so that individuals and organizations can be more effective in navigating the complexity of these times.

Tom Atlee (author of The Tao of Democracy and Empowering Public Wisdom) has written that we live in a time when "things are getting better and better, and worse and worse, faster and faster." With so much happening in so many realms--food, energy, the economy, spirituality, government, etc.-- and at so many levels--household, local community, bio-regional, national and global--  it can be a challenge to craft our own journeys and to help guide the communities and organizations we are connected with. 

What are the sustainability opportunities and dilemmas that you are facing?

 

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I guess I assume the meaning here of sustainability is limited to how humans deal with our physical environment.  Yet 'figuring out' the what and how of sustainability is a personal journey that for me, doesn't exclude anything.  the journey includes finding and testing my values.  It includes finding my relationship to the topic.  It includes my own spiritual work of acknowledging the temporal nature of all things including my own body... possibly leading to the limits of sustaining...

So, I think to myself... what is the role of 'experts' giving me 'answers' to their or my 'questions'?  Surely it is a delicate role that carries huge responsibility to be honest so their 'answers' don't become anchors that I must drag around with me in finding my way.

Sorry I can't stay for the whole call today

Dyck

I love your question and reflection on it Dyck:

what is the role of 'experts' giving me 'answers' to their or my 'questions'?  Surely it is a delicate role that carries huge responsibility to be honest so their 'answers' don't become anchors that I must drag around with me in finding my way.

And by the way, we are trying to broaden the "sustainability" conversation beyond the physical environment, to include our communities, e.g. social justice and economics, and also our inner spiritual work.  As we both know (and the experts tell us!), these are all inextricably intertwined and interdependent.

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