Despite the many challenging problems that currently assault the Earth, both locally and globally, a growing number of dedicated, visionary people and organizations are offering fascinating ways to get involved in creating solutions. Here are a few of our favorites:
Powers of Place Initiative
We believe that places are alive. We suggest that when human beings believe that, and act in ways that respect and value what places bring, the partnership becomes a powerful force toward great good in the world. We have established the Powers of Place Initiative to gather, organize and make visible knowledge, people, organizations and places already working in ways that demonstrate the power of the partnership and to share what they know with others.
(part of Powers of Place Initiative)
The purpose: to observe the effects of sitting with or being in an outdoor place. We’re in our third phase and the exploration deepens, this time with an emphasis on geography and history
Australian philosopher and professor who coined the term solastalgia, meaning “the pain experienced when there is recognition that the place where one resides and that one loves is under immediate assault . . . a form of homesickness one gets when one is still at home.” (video)
Eco-philosopher, author, and scholar of Buddhism, Joanna Macy, has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action.
For 25 years, Bioneers has been a seed head for game-changing social and scientific vision, knowledge and practices advancing a great transformation in human civilization.
CharityFocus is an experiment in the joy of giving. Our services enable inspired people to contribute in meaningful ways to the world around them. Together, we hope to “be the change we wish to see in the world.”
School for Creative Activism
The School for Creative Activism is a participatory workshop infusing community organizing and civic engagement with culture and creativity.
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On the first Tuesday in December each year, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
ex·tinc·tion wit·ness is a collaborative art project that exposes the great love known in the reduction of light.
Postcards for the Earth
If you could write a postcard to the Earth, what would you say? Writing a postcard to a favorite place in nature invites us to pause in our busy lives, remember our connection to the earth, and take action through expression.