Introductory Note: Below is the “Key Organizations…” section of a 6 page introduction to two companion clearinghouse websites: the Community Visioning Initiative Clearinghouse website and the Community Teaching and Learning Center Clearinghouse website. The two clearinghouse websites are introducing a new approach to collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding. The “Key Organizations…” document is one of four Key Documents at these clearinghouse websites. The other three Key Documents are: “Many Danger Signs Flashing Red” (65 pages), “The Potential of Community Visioning Initiatives (in 108 pages)”, and “The Potential of Community Teaching and Learning Centers (in 68 pages)” The complete 6 page introduction is accessible from this link (“Intro to CVI and CTLC Clearinghouse Websites”)—or from the websites themselves, at http://www.cviclearinghouse.net/ and http://www.ctlcclearinghouse.net/ ]
The absolute necessity for an exponential increase in neighborhood accessible education centers, and an exponential increase in affordable workshops requires an understanding of people and organizations who have already been working on appropriate responses to the critical challenges of our times—and how such people and organizations can link together to form meaningful collaborations.
The “Key Organizations, Initiatives, and Insights” document (149 pages) provides much detailed information which can help people to the conclusion that we have the resources necessary to overcome the challenge of our times. The detailed “Table of Contents” is offered as a kind of “Executive Summary” of important resources and potential linkages.
Here are some excerpts from the “Key Organizations….” document which highlight important resources and potential linkages:
Gaia Education--“Since 2006 Gaia Education has successfully supported the delivery of more than 135 programmes on five continents.”
La Via Campesina--“….La Via Campesina launched the idea of ‘food sovereignty’ at the World Summit on Food 1996”…. “La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. In all, it is about 200 million farmers and peasants.”
Oxfam--“Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.”
Women in the Marketplace--“The results show a clear opportunity to harness the immense power of the individual, in particular women who make the majority of the decisions about the food their families eat and control around $12 trillion or 65% of the world’s annual consumer spending. “ (From “Food Transformation: Harnessing Consumer Power to Create a Fair Food Future”—Oxfam)
Sustainable and Responsible Investing--“Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) is a broad-based approach to investing that now encompasses an estimated $3.07 trillion out of $25.2 trillion in the U.S. investment marketplace today.”
Fairtrade--“There are now 827 Fairtrade certified producer organizations in 58 producing countries, representing over 1.2 million farmers and workers.”
BALLE--“The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies(BALLE) is a growing North American alliance of nearly 60 fully autonomous local business networks with their own names, missions, and initiatives, representing about 20,000 US and Canadian entrepreneurs.”
Berkshares--“Launched in the fall of 2006, BerkShares had a robust initiation, with over one million BerkShares having been circulated in the first nine months and over 2.7 million to date. Currently, more than four hundred businesses have signed up to accept the currency.”
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)--“…provides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in nearly 60 countries around the world.”
Religions for Peace (and the Global Network of Women and Faith)--“…recognizes that women of faith around the world have enormous capacities for leadership and effective action in all areas of human development…..” “At present, the Global Network of Women and Faith includes more than 1,000 Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Indigenous, Sikh and Zoroastrian religious women’s organizations.”
United Religions Initiative--“Since the signing of our charter in 2000, we have touched the lives of millions of people of different faiths around the world through a network of 527 interfaith Cooperation Circles (CCs), whose members number half a million.”
Sister Cities International--“The organization’s global network is comprised of 600 U.S. cities partnered with 2,000 communities in 136 countries.
“At over 59 million, teachers are the largest group of trained professionals in the world. As transmitters of knowledge and community leaders, teachers are powerful catalysts for lasting global change.”
Global Fund for Women--—“Since its inception in 1987, the Global Fund has granted over $93 million to more than 4,400 women’s groups in 172 countries.”
Workshops at Community Teaching and Learning Centers can focus on subject matter identified as critically important by preliminary surveys (to 150 local leaders). Workshop curriculum contributed by (for example) Gaia Education, BALLE, Fairtrade, Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, United Religions Initiative, Global Network for Women of Faith, Sister Cities International etc. can guide Socially Responsible and Sustainable Investing, and can lead to a careful and deliberate channeling of time, energy, and money in the marketplace—to support Community Visioning Initiatives, Community Teaching and Learning Centers, local currencies, Food Sovereignty, Ecovillages, and a just transition from dysfunctional systems which are very complex to functioning systems which are much less complex.
In addition, one aspect of this just transition can be that people who do deliberately focus their investments of time, energy, and money towards solutions identified by the Community Visioning Initiative being carried out in their community may receive, as encouragement, local currency. (“Since local currencies are only accepted within the community, their usage encourages the purchase of locally-produced and locally-available goods and service.”)
The “Key Organizations, Initiatives, and Insights” document includes the following Sections in the Table of Contents (see number 1); and a list of “125 Related Fields of Activity” is included in the Appendices (see number 2 below for a sampling of those related fields of activity).
1) Preliminary Surveys (as Preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives); Community Visioning Initiatives; Community Teaching and Learning Centers; Ecovillage Design Education and Permaculture; Food Sovereignty; Socially Responsible Investing; International Human Service Organizations; Interfaith Peacebuildng; Sister Community Relationships; Key International Funding Networks; Inspiring Role Models
2) Agrarian Reform, Alleviating Hunger, Alternative Gifts, Apprenticeships, Appropriate Technology, Carbon Footprint, Child Sponsorship, Community Economics, Community Land Trusts, Community Supported Agriculture, Community Visioning Initiatives, Composting Toilets, Cradle to Cradle, Ecovillages, Fair Trade, Food Autonomy, Food Co-ops, Holistic Health Care, Inspiring Role Models, Job Fairs, Local Currency, Local Stock Exchanges, Open Courseware, Permaculture, Questionnaire Development, Renewable Energy, School-Business Partnerships, Service Learning, Sister Communities, Socially Responsible Investing, Swadeshi, Village Industries, Water Supply and Management, Women's Rights, Zero Waste
For a Peaceful and Sustainable Future,
Stefan Pasti, Resource Coordinator
Community Visioning Initiatives Clearinghouse
Community Teaching and Learning Centers Clearinghouse
Thanks for sharing this information Stefan.