Module 22: Cultural Repair & Re-designing Harmonios Organization
January 23 @ 8:30 am - January 25 @ 4:30 pm
Registration: 23 Jan 2019 at 08:30 – 25 Jan 2019 at 16:30
Thought leaders of every discipline recognize major problems with modernity. While it has provided some improvements, it has also led to a terrifying increase of physical diseases, mental disorders, and collapsing social systems, particularly in the global North. It is vitally necessary for modern societies to initiate a systematic process of cultural repair, adding back in lost, forgotten, or undervalued traditional cultural elements. This workshop will offer an exploration of the 8 Shields, an elegant and intuitive system for restoring interconnection and healing with ourselves, our communities, and the natural world. The 8 Shields provide both a map and a compass, allowing us to measure the multidimensional aspects of ‘Re-Villaging,’ pointing toward a more regenerative way of living sustainably on the Earth.Regardless of our background, we have the power to create the society and culture that we want. We can choose to consciously create communities based on Unity, Peace, Communication, and Healing. Rather than conflict resolution, we propose designing for conflict prevention. We can build our courage, reduce our shame, and uplift each other with our forgiveness. In a time of disruptive changes, we can begin to build a strong and lasting harmonious organization to work for positive changes.
This module can be taken separately, or together with Module 23: Sociocracy.
Deborah Benham is currently Director of 8 Shields UK, an incubator of tools for culture repair and nature connection, and the former Managing Director of The Newbold Trust (newboldtrust.org), a sustainable living and educational centre in Forres, Scotland. She is a certified trainer with Gaia Education, 8 Shields and for interpretive and wildlife guides, and holds advanced degrees (PhD, MSc) in wildlife eco-tourism and marine conservation.
Root Cuthbertson, from Canada and the US, has been a curriculum designer for Lost Valley Education Center and the Global Ecovillage Network, training and membership coordinator for JourneyDance, and Education Coordinator at The Newbold Trust.
(includes food, accommodation, transportation during the module)