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Welcome to the CPCS Discussion Forum. This is a Discussion Forum associated with The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative at cpcsi.org The moderator for discussions is Stefan Pasti (Founder and Resource Coordinator, The CPCS Initiative).

This Welcome Section of the Discussion Forum can be used for people to introduce themselves, and say something about what kind of work/activity brought them here, and what they hope to find here. People who are already participants here are invited to welcome new participants.

As this Discusson Forum progresses, there will be new sections, and other modifications to the present sections, as a response to what will best serve the needs of the participants.

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Harvest Song

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For comments, questions, etc about the book "Harvest Song"

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Comments, Questions, etc about the Convergence of Unprecedented Challenges supported by evidence in Chapters #1 and #2; comments about specific supporting evidence; contributing evidence about additional unprecedented challenges

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Community Visioning Inititatives

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Community Visioning Initiatives can be described as a series of community meetings designed to maximize citizen participation in identifying challenges, and in solution-oriented activity.

The more comprehensive Community Visioning Initiatives require steering committees; preliminary surveys or assessments; workshops; task forces; and collaboration between many organizations, government agencies, businesses, and educational institutions—and seek to build up consensus in the community for specific goals and action plans by encouraging a high level of participation by all residents.

This writer’s interest in Community Visioning Initiatives was inspired instantly when, in 1994, he watched a video documentary titled “Chattanooga: A Community With A Vision” (13 minutes) (highly recommended)(https://vimeo.com/9653090 ). The video includes many interviews and how-to details, and documents two very successful Community Visioning Initiatives organized by the non-profit organization Chattanooga Venture (Chattanooga, Tennessee USA)—one in 1984, and a follow-up in 1993.

One of the keys to appreciating the value of Community Visioning Initiatives: such collaborative problem solving processes can help people “become stakeholders”, with the faith that as they do so, and become involved in the education at the level of Neighborhood Learning Centers (and “voting” on priority challenges and priority solutions), they will discover for themselves just how much we all need to be learning to so that we can be part of the solutions… and how much we really need to be on the same side, helping each other.

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Neighborhood Learning Centers

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Creating the knowledge base and skill sets necessary to resolve the challenges of our times will require encouraging as much formal and informal meetings as possible between people living in the same local community

Neighborhood Learning Centers can be:

1) a multi-purpose support center for implementing Community Visioning Initiatives
2) a neighborhood meeting place and workshop center
3) a critical part of a low cost lifelong learning education system (which would include questionnaires and surveys, Community Visioning Initiatives, Neighborhood Learning Centers and neighborhood learning networks, local newspapers primarily focused on community service)

What we need more of now are collaborative problem solving processes which help citizens understand that the investments of time, energy, and money (the “votes”) each of us make in our everyday circumstances become the larger economy. And that wisely directed, such “votes” can result in countless ways of earning a living which contribute to—rather than impair—the peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecological sustainability efforts necessary to reach positive tipping points on many critical challenges at the same time. Citizens from every variety of circumstances can learn how to wisely cast such “votes”—through workshops and meetings at Neighborhood Learning Centers during a Community Visioning Initiative, and through other local learning experiences.

Creating many Neighborhood Learning Centers can provide places—in local neighborhoods—for discussion, information sharing, mutual support and encouragement, and fellowship and friendship, so that the exchanging of information and resources can make significant contributions to the process of building “close-knit” communities of people… communities with a healthy appreciation for each others strengths, communities with a well-developed capacity to resolve even the most difficult challenges— and communities which demonstrate a high level of compassion for their fellow human beings.

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Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project

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The Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project advocates for a new section in newspapers associated with small and mid-sized towns. The new section (NTNCE section) would be used to highlight and accumulate stories, personal experiences, and other forms of reader contributions which identify helpful people and valuable resources, and reinforce important community goals.

The NTNCE Project is an example of community service work which can be done by local newspapers, which:

a) highlights what is valuable and important in everyday community life
b) encourages positive neighbor to neighbor relations
c) provides records of community life which can be used by future historians
d) helps increase consensus for a local specific, commonly agreed upon definition of “the greater good”.

There is more information about the NTNCE Project--and access to the 3 supporting documents for the project (2 page press release, 6 page project overview, 16 page proposal) at http://www.cpcsi.org/ntnce-project.html

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13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change

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While there are categories and boards for 3 specific steps in this Discussion Forum, this section will be for further discussion of steps for long term culture change. The 13 steps in the summary paper "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" can be taken as a starting point for many steps which can be taken--at the local community and regional level--to achieve the unprecedented cultural transformation we need to achieve

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178 Related Fields of Activity

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Crowdsourcing in this area can help residents of local communities and regions to focus on specific fields of activity which can contribute to the greater good of the whole

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Related Posts, Articles, Resources, Links

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This board will aggregate key articles, etc from many sources.


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Open Topic

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Suggestions for making this CPCS Discussion Forum more useful to visitors are encouraged, and can be made in this section.

This section is also for posts and discussion which represent a "branching off" from the topics here, but which are still very relevant to achieving the unprecedented cultural transformation which--people who have come here agree--we are trying to achieve.


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