You may have already read my previous posts about the Pachamama Alliance and environmental issues. This time I bring you important information about the next Global Change Intensive programme. The Game Changer Intensive is a unique on-line course that will inspire you and equip you to become a game-changing leader in your community and a global citizen in the world.
Enrol in the Next Intensive by January 14
The next Game Changer Intensive begins January 23 and the last day to enrol is January 14. Just click on this link to enrol now.
How much will it cost me?
The Game Changer Intensive has a unique approach to tuition: it is voluntary and is paid at the end of the course. Upon completion, you are requested to subscribe in the Intensive, selecting an amount that reflects the value you have received from the course and your own ability to afford. In case it helps, an $100 donation helps cover the costs of one participant for the eight modules! You may also pay it in instalments. And it is voluntary!
What is this programme about?
There are two basic components to the Game Changer Intensive: who do we need to be, and what do we need to do to be effective in “changing the game”. The knowledge you will gain, and the skills you will develop, can be applied to other aspects of your life, both political, social, and personal. No special educational level or qualifications are required and, as you will see from the information below, we use videos and short information sheets, on-line discussion forums (like social media discussion threads) , together with a weekly conference call in a small group of 6-10 participants with a moderator guiding you to discuss each week’s topic with others on the programme.
I shall be organising special additional on-line conference calls for participants from across Europe and from Ireland in particular. Up to now the programme has focused primarily on North American responses to environmental issues. These European/Irish conference calls will enable us to begin applying what we learn to the issues we face as global citizens on this side of the Atlantic. More details will be supplied when you enrol.
Short description of the programme modules
Module 1: Introduction to Game Changing
The Game Changer Intensive begins with an examination of the ideas and concepts fundamental to being a “game changer”, including understanding what is meant by the assertion that “the game is rigged,” and that really changing the game involves “striking at the root” of the problems we face in our social and national systems.
Module 2: The Power of Story
A critical element of changing the game is being aware of and changing the collective cultural story that we have inherited and in which we live our lives. In this module we come to see that by generating and living in a new story of connection, compassion, and relatedness, the old story of separation and domination begins to lose its power.
Module 3: Evolutionary Activism
This module introduces the powerful concept of “Evolutionary Activism”, which means that we learn to take responsibility for the role we are playing in actually shaping the future evolution of life on Earth.
Module 4: A Case for Grounded Optimism
When you consider the challenges of these times, do you find yourself resigned and in despair, or are you hopeful that a thriving, positive future is possible? This inspiring module presents evidence that a positive future is indeed achievable, and highlights the critical role of one’s perspective and personal stand in the matter.
Module 5: The Rigged Game
This module looks into systems and structures of injustice that exist throughout society, with a focus on income inequality and institutional racism. Game Changer Intensive participants have a chance to explore how we are all, in one way or another, caught up in this rigged game.
Module 6: Game Changing Movements: Democracy
Understanding that democracy itself is at risk and the crucial work that needs to be done to remove it from the hands of moneyed interests and corporate power is the work of Module 6. The goal: how to become part of a movement committed to creating a government of, by, and for the people, where the voices of the people are heard.
Module 7: Game Changing Movements: Climate Change
Henry David Thoreau asks, “What’s the use of a fine house if there isn’t a tolerable planet to put it on?” Module 7 addresses https://youtu.be/XVSgbU6WVSkthe urgent matter of taking action to address climate change, with an emphasis on the game-changing movement to reduce our addiction to fossil fuels.
Module 8: Going Forth
What’s next in becoming effective, active creators of the future? The final Game Changer Intensive module offers a series of inspiring and practical resources including an Action Plan template to support Game Changers as they go forth. The additional on-line conference calls for European/Irish participants will focus on what we need to do in our particular environment.
- Approximately 1.5 hours of videos and readings (you pace your own learning during the week)
- About 20 minutes of participation in on-line discussion forums (as and when you wish during the week)
- A 75-minute conference call with your small group (at a regularly scheduled time each week) where you compare notes and share ideas with other participants
- An additional 75-minute conference call for participants in Ireland and across Europe to link our learning and our action plans to our own regional, national, and continental environments.
What is your idea of citizenship?
To confront the challenges ahead of us, it will take nothing short of humanity rising as one to meet it. It will take not only engaged citizens, but global citizens. You can join the discussion now! Just click on this link. What comes up for you as you consider embodying a sense of global citizenship? Please share your thoughts in the response box below or post any related questions you may have.
The site for participants to get to know one another in advance of the programme: <https://connect.pachamama.org/node/541>
Go to this site if you want more general information about the Pachamama Alliance: <https://www.pachamama.org/>
More information about Pachamama global activities: <https://www.pachamama.org/engage>
Specific information and enrolment for the GCI: <https://www.pachamama.org/engage/intensive>