re: can the walk express itself as a movement?

2002-07-27

Richard Moore

websites: http://cyberjournal.org, http://www.QuayLargo.com/Productions

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Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2002 00:23:38 -0700
To: "Nasrudin O'Shah" <•••@••.•••>
From: Rosa Zubizarreta <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: I want to be a Dynamic Facilitator!

for those who are interested, information on Dynamic
Facilitation workshops is available at
http://www.tobe.net . These are the workshops that Jim
Rough, the founder of DF, teaches in Port Townsend,
Washington, a few times a year.

I will be teaching some classes in Dynamic Facilitation
here locally, in Sonoma County, starting this fall. If
you are interested, you can contact me at this e-mail
address.

thanks,

Rosa

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Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2002 16:16:41 -0700
Subject: can the walk express itself as a movement?
From: Bob Glotzbach <•••@••.•••>
To: <•••@••.•••>


Hi Nasarudin,  In your July 10 communique, you referred
to global society as a community.  Community
empowerment to me and my partner has its limits in the
size of place where only real community can happen, a
very small town or the neighborhood in a city.  Any
larger connection depends upon a confederation of
communities in some sort of coalition.  Maybe you are
referring to the same thing.

We have been working on a systems approach to
community, "The Elements of Real Community," for some
years.  These elements are place, as a noun,
Consciousness, as  a process leading to community
empowerment, and participation of citizens in a place
in its economy, governance, communications,
celebrations (including spiritual), and health and
safety issues.  We hold that the role of the community
activist, an individual or a group, is to bring about
consensus among the citizens of a place through
processes designed to bring together rather than
separate.  We have worked with Community service, Inc.
in Yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Antioch College, in
delineating some of these principles.  One of the chief
architects of citizen consciousness and participation
in community was Arthur Morgan, whose book the Small
Community, written in 1942, still has some guiding
principles for us.  I also worked with Peter Gillingham
for a number of years in Intermediate technologies and
Local Resources.  Peter was a colleague of E.F.
Schumacher.

We would like to have a dialogue pursued by interested
parties on the whole notion about community activism
and the proper role for community activists. What is
the consciousness of the citizens in your town about
community and what is the participation in civic life? 
How active are you in your community?

Bob Glotzbach

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Dear Bob,

Many thanks for sharing your experiences and learning
with us.

Are you involved in a real community at the moment, or
are you mainly describing ideas that you and your
colleagues have developed?  Can you say more about the
role that citizens play in governance?  And how do
activists go about achieving consensus in the
community?  

thanks,
nasrudin

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