“What are you up to?”

Here’s my answer to the question I was asked “what you are up to; what is drawing you to be involved in bringing forth a just, sustainable and fulfilling world?”

My overall purpose is to be mindful and intentional when learning to love and support people whilst hospicing the death of the old economy and to love and support people whilst midwifing the birth of the new economy.

More specifically

I am co-creating a strong foundation for Way of Nature Australia (http://wona.org.au). We have launched programs for 2012. Our purpose is to deepen and enrich our relationship with nature, each other and ourselves. We also seek to nourish a growing community of people having authentic transformational experiences in nature.

In May 2012 I am hosting a Learning Journey: On-Country Cross Cultural Experience at Umpiyara Homelands with teachers and elders in the Central Desert of Australia (including Bob Randall), Part of the invitation says

“A Learning Journey can be judged successful by how much it destabilises and challenges our worldview.

As we journey together, we encourage you to welcome those moments when you feel confronted, surprised. Each one is an opportunity to see your own mind, to notice your beliefs and assumptions. And be open to change.

I look forward to your participation in this fantastic opportunity to learn further ways of knowing, doing and being to care for self, people and country for Australia, the Earth and ourselves.”

I am part of a community of ATD symposium hosts collaborating across Australia to bring forth a just, sustainable and fulfilling world
In March I am co-hosting a symposium in Wagga for 40 change agents wanting to take this message and way of being into their local community at all levels including local government. http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org/

I am a member of a local board initiating a project in Canberra called Canberra City Farm see http://canberracityfarm.wikispaces.com/
Vision
Canberra regional community living in harmony with a viable and healthy local environment.

Purpose
To develop a hub where we creatively share knowledge and experience of living in harmony with a viable and healthy local environment through:
• Nurturing healthy soil to grow healthy food
• Learning by doing
• Engaging and linking with the community
• Demonstrating options for sustainable living
• Fostering caring communities

I am a volunteer story teller and capacity builder for demonstrating how Australia can take a stand to power its whole economy on 100% renewable energy in 10 years for an investment of 3% of GDP http://www.beyondzeroemissions.org

I am a member of a local community group called SEE Change (SEE = Society, Environment and Economy) that aims to inspire, inform and support action to reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint. http://www.see-change.org.au/ I have an intention to partner with SEE Change volunteers to run regular symposiums in partnership with SEE Change to engage a wider number of Canberrans in this conversation

I am continuing to participate in and mutually support a learning community of change agents in the Leading Social Change program https://markspain.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/rachels-report-back-on-leading-social-change-spring-gathering/
The invitation is at https://markspain.wordpress.com/2011/03/24/leading-social-change-program/

I have an intention to explore the capacity of a local dialogue group based at the Australian National University to host an Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations that Matter learning experience in Canberra to partner with world best practice to engage leaders in the Australian government and university community trying to transform complex systemic problems http://www.anu.edu.au/dialogue/

I am a loose and engaged member of a network of change agents called Transform Australia http://transform-australia.net/

I am partnering with a local architect and building small business to design and build a $200k 8 star energy efficient house that can flourish and be available to many people in different modules in Canberra http://jigsawhousing.com.au/

I have an intention to co-create a project that is a Locally Grown Food website that works like google (just search for postcode and food type)
Purpose
To help food eaters around the world find and purchase locally grown food and locally processed (prepared) food
To reduce the distance food travels from grower to eater
To support the flourishing of small efficient local distribution businesses and systems
To return food waste as nutrients to enrich the soil and grow more food
To return food containers to their owners and eliminate waste
To share knowledge and learning about locally grown food

I am a father to three children discovering how to refreshingly engage with the world in creative and life affirming ways. One of my intentions is to build a new economy whilst honouring each of their needs and aspirations.

I look forward to collaborating with you to discover new energising opportunities

For the Earth and each other
Warmly
Mark

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3 Responses to “What are you up to?”

  1. Nicky Grigg says:

    What an inspiring collection of activities! Thank you 🙂

  2. Tim Edmondson says:

    Hey Mark! I am so pleased to have caught your name in the City Farm info. Would be great to meet again…

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