[2013 Catalyst #3] Share your Birth experience / Women rising Feb 14 / Historic climate change rally / Functioning cooperatives
Now with several weeks of hindsight, let's take stock: What was the import of the Birth event for you? For your hub? For your community? What is unfolding now for you or your hub? If you are moved to share what you have discovered, email us a brief statement—along with any images or video you may have from your December 22 hub event. Send it to email@example.com. We'll post the best of these in future issues of the Catalyst.
Most of us have seen Barbara's historic UPLIFT Festival presentation on December 20. Here we offer access to this material once again, but suggest you forward to 1:38.52, where she introduces the massive Syncon that was held on this occasion. Barbara is then followed by Katharine Roske, who goes on to facilitate hundreds of "wheel workers" as they assemble in their chosen sectors of the Wheel and deliberate on solutions.
During January, we spent time in Bali as part of recharging after the intensities of the Birth. I wanted to share with you a few key themes that stuck with me from our time on this gorgeous island that I believe are essential for 2013: embracing water and the plateau.
After the great excitement, marathon hours, and relentless list of things to do for of the Birth 2012, we entered a different phase—a quieter rhythm with early bedtimes, yoga, exploring, walking, cuddling, massage, good food and a more modest amount of work. The pacing was luxurious and far quieter, days blending into the next days.
Bali was at the height of its rainy season, so it was hot and humid with periodic torrential downpours. I was racking up three showers a day to keep cool and we had a beautiful water blessing ceremony with a high priestess on the island. The ubiquitous rice fields were filled with water—luscious, green and damp. We dove into the ocean, pools, and puddles. Water was everywhere. We even went whitewater rafting.
I began to think of embracing water as a spiritual practice as the necessary balancer after the fire and drive of the Birth . . . [read more]
The founders of the Shift Network have just completed greening their home's power this month with Solar City, a remarkable, fast-growing company that has made going solar easier. Basically, you can lease the solar array so that you can set up the service with zero money down in many cases! Depending on your location and house orientation and usage, some people will even save on power bills. Stephen and Devaa's bills will stay the same, with the good feeling of their power now coming from the sun!
If you purchase or lease your own system by February 28th, you can get a $750 discount. The quote is free. Stephen says, "We had LONG wanted to make this shift for our home and found Solar City to be a wonderful way to do so without needing to put any money down. Join us in making one of the core changes necessary to build a sustainable world!"
We've previously reported that on February 14, women everywhere will stand up for nonviolence, respect, and justice. According to One Billion Rising founder Eve Ensler, this will be the largest global day of action the world has ever seen. OneBillionRising.org just reported that its most recent additions are women in Laos, Liberia, Monaco, and Palestine, now giving the movement a tally of up to 197 countries and territories. This great event is only a few days away: It starts at sunrise in Samoa on 14 February, Valentine's Day, kicking off 48 hours worldwide of "striking, dancing, and rising." To inspire you in this final week of preparations, we share [see above] this special video message from Eve herself.
At the time we go to press, Catalyst readers in the Northeast of the United States are facing yet another monster storm. This may give them one more reason to be there at noon on Sunday, February 17, when tens of thousands of Americans will attend the "Forward on Climate" event in Washington, D.C. By all accounts, this will be the largest climate rally in U.S. history. If you are in the region, we urge you to join and make your voice heard. According to the conveners, "the first step to putting our country on the path to addressing the climate crisis is for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline . . . Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House—and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then."
Our hub queen Nadirah is back, and has this brief update for us:
We are proud to report that we now have 613 events and 560 hubs listed on our Shift Movement maps. As noted above, if you would like to share any stories of successes within your hubs, or your hub vision for the coming year, please send a submission to byron@theshiftnetwork. And don't be surprised to find yourself highlighted in an upcoming issue of the Catalyst!
If you have questions about moving forward or simply want to connect with other local and national hub leaders, don't forget the Saturday hub support calls. Newly named as 2013 Conscious Evolution Hub Teleconferences, they usually feature Ron and Victoria Friedman with Barbara Marx Hubbard. (The calls are sponsored by the Vistar Foundation). Upcoming opportunities to connect are on the following Saturdays: Feb 9th and 23rd, March 9th and 23rd, April 6th and 20th, always at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Each call lasts two hours. Here are recordings of the last two calls.
In these tough economic times, "wheel workers" are creating innovative solutions in the economic sector of the Wheel, and these are often new business models that exemplify the evolutionary trend toward greater collaboration. Shift Change is a timely documentary that provides a helpful window on one of these solutions: the growing cooperative movement. The film covers the workings of the giant cooperative known as Mondragon, in Basque, Spain, and also looks at several strong US-based worker-owned enterprises—some of which take direct inspiration from Mondragon, such as the Evergreen Cooperatives in Cleveland.
In a recent interview, co-producer Mark Dworkin stated: "One of the challenges faced by all cooperative business is that they have to survive in the larger economic system, over which they have little control. Nonetheless, cooperatives in Mondragon and in the US are faring better in the current crisis than other, similar sized businesses. When sales and profits are down, they don't just close the doors. People take a hard look and try to figure out what they can do to make things better. Generally some of the co-ops are doing better than others, depending on the industry in which they operate. So each year Mondragon co-ops that are profitable pay into a "rainy day fund," and co-ops that are going through hard times are able to withdraw funds to help them out. In co-ops where business is slow, the members can often find temporary work in co-ops that are doing better. And since workers own and manage the company, they may agree to reduce their pay on a temporary basis until business picks up again. That way nobody has to lose their job."
2013 Catalyst - Issue 2
Barbara's first 2013 video / "One Billion Rising" movement of women / Complete recording of Gala / Giant Syncon in Byron Bay