Be The Revolution
By Jay Ponti
How did we get to this place? The human race is on the verge of extinction. Our country may be on the verge of civil war.
To understand this, let’s look at Bob’s story…
Growing up, Bob worked hard to get good grades so he could go to a good school.
He did go to a good school so he could get a good job with a decent salary.
He had once dreamed of joining the Peace Corps, or traveling the world to do something to make a difference, but he had to make money to pay his student loans.
He thought to himself that it was just temporary, but those bills and car payments kept coming.
He met someone special and got married. They decided to have kids, so they worked to move to a better neighborhood.
Now they had a mortgage. They had to think about college for the kids and providing a life for them. Kids are expensive.
He was making a decent living, but it was barely enough to get by, especially after getting upside down on his mortgage during the 2008 crash. He had to keep that job because it was the only way to keep his health insurance.
Then it happened...
A narcissistic ex-reality TV show billionaire was elected the 45th president and all hell breaks loose.
What do we do now?
Bob represents all of us on some level.
Every day there is another shooting, climate catastrophe, corporate scandal, or dumpster fire about this administration. The rich are getting richer. Millions are without health care.
Maybe you wish there was something you could do about it, but it seems that the only solution is to board up the windows, stock up on canned goods, and wait out the coming climate apocalypse binge-watching Netflix. Hopefully, Elon Musk will invent something.
The problems of the world may appear to be too big for you or anyone else to do anything about them.
THE TRUTH IS, there is a movement. Millions of people are coming together to make a difference.
There has never been a time when one person has had more power to change the world for the better.
But for us to overcome these challenges and leave a habitable world for our children, it is going to take more. A lot more.
We need to get better. Faster.
It is going to take every one of us doing our part, in whatever way we can. It’s not enough any more to do some yoga, recycle, and comment on social media.
This is why we created Be The Revolution: How to Create Vision, Strategies, and Solidarity for Sustainable Social Movements, a free online masterclass series providing the vision, tools, and concepts to help build successful sustainable movements that create systemic change.
This free online masterclass series will go live on December 11, and run through December 20. Click here to register.
We will be interviewing over 25 experts in politics, academia, and grassroots political organizing who took on the corporate state — and won.
We’re going to talk about how they did it… to learn the lessons from their successes and failures. What are the leadership principles that will usher in the transformational shift not only in consciousness and culture, but in our government as well?
Those who sign up will get emailed a new link every day to an interview with a leader who has made a big impact.
We will talk about:
- Digital organizing
- Team building
- Meditation and self-care techniques
- How to heal from trauma
- Attracting cultural influencers to your cause
- Leadership distinctions from world-class trainers that you can apply to any area of your life
- How to build a big email list for a bigger impact
- Effective communication so your message lands
- How to take on the corporate state and win to create changes at the policy level
- And many other subjects...
You will leave this online masterclass feeling inspired and empowered to go out and change the world, with some of the latest organizing strategies.
Whether you’re brand-new to transformative activism, or a veteran who’s been in the trenches for many years, this series will help you take your leadership to the next level.
Maybe you’ve wanted to make a difference but didn’t know where to start. Maybe you’ve been feeling called to a greater purpose.
If you’ve realized that systemic change means more than commenting on social media, then join us on December 11 to Be the Revolution.
If you’re freaked out by the state of our world, the coming climate apocalypse, the massive wealth inequality, the fossil fuels, the stupid wars, the private prisons... that’s a sign that you are indeed still sane.
Don’t be like Bob.
Click here to watch Jay's 3-minute video invitation to the Be the Revolution free online summit.
About the Host of Be the Revolution
Jay Ponti, left, organized Jane Fonda's #BankExit demonstration, where she took her money out of Wells Fargo to protest Dakota Access Pipeline — with Walter Ruiz, Lily Tomlin, Catherine Keener, and Dolores Huerta
From Occupy to Standing Rock, Jay Ponti has been a prominent grassroots political organizer. He was a core organizer of the global meditation synch of 12.21.12.
In 2016 he co-created the #BankExit campaign, which ignited billions in fossil fuel divestments. He masterminded direct actions with Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, and other luminaries, which received international media attention.
Jay was a strategist for the 2017 California Poor People's campaign that coordinated simultaneous actions occupying capitol buildings in 35 states where over 2,500 people were arrested to stand for climate justice, criminal justice, health care as a human right, undocumented rights, homeless rights, and many other critical issues facing our nation.
Jay is an executive coach to many leaders and cultural influencers, a kriyacharya of Mahavatar Babaji’s kriya yoga, and a former aide-de-camp to Himalayan Master Yogiraj.
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This article appears in: 2019 Catalyst, Issue 23: Visionaries Global Summit