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From What Is to What If: Stories for a Changing World
October 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDTFree
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, impacts from climate change continue to increase, and a contentious national election nears, it’s perhaps now more important than ever for us to come together across physical distance to connect with each other, envision positive futures, rethink our strategy, and take practical action to build more resilient, just, and regenerative communities everywhere.
To facilitate this process, Transition US has been inviting our friends, supporters, partners, and Transition Initiatives throughout the U.S. to participate in a multi-faceted campaign we’re calling “From What Is to What If: Reimagining and Rebuilding Our World.” Phase One on “Positive Visioning” (The Heart) and Phase Two on “Movement Strategy” (The Head) are already open and ongoing. Phase Three on “Stories to Action” (The Hands) will officially launch with this celebratory, inspiring, and interactive live event.
Participation on Zoom is limited to 100 participants, so please click here now to reserve your spot. We’ll also be hosting a simultaneous livestream on the Transition US Facebook page and posting the recording to our YouTube channel afterwards.
This event will feature a presentation and Q&A on “Stories for a Changing World” with author and nonviolence activist Rivera Sun, followed by a brief overview of “From What Is to What If,” inspiring examples from 10 Stories of Transition in the US, and time in breakout groups to exchange stories with fellow attendees. We’ll conclude with suggestions for next steps and a special live performance by singer-songwriter, Ian Janco.
About “Stories for a Changing World”: A good story can change the world. A bad one can destroy it. In these times of climate and social crises, we need powerful stories that illuminate how we’re going to navigate a massive transition for humanity. In this presentation and Q&A, Rivera Sun will share how stories can catalyze, inspire, transform, and empower people to rise to extraordinary challenges. In fact and fiction, stories of change can ignite major shifts in our world. Rivera will offer some practices, tools, and reflections for changemakers, community organizers, and cultural creatives.
About Rivera Sun: Rivera Sun is the author of many books and novels, including The Dandelion Insurrection and the award-winning Ari Ara Series. She is a trainer in strategy for nonviolent movements and the editor of Nonviolence News. For four years, she co-hosted radio shows on activism and social justice that were broadcasted nationwide through the Pacifica Network. Her essays on movements are syndicated by PeaceVoice and featured in over 100 journals.