Global Change Seminar "It's Your Move!"

Meeting Preparation
Segment #2 - Is Our Planet In Trouble?

          Here are the suggested Meeting Preparation activities for Segment #2. You may want to print out this page, put it in the 3-ring binder for Seminar materials, and check off the activities after you've completed them.

  1. Reading Assignments: There are three reading assignments for this homework, in addition to the Seminar articles you previously read.

    • An article about change and transformation written by C.S. Hollings entitled "From Complex Regions to Complex Worlds " that was published in 2004 in the Journal, Ecology and Society.
    • Select a book to read concurrently with your participation in the Seminar. Pick a book that addresses humanity's current global predicament in some way.  We suggest you plan to complete reading this book by the time you finish the Seminar. Make Journal notes with key insights gained along the way as you read, and consider sharing them from time to time at Group Meetings during the Check In times.
    • An article about the different modes of thinking: results thinking, process thinking, and problem-focused thinking.
  2. Segment Exercise (i): Decide which aspect of our current global--or your local--situation weighs on you the most. Start by making a list of the global issues or problems that concern you. Once you have the list, then compare each item on the list with every other one by pairs until you've decided which is, to you, the most devastating or urgent issue.
  3. Segment Exercise (ii): Read about the technique called "Mind Mapping." Then, create a Mind Map for the issue or aspect of our global situation from the previous exercise that grabs you the most. File the Mind Map somewhere, perhaps in a Binder with other Seminar material.  
  4. Segment Exercise (iii).  Set an alarm for 3pm next Tuesday (or any other time of any other day). When the alarm goes off, stop what you're doing for a few minutes while you sit down and stay perfectly still. Think about what you were doing, and the physical objects around you. What do you "see" in these objects, and the activity you were engaged in? What did it take to produce the objects, and to bring you to this point? What's the activity's global impact? Is the activity you were engaged in "normal" or does it have some make-believe or even ludicrous aspect to it? What kind of thinking were you using when the alarm went off?
  5. Journal Work (i): Make notes from the three Segment exercises given above (Steps 2, 3, and 4). Here are some suggestions:
    • List the ranking of the global issues that concern you.
    • Construct a paragraph based on the Mind Map exercise describing what it is about this #1 global issue that draws you the most and why you think it does so.
    • Put down three questions that state what in particular it is about this aspect/issue that you would most like to know more about.
    • Write about what you were doing, it's global context, and ideas you thought about, when the alarm went off in the third Segment exercise above.
    • Describe your reaction to the Doubling exercise that was referenced in the first article of this Segment.
    • Make a few notes about the kind of thinking you tend to use most when confronted with a problem.

  6. Journal Work (ii): Review again the scenarios from the 3rd article in this Segment (Some Future Scenarios). The following sentences are offered to stimulate reflection in the Journal:
    • The Scenario I think the world is currently moving most toward is.....
    • The direction I want to help move us towards is Scenario....
    • The way I'm living right now probably contributes most to moving us globally in the direction of Scenario....
  7. Review the Agenda for the Segment #2 Group Meeting.

Next: Group Meeting Agenda - Segment #2

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