Happiness Circle April 26 (Conversation/Community group)

One of Transition PA’s regular workshop groups is the Conversation, Community and Calling which meets every other Tuesday at World Centric from 6:45 – 8:45.

Here are our upcoming events and minutes to give you an idea of what we do. Admission is open and newcomers are welcome.


April 26 – Happiness Circles

Cecile Andrews, who developed the idea of Simplicity Circles, will give a preview of her new project: Happiness Circles. (It turns out that Happiness is a hot topic these days! See Happiness movement hits the UK

The Community Happiness Circle:
Discover how a small group of committed citizens can come together to support each other in the pursuit of happiness and social change — pursuing both personal and social wellbeing. Learn about the new research on happiness and change. Explore the three keys to happiness: connection, calling, and celebration: how to form a caring culture by building community, discovering our particular passion, and living with joie de vivre. The community happiness circle is part of a long tradition of people coming together to change their own lives and create a culture concerned about the common good.

May 10 – Bullying

William led a session on April 12, which we will be continuing with lots of discussion on May 10. We are covering:

* Interpersonal dynamics
* Latest research
* In the workplace
* Problems for activists
* Tactics
* Solutions

Possible Topics for the Future

How to use Facebook
For friendship, networking and activism

How to work with corporations – promises and pitfalls
Greenwashing and Class-B corporations
http://www.bcorporation.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenwashing

What Inspired Us

We talked about bringing something creative that inspires us in our activism/engagement. In the April 12 meeting, Eitan, Barbara and Bart brought something. We may make this a regular part of our meetings. Here are the contributions for last week:

Eitan’s picks
Lova and Anarchy by Lina Wertmüller
a movie set in Mussolini’s Italy
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070061/

The entire film is online

What is Life?
by physicist Erwin Schrödinger.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Is_Life%3F

Bart’s picks

Vienen Los Pajaros (music Mikis Theodorakis, text Pablo Neruda)
Greek rhythms, surrealist imagery, a myth for Latin America

The Spanish and English for “The Coming of the Birds” appears in
https://files.nyu.edu/emf202/public/mt/CantoGeneralEN.html .

Barbara’s picks

Three Cups of Tea and the sequel, Stones Into Schools:
two books by Greg Mortenson
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Mortenson

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oedipus_the_King

For more schedule information, see the Transition Palo Alto calendar:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transitionpaloalto/cal///group/transitionpaloalto/?v=2&t=1302249600

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Conversation, Community, and Calling workshop

Transition Palo Alto’s “Conversation, Community and Calling” workshop continues, welcoming new participants.  Admission is open and free.

Saving the planet means creating a caring culture.  Social ties are central to health, happiness, and civic life.  Yet our frantic, distracted culture makes it difficult to maintain and deepen social connections.  Trust and civil discourse are in decline.

Based on the practice of good, effective conversation, in this workshop we examine how you can use conversation and community to follow your calling and advance your vision of cultural change.

Join us alternate Tuesdays starting March 1:  6:45 – 9 PM.

World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Free group workshops: “Conversation, Community, and Calling” Dec 14, 21 and Jan 4

We’ll be following up our Conversation and Community group with three sessions, led by Cecile Andrews of Transition Palo Alto

Admission is open and free.

Conversation, Community, and Calling
Tuesdays, Dec 14th, 21st, and Jan 4th
7-9
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Free

Based on the practice of good, effective conversation, in this three session series we’ll examine how you can use conversation and community to advance your vision of cultural change. Among other things, we’ll explore Jeremy Rifkin’s idea of the empathic civilization, the new gross national happiness movement, and ongoing efforts for wealth equality.

The presenter is Cecile Andrews, author of Circle of Simplicity, Slow is Beautiful, and Less is More

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto

This is a follow-up to last month’s workshop Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills

Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills – Workshop November 16

Developing Conversation and Community Building Skills
Workshop November 16

Cecile Andrews, Simplicity author/lecturer will lead a workshop showing ways to build community and examining the essential ingredients of good conversation.

Tuesday November 16 7:00 – 9:00 pm
World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto
(behind JJ&F, just off El Camino Real, in College Terrace)

Free

Saving the planet means creating a caring culture. Social ties are central to health, happiness, and civic life. Yet our frantic, distracted culture makes it difficult to maintain and deepen social connections. Trust and civil discourse are in decline.

  • Have better conversations
  • Improve your satisfaction with the communities you’re in
  • Be more effective in engaging people
  • Ideal for business, non-profits, activism
  • Follow-up group for those interested

Led by Cecile Andrews, author of Less is More, Slow is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity. Cecile will also be speaking at the Green Festival at 11am on Sat, Nov 6th.

Cecile Andrews has her doctorate in education from Stanford where she teaches in the Stanford Health Improvement Program. She is on the board for Take Back Your Time, and is active in Transition Palo Alto and Seattle’s Gross National Happiness Project.
Information: cecile@cecileandrews.com

Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, World Centric and Silicon Valley Action Network (SVAN).

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