Beyond You and Me: Inspiration and Wisdom for Community by Kosha Anja Joubert

By Kosha Anja Joubert

Beyond You and Me is the 1st quantity within the 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence and is a pragmatic anthology for somebody trying to rebuild latest fragmented villages and groups, identify new staff agencies and ecovillages, and heal the injuries of clash and social department. it's for these trying to reside cooperatively and in peace with fellow humans and the Earth.

Since the start of human historical past, we now have lived in groups. that's, although, until eventually the mid-twentieth century, while reasonable fossil-fuel power has enabled many people in industrialized international locations to reside extra socially dispersed and remoted lives. yet now, escalating weather switch, height oil, and the necessity to notably decrease our carbon intake dictate that this unsustainable lifestyle can't proceed. We needs to relearn the artwork of group construction and clash resolution.

Beyond You and Me deals abilities in conversation, clash solution, management, facilitation, and consensus choice making, and an inspiring point of view on fixing worldwide difficulties. Written through a global crew of social and ecological pioneers, it contains the voices of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Wangaari Maathai, Starhawk, Azriel Cohen, Hildur Jackson, and Helena Norberg-Hodge.

The 4 Keys signify the 4 dimensions of sustainable design—the Worldview, the Social, the Ecological, and the industrial. This sequence is counseled by way of UNESCO and is an reliable contribution to the UN Decade of schooling for Sustainable improvement. the opposite books of the sequence are Gaian Economics, Designing Ecological Habitats, and The tune of the Earth. The 4 Keys to Sustainable groups sequence was once accomplished in 2012 and is now to be had within the U.S. for the 1st time.

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Raising children is an art requiring intuition and empathy. Only by intensively feeling sympathy and by sharing their children’s fortunes and troubles can adoptive parents or teachers really identify with them and picture their inner world. Intuition is as important for a teacher as for an artist. It is a special talent that opens up in a person. It can be reached by different paths: by immersing oneself deeply in ones inner world, by meditation or psychoanalysis. The main thing is to learn to reach an inner peace that opens the door to empathy, or identification, with other people.

Our life was fun and rich. When my husband Ross travelled on business, which was quite often, I never felt isolated. Twelve years after the first two, I had a third son and experienced the joy of being mother of ‘our first co-housing baby’ with 12 parents to look after it. I could always get help. Having a child in such a setting was a constant blessing. The local school often commented that children from our community were good at sharing and solving problems. They learned direct democracy at Hoejtofte as they were part of the decision-making processes.

Suddenly we discovered that he had been selling trainers from the back of a lorry at the local market. He was not a bad person. He simply could not understand the importance in the community of consulting the others before acting. For the locals, Kitezh was a strange creature. They saw us as foreign and incomprehensible, and they used to spy on us. ’ The conditions for our existence demanded extreme awareness and support of one another. You cannot build a new world with the tools of the old one.

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