Happiness: it’s what we all want. And contrary to the messages advertisers want us to believe, we cannot buy it. So how do we find happiness?
We can start by looking at the way society is currently structured. Do our systems help all of us meet our human needs? Do they foster our sense of compassion? Is everyone treated fairly and justly? Are there widely established mechanisms for building relationships of trust?
We can also look at our view of humankind. Do we hold a positive understanding of who we are and what we are here to do?
Metta Center’s short video “A New Story of Us” answers these questions, highlighting a path to the happiness and peace we’re all seeking.
We Are All Contributors
How can you contribute to creating a happier, more peaceful society? In what ways might you be able to share the new story of us? To get some ideas, explore the key topics touched upon in the video:
- Restorative Justice
- Unarmed Peacekeeping
- New Story
Where to Go From Here
Ready to take concrete action? Here are a few things you can do right away:
- Spread the word about “A New Story of Us”: share the video link with others
- Learn more: guide yourself through our Education section of the site
- Stay inspired and informed: sign up for the Metta Center's bi-weekly newsletter, and get the latest nonviolence news with our Peace Paradigm Radio show
Sources: Metta Center: What is a Road-map
Contributors: Metta Center
Recommended Books: Metta Center: What is a Road-map
The value of whole group discussion is the evolution of a group idea. A group idea is not simply the sum of individual ideas, but the result of the interaction of ideas during discussion. Whole Group Discussion can be unstructured and productive. It can also be very structured, using various Facilitation Techniques to focus it. Often, Whole Group Discussion does not produce maximum participation or a diversity of ideas. During Whole Group Discussion, fewer people get to speak, and, at times, the attitude of the group can be dominated by an idea, a mood, or a handful of people.Read more
- The Transitional Community gives any High Equilibrium goods/services it has to help other Transitional Communities within the The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN).
- To help “pollinate” Phase I Transitional Communities, skilled Contributors volunteer to give hands-on help and ensure efficacy of their methods of production to meet standard Benchmarks. These Contributors are known as TIN men and women (or TIN persons).
- Phase IV+ Transitional Communities help “water” Phase I Transitional Communities to get to their Phase IV “Pollination” Phase. If needed, extra funds are allocated to help purchase necessities for the developing Transitional Communities.
- The Transitional Community is functioning efficient enough to produce High Equilibrium of goods and services to share with other Transitional Communities.
- Interactions with surrounding monetary-market communities has begun. (Process of Phase 0 “Seeding” surrounding communities: “Why can’t we do this?”, “How do we do what you are doing?”, etc) The Transitional Community assists surrounding monetary communities to become Phase I Transitional Communities to then become Phase IV Transitional Communities. At this stage, the majority of Transitional CommunityContributors are behaving and communicating with Communalistic principles.
The Transitional Community creates and contributes pre-existing comprehensive blueprints and instruction guides, found on www.thetransition.org, on how to build sustainable communities.
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- The Transitional Community consists of Contributors and Hybrid Co-op Business(es).
- The Transitional Community is fully sustainable in its Basic Needs except education; processes for education begin in this phase.The Hybrid Co-op Business(es) use money as exchange with entities outside of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN), but is not required to use money or any type of debt/servitude transactions between other Hybrid Co-op Business(es) or Contributors within The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN), with the exception of dues. However, when a Transitional Community is established, Contributors are able to live physically on the land, and the Hybrid Co-op Business is cash positive, the Transitional Community will pay Contributorship dues on behalf of all Contributors that live there so the Contributors no longer need to pay their individual Contributor dues. The Transitional Community understands the full value of cooperation and the benefits it provides; therefore, Contributors share their skills and/or physical labor for the good of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN) because, in this manner, each individual benefits – personal interest is equivalent to public interest.
- All Basic Needs Production Systems are functioning and producing a sustainable amount of Basic Needs for Contributors and Hybrid Co-op Business(es). Housing is also able to meet the needs of the population and have been built or modified to use renewable energy sources.
- Products and services are sold or traded to entities not a part of The Transition Inter-Community Network (TIN). Resources that can’t be produced within the Transitional Community are bought from the monetary-market system using funds from Hybrid Co-op Businesses that are added to the “Stone Soup” Inventory.
- Each Transitional Community’s BUDs has weekly meetings for progress updates on various projects (like outreach to the local area). They can also bring up non-urgent issues (non-emergency issues) at this time.
- The Contributors have an attitude of Maximum Cultural Sustainability and Maximum Ecological Sustainability through Egalitarianism.
- The Transitional Community works to establish processes of creating the most efficient systems of Basic Needs for their community. Processes are in place to effectively solve physical problems/issues and complete current/ongoing projects.
Unschooling is the method of education within the Transition Community, but it is not required. A focus on teaching useable life skills via hands on learning versus teaching traditional subjects and methods through rote routine is preferred. (Some parent(s) may choose to send their children to public schooling systems within the monetary-market system.)
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The 400 members of Findhorn Foundation in northern Scotland have a 40% smaller "ecological footprint" than the UK average, according to a 2005 study. An ecological analysis measures a given population's impact on the environment by translating the impact of its activities-buildings, clothes, food, water, energy, and all products and services used- into the amount of biologically productive acres on the Earth by the global population (and allowing for other species' needs), environmentalists have determined that each person's "fair share"- how much land one would ideally use to support their activities-is about 3 acres per person. While many Third World countries use far less than their fair share, with people in Napal, for example, using less than half an acre per person, typical North Americans use about 30 acres per person and Europeans use about 15 acres per person. Yet Findhorn found that the ecological footprint of the average community member was about 8 acres or 60 percent of the UK national average.Read more