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
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
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Missing 4 Consecutive Meetings with no communication as to why they are skipping meetings.
Failure to participate in any active project for more than 3 weeks.
Failure to pay 2 months or more of current Contributorship.
Consistently failing to be on time for meetings to such a degree that it affects our teamwork.
Any member may request for revoking another member’s membership only after demonstrating that the accused member meets one of the above reasons.
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