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1 Community Engagement- the Motor of Transition Transition Training 2007

2 How to translate all that interest and energy into action? Transition Training 2007

3 Abundance -one of the Keys to Creating Community Involvement. how do people of Western civilization, particularly those addressing the environmental crisis, shift from a scarcity paradigm to one that spawns abundance in the context of our environmental realities? Canty, J.M. (2005) Environmental Healing: Shifting from a Poverty Consciousness. Transition Training 2007

4 Association *Awareness * Agency = Attitude behaviour change A³ = ABC David Ballard,. Using learning processes to promote change for sustainable development, Action Research Sage Publications Volume 3 Issue 2, June 2005

5 The End of Suburbia effect. Healthy functioning requires that we have faith that our needs will be met in the future; without this confidence, our trust in the world is damaged. Damaged trust can lead to four neurotic reactions that are likely to impact environmental behaviour: narcissism, depression, paranoia and compulsion. Winter, D.D. & Kroger, S.M. (2004) The Psychology of Environmental Problems. New Jersey, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Transition Training 2007

6 Why Dont People Act? Our key finding is that consumers are generally happy to act sustainably where it does not impinge on their key priorities and cause them inconvenience Holdsworth, M. (2003) Green choice: what choice? Summary of NCC research into consumer attitudes to sustainable consumption. London, National Consumer Council. Transition Training 2007

7 Why Do People Act? in this context, motivating sustainable consumption has to be as much about building supportive communities, promoting inclusive societies, providing meaningful work and encouraging purposeful lives, as it is about awareness raising, fiscal policy and persuasion Jackson, T. (2005) Motivating Sustainable Consumption – a review of evidence on consumer behaviour and behavioural change. Centre for Environmental Strategy. University of Surrey. Transition Training 2007

8 Are We Addicted to Oil? Transition Training 2007

9 Or are we addicted to Consuming? Transition Training 2007

10 Models for understanding the underlying dynamics Frames Motivational Interviewing Change models Transition Training 2007

11 Lessons from Addiction/Change Transition Training 2007

12 Motivational Interviewing. …constructive behaviour change seems to arise when the person connects it with something of intrinsic value, something important, something cherished. Intrinsic motivation for change arises in an accepting, empowering atmosphere that makes it safe for the person to explore the possibly painful present in relation to what is wanted and valued. Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2002) Motivational Interviewing – preparing people for change. New York, The Guilford Press. Transition Training 2007

13 Insights from MI. Express empathy Develop discrepancy Roll with Resistance Support self-efficacy Offer time and space to digest Information Exchange not Information Dumping Transition Training 2007

14 Another way of assessing your community GroupMotivated byHow to present changes in lifestyle that reduce carbon emissions % UK pop. SettlersSecurity, belonging and identity Safe Living21 ProspectorsSuccess, self esteem and esteem of others Smart Living44 PioneersInner directed, with a desire to explore the new Ethical Living35 Stephen Hounsham, Painting the Town Green, How to persuade people to be environmentally friendly, GreenEngage, 2006, p9, from work by Maslow, NEF, and Pat Dade

15 The FRAMES Model. 1.Feedback of personal risk or impairment 2.Emphasis on personal responsibility for change 3.Clear Advice to Change 4.A Menu of alternative change options 5.Therapeutic empathy as a counseling style 6.Enhancement of client self-efficacy or optimism Miller, W.R. & Sanchez, V.C. (1993) Motivating young adults for treatment and lifestyle change. In: Howard, G. (ed.) Issues in Alcohol Use and Misuse by young adults. Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press. Transition Training 2007

16 The Work that Reconnects the ecological crisis is real and pending. We cannot overlook its seriousness, nor minimise the importance of grieving as a point of transformation Macy, J. & Brown, M.Y. (1998) Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World. Gabriola Island, New Society Publishers. if (people) listen to the shock rather than blot it out, this stirs up the will to change. This becomes their call to adventure. Johnstone, C. (2006a) Find Your Power. Boost your inner strengths, break through blocks and achieve inspired action. London, Nicholas Brealy Publishing Transition Training 2007


18 What is our Role? our role is to compassionately assist in its death process, trying to ease the burden and pain of its passing. This includes restraining the impulse for revenge among those who see their foundations undermined by the new. For the emerging … society, our role is to compassionately assist in the birth of a new way of acting in the world. As with any birthing process, there will be some pain and trauma associated with the … birth. Our role is to minimise the pain and nurse the new society to full health. a dual role, hospice and midwife. Korten, D.C. (2000) The Post Corporate World – Life After Capitalism. San Fransisco, Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Abdullah, S. (1999) Creating a World That Works for All. San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc. Transition Training 2007

19 Home Groups – maintaining and sustaining Transition Training 2007

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