Subtle Activism, the Great Turning, and the Work that Reconnects

Broadcast on September 10, 2015
With Joanna Macy & Sean Kelly

Joanna Macy

Root teacher, Work That Reconnects

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. Interweaving her scholarship and four decades of activism, she has created both a ground-breaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Over the past thirty-five years, many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings, while her methods have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth. Joanna is the author of several books, including her most recent with co-author Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy, and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World with co-author Molly Young Brown.

From the World Peace Library: Subtle Activism, the Great Turning, and the Work that Reconnects

Inspiring Positive Social Change 2017
Broadcast on September 05, 2017
With Joanna Macy & Sean Kelly

As part of the Subtle Activism Summit, Joanna Macy, much beloved Buddhist teacher, activist and deep ecologist, and Sean Kelly, the profound writer and teacher from the visionary Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, engaged in a riveting conversation. Joanna spoke passionately about the choice we face to either participate in the “Great Turning” toward a life-sustaining society, or to remain in a sleepwalk toward disaster. And Sean brilliantly described his conviction that we are being called to actively participate in the awakening of Gaia, our planet-home.

During this inspired session, you'll discover:

  • The three basic ways to participate in the Great Turning: 1) Holding actions, 2) Creating new structures, & 3) Shifting consciousness
  • Joanna's experience of a massive peace meditation in Sri Lanka in the late 1990s
  • How the awaking to Gaia is happening through human awareness

Joanna Macy

Root teacher, Work That Reconnects

Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is also a leading voice in movements for peace, justice, and a safe environment. Interweaving her scholarship and four decades of activism, she has created both a ground-breaking theoretical framework for a new paradigm of personal and social change, and a powerful workshop methodology for its application. Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. Over the past thirty-five years, many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings, while her methods have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth. Joanna is the author of several books, including her most recent with co-author Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy, and Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World with co-author Molly Young Brown.