Hosted by Pull Together Now!
August 12, 6-8:30PM, UM Native American Center. Moving The World To Balance: An Indigenous Perspective with Chief Oren Lyons
Oren Lyons, a renown Indigenous leader, human rights advocate and spokesman for the Indigenous Peoples of the world will address the audience and engage in discussion with the audience. This is a rare opportunity to meet one of the most extraordinary leaders of our time.
Chief Oren Lyons is the Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan among the Onondaga (Iroquois), Six Nations, people of western New York and internationally renowned voice for the Indigenous Peoples of the world. Oren brings us their message, as common peoples, in support of peace, equity, justice and reconciliation. Peace is dynamic and requires great efforts of spirit and mind to attain unity. They tell us, as leaders of peace, to step forward now, and take responsibility for a paradigm change in the direction of current lifestyles and materialistic societies. The human species has become the most voracious and abusive consumer of earth’s resources; we have tipped the balance of life against our children and we imperil our future as a species. Leaders of the world, there can be no peace as long as we wage war upon our Mother the Earth. Responsible, courageous actions must be taken to realign ourselves with the Great Laws of Nature. We must meet this crisis now, while we still have time.
Aug 17th 6:30-9:00pm, UC Theater. Moving The World To Balance: Montana to the United Nations
We invite you to attend this public forum with Lars Larsson, Merle Lefkoff, Dr. Steve Running and Justin McCoy as they discuss the necessity of a new global economic paradigm with the objective of human happiness and the well-being of all life on earth. If this Gross National Happiness Project (GNH) is accepted and implemented we will finally address the root causes of the imbalance we are all working to correct. All of the ground breaking work involving biomimicry is an essential component of this new paradigm.
Merle and Lars serve on the planning group for the recently launched United Nations’ Gross National Happiness Project (GNH), a platform rooted in indigenous wisdom to include broader measures of a nation’s progress toward a citizenry that is healthy, happy, and productive. This paradigm asks us to include the social and environmental dimensions of well-being in our assessments of economic sustainability, including the psychological well-being of citizens, living standards, community vitality, good governance, and environmental resilience, to name a few. From the bottom-up–civil society NGOs–to the top-down–the United Nations–a new holistic vision of economic and social well-being is shifting worldviews toward a more just, compassionate, and robust future.
They propose a three-phase program, using new process tools and social media, that will bring together the requisite variety of key stakeholders to navigate the changes required to move the GNH paradigm forward.
Success of the three-phase project explained in greater detail below will ensure that as the project captures strategic direction for moving forward the GNH. Activists at all levels of the global economic system will come together and identify, adopt and implement inclusive approaches at the national, community and individual levels, including those actions already underway as well as additional activities. We hope that applying new process to the implementation of the GNH will demonstrate its applicability to all global policy development, program development, and budgeting efforts, as well as promoting deeper understanding of our inter-connectedness and recognition of shared values among us all.
August 18, 2012, 9-5PM
Payne Native American Center, University of Montana
Pull Together Now www.pulltogethernow.org
9:00 AM Welcome by Lisa Smith – Co-Director of Pull Together Now!
9:15 AM Guest Presenters
- Center for Emergent Diplomacy, emergentdiplomacy.org
- The United Nations Gross National Happiness Project
Lars Larsson – Timeless Knowledge (TK), Stockholm, Sweden
- TK education project underway with the Dalai Lama
- Potential for a TK Center in Montana
Derrick Rhayn – Co-Director of Pull Together Now
- Network Weaving
- Strategic funding of networks
- Chautauquas Across America
Trish Knox – Weaving Transition through Peace & Happiness
Terry Zee Lee – Sky Wind World skywindworld.org
- The Eagle and Condor Kite Project
Justin McCoy – Pulling together to move the world to balance!
11:00 AM Open time for local organizations to tell their stories.
12:00 – 1:00PM B.Y.O. Brown Bag Lunch on the UM Oval!
12:30 Flying of the Eagle and the Condor Kites, on the UM Oval
1:00 – 3:00PM Pull Together Talking Circles & Working Groups
3:00 – 4:00PM Conclusion and wrap up.