WORKSHOP: Build beliefs to support you and your work
Links and resources mentioned in workshop:
WORKSHOP: Identify as The Big You and Deal with Your Opponents
Links and resources mentioned in workshop:
- WebMed's What is the "Us Agaist Them" Mentality, 2021 -
Discusses why "Us Against Them" is dangerous for ourselves, why we tend to create it and the stages of this mentality and how to overcome it.
- Braver Angels, which provides workshops, debates, and other events to help people bridge the divide, understand each other and find common ground.
- Center for Nonviolent Communication - supports the learning and sharing of Nonviolent Communication, and helps people peacefully and effectively resolve conflicts in personal, organizational, and political settings
- Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt, by Arthur C. Brooks - Includes information about oxytocin and how it makes us feel connected with others.
- Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, by Neil Degrasse Tyson
- Benefits of expanding your team with people who are different from you
- Story of Dr. Jean-Robert Bayard and her book
WORKSHOP: Become invulnerable to failure (sponsored by CCL)
Handout developed in workshop:
Benefits of Failure
Strategies to deal with failure
- learning (you learn what doesn’t work, at least in that situation
- it's a sign that you’ve reached for something extraordinary
- it can encourage you to reassess and go in a different approach
- it can open doors
- remember / be grateful for your successes (may want to ask others to help you see the good things)
- Find another way to achieve your goals (a new Daring Thought!)
- Take a different perspective (from a distance in time or space)
- Learn from your mistake; improve your strategy - this makes you stronger (be willing to ask for help!)
- Share it with others for empathy
- Remember that others have also worked hard and failed
- Create your OWN definition of success / failure
- Meditate and be open to the universe’s solutions
- Realize that this failure is a PROCESS that I want to be part of! Failure is not the end.
- Think of and prepare for the WORST that can happen
- Laugh at it (gently)
- Think about what your hero would do?
Workshop moderators and facilitators
Arlene JM Grant, ESQ, a member of Citizens' Climate Lobby, serves to engage the wellbeing of others through multisensory techniques as a certified nutritionist and relaxation coach.
Arlene helps activists to recover from chronic conditions related to anxiety, stress, and trauma.
Her mission, which has touched every continent, is to encourage climate advocates to remember they are part of the environment deserving of care and regeneration.
Caterina Lindman had a 35-year career as an Actuary, and is now retired.
She is very interested in ecology and climate change, and enjoyed working with other actuaries and climate scientists on the development of the Actuaries' Climate Index, and is a co-founder of Actuaries for Sustainable Healthcare.
She joined Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) in 2013, and leads the chapter in Waterloo Region.
She is a co-leader of CCL's Resilience Based Action Team, and has facilitated several ONGO courses.
Dona Sauerburger is
a certified orientation and mobility (O&M) specialist for people who are blind or deaf-blind, and has written, presented, and helped with research on O&M.
She is also a moderator and zoom event manager for Braver Angels, and an advocate for a variety of humanitarian causes and social reform.
Her mother, Dr. Jean-Robert Bayard, wrote a book for fellow activists, How to think if you want to change the world, and her son Stephan edited and published it.
She is now enjoying bringing the book to life with workshops where she can share it with and learn from others.
Amanda SubbaRao is currently a fiction writing coach.
She served as a physics and math teacher in Ghana as a Peace Corps Voulnteer.
She has a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, and has taught physics and astronomy classes.
She also worked in science educational publishing for over fifteen years.
Amanda is interested in fair elections and election integrity, and is a member of the Anne Arundel League of Women Voters.
Arlyce Watson is Deaf, and has a bachelors in Psychology at Gallaudet University and a Masters in Deaf Education at McDaniel College.
She was a teacher of the Deaf at high school and elementary levels, including high-school-aged DeafBlind students with additional disabilities, and Deaf Intellectually Challenged.
She coordinated programs for people who are DeafBlind with additional disabilities at Family Service Foundation and at Deaf-REACH;
coordinated with teachers of Protestant Guild School for the Blind and with staff and Deaf members at Humanim.
She has taught American Sign Language and Signing Exact English to staff, professionals, students, parents, and others.
Arlyce's late husband, Philip Watson, who was also Deaf, was a social worker for Deaf with Mental Health, and they have two grown children.
She is retired but remains active with the Metro Washington Association of the DeafBlind and the Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization, and teaching Bible to young children at Skycroft Retreat.
She has always been creative, such as inventing things to help Phil be more independent when he became paralyzed, and she loves making jewelry, cards, and other crafts,
Judy Carman is the
author of vegan activist books including Homo Ahimsa: Who we really are and how we're going to save the world and Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul.
She is the recipient of Henry Spira Grassroots Animal Activist Award recipient and Co-founder Interfaith Vegan Coalition and Animal Outreach of Kansas.