Grounded Group Action
To avert ecological harm and build resilience, we need to tap the power of collective intelligence at a workable scale. The way to do this is through developing groups that take on achievable bite-sized goals, commit to learning-as-you-go, and adopt a commitment to ‘practice’.
In this session Sally Gillespie will interview Annie Kia about her template for Grounded Group Action, a distillation of learnings from decades of community and environmental campaigning. Grounded Group Action proceeds through 7 principles: Group Up, Ground Your Desire, Choose a Bite Size Chunk, Start Experimenting, Learn through Iteration, Create a Satisfying Group, Commit as a Practice. After hearing from Annie, participants will be guided into breakout rooms to identify and reflect on how Grounded Group Action might inspire, inform and extend their own current or possible future climate actions in their coaching and other communities.
The vast majority of people who worry about ecological and climate crises do not know how to get started on this kind of collective problem-solving. This presentation will help participants consider how they might use the principles of Grounded Group Action for solution-focussed action in their context.
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Dr Sally Gillespie worked as a Jungian psychotherapist for over twenty years before undertaking doctoral research on the psychological experience of ongoing climate engagement. Since completing her PhD at Western Sydney University , she has lectured in Ecopsychology and Cultural Change while also facilitating workshops on climate psychology for climate campaigners. In addition to a number of book chapters, Sally has authored Climate Crisis and Consciousness: Reimagining our world and ourselves (Routledge 2020) which explores the psychological challenges and developmental processes of climate engagement for individuals and societies.
Annie Kia co-developed a process of grass-roots democracy which generated hundreds of self-declared Coal Free or Gasfield Free communities around Australia. In the NSW Northern Rivers where she lives, this process contributed to mass-movement dynamics, leading to campaign victory against invasive gasfields. In her national role for Lock The Gate Alliance, Annie helped communities build their campaigns and movements. Her work is informed by complexity and network theory, and an understanding of social movements, their dynamics and power. Her blog Networked Agency can be found at anniekia.net
Event Language - English
Posted By - Sally Gillespie
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