awakening a transformed global vision: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet
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The Changing the Dream Symposium, presented in Australia by Be The Change, is a groundbreaking not-for-profit initiative designed as a response to the urgent call of the Amazon Achuar people to "change the dream" of the modern world.
Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information, and inspiring multimedia, participants of this one-day event are inspired to reconnect with their deep concern for our world, and are empowered to make a difference.
Designed by The Pachamama Alliance with the collaboration of some of the finest scientific, indigenous and activist minds in the world, the Symposium explores the current state of our planet from a new perspective, and connects participants with a powerful global movement to reclaim our future.
If you are ready to be disturbed, inspired and moved to action, and to be introduced to a thriving community of committed cohorts, then join us in exploring the most critical concerns of our times, and discover new opportunities to make a real difference in accelerating the emergence of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet!
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Bike the Earth is a two year expedition with a mission, which set off on Sunday 18th July 2010 from Melbourne to Rio de Janeiro via Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Uluru and Cairns, Tokyo and London.
Traversing the globe, a team of up to six cyclists will draw the world’s attention to new sustainable solutions and ideas... holding conferences drawing on One Planet Living, the ’Be the Change’ symposium, EcoTeams and Transition Towns. Bike the Earth will present in over 100 capital cities and major communities... actively trailblazing the opportunity of the One Planet aspect of the London Olympics and spreading the FOUR YEARS. GO. campaign in the run up to the United Nations Earth Summit 2012, helping to catalyse an unprecedented grassroots movement for positive change at humanity’s finest hour.
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From Tathra In my 20 yrs of activism, I've found nothing as inspiring, with the potential for authentic transformation of our relationship with the planet and each other. It had me move away from focusing on what's wrong with the world, and toward creating a future we're proud to pass on to the next generations.
From Claire: “The ‘Changing the Dream’ Symposium was all that I had hoped for and more. We were informed and inspired to think about ways we might be able to make a difference to the world through our lives. We got to see a more Global ‘Big’ picture, and how that relates to us locally. I am integrating the ideals of Changing the Dream into my business – for example in the articles I write & in my blog posts. I know no matter how small these efforts, they can make a difference to the collective consciousness of others to help instigate Changing the Dream. As a family we were already very conscious of being environmentally friendly, but there is always MORE you can do to help. We are growing Vege’s and herbs; walking rather than driving more; using toxic free household products and chemical free makeup etc. What would have seemed overwhelming to me a few years back is the ‘norm’ for us now. We feel really proud that we are constantly finding ways to decrease our carbon footprint, as well as teaching our children to have a giving attitude when it comes to helping other people in all sorts of ways. I learned lots of new ideas at the Symposium for how to continue these efforts. Changing the Dream reinforced to me how much HOPE there is in the world and how many good and caring people are out there. Thank you for your efforts.”
From Megan: I attended the Changing the Dream Symposium in October 2008 and then again about a month later. I found it to be gripping, inspiring, enlightening and truly empowering. I am acting now in areas and ways that I did not really plan but it has sprung up out of me. I know I can make a difference, I can see that I am, and I feel connected to the work we all face to repair our world and create a future with awareness and wellbeing.
I do not feel guilty or scared or doubtful or even dutiful, I feel switched on. I love the symposium and highly recommend it to anyone who lives on Earth I particularly felt so excited and thrilled that it succinctly showed the inherent connection between spiritual fulfilment, social justice, and environmental sustainability. And I was greatly heartened to find that we are not alone in this work. Since the symposium I have reclaimed my sense of empowerment about my communities, initiated a LETS in my region, joined a team creating an ecovillage, started my back yard vegie garden, created bumper stickers for eco-awareness, and am writing a mini book called Peace Processes for Children...so far...
These are simply things I have felt inspired to do. Imagine what is happening as more people check out the symposium.