Learnshops | 2015

SATURDAY LEARNSHOPS A

10:25 to 11:35 AM

A.1 The Lexicon of Sustainability as a Tool for Change
Presenters: Laurie Kopack
was one of the founding members of the group Evergreen Alliance that tried to prevent the trash incinerator from being built in Detroit As the result of her work on issues of the environment and sustainability at Marygrove College, she became a curator for the Lexicon of Sustainability. Leo David Kopack will co-present.
As the Lexicon's website states, "Words are the building blocks for new ideas, and they come from everywhere. The Lexicon of Sustainability is built on a simple premise: people will live more sustainably if they understand the most basic terms and principles that will define the next economy." All 24 images of the Lexicon will be on display, as well as short videos the Lexicon has created. The presenters will connect the Lexicon images with examples of sustainable practices here in Detroit.

A.2 TimeBanks Pay Great Dividends
Presenter: Sherry Wells
has been called a community activist. She is committed to TimeBanking because it builds community through nonmonetary exchange. She enjoys it because she uses it to get help with personal and household projects.
In this introduction to TimeBanking, learn how to trade your time and talent for that of others. No money changes hands while you build community within the greater neighborhood in your vicinity. A simple demonstration will show you how it works. Get resources to help you find or start.

A.3 Michigan Energy at the Crossroads
Presenter: Keith Gunter,
a Co-Chair of The Alliance to Halt Fermi 3, has been an active proponent of peace and anti-nuclear generation for decades. He is extremely well-informed on the threats another nuclear reactor on the shores of the Great Lakes poses to the safety, health, social and economic well-being of our common bio-region. Keith and other ATHF3 members have also worked since 2012 to engage with and educate South East Michigan communities on opposing the production of electricity with expensive, dangerous, carbon-intensive fossil fuels that harm all inhabitants of the planet.
Whether you are completely unaware of electricity origins, or have concerns about its production and its affects, this presentation will enhance your knowledge and spark interest in taking action. You will have a better understanding of the connection between the choices we make today about the production of electrical power and the affect those choices have on the health and safety of our communities, jobs, and the protection of our environment and human rights for current and future generations.

A.4 New Work/New Culture: Transforming Place
Presenter: Shea Howell
is a community activist in Detroit where she has worked for more than four decades. She is a founding member of the Boggs Center and is currently representing them in efforts to protect water as a human right and a public trust.
Come draw upon the experiences of Detroiters who are actively developing new forms of work and creating new cultural connections. Using current practices as a guide, you will work in small groups to identify principles and possibilities for accelerating new work/new culture in your own communities. The format will offer opportunities for collective visioning and problem solving. You will leave with ideas and tools that you can apply in your own neighborhoods.

A.5 Here comes the Sun
Presenter: Keith Martin
is a retired mechanical engineer, who enjoys spending time with young folks interested in learning through hands-on projects. Projects include gardening, bee-keeping and alternative energy, particularly solar.
This learn shop is introductory with some foundational information on the benefits as well as limitations in working with solar power. We will explore some of the new solar products that have helped bring communities in from the dark.

SATURDAY LEARNSHOPS - B

2:10 to 3:20 PM

B.1 Experiencing Group Coherence/Your Role in Building the Beloved Community in Detroit
Presenters: Cass Charrette
is founder of Cities of Peace Detroit and a minister of the Beloved Community...The Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking. She sees the Beloved Community in Detroit as a model for building the new culture/new earth in communities around the world. Adela Nieves is a Traditional Community Health and Healing Arts Practitioner, mixed media maker, and community organizer. She creates a space of Oneness within groups through sacred circle and ceremony. Ruby Woods creates a sacred space by sharing Circle songs. Her message is Earth Centered and evokes Unconditional Love and awareness of the Oneness of all Humanity. Stephen Boyle is a community activist, photographer, designer, web and social media developer.
If you have ever asked yourself how you can connect and contribute beyond the conference, this learnshop is for you. It will take a shift from the head to the heart, though, and a deepening experience of group coherence. The Sacred Circle ceremony and other activities will lead you to a deeper consciousness of your passion, purpose and interconnectedness.

B.2 The Power of Your Earthstory
Presenter: Dr. Shaun S. Nethercott
is the Founder and CEO of Matrix Theatre Company. As a lifelong environmentalist, she has used theatre to reconnect Detroiters to their earthright and bioregion. She is the originator of such plays as Once Was Paradise, a history of Detroit from the Earth's point of view, Ghost Waters, Meadow-morphosis, and The Woman Who Outshone the Sun.
Did you know there is power in story to change the world? Think of a moment from your life when you felt so connected with the earth that you couldn't tell where you left off and the rest of nature began. Got it? Now the fun begins, as you are helped to generate a short monologue, scene, or dance, which can be shared to demonstrate your love of and advocacy for the earth.

B.3 Many Voices, One Earth - The Dances of Universal Peace
Presenter: Mary Fran Uicker, IHM,
is a musician and expressive arts therapist who serves in ministry at River House - IHM Spirituality Center in Monroe, MI. She has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace since 1988. Drake Meadow is a leader of Ann Arbor Circle of Dances of Universal PeaceStep into a circle that honors diversity and yet seeks to breathe and move from a common heart. No need to be shy, no background required; everyone is welcome. There will be specific dances that can be carried home to share; and an experience of growing earth wholeness and peace, serving the needs of our 21st century.

B.4 Climate Reality and Political Action
Presenters: Karen Ebeling and Tal Levy
are both Associate Professors at Marygrove College. Karen is a psychologist who is interested in child welfare; Tal is a political scientist who is interested in effecting positive change in Detroit.
Remember Al Gore's slide show on the reality of climate change? Guess what? It still applies, and, as used in this learnshop, it will encourage you to work for governmental change. Presenters will share specific suggestions for how engage politicians on climate change.

B.5 How to Move Toward Zero Waste
Presenter: Ahmina Maxey
is Zero Waste Detroit?s Community Outreach Coordinator. She advocates to increase recycling participation in the City of Detroit, and watchdogs the Detroit Incinerator -- a major source of odor and pollution in the community.
The 3 R's no longer refer only to Reading, Writing, and 'Rithmetic. Now, they?re Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Learn simple, actionable items you can take to put them into practice. There is a connection between waste and air pollution in Detroit, as the Detroit Incinerator makes clear. Recycling your trash means less is burned.

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11TH GLBD CONFERENCE

October 23 to 25 2015










LEARNSHOPS 2015

SUNDAY LEARNSHOPS - C

10:25 to 11:35 AM

C.1 Returning to Sacred Wholeness
Presenters: Cass Charrette
is founder of Cities of Peace Detroit and a minister of the Beloved Community...The Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking. She sees the Beloved Community in Detroit as a model for building the new culture/new earth in communities around the world. Carrie Landrum is a peacebuilder dedicated to growth and transformation. She is a professional facilitator and educator at the University of Michigan. Her dream is to co-create Detroit as a global center of peace and healing.
An essential step for bringing forth a sustainable world is a commitment toward personal and collective healing. Explore the Four Quadrants of Wounding/Healing Mapping: personal, collective cultural, traumatic events, and wounds in the psyche. How will you choose to be an interrupter of these patterns within these four quadrants?

C.2 Away from Capitalism and Off the Grid in Detroit
Presenters: Atieno Nyar Kasagam
is a farmer, artist and story-teller based in Detroit. She specializes in African and first nations' heritage crops and foraging. She is currently producing a futuristic documentary on an alternative, post-capitalist sustainable Detroit.
A panel of residents of Detroit who are building off-the-grid and sustainable housing, farming, energy and post-cash solutions will not only describe their lifestyles and projects, but discuss the significance of shifting from dollar-centric capitalist economic model, to a resource based, equitable and sustainable one. They will also lead a collective brainstorming session that will churn out the most audacious reformative ideas for a genuine Detroit "future city." The result - identification of off-grid grassroots strategies that will become reality long before City Council can mobilize the necessary political will. Panel members include: Lorenzo Herron, Greg Crawford, Olivia and Greg Willerer and Sean Murphy.

C.3 Thirsty for Justice
Presenters: The People's Water Board Coalition
advocates for access, protection, and conservation of water. Members believe water is a human right and all people should have access to clean and affordable water. Water is a commons that should be held in the public trust free of privatization. The People's Water Board promotes awareness of the interconnectedness of all people and resources.
Within the Great Lakes region - which has 20 percent of the world's fresh surface water - tens of thousands of people in Detroit are without water. This is a public health crisis that requires all of us to understand the solutions. Hear from members of the People's Water Board Coalition about what they are doing to turn the water on...and how you can help!

C.4 Bio-mimicry: Emulating 3.8 Billion Years of Nature's Genius
Presenter: Gloria Rivera
is GLBD's coordinator and a member of the IHM Sisters of Monroe, MI. Gloria's fascination with Biology goes back to 8th grade and the day she learned the nitrogen cycle! Nature is her teacher and her backyard garden is the rich place where life teaches her. As a citizen of the universe Gloria loves Earth and works to bring about 'a revolution from the heart of Nature'.
Can you think of a time when Nature's genius held your attention for hours? Do you wonder what a forest eco-system can teach about cooperating within a diverse community? Are you interested in finding alternative paths for social innovation? Bio-mimicry relates to the design and production of materials, structures and systems modeled on biological entities and processes. Nature's genius is being applied to leadership, industry, social change and organizational development. This learnshop is an introduction to bio-mimicry. It provides an opportunity to continue this fascinating journey after the conference. You do not need to be a scientist. You just need to love Earth.

C.5 Many Voices, One Earth - The Dances of Universal Peace
Presenter: Mary Fran Uicker, IHM,
is a musician and expressive arts therapist who serves in ministry at River House - IHM Spirituality Center in Monroe, MI. She has been leading the Dances of Universal Peace since 1988. Drake Meadow is a leader of Ann Arbor Circle of Dances of Universal Peace.
Step into a circle that honors diversity and yet seeks to breathe and move from a common heart. No need to be shy, no background required; everyone is welcome. There will be specific dances that can be carried home to share; and an experience of growing earth wholeness and peace, serving the needs of our 21st century.

SUNDAY LEARNSHOPS - D

2:10 to 3:20

D.1 Free Geek in the Motor City, or How to Recycle for Fun and Profit
Presenter: Ken Grundberg
is the founder of Motor City Free Geek which is affiliated with Free Geek in Portland, Oregon, and other Free Geek organizations in North America. He has considerable experience with product design and development, automated manufacturing, and material science. A serial entrepreneur he has taken a special interest in the question of a sustainable future, and has a time-share cat named Shroedinger.
Who, or what, is Motor City Free Geek? Where do old computers and electronic waste go to die? If you don't know the answer to these questions, come learn about a volunteer driven organization dedicated to the repair and distribution of computers, responsible recycling of electronic waste, and teaching of free and open source software. Meet some great people and discover how you too can take part in this effort to work for a sustainable future.

D.2 Opening Our Hearts, Re-Connecting our Spirits through the Heart Beat of Aki- our Earth Mother
Presenter: Panoka Walker
is of mixed French and Anishinabe decent of the Deer Clan. A life-long student of the plant nation and strongly identifies with her Indian roots as a wild-crafter, traditional storyteller, song carrier, hand drum maker, traditional crafts woman, and a facilitator of women?s ceremonies. She is a member of United Plant Savers, Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance, The Gathering Society and affiliated with the Mother Earth Water Walkers who bring awareness to the Water.
Through the teaching around the Native American Hand Drum we will explore ways to open our hearts and ground ourselves to our Sacred Mother Earth.

D.3 Vocation of Place
Presenters: Lydia Wylie-Kellermann and Erinn Fahey
live in southwest Detroit nurturing fruit trees, chickens, and delighting in their two year old son. Erinn is a civil engineer focused on water resources. Lydia is a writer and activist. They give thanks for their neighborhood, for local economy, for creative resistance, and for the commitment to this land and place.
Lydia and Erinn have recently published a piece in an anthology on Watershed Discipleship. Lydia explores her baptismal call through the lens of water in her life -- from her mother's teachings, to experiences in El Salvador and Palestine, to the water struggle in Detroit, and to beginning her journey as a parent. Erinn explores her work as an engineer whose responsibility is to care for the waters. She writes about learning from the beaver who is the true caretaker of our watersheds and calls on engineers to be visionary in their work. Slow down, explore and share your own stories, open up to the ways that your work must be rooted in a place.

D.4 Environmental Justice: Major Need in Detroit and Region
Presenter: Rhonda Anderson,
is Senior Organizing Representative Beyond Coal Campaign and Environmental Justice Program for Sierra Club/Detroit. She has worked with the Sierra Club's National Environmental Justice & Community Partnership Program for 15 years. Her work has carried over the whole city as well as the metro area. She has an extensive background in labor, social justice and environment.
In this learnshop we will take a closer look at the findings of Sierra Club's most recent report on Detroit?s environment. We will look at the communities that are impacted by the industries mentioned in the report. The focus will be on So2 and non-attainment for Wayne County and the impact on residents. We will discuss solutions and recommendations. Participants will recognize their power to create the changes necessary in order that everyone has better health and quality of life.

D.5 Transforming Self, Building Community
Presenters: Erin Shawgo
is apprenticing in the Iyengar Yoga tradition and living and teaching in Hamtramck, Michigan. She believes that regular yoga practice has the power to heal and connect individuals and communities. She also fills her days with activism, singing, gardening, and baking! Hong Gwi-Seok will also facilitate.
How we relate to one another and the earth is largely shaped by how we relate to ourselves and our inner divinity. Yoga helps us develop wholeness in body, mind, and soul that we may act and live from a fully integrated place. As master teacher?BKS Iyengar of Pune, India (1918-2014) reminds us, "Yoga is firstly for individual growth,?but through individual growth, society and community develop." Explore how to use yoga postures for individual growth in order to sustain larger movements. All ages, sizes and abilities are welcome in this inclusive learnshop. Physical limitations will be accommodated.

Registration fees include organic/locally grown lunch.