Re-introducing “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change”

Stefan Pasti
Posted April 22, 2018 from United States

 

This post provides the main text of the document “Tweet Series for ‘13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change’” (15 pages; March, 2018)--which is a series of short overviews of the 13 Steps highlighted in the paper “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change” (78 pages; May, 2017).   

The purpose of the “Tweet Series…” document--and this post--is to make the “13 Steps” more accessible to readers.  The “Tweet Series” document also includes this writer’s critical challenge assessment “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--February 2017” (2 pages), and “30 Propositions and Premises of The CPCS Initiative” (4 pages).   

 

The “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead…” piece clearly spells out that what we have now is a convergence of critical challenges.  In the most complex cultural landscapes ever created on Earth, we have both an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--and--an urgent need to make unprecedented progress towards resolving timeless shortcomings of human nature—even though such shortcomings are perceived as so much a part of who we are that most of us accept such as inevitable.  There should be no one who has any doubtsthere is no culture or association of societies that ever existed on planet Earth which has had to resolve the kind of challenges the next few generations of people will have to resolve. In these kind of circumstances, we need collaborative problem solving, citizen peacebuilding, and community education on a scale most of us have never known before.

We also need to maximize citizen participation in solution-oriented activity.  The key step for doing this is Step 6 “Community Visioning Initiatives”.  The example this writer hopes every reader is aware of is the 13 minute video titled “Chattanooga:  A Community with a Vision”.  What this writer saw in the documentary was a way of revitalizing the sense of working together with our neighbors for the greater good.  All the “13 Steps” (see below) have important contributions to make each specific communities’ understanding of what “the greater good” means in the context of their community.

Even further, the combination of “Community Visioning Initiatives” and “Neighborhood Learning Centers” (Step 7) can do much to illustrate that the investments of time, energy, money (the “votes”) each of us make in our everyday circumstances can result in countless ways of earning a living which contribute to--rather than impair--the efforts necessary to resolve challenges ahead.

1000 time-intensive Community Visioning Initiatives, in communities around the world, would create an exponential increase in solution-oriented investment, an exponential increase in solution-oriented employment, and an exponential increase in our collective capacity to overcome the challenges of our times.

 

Tweet Series for “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change”

 

Step 1--“Community Good News Networks”

Step 1—“Community Good News Networks”:  Elders from community encourage young people (ages 5-18) to collect and share good news articles, stories, etc., about inspiring role models in their community.  (from “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change” http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 )

Step 1 (continued)--Elders encourage young people to write letters of support to such inspiring role models, and invite them to visit a common gathering place for “inspirational sharing meetings”.

Step 1 (continued)--Truly inspiring contributions of genuine goodwill are being generated in variety of ways--by countless numbers of people in communities around the world.  “Community Good News Networks” create, share the kind of news needed for constructive community building.

 

Step 2--“Community Faith Mentoring Networks”

Step 2—“Community Faith Mentoring Networks” (CFMN):  “Faith Mentor”--“a person, who by word, action, and presence, models a meaningful lifestyle, clarifies important life issues, and provides guidance for deepening spirituality in a caring and accepting environment.”

Step 2 (continued)--“CFMN” would be a partnership among many different faith traditions, contributing to individual spiritual formation, inspiring role models, right livelihood, community service, interfaith peace vigils, socially engaged spirituality, spiritually responsible investing

Step 2 (continued)--The goals: more true and genuine representatives of the faith traditions in any given community, more people helping others in everyday circumstances of community life.  We reap what we sow. (from “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change” http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 )

 

Step 3--“Spiritual Friendships” 

Step 3—“Spiritual Friendships”:  People from similar, or possibly different, religious, spiritual, or moral traditions form small groups, in which participants declare an intention to take a specific step towards achieving a goal associated with their personal spiritual growth.

Step 3 (continued)-- All participants are provided with an opportunity, in a respectful and considerate small group environment, to speak about their efforts they made in the interval between meetings.  (from “13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change” http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 )

Step 3 (continued)--Participants have the right to choose how they will benefit from small group process (they can choose to speak about their efforts, or choose not to speak about them; they can seek feedback, or prefer no response; they can remain silent and listen, etc).

 

Step 4--“Interfaith Peace Vigils”

Step 4—“Interfaith Peace Vigils”:  Representatives from different religious, spiritual, and moral traditions within a given local community establish a once weekly Interfaith Peace Vigil, with the goal of having at least one member from each tradition participating at all times.

Step 4 (continued)--With an emphasis on silence, participants silently recite prayers for forgiveness, reconciliation, peace--and/or carry out any kind of silent practice or silent spiritual discipline which is appropriate for a sacred space dedicated to cultivating peace.

Step 4 (continued)--One inspiration for Step 4 is the 24/7 Prayer Vigil for World Peace at Kunzang Palyul Choling (KPC), a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Poolesville, Maryland (USA).  The KPC Prayer Vigil began in 1985--and has continued unbroken to the present time.

 

Step 5--“Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Surveys

Step 5—“Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Surveys:  a very careful, conscientious approach to identifying critical challenges and solution-oriented activity, and comparing that input with working definitions for “right livelihood” and “moral compasses”. 

Step 5 (continued)--Locally, universities (w/ students participating) and/or non-profit orgs could identify 150 key leaders from a significant variety of fields of activity in community as first responders, to establish thoughtful and responsible examples of survey responses.

Step 5 (continued)--Such surveys can provide key evidence for the need and benefits of Community Visioning Initiatives (Step 6), and provide key starting points for topics to cover in workshops at Neighborhood Learning Centers (Step 7) [“13 Steps”--78 p. http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 ]

 

Step 6--“Community Visioning Initiatives”

Step 6—“Community Visioning Initiatives” CVIs: series of community meetings designed to max citizen participation in identifying challenges, solution-oriented activity--which can help people discover for themselves how much we really need to be on same side, helping each other.

Step 6 (continued)--CVIs can begin cycles of volunteer assistance, workshops, solution-oriented action plans, careful and deliberate investment of time/money by local residents,and new employment opportunities which can maximize citizen employment in solution-oriented activity.

Step 6 (continued)--Many Colleges, Universities assisting w/ carrying out local Community Visioning Initiatives + many supporting Neighborhood Learning Centers (Step 7) = exponential increase in solution-oriented activity. [Ex Visioning 13 min video https://vimeo.com/9653090 ]

 

Step 7--“Neighborhood Learning Centers”

Step 7—“Neighborhood Learning Centers” (NLCs):  can be  a)  multi-purpose support centers for implementing Community Visioning Initiatives  b)  neighborhood meeting places and workshop centers  c)  a critical part of a low cost lifelong learning education system

Step 7 (continued)--NLCs can provide places for discussion, information sharing, mutual support, encouragement, friendship--so that exchanging of information, resources also includes building close-knit communities of people with healthy appreciation for each other’s strengths.

Step 7 (continued)—Thru NLCs citizens can gain greater awareness of how all the “little events” in everyday community life have a positive and cumulative effect on the challenges-solutions-investment-training-employment sequence. [“13 Steps”--78 pages http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 ]

 

Step 8--“Spiritually Responsible Investing”

Step 8—Spiritually Responsible Investing:  “A buyer hardly realizes he owes any duties in his everyday transactions.” And yet “every article in the bazaar has moral and spiritual values attached to it--hence it behooves us to enquire into the background of every article we buy.”

Step 8 (continued)--But in our complex cultural landscapes, inquiring into moral/spiritual history of every article we buy (the consequences of our “investments”) is, for most of us, simply beyond our capacity to accomplish. [“13 Steps”--78 pages http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 ]

Step 8 (continued)--Thus, we need circles of activity which are closer to the community we live in [“The smaller the circumference, the more accurately we can gauge the results of our actions, and (the) more conscientiously we can fulfil our obligations as trustees.”]

 

Step 9--“Ecological Sustainability/Permaculture/Ecovillages”

Step 9—“Ecological Sustainability/Permaculture/Ecovillages”:  The energy of any particular thing, during its life from cradle to grave, is called the “embodied energy” of that object.  By supporting items/processes with lower embodied energy, energy use can be greatly reduced.

Step 9 (continued)--If many people can find contentment and quality of life while consuming much less, this limiting of desires at the “root” will save many people from trouble of responding to the consequences of unrestrained or unexamined desires as they materialize worldwide.

Step 9 (continued)--“There is increasingly urgent need for positive models which demonstrate a viable, sustainable, human and planetary future.  Ecovillages address this need, looking at sustainability not only in environmental but also in social, economic and spiritual terms.” 

 

Step 10--“Appropriate Technology”

Step 10—“Appropriate Technology”:  technology which, by preference, materials, and application is “small-scale, decentralized, labor-intensive, energy-efficient, environmentally sound, and locally autonomous.”  Gandhi advocated for such to make India’s villages self-reliant.

Step 10 (continued)--“Village Earth offers an Appropriate Technology Library which “contains full text and images from over 1050 of best books dealing with all areas of do-it-yourself technology.” (available in one USB or two DVDs) [“13 Steps”--78 pages) http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 ]

Step 10 (continued)--Centre for Alternative Technology (“Zero Carbon Britain”):  education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability--environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency, organic growing.

 

Step 11--“Food Sovereignty/Food Waste/Obesity/Local Food Councils/Community Supported Agriculture”

Step 11—“Food Sovereignty/FoodWaste/Obesity/Local Food Councils/Community Supported Agriculture:   “Food Sovereignty--the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced thru sustainable methods, and the right to define their own food/agriculture systems.”

Step 11 (continued)—“Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year--approximately 1.3 billion tons--gets lost or wasted.  Most food waste is thrown away in landfills, where it decomposes and emits methane, a potent greenhouse gas.”

Step 11 (continued)--Family farms, sustainable agricultural practices, and food processing by individuals, families and non-corporate entities offers stability to our rural way of life by enhancing economic, environmental, social wealth of our community.  Sedgewick, Maine; 2011

 

Step 12--“Local Currency”

Step 12—“Local Currency”:  “BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts, launched in 2006.  People using the currency make a conscious commitment to buy locally produced items which are more environmentally sustainable.”

Step 12 (continued)--“Currently, more than four hundred businesses have signed up to accept Berkshares.  Five different banks have partnered with BerkShares, making a total of thirteen branch offices now serving as exchange stations.” [“13 Steps”--78 p. http://bit.ly/2GFaVJ4 ]

Step 12 (continued)--“Schumacher Center for New Economics has been an innovator for over 30 years in the issuing of place-based non-profit currencies.  Their Local Currency Archives contain a wide variety of materials gathered from over 50 different alternative currency projects.”

 

Step 13--“Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) in Local Newspapers”

Step 13--“Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) in Local Newspapers”:  a new section in local newspapers used to highlight and accumulate stories and other forms of reader contributions which identify valuable resources, and reinforce important community goals.  

Step 13 (continued)--An NTNCE Project is community service work that  a) highlights what is valuable and important in everyday community life  b) encourages positive neighbor to neighbor relations  c) helps increase consensus for local specific definitions of “the greater good”.

Step 13 (continued)--There would be many opportunities for the NTNCE section of local newspapers to contribute very valuable community service in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and follow up stages associated with Community Visioning Initiatives (Step 6).

 

 

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edith_3
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

Hi Stephan
Step 8 is very important. Thanks for the article. Looking forward to read more

Stefan Pasti
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

Appreciate your insight on Step 8. Step 8 has many positive implications. Fully implementing Step 8 (probably with support of Step 7) would validate the need for, and the benefits of, all the other steps.

The inspiration for Step 8 is the book “Why the Village Movement? (A plea for a village centered economic order in India)” by J.C. Kumarappa (which is accessible online as a public domain document at https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.118819 )--the clearest and most comprehensive advocacy for “spiritually responsible investing” I have come into contact with, and still most relevant.

[Biographical Note: “In 1935, the India National Congress formed the All India Village Industries Association (AIVIA) for the development of rural economy of the country with Gandhiji as President and Kumarappa as Secretary and Organiser. Between 1935-39, Kumarappa established the AIVIA headquarters at Maganwadi, developed various experiments of rural technologies, and helped others to reorganise village industries all over the country. There he edited a monthly journal, '’Gram Udyog Patrika’ and wrote a book, ‘Why the village movement?' for AIVIA.” (from the webpage “Brief Life Sketch of J.C. Kumarappa (1892-1960) at the website of the Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj (at http://kigs.org/about-us.htm ) (“Gram Swaraj or village self-rule, was a pivotal concept in Gandhi's thinking.”)]

edith_3
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

Thanks Stefan. Very insightful and informative

Jill Langhus
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

Hi Stefan. Thanks for sharing your 13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change. How is your initiative coming along?

Stefan Pasti
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 23, 2018

The CPCS Initiative is still only in the concept stage, having not been tried out as a pilot project. Examples which inspired many of the steps exist (such as Faith Mentoring, Community Visioning, Permaculture, Ecovillages, Appropriate Technology, Food Sovereignty, Local Currency)--but mostly in contexts which are independent of most of the other steps--and not as a comprehensive “constellation of initiatives” approach in response to a convergence of unprecedented challenges.

At this point, I’m just trying to share my contributions of challenges assessment and solution recommendations so that they are visible, and can be considered. I believe a time will come when these contributions will be more appreciated.

Jill Langhus
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

Thanks for the clarification and update, Stefan. Good luck...

Olutosin
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

This is very good. Thanks for sharing with us.

Beth Lacey
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018

Thanks for sharing
Beth

Sister Zeph
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018

What an informative article dear Stefan, it shows your wisdom and your knowledge Good job

Stefan Pasti
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018

Thanks to Olutosin, Beth Lacey, and Sister Zeph for also sharing kind and supportive comments about this article.

Since there has been positive comments here (and thus someone may read these additional comments), I’d like to share something I read which has stayed in my mind for a long time.

The passage below is one of the most important inspirations for why I have continued to post my thoughts at World Pulse since 2009, even though I have not yet had any success with what I consider my life’s work. When I first found this interview, I included the excerpt below in a newsletter I compiled for an initiative I worked on before The CPCS Initiative (the passage below is on p. 49 of “The IPCR Newsletter Journal Winter 2010-2011”)(the newsletter can be found in the "Two IPCR Newsletters" section of http://www.cpcsi.org/about-the-ipcr-initiative.html ).

(beginning of passage)

From “A discussion with Dena Merriam, Global Peace Initiative of Women”--Interview by Katherine Marshall, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs (May 2010) (in the “News” section of the GPIW website, at http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/interviews/a-discussion-with-dena-me... )(link confirmed April 25, 2018)

Dena Merriam: “…Women have not created the structures we now have that are not functioning, so we can more easily lead the changes towards the new structures we need. Women, we find, can more easily envisage and articulate the kinds of change that we need across all parts of society.”

Katherine Marshall: “Can you give any examples of what you mean? We are trying to articulate this hard to define sense of what is different.”

Dena Merriam: “…I have found that when I sat with women, no matter where they come from and how harsh the conditions and conflicts are that they are living, the women, from Israel, Palestine, and Iraq, for example, come as divided as the men, but are far more able to come together on common issues.

“And the issue where women always come together is the damage that conflict causes to children. No matter how divided they are, they find themselves on the same side of the fence. When a group of women leaders get together, within the first hour or two children always come up. Men can sit together for days of talk and the issue will not come up. Women are simply more finely tuned to how family structures are suffering, and how the different layers of society are damaged.

“They are also, I have found, more prepared to plunge in to try to solve the problem, more prepared to sacrifice for the solution. They have less need to hold onto positions. That applies even to the hardest core women, who are deeply set in conflict modes, and have suffered terribly. Even they can focus on the issue of children and look for common ground. I have seen this again and again.”

(end of passage)

I believe there will be a time (soon I hope) when people (both men and women) around the world will have accelerated women’s ability to contribute their true potential so that a series of positive tipping points occur…
and the urgently needed contributions towards healing our collective relationship with the Planet flow forth unhindered;
the urgently needed contributions towards healing communities torn by violence, greed, and corruption and creating communities of peace, virtue and compassion flow forth unhindered;
the urgently needed contributions towards communities of people recognizing that “beneath the multitudes of identities, (and) the differences in culture, language, ritual, and beliefs, we all desire contact that comes in forms of love, community, respect, dignity, recognition, and acknowledgment” flow forth unhindered;
--and the urgently needed contributions towards fulfilling the desire for such contact in all communities flow forth unhindered.
The people who are alive then will know--like no generation has known before--that it is possible for feelings of joy and celebration to circle the Planet, like electric sound waves.

Reaching such positive tipping points would be hard work, and in many cases, in very difficult conditions. But one of the translations/interpretations I have seen of “The I Ching” [“Nearly all that is greatest and most significant in the three thousand years of Chinese cultural history has either taken its inspiration from this book, or has exerted an influence on the interpretation of its text” (Richard Wilhelm)] says: “It is possible for leaders to be so magnanimous and progressive--and circumstances to be so constructive and inspiring--that even the most evil elements change for the better.”

I’m most interested in doing the best I can so that the contributions described above, and the leaders described above, become more and more likely--and I believe that means sharing the most valuable resources I have on the World Pulse platform.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 27, 2018
Apr 27, 2018

Hi Stephan,
I found these 13 steps and the video of people coming together in Chattanooga to share ideas very hopeful. Thanks too for recognizing that the particular perspective of women as you have outlined and shared through "A discussion with Dena Merriam, Global Peace Initiative of Women” is what needs to be able to come forward. It is good to know that you see this and are here as a supportive man with helpful information so respectfully offered.

Stefan Pasti
Apr 28, 2018
Apr 28, 2018

Dear Tam,

I very much appreciate your kind and supportive comments--and as you can see by more writing below, when special encouragement comes my way, it opens my heart, and more thoughts and feelings flow forth.

I have had my own difficulties, and for a long time could only build a reservoir of resources quietly in the background. I have wanted to give up many times. But there were things I knew, and resources I had had access to--and (as I discovered) no other path would be true to the potential of those resources. Also (as I discovered), working with such resources was what gave me the best energy, and what gave me faith. So I kept trying, and by continuing to try I eventually came to a realization about Faith: that Faith helps us move from “it hardly seem possible” to “it must be possible” because Faith believes Love will prevail. Even so, that you see my work is about hope, and about practical steps for realizing such hope; that you see I understand something about the perspective of women which needs to come forward; and that you recognize that I am here sharing on the World Pulse platform “as a supportive man with helpful information so respectfully offered” is affirmation of a very special kind. It is as you say in one of your replies under your “Breaking the Silence, Creating this Shift” post: “This is the magic of encouraging each other. It really works”. I have felt for a long time that World Pulse is a sacred space of trust, sister-to-sister love, and healing for women (many of whom have experienced much difficulty)--and thus I have been careful to let the sacred space work as it was working, and only offer resources. However, I also need encouragement, so for all who have given me encouragement, know that it is greatly appreciated. That the World Pulse community has become so good at encouragement is very, very important--in many ways.

There is one other thing I’d like to say. Since I have been in difficulties, and had to rely on finding what “light” I could find, feelings of empathy and understanding for others who I know are also in such difficulties became a part of me. And thus I have tried to contribute something to the kind of peacebuilding which could reach into even the most profound regions of trauma--and even the most entrenched positions of people who are denying other human beings basic human rights, or doing much worse.

And so I’d like to say something about why I believe these “13 Steps” can reach into such places, and bring positive change.

First, the “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--February 2017” (2 pages)(see link in my original post above) offers substantial evidence that we have a need for collaborative problem solving, citizen peacebuilding, and community education on a scale most of us have never known before.

Since I believe we need unprecedented, and even accelerated, solution-oriented activity (at this critical point in the history of life on Planet Earth), and since I have the kind of Faith I have (the kind that helps me move from “it hardly seem possible” to “it must be possible”), I have made every effort I could to discover, or imagine, or be receptive to, a kind of peacebuilding which--

a) which goes beyond the efforts currently in progress
b) which will exponentially increase the likelihood of success
c) which can assure us that wisdom and compassion will be “coming through the mist as much as they need to be”
d) which people from every variety of circumstances can trust
e) which makes best use of the knowledge and skills each one of us has
f) and which will help people discover for themselves how much we all need to be learning so that we can be part of the solutions… and how much we really need to be on the same side, helping each other.

Second, I believe people who can take steps similar to the “13 Steps” now (regardless of whether they are in association with any particular organization)--and who do so--will make it possible for not-so-good people (in entrenched positions, who are denying other human beings basic human rights, or doing much worse) to understand better healthy needs that they themselves have, and to see a place for themselves in these positive efforts… and therefore to trust (and be trusted) in a process of truth and reconciliation, so that virtuous cycles can be created, and vicious cycles can end. By this process, good people who cannot take steps now can be freed up, and much more energy, knowledge, and skills can be contributed towards the greater good.

That there are, and can be more of, approaches to collaborative problem solving which dispel polarization, injustice, violence, etc in communities and regions, and help everyone to work together (and not just in times of war, or responding to natural disasters) is something I believe to the core of my being. There will be people who are skeptical, and say it’s nothing more than “utopias-in-the-air idealism”--and that there will always be good and evil, happiness and suffering, etc. However, there are many other people besides myself who believe we are in such unprecedented circumstances that it is a practical necessity for all of us to be working together--to avoid even more difficulties than we already have. Even so, it is not surprising that it is very difficult for most people to imagine the time and effort necessary to find ourselves working towards the greater good alongside someone who has--and possibly in the very recent past--been denying other human beings basic human rights, or doing much worse. And yet… since Faith helps us to move from “it hardly seems possible to “it must be possible”, it seems to me that there is a calling upon those of us living now, and those people in the next few generations, to make the time and find the energy to discover, or imagine, or be receptive to, how to do it.

And there are many opportunities waiting for us to put into practice what we learn. In this time of unprecedented challenges--and especially in the context of collaborative problem solving on a scale most of us have never known before--there are going to be countless opportunities for reconciliation. There are going to be countless opportunities for arriving at a new appreciation of the personal qualities, skills, and beliefs of our neighbors and fellow citizens--personal qualities, skills, and beliefs which we once might have thought were only be directed towards outcomes with serious negative consequences for many people. And there are going to be countless opportunities for all of us--ourselves, our neighbors and our fellow citizens--to become part of a system of mutual support and encouragement in our local communities.

It is in circumstances such as these that it may be easier to understand the following: if we are to overcome the challenges of our times we will need not only the resources which innovators can prove the existence of by scientific method; we will also need the resources which people of faith believe exist as a result of inner experience.

Concluding Comment: I hope readers can understand that while I share as much as I have--

--because this World Pulse platform is a sacred space of trust, sister-to-sister love, and healing for women (many of whom have experienced much difficulty)
--because I have some understanding of what unique positive tipping points can be achieved when women everywhere are able to contribute their true potential
--and because the World Pulse community has learned so much about encouragement that when some of that special encouragement comes my way, it opens my heart

--there is also a part of me which keeps believing that I have something worth sharing, and thus from time to time I post new work, as a kind of outreach... seeking people who may benefit from what I have to offer.

[Additional Note: the comment removed below was a second copy of this comment, which got accidentally posted when I posted this comment. So I removed it. SP]

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Erena Bayessa
Oct 20, 2018
Oct 20, 2018

I appreciate your thoughtful generosity by making available/ accessible this important document describing steps of changes for readers. In addition, the assessment depicting the challenges and success in the document is also an asset for the readers to benefit from this document/post. In my opinion, I found it thought-provoking and informative . It is wonderful to learn these steps of changes helpful to “make each specific communities’ understanding of what “the greater good” means in the context of their community” I will look to read them thoroughly.
With appreciation and gratitude,
Erena

Stefan Pasti
Dec 16, 2018
Dec 16, 2018

Dear Erena,

Thank you for your kind comments. I apologize for taking so long to respond... I have been working on a writing project ("Harvest Song"), which I wanted to finish before some minor surgery. I also thought it would be helpful to tell you about this new document, as there is much more detail about "why" the 13 Steps are needed. And I believe the "Harvest Song"--at 78 pages, and with detailed information, statistics, etc organized into small sections--makes sharing the complicated information in "easier-to-digest" pieces (access to document in my latest post--12 16 18--, or on homepage of www.cpcsi.org ). Above all, I wish to be helpful, so if in carrying out the work I believe to be uniquely mine to do, I am not being helpful, I ask with all sincerity for those who can guide me on how to be more helpful to provide such guidance.

Erena Bayessa
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 17, 2018

Thank you so much! for your continued generosity and hard work. I will be back and in touch once reviewed your hyperlink soon.
Warmly,
Erena