Kosmos Community News | May 2017

Dear Community, Here's what's up for May! (Not a member yet - SIGN UP HERE!)

The 2017 Spring | Summer edition of Kosmos Journal has arrived!

We hope you have have received your print copy of the new Kosmos Journal in the mail, or are enjoying your digital subscription. Some readers have said it is the best edition of Kosmos ever!

We have shared a couple articles with the general public, including An Interview with Deepak Chopra: You Are the Universe, by Claudia Welss. You can help Kosmos thrive by commenting on the articles you enjoy in the comment fields at the end of the article, and sharing widely in your social networks. 

Is there a writer you would like to engage directly? Start a forum and we will invite the author to reply!

Plans for a new Kosmos Podcast Series!

We are in production on a 10-part podcast series: How to Prepare for Profound Change. We have noticed a shift in thinking as our community of activists, authors and change agents begin to move past the phase of understanding the challenges we face as a planet to preparing for disruptions that are already occurring and will continue to unfold. The series will be freely available to all Kosmos Community Members and offered by subscription to others.

The one-on-one, 30-minute conversations will be introduced every two weeks, with background and links for deeper engagement.  How can we prepare mentally, physically and spiritually in our own lives, communities and groups to meet the coming challenges of political and economic upheaval, changing climate, water and food pressures, and the culture of fear? Is there a special topic you would like to see in this series? Would you like to potentially participate in a conversation? Let us know: rfabian@kosmosjournal.org

Visit to The Inn at the Shaker Mill Farm

Kosmos editor Nancy Roof and digital editor Rhonda Fabian visited the Inn at the Shaker Mill Farm Sunday May 7 to learn about plans to revitalize the local food economy and develop permaculture resources in the region.

Situated on the New York side of the lovely Berkshire hills in the town of Canaan, NY, the gristmill was built in 1824 by members of the Shaker religion. Purchased in 1966, the mill was lovingly rebuilt by the founding Innkeeper.

The current innkeeper and chef, Michael Pergola expressed an animated and positive vision of regeneration, also explored at their website:

Despite the many challenges we face today, the time is ripe for us to become more conscious and to re-create society and culture, so that they move beyond sustainability to actually regenerate the earth and that our collective evolution accelerates. The only way for this to happen is if we simultaneously recreate the economic, legal, governmental, health, food and related systems that structure our lives and provide for our needs; at the same time that our family and cultural models are revitalized.  And all of this must happen as large numbers of us become wiser, more skillful, and more highly developed in many of the ways we make sense of the world and each other. What is called for is no less than a third "Great Awakening," a spiritual and practical renewal that permeates to the very depths of who we are, individually, and as a people.

Nancy Roof and Mike Pergola

On this visit, we explored the possibilities for Kosmos to utilize the Farm as a location for retreats, workshops and roundtable discussions. We want to hear from our Community! Would you be interested in attending an event at the Inn at the Shaker Mill Farm? Please reply to rfabian@kosmosjournal.org.

Receive the Po3 Handbook, Free!  

Power of 3 (Po3) is a new powerful method for igniting local civic engagement through deeply transformative personal connection. Our Power of 3 Handbook is a guide for building trust and connection, choosing actions, and staying on track on the transformative Power of 3 journey. Sign-up to be added to the Po3 mailing list for updates and receive the Handbook via email.

Or, ready to register your group? It’s free. Enter a Name for your group and the names and email addresses of each member. We never share your information. Each member will receive a welcome email, the Po3 Handbook, updates, plus Kosmos Online delivered to their inbox every two weeks.

Learn more about the Power of Three:

The Power of Three | Awakening New Energy in Group Work

Get involved:  Spring Into Action with the Power of Three

Donate | Your support helps us develop and sustain Kosmos Community initiatives. The Power of Three Start-up Kit is yours when you support Kosmos at the Power of Three StartUp level.

Kosmos Community Forum Response

What Panels or Presentations would you like to see in the near future at Kosmos? Which writers would you most like to meet and interact with online?

I am interested in a conversation about “systems of influence.” It’s a concept that the Berkana Institute developed a while back, as part of their Two Loops theory of change. Meg Wheatley and Deborah Frieze wrote about it here.

I don’t want to listen to a panel, except perhaps as a very brief TED-talk style “conversation starter.” As it is, I can find more content online 24/7 than I have time to absorb (including all of Kosmos’ great stuff!). What I want is to engage with other whole systems change agents to explore a powerful question together. Something like this: "where do you see systems of influence that support the manifestation of global transformation operating or emerging, and how can we dance with and strengthen them?" - Ben (READ MORE)

Forum Question for May: How are you preparing for the profound changes that are coming?


Kosmos Community News | April 2017

Dear Community.

We added 43 new members last month - 8343. Here's what's up for April!

Kosmos Seed Grants Have Been Awarded!

Special thanks to Kosmos Community Members: Allie Middleton, Kathryn H Greene, and Susan Weiss who volunteered to be Grant Reviewers. 

This year's Recipients of a Seed Grant are:

Great Lakes Commons for an experimental 'art and currency' project that explores our collective values about water.

Southeast by Southeasta refugee center in Philadelphia where displaced children will have an opportunity to express their hopes and dreams through animations they help to create.

Our Five Projects of Promise: Kosmos has selected five Applicants as 2017 Projects of Promise. Although these projects do not receive cash grants, Kosmos looks forward to offering our editorial support and allyship in the year ahead. We can’t wait to see these projects blossom! We hope you will get involved too!

  • The Kid’s Table – Rising Youth Theatre
  • A Movement of Movements – Metta Center for Nonviolence
  • Local Ecology & Agriculture Fremont (LEAF) Environmental Film Series
  • Walking Water: Los Angeles Phase
  • Healing From Racism – LeFlore Communications

A First Glance at the new 2017 Spring | Summer edition of Kosmos Journal

It's at the printer! As always, we are very excited to unveil the new issue of Kosmos Journal. We can't wait to share features by William Ury and Thomas Hübl, Eleanor O’Hanlon, Deepak Chopra and Claudia Welss, and many others. Stay tuned for our Special Preview of the new edition in Kosmos Online on April 18.

Here is an excerpt from Nancy Roof's editorial "Silence Is Not an Option'.

“Silence is not an option,” said Martin LutherKing while war raged in Vietnam. Now as wars proliferate on every front—political, economic, social, environmental, and in our own psyches, our hearts are breaking. We see the values we cherish and fought for being tossed aside for material gain. We long to create the enlightened society we envision. And we know that action is the way forward. Silence is not an option.

Kosmos has once again gathered together a group of leaders who are defining the new conscious activism and answering the call to engage. From reactive and raging protests and resistance, activism has now evolved to deep self-inquiry into how we, ourselves, might be complicit in perpetuating the conditioned values of a materialistically dysfunctional society. We are asked to look at our motivations, to use our hearts as well as our heads, to become courageous defenders of our values, and to become creators of a world that is in harmony with all Life." - Nancy Roof, Kosmos Editor and Co-Founder

Our new Kosmos Collectible | The Blue Pocket Diary

Our pocket diary is already a hit with Kosmos Staff and writers! It's a free gift to new Kosmos Digital Subscribers in April and May. Since most of you are already subscribers, I'd like to figure out how to get one to you if you would like one! Here's a special link for Kosmos Community Members only: http://www.kosmosjournal.org/product/kosmos-blue-pocket-diary/The cost is $10 to cover our manufacturing and mailing costs.

More details about the diary can be found here.

Have you Formed Your Power of Three (Po3) Group Yet?

Power of 3 (Po3) is a new powerful method for igniting local civic engagement through deeply transformative personal connection.

Learn more about the Power of Three:

The Power of Three | Awakening New Energy in Group Work, in Kosmos Journal

How to get involved:  Spring Into Action with the Power of Three

The Handbook

Our Power of 3 Handbook is a guide for building trust and connection, choosing actions, and staying on track on the transformative Power of 3 journey. Sign-up to be added to the Power of Three mailing list for updates and receive the Handbook via email.

Or, ready to register your group? It’s free.

Enter a Name for your group and the names and email addresses of each member. We never share your information. Each member will receive a welcome email, the Po3 Handbook, updates, plus Kosmos Online delivered to their inbox every two weeks.

“Shared purpose is one antidote to the lack of connection inherent in modern life, and Po3 is conceived as a learning lab for exploring purposeful encounter as a means for addressing some of the most pressing needs of our communities and our planet.” – Fabian

Donate | Your support helps us develop and sustain Kosmos Community initiatives.
The portable and inspiring Power of Three Start-up Kit is our gift to your team when you support Kosmos at the Power of Three StartUp level. Our pocket-sized Kosmos Notebook is perfect for recording your group’s aspirations. The 2-inch tall bell is hand-embellished with a velvet ribbon and Po3 charm. Three rakhi-style solidarity wrist-ties are hand-beaded at Kosmos and signify loyalty. A votive candle and triangular holding tray are also included. It all arrives in a blue organza gift pouch. Each person in your group also receives the full privileges of Kosmos Community membership and the Po3 Handbook via email. $50.00

 

FORUM TOPIC FOR APRIL: What Panels or Presentations would you like to see in the near future at Kosmos? Which writers would you most like to meet and interact with online?


The Kosmos Blue Pocket Diary, Our Gift to You

Our newest Kosmos collectible, this blue pocket diary is perfect for keeping record of your thoughts, dreams and aspirations. Some of us at Kosmos use it as a gratitude journal, and writers love it for jotting down ideas and phrases that occur throughout the day.

Made from 100% recycled materials, the diary slips easily into your pocket. It measures 3x5 inches in size and has a durable cover. The diary contains 100 unlined pages and to keep it closed while not in use, there is a blue elastic band attached to the back cover on either end that wraps around the front cover. Keeping track of your place among the pages is simple, with a strand of blue, glossy ribbon attached to the inside top of the notebook's spine that functions as an elegant bookmark.

For a limited time, the Kosmos Blue Pocket Diary is our special gift to you when you subscribe to Kosmos Journal at the Verdant Level. 

Published in the fall and spring, our bound, full-color journal is delivered to your door to keep, enjoy and share. As a Print Edition Member, you automatically receive access to the digital versions of the Journal and membership in Kosmos Community. Awarded for excellence by Images and Voices of Hope (with Frontline and TED, and selected as a ‘Quality Alternative Media Source’ by Films for Action (alongside Bill Moyers, Grist, and Truthout), the wisdom and beauty of Kosmos Journal is yours to enjoy, delivered right to your door, or to a loved one. And this is perfect timing - our new edition comes out May 1!

In addition to all the benefits of subscribing to Kosmos Journal, we have partnered with OneTreePlanted to plant five trees in the Colorado Rockies in your honor, or in honor of a loved one, to offset the carbon cost of printing and mailing. Join us in our effort to help restore our beautiful planet! You also receive full membership in Kosmos Community. It's all yours as a Verdant Subscriber.

Not ready to subscribe?

The diary is also our gift to you when you contribute to Kosmos at the $30 Scribe Level. Your donation also includes the many benefits of membership in Kosmos Community, including our Community News delivered to your inbox each month, private forums, invitations to live and online events, and special opportunities to engage more deeply with Kosmos.

At the $50 Seeker Level, you ALSO receive our signature Kosmos blue meditation bracelet! Each agate, a mineral of the Quartz family, is a blue world unto itself. Forming close to the Earth’s surface, usually in volcanic rock, agates have been used as amulets and ornamentation since Babylonian times. Agate’s slower vibration, compared to other stones was regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence. Its uses in healing spread through the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, Africa and the Middle East and into Russia.

img_9973Our Kosmos-blue bracelet contains one ‘gratitude’ crystal of pyrite. To the Incas and Aztecs, Pyrite’s magical properties included divination and defense against negative energies – ‘seeing behind facades to what is real’.

Sustainably sourced.

Visit the Kosmos Community page for more information on all the levels of membership, subscriptions and ways to support the mission of Kosmos!

You can also purchase the Pocket Diary on it's own for $10, including domestic shipping:

$10.00Donate


Kosmos Community News | March 2017

Dear Community.

Wow - 8,300 Members! We are really growing, thanks to all of you. Here's what you need to know about your community for the month of March:

Your Forum Needs You!

It's your Forum. Let's get the conversations started! Please introduce yourself and tell us your aspirations for connection and engaged action. We are eager to know all about you!

Can you host a Forum topic? We are actively seeking Members who want to keep the conversation going in the Kosmos Community Forum. We are a small staff and we can't always keep up with the many demands on our time. Have a burning issue you want to lead a discussion about? Log-in to the Forum and start a thread! We will promote your topic and connect you with thought leaders in the greater Kosmos Community!

This Month's Forum Topic: Do you believe the current political climate will spark massive social transformation? What will this look like in 2017/18?

Power of Three (Po3)

Small, informed groups of citizens are a key to positive action at the local level. Knowing this, Kosmos is introducing an experimental initiative to leverage the self-organizing power of people, through groups of three, to come together around a shared concern and simple practical goals in order to take action in their communities.

Power of 3 (Po3) is a new powerful method for igniting local civic engagement through deeply transformative personal connection:

"In Nature, nothing and no one stands alone. We are each deeply interconnected. The Po3 model proposes that we explore our true kinship in deeper ways than our conditioning has taught us. It asks that we place ‘lovingness’ and service to others at the forefront of our thinking, doing, and being." - Fabian

Learn more about the Power of Three

The Power of Three | Awakening New Energy in Group Work, in Kosmos Journal

How to get involved:  Spring Into Action with the Power of Three

EcoSattva Training Underway!

Our first group of EcoSattva Warriors are in training! We are learning from luminaries like Joanna Macy, Tara Brach and Bhikkhu Boddhi, powerful advocates for Mother Earth.

And Kosmos Editor Nancy Roof is joining us!

Dear Friends,

I look forward to forming our community as lovers of the earth and all life. It is especially meaningful for me to be a part of such a sacred subject as the first effort of Kosmos Community to come together in a learning project. We are now experimenting with different ways to come together in community – such as seed grants, readers essays, retreats, webinars and more. I have longed to interact with the Kosmos Community for many years as I have felt the energy of our invisible community growing through the years. Greetings to all you dear friends. - Nancy

You can follow our progress in the Forum.  The setting is informal and so far, illuminating! If you jump right in by March 4, you can easily catch up! Register here at the 50% group rate and enter 'Kosmos' in the group-name field. Be sure to drop an email to rfabian@kosmosjournal.org so we can loop you in.

Sneak Peek:

We have a new Kosmos collectible coming in March, for Community Members. Our bespoke pocket notebook is perfect for recording observations, dreams, affirmations or simple gratitude. Keep an eye out for it!

Our Signature Meditation Bracelet sold out in February! It's back now - each one handmade by Kosmos friend, Kari Auerbach.
Your purchase supports the work of Kosmos, so we can continue beautifully into the future.

 


EcoSattva Training – Kosmos Learning Group Forming

For all Kosmos Community Members

We have made a special arrangement with OneEarth Sangha to take their asynchronous online course together as a special group. Founders of the course will join us for key sessions. Any Kosmos Community Member is welcome to join at a greatly reduced rate. If you are not already a Member of Kosmos Community, you can join here for as little as $12/year. 

lotusearth“What does it mean to express a Buddhist response to climate change? What does our wisdom tradition and our love for this life call us to do? How can we respond with wisdom, compassion and courage?”

We are forming a group to begin taking a self-paced online course together. The total cost is $27, a 50% savings over the standard course fee. Familiarity with Buddhism is not required. There are six 90-minutes sessions, plus readings and discussion.  All sessions are pre-recorded. We hope to meet occasionally via video-call and complete the course together in eight weeks or so and to begin the course around March 1, 2017.

We invite you to experience a powerful collection of teachers, activists and other leaders in our annual EcoSattva Training series. Built on the foundation of last year’s inaugural online course, you’ll hear from luminaries like Joanna Macy, global Buddhist activists like Thanissara, revered translators of Dharma like Bhikkhu Boddhi, powerful new voices in Dharma like Reverend Kyodo Williams, and many others. Most importantly, this year’s training offers another opportunity to come together in community to explore how the practices of wisdom and compassion can meet a challenge even as immense as global climate change.”

If you are interested in taking this course together as a group with other Kosmos readers and staffers, contact rfabian@kosmosjournal.org. Group size limited.

More Information about the course can be found here. Do not worry that is says the course has passed. We are taking the course by special arrangement. Do not register yet if you wish to take the course with Kosmos. We will let you know by email how and when to sign up.


Kosmos Community News | February 2017

Dear Community.

Thank you for the many ways you encouraged us last month! Here's what you need to know about your community for the month of February:

Call for Essays

wethewomenTwice a year Kosmos invites our community members to submit an essay up to 830 words. We choose two or three essays to publish in our hard copy Kosmos Journal and several others in Kosmos Online and on our website. We are preparing the next issue of Kosmos Journal right now, and hope you will participate. Our theme this Spring is 'Activism in the New Climate'. What does 'activism' mean to you, and how are you actively engaging the world in the current political, physical and emotional climate? Submit your essay here. Deadline March 1, 2017.

EcoSattva Training - Kosmos Group Forming

lotusearth"What does it mean to express a Buddhist response to climate change? What does our wisdom tradition and our love for this life call us to do? How can we respond with wisdom, compassion and courage?"

We are forming a group in February to begin taking a self-paced online course together. The total cost is $27, a 50% savings over the standard course fee. Familiarity with Buddhism is not required. There are six 90-minutes sessions, plus readings and discussion.  All sessions are pre-recorded. We hope to meet occasionally via video-call and complete the course together in eight weeks.

We invite you to experience a powerful collection of teachers, activists and other leaders in our annual EcoSattva Training series. Built on the foundation of last year’s inaugural online course, you’ll hear from luminaries like Joanna Macy, global Buddhist activists like Thanissara, revered translators of Dharma like Bhikkhu Boddhi, powerful new voices in Dharma like Reverend Kyodo Williams, and many others. Most importantly, this year’s training offers another opportunity to come together in community to explore how the practices of wisdom and compassion can meet a challenge even as immense as global climate change."

Interested? Contact rfabian@kosmosjournal.org. Group size limited to 6-10. More Information 

Two more weeks to apply for a 2017 Kosmos Seed Grant!

comgKickstart your activism! Seed Grants of $2,500 will be awarded in Spring 2017 to individuals or organizations working to advance direct action for social justice using new and experimental approaches to break through cultural barriers.

All Members of Kosmos Community are eligible to apply.

TO APPLY, please go here. Be sure to log in.

TO SUPPORT, please go here. 100% of your donation goes to  Seed Grant Recipients.

Be a Seed Grant Reviewer, Attend the Awards Dinner in NYC, or have a Seed Grant awarded in your name or the name of a loved one. Last year, this lovely family from Tulsa did just that. Their gift of $2500 enabled us to offer an additional Seed Grant.

siegfried-family'On December 29th, the call for proposals email for “Seed Grants" arrived in our inbox from Kosmos and it just clicked for us. We can’t talk about leadership and make a difference in society without promoting collaboration and civic engagement! There are lots of great ideas and efforts to make a difference in the world but without collaboration and civic engagement, it is hard for them to take off. We thought, “two grants isn’t enough and maybe we can help!" '

img_9596Our gift to you at the $30 level or higher: a handmade set of five notecards embedded with wildflower seeds! Each card comes with instructions for sprouting and planting.mala-community-home

At the $50 level and above: Our signature blue Kosmos Meditation Bracelet, designed and hand-crafted by Kari Auerbach. You also receive the Seed Notecards.

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Panelist Jodie Evans, Co-founder CODEPINK

PANEL: Activism in the New Climate

Last month's panel was a great success. Thank you! History-making activists from three countries and wide experience shared their  outlook for activism in 2017.

Watch the program here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjnODVlkXUY

From Our Forum

KUDOS! This panel presentation was EXCELLENT – an international, multi-generational, multidisciplinary demonstration of BEING the change we want to see. The panel moderator did a masterful job. As I viewed the forum, tears of relief and hope occasionally welled up for me. I’ve described it to friends as “Activism 10.0”, and I’m enthusiastically referring people to the KOSMOS Community. I hope you’ll make this video freely available on the KOSMOS website – our world needs it.

I only regret I couldn’t figure how to live post on the YouTube format during the event. Any suggestions?

Again, thank you Nancy! Thank you Lina! Thank you panelists! Thank you Kosmos! for an inspired and inspiring panel presentation."  - Karen


2017 Kosmos Seed Grant Guidelines

Kosmos is pleased to announce the third year of the Kosmos Seed Grant initiative. Seed Grants of $2,500 will be awarded in Spring 2017 to individuals or organizations working to advance social change using nonviolent activism and experimental approaches that break through cultural barriers.

Guidelines for applicants are as follows:

  • All Members of Kosmos Community are eligible to apply. Not sure if you are a member? .

  • Individuals must apply through an accredited US non-profit. Any (501-C-3) non-profit organization, registered in the US, working anywhere in the world toward social change may apply.
  • Projects should have a stated duration, with clear objectives and expected outcomes.
  • Applicants should describe a clear and direct use of the funds and the impact it will have (i.e., not in funding general operations or overhead costs)

In the spirit of Kosmos Journal’s first printing, funded by a $2,500 grant from the Lifebridge Foundation, we offer these grants to catalyze the efforts of people working at the edge of transformation, aligned with our stated mission: “to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in local and global transformation in harmony with all Life.”

Our 2017 theme, ‘Activism for a New Era’ is intended to encourage innovative and experimental approaches to engaged action . We define activism as ‘the policy or action of using vigorous methods to bring about political or social change.‘ New forms of activism may include art activism, subtle activism, youth activism, e-activism, alternative communities and collectives, and much more.

Specifically we are interested in how your approach will help break down cultural divides and dispel stereotypes. How will diverse voices and perspectives be represented in your initiative? How will you bring people together to ignite positive change?

Proposals will be in the form of brief essays. The most compelling proposals will be those that set forth a sound plan with a strong potential for success. The deadline for submission is February 15th, 2017 and awards will be announced in early April.

TO APPLY, please go here. 

(https://www.kosmosjournal.org/programs/seed-grants/)

Maximum essay length: 750 words


Tulsa Family Enables Kosmos to Give an Extra Seed Grant – One Year Later

Last year at this time, we were so thrilled when the Bailey J & Kellner Siegfried family contacted us with amazing news. They had learned that Kosmos awards Seed Grants of $2500 each year to people and organizations working at the glowing edge of transformation. They wanted to offer an entire Seed Grant on behalf of their family! Their generosity enabled us to give an extra Seed Grant last year and inspired us to create opportunities for others who are interested in supporting transformational change, to give.

Here is their story:

Kellner and I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have 4 children... age 9, 3 and twin 1 year olds.  You asked us about local concerns in our community… gosh, we would say normal concerns as parents, but Kellner and I are optimists but realists… so ultimately, we see a lot of opportunity to enhance or improve things (families, society, leadership, interactions, consciousness, awareness, the world around us).  

In short, we like to focus on leadership and developing leadership capacity as best we can (our kids, schools, company, everyone we interact with).  How did we get here? Looking back we can see it more clearly now but when our first child, London, was young (about 1), I had the opportunity to study for a masters at the University of Notre Dame. This was a tough time for us as I traveled every week for work and the week off… i traveled up to Notre Dame to fit a month of MBA into 4 days. It was tough, but it was strengthening and growing for us as a family starting out.

The MBA program began with a full week emersion in what they called “Executive Integral Leadership.” This ultimately was the beginning of a transformation of awareness and understanding of the impact of leadership for us individually and society and humanity. The MBA program ended with a capstone class/engagement around global issues. Both classes were taught by Leo Burke. So it also was the beginning of our friendship with Leo, and the beginning of understanding and seeing a bigger picture.

On the last day of the last class, Leo had a box of magazines he said talked about lots of the things we had learned and offered one to everyone who wanted one. It was Kosmos. From then on, we followed Leo and Kosmos - staying in touch and reading.

As time went on things became more clear to us about what we are passionate about. Ultimately, the challenge is one of necessity for now and the future. We believe that we need more leaders making decisions from a deeper place of wisdom. That’s it in a nutshell. So, the more dialogue, conversation, understanding and engagement on raising children and leaders to lead from within, a place of reflection, understanding, awareness, consciousness, the better the world will be.

As 2015 was coming to an end, Kellner and I and our kids were in the mode of year-end reflection, and thinking about 2016.  On December 29th, the call for proposals email for "Seed Grants - Igniting Civic Engagement” arrived in our inbox from Kosmos and it just clicked for us. We can’t talk about leadership and make a difference in society without promoting collaboration and civic engagement! There are lots of great ideas and efforts to make a difference in the world but without collaboration and civic engagement, it is hard for them to take off.

We thought, “two grants isn’t enough and maybe we can help, and keep it simple by just replying to the email.

…and here we are!

At Kosmos, we wondered how to acknowledge such a generous act, so we decided to ask the Siegfrieds to select a Seed Grant Recipient from a list of eight finalists. After careful deliberation, the Siegfried’s chose a recipient from the list and Kosmos chose two more. The remaining five applicants received Project of Promise recognition from Kosmos.

This family’s beautiful act also reminded us that others might wish to play a similar role, by donating money, time or talent to the 2017 Seed Grant Campaign. Now we have created a way to do that and we have the Siegfrieds to thank!

2016 Kosmos Seed Grant Recipients:
Activist Ashram, New York, NY
Project NEWS (Native Engagement within Systems), Mandan, ND
Wilmington in Transition Timebank, Wilmington, DE

Kosmos 2016 Projects of Promise:
The Chicago Wisdom Project, Chicago, IL
Thriving Communities, Friday Harbor, WA
Raices Cultural Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Schumacher Center and Berkshares, Great Barrington, MA
Great Lakes Commons, Little Britain, Ontario

 


Kosmos Seed Notecards | Our Gift when You Support Our Grant-giving Campaign

Every year Kosmos gives grants of $2500 to individuals and organizations working at the edge of transformation. People have asked how to help! We created a Seed Grant Campaign for those who wish to get involved and we wanted to offer a gift for anyone who donates $30 or more to make more Seed Grants possible this year.

img_9596We created a set of five Seed Notecards. Each simple unfolded card is embedded with wildflower seeds for you or your recipient to plant this spring. The cards are perfect for a quick 'thank you', expression of care, or wish for wellness.

When you plant the Notecard in a pot of soil, the paper will grow into colorful wildflowers: Bird's Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Alyssum, English Daisy, Catchfly and Snap Dragon.

img_9592Each card and color-coordinated envelope is hand-stamped with a floral symbol. There are three 5x4.5" cards and two 5x3.5" cards in each set. Each card has planting instructions. Wrapped in beautiful gold organza and a pink grosgrain ribbon, you may decide to keep and plant them all yourself!

Donate to the Kosmos Seed Grant Campaign and receive our special thank-you gift - one set of five plantable Seed Notecards. US Domestic mailing only.

Botanical PaperWorks supplied the paper. Here is more information from them about plantable paper.

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper that is made with post-consumer materials (no trees harmed for this paper!) and embedded with seeds. When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind is flowers! 

How To Plant Plantable Paper

SUPPLY LIST

  • a pot for planting
  • some good potting soil
  • plantable paper
  • water
  • a sunny corner

STEP 1 - PREPARE YOUR POT

Fill your pot 2/3 full with good potting soil. Tamp down the soil and add more if necessary. You want the pot to be firmly full, but not packed. The paper can be planted indoors or outside, so you get to choose according to the temperature and conditions at the time of planting (we don't recommend planting outside if it's blizzarding or desert-hot!).

STEP 2 - PLANT THE PAPER

Take your plantable paper and cover the soil in the prepared pot with the paper. It's okay if the paper overlaps. Spread a 1/8 inch layer of soil over the plantable paper pieces and tamp down gently.

STEP 3 - WATER DURING GERMINATION

After planting the paper in your pot, give it a good soak. You want the paper and the soil to be nicely damp but not swimming in water. During the first 10 days, keep the paper moist at all times. The water is necessary for germination.

STEP 4 - CARE AFTER GERMINATION

Once sprouts appear, continue to keep the paper moist but be careful not to overwater. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed. Here's what the pot looks like after planting a greeting card:

STEP 5 - ENJOY THE FLOWERS

Once the flowers start to blossom, enjoy them in the pot or transfer outside!

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Kosmos Community News | January 2017

Dear Community.

Welcome to a fresh New Year and a growing Kosmos Community! Here's what you need to know about your community for the month of January:

A VERY SPECIAL GIFT

kenwilberKen Wilber, Integral Theorist and writer on transpersonal psychology, has written and shared with us, a 90-page paper titled Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self-Correction. We are sharing this unpublished paper with Kosmos Community for a very limited time. Until January 10 you can request the paper at info@kosmosjournal.org.

Please do not share, post or publish this paper. This is a private preview of a work-in-progress. We are so grateful to Ken Wilber for supporting Kosmos Community by sharing this valuable work!

 

PANEL: Activism in the New Climate, a Kosmos Online Event

panel2Kosmos will offer a live online panel event for the Kosmos Community on January 10 at 1pm EST. History-making activists from three countries and wide experience will join to discuss the outlook for activism in 2017. How will the new political climate, as well as the increasing pressures of climate chaos and exploitative and extractive practices, impact the attitudes and tactics of changemakers in the times ahead?

 

Kosmos Community Members can find the Private URL in the Kosmos Community Forum. Post your questions and comments there!

sprout-survivalSeeding the Future | 2017 Kosmos Seed Grants

On the Kosmos Community mainpage, you'll see that we have started a new campaign: Seeding the Future. Check it out!

Kosmos is pleased to announce the third year of the Kosmos Seed Grant initiative. Seed Grants of $2,500 will be awarded in Spring 2017 to individuals or organizations working to advance social change using new and experimental approaches to break through cultural barriers.

Guidelines for applicants are as follows:

  • All Members of Kosmos Community are eligible to apply.
  • Individuals must apply through an accredited US non-profit. Any (501-C-3) non-profit organization, registered in the US, working anywhere in the world toward social change may apply.
  • Projects should have a stated duration, with clear objectives and expected outcomes.
  • Applicants should describe a clear and direct use of the funds and the impact it will have (i.e., not in funding general operations or overhead costs)

In the spirit of Kosmos Journal’s first printing, funded by a $2,500 grant from the Lifebridge Foundation, we offer these grants to catalyze the efforts of people working at the edge of transformation, aligned with our stated mission: “to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in local and global transformation in harmony with all Life.”

TO APPLY, please go here. Be sure to log in.(https://www.kosmosjournal.org/programs/seed-grants/)

notepackBe a Seed Grant Reviewer, Attend the Awards Dinner in NYC, or have a Seed Grant awarded in your name or the name of a loved one.

We have a sweet new gift to offer for every donation of $30 or more to our Seeding the Future Campaign. We created a set of five hand-stamped notecards embedded with wildflower seeds! Each card comes with instructions for sprouting and planting.

News from the Forums

Have you checked out the Kosmos Community Forums yet? This is evolving to become the heart of our Community, so please take the time to introduce yourself and your aspirations for 2017. Here are a few recent examples:

Lately a feel a stronger calling/tugging towards the environmental front. I am interested in deepening my experience, understanding, and application of community. I am open to hangouts, discussions, dialogues, book clubs, and much more. I want to be exposed so I can grow and strengthen my “bandwidth” capacity which enables how I show up and can contribute in community personally and professionally. - Tiffany

Am also very interested in progressing a conversation around childhood spiritual development that whole heartedly embraces nature. Outside of mainstream religions, this territory remains very under served – in research and practice – in the world. I am keen to explore much more with others and bring this conversation to life in ways that can move from very niche/alternative and into contemporary culture. - Michael

I would hope to have a place to discuss what I’m reading in Kosmos. Just today, I read the article on Cultural Design by Joe Brewer, and it rocked my world. I’m especially interested in his denial of the distinction between problem versus predicament, a distinction I have recently embraced wholeheartedly. So it would be cool if there could be a forum thread for each article. Tracking traffic on such threads would also give the editorial staff essential feedback on what makes readers come alive. - Susan

I grew up in the idealistic 1960s, and I’m trying to spark idealism in my students, to fan the flame into a vision of what the world could be if we unite and take action, each one in their own measure and own way. I see a lot of apathy and resignation, and if I can change that at all, I’ll have made a difference. So I’ll echo what others have said: I’m looking at Kosmos Community as a place to give and receive nurturance, information, and support as we go through these times of fundamental transformation. - Cheryl