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Winter 2018/19 Global Citizen | Global Spirit

Introduction

Editorial
The Practice of Global Citizenship
By Rhonda Fabian

Global unity is our evolutionary destiny. This is what we believe at Kosmos, and why we continue.

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Keynote
We Are All Global Citizens | Seeing Ourselves in the Advancement of All
By Joni Carley and Daniel Perell

Our Keynote authors represent the Coalition for Global Citizenship (CGC2030). The Coalition, based at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, advocates that governments, public and private sectors, and civil society, all work from a basis of values of just and fair treatment, inclusion and cooperation.

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Articles

Partnership Society
Breaking Out of the Domination Trance
By Riane Eisler

I have been asked to tell you about the findings from my research identifying the core components of a safer, more equitable, and caring world—especially one where women and children are finally safe—a goal that is very close to my heart.

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Interspirituality
Evolving Toward Cooperation
By Kurt Johnson

Of course, the question was—after a century and a half of “Social Darwinism” claiming that it was all about competition, from the lowest to the highest—could our world now dominated by the shark-tank rubrics of business, economics, and politics adjust to this astounding news? Could it realize that because of this basic blunder about Darwin’s message, we had, in fact, ended up with dystopia instead of utopia?

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New Economy
BOOK | Farming for the Long Haul
By Michael Foley

Farmers in urban civilizations have always been subject to powers beyond them. Indeed, there is ample evidence that urban civilizations were invariably built on the conquest and subjection of farming cultures. Our current food industry grew out of the defeat of farmers’ efforts in the late nineteenth century to win fair prices for their production.

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Commons
The Insurgent Power of the Commons in the War Against the Imagination
By David Bollier

I believe the commons paradigm can help us develop a new social and cultural vision, and new strategies for practical change. Paradoxically enough, redirecting our attention away from conventional politics and policy may offer the most promising possibilities for developing a transformational vision.

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Conversations

Refugee Crisis
FILM | LIFEBOAT, Refugees Adrift at Sea
By Skye Fitzgerald

Kosmos Journal | In 2015, your team produced 50 Feet from Syria, a film focused on the civilian impact of the Syrian conflict. Your new film, Lifeboat, bears witness to refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya. What was different for you personally about making those two films?

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Values
For Love of Place | Reflections of an Agrarian Sage
By Wendell Berry and Allen White

How do we cultivate a sense of place in an industrialized, globalizing world? Writer and farmer Wendell Berry discusses the role of agrarian values in nurturing communitarian consciousness with Tellus Senior Fellow Allen White. *** Allen White | You have [...]

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Essays

Systems
Sacred Diplomacy in the Emerging Ecozoic Era
By Merle Lefkoff

International diplomats are worn out from the toxic politics, overriding militarism, and positional bargaining for land, money, and power that define present negotiations.

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Pedagogy
Global Citizenship | An Emerging Agenda in Education
By Ambassador Choonghee Hahn

Introduced at an early stage of child development, global citizenship education enhances mutual respect and understanding, tolerance, and cultural literacy, while substantially weakening the power of radicalized messages.

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Galleries

Poetry

The Rebel’s Silhouette
By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

That which then was ours, my love, don’t ask me for that love again.

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Music

Young Change Agents
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Break Free
By Kari Auerbach

My identity and my life as an activist has a very specific energy that people associate me with. In many parts of my life, I saw it as definitely putting me in a box in the way people saw me and my story. People didn’t understand the complexity and diversity of what I was fighting for or the way I wanted to use my voice to influence change.

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World Harmony
Playing for Change
By Kari Auerbach

The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music had the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

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Documents

Interspirituality
Toward a Global Ethic
By Dr. Hans Küng, et al

Toward a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration was prepared to establish a shared ethical framework for all peoples across religious lines. It was drafted by Dr. Hans Küng with input from nearly 200 scholars representing many world religions and presented to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in September 1993.

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Fall 2018 All Consuming!

Introduction

The Four Nutriments
By Rhonda Fabian

There are four kinds of nutriments which enable living beings to grow and maintain life. What are these four nutriments? The first is edible food, the second is the food of sense impressions, the third is the food of volition, and the fourth is the food of [...]

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Articles

Keynote
un-pick-apart-able
By Nora Bateson

Bringing a morsel of food to your lips or to the lips of another is an act of intimacy. It is a personal contact point with the seasons and the generations...It is in this intimacy that I suggest a possibility for system change lies.

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Living Earth
Tending the Wild
By Charles Eisenstein

What looked to European settlers like untamed wilderness was actually the product of millennia of intentional human influence. Calling it wilderness, or “virgin territory,” gave them license to occupy it, cultivate it, “develop” it, and “improve” it.

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Theology
The Problem with “More”
By Mark Longhurst

Our globalized world lures us to crave more. The culture of “more” is a culture of not enough, accumulation and conquest, and sought but constantly deferred satiety. Every time we text message or update Instagram, researchers tell us that our brains loop in a dopamine cycle of neurological yearning.

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Conversations

Activism
Water and the Rising Feminine 
By Judy Wicks, Pat McCabe, Li An Phoa, Eve Miari

Pat McCabe | As women, I see us as the relational glue, the relational builders, so I need to get it really straight in my own mind and heart from what ethic will I address these pressures and potential conflicts around water.

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Case Study
A Tale of Two Pipelines
By Victoria Price

Malinda | We came together as a community, saying to the corporation, Williams Partners, "We're not going to stand by and let you destroy our land. We will stand between you and the land if we have to."

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Essays

Oneness
Unity and the Power of Love
By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Oneness is not a metaphysical idea but something essential and ordinary. It is in every breath, in the wing-beat of every butterfly, in every piece of garbage left in on city streets.

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Galleries

Poetry

May Everything Flower
By Liliana Torpey

Que Florezca Todo

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Music

Art Activism
Healing Sound with Jesse Paris Smith
By Kari Auerbach

Sound and music are very powerful, and we as emotional beings are sensitive to what we hear. We do not only hear with our ears but with our whole bodies.

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Meditation
Consumption As The Path
By Jeff Finlin

I had to consume everything. I had to try every possible avenue of filling the God-sized hole from the outside before I could even fathom the possibility that the emptiness and energy swimming through the cosmos was the same emptiness and energy swimming inside of me.

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In Brief

Anthropocene
Climate News
By Victoria Price

The power and abundance of our Earth can never be overstated; what is commonly overlooked is humanity's exploitation and neglect of its own life source.

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Summer 2018 Unlearning Together

Unlearning Together
Awake, Awakened, Woke!
By Rhonda Fabian

In our collective dream, we are racing toward a precipice. Earth’s human children have lost their way, propelled by swift currents of mindlessness and greed. The more we struggle against the current and try to cling to passing debris, the more exhaustion[...]

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Articles

Transformation
Unlearning Together
By Martin Winiecki

...We’ve entered the era that the Hopis predicted in their prophecies of the “great purification,” the unstoppable entropy of not only our external political, economic and ecological systems, but above all the unexamined assumptions underlying those systems.

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Social Justice
Change the Worldview, Change the World
By Drew Dellinger

Gender, like race, is a social construction, which is to say, a story. And the stories of sexism and racism that have cast such a pall over our history and our present illustrate the power of worldview and narrative in generating and maintaining systemic oppression.

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Authenticity
Presence at the Edge of Our Practice
By Helen Titchen Beeth

Humanity is in a time of transition, one that we can navigate successfully only with a shift in consciousness. How can we wake up from the collective neuroses that have driven our civilization into decadence and decline?

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Sociocracy
Dynamic Governance
By Pamela Boyce Simms

The 21st century is witnessing hundreds of millions of people caught up in cascading systemic transformation. Global society has crossed a threshold. We’ve entered the time of the Great Transition—a time when we hospice outworn ways of living that no longer serve us and the Earth, and give birth to an emergent, more compassionate, and resilient future.

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First People
Indigenous Worldview Is a Source We Now Urgently Need
By Eva Willmann de Donlea

The Mamos want the world to hear their warning and their deep concerns about the precarious state of all life on Mother Earth: “Our ancestors left us in this space, caring for and harmonizing the Earth and Humanity. We live in harmony with all nature's beings: water, earth, fire, wind, the sun, humans, and also animals and plants, which are essence of the divine.”

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Conversations

Sacred Activism
The Deschooling Dialogues: Grief, Collapse, and Mysticism
By Alnoor Ladha, Martin Kirk, Martin Winiecki, Rhonda Fabian

Alnoor: ...There is no doubt that we are in the midst of unprecedented moment where there is no return to old certainties. Part of this pain that we are facing in the world is a pathway toward transformation. Or will we perish in the horror of the onslaught that we are facing?

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Consciousness
Social Breakdown and Initiation
By Charles Eisenstein and Orland Bishop

Orland: ...A 'right' is not just for me. It's an acknowledgement that the framework that gives me access to my own potential is the same framework that gives access to someone else's potential. So this is the idea of civility. Civility is the framework that allows people to communicate in ways that allows the collective potential to be realized and achieved.

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Essays

Healing
The Migrant Quilt
By Valarie Lee James

Each quilt represents countless lives lost on border ground, a hundred-mile strip of geography spanning two countries. The interstitial border region has morphed into a distinct culture of its own and the quilts, with their binational contributors, fly its flag.

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Encountering
Resilience
By Nathalie Legros

...The car is now standing still. I smell the disaster before I see it. A smell of fuel and burnt steel. Where are the kids? Not in the car. I look for them on the highway. I find their bodies. I take care of them until ambulances arrive. While running from one child to another, I discover strength in me.

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Poetry

Falling
By Larry Robinson

Larry Robinson is a retired ecopsychologist and former Mayor of Sebastopol, California. He is the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan, an ensemble of poets and musicians dedicated to restoring the oral tradition of poetry.

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Galleries

Mixed Media

Global Music
Sapient
By Steven Chesne

Composer Steven Chesne spent a year unearthing ancient, precious peace invocations and prayers from all over the world: words of the oneness of mankind, spoken by Buddha, Lao Tzu, Jesus, Mohammed, the Sikhs, the Hindu, the Jews, the Cheyenne, the Kikuyu, and the Baha’i.

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Music

World Music
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan
By Kari Auerbach

"We all have our own subjective beliefs in the band, but the music unifies us regardless. There are certainly moments when we are playing together when I feel genuine elevation, a sense of ecstasy, and a deep feeling of connectivity. That’s magical and it’s a joy to experience. That’s the edge, not found in practice, but always sought in performance. Sometimes it happens, but you can’t force it. You just have to stay open to the possibility."

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