Saturday 28 March 2020
This pandemic is horrifying in so many ways. It is also forcing the world to change its behaviour. It is waking the world up to the fact that what we had before was just a story and that we are quite capable of writing a new one.
And we absolutely need to write a new one. It is really important that we build on the changes in behaviour that we are seeing now so that something good and long-lasting can come out of this.
Holistic Activism can play a crucial role. We can use this time to help develop an all inclusive and interconnected movement for systemic and behavioural change. While we are all isolated behind our computer screens, we are intimately connected through the world-wide-web.
I am not sure yet how we are going to do this, but that doesn’t matter, because a willingness to collaborate combined with the interconnection of many minds, will pave the way forward. I am sure that this movement has already started. We just need to find our place within it.
But we will also need times of silence, times of meditation and connection with nature. That way our mind-work will be so much more productive and we will be better able to see past ideology into a realm of collaboration 🙂
Feel free to share this website, download the booklet and listen to the audio booklet with anyone who might be interested. HA definitely doesn’t claim to have all of the answers but we can be part of the wider conversation that we really need to be having.
Stay safe and lets change the world from the comfort of our own homes 🙂
Sadly but also understandably, all workshops and HA related events have been postponed indefinitely. However we will be keeping busy by spending the weeks and possibly months ahead reaching out and connecting through cyberspace. We will work to build the movement so that social and environmental changes can emerge out of this difficult time. Feel free to reach out and contact us at any time. We will write more on this issue in the ensuing days. Please stay safe.
Holistic Activism Update – 11 December 2019
Thank you to everyone who came along to our workshops at the Earth Ethics Conference and the Red and Blue Festival. We had a great time and connected with some wonderful and inspiring people.
One thing that was reiterated at both events is that there is no time to lose.
Therefore we are looking forward to taking Holistic Activism to the next level in 2020. In the early part of the year we will be launching a new HA guided meditation and a second edition of the HA booklet as well as the Holistic Activist Movement of Movements, which will be huge.
Have a great festive season, watch this space and please make contact if it feels right to do so. See you in the New Year…
A Statement from Holistic Activism – 16 October 2019
Please share this statement freely in your networks, if you feel that the need arises.
Right now the media and the Murdoch press in particular is attempting to rubbish the Extinction Rebellion movement by pointing out the hypocrisies of certain activists who are involved, whether it be showing activists eating at McDonalds or pointing out the fact that one of the founders has recently flown to South America.
What is essential is that we show a united front, no matter what our perceived hypocrisies are, because we are all hypocrites to a greater or lesser degree and unless we acknowledge that, we will not build a cohesive movement.
This is why radical acceptance is part of the first step of holistic activism. It is not about judging how many flights you have made, how much meat you have eaten or how many children you have had. It is about finding a common ground in which to build a movement that will, among other things allow us to re-examine our life choices without fear of being shamed. That is the only way that we can build a more sustainable and equitable world.
The media is trying to play by the old rules. We must reject those rules and show that we are taking a new holistic path forward that doesn’t feed on the politics of division.
Holistic Activism and the Red and Blue Festival
There will be a Holistic Activism 101 workshop at this year’s Red and Blue Gathering, set in beautiful countryside near Warburton, Victoria, Australia. It will take place on Friday 29th Nov 2019, 4:00 pm – Sunday 1st Dec 2019, 4:00 pm.
Red and Blue will feature a whole range of workshops as well as a screening of 2040 followed by a panel discussion (including a HA perspective). If you feel like a camping trip in late November, come and join us.
Holistic Activism and Extinction Rebellion
Holistic Activist Jeff White gave a great power point presentation in Preston, Melbourne last Wednesday in order to show the importance of regenerative culture in the Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement and of course the Holistic Activism principles were included in that presentation.
Jeff has also agreed to start drafting a Regenerative Cultures handbook and I will assist him with the editing. Once it has been through a process of consultation, it will hopefully be the go-to resource for anyone wanting to learn the systemic and behavioural change that underpins XR.
It will be especially important to ensure that the Citizens Assemblies that XR are undertaking, can navigate through different opinions and cognitive biases so that a pathway can be created that everyone can take ownership of.
XR is about embracing everyone and every part of everyone, which is wonderful, but for that to work, regenerative culture has to be imbued into every facet of XR.
We are also planning a day of workshops in Melbourne in mid to late September based around regenerative culture and Holistic Activism will run one of those workshops.
Meanwhile, we are working hard to ensure that the regenerative side of XR (which includes HA principles) is represented at as many ‘Introduction to XR’ events as possible and we will work towards ensuring that every XR group has a regular opportunity to attend Regenerative Cultures workshops.
Mark August 3rd 2019
Holistic Activism Audio-Booklet Available to Download
The audio version of the Holistic Activism booklet is now available to listen to on this website. It is also available as a podcast that you can download as an MP3 and store to your device. Simply go to:
Holistic Activism Meet-Ups
Holistic Activism meet-ups are now being held fortnightly on Wednesday evenings in Preston, Melbourne. We are also planning on establishing meet-ups in Sydney, starting in August. If you are interested in coming along to either, please contact us and we will send you further details.
CACE Town Planning Information Sheet
Holistic Activism has collaborated with Population, Permaculture and Planning to write the Town Planning Information Sheet for the Council for Action on the Climate Emergency (CACE). It underlines the need for behavioural change, collaboration, looking for common ground and importantly, that all of it is part of an ongoing conversation.
By incorporating Holistic Activism principles into all aspects of our activism, we can build movements that are not weighed down by cognitive dissonance. Instead we can look towards creating something that is able to cross disciplines and incorporate different opinions and values.
You can download the unedited version here: CACE Town Planning Info Sheet
Meet-up Groups in Melbourne and Sydney
The next step in developing this movement is to form regular meet-up groups in Melbourne and Sydney. These groups will bring like minded people together to meditate and discuss how we can take the movement forward. Items on the agenda will include, teaching people how to run and facilitate workshops and how we can make Holistic Activism accessible to a wider demographic. Over time we aim to create meet-up groups in every state within Australia.
Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Your contribution is very welcome.
31 May 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended the Holistic Activism workshops at Confest 2019. I met some very inspiring people and received a lot of amazing feedback. I am looking forward to working with some of the great people I met during that time, as we take this movement forward.