Friday, July 6, 2018

Open Space - - 2:6

Session Two Group Six
Building Alliances with others

Open Space - - 2:5

Session Two Group Five
Combined group:
Organize Florida solutions tour
CLEO FL climate change pledge

Open Space - - 2:4

Session Two Group Four
Passion/Asset Mapping

Open Space - - 2:2

Session Two Group Two:
Listening to our indigenous brothers and sisters and their wisdom

Open Space - - 1:5

Session one Group five:

"What unities us is the more beautiful, world our hearts know is possible"
Charles Eisenstein - - - Let's Talk

Open Space - - 1:4

Session one Group Four:
Combined group:
          Disaster resilience in lower income communities

Saturday, June 30, 2018

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The Planning Team

Moments from the 4th FL-ICAN, Day 1

Literature from the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Organized & Generous. 

Preparing for Open Space activity.

Beready to be SURPRISED!


Rev. Houston R. Cypress | Board of Directors

a Full Spectrum Movement
advocating for Improved Water Quality
and the Integrity of the Circle of Life
in the Greater Everglades 


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Open Space - - 2:3

Session Two Group Three
Combined group:
Energy 2040 Task Force
Legislative Advocacy

SB 1038: Energy 2040 Task Force

SB 1038: Energy 2040 Task Force

Re-introduce this bill and support provisions that encourage and support sustainable, renewable sources of energy.
Expand the task force

Legislative Action
  • Build relationships with your representatives by meeting with them or their staff members before the start of each legislative session.
  • Submit a "wish list" of legislation and key provisions with talking points
  • Track progress of bills of interest through Committee hearings and votes by subscribing to Legislative Alerts on the appropriate House or Senate website
  • Urge Committee chairs and Senate or House leadership to place bills of interest you support on agendas of committees to which they have been referred
  • Contact your representatives with your message of support or opposition prior to Committee hearings and votes on the Chamber floor
Your influence and opinions carry the most weight when you are a constituent and your bill of interest is referred to a Committee on which your representative serves or the bill is scheduled for a vote on the Chamber floor

For questions or to request receipt of email alerts on bills of interest to FL-iCAN members, contact David Johnson dj.jj@icloud,com or 904-514-4304

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Open Space - - 2:1

Session Two Group One:
How to talk across the political divide

How to talk across the political divide

If you want to converse with someone who thinks differently than you do, it is important to learn the feelings of the other person, try to learn their personal experiences, show he/she is being listed to, and being respectful of other people. 

In order to create space for such type of conversation, we need to abandon certain expectations:
1) Give up the expectation that you are going to convince the other person
2) Give up the expectation that any conversation will be logical
3) Give up the belief that if we are totally open, the other person is also going to be open to us.

The core principles of this ability to talk across the political divide requires: 
1) respect of the other person
2) curiosity
3) being open
4) knowing that sometimes people want to defend themselves, become aware if that is what you are doing also.
5) there is a common good, and we have to believe that we may find a common good with others different than us.

Skills encouraged to use through the conversations (tone setting skills):
1) let the other person know that you want to understand him/her
2) ask permission from the other person ("Can I ask you this question?") show them you want to understand him/her
3) Acknowledge where you are coming from, let the other person know where you are coming from.
4) Offer something critical of your own side (be self-critical openly)

Listening skills:
1) make sure that you paraphrase properly what the other person said.
2) ask honest questions of understanding, show you want to be able to understand.
3) listen for the values that are underlying to his/her sharing, so that you can become more aware of where he/she is coming from, to avoid assuming the wrong thing, listen for the hidden message.

Speaking skills:
1) use the "I" statements more often than truth statements. Example" This is how I see it - vs - this is how it is …
2) use expressions such us: "I am concerned about…." Instead of being definitive as if you knew what an outcome of something is, or you hold all the truth. Share what you are concerned about.
3) Mention when you find something you can agree on. 
4) If you feel very strongly about something, feel free to say: "This is  my life experience" -  instead of "this is how it is…"
5) When a conversation is difficult, stay focussed on the situation and what you want to share.
6) Do not use hooks (to manipulate answers), and do not answer to hooks.
7) Do not use provocative statements, and avoid answering to provocative statements
8) Agree to disagree.

Narrative power analysis:
Understanding each other's assumptions, values and life journey to date. How to build trust and uphold transparency? 
Exercise: Ask the following 7 questions
1) What life experience has motivated you to be the person you are today? 
2) Who has formed your belief system?  We are curious, we are not preaching somebody, we are showing real interest in that person
3) What have been your strengths and weaknesses? 
4) What difficulties have you had to endure to become the person you are today?
5) What has been your personal experience that shows you that trust is good?
6) How have you created social change? 
7) What did you learn from the person in your group? 

Recommended book: The Righteous Mind


Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo
Director for Training and LatinoAmerica
Tampa, Florida

Open Space


Sima R

Crystal J

Douglas B

Gary R.

Sue B

The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible

  • Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness
  • Greater joy, equanimity, purpose, balance
  • Women's choice - family planning
  • Happiness is a choice -- find joy!
  • People of many religions have expected and prayed for a time when we would have peace on Earth. We are in that transition, a new stage in the evolution of life on Earth
  • In a more beautiful world the governments would be accountable to the people. Corporations would work not for shareholders but for Earth and all its inhabitants.
  • Music and the arts -- Joni Mitchell's Down to You, Michael Jackson Man in the Mirror
  • We have to go through the process, do the work, learn from mistakes
  • African Americans have been going through the process so long, they're feeling there's no point any more.  Reengage for 2018 and 2020 elections.

Earth Charter quotes for the more beautiful world
  • We are one human family, one Earth community with a common destiny
  • Peace is the wholeness of right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth and the larger whole of which all are a part.

Florida Earth Charter Initiative

Florida Earth Charter Initiative
with Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice

SLIDES for FL-iCAN Assembly June 29, 2018


Sue Blythe
FutureFlash! Project

Sustainable Living Center
10691 SW 89th Avenue
Hampton, FL 32044

Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, 
the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for 
justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.

Read the Earth Charter

Open Space - - 2:7

Session Two Group Seven
Combined group:
How to use technologies

Open Space - - 2:8

Session Two Group Eight
Combined group:
Restoring faith in the voting process in the minority communities

#8Healing/Restoring Faith in the Voting Process

Crystal Johnson, Jan Booher, Jeff Booher, Hannah Holland, Amanda Young and Elizabeth Taggert met in this group.

Hannah wants to talk about our personal journey with Climate Justice. How we can take it back to our communities. Restoring faith in the context of voting. Crystal says that faith must be restored in the voting process. Even though blacks loved Obama they did not feel that Obama represented who they were. Obama had to put up with being disrespected. Crystal thinks he did the right thing. He did speak up on the Trayvon Martin posters. Elizabeth says that the Black community did not feel that they put him in office. Crystal thinks restoring has a lot to do with healing. There is no faith in the black community in the judicial system, the voting system. Change came and went, and now there is no faith in the process. Crystal votes regularly, but now she feels it is crucial for people to vote.

The popular vote versus electoral college votes was not understood in the community. People say, "If this happened with Al Gore why didn't Obama do something about that?"

Reports stating that "Your neighborhood has been targeted for falsifying police reports, increasing arrests, etc" have left the community with no faith in law enforcement. Citizen police review board has marked everything as "unfounded." Then the government says, "there wasn't anything toxic about the arsenic." Gentrification is directly affecting the minority community and there's no way to take a breath. The community is being blamed. Crystal ran for City Council and lost, but there were 4 black women ran. Crystal is now running for Mosquito Control. She may have to move if she gets it. And doesn't want to move.

Jan: after Hurricane Irma mosquito control was very present in the communities in Miami. Mosquito Control is really important in areas with standing water.

Running for office: you have to be in the community doing things to show that you care.

There is a voter pride T shirt that looks good. MLK, Easter and 4th of July would be great times to sell T shirts like that.

Hannah: people mostly knock on the same set of doors because they know they vote, but they should knock on all doors. 7,000 out of 40,000 people voted for Mayor in Dunbar.

Crystal: we need to be engaged all year round, personal relationships, you have to put in the work, the community has started to listen but haven't yet come out to vote, how do you convince people to vote when it's so difficult to get things done with the government

The community needs more wins.

Community Forum Foundation: empowering the community, strengthen programs that are already in place. Starting a Know the Law for the youth in the community. Kids WANT to be empowered.

What would help people vote? They need a win.

Dunbar possible community wins: transparency from the police department, cleanup the sludge, Lee County school board with people of color on the board, removing Robert E. Lee statues

How do you get the community leaders to work together, especially in the church leadership?

There's no sense of us

How do we take care of those who serve, when people don't want to help

How do we really hear our communities needs?

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Open space - - 1:1

Session one Group one
Combined group:
Intersections of Gender and Race
Environmental racism
Water-related benefits and issues in you communities

Environmental Racism - Intersections of Gender & Race - Perceptions of Issues & Benefits

  • Amanda Young
  • Maria Sgambati
  • John Heimberg
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Timothy Kirby
  • Kim Wells
  • Hannah Holland
  • Houston R. Cypress

Engaging local knowledge is vital.
Traditional Ecological Knowledge 

Crafting liturgy that includes respectful language, preferred gender pronouns, new pronouns like "XIE" and others.
Houston was afraid that this event was going to be transphobic and not educated on gender diversity concerns.
Gender is a spectrum.
Some people want training or education on gender diversity, proper terminology, history of trans issues from indigenous perspectives.
Two-Spirit Elder Sharon Day as a water activist.

Fracking wastewater disposal in low-income and minority communities.
Some communities have an overabundance of influence and can mobilize dollars and votes to protect their interests and communities.
Money talks.
Not all communities can mobilize millions of dollars, or be able to whisper their priorities to decision makers in back rooms privately.

Some corporate managers and captains of industry just don't value human life equally.
The judicial system monetizes lives.
For example, insurance companies do that as a matter of course.

The ability to be able to go out into the world with a voice and the intention to fight — is a privilege.
Some people are rightfully prioritizing feeding their families and paying bills.

Other obstacles include cronyism and nepotism and the good ol' boys network.

Tampa / St. Pete as locations dealing with drainage problems during heavy rains.
Geographic issues in that area make it highly susceptible to the negative impacts that hurricanes bring.
Most vulnerable to storm surge.

In Miami, people are moving more inland due to Sea Level Rise.
King Tides are serious problems, and their occurring at odd times of the month.

Official notifications from local officials being distributed through neighborhood associations aren't getting to everyone.
People living in apartments are not notified.
New notifications methods that are more inclusive are needed.

What are your experiences in dealing with official agencies on water issues?
Miccosukee Tribe deals with Army Corps, for example, and they have to air their grievances from colonization and genocide before getting to substantive environmental issues.  Although airing grievances is necessary, it can also be tedious and frustrating.
Official apathy from officials.
Zoning issues.
Property valuation.
Examples of dealing with officials.

What does a sustainable water system look like?
How is the water handled?
People moving from rural to urban areas.
Impervious surfaces in urban areas — people are disconnected from water.
People should tour a wastewater treatment plant some time to see the journey that water takes.
We need to raise the water consciousness that people have,
Where does the water come from?
How much energy is used to make water potable?
Water recharges the acquirer and how does the impervious surfaces that we create interfere in that process?
Community gardens in urban areas.
Situated in commercial zone.
Some speculate that a micro-climate is created which prevents that natural rainfall on to their gardens in the city.
Some are frustrated with bottled water because that in itself is an absurd practice.
Safe drinking water should be highly valued.
An accountability system should be in place to avoid catastrophes like Flint.
STEM > STEAM to integrate arts in an Eco-Art practice.  Let these be designed to serve multiple functions, aesthetically pleasing, created in a way that includes multiple perspectives. 
Brown fields.

Some people don't care.
People want a nice waterfront for Recreation, for homeowners, and boaters.
It's not that some people don't care, but rather, that they have "competing worries."

How hard is it to find information on Everglades Restoration in Spanish, or other languages?
People are deliberately misinformed by being told "oh you don't have to worry about that."
How things are framed can be off-putting.
Academic language can offend people.
Snarky tones.

Miccosukee elder sharing stories with officials "but they don't understand us"
Don't assume people know what you're talking about.
Others should really try to listen to understand.

When you're immersed in a field, it's hard to come out of that jargon.

We create an open and affirming church.
Wait for people to label themselves.
Are you afraid to offend others?  Walking on eggshells?
Someone shared her experience of learning about the transgender experience of a young family member and how that opened her mind.
She looks at them as people.

What does a transgender spirituality look like?
Podcast titled QUEER THEOLOGY.
Books on Queering Judaism.
Two-Spirit traditions from indigenous communities.
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at UC Berkeley provides resources and conferences.
Peterson Toscano & Beverly Ward online.


Rev. Houston R. Cypress | Board of Directors

Full Spectrum Movement
advocating for Improved Water Quality
and the Integrity of the Circle of Life
in the Greater Everglades 


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Open space - - 1:3

Session one Group three:
How to get people of color & poverty involved in climate actions

How to get people and neighborhoods of color and poverty to take climate actions

Initiator:Alice Primack

Participants:Lanny Smith, Elizabeth Taggart, Karen Arrington, Crystal Johnson

Discussions Highlights:Have an event in the neighborhood where they gather in the street; serve food; have a speaker.  Encourage people to vote knowledgeably.  Get groups involved such as Community Weatherization Coalition, Environmental Ambassadors, County Extension Service, and neighborhood association, and have joint planning meetings.  Have kids take photos of litter and of clean neighborhoods, and have a display of these for families. Beautify the neighborhood by planting flowers etc so people take more pride.   Get high school students involved and give gift cards when they do cleanup or other work, and possibly community service points for school. Start a program in the elementary school the kids attend and involve school personnel in the planning, such as the science teachers and science coordinator for the County.  Start an Environmental Club of children in the neighborhood.  Send memos such as "Please Don't Litter" on e-mails.  Start a community garden.  Get kids involved in 4-H.  Ask people "What do you want in your community?"  Put up displays to educate, such as how to dispose of cooking oil safely, how to recycle, how to compost, etc.

Next Steps or Ideas for Action: Meet with neighborhood group and also meet with school authorities to plan action steps for working with children. Meet with neighborhood group and other groups to plan other actions.

Open Space - - 1:6

Session one Group six:

The world of all our great grand children 

The World of All Our Great-Grandchildren

Initiator: Liz Jenkins
Participant: Bev Ward
Discussion Highlights: 1,000 Year Planning Model; seven generations thinking; replacing the "master narrative" and giving future generations new stories of how people came together; overcoming single hero myths with stories of shared leadership, wisdom, courage and effort; teaching how to talk to each other and how to play together; redefining success, freedom and independence with more emphasis on "vir bien" - living well in simple, satisfying ways; redesign of cultural givens such as driving to the gas station; creating families and communities that provide "mobile stability" for children; "playing ball on running water"; extend the adoption of early childhood technologies for raising self-disciplined, connected children such as "Conscious Discipline"; the need for reducing and healing the trauma that will occur.
Action Step: Initiate asset mapping of our faith communities. I

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Open space - - 1:2

Session one Group two:
The Rights of Nature

The Rights of Nature

Initiator:Shannon Larsen
Participants:Holley Rauen, Dona Knapp, Shannon Larsen
Discussions Highlights:This is already a movement. Ecuador has written the language into their constitution.New Zealand and India have give rivers rights
Next Steps or Ideas for Action:Start in FL with Army Corps of Engineers.  Learn about Children's Trust lawsuit.  Every living creature has the same God given right to exist, thrive and regenerate.  We will post more soon with links to successes.

Climate change now

It's so important to speak of warning to Americans in degrees Fahrenheit instead of Celsius  !

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Topic: sample two

Initiator: sharon
Participants: eric & Sharon
Discussions Highlights: please post another sample
Next Steps or Ideas for Action: Now I understand, each one is sequential with the latest and greatest on top and listed on the margin.  How cool is that!

Topic 1: Sample for you!

Initiator: This is my test, by me. . . note above is a title you need to write separately

Participants: Only me, myself and I are working on this, so it's a party of three!

Discussions Highlights: The blog really looks simple, but with nothing in it, you can not get any sense of what it's all about or how it will work. Thus adding this sample helps to get things focused a bit and give me, and you, an idea of how it will work.

Next Steps or Ideas for Action: My next steps are about moving this around a bit, adding some space and filling out the sidebar with other features we want to see.