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  •  beautiful, pognant, depressing (3+ / 0-)
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    John Crapper, princesspat, boatsie

    dear boatsie, when you write from the heart you so prove this point...

    The problem as I see it is that to gain access to the discussions means you have to astutely operate within the framework which created them, a framework which, over the past twenty years, has taken on a life of its own. A language of its own which is exclusive and excluding. Rarified and hieroglyphic. Unphathomable and boring.  

    And purposely so, in my opinion. To ensure limited access.

    It feels to me as if becoming literate in this language is the means by which the players maintain the requisite emotional distance from the 'meat of the matter;' the sheer incomprehensibility of the facts becomes de-textualized as they toss acronyms around with rapid-fire alacrity  As if our world and all its people and ecosystems were a gargantuan Rubik Cube.

    As I've been to some of these types of conferences I've grappled with the exact same issue. I know they're important in some ways (what else do we have besides the UN as a global body where we can at least try to talk?), but at the same time I also feel emotionally removed.

    The question is, do we just give up on it altogether, or do those of us not in the bubble try to shake up the place?

    At the end of my presentation at the Ecocity Summit about using our creativity to change our thinking on urban infrastructure, the moderator asked me to spontaneously sing a song. So I did, right in the middle of all these suits and ties. It gave me hope that there might after all be some bridges to be built.

    The song that popped into my head at that moment was the chorus of Think, I tune I wrote over 10 years ago but I think is still relevant...

    i want to learn what i learned and unlearn it again
    find what i found and then lose it again
    listen to those that i don't understand
    find us all an open end

    i want to sit in your seat and then rise up again
    capture your heart and set it free again
    vote for the thought that in this land
    we all came to think my friend

    i want to wake up the past and let it sleep again
    fight for a cause and surrender it then
    be all the change that i possibly can
    turn it all around again

    Ecology is the new Economy => Kosonomy

    by citisven on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 10:36:58 AM PST

    •  Beautiful! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      If we really want to straighten out all this crap we really need to think about shit - Holy Shit.

      by John Crapper on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 03:34:26 PM PST

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    •  ah my dearest sven. what a beautiful concept (1+ / 0-)
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      to wake up to this morning.

      Shall I stand up and try to sing this over coffee at the Westin Warsaw this morning as the WomenoftheCOP announce the gender index?

      Last time around, in Cancun there were so many more indigenous people .. I recall there was bus caravan from all over Mexico and then in Durban there were bus caravans as well.

      Their were disruptions to the talks, moments when some truth, levity broke through.  Now these are all like the huge prepallened Greenpeace interventions, which I always love but ...

      Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this.  You are so SVEN!

      Follow me at COP19 via twitter @boatsie/a>

      by boatsie on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 09:57:45 PM PST

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