What is Transformative Activism? Long description.

TAO ForumCategory: 1. WELCOME TO TRANSFORMATIVE ACTIVISMWhat is Transformative Activism? Long description.
TranZactivism Staff asked 1 month ago

Anybody else wake-up in 2017 and say : ¨Wait, what?!!!
No no no, it´s just a nightmare. Or maybe some kind of elaborate hoax. Oh, I get it. It´s a reality-show gone rogue.¨
And yet… everyday we wake up and… we are still in this reality-show !!!!
We are the actors and we can no longer just watch the world and wonder.
The world is also watching us and wondering.
We are making it happen.

All of us. Collectively.
Through our apathy, our outrage, our votes, our petitions, our ignorance and our actions.
The web is vibrating
with the clashing momentums of chaos rule – a broiling whirlpool soup of fascist bones, capitalist grease stock and a pinch of freedom salt of the earth.
The world is reeling from the shock of rapid escalation of climate change, climate negation, population growth, refugee increase, resource pressure, conflicts, corruption, and so so so much more that could go on and on and on but you already know the litany.

So, the wake-up leads to the question: What will I do today?
Or what will I do about this unique reality role thrust upon me?
Will I busy myself as usual?
Where is my threshold between passive and active?
What will it take for me to get up and consciously act upon the web of life I occupy?
Many of us are already there- healing wounds and nurturing healthy futures.
Many of us can´t face the overwhelming feeling of impotence and fatalism.
Many of us think we should grab what we can and protect it with all our teeth.

Personally, I have reached my threshold. I am getting up and finding a way.
There are many ways to participate in the multi-dimensional reality we are co-creating.
My way, considering my unique role in this passion play, is both global and local.

My global way is to help form this imaginative website about Transformative Activism (TranZactivism) that brings together associated news, information, resources and forums. And to make it a multi-authored site that invites and welcomes views, news and ideas from all around the world.

Activism is defined by actions and campaigns aimed at causing change, usually in politics or society. Many times activism arises as a sort of communal reaction to an unbearable reality being manifested.
TranZactivism is a form of activism that seeks to go beyond short-term changes, beyond presentation of contrasting alternatives to the current situation, and beyond the comfort of armchair activism. Transformative Actions are movements in an intuitive choreography of sustainable inclusionary change. They are creative actions that take into account their effects a few steps down the line and are designed to include all the players. TranZactions break through barriers by happening in unconventional arenas of interaction and engaging all players to reconsider their roles and their parts. The offering is placed in the hands of unwitting participants and not just ¨preaching to the converted.”

TranZactivism draws wisdom from many disciplines: art, holistic therapy, philosophy, psychology, spirituality, comedy, engineering, architecture, celebrations, nature, science…

Shhh! Here is the TranZactivist secret formula:
Fresh Wisdom Creative Action
+ Brave Breakthrough
++ Respectful Inclusion
+++ Flexible Sustainability
++++ Healthy Intentions
= = = = = Transformative Activism
. Yum Yum.

The main mission of the website is to be a nexus for people who would like to know about and participate in transformative activism.
Inspired by the organizational process beehind honeying, the design will be stimulating and the site will offer four main terrains to explore:

  • BeDances: News about recent and upcoming TranZactivism happenings and creations…
  • BeNectar: Co-created content about TranZactivism, including writings, audiovisuals, ideas…
  • BeHoney: Curated TranZactivism resources full of free ideas, activism kits, media…
  • BeHive: Forum for exchange of ideas, queries, meeting local groups…

Another important aspect is the local approach.
Forming a local community that is willing to engage in TranZactivism and create a unique context to meet with others, discuss current events and local concerns, as well as plan and create actions together.
Transforming self and community within the context of a physical and tasty reality. An example of one such community could involve monthly meetings wherein one action is supported by all the energies of the participants. Each month could support a different participant and their cause.
Honing our holistic honey together.

Once we gain access to the community field, we are able to reclaim our power to create change… This is the key to ongoing transformation for yourself and your World. Michael Stone.

So, what will you do today?
Who will you bee?

PARTICIPATE!
You are welcome to contribute original articles, images, ideas for the site.
See our post on How can YOU can participate.

ACT !!
You can now propose or participate in local actions.
To form or join a local group, please send an email to: elza@tranzactivism.org


TRANSFORM!
Yourself, your environment, your groups, your culture, your conscience.

Referentials:

  • annarose.net.au ¨5+1 Principles of Transformational Activism¨
  • Agenda 21
  • ¨Games People Play¨ by Eric Berne