The symposium drew participants from a range of backgrounds, some representing specific interest groups, some attending as individuals. The event was oversubscribed with a queue for returned tickets.
Three volunteer facilitators took us through the history of the movement, which originated from the Pachamama Alliance - the aim being to seek to establish an;
Environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time.
We were invited to consider these as one inter-connected aim.
The process of the Symposium then followed a logical path considering the following questions:
- Where are we now?
- How did we get here?
- Where do we go from here?
- What is possible for the future?
Be the Change also states that what is needed to arrive at the goal of an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time is a shift of our world view from a belief that we are separate to a belief in the inter-connectedness of all things and we viewed a DVD featuring Thomas Berry (Cultural Historian) and Brian Swim (Cosmologist) who wrote "The Universe Story" (1992).
Considering the last question of the day was led by Transition Liverpool who organised groups based on the impassioned concerns of people at the Symposium. We were encouraged to behave like butterflies and flit from one group to the next allowing for an exchange of ideas between groups. As is always the case this session was simply not long enough but the event was managed effectively enough to allow feedback from all of the groups.
I found this to be an exhausting but exhilarating day which I am sure will have a lasting effect on me. We were encouraged to live in a state of "blessed unrest" which I found inspirational. The day could not have run so smoothly without the efforts of Friends from Liverpool as well as other members of Transition Liverpool.
Lisa Hoyle is a member of Liverpool Meeting and a practising Hypnotherapist.