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Lacy Cagle ( Staff)

Online Seeing Systems August 2019

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Lacy's Actions

Justice for the Whole Community

Do Nature Activities

I will engage in nature-based activities alone, or with my friends or family, for 30 minute(s) this week. (This can be anything from going on a walk or hike, to noticing the leaves changing color, to reading a book with nature themes.)

One-Time Action

Justice for the Whole Community

Pick Up Litter

I will pick up litter on my street and ask others to join me in taking care of our neighborhood.

One-Time Action

Peace Talks

Practice Listening

This week, I will practice intentionally listening to 2 people I disagree with or do not share common experience with.

One-Time Action

It's all connected

Use the Iceberg Activity to Practice Systems Thinking

Using the Iceberg Activity referenced on page 1, I will practice systems thinking with my group.

One-Time Action

Responding to Systemic Violence

Support Businesses Owned by People of Color

Racial inequity is both a sustainability and justice problem. I will support businesses owned by people of color in my community whenever I shop.

One-Time Action

Understanding Systems through Conflict Transformation

Pay Attention to Current Events

I will observe local, national, and international news each day this week through a conflict resolution lens.

One-Time Action


  • I'm really looking forward to putting some more of these actions into practice in the new year!

  • Hi, everyone! My name is Lacy, and I'm one of the facilitators for our online course. I live in St. Louis, Missouri, and use she/her pronouns. I've been really excited by our conversations so far, the depth of thoughtfulness and engagement you all have offered, and the learning you are committed to. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you more and learning with and from you during this online course!

  • How do the ways we talk about those we disagree with, those who are different than us, or the non-human world reflect our commitment to peace and justice?

    • Christopher Snow's avatar
      Christopher Snow 8/23/2019 1:56 PM
      I've been thinking about this question a great deal in the last two years. First, I think demonstrating my commitment to peace and justice means living within those principles, even while in conflict with those who disagree with me. That means meeting insults with understanding, anger with comfort, harm with healing. It isn't easy, and I fail more often than I'd like. If I don't feel up to it I try to remove myself from the situation so I don't make it worse.

      That being said, we can't cede our right to exist--to the space and food and water and shelter and community we need to live--to those who would deny us those things.As Lacy and Raffi pointed out, the tools of communication we discussed can be used as weapons against us. Active listening can't force someone to respect our rights, and it's impossible to build consensus with someone who is participating in bad faith.

      What are we to do, then, when we're confronted with the intentional subversion of those values? What's the answer to the paradox of tolerance?

  • How are everyone's first week challenges going? I look forward to talking to you tomorrow!