Liz Zavodsky (EcoChallenge Staff)

Online Seeing Systems August 2019

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 145 Total

Challenges

Peace Talks

Communicate Constructively

I will use the communication methods I read about this week to practice effective, compassionate, and nonviolent communication with someone I interact with regularly: my roommate, my parents, my co-work, my partner, my classmates, or my children.

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One-Time Challenge

It's all connected

LEARN ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES

I will find out what local sustainability issues are most urgent in my region, including both social and environmental justice concerns.

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One-Time Challenge

Understanding Systems through Conflict Transformation

Living in the Doughnut

Using the guidelines on page 68, I will use the Oxfam “doughnut” diagram to consider how the factors in the inner circle have affected my personal well-being, or what their absence would mean for my life.

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One-Time Challenge

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.

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One-Time Challenge

Justice for the Whole Community

Learn About Local Environmental Justice Concerns

I will spend 30 minutes researching environmental justice concerns in my region, their causes, and local initiatives to address these concerns.

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One-Time Challenge

Justice for the Whole Community

Support Native Communities

I will use the resource links provided and spend 30 minutes learning about the native populations that lived in my area prior to colonization, and what I can do to support those that still exist.

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One-Time Challenge

Responding to Systemic Violence

Sign Up for ABAR Training

I will sign up for an Anti-Racist, Anti-Bias Training and encourage my friends and colleagues to join me.

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One-Time Challenge

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.

Completed
One-Time Challenge

Feed


  • Using a conflict resolution lens has been really eye opening for me. I have seen all these things before, but notice the differently through this lens. What's also helpful in using this lens is seeing myself through it and where I can make more changes. This is powerful. 

  • Constructive communication is something I have found myself practicing many times over the years and this time I want to make sure it becomes ingrained in me. I believe I keep more and more each time I am mindful, but I really want to commit to more.  Thanks for the rich discussion on this last week everyone, it was powerful. 

    • Christopher Snow 8/27/2019 9:22 AM
      Same! I find myself over and over going back to the questions "what are you trying to accomplish? What's the best way to get there?" It helps to keep me purposeful and engaged, particularly in tense or contentious discussions. In almost every situation, professional and private, one of the things I'm trying to accomplish is "build stronger relationships" and keeping that front of mind is a great way to stay constructive even when I'm feeling frustrated.