Networking Initiatives

Each year, CTP engages in a series of efforts aimed at connecting existing initiatives working to advance an inside-out approach to social change. In 2018, we will be working on five within the nonprofit and grassroots sectors and within communities of faith and practice.  

 
 A notable gathering of community leaders in the CTP Shrineroom

A notable gathering of community leaders in the CTP Shrineroom

ED Practice Lab & Fellowship

Ten monthly sessions for executive directors of Upper Valley nonprofits seeking to promote personal and societal transformation.

Goals

  • To support local nonprofit leadership

  • To build nonprofit capacity to facilitate personal and societal transformation

  • To strengthen and deepen the Upper Valley nonprofit network

Facilitated by Simon Dennis of CTP and Edie Farwell of the Sustainability Leaders Network.

 Maureen Burford and Allyn Field, two founding members of the Interfaith Sustainability Retreat at the CTP Dinner Table 

Maureen Burford and Allyn Field, two founding members of the Interfaith Sustainability Retreat at the CTP Dinner Table 

Interfaith Sustainability Retreat

Off and on over the past six years, a small cohort of faith leaders from Eastern and Western traditions have gathered to support a conversation about the deeper dimensions the movements for sustainability and justice. This conversation has centered around questions such as, what is the role of story change and the raising of consciousness in driving systems change in modern society? And what is the role of the faith and practice sector in bringing these changes about? We are currently working towards an annual day-long retreat (date and location, pending) that will blend together prayer, practice and deep discussion.

Core values of this consortium have been friendship,  profound respect for all traditions and the integration of prayer and practice into planning and dialogue. If you are or know of a faith leader who may be interested in attending, please inquire at info@transformationalpractice.org.

 Jeannie Zandi and Jon Bliss facilitating Deep Changei 2017 at the Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT.

Jeannie Zandi and Jon Bliss facilitating Deep Changei 2017 at the Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT.

Deep Change Conference

Deep Change 2018 is a regional day-long exploration of being, community, and love-based action in a time of crisis. Date and location, TBA.

Through plenary sessions, conversations, workshops, performance, and prayer, we will explore story change and consciousness shift and their vital relationship to the many ways our communities are evolving towards greater sustainability and resilience.

2018 Goals

  • Support the emergence of a new inside-out approach to social change

  • Build connection and collaboration between groups and people working to advance a sustainable future

  • Inspire visions and support their actualization

 Karen Ganey at a bean mandala installed outside of the Bank of America to protest their investment in the Dacota Access Pipeline, Hanover, NH. 

Karen Ganey at a bean mandala installed outside of the Bank of America to protest their investment in the Dacota Access Pipeline, Hanover, NH. 

Upper Valley Transformational Action Affinity Group (UVTAAG)

Key principles of transformational activism include an emphasis on leading by example, creating tangible solutions at the local level, extending an invitation to move towards a positive vision, and an explicit focus on contemplative group process. Additional characteristics include a commitment to raising consciousness at personal, group and societal levels and a recognition of the importance of shifting away from a materialistic paradigm in favor of a holistic view that emphasizes interconnectedness and a unified ground of being.

In 2017, UVTAAG played in important role in regional efforts to block a Fracked Gas Pipeline, currently proposed for Lebanon, NH.  

 Attendees of a 2017 Transformational Skills Retreat held by Building A Local Economy (BALE), Tunbridge, VT 

Attendees of a 2017 Transformational Skills Retreat held by Building A Local Economy (BALE), Tunbridge, VT 

Transformational Action Skills Retreats

Agents of social activism and social organizing working within a confrontational mode have begun to wonder if we can confront the global challenges of today with the issue-oriented strategies that have worked in the past, or if a form of social action that emphasizes a more holistic, local, constructive, creative could be more effective in the long run.

In response to this qustion, CTP will offer a free one-day retreat for agents of social change oriented towards focusing on the Skills of the Transformational Activist. The framework of this retreat is divided into three sections corresponding to the specific work of raising consciousness at the personal, group and societal levels. The conversation about the relationship between transformational activism and more confrontational modes of organizing will be examined throughout.