There is a growing awareness that we must create new models of community, and, of work, economy, education, food production and sources, neighborhood, family, health and healing, and our relationship to the earth and to one another.
We will recap and review our commitment to transforming visions that were worked on in the Re-imagining Work conference held in October 2012. We will engage in conversation to define and clarify the work of visionary organizing, and visionary leadership.
Building living local economies in this day and age is a spiritual activity, a way to grow our souls. In a world where a globalizing economy is destroying communities and turning everyone, every thing and every relationship into a commodity, this evolution to a higher humanity has become both necessary and possible. It is the New American Dream that, deep in their hearts, millions of Americans long for. – Grace Lee Boggs
We will offer community engagement in panel discussions and solution-based conversation concerning critical issues.
– What has worked and why? Identify specific successful examples across the re-imagining themes, identify the most successful legislative support, identify the support networks needed, short vs long term success/challenges/obstacles.
We will articulate a collective vision that clearly communicates ‘’this is what we see, this is what we are doing and this is what/how others will see’’… through our on-going work
-How will people be see and understand what is meant by ‘The Beloved Community’; what does a beloved community look and feel like?
We will increase the Detroit community and national communities in the realization of a collective vision through our conversation and shared goals.
-identify common themes within Detroit and nationally.
We will enjoy new friendships and fellowship.
Goals During the Conference
RECAP AND REVIEW COMMITMENT TO ON-GOING TRANSFORMING VISIONS WORKED ON IN RE-IMAGINING CONFERENCE
-ReImagine Work, ReImagine Economy, ReImagine Education, ReImagine School, ReImagine Education, ReImagine Teaching, ReImagine Food, ReImagine Neighborhoods, ReImagine Family, ReImagine Health, ReImagine Safety ReImagine Transportation, etc
DEFINE/CLARIFY WORK OF VISIONARY ORGANIZING/VISIONARY LEADERSHIP AND GATHERED PARTICIPANTS;
What images are needed to be clearly defined and refined in order to then to re-imagine and construct a collective vision for a new society
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND SOLUTION-BASED CONVERSATION CONCERNING CRITICAL ISSUES
-What has worked and why? Identify specific successful case studies/examples across the various re-imagining themes (with supporting images), identify the most successful legislative suport, identify the support networks needed, short vs long term success/challenges/obstacles, determine the best asset-based sequential development strategies to reinforce successful feedback loops for sustained successes
ARTICULATION OF A COLLECTIVE VISION THAT CLEARLY COMMUNICATES ‘’THIS IS WHAT WE SEE, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING AND THIS IS WHAT/HOW OTHERS WILL SEE’’… THROUGH ON-GOING WORK
-How will the general public be able to see and understand what we mean when we discuss ‘The Beloved Community’; what are the images that convey what a beloved community looks and feel like
INCREASE DETROIT COMMUNITY AND NATIONAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE REALIZATION OF COLLECTIVE VISION (POSSIBLY IDENTIFY ENGAGEMENT OF CO-VISIONING CITIES)
-identify common themes within Detroit and cross reference/match groups of each theme with other groups from other teams from the rust belt and or other cities; determine the overlaps and translation for strategies and collaborative commitments
ACTIVATION OF INTENTIONAL ‘’VISION QUEST WORK GROUPS’’COMMITTED TO THE ORGANIZATION AND REALIZATION OF EXPRESSED GOALS
-digest, distill, and creation of new images (think collage) remixing the experiences shared to paint the scenes of this collective/collaborative vision
ENJOY NEW FRIENDSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIP IN THE JOURNEY