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New Confluence Project

An Exploration of Conviviality...

Christine Kelly

on 5 March 2012

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Friendship, fellowship and foolish renunciation.... Living Beyond the Crisis... Our Conversations on Conviviality... The New Confluence Project The song changes by singing
into a different song.
It sings by falling. The water
descending in its old groove
wears it new. The words descending
to the page render the possible
into the actual, by wear,
for better or worse, renew
the wearied mind. This is only
the lowly stream of Camp Branch,
but every stream is lowly.
Only low in the land does
the water flow. It goes
to seek the level that is lowest,
the silence that gathers
many songs, the darkness
made of many lights,
and then by the sun is raised
again into the air.

~Wendell Berry from The Book of Camp Branch, in Leavings “Talk about ‘geoengineering’ the Earth is mounting, along with new proposals for perpetually bad, old, and highly subsidized ideas such as more nuclear power and clean coal – an oxymoronic, people-killing, and land-destroying absurdity. Absent in most of this is any thought that we might consider changing course or question why we should want a perpetually growing, consumer-driven economy in the first place, even if that were a biophysical possibility. We might do a great deal better with less stuff, less energy, less hassle, less frenzy, and more conviviality, more leisure, better poetry, more silence, slower food, more bike trails, and more face-to-face

~ David Orr’s from "Hope is an Imperative" To plant the seeds of a convivial life….

• Offer generosity
• Have contact with one’s relationships often
• Make a space for strangers
• Have personal boundaries that are fuzzy
• Be responsible and disciplined in the use of tools
• Practice renunciation - “No” can be yes
• Have a disciplined practice
• Ask how to be useful often and with joy
• Foster localized abundance in all that nourishes the body and sprit
• Come back to culture and community intentionally - only then go to the market
• Foster hospitality and all social dimensions of life
• Find place in one’s ecological community
• Organize around friendship
• Be full “with life”
• Open spaces where you, where all, come alive
• Nourish all senses – get away from “non-sense”
• Walk, slow down, enjoy friends
• Be purposeful in the quest for alternative discourse and stories
• Include warriors, weavers and builders
• See the gift in the ask for help
• Consider limitations as gifts not constraints
• Bare suffering as part of the celebration of life
• Recognize the need for the convivial life
• Know the value of this life enough to protect it
• Know great solitude without loneliness
• Foster celebration and ritual
• Be civilized
• Protect the small so it may grow
• Be not isolated
• Be diverse, fallible, vulnerable
• Foster purposeful living
• Recognize the porosity of life’s boundaries
• Seed innovation
• Allow for dependencies – be committed to them
• Show no pretense about the difficulty of living dependently
• Consider appropriate densities
• Have great capacity for forgiveness
• Emerge cooperation through generous exchange
• Accept help – ask for help
• Create culture that calls forth kindness
• Make power through co-creating vision
• Rightly understand the self interest of giving
• Know rituals as communal rhythms and touchstones
• Value solitude as an essential to regeneration
• Honor both silence and time
• Foster listening to and hearing of others
• Know one’s story so as to anchor to and evolve it
• Be joyful in the negotiation of bounded choices
• Celebrate all gifts
• Always ensure a voice for the voiceless

With gratitude… Margaret Swedish, Daniel Grego, Bob Raccuglia, Bob Shiel, Dick Westheimer, Pat Inman, Bridget Sperduto, John Surrette, John McKnight, John Ikerd, Christine Kelly, Maylan Dunn-Kenney, Karen Lehman, and Kristin Jones Chicago
September 21-23, 2010
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