Leading Reflective Community Conversations
Oregon Humanities is sponsoring The Conversation Project "to bring people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas."
Their objective is to help Oregon resident learn to plant and facilitate "reflective conversations" about vital issues and questions across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds, though online and in-person training They are now accepting registration for in-person trainings in June and August and an online training in October 2022. Read more.
To partner with Oregon Humanities and host a Conversation Project an organization or groups first takes a look at their catalog, then applies to host up to three events at a time. They’ll notify you of approval within two weeks. Apply Now
Their Conversation Catalog lists The Meaning of Climate Change with David Osborn Portland State University instructor will lead a discussion exploring different meanings of climate change and how our understanding of meaning relates to action.
"We live in a time of tremendous transformation as the reality of climate change and its effects on our communities become more apparent with every passing year. While there is still much that can and must be done to mitigate the range of impacts climate change might have, we are confronting the certainty of a crisis that will continue to unfold no matter what we do. What is the meaning of this extraordinary moment in human history? The meanings we construct about climate change affect how we think about it, our feelings about it, and our willingness to take action. ~ David Osborn"
David Osborn is interested in "how we construct meaning in relationship to ecological and social crises as well as how we might apply wisdom traditions and contemplative practices to further community-based social change."