Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
Stefan Pasti is the founder and resource coordinator for The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative (at www.cpcsi.org ). The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research and analysis for critical challenge alerts, and research and support for collaborative problem solving, community education, and citizen peacebuilding initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.
Mr. Pasti has been actively involved in peacebuilding and community revitalization work for over 30 years—as a writer (in a variety of genres, including short story and short novel); an editor (newsletters, quotation collections); an advocate of ecologically sustainable communities; and a practitioner of voluntary simplicity.
Beginning in the early 1980’s, Mr. Pasti developed a “compilation of excerpts” (from books, articles, etc.) style as a way of synthesizing complex information into an organized format which seemed to make “connecting the dots’ moments more likely to occur. [Examples: newsletter—“Disarmament News” (20 pages; May, 1982); critical challenge assessment, quotation collection, “moral compass” commentary—“Developing a Tao Compass” (pt. 1)(pt. 2)(pt. 3)(pt. 4)(64 pages; 1987); quotation collection—“An Arrangement of Quotations from ‘Sathya Sai Speaks’ (Vol. 1-15)” (301 pages; 1997, 2006) (Table of Contents); critical challenge assessment, solution guide—“IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report” (444 pages; January, 2012) (Table of Contents); and the key CPCS Initiative document “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages; Nov., 2013) (Long Version Table of Contents)].
Mr. Pasti’s advocacy for ecologically sustainable communities begin in 1984 with the first version of the short story “The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop” (story summarized in 27 tweets). [Another example: a most comprehensive outreach effort in 1991, with the newsletter/pamphlet “Where a Village is Tended, a Toxic Waste Dump Cannot Grow” (p. 1-2) (p. 3-6) (p. 7-12) (p. 13-16) (which included a 41 point list titled “How modern agriculture-based villages can contribute to the continuity of peaceful human settlements”--on p. 3-5). ]
Mr. Pasti has found spiritual inspiration from many sources and traditions; however, the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011) (which he first learned about in 1991) have had the most influence on his life path. Those teachings (from which Mr. Pasti created the 301 compilation of excerpts collection mentioned above) provided Mr. Pasti with profound insights into the potential benefits of integrating spiritual wisdom into the everyday circumstances of community life. Contributing whatever he can to realizing such profound potential, regardless of whether or not such potential is realized in his lifetime, has been the central motivating spirit of Mr. Pasti’s life for decades.
From 2001-2013, Mr. Pasti was founder and outreach coordinator for The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative. The cornerstone document for The IPCR Initiative—“Brief Descriptions of The Eight IPCR Concepts” (2005, 2009) [most content included in “The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (Spring, 2005)”, which was modified to become “Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change” (in 2013)]—represents an effort to translate the profound potential identified in the previous paragraph into something more accessible to “Westerners”. The result of that effort was collaborative problem solving and citizen peacebuilding approaches which did not require participants to adhere to the teachings of one particular religious, spiritual, or moral tradition. Mr. Pasti’s efforts to build The IPCR Initiative culminated in the summary document “IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report” (444 pages; January, 2012).
In 2013, Mr. Pasti consolidated 4 websites (including a “Collected Writings” website) into The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative website. He began building The CPCS Initiative with the “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages; Nov., 2013)(mentioned above), and the “Press Kit for the Tipping Point Action Campaign”. “Tipping Point Action: Citizen Participation in Times of Unprecedented Challenges” (an extension of the citizen peacebuilding and collaborative problem solving approaches mentioned above) advocates to 1000 Community Visioning Initiatives, as a way of maximizing citizen participation and accelerating solution-oriented activity at this critical time.
During November-December, 2014, Mr. Pasti created key documents for The Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” Survey Project, which include a 74 page prospectus, a 13 page overview, and a 5 page “Project Overview and Invitation to Collaborate”. Those key documents are accessible at the ROMC Survey Project webpage.
In 2015, the primary focus of The CPCS Initiative was outreach associated with the 85 page paper "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny" (June, 2015), which summarizes the work of The CPCS Initiative. When this CPCS Summary Paper was updated in June, 2016 (minor editing, making links current, 4 page preface), the Summary Paper was again the primary focus of CPCS Initiative outreach.
As part of outreach associated with the CPCS Summary Paper, a critical challenge alert was issued in February, 2017 [“Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains—from cpcsi.org” (10 pages; February 2017)]. The outreach consisted of an introduction to the “Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert…” (including ten key passages from the complete text of the “Convergence…” Alert)--which was sent by email to more than 100 people associated with peacebuilding graduate schools, key peacebuilding organizations, and Offices of Religious and Spiritual Life at universities and colleges.
In May, 2017, Mr. Pasti revised an updated the foundation piece "Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (referred to above)--which has now become "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (this paper can be considered a second CPCS Initiative Summary Paper). He has also added an introduction (based on his most recent approaches to advocacy)—and added an Appendix [which includes “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead—February, 2017” (2p.) and “30 Propositions and Premises which make up The CPCS Initiative” (4p.)]. Applying the "13 Steps" in a local community context can create, and/or contribute to, many positive multiplier effects--and assist with accelerating solution-oriented activity at this most critical time. Mr. Pasti urges readers of this webpage to make use of this “13 Step” resource.
In August, 2017, Mr. Pasti created a Twitter Moment (titled "Wisdom and Compassion Needed for Unprecedented Challenges Ahead") which summarizes his outreach efforts with the "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" paper. That Twitter Moment includes the following four paragraph introduction. The Twitter Moment (which includes many of the tweets used as outreach for the "13 Step..." paper), has been tweeted to many combinations of hashtags, and can be found as one of the most recent tweets.
In March, 2018, Mr. Pasti created another tweet series for the “13 Step” paper. For this tweet series three brief descriptions of each of the 13 Steps are uploaded in GIF format (as if they were a photo), with an accompanying tweet to introduce them. A link to the complete 13 Step tweet series (with an introduction and an Appendix) is offering in each accompanying tweet. Again, Mr. Pasti urges readers of this webpage to make use of this “13 Step” resource.
In August, 2018, this writer (Stefan Pasti, Founder and Resource Coordinator for The CPCS Initiative), submitted an entry to the UN Solutions Summit. Lead organizers of selected projects would be given presentation time during the UN General Assembly (Sept. 18-30). The submission contained propositions which differed greatly from the SDGs focus, but it seemed like a significant opportunity for someone to bring forward views not getting much attention. The submission, titled “1000 Community Visioning Initiatives” (10 pages), was not on the list of ten projects selected for presentation time at the United Nations General Assembly (2018). [Note: As part of completing the submission for Solutions Summit, this writer updated his resume. The updated resume can be accessed here.]
As there was many key events related to gaining momentum on climate change action during September (2018)--the #riseforclimate march, the Global Climate Action Summit (in San Francisco), and many events (especially the Global People's Summit @ThePeopleSummit) at the United Nations General Assembly--this writer (Stefan Pasti, Founder and Resource Coordinator for The CPCS Initiative) created a tweet outreach campaign (here is an example tweet sent at this time), and directed tweets specifically to organizations and individuals in the following categories: UN; Climate Change; Education; Sustainable Communities; News Media; Stakeholder Engagement; Interfaith; and Philanthropy.
In November-December, 2018, Mr. Pasti created a third CPCS Initiative Summary Paper titled "Harvest Song" (78 pages; 3.9 MB). "Harvest Song" is a most accessible and broad ranging compilation of both the unprecedented challenges we face, the unprecedented solutions underway--and the potential for unprecedented solutions which we have not yet realized (including special attention to Community Visioning. The 13 minute documentary “Chattanooga: A Community with a Vision” is highly recommended as an inspiring example of the potential of Community Visioning Initiatives. There is much that can be done to resolve the unprecedented challenges ahead that has not yet been done. "Harvest Song" includes 65 links; copies of 20 tweets (from many people); 26 text boxes with information, statistics, and graphics; and 17 text boxes providing overviews of key solution-oriented approaches (by this writer).
[Additional Note: In March-April, 2017, Mr. Pasti updated his “Autobiographical Sketch” (previous versions in August, 2009 and March, 2012) from 11 pages to 83 pages. For some introductory notes, see #12 in the “Collected Writings of Stefan Pasti” section of this CPCS Initiative website.]
There are also many resources associated with Mr. Pasti's Twitter account, including outreach tweets; outreach recipients; more than 700 liked tweets; and over 40 lists. Twitter has been very valuable as a source for research and articles, as well as a way to learn about organizations (for following or as recipients of outreach). Below is Mr. Pasti's current Twitter feed.
Special Note: An effort was made, associated with outreach related to the CPCS Summary Paper on the Twitter platform (through tweets to specific organizations and individuals)—to create a #CPbCSus hashtag.
Hopefully, the #CPbCSus hashtag will also assist with creating a community of people who—like the CPCS Initiative Founder and Resource Coordinator Stefan Pasti—are focusing on minimizing disconnect and supporting maximum clarity on both the nature of the challenges ahead, and what collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives will make best use of the knowledge, skills, and resources each one of us has to contribute at this critical time.
Key outreach documents include:
1) "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (78 pages; May, 2017)
2) “Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--February 2017” (2 pages; Feb., 2017)
3) “Launching the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative Hashtag (#CPbCSus)” (5 page overview of the CPCS Initiative) (Nov., 2015)
4) the new "Preface to the CPCS Summary Paper" (4 pages; June, 2016)
5) 8 page introduction to The CPCS Summary Paper (Oct. 2016 and Jan. 2017)
6) "Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from cpcsi.org" (10 pages; Feb. 2017)
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About Stefan Pasti