One of the key goals in providing a chronological summary of my Collected Writings is so that visitors can see a progression (if a somewhat zig-zag progression) in development of themes and content.
Another key goal, of including some of those writings at this website, is so that writings which do not easily fit into other webpage themes can be included here. Since some of what this writer thinks of as his most significant contributions are compilations of quotations from a somewhat controversial spiritual teacher (Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who lived in India from 1926-2011), the “Collected Writings” section provides a place for such quotation compilations, and some of this writers’ commentary on those compilations.
There is also a variety of different kinds of writing pieces, which may be interesting in different ways, to people from many different backgrounds and circumstances. Even so, most of the writings would still fit under the category of “Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability”.
[Note: Due to limited disk space with this website builder plan, some documents (specifically scanned documents which resulted in large MB files) will be accessible only through exterior links--to other locations where those files have been uploaded in the past. Questions--or requests for further information--about any of these documents may be made by emailing Stefan Pasti at firstname.lastname@example.org .]
Selections from Collected Writings (1982--2020)
a) There are currently 83 entries in this section. Some other sections of this website have documents not included here.
b) An additional webpage (Appendix A) with links has been created for a variety of documents and resources which are not by Stefan Pasti.
1. Early Stories (around 1962)--Five very short stories, written when I was in 2nd grade. When teachers give assignments, one of the results is that they learn something about the students interests and ability—and the students learn something about their interests and ability. My favorite story in this collection is “How the Sad House Became a Happy House”. There is also evidence, in these stories, that good natured humor was valued and appreciated in our family life.
2. “Disarmament News” (20 pages) (May, 1982) (an early newsletter—and though roughly made, includes information and observations which remain very relevant) (Scanned document)
3. Songs and a file "Poems and Songs", (which includes a few pieces not in the previous files) (at various times through the 1980s)--Some poems and songs I wrote (mostly in the 1980s). I will also include here the “catalogue” (list) of my writings (from 1976-2011)(in which I provided information and/or commentary related to writings from 1976-1991). Readers may find that the commentary I provided for the poems and songs, in the “catalogue” (list) of my writings (see p. 7-12) provides a unique view into my thinking--before I learned about Sri Sathya Sai Baba. [It is also worth noting that the last song included in the "Song" file eventually became a part of the short story "The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop" (see #9 below).]
4 “Invite” to Hospitality House Square Dance--During the years 1984-85, while I was in Boone, North Carolina, I did some volunteering at the Hospitality House, which provided temporary housing for people in transition. When a Square Dance was planned as a fundraiser, I offered to create a flyer to help bring out as many people as possible, and this “invite” is what came about. Then one of the Hospitality House staff arranged with the local paper to print the “invite” as a public service announcement.
5. “The Last Map of Root Man Charlie” (short novel) (123 pages) (September—December, 1985) Scanned Document; Large Files; Seven Parts) (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Part 5) (Part 6)
(Part 7) Brief Description: A little person with wings (named Clearwater) goes on a “Crystal Ball Quest”, gets separated from his tribe, and is injured in an accident. In his effort to find assistance, he is blown (during a blizzard) into the fireplace mantel holiday scenes of a “big person” family in Boone, North Carolina. The “big people” discover Clearwater, unconscious, on the fireplace mantel, and…. [Critical scene: “blown (during a blizzard) into the fireplace mantel holiday scenes…” in Part 4]
6 “The Water from Stone Mountain Creek” (9 pages; February, 1986)--A short story about a community of people in the mountains of North Carolina. In that community, there was a man named Charlie who often looked after the children. The children liked Charlie very much, and by some secret connection, were able to work with the “spirits of the woods” to fulfill a dream of Charlie’s. While this story is highly imaginative in some ways, it provides a visualization of “one piece” of what I thought I was looking for--in the way of community life… and in some ways, am still looking for….
7. “Developing a Tao Compass” (Winter 1986—1987) (80 pages) (first long compilation of excerpts piece) [includes many excerpts from "Gaia: An Atlas of Planetary Management (first edition, 1984), many quotes from D.T. Suzuki on Zen Buddhism, many quotes from R. L. Wing's interpretation of the "I Ching", and many quotes from children age 2-5)] (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4) (Scanned document; split into four parts)
8. “Land Ho!” (game played with homemade cards) (November—December, 1989)--a cross between “Milles Bornes”, “Canasta”, and “Rummy 500”. I feel that this “card game” has more potential that it was ever given credit for… it did not find a warm welcome when I introduced it to back then, and it was eventually put away in a storage box. And yes, there are now very sophisticated games involving computer simulations and I’m sure they can provide educational experiences which go far beyond what this game can offer. Even so, I am going to share some basic information about the “Land Ho!” game here, as it also (like the commentary I made on my poems and songs, provides unique insight into my thinking—before I learned about the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
9. “Where a Village is Tended, a Toxic Waste Dump Cannot Grow” (16 pages) (newsletter outreach)
(April-May, 1991) (scanned document)
Important outreach newsletter seeking ecovillage demonstration project/“tipping point” project (which would be a catalyst for community wide change). Sections of newsletter included: a) 51 point list: How modern agriculture-based villages can contribute to the continuity of peaceful human settlements b) brainstorming “ideagraph” containing 37 ideas for “Bringing Back Villages” c) a 6 page arrangement of statistics, observations, traditional sayings, and proverbs d) an imaginary flyer inviting people to an ecovillage demonstration project like this writer was seeking e) an article this writer had published in a local newspaper as as an essay/commentary titled “A ‘Branching’ of American Culture”
The 16 page newsletter (and other shorter forms of outreach) was sent to environmental organizations, environmental magazines, peace organizations, sustainable agriculture organizations, individual organic farmers, etc, and I received more than 100 postmail responses. A selection of the responses is included in the entry “Some Responses to Outreach Done with the ‘Durham Village’ Concept” (see entry #5)
10. “Timetable of Events in Popular Culture--from 1900-1991” [approximately 30 pages in original “album” size format (which I no longer have); 1991-1992] [1900-1908; 1909-1917; 1918-1926; 1927-1935; 1936-1944; 1945-1953; 1954-1962; 1963-1971; 1972-1980; 1981-1991]
This homemade reference piece included news, books, music, sports, inventions, etc from each of the years 1900-1991. I used 14” X 22” poster board as a base, and pasted cut-out sections (on aged-looking archival paper) for each year onto a penciled in grid. Each poster board could accommodate three years. One of my original intentions, when making the “Timetable”, was to make it easier for me to better remember the years when I had some difficult experiences (so I could “work through” those difficult experiences). The other original intention was to create a way for me to re-examine my view of American Culture, to see where I may have been right, or wrong, about where I might do some good. Eventually, I also made use of this “Timetable”, when I was working with elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, as many of these elders could still remember well things that had happened in their distant past. [Note: I still have document files for this “Timetable”, but they are made from scanned copies of 11” X 14” paper, which were then “spliced together”, so one large file (over 3MB) only covers 9 years… thus, the many files above.].
11. “Some Responses to Outreach Done with the ‘Durham Village’ Concept “ (6 pages; July, 1992)
Selected responses to the above newsletter outreach “Where a Village is Tended, a Toxic Waste Dump Cannot Grow” (16 pages), and other related outreach
12. “Community Visioning and Sustainability: Policy Recommendations for Families and Communities” (scanned document) (Part 1 and Part 2)(40 pages; 1994)
While this paper was written more than twenty years ago (as a Family Studies course final paper), I am offering access to it because the research and the recommendations are still most relevant—and to provide insight into research and ideas which have been essential to the evolution of the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative (at www.cpcsi.org ).
Below are excerpts from the “abstract” at the beginning of the paper:
“The purpose of this paper is to begin an ongoing discussion of why families would want to become involved in their community’s visioning process….References are made to the recent use of ecological and societal indicators to measure quality of life and progress towards sustainability, and implications of trends….This paper also includes a brief historical overview of sustainability, and a brief survey of national, state, and local sustainability initiatives, particularly as they relate to community visioning…..”
13. "Meditations on Devotion to Rama" (126 pages) (July--September, 1996) [Unfortunately, the only version I have of this is a file of the scanned document--which is a very large file (118 MB)(so I uploaded it to Dropbox, and made a link to it there).] This booklet--a 126 page arrangement of quotations is a kind of “study guide” to R.C. Prasad’s translation of Tulasidasa' s “Ramacharitamanasa (The Holy Lake of the Acts of Rama)” (1990 Benarsidass edition). There is a three page introduction, a Table of Contents--and a 25 page section titled “Notable Excerpts from the Story”, which provides a kind of “storyline”. [From the introduction: "… 'the book (Tulasidasa’s “Ramacharitamanasa”) is in everyone's hands, from the court to the cottage, and is read, or heard, and appreciated alike by every class of the Hindu community, whether high or low, rich or poor, young or old' (F.S. Growse) and ‘is acknowledged not merely as the greatest modern Indian epic, but as something like a living sum of Indian culture....’" (R.C. Prasad).]
14."An Arrangement of Quotations from 'Sathya Sai Speaks' (Vol. 1-15)" (301 pages) (September, 1996--February, 1997) Vol. 1-15 are collections of discourses made by Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011) during the years 1953-1982. I selected quotations/passages which might make these teachings most accessible to westerners, and arranged them in categories and subcategories. Here is the 5 page Table of Contents, which includes a sample excerpt of a quote for every section and subsection.
15 "Virtue Notes"—(14; 1997) ["Virtue Notes 1-7" "Virtue Notes 8-14"] These "virtue notes" are a testimony to the profound effect of my being in the presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba in India, when I visited His ashrams in Puttaparthi and Whitefield, in 1997. I created handmade versions in India, and then revised those with Microsoft Publisher once I was back in the states. Although it would seem there would be no practical use for such esoteric currency, the point of it was to help people imagine the kind of world where such currency would be in use. There was a sun with rays spreading out on one side of the currency note, and some commentary on a particular virtue on the other side. The fourteen virtues I featured (in the order they appear in the two files: kindness, courtesy, responsibility, courage, gratitude, faith, resolution, abstinence, serenity, purity, reverence, silence, wisdom, and love.
16. “Songs We Love To Sing” (174 Popular Showtunes, Ballads, Folksongs, Hymns, and All-Time Favorites) (results of much research over many years; created around 1999-2000) [Table of Contents; Songs 1-15; Songs 16-29; Songs 30-43; Songs 44-56; Songs 57-69; Songs 70-84; Songs 85-99; Songs 100-113; Songs 114-128; Songs 129-142; Songs 143-156; Songs 157-174]
Through the years I worked as an activity specialist for elders with special needs (which happened mostly in assisted living group homes)(1993-2000), I researched song compilations, and continued to expand my record and tape collection of songs in the 1900-1955 range. While I most certainly did not have much of a singing voice, I had a variety of backup cassette tapes made, and songbooks which had all the songs in those backup tapes, so--in a sense--we were all singing along with the cassette tape (which could be stopped at any time for sidetracks….). [Note: because I was scanning a long paper document, I made many small files… thus, the many files above.]
17. First IPCR Brochure (4 pages) (2002)—includes details for two key IPCR (and Tipping Point Action) ideas, and many core insights and observations which are still just as relevant (Scanned document)
18. First IPCR Pocket Folder (maybe 2003)--although the scanned file for this pocket folder provides information, and illustrates the design, it does leave out the text for the three sections included in the pocket folder.
19. “The IPCR Journal/Newsletter Spring 2005” issue (14 pages)--key document for the first IPCR Initiative outreach campaign. Also noteworthy because it contains detailed descriptions of seven of The Eight IPCR Concepts—and much of that content has remained as it was written then [see updated version “Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change"... and the "Ten Stp..." paper eventually became "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (see #35)(a second CPCS Initiative Summary Paper)].
20. "The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop" (11 pages) (First version Fall, 1984; First revision Spring, 2004; Minor modifications Summer, 2006; Winter 2013-14)
This story is from a time long ago, when the cultural heritage of a community of people was passed from generation to generation through the spoken word, and when the reasons for telling a story were (for the most part) to convey a message of cultural significance.
Here is a brief introduction to the “Sacred Hoop” story: “Many years ago there was a tribe of people who were experiencing challenges that were threatening their very existence. During this ’time of fear’, a young woman experiences a vision--of a bird which says to her: ‘You must all leave where you are, and travel to a place far away… You must look for the tree at the center of the sacred hoop. You will know when you have found this tree when you hear birds singing on the branches of a tree, and you understand their song.’ The tribe of people eventually begin this ‘great journey’. Do they find the tree at the center of the sacred hoop? ‘The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop’ is a ten page short story which recognizes intuition and spiritual wisdom as important elements of community and cultural sustainability.”
There are many "archetypal moments" in the story; thus, the story can have a "mirror-like" effect on readers, and cause them to reflect on the similarities and differences between what such moments are like in contemporary life, and what they are like in the culture brought to life by this story.
Additional Note: I wrote two different postscripts for this "Sacred Hoop" story: "A Postscript to the short story 'The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop'" (3 pages; January, 2009 and April, 2010), and "16 Facets of the story 'The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop'" (5 pages) (March, 2014). These postscripts provide insights which may help readers understand the most important messages of the story.
21. "Spiritual Peacebuilding: 47 Quotes and Proverbs" (12 pages; August, 2007)
22. "Peacebuilding in its Most Compassionate Form" (41 pages) (Aug.-Nov., 2007)
“About ‘Frameworks’, Infrastructures, Community Life, and Cultural Traditions”
“A Critical Point in the Evolution of Spiritual Understanding…”
“Ongoing Revitalization of a Communities’ ‘Moral Compass’”
“Peacebuilding in its most compassionate form is not a competitive field of activity. Viewed in this light, the most valuable forms of peacebuilding will nurture, support, and sustain the development of an infinite variety of other forms of peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecologically sustainability initiatives. The IPCR Initiative is an effort to nurture, support, and sustain peacebuilding in its most compassionate form.”
23. “A 15 Step Outline for a Community Visioning Initiative” (28 pages) (2008)
24. "1000Communities2" ("1000Communities Squared") (164 pages; June, 2008)
1000 Community Visioning Initiatives X Community Centers with Ongoing Workshops + Sister Community Relationships = an exponential increase in our collective capacity to resolve the challenges of our times
25. "1000 Communities (Squared) Proposal: Creating a Multiplier Effect of a Positive Nature"
(1 page) (2008) Key piece in outreach for the 164 paper above in #24.
26. “125 Related Fields of Activity” (2 pages) (2009)
27. "15 Sample Preliminary Survey Questions" (12 pages) (2009)
28. "Notes on the I Ching" (5 pages) (March, 2009)
The 64 “hexagrams” associated with the I Ching contain commentaries and observations associated
with particular patterns of experience. (Ex: Difficult Beginnings, Calculated Waiting, Adapting, Reform,
Danger, Retreat, Obstacles, Temptation, Changing, Reuniting, etc.) The Chinese people who developed
the I Ching discovered that reflecting on these patterns of experience was of great value in aligning
themselves with the Tao. The Tao has been defined as “the only reasonable and harmonious path for
the individual through the cosmos, given his nature and the nature of the cosmic forces at a given moment in time.”
29. "Divine Intervention" [arrangement of quotations from "Sathya Sai Speaks" (Vol. 1-15)-- discourses by Sri Sathya Sai Baba (1926-2011)] (42 pages) (June, 2009)
30. “An Autobiographical Sketch” (83 pages) (August, 2009; March, 2012; March-April, 2017)
In the months of March-April, 2017, I have made significant updates to my “Autobiographical Sketch” (what was 11 pages before is now 83 pages). And I have made a new title and subtitles for the piece: “… birds singing on the branches of a tree….” (Where I seem to be, and how I might’ve gotten here) (Selected Autobiographical Pieces--with Links).
In this autobiographical piece, I have focused on four main goals (that I can think of):
a) I have tried to share experiences which could be useful in some way or other--which might help people see themselves, and the world, in a more positive light… and which might help increase their “love for life”
b) I have tried to share documents and resources I have--relating to my work building The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative, and The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative; and relating to the most important influence in my life (the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba)—because I believe resources related to these subjects are among the most valuable resources I have
c) I have tried to provide evidence related to what work I thought was “uniquely mine” to do, and how I came to believe that
d) I have tried to provide clarification in some areas where I might have been most misunderstood, as after I have passed away, there will be no one who can provide the kind of clarification I can provide
31. “An Introduction to Kuan Yin: Goddess of Mercy and Compassion” (8 Pages) (September, 2009)
“Some Thoughts About the Origin of Kuan-yin”
“The 'Universal Gateway' Chapter of the Lotus Sutra”
“No other figure in the Chinese pantheon appears in a greater variety of images, of which there are said to be thousands of different incarnations or manifestations.”
“She achieved enlightenment long ago but refused to go on to total bliss until all suffering humanity could go with her.”
The simplicity of this gentle being and Her standards tends to lead Her devotees towards becoming more compassionate and loving themselves. A deep sense of service to all fellow beings naturally follows any devotion to the Goddess.”
32. "The Twilight of One Era, and the Dawning of Another" (35 pages) (Sept.--Oct., 2009)
a) “Education Systems in Times of Crises”
…In times when people are trying to resolve multiple crises, it will be most helpful to make ongoing
evaluations of education systems, to see if they are serving communities as well as they can…. First, here are four approaches to defining what general goals might be appropriate for an educational
i) “… it is the business of the school environment to eliminate, so far as possible, the unworthy featuresof the existing environment from influence on mental habitudes…. (John Dewey)
b) “The Treasured Wisdom of Religious, Spiritual, and Moral Traditions—is it in the ‘tool box’”?
This writer believes it is becoming more and more likely that an exponential increase in compassion for our fellow human beings will need to become an essential and critical element of a truly comprehensive response to the challenges of our times. In such circumstances, we cannot afford to exclude from our “tool box” the time-tested sources which have helped people learn compassion over many centuries. What we need to do instead is to learn how to cultivate the time-tested sources so that the sources yield the treasured wisdom.
33. "Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (30 pages) (2009, 2014) Original Document formed 2001-2007; much of original content still accessible through Spring, 2005 issue of The IPCR Journal/Newsletter (see IPCR Journal/Newsletter section, at the bottom of the "About The IPCR Initiative" webpage at https://www.cpcsi.org/about-the-ipcr-initiative.html ) Revised Version December, 2009 added 12 page “Notes and Source References” section. In March 2014 two more “steps” were added (“Interfaith Peace Vigils” and "Neighborhood Learning Centers"). Also in March, 2014 title changed from “Brief Descriptions of The Eight IPCR Concepts” to “Nine Steps for Long Term Culture Change” as the need for long term culture change has become clear. The “Ten Steps” are: “Community Good News Networks”; “Community Faith Mentoring Networks”; “Spiritual Friendships”; “Interfaith Peace Vigils”; “Questionnaires That Can Help Build Caring Communities”; “Community Visioning Initiatives for Peace”; "Neighborhood Learning Centers"; “Spiritually Responsible Investing”; “Ecological Sustainability”; and “Community Journal/Newsletters”. These “Ten Steps” can be a “foundation” for a long term approach to interfaith peacebuilding, community revitalization, and culture change. Many of the concepts could be building blocks which would help make an effective Community Visioning Initiative, by way of being ideas for workshops in Neighborhood Learning Centers, and supplementary pieces in support of the Visioning process. Sets out a “trellis” by which a careful transformation could “grow”, over a long period of time, and be carefully monitored and evaluated as it proceeded.
34. "The IPCR Workshop Primer" (425 pages) (Feb. 2010)
A Comprehensive Summary of the IPCR Initiative; including “36 Problems That May Arise (in preparing for, and implementing, Community Visioning Initiatives)” (Section 11), a section which was only included in this document.
35. "Special Moments of Inspiration and Insight: A Reader from Books and Documents in the English Language" (includes references to more than 150 excerpts from Young Readers’ Classics, History, Exploration, Fiction Short Story, Fiction Novel, Fiction Plays, Fiction Humor, etc—and 19 actual excerpts of various length) (74 pages; May, 2010)
36. "Music and Lyrics I Love" (41 pages; 2010-2011) (150 titles; selections of lyrics included)
37. “A ‘Catalog’ of My Writings from 1976-2011 (with information and/or commentary provided for writings from 1976-1991)” (36 pages; 2010-2011)
In one of the periods of time when I wasn’t working on a writing project (around 2010-2011), I scanned writings which were not in document form (to make pdf files of them), and made a “catalog” of my writings (from 1976-2011)(in which I provided information and/or commentary related to writings from 1976-1991). The commentary will provide a different, and more personal, impression of who I am than the "Autobiographical Sketch" (above).
38. "39 Suggestions for Preliminary Survey Questions" (36 pages) (2011)
39. "A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative" (2011)
Key piece in outreach done at this time.
40. “IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011-2012: Summary Report” (444 pages)
(5 page Table of Contents)
41. "Much Unrealized Potential for Community Service" (2 pages; 2012)
Key piece in outreach done at this time.
42. “Four Positive Effects from the Teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba” (13 pages)(April, 2012)
Insight into the profound wisdom this writer found in the discourses of Sri Sathya Sai Baba (with many quotes)
43. “24/7 Peace Vigils” (2 pages) (March, 2013)
44."Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors" (589 pages; Oct.--Nov., 2013) (more supporting documents in "Invitation Package" section)
a) From 2019 on, this writer has advocated for 5-10 page overviews from thousands of positive tipping point organizations and institutions, as a way of catalyzing local Community Visioning, and accelerating Climate Emergency Action. This “Invitation Package” features 272 positive tipping point individuals (in 13 categories—see p. 34), with accompanying biographical information (from pages 34-199). At the time, this writer hoped that outreach sent to these individuals might help create a Board of Advisors.
b) There is a 28 point timeline of warnings about Global Warming, spanning from 1988 to 2013, on pages 273-301. Each entry includes excerpts from the resource cited.
45. "Evaluating the Effectiveness of Community Visioning Initiatives" (7 pages) (2008, 2012)
[Note: This content can be found on pages 539-546 of the document “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages, 3.6MB; Nov. 2013)
46. “An Invitation to Participate in Community Visioning Initiatives--as a way of carefully examining our options at this critical time” (6 pages) (Dec., 2013) (part personal journey, part advocacy; includes 1 page assessment of the urgent necessity for unprecedented culture change; being offered to local newspapers and news weeklies)
47. "A List of Ten Critical Challenges" (1 page) (2014)
48. "Press Kit for the Tipping Point Action Campaign" (many documents) (March, 2014)
49. "The Tipping Point Action Campaign and Ten Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (9 pages) (September, 2014) A Summary of The CPCS Initiative and an important outreach document.
50. “Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses (ROMC) Survey Project Prospectus” (Gathering Evidence to Support a Recalibration of Our “Moral Compasses) (74 pages; November, 2014)
The ROMC Survey Project Prospectus provides detailed information in the following sections: “Project Summary”, “Why this Project is Needed (5 Reasons Summarized)”, “About Selecting Participants for the Survey”, and “The 9 Questions Being Asked in The ROMC Survey”—and is supplemented by an Appendix which includes: A. Why this Project is Needed--Discussion Supplement, B. Example Challenge Assessment (20 pages), and C. Example Solution Guide (17 pages).
51. ROMC Survey Project: “5 page Project Overview and Invitation to Collaborate” (Nov., 2014)
52. Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project (16 p. project proposal)(April, 2015)
The NTNCE Project is an invitation to local residents to share positive experiences in a new section of their local newspaper (the NTNCE section) as a way of highlighting and illustrating how even the smallest events of everyday community life can be positive contributions to:
a) the education goals of the local public school system
b) increasing consensus on a locally specific, commonly agreed upon, and revitalized “moral compass”
c) the greater good of all residents in the local community and region
53. "An Assessment of the Most Critical Challenges of Our Times" (36 pages; May, 2015)
Challenge assessments in longer documents made "connecting the dots" to see the "big picture" much more difficult to manage. This shorter challenge assessment is an extension of the "Example Challenge Assessment" in the "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses' Survey Project Prospectus"--and this assessment has the most recent compilation of quotes, etc; the source references are recently confirmed; and the source references are all in one place.
54. "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny" (85 pages; June, 2015) (updated June, 2016--new preface added)
This 85 page paper summarizes work by the CPCS Initiative’s predecessor [The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (from 2001-2013)]—and work by The CPCS Initiative since its inception in 2013. The Summary Paper was updated in June, 2016 (minor editing, making links current) and now has a 4 page preface.
55. “6 takes on Paris #COP21: compiled by @StefanPasti CPCS Initiative/much momentum, believe many reality checks still to come” (1 page; December 16, 2015)
56. 8 page introduction to the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative Summary Paper
57. Edited and Revised 8 page introduction to The CPCS Initiative Summary Paper (Jan. 2017)
58. "59 Recommended Sources on Twitter--for News, Information, and Solutions on Global Warming and Climate Change" (7 pages; Feb., 2017)
59. "Convergence of Critical Challenges Alert to Peacebuilders, Chaplains--from cpcsi.org)"
(10 pages; Feb. 2017) (Complete text of this Alert is included on the CPCS Initiative homepage)
60. “13 Resources Relating to Understanding and Mitigating Global Warming and Climate Change” (3 pages; Feb. 2017)
61. “Questions for CCLS17 Panel Discussion--Diminishing Returns re Megacities?” (8 pages; March, 2017)
62. "Manali Project Prospectus" (13 pages; April, 2017)
The Manali Project is a fictionalized account of three story lines taking place in a time period of from maybe 2080-2150. Hopefully, the story lines would highlight—through both dramatic and everyday circumstances--a) the positive possibilities associated with permaculture, appropriate technology
b) the humor associated with salvaging material culture from the previous “advanced” civilization--and share much about ways to create unprecedented culture change, and arrive at communities which integrate spiritual wisdom into the everyday circumstances of daily life.
63. “An Autobiographical Sketch” (83 pages) (August, 2009; March, 2012; March-April, 2017)
In the months of March-April, 2017, I have made significant updates to my “Autobiographical Sketch” (what was 11 pages before is now 83 pages). And I have made a new title and subtitles for the piece: “… birds singing on the branches of a tree….” (Where I seem to be, and how I might’ve gotten here) (Selected Autobiographical Pieces--with Links).
64. "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (78 pages; May, 2017)
An older foundation piece, which I have revised and updated. I have also added an introduction (based on my 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.)]. It makes it all seem very doable—that’s why I think this paper could be a catalyst. But I’ve thought that before…. Hoping above all for constructive feedback, comments, and questions. Here also is a 3 page introduction to the "13 Step" paper, which I wrote to introduce the paper in various Discussion Forums.
65. "8 page introduction in (excerpted from) '13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change'" (8 pages; May, 2017)
66. "30 Propositions and Premises of The CPCS Initiative" (4 pages; May, 2017)
67. "Text of introduction to Twitter Moment ("Wisdom and Compassion Needed....)--which includes active links" (1 page; August, 2017)
68. “Last 8 paragraphs of Intro to CPCS Initiative Summary Paper” (2 pages; September, 2017) and additional file (9 29) to correct typo-- "Last 8 paragraphs of Intro to CPCS Initiative Summary Paper"
This document was created to offer a definition of world peace in response to questions from educators on Twitter like "what is your definition of peace?" The CPCS Initiative Summary Paper referred to is "Recalibrating Our Moral Compasses: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny" (85 pages; June, 2015; updated July, 2016)
69. “Tweet Series for ’13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change’” (15 pages; March, 2018)
Includes introduction and Appendix
[Here is updated version (April 2018) with addition to last tweet in Step 6]
70. “1000 Community Visioning Initiatives” Proposal—on Twitter Platform (September, 2018)
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.
71. “To Conrad Hackett—response to his Twitter query” (7 pages; November, 2018)
Conrad Hackett, associate director of research and senior demographer, Pew Research Center.
(expertise in international religious demography, sociology of religion, and how religion relates to characteristics including gender, fertility and education)
Subject: “What research at the intersection of religion and demography would you like to see?”
(re: tweet on November 19, 2018 on Twitter Platform)
Note: in my response I shared 32 possible questions.
72. "178 Related Fields of Activity" (6 pages; November, 2018--update of 2008 document “125 Related Fields of Activity”)
This writer has identified 178 fields of activity related to the collaborative problem solving, community peacebuilding, ecological sustainability, community education, and cultural sustainability efforts he advocates most strongly for to resolve the convergence of unprecedented challenges which now exists. Crowdsourcing efforts would surely result in a much longer list; however this list should be sufficient to suggest that we--collectively--have the knowledge and wisdom to create, support, and sustain communities which can keep global warming below 1.5oC (2.7oF), minimize resource requirements, maintain ecological sustainability, maintain a high level of compassion for fellow human beings--and which represent what a significant majority of community residents surveyed would describe as a high quality of life.
73. "Harvest Song" [78 pages (3.9 MB); Nov-Dec, 2018]
“…(finding) a value above all price for the smallest events in our daily life.”
Comprehensive, concise, and optimistic--even as it illustrates that the convergence of unprecedented challenges ahead is way beyond “uncharted territory”. There are many ways we can achieve a convergence of unprecedented solutions. There is much that can be done to resolve the unprecedented challenges ahead that has not yet been done.
74. "6 page excerpt from IPCR Journal/Newsletter Winter 2010-2011 about Women, Peacebuilding, and Donor Networks" (February, 2019)
75. "Growing Wisdom and Compassion in Small Communities (13 Steps)"(78p)(older document
The CPCS Initiative document "13 Steps for Long Term Culture Change" (78 pages; May, 2017)(#35 above) has been re-titled, so that the new title is "Growing Wisdom and Compassion in Small Communities (13 Steps)". The reason for the change: after the IPCC 1.5C Report, and also as this writer compiled the most recent CPCS Initiative document "Brainstorming 100% Reduction in GHG Emissions ASAP", it was becoming clearer and clearer that without unprecedented short term change (before 2030), there will be difficulties finding enough social and environmental stability to do long term change.
76. "Brainstorming 100% Reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG)Emissions ASAP Campaign"
(157 pages; June, 2019) (Note: 11 Appendices account for 113 pages)
The Brainstorming Zero Carbon ASAP Campaign proposes to streamline to the frontlines of public discourse the best 5-10 page overviews of how we can get to a 100% reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions ASAP--and thereby catalyze local Community Visioning Initiatives, and contribute significantly to maximizing "all hands on deck" participation in positive tipping point activity.
77. "Accelerating Climate Emergency Action (in all aspects of society)" (5 pages; July, 2019)
From five text boxes this writer included with tweets on the Twitter Platform, as outreach and sharing related to the paper “Brainstorming 100% Reduction in GHG Emissions ASAP Campaign” (157 pages; June, 2019). A good short introduction to the potential described in the longer paper.
78. "Flyer for Brainstorming Zero Carbon Campaign" (August, 2019)
79. “’Holding Together’ During the Climate Emergency Era” Climate Emergency Questionnaire
(14 questions; 10 pages) (August, 2019)--many questionnaires were developed over the years, following the original inspiration from the Queries used by the Quaker community. The first long collection: Section 10 “39 Suggestions for Preliminary Survey Questions” (as preparation for Community Visioning Initiatives) on p. 104 of “The IPCR Workshop Primer” (425 pages) (Feb. 2010)
80."We interrupt this broadcast...."Climate Emergency Op-Ed Piece (6 pages; 2401 words)
(January 7, 2020 to present)(two links updated from previous version)
First half of Op-Ed: 20 points (almost all evidence-based with source references) highlighting the need and the urgency for Climate Emergency Action.
Second half of Op-Ed--Solution Approach being contributed: 5-10 page overviews on how to achieve Zero Carbon ASAP from thousands of positive tipping point organizations and institutions can be catalysts for thousands of local Community Visioning Initiatives; concluding comments highlight the importance of selective buying as one of the many positive outcomes from thousands of Community Visioning Initiatives.
81. “Re-visioning and Re-growing Our Local and National Institutions” (8 Tweet Series) (5p; Feb., 2020)
82. "17 Tweet Series in document form" (pdf) (10 pages; June, 2020)
83. "Unprecedented Challenges Ahead--July 2020" (2 pages)
An update from the February, 2017 version, to reflect a more serious and urgent Climate Emergency, toxic air in cities around the world, the UN report on accelerating extinctions, and the impact of COVID 19 pandemic.
84. "Little Sparks on a Soaring Flight" (2 pages; August, 2020)
A lot of writing, during this month, and here's the closest I've come to feeling myself up in the sky like a bird. For those readers who know the story "The Spirit of the Sacred Hoop" (11 pages), they will understand that I have a special feeling about birds. They are so symbolic to me of the spiritual forces alive when one is in the right place, doing the right thing, and with many other people creating ceremonies for celebrating our making good of our spiritual responsibilities. Fires have a scary connotation now, with terrible destruction coming from many very large fires. We must not lose our positive image of fire in the spiritual soul, which is inspiration for solutions to our challenges. We need people seeking spiritual visions, and bringing whatever positive content they can to our "news feeds". Think about the kind of altar where you would sit quietly and get a recharge for your spiritual wisdom reservoir. Get closer to your altar somehow, even if it is in the great outdoors. And bring back some of that energy.
[Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative, critical challenge assessments, unprecedented challenges ahead, maximizing citizen participation, accelerating solution-oriented activity, collaborative problem solving, community education, questionnaires and surveys, community visioning, neighborhood learning centers, community service, newspapers, education, peacebuilding, culture change,faith, wisdom, compassion, etc.]
Collected Writings of Stefan Pasti
Maximizing Citizen Participation and Accelerating Solution-Oriented Activity
in a Time of Unprecedented Challenges
The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative