Fri 29 May 2020

NEXT: Empathy Circle: XR Principle #9: We Are a Non-violent + XR America v. XR US Conflict

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Our Empathy Circle Series Continues with Principle #9:  We Are a Non-violent Network 

Using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.

Extinction Rebellion 10 Principles Empathy Cafe Series Join the Facebook Event  https://www.facebook.com/events/2383111238646333/

Saturday May 30: 10am PST/1pm EST/6pm BST/ 7pm CEST
World Times:  https://j.mp/3ce40Xe
LOCATION Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/9896109339

Empathy Cafe Series

  • 2020-06-06: Principle # 10: We Are Based on Autonomy and Decentralisation

  • 2020-06-13: Principle # 11: What Principle would you add? 

Empathy Circles for Bridging the XR US versus XR America Divide
Democracy needs citizens and XR to be able to address conflicts effectively.
In an effort to address the conflict between XR US and XR America, the XR Empathy Circle Work Group will hold a SERIES of Restorative Empathy Circles between members of each group to empathically dialogue together about the issues. Join us in a future Empathy Circle. For more visit.

See: Extinction Rebellion US and XR America Conflict Empathy Circle #1

Empathy Circle
An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process that effectively supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.  The practice is the most effective gateway practice for learning, practicing, and deepening listening skills and mindset.  

1. What is an Empathy Circle? http://bit.ly/EC-WhatIs
2. Why Participate?    http://bit.ly/EC-Benefits
3. How to Empathy Circle?   http://bit.ly/EC-How

4. Empathy Circle Facilitator Training http://bit.ly/EC-Facilitate

Extinction Rebellion Empathy Circles Work Group


Paul Sousek Sun 14 Jun 2020

Coherent arguments against the proposed so-called demand 4:

1. Everything in that demand is already covered by XR's existing demands. None of the arguments I heard put forward can point to a single issue not already covered by XR's demands and principles.
It is wholly redundant.

2. By addressing a specific group of people it marginalises all other groups of people who may well feel themselves to be equally affected even if some of us are not aware of it.
(Examples: Jewish holocaust and treatment of Jews throughout history, east Europeans and Russians in particular in 2nd world war, Chinese in their various revolutions, anybody living under communism or totalitarian regime, North Koreans, Irish in UK history - and all of that persists, but also many other groups not mentioned in the text)
It is divisive and discriminatory.

3. Unlike our existing demands, it does not have a form of a demand but that of a wish, i.e it does not answer questions such as
Who are we demanding it of?
By what means will it be done?
By when/ how soon?
How do we know when its done?
Its not a demand, its just a wish.

Can someone produce a coherent set of arguments for the adoption of the proposed 4th demand?
The two sets of arguments could be the basis for this discussion.


Paul Sousek Sun 14 Jun 2020