Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Four Years. Go!

A Campaign to Change the Course of History

The goal of Four Years. Go. is to build a global movement of commitment and action that will cause a positive tipping point in humanity’s future by the end of 2014, setting us irreversibly on a new path to a just, thriving and sustainable future for all.

This will be done through inspiring commitment, connecting individuals and organizations in action, and amplifying stories of hope and success.

Who We Are

The impetus and initial stewardship for the FOUR YEARS. GO. campaign came from a core group of organizations, that continues to expand. The Pachamama Alliance, as part of that group, has provided the funding for the initial development of the campaign and is acting as the fiscal sponsor at this time. Other organizations that helped to create the concepts of the campaign were P:5Y (Peace in Five Years), and The 2020 Fund.

Creative inspiration and media assets are the work of Wieden+Kennedy, the largest independent advertising agency network in the world (creators of Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign and Lance Armstrong’s “Live Strong” yellow bracelet campaign).

 Watch Lynne Twist in this Powerful Video

Lynne Twist Presents FOUR YEARS. GO. from FOUR YEARS. GO. on Vimeo.

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A Call For Our Time!

Please for the sake of our Children and our Future and Nature and Mother Earth, Please watch this powerful video!

A Call For Our Time: The Story of The Pachamama Alliance (2010) from Pachamama Alliance on Vimeo.


The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium is an interactive transformational workshop that inspires participants to play a role in creating a new future: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet. Find out how you can get involved.

Generation Waking Up!

Generation Waking Up is a global campaign to ignite a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world.

We strive to:

- Awaken in young people a clear sense of who we are as a generation, an understanding of the urgent global challenges and opportunities we face, and a calling to take action.
- Empower young people with the training, mentoring, and support needed to thrive as global citizens, leaders, and change agents in the 21st century.
- Mobilize young people locally and globally across issues, geography, and all lines of difference, unleashing the collaborative power of our generation.


Humanity’s current path is leading to a future no one wants, and it could soon be too late to change course. We have the technology and know-how to change our direction – all that’s missing is the collective will to get it done. You can help generate that will by making your own personal commitment, enrolling others, and taking action.

Jungle Mamas

Here's a very interesting program

Even though I wanted a natural childbirth and had a birthplan and thought I had it all figured out that I could do it, mind over matter, my body did not co-operate, and after 40 hours of labour the doctor told me "Yes!" When I said thru my tears "Am I going to have to have a c-section?" 

Women used to die during childbirth, it was very common. Today with all the knowledge available and hospitals, the risk is much lower. But imagine living in the jungle, where everything is natural, but perhaps there is no clean water, or because of encroaching pollution from outsiders or all the other elements that hinder education in these matters. Perhaps the elders haven't been able to pass on their knowledge.  I can see where a program like this would be very helpful as long as the women can retain there heritage and value but keep themselves and their children healthy and alive.

Jungle Mamas 


Purpose and Vision

The purpose of the Jungle Mamas Program is to empower indigenous women and their communities, to ensure safe birthing and the health and well-being of the Achuar people. We view empowerment of Achuar women as the unifying element to ensure success on joint projects and to build the capacity to become self-sustaining.

We consciously build into all our initiatives the opportunity for women’s leadership to emerge.

Our main focus to date has been saving lives of mothers and babies by teaching prevention, recognition and response to pregnancy and birth emergencies.

We have done this by addressing the urgent issues of maternal deaths, infant morbidity and family planning, as well as broader family and community health concerns.


“We used to think we HAD to go into the jungle alone to birth our babies. Now, thanks to Jungle Mamas we know there’s a better, safer way.”
— Achuar participant trained as birth attendant
One of the most persistent and prevalent development issues globally is reducing maternal mortality and morbidity.

The women and communities of the Amazonian rainforest also face these challenges. This situation is directly related to the undervaluing of women and girls’ contributions to society and their lower social status.

 Read more here  http://www.pachamama.org/jungle-mamas/

Contact Jungle Mamas

Margaret Love, margaret@pachamama.org, 510.558.0994

The Pachamama Alliance

The Mission Possible - Visionary Youth- Aviva- Free The Children

Here's another really cool thing I would like to share!!

The Mission Possible - Visionary Youth
About This Idea:
Large ($100K - 500K)
Posted by: Jennifer Hough
Organization: The Youth Ripple Effect Team
Location: Stouffville, Ontario, Canda
Idea Created: November 22, 2010

The Mission Possible ‘Movie-ment’ Goal:
• To touch the lives of those who are feeling the Global Awakening through the stories of youth that are making a difference to peace on the Planet and within themselves
• To cause inspired action through a movie about visionary youth & young adults who are leaders for hope and change in the world
• To create an interactive web community where schools, organizations and companies from around the world can connect & share their Ripple Effect Projects
• To create an interactive weekly action toward a better world, that anyone can do

WHAT IS A MOVIE-MENT? A movie-ment is a term we use to describe a project that involves a movie that inspires action, and then provides the platform to take that inspired action. The Mission Possible is just such a project.

THE MISSION POSSIBLE MOVIE The Premise: Our children are awakening to their ability to make a powerful impact in the world as individuals. The stories of these beautiful souls need to be told. We will be telling the many stories of young ‘Agents of Change’ from around the world who are standing up for what feels right in their hearts so that others can remember that they have the same capacity to make a difference in their families, communities and lives.

The Movie Concept: This movie is a documentary that follows the lives, accomplishments and passions of the young people who are creating lasting change on the planet. It will also show the impact their actions have had on their families, friends and communities. The stories will be followed by short vignettes of children from schools answering the question “What would you do to make the world a better place?”This documentary will be a launching pad for the Web Based Ripple Effect Peace Project.


The Premise: The Ripple Effect Canadian Peace Project – is a web based 365 Day Plan for those who want to be a part of global change for the positive. On the website every day, there will be a Plan to Peace action step that anyone can do, from anywhere in the world. Millions of people (organizations, schools, corporations and families) can participate in simple daily inspired actions and share them online with each other and inspire more action and interconnection.

The Concept: Each month will have a different theme: kindness, Earth appreciation, forgiveness, abundance etc. Each day of the month will have a simple action related to the theme of the month. It is a follow-up to the movie and is intended to bring people together for the common good. Each day is taught by a different person (child, hero, adult, leader, sage). As different organizations, schools, families and corporations get involved and take on the actions steps and projects we introduce, they can share their experience, audios and videos online to create global community toward a peaceful Earth.

THE TEAM The Mission Possible was founded and co-created by a group of visionaries that are committed to empowering youth and adults alike to make a difference in their communities:

Jennifer HoughChief Executive Dreamer (Founder of The Vital You Clinic, Life Make-Over Coach, Author of “ A Search for Purpose”, Host of SOUL Radio) – www.thelawofawakening.com

Brad MorrisDirector of Inspiration (Co-founder of Agents of Change Global Movements Inc, The Junior Attractors, Manifesting Awesomeness radio & Hayhouse Author) – www.juniorattractors.com

Matthew AshdownVP of Global Transformation (Co-founder of Agents of Change Global Movements Inc, The Junior Attractors, Manifesting Awesomeness radio & Hayhouse Author) - www.juniorattractors.com

Nigel SealeGM of Here Comes Everybody (Chairman & Founder-Earth Day Canada; Chairman of Earth Day Canada 1990; Chairman-Earth Day globally 1991 & 1992)

Hailey ClarkThe Treasurer of Big Heartedness (Olympic level softball player, world traveller, and children’s coach)

THE YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS OF THE MISSION POSSIBLE MOVIE In the movie, we will be following the journeys of youth leaders, who are making a difference.

One example is Bilaal Rajan (Age 13 - Toronto, Ont, Canada) IMAGINE: Journeying with Bilaal to the AIDS communities in Malawi, watching his unique ability to wake people up to who they are and see first-hand the beauty of one person to change the lives of thousands. Imagine talking to the volunteers, neighbours & families that are inspired to make a difference because of this youth and see the full ripple effect on those in need because of one child’s efforts.

•It started for Bilaal at 4 years old when he sold clementine oranges door-to-door to raise money to help the 2001 earthquake victims in Gujarat, India

•He targeted global poverty and to date (2007) has raised over $50,000 for The World Partnership Walk. A powerful benefactor, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), matched his contribution

Bilaal authored two books on his fundraising efforts & Success Principle

Winners have been announced.
See Winners http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/home/search/level:winner
Free The Children
In 2010, Aviva launched a new partnership with Free The Children, a dynamic organization devoted to mobilizing youth to eradicate child poverty and exploitation around the world. Over the past 15 years, by working with school children across Canada and the US to show how they can make a difference in the developing world, Free the Children has been able to build and operate more than 500 schools in places such as India, China and Africa. The organization has built a reputation worldwide for their innovative programs and ability to achieve amazing results.

Aviva's partnership with Free The Children is aligned with our global Street to School program, the company's first international charity program which supports local and international charity partners to improve the lives of thousands of children and youth worldwide. In North America, our Street to School partnerships focus on prevention and intervention, targeting youth who are vulnerable to becoming homeless or dropping out of school.

Our support for Free The Children includes the implementation of leadership programs in schools with a predominance of at-risk youth in high needs areas, as well as sponsorship of "We Day". This annual event involving celebrities, thought leaders and politicians from around the world, inspires young people to celebrate their opportunity to shape and influence the world.

The Graditude Dance!!

 This is the guy responsible for my travel bug. Maybe not totally but watching one of his videos like this about 5 years ago, just filled me with this "I got to go do that!!"
Wow! He's been so blessed to travel to all these incredible places. Really amazing!
Now I guess they call it the Gratitude Dance and a friend shared it with me on Facebook today, so it made me feel really great to watch this again.

And to think it was all because of gum commercial! Stride! Crazy!
Here's another Gratitude Dance


It all truly began for the GratiDudes with their now famous Youtube video, “The Gratitude Dance.”  The Gratitude Dance lead the Dudes to become speakers all across North America, catering their positive message to youth and the young at heart.  The GratiDudes NOW are pursuing their childhood dreams (like everyone should) of becoming film-makers, as they create their first webisode series, "The Adventures of the GratiDudes," while pursuing their own individual projects and passions.