OneVoice Vision Stories
Narratives about the Success and Work of the Coalition
Hughes Gignoux, a COV Founder. Thirty years ago I
embarked on the journey, still ongoing, of restructuring my life. Early on in this
process, I realized in essence it meant changing my story. As I say in my workshops,
You cant change what happened but you can
change the story you tell yourself (and others) about it. Eleven years ago,
after several years of spiritual nudging, I published a book of folktales from around the
world and throughout time, Some Folk Say: Stories of
Life, Death, and Beyond. Using these stories as a springboard, I offer workshops and
courses to help people transform their relationship to deathand therefore life.
Changing the story. www.lifedeathbeyond.com
years ago, as a founding member of the Coalition for OneVoice, I was led to take
story-changing to a whole new level. Slowly at first but building steadily, came the
awareness that perhaps the story most in need of changing is the basic one embraced by
most human beings of who we are in relationship to life on planet Earth. Thus evolved
TreeFriends: Using the Arts to Transform Our Relationship to the Natural World.
core purpose is to create urban behavioral change in response to multiple global crises.
Using the arts: poetry, art, music, dance, theatre and deep dialogue, TreeFriends invites
people to revisit our fundamental human story in order to change it radically so that it
aligns with current scientific findings that confirm the interrelated and interdependent
nature of all life on planet Earth. www.coalitionforonevoice.org
Jane Hughes Gignoux
Kurt Johnson, a COV Founder. I was one of the original founders of OneVoice. It's purpose to "create a collective energy" among persons, organizations and networks doing spiritual and transformational work in the New York City region, had been a dream for many years.
It is rather amazing that simultaneously, in 2006, eleven different persons, meeting first as two separate groups (one based on FIONS, one based on ISDnA/EnlightenNext and the Alliance for a New Humanity, but both attended by Alan Steinfeld of New Realities) came together within one week to "petri-dish" this idea together.
Things moved very quickly after that. Because of the far-flung, but influential, constituencies of those eleven persons, within a few months we were able to plan a New York City "kick-off" event-- "Passion to Connect"-- featuring Deepak Chopra, Andrew Cohen, Judy Martin, Fred Johnson and Alex Gray. This was quite an evening, with somewhere between 700-800 persons attending.
Of course, energy for the project was huge at the beginning. Yet, as we learn from Ken Wilber's classic work on "state and stages", it's one thing to experience a high energy "state" together, yet another to build something together that lasts (call it a "stage", a "structure" or a "permanent trait"). Many groups never get beyond that first burst of shared intention.
Knowing this, we build OneVoice carefully. We created two more big New York events-- one with Andrew Harvey and Caroline Myss (one Sacred Activism) and another with Matthew Fox (World Shift to Peace Festival). But perhaps more important than these were a string of intra-community events within OneVoice, at Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors, All Souls Unitarian Church, East-West Books Center, One Spirit Learning Alliance, Marymount College and Integral Yoga (among others) that nurtured this community to come together much more organically.
Within a year we established first 10, and then eventually 20 "Focus Circles", circles that met regularly to channel intention into tangible projects based on persons sharing their vision and gifts. Many of the current projects growing from the COV Focus Circles, like TreeFriends and The InterSpiritual Multiplex grew from the Focus Circle activites of OneVoice. Soon we'll see another emerge from the Integral Focus Circle.
COV works entirely through Circles. It's leadership is a revolving self-select Circle of the persons most interested, and free at the moment, to put energy into the Coalition's vision and work. In 2010 the original 11 founders met for a dinner together to celebrate the fact that COV appears here to stay. COV looks forward to working with everyone who has an interest in creating this "collective energy" among those working for awakening and transformation in New York City, and through New York City, the world.
Emily Squires and Len Belzer, "COV power couple" and COV Founders.
Emily Squires: I believe that the human race is at a critical juncture in its
evolution at this very moment. We can either
raise the consciousness of our species to a new level of understanding and caring for one
another and the world around us. Or, we can
sit idly by and let climate change and political, economic, and social lethargy drag us
down so far that we will die out, as would any other failed species.
is why I am one of the founders of the Coalition for OneVoice (COV) http://www.coalitionforonevoice.org/
, a gathering of like-minded organizations and individuals in the New York City
Metropolitan area that are committed to raising the level of public discussion toward a
more conscious relationship with others and the planet. My personal background is in
television production, and I have just finished a video entitled TreeFriends, which is a project of COV.
is also the reason I am on the board of Friends of the
proud to be on the board of the Source of Synergy Foundation www.SourceofSynergyFoudation.org
whose aim is to unite us into a collective force which will help usher in a leap in human
SOSF partnered with the Evolutionary Leaders, a group formed in conjunction with The Chopra Foundation and Association for Global New Thought, to work toward an evolution in consciousness. We invite you to join us in the Call to Conscious Evolution <http://www.evolutionaryleaders.net/ACalltoConsciousEvolution>
to help bring about this transformation.
Editor's Note: Emily Squires is usually too humble to mention her six Emmy Awards as Director of Sesame Street.
InterSpiritual Dialogue 'n Action (ISDnA, est. 2002) & Broadband Contemplative Alliances Network (bcan.ws, est. 2004) with Brother Wayne. Multiplex Maingate is www.isdna.org; Multiplex Visitors Center is multiplex.isdna.org. All rights reserved for original materials first published here; thanks to many associates for linked and associated materials. ISDnA's educational partner is One Spirit Interfaith (www.onespiritinterfaith.org), ISDnA is a founding member of The Order of Universal Interfaith (www.ouni.org), World Council of Interfaith Congregations (www.ouni.org), Coalition for OneVoice (www.coalitionforonevoice.org) and the Universal Order of Sannyasa (originally envisioned by Bro. Wayne, www.orderofsannyasa.org). Administrator Contact email@example.com
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