BC-Yukon KAIROS launches Table Talk Toolkit

Table Talk Tookkit
Table Talk Tookkit

Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions for change—personal change, community and organizational change, planetary change. If we can sit together and talk about what’s important to us, we begin to come alive.

Margaret Wheatley

Paradigm Shift

Conversations and relationships are both the method and the outcome that will allow us to make a shift toward a liveable, sustainable future. The Table Talk Toolkit offers you a way to begin. This is “a tool for change that fills bellies with good food while talking about really important stuff.”

Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, keynote at the 2023 BC-Yukon KAIROS gathering, says, “As long as unending growth and consumption are the only intelligible horizons of progress and hope, we are stuck in a place where the solutions of the past no longer fit our present challenges, but we are unable to imagine otherwise. And yet, we also know this is unsustainable…. We need to learn we are part of one large metabolism, that we are connected and inter-dependent in our vulnerabilities, and that turning our back to each other is like severing our own limbs.”

Let us not turn our backs to each other, but turn towards each other, draw closer, engage with each other. In our exploration we may find ways forward. We may find that the exploration, together, is the way forward.

In this simple guide you will find straightforward suggestions for how to set up a group conversation around a meal, a choice of ten sets of questions for different levels of intensity, follow up suggestions to build community, and several pages of quotes to inspire you and your conversation partners.

Use this tool to:

  • to draw the KAIROS circle wider in your community
  • to deepen existing relationships
  • to explore new ways of being community activists together
  • to begin an important conversation about systemic change and the end of modernity
  • to find ways to support each other through climate chaos and the long emergency.

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something is worth doing, no matter how it turns out.

Victor Havel

Filed in: Ecological Justice

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