Sunday, October 17, 2010

Global Oneness Project

Resilience is that steely strength, that net that catches us, those arms that support us when our world falls apart. It is that will or spirit that encourages us to carry on.
From the unfazed to the deeply concerned, how do we help build resilience in our students?  One way is to show them that they are not alone.
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YES! recommends the Global Oneness Project for their inspiring and richly produced resources that explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. Through Global Oneness lesson plans, written stories, and film, your students will meet people from all over the globe—Tibetan nuns, Ecuadorian shamans, Ethiopian aid workers—and explore themes, such as real nourishment and having more with less.  By showing the diverse ways oneness is expressed, your students will be inspired to create solutions to their own and their community’s challenges.
We are thrilled to be one of the first organizations to share Global Oneness Project’s education resources, including two free DVDs of its greatest film shorts.

Living Oneness Study Guide


What does “oneness” have to do with your students’ lives and the world?
The 11 lessons and 200 exercises from Living Oneness: Restoring Wholeness in a Fragmented World will inspire your students to better understand the importance of oneness in their own lives, community, and the world. In action, oneness is about service and stewardship.
The study guide may be downloaded in its entirety or by chapter, using the links below.  For high school and university students.
Download Complete Study Guide in PDF format.

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Chapter 9: Oneness Now: More than just seeing holistically

Oneness is more than just seeing holistically; it's seeing the big picture and what's hidden. The consciousness of oneness reminds us how to live with ourselves and each other.

Chapter 10: Service: Shifting the emphasis from getting to giving

When we start to wonder what we can offer life, rather than focusing on what we need to get from it, we begin working with the forces that are already working for the whole. We begin living oneness.

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Chapter 11: Living Oneness: Synchronizing head, heart, and hands
When we align our hearts with our minds and our actions, we open a door for these living qualities not only to support our relationships, but to sanctify everything we do.
      These aren't just people in paintings looking at you. They are people imploring you to listen and act.


Personal Resilience - Identity, Worldview, and Service

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Living Service

Jayesh Patel, founder of the Indian NGO Manav Sadhna, shows us how the Gandhian principles inspiring the organization are put into practice in the vast slums of Ahmedabad.

  • Barefoot College Photo Essay
    The Barefoot College of Tilonia India began in 1972 with the conviction that solutions to rural problems lie within the community.

Seva Cafe: Love All, Serve All

Seva, or service, is the selfless giving of oneself for the betterment of others and the world around. At Seva Cafe, the concept of service takes the form of a "pay it forward" restaurant, where every meal is cooked and served with love.
  • The Power of Food
    Providing food for people in need—regardless of whether they are "deserving" is a central part of Sara Miles' spiritual journey.

Community Resilience - Social Justice, Community Building

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Barrio De Paz

Youth worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo Cora describes the inspiration behind Barrio de Paz (Peace Town), a non-violent youth movement in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Barrio de Paz brings together street gangs and provides services to this struggling community.

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The GreenHouse Project

In the inner city of Johannesburg, The GreenHouse Project is turning one urban park into a seedbed for sustainable communities. The program takes a holistic approach to the city's challenges, integrating green building and design, efficient and renewable energy, recycling, organic farming, and nutrition.
Place-based Resilience - Sustainability, Relocalization

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Knowing How to Nurture Ourselves

Stephan Fayon, director of an international seed bank in Auroville, India, explains how preserving the diversity of seeds ensures against the breakdown of large-scale industrial agriculture.

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Not Just a Piece of Cloth

Anshu Gupta is the founder of Goonj, a volunteer-run recycling center in New Delhi that recycles garments to provide clothes, schoolbags, sanitary napkins, and other amenities for India’s poor. Anshu offers a heartfelt appeal to be mindful of the unused clothing taking space in your closet right now, and what a treasure it could be for someone in need.
  • Share Your Stuff
    From socks to cars to skills, how sharing and swapping gives you more.

Special note on free DVDs:

Film Library Volumes I and II on DVD, plus their accompanying discussion and action guides, are available for free download at  Global Oneness Project Education. The DVDs are comprised of short films hand picked by Global Oneness staff. DVDs can also be ordered from Global Oneness Project’s Organize a Screening.


Global Oneness Project theme pages are a feast of everything you wanted to know about a certain something, delivered on a silver platter. These “something’s” are subjects worthy of discussion, such as our relationship to the land, material greed, our diets, and expressions of generosity. Anchored by short essays, these pages burst with enticing extras of photography, video, quotes and related articles.
Film Library DVDs are free and include question and action guides. Engage your community! Global Oneness has put together a selection of its short films on two DVDs and will send one to you for free anywhere in the world if you agree to gather 10 or more people for your film screening.

LEARN: Global Oneness Themes

WATCH: Film Library Volume I [See right side of page]

VISIT: Film Library Volume II [See right side of page]
DO: Organize a film screening

Global Oneness Project is devoted to exploring how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.  Since 2006, the project has traveled the globe finding inspiring stories of oneness practiced by everyday people devoted to taking care of our shared world. These powerful narratives are conveyed through the brilliance of film and essays.
Photos courtesy of Global Oneness Project.

What relevance does it have for my life and the world?

If you're ready to deepen your understanding and experience of oneness – what it is, why it's important, and what it means to live oneness in your own life, community, and the world – we invite you to download our new study guide, Living Oneness: Restoring Wholeness in a Fragmented World.

With eleven chapters and over 200 exercises, it is available for free using the links below. Download the entire document or by chapter (in PDF and soon in multiple e-book formats). We're offering it to individuals, study groups, educators, business people, and anyone inspired to better understand and apply a way of being in the world that is ultimately about service and stewardship.
  • Living Oneness Study Guide
    Restoring Wholeness in a Fragmented World
    Download Complete Study Guide: PDF
  • Individual Chapters
  • Introduction
  • Attributes of Oneness – I: The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts
    Within and beyond every individual thing
    Everything has a part to play
    Feeling connected
  • Attributes of Oneness – II: The best things in life are free
    Free and abundant
    Power and service
  • Dimensions of Oneness: Orienting ourselves in the vastness of oneness
    Vertical oneness
    Horizontal oneness
    Integrated oneness
  • Distortions of Oneness: What oneness isn’t
    The paradox of oneness
    Distortions along the vertical axis
    Distortions along the horizontal axis
    Distortions of integrated oneness
  • Fallacies of Oneness: Oneness is uniformity, and other misconceptions
    Sameness – unity without diversity
    Group think
    Globalization and fundamentalism
  • History of Oneness – I: Where has oneness been all this time?
    Oneness and spirituality
    Oneness and psychology
    Oneness and philosophy
  • History of Oneness – II: Finding oneness in the details
    Oneness and science
    Oneness and indigenous peoples
    Oneness and social change
  • Oneness and the Future: A revolutionary – and evolutionary – shift
    Oneness and the evolution of consciousness
    The Ecozoic era
    New partnerships
    All aspects of society
    Crisis and change
  • Oneness Now: More than just seeing holistically
    Seeing what’s hidden
    Oneness and sustainability
    Who are we?
  • Service: Shifting the emphasis from getting to giving
    Responding to needs around us
    Overcoming resistances
  • Living Oneness: Synchronizing head, heart, and hands
    Our heads
    Our hands
    The heart