Controversial Conversations

CONTROVERSIAL CONVERSATIONS

Starting in Katoomba in December 2020

Whenever a wildspacer finds a topic which  would provide juicy dialogue, we facilitate a Controversial Conversation! Often they break out spontaneously at a Gift Gathering, Conscious Cinema or other event. Should you be moved to offer one, contact Juli wildspacelearning@gmail.com

There are two controversial conversation groups

  1. The Women’s only group which is part of the Women’s Circle Collective. and
  2. The Mixed group

THE WOMEN’S CIRCLE COLLECTIVE

Following the release of the 2019 NSW Women’s Health Framework, we held sessions to unpack the key goals and strategies put forward. Some of the experiences were part of controversial conversations, others were information and film sessions held through our networks with community centres throughout Northern Rivers and The Tweed.

Topics we have juicily dialogued with our womens’ groups (some of which have ALSO and SEPARATELY been shared with the wider wildspace group)

** What are healthy relationships?

** What are healthy minds, lifestyles and bodies?

** What does safety and support for women and girls look like?

** What do we consider the key elements of needed education? How can we know that which we don’t know?¬†

 

Topics we have juicily dialogued in our mixed women’s and men’s group include

** Greed is the key problem

** Creativity cannot be taught

** How do we raise our children surrounded by climate emergency fever?

** White fragility is protected by white privilege

** Science and religion – are they as opposed as we may think?

** If it takes a village to raise a child, what does it take to rise an adult?

** Globalised corporate food systems are starving, not feeding, the world.

** Separate spaces are needed by all groups who are not privileged by our system. Some of these groups include; women, indigenous people, those with wide ranging challenges to their ability levels, LGBTQIA, those with financial and social disadvantage, CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) people.

** You can choose not to vaccinate your children because I vaccinate mine

** Festivals save my life. And then I come home.

** No more domestic pets. They’re killing native wildlife.

** Resilience can’t be done on your own.

You may enjoy reading Dialogue by David Bohm. He talks of the depth of engagement and possible change in open powerful conversations with clear learning agreements. Bohm contrasts this with directed debate in which we spend most of our energy trying to devalue another’s argument not growing the thinking of all.