We wanted to contribute the first round of ideas for resources starting with the Introduction and facilitators guide that should be available as instant pdf downloads to new members.
We threw this together as a good starting place - let's build on this and with each new addition we can update the documents as they become more refined.
Attached is a word doc version at the very end (look for the little word doc icon at the bottom of this post) and here is the content for easy overview:
Introduction to Planet Earth Scouts
Mission of the Planet Earth Scouts Community:
Planet Earth Scouts is an all age ‘scouting’ community open to anyone who has a desire to learn and participate in responsible stewardship of the planet and sustainable living principles.
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Special emphasis is placed upon children and youth but anyone can be a Planet Earth Scout and the community encourages youth and adults to start groups and contribute to the community through sharing activities, ideas, and inspirations that can be easily shared through the Planet Earth Scouts ‘Creative Commons’ commitment.
*The Earth Charter:
Planet Earth Scouts advocates the values and principles found in the Earth Charter and badges for Children & Youth can be developed and earned around the 4 Pillars of the Earth Charter:
I. RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY OF LIFE
II. ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY
III. SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
IV. DEMOCRACY, NONVIOLENCE, AND PEACE
Children & Youth can also earn and develop badges around general ‘Stewardship’ principles. Here are some of the areas that fall under the ‘Stewardship’ category for children & youth:
For older Youth & Adults there is the “Interdependence Tree of Sustainability’ Certificates that can be earned through activities and specific areas of study in 10 Branches of the ‘Tree of Sustainabilty’ :
I. Sustain Yourself
*Finances/Economy - (Time Banks,Alternative Currency,Green Business,Slow Money,Buy Local etc)
II. Path of Beauty
III. 7 Generations – Pass the Feather
IV. Sustainability Education
V. Organic Earth
*Effective MicroOrganism Technology
VI. Alternative/Green Energy
VII. Earth Shelters
*Sand Bag Domes
*Nomadic Shelters (Yurts/Tipis etc)
VIII. EcoVillages & Sustainable Communities
IX. Leaders Who Follow
*Causes & Movements
X. Globalocalsphere - 'Think Global Act Local'
*Global Citizen Participant
*Local Citizen Participant
Planet Earth Scouts Community:
The Planet Earth Scouts is an open source online community network and all content, images, logos, graphics, and resources that are member generated by individuals, groups, sponsors, and administrators are under ‘Creative Commons’ license and the network is led by the Planet Earth Scouts Leadership team. Anyone can join the Leadership team and there is currently no cost to be a member of the network.
Planet Earth Scouts groups can access and use any images, logos, content, and resources to use and adapt to their specific needs including images/logos for t-shirts, buttons, flyers, brochures, and banners under the specific creative commons license that it has been appropriated under.
Planet Earth Scouts groups seeking to establish themselves as 501(c)3’s to access non-profit benefits are free to use the Planet Earth Scouts name and logo for their groups and the community Leadership Team will support their efforts in whatever way possible within their teams ability at any given time. This means that if a member of the Leadership team has knowledge or resources at their disposal they will do their best to assist group leaders in their efforts to establish themselves as legal tax-exempt groups. Documentation of any groups process is highly encouraged to be contributed into the communities ‘resources’ section so that new groups can access information to assist them through their process as well.
Getting started begins with getting familiar with the online network platform. The platform serves as a main hub for meeting other Planet Earth Scouts, learning about activities and available resources, contributing content, and earning your badges/certificates.
Resources need to be generated by members in the form of artwork, images, curriculums, activities, badge activities/designs, and blog posts. New members are encouraged to join groups for ideas and inspirations.
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Opening Circle examples
Closing Circle examples
Approaches to learning:
Encounter - Hands
Experience - Heart
Concept - Head
Tips for Effective Group Discussions
(Adapted from Effective Meeting Skills by Marion E. Hayne
The success of any group discussion depends upon participation. An atmosphere that lends itself to open sharing can only be created when individuals in the group believe that sharing their opinion will be welcomed without judgment. The skillful use of questions can help encouragediscussion. During the discussion, it is helpful to:
o Establish an environment that is positive.
o Encourage open communication.
o Keep discussions on a constructive note.
The following tips may be useful in facilitating effective discussions:
1. Ask for Opinions
Ask questions that will help people express their ideas, feelings, and encourage discussion. For example:
o What is your reaction to...?
o What is your thinking on…?
o How do you feel about…?
One way to help ensure that the speaker feels heard and is understood is to paraphrase (to
repeat what you heard them say).
o Let me see if I understand your position. Are you saying that…?
o What I am hearing…Is that right?
o Do you mean that…?
3. Ask for Clarification
o I saw a few of you shaking your head. What do you think about what was said?
o I'm not sure I understood that last comment. Would you say more about what you meant
4. Explore an Idea in More Detail
o Are there other things we might consider?
o Would anyone like to add something?
o What are some other ways to look at this issue?
5. Move the Conversation Along
o One of the points made raises an important question…
o Another issue that generates a lot of reaction is…
o We have had a great discussion on this item. What other ideas would you like to
6. Suggest a Procedure
o I noticed that this side of the room has spoken the most. I suggest that we go around the
room to see how others feel.
o Turn to someone near you and talk about [TOPIC] for two minutes, then we'll come back
together. [THEN] Okay, let's go around the group and…
o Before we move on with the discussion, discuss with a partner what you think about this
point right now.
7. Use language that doesn't convey judgment, but rather conveys respect for other points
o I’d like to check my assumptions
o Let me suggest
o I’d like to propose
Your perspective is important!