SPEAK UP!! Training

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SPEAK UP!! trainers and participants at Macalester College, November 2011

SPEAK UP!!- Meet Up– for grads of SPEAK UP!! 101 and invited guests.

Sunday July 15th 2-5 pm
Spring House Ministry Center – South Sanctuary
610 W.28th St, Minneapolis
just East of Lyndale and 28th St.

Dr. Christie Manning from Macalester will tell us about recent research on how people with different worldviews and cultural values respond to information about climate change. Several recent studies show that those Americans who are most scientifically literate and well-informed tend to also be the most polarized in their response to climate science (either very alarmed or avidly denying). However, other studies continue to find that the large majority of Americans are simply disinterested in climate change – they don’t think or worry about it much at all. What is behind these trends, and what do they mean for those of us who want to see progress? Who should we be talking to, and what should we be saying?  How do we more effectively integrate climate conversations and climate solutions in the public dialogue as we enter the election season?

Come prepared to share the successes and obstacles you’ve had in speaking with others in your communities about climate change. You will leave the session having practiced 2 laser talks on climate conversations; have clear personal goals for 2012 -2013; and an opportunity to select a partner to support you in reaching your goals.


SPEAK UP!! 101 – for all

Sunday Aug 5th 2-5 pm
Holy Trinity Church– Fellowship Room on the lower level
2730 East 31st Street, Minneapolis

This is where you invite your friends and family members to come and find out why you are so involved in this ‘great turning’ that we are all engaged in.

Learn about the science of climate change from Dr. John Abraham from the University of St. Thomas.  Understand the psychology and challenges of communicating difficult information like this from Dr. Christie Manning (The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior).  Then using the Art of Convening (by Heartland Inc.’s Craig and Patricia Neal), learn to create authentic engagement in meetings, gatherings and conversations about climate change.

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Day 2 at WindPower 2012

I saw something that was fairly inspiring at the wind conference today: agreement between a hard core Republican and loyal Democrat. Even better, the issue they agreed on was the importance and necessity of wind power and the Production Tax Credit for wind power projects. The Republican was Karl Rove, who is known as “Bush’s brain” and one of W’s senior advisers. The Democrat was Robert Gibbs, who is best known as President Obama’s Press Secretary. In all honesty, the two were a little testy on other items, especially Rove who blamed Obama for our dysfunctional government. Nonetheless, they found common ground, and shared the stage together without trying to kill each other.

Rove is the fellow on the left (but he is the conservative), and Gibbs is on the right (but he is the liberal).

The rest of my day was not quite as interesting, as the seminars I went to talked about the details of siting wind turbines. Most of it was too specific for my use. However, between sessions I wrote a letter to my Congresspeople about the need to extend the Production Tax Credit, and you can too! (Here is a little info on the Production Tax Credit if it does not sound familiar: http://awea.org/issues/federal_policy/upload/PTC-Fact-Sheet.pdf) For some reason, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) combined letter writing with a three hole miniature golf course. I don’t see the connection, so please let me know if you figure it out. Anyways, there is a prize if you hit a hole in one, and I was lucky enough to do it! The prize is a 12 inch “Executive Desktop Model” of a wind turbine, which I’ll have to somehow fit into my suitcase.

The prize for getting a hole in one on the random putting green.

The day concluded with a session on the economic impacts of wind power and why it should be a part of our future. This is definitely the most positive seminar thus far, and it truly is amazing how wind power can boost local economies. For example, the state of North Carolina basically has no wind power (202 kw, or 1/10,000th the installed wind capacity of Minnesota), yet over 5,000 people are employed by the wind energy supply chain in North Carolina. These are folks who add some piece to the overall puzzle, like making fiberglass for the turbine blades or recycling steel to make parts.