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Discussion Guides

A collection of discussion guides on YES! issues

Discussion Guide: 5,000 Years of Empire – Ready for a Change?
by Carolyn McConnell
Questions such as: What makes you anxious about the future? What is different now from your expectations growing up? Have you ever experienced a time when a new story helped defuse a conflict? What was it about the story that reduced conflict?
Discussion Guide for 10 Hopeful Trends
by Carolyn McConnell
Questions such as: As you look back on the last 10 years and forward to the next, what do you fear? What do you hope for? What has the last decade meant in your life? What do you expect from the next decade?
Discussion Guide for Spiritual Uprising
Explore questions: Has religion lost its edge? Are churches now centers at best of apathy, at worst of right-wing reaction? Is organized religion now so sectarian that work across denominations is impossible? and more.
Discussion Guide for Respecting Elders, Becoming Elders
Questions like: • What would you need to do to enter elderhood? What could your community do to support you in making that transition? • Do you have an older person you admire and would like to be like? What makes this person a model for you?
Discussion Guide for What Makes a Great Place?
What are your favorite places in your area? Where do you spend the greatest amount of your leisure time outside your home? Where do you most enjoy spending time? Which of the five qualities do these places have? More questions like these for discussion . . .
Media That Set Us Free Discussion     Guide Media That Set Us Free Discussion Guide
Why in the midst of this information glut are we not getting the information we need? What does this mean for our democracy? More questions like these . . .
Discussion Guide for Healing and Resistance
November 2 dashed the hopes of millions. After an election that stirred such passions, how do we move forward as a nation? In this issue, we look at the fractures underlying our present social landscape, the new fears and old scars, and how we can heal them. How can we resist these destructive spirals? How can we overturn ancient patterns of harm? What sources of healing are within and around us?
Can We Live Without Oil? Discussion Guide
Whether it’s 10 years or 50 years, we must start making significant changes to the way we power our lives if children born in 2004 are to have safe, reliable, and sustainable energy sources.
What Is the Good Life? Discussion Guide
But what really makes for a satisfying life? When you look at your own life, what has brought you genuine joy? What has brought you deep and lasting contentment? In this issue, we explore the question philosophers have wrestled with at least since Socrates asked, “How should one live?”
Discussion Guide for a Conspiracy of Hope
When has awareness of an injustice spurred you into action? What was it that made you want to act? What kind of information or images have made you feel unwilling or unable to act? More questions like these . . .
Government of the People :: Discussion Guide
Think about relatives, colleagues, or neighbors who have a very different perspective on issues you care about. What is the foundation for their deeply held views? Are there values you hold in common? Do these suggest issues on which you might find common ground? What language might help find that common ground?
Finding Courage Discussion Guide
Is nonviolence a universal requirement or merely a sometimes-useful strategy? Nelson Mandela, for example, during the struggle against apartheid, rejected demands that the African National Congress renounce violence as a strategy. Is nonviolence always required or are there times when violence is necessary? Have you seen nonviolent action work? What made it succeed? Have you seen it fail? In what way and why? Faced with an invasion and oppression of your community, what would you do to resist it?
Discussion Guide: Whose Water? Discussion Guide: Whose Water?
Like oil, water scarcity lies at the heart of many of the world’s worst conflicts, and, as they once looked at oil, the world’s corporations see water as the next great commodity for their profit. But is there a different path, a way to share water, fostering abundance rather than exploiting scarcity?
Discussion Guide :: Our Planet, Our Selves- environment and health
Questions like: Who in your own life has experienced serious illness? What has it been like for those close to that person? What obligation do we have to keep an environment clean for other people?
Discussion Guide for What Would Democracy Look Like?
by Carolyn McConnell
Questions such as: What ways do you stay hopeful in dark times? What keeps you acting on what you believe when success seems distant or unlikely? What can (or do) you do to help friends and co-workers keep their spirits up?
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