Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities | Interview with Author Deborah Frieze

Interviews, Society — By on 05/25/2011 14:09

Leader in Sustainable Development: Deborah Frieze

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Deborah Frieze co-authored  the book Walk Out: Walk On:  A Learning Journey Through Communities Daring to Live the Future Now and we are talking about the stories that went into the book. There are some great ideas about community, transformational change, and people deciding to take it upon themselves to create the future they want today.


Dominant systems: health care, education,etc.

Change- Change happens through chaords, through chaos.

Schooling- Designed to have us pass tests, not foster learning.

A shared vision is the invisible leader.

Self directed learning.

Uniterra – no curriculum, no faculty, no degree, just learning that needs to happen.

Right livelihood- Have enough to be secure but not use more than that. No hoarding, etc.

Her experience from getting an MBA – The certificate of deprogramming

Cost of maximal efficiency- The whole idea that we do not need to operate at full efficiency because there are often other things exploited when working at “full efficiency.”

Maximal Transaction Capacity

Gift culture

Globalization vs. Translocal

Start anywhere, follow everywhere

Cuba, factors of success- A real place where people can show up.

Upcycling – Turning Garbage in Value

From power to play – the idea that is does not have to be a painful process and rather something that can be enjoyed.

BALE- Business Alliance Local Economics.

Resources Mentioned

Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now (Currents)

The Berkana Institute

About Deborah Frieze

Deborah Frieze is an author, entrepreneur and social activist. As former co-president of The Berkana Institute and co-founder of the Berkana Exchange, Debbie joined Berkana in 2002 to help bring Berkana’s vision into the world and grow the Institute. She serves as a board member and is leading several initiatives, including: Feeding Ourselves Sustainably, a youth-driven community of practice in North America; Swaraj University, an alternative learning institute in India; and multiple Illumination and Thought Leadership projects, including publications and online media; and consulting as part of the Berkana Collaborative. The pioneering leaders of the Berkana Exchange community are the subject of her book, Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Through Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Margaret Wheatley (forthcoming April 2011).  

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