By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
On Saturday December 12, from 1 – 4 p.m., the Human Community Network Gathering will be held at Oklahoma City University, Walker Center for Arts and Sciences, Room 151, NW 25th and Florida. The organization’s mission is to ‘create systemic change through education, innovation, and action.’
People engaged in these issues are invited to attend the free event.
Mark Davies, Oklahoma City University Professor and Human Community Network participant, said the working forum has grown from a small group of individuals who have been meeting over the past three years discussing how systemic change might happen in Oklahoma.
Subjects for discussion during the event will include: 1) Introduction/Conversation, 2) Contextual Statement: The Oklahoma Situation, Areas of Social Breakdown, 3) Workshop Context and 4) The Oklahoma Project Timeline.
Workshops will be available on the following topics: What We Know About Justice, Citizenship, and Human Freedom; Who We Know For Leadership and Participation in Each of the Social Processes; and Essential Outcomes for the January 16th HCN Gathering.
Davies along with Oklahoma City minister, Rev. Jim Gragg, Turtle Rock Farm spiritual director Pat Hoerth, and community volunteer Bill Parker are providing leadership for the gathering.
“Our gathering of the Human Community Network will continue the work of systemic change for a more peaceful, participatory, and sustainable Oklahoma, “ said Davies. “It will be a time for creating transformative paths towards economic justice and care for the earth, civic participation, and diverse and inclusive community.
“We will be going about the important work of identifying persons and organizations to engage in relation to the economic, civic, and cultural processes and the 12 areas of work (faces) that we explored in October,” he continued.
Those areas cover topics such as establishing worker equity, facilitating institutional responsibility, and enriching public education.
“This will be a crucial gathering for the work that we hope to accomplish over the next year, and your participation, wisdom, and insights are needed,” Davies said.
The gathering will include refreshments, music, celebration, and updates about projects for the human and ecological community in Oklahoma and visioning for what Oklahoma can become if we work together strategically, systemically, and creatively, says Davies
HCN grew out of a series of symposia that were held on issues related to peace, poverty, and planet earth that were cosponsored by Oklahoma City University and the Institute of Cultural Affairs USA.
The main objective of the Human Community Network is to transform the images, thinking, and actions of society toward a more balanced and sustainable social process that functions for the benefit of all people and the well being of the world on which all life depends.
“Now we are simply expanding the conversation and participation to see what might be able to happen to make life in Oklahoma more just, more peaceful, more participatory, and more sustainable,” he said. “We hope to help other organizations network around the task of systemic change in Oklahoma.”
For more information or to register, contact Mark Davies at [email protected].