The role of poetry and images in creating recycling and resources saving awareness

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A new method is proposed to create a more conscientious attitude towards recycling and resource savings, which can be used in education and in motivation activities. It is based on the idea that the mind works in two levels of awareness and that the individuals and the human groups will act according to their belief systems, created in the two levels. The new method proposes a more poetic, artistic, imaginary approach, so that the analogical mind will clearly be part of the learning and training process.

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The role of poetry and images in creating recycling and resources saving awareness

  1. 1. The role of poetry and images in creating recycling and resources saving awareness<br />Enrique Posada Restrepo<br />INDISA S.A.<br />eposadar@indisa.com.co<br />Medellín, Colombia<br />September 2009<br />
  2. 2. A NEW APPROACH (1) <br />New methods are required to create a more conscientious attitude towards recycling and resource savings, which can be used in education and in motivational activities. <br />This talk suggests a new approach based on the idea that the mind works in two levels of awareness and that the individuals and the human groups will act according to their belief systems, created in these two levels. <br />
  3. 3. A NEW APPROACH (2) <br />The current educational framework is too much based on the logical mind and on the experiential basis for reasoning and arguing. <br />The new method proposes a more poetic, artistic, imaginary approach, so that the analogical mind will clearly be part of the learning and training process<br />
  4. 4. A NEW APPROACH (3) <br />With this, it is expected that two major belief systems will support committed action in the environmental front from the individuals and the groups:<br /><ul><li>The logical, experimentally supported system.
  5. 5. The idealistic, poetic, visionary, creative, belief system. </li></li></ul><li>POETRY AND IMAGES (1)<br />There was a great North American poet who gave rise to a literature current that opens consciousness towards nature: Henry David Thoreau. <br />He was inspired to write its classical poetic work, Walden, in 1854, which has also inspired many people. <br />
  6. 6. POETRY AND IMAGES (2)<br />As Edward Wilson said<br />“Henry David Thoreau was thought by many in his own time, and many in our own, to be an eccentric who escaped from the mainstream of real life in order to dream. He was the opposite of that. He understood intuitively what we now know in more concrete and objective terms, that humanity is a biological species and thus exquisitely adapted to the natural world that cradled us. Thoreau was the scientific observer and lyrical expositor who hit upon the power of this conjunction between science and the humanities”<br />
  7. 7. POETRY AND IMAGES (3)<br />Nature writing is one of the major innovations of American literature, which also includes Rachel Carson, the initiator of modern environmental awareness. <br />She wrote Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an large portion of the American public and spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a ban on DDT and other pesticides—and to the environmental movement. It eventually led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in USA.<br />
  8. 8. POETRY AND IMAGES (4)<br />Other significant figure is Ansel Adams, the American photographer and environmentalist, well known for his beautiful photographs of the American West and Yosemite National Park. <br />When first visiting Yosemite he wrote “the splendor of Yosemite burst upon us and it was glorious... One wonder after another descended upon us... There was light everywhere... A new era began for me.&quot; <br />
  9. 9. POETRY AND IMAGES (5)<br />Ansel Adams: Teton Mountain and Snake River<br />
  10. 10. POETRY AND IMAGES (6)<br />Those people´s work offers three powerful insights:<br /><ul><li>People are able to connect and to experience new and profound realities when allowed to feel and see themselves as poets and image makers.
  11. 11. This opens new spaces for changing view points and for expressing new belief systems.
  12. 12. These experiences are more relevant when shared in human groups, with the learning process and the view point changes being highly exponential in this group environment.</li></li></ul><li>TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (1) <br />
  13. 13. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (2) <br />
  14. 14. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (3) <br />The two aspects <br />With the eyes, with the hands, by smelling, I carefully observe<br />and with the soul I fall in love and let feelings overflow.<br />Thus I go through the world, fearless,<br />with my desires surely fulfilled,<br />so that my enormous presence does not destroy<br />the earth that sustains it.<br />
  15. 15. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (4) <br />View of proposed recycling centre in Medellín, Colombia and current ways of working<br />
  16. 16. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (5) <br />Mysteries<br />What hides in the fathomless minds of the intelligent ones?<br />Will it be that deep connections wait to be shaken, illuminated, <br />or will it be that they remain hidden for ever, <br />awaiting for a call that does not arrive,<br />or for a bold confidence that animates and wakes them up?<br />Dr. by Andrés Felipe Palacio<br />
  17. 17. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (6) <br />Listening: the hidden side of language <br />No matter what kind of job we have, in listening resides hidden potentialities. <br />If we are recyclers attending a training course, or their trainers, or common people being motivated to participate in a recycling scheme, listening will be crucial. <br />The author has found that poetry opens people to listening, that making drawings and pothooks are valuable venues to creativity listening, the kind of listening that opens people to new viewpoints. <br />Dr. by Sandra Aristizábal y Manuela López<br />
  18. 18. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (7) <br />Dr. by Fernando Arboleda<br />The mind in love with the body does not destroy the environment<br />
  19. 19. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (8) <br />She, the body, observes his deep ideas; <br />He, the mind, contemplates the curves in her tights.<br />She provokes curiosity, he responds to intuition;<br />She says : I feel you, he responds: I think of you. <br />Juan Camilo Restrepo<br />Dr. by Juan Camilo Restrepo<br />
  20. 20. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (9) <br />The deceit of information transmission<br />It could be that we only see what our sensorial and nervous systems allow us to see. <br />Seeing and understanding and accepting could be vastly related to our belief systems, that act as information filters. <br />The author has found that poetry and images open people to interpreting situations in a more expansive and visionary way, helping them to see things in terms of possibilities<br />Dr. by Claudia Marcela Cárdenas<br />
  21. 21. TWO LEVELS OF ONSCIOUSNESS (10) <br />Provoking to express feelings and to reach synthesis<br />Daring to express things in a visual or poetic form, frees people from old fears and put them in a special category: that of the creative people, one that they thought belonged only to famous artists and writers. <br />Expressing ideas with drawings and pothooks (which any one can dare to do) or with poetic images, can be quite powerful, as it allows for unexpected synthesis and visionary ideas and meaningful approaches.<br />Dr. by Lucía Aristizábal<br />
  22. 22. TOWARDS INTEGRATION AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUOR (1)<br />Hands of a well illustrated observer<br />A wise person said that we make things <br />as we see them; <br />when observing my hands, <br />crossed by lots of wrinkles and lines,<br />I deduce that I am marking the footpaths of life,<br />tracks of my open, bold, well travelled hands.<br />When kindly hearing my words<br />and when caressing my visions and my dreams, <br />I deduce that I am inventing hidden sensations;<br />sounds that discover senses of silence <br />and that intuit enchanted and promising routes.<br />
  23. 23. TOWARDS INTEGRATION AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUOR (2)<br />Helping the establishment of creative belief systems<br />Beliefs are very personal and people feel, in general, very proud about their particular belief systems, no matter if they received them by indoctrination or social influence or by education or by their own deliberate decision. <br />They will tend to keep them fixed as personal paradigms. However, if people are to contribute to a sustainable universe, major shifts in beliefs and consciousness are required. So, how does one attain those changes in an acceptable way that do not violate one´s personal integrity? <br />
  24. 24. TOWARDS INTEGRATION AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUOR (3)<br />If you could give me a kiss of wisdom, my senses would open and I will lost the veil that clouds me and stops my action. With this kiss, we could be in love for ever, beyond death and memory.<br />Words and drawing by Alejandro Bernal <br />
  25. 25. TOWARDS INTEGRATION AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUOR (4)<br />Leaves in first plane<br />When any lost leaf becomes legendary personage<br />which attracts the verses of a poet<br />and the loving glances of an artist, <br />reaching therefore first planes <br />in the busy agenda of life, <br />the destructive rites of the proud <br />and the ways of stingy men<br />will become beautiful images and songs <br />that summon science and spirit. <br />Thus Earth renders glory, <br />she becomes immense and promised<br />unto those who deal with her with appreciation.<br />Drawing by Claudia Molina<br />
  26. 26. TOWARDS INTEGRATION AND ETHICAL BEHAVIOUOR (5)<br />The untouchable ones<br />In old India, of ancestral ways,<br />It was necessary to clean the latrines,<br />dense with rejected feces and smelly shit <br />and for that, there were the untouchable ones. <br />Gandhi, an immense small man, <br />in an intense instant of poetry,<br />saw in those men the eternal being, <br />the origin of beauty and goodness.<br />We, intelligent modern beings, <br />reject, hurl and hide things, <br />covering them with materials and earth<br />in untouchable mountains, far away. <br />Will it be that leaving the poet get close<br />and letting the artist inside shine,<br />we will realize with clever wisdom <br />the enormous wealth that thus we lose? <br />Jawaharl Nehru chats with Gandhi <br />The bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore with Gandhi en 1940<br />
  27. 27. THE APPLICATION OF THE METHOD (1)<br /><ul><li>Start with a creative personal presentation.
  28. 28. Give a short talk, introducing the theme using poetry and images in the presentation.
  29. 29. Ask the participants to write a poem, with at least four lines, in which people can express some feelings, which could be related to the theme of the presentation, but not necessarily so. Let them feel easy about this.
  30. 30. Ask them also to make a drawing or to make pothooks related again to something meaningful to you as the facilitator of the shop.
  31. 31. Now ask them to elaborate a project, or to give ideas in relationship to the given purpose of the shop, whichever it might be. </li></li></ul><li>THE APPLICATION OF THE METHOD (2)<br /><ul><li>Let the participants share their works and their feelings.
  32. 32. If possible, pick up the materials from the participants and elaborate a paper with their poems, projects and ideas, organized and categorized and with your presentation as a unifying theme and your written conclusions and feedback.
  33. 33. Send the paper to the organization for which the participants work and to them.
  34. 34. This will enhance the possibilities of people really appreciating the experience and its effects. </li></li></ul><li>THE APPLICATION OF THE METHOD (3)<br />Cordial Saludo.<br />La CORPORACIÓN SOCIAL FRAGUA le invita a las Tertulias que se vienen realizando mensualmente.<br />El próximo 25 de Abril se llevará a cabo el conversatorio sobre reciclaje y poesía, a cargo del Investigador Enrique Posada Restrepo.<br />Agradecemos si replican este mensaje a quien pueda interesar.<br />Cordialmente,<br />Invitation to a shop with The Social Corporation La Fragua, at Medellín <br />
  35. 35. THE APPLICATION OF THE METHOD (4)<br />Delight in manjar<br />Certain earthworm describes with her nose <br />that that as well licks with her reverse. <br />In her lucidity, she then always leaves <br />one nourishing nut layer to pay back<br />and therefore, what little serves for us,<br />the very humble earthworm<br />enjoys with affability,<br />leaving in her route what she does not like,<br />and that that we do like:<br />that valuable fertilizer <br />that makes beautiful the garden.<br />Work by Ligia Sierra in a shop with The Medellín Waste Enterprise (EEVVMM)<br />
  36. 36. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND ATTENTION<br />¿QUESTIONS?<br />
  37. 37. ANNEX <br />SAMPLE OF SHOPS<br />
  38. 38. TALLER NÚMERO 1<br />LA MENTE, EL CUERPO<br />LO CONSCIENTE, LO INCONSCIENTE<br />Escribe un poema en el cual la mente se declara enamorada del cuerpo y le promete amor eterno, más allá de la muerte.<br />Luego plantea un proyecto nuevo en el cual se logra que las personas se comprometan con el planeta y el manejo sostenible de los recursos más allá de su muerte.<br />Haz un dibujo en el cual la conciencia despierta, que es consciente de las cosas, se comunica con lo que se hace de forma no consciente<br />Luego plantea una acción que te puede llevar a un compromiso consciente con el reciclaje y la conservación de los recursos<br />
  39. 39. TALLER NÚMERO 1<br />LA MENTE, EL CUERPO<br />LO CONSCIENTE, LO INCONSCIENTE<br />Plantea un proyecto nuevo en el cual se logra que las personas se comprometan con el planeta y el manejo sostenible de los recursos más allá de su muerte.<br />Plantea una acción que te puede llevar a un compromiso consciente con el reciclaje y la conservación de los recursos<br />
  40. 40. TALLER NÚMERO 2<br />LA PERCEPCIÓN MENTAL : PENSAMIENTOS Y SENSACIONES<br />LA PERCEPCIÓN SENSORIAL : SENTIMIENTOS, SENTIR, INTUICIÓN<br />Escribe una poesía basada en el siguiente tema: eres una lombriz que come unas cáscaras de naranja, que está encantada con este delicioso alimento que te llega continuamente en una cama de compostaje. <br />Luego plantea un proyecto para aprovechar los residuos orgánicos de la ciudad.<br />Haz un dibujo en el cual el pensamiento lógico y la intuición se ponen de acuerdo para vivir y trabajar unidos.<br />Luego plantea acciones para aumentar los ingresos de las personas que viven del manejo de las basuras y los desechos<br />
  41. 41. TALLER NÚMERO 2<br />LA PERCEPCIÓN MENTAL : PENSAMIENTOS Y SENSACIONES<br />LA PERCEPCIÓN SENSORIAL : SENTIMIENTOS, SENTIR, INTUICIÓN<br />Plantea un proyecto para aprovechar los residuos orgánicos de la ciudad.<br />Plantea acciones para aumentar los ingresos de las personas que viven del manejo de las basuras y los desechos<br />
  42. 42. TALLER NÚMERO 3<br />EXPRESIÓN VERBAL, HABLADA, CONTAR, ESCRIBIR<br />EXPRESIÓN NO VERBAL, GESTOS, DIBUJOS, GARABATOS<br />Escribe una poesía para un familiar tuyo dándole ánimo para el futuro<br />Plantea un proyecto para que haya jardines en la ciudad<br />Dibuja unos garabatos que expresen tus deseos de vivir en un ambiente armonioso y tranquilo<br />Señala acciones para que la ciudad cuide su patrimonio cultural y ambiental<br />
  43. 43. TALLER NÚMERO 3<br />EXPRESIÓN VERBAL, HABLADA, CONTAR, ESCRIBIR<br />EXPRESIÓN NO VERBAL, GESTOS, DIBUJOS, GARABATOS<br />Plantea un proyecto para que haya jardines en la ciudad<br />Señala acciones para que la ciudad cuide su patrimonio cultural y ambiental<br />
  44. 44. TALLER NÚMERO 4<br />VALORES DE EXPANSIÓN, DOMINIO, COMPETENCIA, CANTIDAD<br />VALORES DE CONSERVACIÓN, ASOCIACIÓN, COOPERACIÓN, CALIDAD<br />Escribe un poema sobre la gran cantidad de estrellas que hay en el cielo y sobre el poco tiempo que les dedicamos a mirarlas y a apreciarlas<br />Plantea un proyecto para que el río y las quebradas de la ciudad se conviertan en patrimonio apreciado por todos. <br />Dibuja lo que sería un relleno sanitario manejado con calidad.<br />Señala acciones para que la ciudad se apoye más en las cooperativas y asociaciones para el manejo de sus problemas<br />
  45. 45. TALLER NÚMERO 4<br />VALORES DE EXPANSIÓN, DOMINIO, COMPETENCIA, CANTIDAD<br />VALORES DE CONSERVACIÓN, ASOCIACIÓN, COOPERACIÓN, CALIDAD<br />Plantea un proyecto para que el río y las quebradas de la ciudad se conviertan en patrimonio apreciado por todos. <br />Señala acciones para que la ciudad se apoye más en las cooperativas y asociaciones para el manejo de sus problemas<br />

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