Varieties of Great Turning Groups

This article is based on my ideas about Great Turning Groups, which are discussed in the page on the Great Turning Network.

I am not assuming that each Great Turning group will operate in the same way. Some of them will develop different norms and processes that work for them, and some will focus on specific social issues that are meaningful to them. The Great Turning groups will operate in a variety of nations, cultures, and subcultures, and each will have its own insights to contribute.

There will probably be many types of Great Turning groups, depending on the kinds of people who are creating them. For example, the groups that I form and those that come out of the Pachamama Alliance may tend to be made up of baby boomers who are spiritually and psychologically oriented as well as concerned about the earth and social justice. Other people will create Great Turning groups that have a different focus within the larger organization.

For example, there will probably be Great Turning groups for high school students, Latinos, academics, Christians, French people, African Americans, indigenous people, and so on. And Great Turning groups in other cultures or countries will probably have a somewhat different form than those in the U.S. We will aim to have all the Great Turning groups share their most important understandings and coordinate their actions, but each will have its unique perspective.

Some of the Great Turning groups may be created within existing organizations, consisting entirely of their members. These may include activist groups; churches, temples, sanghas, and other religious groups; civic associations; community groups; indigenous tribes; high school and college groups; unions; workplaces; professions; and 12-step groups.

Other Great Turning groups will be created within organizations that are working on creating alternative social structures or restoring local ecosystems to health, e.g. new schools, environmental innovations, eco-villages, non-adversarial law practices, regenerative farms, and so on.

Some Great Turning groups may form through social media, but the meetings will mostly be in person, with some by videoconference.