TAKING ON ACTION INQUIRIES
The approach of the Boundless Roots community is an attempt at what’s known as a systemic action inquiry.
As a community we are taking on ‘systemic action inquiries’. An action inquiry is an ongoing process: we reflect on and discuss issues together - then test out ideas, assumptions or new approaches in our work - and then come back together to repeat the cycle, learning more and more as we go.
In order to approach this from different angles, the community split into sub-groups, following threads of inquiry that they perceived to be central to the wider inquiry of sustainable lifestyle change.
We are currently working on four action inquiries that have been identified and chosen by members of the community. We are open to these evolving or being added to over time.
How do we balance the urgency of of getting people to live more sustainably with the need for deep change?
It’s quicker, easier and starts making a difference today getting people to do simple things like recycling. But to transform to a low-carbon world we need much more to change in people’s lives, without forcing change on them. We’re exploring the tensions and looking for new answers.
How do we create the conditions for moments of cultural resonance and visibility?
Change rarely happens in a straight line, there are moments when issues break into the public consciousness and change can accelerate - like we have seen with the recent school strikes for the climate as just one example. How can more of these happen?
How do we build capacity for millions of trusted messengers to accelerate the transformation to sustainable lifestyles?
How can we train and equip people such as teachers, NGOs, social media influencers, to reach wider audiences in a conversation about living sustainably? Information is not enough: how do we provoke curiosity, build engagement and turn that into real action?
How do we work with privilege and colonialism, collective trauma and power?
For each of us in different ways, how we live is rooted in our history and culture, the power we have and the power others have had over us. How can we understand ourselves and each other better, and how does that inform our work? It’s unlikely we’ll make big changes without it.
What does it mean to work with collective psychology in the context of climate breakdown and radical changes in ways of living?
The psyche is the framing we bring to the world, how I see myself and the others. This has to do with ways of living. How can we reframe the values and the narratives to make collective psychology evolved?
THEMES FOR 2020
Healthy power How are we moving away from dominance to a new ‘healthy power’?
Meaningful life How are we inviting people into an evolving conversation about what gives our lives meaning?
Cultural waves How can we work with the momentum of what’s changing culture now and operationalise that in new ways?
Holding contradictions How do we work skillfully across polarities to create spaces to connect with what people need in the moment for collective exploration of the potential?
AN INQUIRY APPROACH
For systems to change we know that we need to question the fundamental purpose, assumptions, framing and understanding of our existing systems.
We need more spaces that can host this type of exploration and the inquiry approach provides one way of doing this.
An inquiry approach involves working with emergence and allow people to push and question the underlying paradigms of our systems. We aim at iterating cycles of exploration and action, turning our learnings into new approaches, practices and relationships that support our ambitions.
“What a rare treat to have the time, space and skilled facilitation for conversations at a depth that can actually lead to imaginative thought, new solutions and real collaboration.“ Deborah Benham
We share updates and inquiries, which can be broad discussions or themed around particular issues
We hear from unlikely voices to explore connections and learn from different perspectives to inform our inquiries.