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April 15, 2010
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April 25, 2009

As Paul Hawkens recently said, the Pachamama Alliance may well be the most important NGO in the world today for its work in enlisting people by the tens of thousands in changing their lives, their com... more

April 15, 2010
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My attendance at a single Symposium changed my sense of the possibility for the human race to live a sustainable, fulfilling and social just life in the near future. It lifted decades of growing gloom in my heart and inspired me to throw myself into action to make a big difference every day. I've seen firsthand the acutely important work the Pachamama Alliance is doing in the Amazon basin and the world-changing impacts of their efforts to support self-empowerment of indigenous peoples, including helping draft elements of the new Ecuadorian Constitution to establish a priori rights of the natural world. Through the Pachamama Alliance, I've met extraordinary people from around the world who are committing their lives to changing the course of society in the most productive and harmonious ways possible. My personal community of friends and colleagues has been joyously invigorated by my work with the Pachamama Alliance, and it has changed my work, my family and my life in wonderful ways.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my life, my family, my community, my professional associations, in national campaigns and in international affairs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to actively leverage my commitment, enthusiasm and skills for rapid change in the world around me.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily committed, skilled, inspired, authentic and conscientious. The staff are astoundingly effective and leverage themselves beautifully for maximum effect across the board.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

exponentially increase the number of people, organizations, and institutions who are actively engaged in bringing forth environmental sustainability, healthy human spirit and social justice.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 25, 2009
1 person found this review helpful

As Paul Hawkens recently said, the Pachamama Alliance may well be the most important NGO in the world today for its work in enlisting people by the tens of thousands in changing their lives, their communities, and their social systems to become environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. More than 40,000 people have already participated in Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposia in at least 28 countries, and the numbers of trained facilitators leading these activism-generating events are multiplying at an ever-increasing rate. The core of the work of this initiative of the Pachamama Alliance is bringing a grounded hopefulness and powerful blessed unrest to community members who are inspired to go out and address the environmental and social needs of their communities in whatever ways they feel they can have the greatest impact. The result is, arguably, the fastest-growing movement generating action for environmental sustainability and social justice in the world today.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

communities across the globe where people are energized to tackle environmental sustainability and social justice, with steadfast will and heartfelt compassion.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enlist organizations like the national associations of cities, counties and state governments to draw on the commitment and intiative of the Pachamama volunteers to lead community forums on the environment and it's relationship to social justice.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to apply my skills and expertise exactly as I wish to support, serve and expand this initiative through working with wonderful people from across the globe.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most ground, committed, and visionary people in my life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach into communities that are waiting for hope and vision to really tackle the challenges of environmental degradation and social injustice.

Ways to make it better...

even more national environmental and social justice organizations had learned about the work of the Pachamama Alliance.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

expanding fast enough to inspire millions of people in the next three years.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is the new model of responsive and responsible society in action.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

Working with Pacha Mama is deeply inspiring. There is a spirit of joy, commitment, hope and commitment to excellence which permeates their work and which moves me to grow to my full potential in serving the great shift in consciousness currently taking place on the planet. Thank you, Pacha Mama Alliance, for being such an inspiration!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

collaboration.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the inspiration I received both for my personal and for my professional life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, joyful, passionate and committed to serve in an authentic way.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach even more people with its powerful message, inspiring tens of millions to change their dream and start making new choices. This would radically change the direction in which our world is developing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 2, 2009

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May 2, 2009

Pachamama Alliance is changing the dream of the modern world through through their Awakenng The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium. http://www.awakeningthedreamer.org Symposium participants come to realize the possibility they have to create the environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just world we want.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own improved life, the lives of the people of the Amazon Rain Forest of Ecuador, the inclusion of the rights of Nature in the new constitution of Ecuador, and the Awakening The Dreamer Changing The Dream Symposium participants.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to run it as it is being run, always growing and changing to meet the social, environmental and spiritual needs of our times.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The voice I now have as a catalyst for change,and the high quality friends I have in the Pachamama community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Individuals highly committed to bringing forth an environmentally stable, peaceful and just world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more people and empower them to make the personal lifestyle changes needed to reduce the debilitating impacts on our planet's life support systems.

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My experience is great.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial donor reduction because of our tumultuous economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Because of the commitment level of the global community associated with the Pachamama Alliance, the world is a better place.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 30, 2009

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April 30, 2009

I've been involved with the Pachamama Alliance as a volunteer for over 3 years. I love the cause: to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet as the guiding principle of our time. I honored to be a part!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Going to the Amazon rain forest in Ecuador and being with the Achuar people. Being in their community and seeing how they relate to the rain forest is amazing. I experienced how important this area is for all life. Beautiful!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and tireless!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance is working to change the dream for the modern world. And they accomplish this beautifully. They have created Symposiums that leave the audience with an artful blend of reality and hope. Their work could be a major part of saving humanity from destroying itself.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces of people after attending their Symposiums.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance is a group of dedicated people world wide. With a spirit of fun, love and commitment we have made a huge difference in educating people about the environment and our rain forests. We have formed a beautiful relationship with the Achuar, indigenous people of Ecuador.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The support of the Achuar people in the preservation of their rain forest. In educating others about the environment.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep figuring out ways to include more and more people

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to make a difference and support others to make a difference on our planet

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

People who are dedicated and easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an impact beyond Ecuador with other indigenous people world wide

Ways to make it better...

I was even more involved

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting more people to the rain forest in Ecuador to see the work first hand...

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am so appreciative to be a part of the Pachamama Alliance

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance's mission is to springboard a new dream for the world; a dream that is environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just for all. This organization is creating a shift in consciousness that results in people making wiser choices that honor the earth, her inhabitants and all her people. They are incredibly well organized and powerful in their unique grassroots approach to educating and inspiring people into action. They have a profound and proactive partnership with the Indigenous in Ecuador whereby merging the voice of the ancient with the voice of the modern to create a sustainable future for our world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their ability to partner up with the Indigenous and to work with the Ecuadorian government on establishing constitutional rights for the environment and Indigenous.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hire more people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching them grow from a one person operation in San Francisco 13 years ago to being a successful and powerful movement that is now happening in many countries around the world.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most extraordinary and committed people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff, do greater outreach and work with businesses, government and corporations on creating healthier and more environmentally sustainable practices.

Ways to make it better...

there were more options for making environmental changes and being involved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having ways to really work with businesses and U.S. government

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Pachamama Alliance's mission is a powerful and critical one for our times.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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April 28, 2009

From it's inception in 1995 the Pachamama Alliance has effectively made a difference in preserving the rain forest in Ecuador. Working with the indigenous Achuar people, an effective campaign was launched that eventually lead to the establishment of a new constitution that gives nature rights. Pachamama's, Awaken the Dreamer Change the Dream symposium continues to awaken attendees to the challenges we face today in the areas of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Throughout the process of the symposium a new possibility for the earth unfolds and the participants leave with a new found commitment and hope for creating a better future. The Pachamama Alliance is one of the most effectively run non-profits, I know.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

empowering hundreds of peoples lives.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a long lasting positive impact on the planet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

The Pachamama Alliance has a two-fold mission: to work with indigenous people in Ecuador, to help them preserve their ancestral lands, the rainforest, for the benefit of all of us; and to change, or "awaken" the people in the industrialized world, so that we, too conduct our lives in a way that preserves the health of the planet for all of us. I am particularly moved the soulful quality of all the people around this organization. As a sometime volunteer, it feels like no one lets their ego get in the way, and their work is always fulfilling and fun. They are one of the most effective organizations I have ever had the pleasure of participating with: they have already made a massive impact in helping several Amazon tribes organize themselves as an effective political entity in Ecuador, and have trained over a thousand volunteer workshop leaders in some 15? countries around the globe to deliver their 1/2-day workshop "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream"

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

politically organizing indigenous tribes, and providing a transformational eye-opening experience for thousands of people in the "developed" world, that awakens their innate desire to make a difference.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase volunteer participation 4-fold.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The annual international gatherings of the workshop leaders; and their trips to experience the spirit of the rainforest.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, committed, and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create even more powerful multi-media tools for the "Awakening" workshop, bring this to perhaps millions, not just thousands of people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to participate in this compelling work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The sheer enormity of the crises we are all addressing. The task of literally changing the culture and awareness of the industrialized world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Participating with this organization feels like I am somehow participating, and carrying out the work of the rainforest herself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

When I completed my first "Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream" Symposium, I knew that this was the organization that could make the most difference in the world. The Symposium skillfully demonstrates that environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment -- the very issues that were core in my own life -- are inextricably intertwined and part of a single whole - the possibility for a better life on our planet. I became a volunteer and learned that this understanding has roots in indigenous wisdom. I was moved to go to the Ecuadorian Amazon to learn first-hand about a way of life that has been sustainable for millenia. Pachamama's work in the Amazon (they were instrumental in helping Ecuador be the first nation whose constitution establishes rights for nature) is complemented by the educational work in the "modern" world, a unique and powerful blend.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Awakening Consciousness and Committed Actions of Symposium Participants

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep on keeping on.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they've pulled together seemingly disparate elements into a unified whole. Also the commitment to constantly update and revise material.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply committed, thoughtful individuals you'd really want to get to know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send the message world-wide to really make a difference in how people viewed and acted on the "problems" of our time.

Ways to make it better...

if everyone I know could have been there with me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial resources to expand fast enought to meet the challenges of our time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Try it!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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