Thank you for visiting my site. This is my attempt to synthesize all things Holly. They may all seem quite disparate to you, but I assure you that they all fit together, if not elsewhere, than most certainly in the context of my being. That is not to say that there aren’t tensions within between some of the things that I love and embody, but somehow it all just works. I don’t know how else to say it.

More than anything I am an activist. I am keenly attuned to power and injustice. I see that conditions of violence to people and Earth cannot continue. So all things that I engage in, have to do with this fundamental need to be a part of solutions that make the world a better place.

I am a writer and a singer. Both are expressions of my voice.  I blog occasionally and have at least one book in process. I sing everyday and occasionally show up on a stage, but more often find myself leading groups of people in singing together, one of my very favorite things to do.

I am a practicing contemplative and a daily meditator.  I am working to earn two MA degrees in contemplative education at Naropa and social justice community organizing at Prescott College.

Networking and Convening
My absolute favorite thing in life is occasions when I have the privilege of witnessing people, places and things whom I love, encountering one another. This has led me to working in various capacities in life. I love to convene gatherings of amazing people and then sitting back and watching the magic happen!

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Stefan Pasti says:

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks for your reply to the Tipping Point Action Campaign tweet about volunteers needed. I thought I would reply to your tweet here, so I could say more.

    I’m very happy to hear from you. I visited your website, and there are many possibilities for “plugging in” for someone with your interests and experience.

    I need to say right away I am the sole organizational person here at the CPCS Initiative. However, I believe the Tipping Point Action Campaign has much that is needed at this time. Much potential. And many supporting resources. I think I just haven’t quite got to the best way of presenting it to show that potential yet.

    There are many options for volunteers, and the “Outreach for the Tipping Point Campaign” page (at http://cpcsc.info/tpa-outreach/ ) provides an overview.

    I’ll just mention two things:

    1) I’ve just found MIT Climate CoLab, which is a special crowdsource platform for climate mitigation proposals. Proposals are commented on, modified, revised, etc on their platform.

    “The goal of the Climate CoLab is to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all around the world to address global climate change.” “Community members are invited to submit and comment on proposals outlining what they think should be done about climate change.”

    I think this is the platform where the Tipping Point Action Campaign will get momentum, and I am at the beginning stages of preparing a proposal. I see from your website that you lead workshops in movement building and campaign organizing. You may be able to make some contributions to this effort. I’m a research, synthesize, and idea person who would like to be facilitating workshops in a Neighborhood Learning Center helping people make the most of an ongoing Community Visioning Initiative [see “Chattanooga: A Community with a Vision” (http://vimeo.com/9653090 ) 13 minute documentary for one version of visioning initiatives—very inspiring video]. I can make proposals, but they would be better with more input.

    2) There’s the three primary outreach documents—the ones I send tweets about with twitter names accompanying, to introduce the Tipping Point Action Campaign. There’s probably a better way to do it. But those outreach documents will provide an overview. The outreach documents could probably be refined–with helpful input.

    Also just to mention: I read about your interest in writing and singing, and “leading groups of people in singing together, one of my very favorite things to do”. I worked as an Activity Specialist for Elders with Special Needs (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia) for about 7 years, and leading sing-alongs was one of my favorite things also. On my Collected Writings webpage (at http://www.cpcsc.info ) (see Alt. Navigation Menu), there are files for “Songs We Love to Sing” a collection of lyrics to 173 songs which at some point or another I used in that context. A lot of the songs are “old chestnuts” from the sing-alongs in the parlor with the piano sheet music, but there are also many songs from musicals. There might be something of interest there for you.

    And: I saw your “online community with weekly Wednesday evening meditations”. I have just begun a Peace Vigil on Sundays from 9:00 am—11:00 am. There’s no attempt to have it be an online connection thing—it’s just a way of working up to community level Peace Vigils (one of the pieces of the Tipping Point Action Campaign). There is, however, a section in the CPCS Campaigns Discussion Forum (at http://cpcs.proboards.com/ )—and participants (when there are some) are encouraged to contribute journal comments.

    As regards special resources, the document “Invitation Package for Possible Board of Advisors” (589 pages) is surely way too long, but it is a compendium of critical challenge assessment research and solution-oriented options. Many helpful statistics. You might know of someone who would be happy to access such a resource. (By the way, one of the many inspirations in my journey so far has been J.C. Kumarappa, who was an economist and an organizer who worked with Gandhi. One of Kumarappa’s books is “Why the Village Movement?”).

    I will say any feedback you can provide will be most helpful, so you may feel welcome to contribute in any way along those lines. Help the campaign be its best.

    Well, this a is a lot to say. I’m very hopeful about this project, but the truth is I am not one of those people well suited to administer the whole thing. So I’m hoping to find people with various interests, and let the project grow “organically”, according to what such people might want to do.

    I hope you see much potential with the Tipping Point Action Campaign. I would be very happy to have email exchange with you in any way, to help you with choosing a contribution to make.

    Welcome to the Tipping Point Action Campaign,

    Stefan Pasti, Resource Coordinator
    Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative
    Tipping Point Action Campaign
    [email protected]

  2. Chelsea says:

    Hi Holly, my name is Chelsea! I am currently a Theological Student at Drew University in New Jersey. I am working on a double Masters in Social Work and Divinity, and specifically want to work for social justice and community organization. I am contacting you to see if you would be willing to speak with me as part of an academic project? If you are willing, I would love to set up a Skype interview to hear about your work and pick your brain a bit! If you could respond back by emailing me at [email protected], I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

    In Peace,

  3. hollyrsf says:

    Sure thing Chelsea! I sent you an email. Thanks for reaching out!

  4. Richard says:

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