Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hitting the streets of Denver for visions

Today we went on the streets, collecting visions and engaging people in what they see....we ended up at the Mercury Cafe where the code pink ladies were gathering(if you didn't know the Mercury Cafe is going to be the central gathering place for many protestors...and it definitely has an ambiance to it)...anyhow it was GREAT!!...everybody wanted to express themselves...and they wrote and wrote and wrote..and talked and talked and talked...I was amazed at how easy it was and how generous everybody was...there were alot of women from all over the country..really committed and passionate about peace...some of them got tears in their eyes...all kinds of emotions were present...and their visions were strong and thought out...they really really appreciated us listening and being there...anybody that does listening is in for a very wonderful treat and is definitely being on the "court" of life...thanks for your joy and your marie

We look sooo good in our t-shirts!

Not only that - everyone will be able to see us and what we are up to! In the picture you see, clockwise from top left: Marie, Corey, Deb, Craig, Babs and Stephanie.
On the back the t-shirts say: The World is Listening and i am here to listen.

During the DNC we will have matching pink balloons with the words My Vision for the World... that we will give to people so that they can write their vision on them.

We want you to know that in consideration to birds and other wildlife, we are using short term helium (10 hours) and we will ask people not to release them.


More opportunities to share your vision

The World is Listening is not the only group that collects people's visions. There is a group called Let us rise that works with Visioning Circles and Leadership Circles. Check out their website:

This is what they stand for: Bringing people together to create a society rooted in love, personal responsibility and democracy.

Schedule for Network of Spiritual Progressives

Network of Spiritual Progressives

Conference in Denver at the Democratic National Convention

St. Paul Church & Curtis Hotel

August 24-25, 2008
The NSP is excited to be at the Democratic National Convention. We will be holding our events at St.Paul's United Methodist church. There will be charge for the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning Events.

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Matthew Fox, Sharon Salzberg, Cong. Keith Ellison

Editor of Tikkun Magazine Author of 24 Books,
incl. Buddhist Teacher, Democrat – Minnesota

Author of The Left Hand of God The A.W.E. Project:
Activist, and Author of Sponsor of the Global

Co-Founder of NSP Reinventing Education
Lovingkindness Marshall Plan

Space is Limited: Advance Registration Encouraged

Register Now

If you are interested in volunteer please contact our local Denver

$15/per day or $25 for both days


Speaker: Rabbi Michael Lerner

Worship Leaders: Rev. Toni Cook, Prof.
Vincent Harding, Yogachara

Hassan Srinidhi, Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni,
Venerable Claude d'Estree,

Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav, Sister Rose
Annette Liddell, & others

Music will be provided by St. Paul Choir,
Kriya Yoga, & soloist: Rene Marie

Admission: Free


Led by Rabbi Michael Lerner, Matthew Fox, and Dr. Peter Gabel

NSP members are committed to create the world they believe is possible
and they are guided by the Spritual Covenant with America. Michael Lerner, Peter Gabel and Matthew Fox will discuss this in greater detail, relate these ideas to current political issues and answer questions related to these commitments.

There will also be music and/or a poetry performance during this time by a local artist.

Admission: $15.00

IRAN August 25. 9am -11 am

Led by Rabbi Michael Lerner and Imam Mohamad Samer Altabaa (Colorado Muslim Society), and Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (Baptist Minister, Global Security Institute Board), The NSP was founded as a project of Tikkun Community and we care desperately about bringing peace and stability to the Middle East.
Michael and Peter will discuss a Middle East Strategy for Spiritual Progressives. They will be joined by Imam Mohamad from the Colorado Muslim Society.

Admission: $15.00
Led by Rabbi Michael Lerner, Congressman Keith Ellison, Sharon Salzberg, and Rev. Tony Campolo

We have been trying to achieve national security for the past five thousand years by dominating others and that has brought us to our current state of affairs. We are at a time when we desperately need to realize the value of each individual and eliminate the unnecessary poverty, homelessness, inadequate healthcare and inadequate education that people experience domestically and globally. By committing 1-2% of our GDP for the next twenty years, we can help uplift all people and demonstrate our care for all beings and make our country safer.
Michael and Congressmen Keith Ellison will elaborate on the ideas behind a Global Marshall Plan and talk about what this world would look like if we embraced this idea.

Admission: Free

From: August 24, 2008 at 09:00 AM
Until: August 25, 2008 at 03:00 PM
St.Paul's Denver
1615 Ogden

Denver CO 80218
St Paul's United Methodist Church is located near downtown Denver, Colorado, in the historic district of Capitol Hill. St. Paul's U.M.C. can be found at the corner of 16th Avenue and Ogden one block North of Colfax Avenue.

Directions: From I-25, exit Broadway/Lincoln. Drive North on Lincoln Avenue, turn right on Colfax Avenue, heading East. Turn left (North) on Emerson. Turn right (East) on 16th Avenue for 1/2 block.


* St. Paul's Lot (adjacent to west side of church) - handicap access
* Case Management Lot - across alley west of the church along
16th (alley access)
* Denver Turnverein - southwest corner of 16th & Clarkson (1
1/2 block east, enter south alley into parking)
* Montview Tower Lot - northeast corner of 16th & Downing
(Sunday only) (1 block east)
* St. John's Cathedral Parking - 14th and Washington (3 blocks
west, 2 blocks south)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Everything you need to know: calendars, maps, parade routes, street closures, transportation etc.

We received an email from the Come Up to Denver Campaign with links to a phenomenal amout of information. Here is everything we need!
If you go the link for Recreate 68, we are listed on their schedule as World IS LISTENING. They didn't quite get what we are up to (they call it relational activism), but that is OK since, after all, we create something that is NEW, and for many people quite mind-boggling. And of course we will be in more places than what they have listed...

Please browse and enjoy!


The Come Up to Denver Campaign has compiled some calendars and maps in
easy-to-print PDF formats to help you get the most out of the DNC
Counter-Convention. We hope you find this information useful. Always check
on the website of the group sponsoring the event for updates and changes.

*** Combo Calendar ***
This is one PDF file (24 pages) that contains the calendars from all the
major protest organizations' websites in one file easy for printing.
Includes the Come Up to Denver calendar, R68, Tent State, World Can't Wait,
Code Pink, We Are Change Colorado, Progressive Democrats and Unconventional

*** R68 Master Schedule ***
This is another PDF file with extensive events listings of many groups
compiled by Recreate68.

*** Major DNC Counter-Convention Sites ***

On Legal Paper (8.5x14)

On Ledger Paper (11x17)

*** Street Closure Map ***

*** Parade (March) Routes ***
March Route for Mon., Tues. and Wed. to Pepsi Center

March Route for Thursday to Invesco Field

Check our website for more informaion and updates:

Provided as a public service by the:
Come Up to Denver Coalition
"No one else can take your place!"
Check out our video of Crosby, Stills and Nash playing "Denver"

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Opportunity 2 To Listen and Wear T-shirts

Sunday, August 24 DENVER
At 1 P.M.
This march is the same as the one listed under Opportunity 1. See the info below in feeder marches.
'Funk the War: Dance for Peace'. An event during the DNC. Bring your drums, instruments, moves and message. There will be four feeder marches starting at Union Station (17th and Wynkoop), Skate Park (2205 19th Street), MEPS Center (19th & Stout) and Curtis Park (27th and Larimer) and converging on the 16th Street Mall. Concerts will follow in the afternoon and evening.

Opportunity 1 To Listen and Wear T-shirts

Please join us in our Procession for Peace this Sunday at 1:00 pm.
This Peace Walk is not an anti-war march, or an anti-anything march. It is not about being ”against” something, but being “for” something. It is about being for Peace.
So, bring children. Bring peace songs. Bring chants. Bring Love.
Bring only peaceful signs. In other words, leave your “NO WAR” sign at home today, and instead, bring a sign that says “PEACE”, or “LIBERTY”, or “FREEDOM” or “EQUALITY”.
Why? Because we want to take a stand for Peace in a Peaceful Way
When? Sunday, Aug. 24th at 1:00
Where? Meet on Platte, just north of Paris on the Platted, next to the Liberty Bank (no pun intended, but let’s bank on liberty )
Where to? We’ll walk over the bridge that crosses the tracks and on to Union Station. From there, you can choose to disband or you can join the other marchers from Alliance for Real Democracy and continue on to Cuernavaca Park, where there will be music, speeches, and poets.

Email Val at


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Our Press Statement and a press conference in Cheesman Park

The Denver Chapter of the Network of Spiritual Progressives has invited The World is Listening to take part in a press conference about the faith-based and values-based events happening in Denver during DNC Week. The press conference is on August 14, at 11:30 am. in Cheesman Park. One of our spokespersons, Marie Soderberg, will represent our group. Many other groups will be represented during the press conference, each group getting two minutes to talk.

In relation to this pressconference we created a press statement, which is as follows:

What does a conversation of 'oneness' look like? We stand inside a new paradigm that is not problem focused, but focused on being relational, creating new futures from our deepest commitments, our visions for the world. During the Democratic National Convention 'The World is Listening' will be setting up listening booths, marching in parades and participating in our everyday lives, wearing bright pink t-shirts asking people to talk about their visions. We want to hear from those for and against any position, people from any religious, anti-religious or political conviction. We want to hear the commitment and vision underlying the positions, concerns and protests. Perhaps if we listen, others will also listen, maybe world leaders will start listening to other world leaders, and listen to them to hear their underlying commitments- and in a moment we may discover our common vision and our 'oneness'.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Confirmed Venues For Listening during the DNC

Here is a list of confirmed venues for listening, where the organizers have said: Yes, you can be here. There is more to be listed as we get more conformations.

Our initial intention was to set up a permanent tent in some locations, but then we found out that we would have to take it down every night. In stead we will bring our own chairs, tents, etc. More info on this at the Setup meeting, Saturday 23rd at 10 am, on 2085 Forest Street.

Listening with and for these organizations, and to anyone else, in any location, at any time during the DNC, does not mean that we, as an organization, agree with or support them. What we do is LISTEN, we listen to everyone, without discrimination, for the VISION that is behind the commitment, the actions, the choices. We are grateful for the spaces shared to do so.

Sat. Aug 23, 6:30 pm: The People Call for Change - Panel presentation- “In search of values for a new society” & 8:45 benefit concert, at Capitol Heights Presbyterian on 11th and Fillmore
For more info on The People Call for Change:

Sun. Aug 24, 9am-2pm: table at Civic Center Park “Youth Voices 2008- a non-partisan event at Civic Center Park in Denver” (bring own table and sign- will be in shade)

Mon. August 25, 7:00 pm: The People Call for Change - Panel presentation- “Beyond Iraq: creating a just foreign policy,” at Capitol Heights Presbyterian on 11th and Fillmore

Wed. August 27, 7 pm: The People Call for Change - Panel presentation- “From corporate control to people power”, at Park Hill United Church of Christ, 2600 Leyden, 26th and Leyden

Sunday- Thursday: Re-create 68 events (bring table/blanket/chairs/tent)
Sunday 11am-2pm Capital
Monday 12-3 pm Civic Center Park
Tuesday 12-3 pm Civic Center Park (come early if you want for procession for the future 9 am set up, 11 am procession- march with puppets)
Wednesday 12-3 pm Skyline Park
Thursday 12-3 pm Skyline Park (2 pm march to Invesco Field)

For more info on Recreate 68:

Monday- Thursday 12-3 pm: Alliance for Real Democracy in Cuernavaca Park (bring table/blanket/chairs/tent)
For more info on Alliance for Real Democracy:

Pending venues: Meditate 08 - Marie has had initial contact with the group and just needs to confirm they are okay with our being there and listening and collecting visions.
For more info on Meditate 08:

Listening Training Sessions Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th

This weekend the Listening Training Sessions will be in Eric's home:

1170 Fairfax, Denver CO, 80220 (12 blocks east of Colorado Boulevard)

Please let us know if you are coming by calling Marie on 303-805-5779.

We will bring the t-shirts to the training sessions, so please bring $20 and you can have your t-shirt!

Our vision for ”The World is Listening” project

What we see is that when people come together from a vision, rather than from problems or opinions, there is new space. We will demonstrate during the Democratic National Convention what it looks like when people pay attention to their visions, where they create a space to honor each person, their contribution to the world and their vision. We will provide a vision of what it looks like when people come from their visions, creating a space for solidarity and a world that works for everyone.

The outcomes of ”The World is Listening” project
* We will have 144 people participate in the project, listening for the vision, the commitment and the gift that people are for the world.
* We will offer a new paradigm to the public, approaching our world from our visions for the future, rather than from the old paradigm of problem-solving or fixing situations that plague the world.
* The project will be featured in a documentary and be covered in the media so the world sees what is possible.
* Visions collected during the DNC will be represented artistically in some fashion for the public and for political leaders.

What is it going to look like?
We will have 144 trained Listeners participating in events around and within the Democratic National Convention, in Denver CO, especially August 23-28.

We will be wearing bright pink t-shirts, that read, "What is your vision" on the front, and "The World is Listening – I'm here to listen" on the back. We intend this shirt will serve as an invitation for people to be heard by our listeners.

Listeners will be at listening booths, participating in marches, or talking to people in their everyday lives. Listening booths are being set up at various DNC-related events where we have been invited. Listeners will be available to people, listening to their concerns and their visions. We intend that people walking away from a listening session will be enlivened and inspired by their vision and contribution to the world. These visions will be collected in notebooks and used as inspiration for later artwork and efforts in Denver.

We are committed that the training Listeners receive and the experiences they have as participants in this project make a difference not only for the DNC, but also for each and every Listener in their own personal life and in the lives of those around them.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

What is you experience as a Listener?

You are someone who has been out in the world, listening. You have especially been listening for people's vision. What have you heard? What has it been like for you?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

What is Your Vision for the World?

And what will the World look like when your Vision is fulfilled? Please post it for the World to know!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Schedule for Training for Powerful Listening

The Intention of the training is to have you be present to the power of listening, and be listened to. We are committed that this is a training that makes a difference, not only for the Democratic National Convention, but also for your whole life. It's fun, interactive, and powerful.

These are the dates and times:
Thursday August 7, 7-9 pm (this week)
Sunday August 10, 3-5 pm
Saturday August 16, 3-5 pm
Sunday August 17, 3-5 pm
Tuesday August 19, 7-9 pm

Please look in your schedule, see which one works for you, and call Marie on 303-805-5779 or email
Thank you!