Interview with Lore Rosenthal, Pachamama Alliance Convener Extraordinaire

Interview with Lore Rosenthal on July 25th, 2019.

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Introduction

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. An international coalition of more than 200 researchers and other experts identified and modeled the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming.

The Pachamama Alliance Drawdown Initiative is a series of workshops that educate the public about Project Drawdown. It also helps each person find their unique contribution to reversing global warming.

Lore Rosenthal may be the most prolific convener of these workshops. So far, she’s:

  • given 17 presentations
  • trained 11 others to give even more presentations and
  • reached over 700 people on in the Washington DC area

In this interview, she explains how she’s been so effective in Maryland and Virginia.

Key Lessons

Grow organically

  • After her presentation, audience members complete a feedback form. It asks “Would you like to bring this presentation to your community?” Invariably a few people says yes and invite her as a guest speaker.

Create ownership from the beginning

  • She considers herself a “guest speaker”
  • Whoever invites her to speak is responsible for arranging the room, inviting other organizations, and doing publicity
  • This host organization is energized because they participate so much

Make sure the host invites other organizations

She gets a lot of traction with Unitarian churches

  • Also green teams at various churches

Mentor others to give presentations

Invite the main contact (at least) from the host organization to participate in a large Pachamama group (if you have one)

For every 20 people who join a 5-session Action Group, about 1-2 will probably “grab the bull by the horns” and organize going forward

Think exponentially

  • How can you reach 100,000 people?
  • How can you train others to do what you’re doing?

Inspiration

Lore said she’s inspired, among many things, by this video:

Connect Further

Connect with Lore on the Pachamama network or by email: SimplicityGroupsMD@gmail.com.

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