– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Welcome to Heart Politics
Heart Politics Gatherings have been a regular fixture in the lives of a wide variety of New Zealanders concerned about current issues such as peace, social justice, community, family, education, indigenous and environmental issues.
Gatherings began in 1989 with a wish to create a space for people to engage in inspiring and affirming conversations relevant to their lives - whether they were raising children at home, raising organic vegetables, raising uncomfortable truths about social or environmental concerns, raising the roof in theatre or music, or raising challenging issues in local or national forums. Gatherings are places where all are welcome, young and old, into a co-creative experience where "whoever turns up are the right people".
Gatherings grew from the recognition that many of our political and social problems could not be solved at the same level of thinking that has caused these problems. Such a shift on thinking is politics in so far as it is 'of the people'. It is both personal and collective. Personal since it asks each of us to make a fundamental step-change in consciousness to find colective, shared solutions to these problems - and such a step-change in consciousness comes from the heart.
Next summer’s gathering will be held in Port Waikato School Camp, at the mouth of the mighty Waikato River, south-west of Auckland, around the theme of “Community and the Commons - Changing the Wind”. The programme will be a mixture of led sessions and open plan discussions with plenty of space for participants to contribute, either as part of someone else’s session or by setting up a session of their own.