Digital badges are online emblems of skills achieved. Earning an Earthdreamer Level 3 badge requires learning, practicing, and mastering a set of capacities for tracing intertwining roots of selfhood, family, ancestry, and place. All levels include passing along the skills and ideas acquired to other learners.

level 3 skills

  1. Conduct a deep place analysis of a specific geographical location: not only physical and geological features and infrastructure, but history, culture, and interior influence. 
  2. Assemble a legacygram: a chart of influences of literal or psychological ancestors and family members in relation to where they came from.
  3. Chart family-of-origin archetypes, stories, and mythic motifs. 
  4. Apply a CAS (complex adaptive system) lens to a local home, work, or neighborhood situation, a national crisis, or a current event. 
  5. Investigate and report on a nearby environmental justice issue and suggest three interventions.
  6. Expand your legacygram to include stories and images from places you have lived, influential family and ancestral legacies, justice concerns and questions, and a “so what” about why all this matters.



skills outcomes:

  • Deep, multileveled knowledge of where (and how) we are right now
  • Appreciation of our intimate embeddedness in locale
  • Consciousness of formerly unconscious family and ancestral legacies and myths
  • Skills for studying our “personal myth” (story behind our story)
  • Practice researching and reporting on environmental justice situations
  • Enhanced understanding of positionality and privilege
  • Tools and ideas for presenting underlying themes binding together place, self, culture, story, and ancestry.

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….is “dreaming” in these senses:

  • Exploring how our night dreams reflect living presences all around us;
  • Reenchanting our relations with ourselves, each other, and the world;
  • Playing with the idea of the things around us “dreaming” with us;
  • Imagining together to dream up a just and Earth-honoring future;
  • Turning these dreams into realities we can all delight to live in.

the big picture:

really living HERE


Wealth, laws, and technology by themselves cannot bring about a new way of being here on Earth with each other. For that we need new stories and skills for coming home to our sentient and still-beautiful homeworld.


“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?”
— Henry David Thoreau


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