Methodology for DEE sessions



  • Choices have consequences

  • I want to be aware of the effects of my choices

  • I want to choose actions that have positive outcomes/consequences


What is the core principle of the Drawdown East End Solution Session Series?

  • The power of choice – choice is the moment when change happens – it is the biggest tool in the tool kit

  • To cause the changes I want I need to learn about the connections between my choices and the results I participate in causing in the world

  • What are the ‘upstream’ physical, economic, social and environmental impacts of my choosing something and what are the ‘downstream’ effects and impacts, subsequent to the choice I make? 

  • What do I care about most?  How do the results of my choices affect the things I care about most?

  • Do my choices lead to increased degradation and vulnerability for the things I care about?  Or do they lead to resilience, regeneration, drawdown and enhanced well-being?


How to make conscious choices? The ‘solutions sequence’

  1. Wake up / become aware of an issue and the choices you make that affect you or what you love

    1. E.g. That toilet paper is destroying the boreal forests of Canada

  2. Learn about the cause and effect of conventional / unintentional choices

    1. E.g. that virgin paper and that bleaching have upstream consequences  

  3. Take responsibility so you are able to cause the solution rather than the problem

  4. Figure out what works and what resources and behavior enable positive intentional choices

    1. E.g Purchase 100% post-consumer recycled paper; get a bidet adaptor for toilet

  5. Make the positive Choice and keep making the positive choice

    1. E.g. actually follow through in making the change


What ways can I be effective? There are three Levels of engagement

  1. Personal / Business

  2. Community

  3. Civic


  • Personal / Business engagement breaks down into:

    • Purchases

      • Equipment

      • Products

      • Services

    • Behavior          

    • Investments

    • Donations

  • Community engagement breaks down into:

    • Outreach / Education

      • Family and friends

      • Business associates

      • Others in the community

      • Film series

    • Campaigns

      • Ongoing effort to accomplish an objective in the community.  These happen as an outgrowth of solution groups

        • An example of a campaign would be to enrich microbial life of soil on all fallow land on the East End to optimize it’s food growing and carbon sequestration capacity

        • Putting solar panels on every rooftop that is viable on the East End

    • Projects

      • Specific goal for transforming a solution target in the community. Also an outgrowth of working groups

        • E.g. working with the Peconic Land Trust or the Ag Committees of the towns to create an inventory of all the fallow fields in the towns to start the soil building campaign

        • E.g. Building the soil on a specific parcel of land

        • E.g. doing an energy audit at a specific building

          • Replacing incandescent light bulbs in a particular building


  • Civic choices break down into:

    • Instant actions – leverage collective voice

      • Letters – do at working groups.  Bring to sharing presentation sessions

    • Lobbying

    • Voting

    • Demonstrations / rallies