The main focus of the movement is to bring individuals and organisations together, from all traditions and walks of life, around a deep caring for Life – for our future generations.
The primary ways to take action are…
(whether you represent yourself, a business, organisation, school or community group)
AGREE: inspire others and sign the Life First campaign on this website.
PLEDGE: make a deeper commitment (a pledge) to implement the Life First ethic into your life
- There are plenty of other ways to get involved with the Children’s Fire Movement – from informing your social networks to organising local events – you can get some ideas here, and check out our ‘Get Involved’ menu.
The 3 main components…
The ethic of Life First lies at the very heart of the Children’s Fire Movement and is informed by the wisdom of the Children’s Fire (Life First is not to be confused with pro-life!). We recommend you read this page next.
The Children’s Fire is a symbol of hope (from an ancient democracy of the Americas) that reminds us to prioritize our future generations and the continuation of life when making any decisions.
The Children’s Fire Movement C.I.C (or CFM) is a peaceful, pragmatic group of individuals, businesses and organisations who care about our children’s future and the continuation of life.
Learn about the ‘Children’s Fire’ (it’s the Children’s Fire that informs Life-First)
Click on the headings to expand each section…
The CFM is a peaceful, pragmatic movement of individuals who care about our children’s future and the continuation of life.
The structures and tools used by the movement (notably the Children’s Fire, the Circle of Law and the Council Wheel) are rooted in life-wisdom that has been embraced for generations by many indigenous cultures of the Americas. These structures and tools enable the collective genius of the People to come forward, and provide a truly democratic way of caring for, and ensuring the continuation of life.
The movement’s aims are…
to promote, and support the implementation of, ‘life-first’ principles, thus helping to safeguard the continuation of Life and our future generations.
to enrich local communities through the provision/sourcing of tools, structures and training for individuals, community groups and organisations. Training enables true alignment with, and integration of the above ‘life-first’ principles and…
- to support individuals with:
- aligning with the ‘life-first’ principles held by the Children’s Fire Movement
- and more…
- supports communities and community groups with:
- effective communication and agreements
- conflict resolution
- surfacing collective wisdom
- decision making
- and more…
The Supporters List is a growing list of individuals, businesses and community groups who agree with the basic concepts and aims of the Children’s Fire Movement (see the above section). By adding your name to the list, you are simply declaring your agreement with what the CFM stands for. It does not oblige you to be involved with the movement in any other way.
The Pledge, unlike the Supporters List, is a deeper commitment to integrate the Children’s Fire into your daily life. It is a commitment to our future generations and to the continuation of Life. The Pledge can be made by an individual, or an organisation or community group.
If you decide to make the Pledge you can let us know via our contact form, or mention this when you join our Supporters List.
The Children’s Fire was a small fire placed in the centre of a decision making structure, known as the Council Wheel (see below). The fire was there to remind all those involved that life (and our future generations) were to be respected and to be the primary consideration before passing any law or embarking on any path of action.
This was embodied as a law (that was considered Sacred by those who lived by it): “No law shall be passed that will harm the children.”
The Circle of Law was a holistic system/structure of relationship (and consequently of wisdom gathering and governance) that could be applied to either a group of people or the mental construct of an individual. When all the different perspectives of the people/self had been voiced, heard and responded to, the Circle of Law was then said to be awake in that person or that group of people.
The Council Wheel was a circular structure through which sixteen representatives (8 male/female pairs) could share the different perspectives regarding a question, situation or decision to be made. Wisdom and comment would be surfaced by the wider society and then brought to the appropriate representatives. Through this structure, wisdom was gathered and life-affirming recommendations to the people could be made.
Importantly, it was run by the people, for the people and ensured that all the voices were heard, respected and considered.