In the final days of December, as we think about what we might do differently in the coming year, let’s be playful and free to include all possibilities. Get outside our familiar comfort zones in the daring way we did as children. Let’s make a commitment to listening to every suggested path, leaving no direction unexplored in our search for a survival strategy that is compassionate and equitable for all people and all creation.
I love this quote from Stephen Nachmanovitch, whose call to action is so well-stated~
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, by Stephen Nachmanovitch:
We now find ourselves, as individuals, as nation-states, and as a species, involved in a period of intense and often bewildering transformation. The systems of government, production, culture, thought, and perception to which we have become accustomed and that have functioned for so long are not working. This presents us with a challenge. We can cling to that which is passing, or has already passed, or we can remain accessible to–even surrender to–the creative process, without insisting that we know in advance the ultimate outcome for us, our institutions, or our planet. To accept this challenge is to cherish freedom, to embrace life, and to find meaning.
Ironically, this book was first published in 1990, yet I’ll bet many of us are still reeling under the pressure of the need for meaningful change. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are a few outside the box bright ideas from people around the globe.
The World Cafe, Providing a simple, effective, and flexible format for hosting large group dialogue
The Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, One way to envision this life more clearly is to examine various activities and institutions as they would exist in a steady state economy and compare them to how they exist in an economy that pursues continuous growth.
Next World TV, Nextworld TV videos are about the local food movement, community building, re-localizing the economy, homesteading skills, food politics, enlightened simplicity, natural home building, permaculture, alternative energy, transition town initiatives and more. I love this website. A treasure trove of bright ideas. Here’s an example:
How about sending me some of your favorite links and great ideas in 2014? I’d love to post them here.