"To be truly radical is to make hope possible
rather than despair convincing
Raymond Henry Williams, Welsh political scientist
I hope that the Williams' comment gives you something positive that stays with you as your day goes along. It sure picked me up the other day when I ran across it.
"...to make hope possible ..." This is an active word, and I'll choose to colour it green today.
Where is hope?
Some of it is with the re-skilling and active, positive attitude of the Transition movement. Get yourself a copy of the new Transition Companion: making your community more resilient in uncertain times, by Rob Hopkins. It's stories from worldwide ... things people are doing to make their communities more aware, more active, more capable. It is also a guidebook for how to develop and maintain an enthusiastic organization or network of people.
Another hope, is Vandana Shiva, founder of Navdanya, seed activist, women's educator. Shiva was in Canada recently. There are two super interviews with her, where she is talking about hope. She was interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos on International Women's Day. She talked more about her family and background than I'd heard before and cites some of the many small projects that keep her hopeful and active. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q3d9k23UyQQ
Vandana Shiva was also interviewed recently on The Current (CBC radio show). This is a long interview, with Shiva citing the real and immediate problems there are with our agricultural system and also emphasizing her attitude of hope that keeps her active and inspired.
Maybe start with her interview with George ... you get pictures, and Shiva is looking great!
Best regards to all of you.
Transition London Ontario: www.transitionlondon.ning.com
Transition Network: www.transitionculture.org will link you up with lots of resources, and also Rob Hoskins' blog.