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  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 03:53pm

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    What is your POSITIVE vision for the future?

"In every challenge lies the seed of opportunity."

Most of us who’ve been around this site for a while are well aware of the reasons to be concerned about our future.  Peak oil, climate change, resource depletion and economic instability collectively present perhaps the greatest threat ever faced by human civilization.

I think we can all agree that change is necessary.  Yet as anyone who has worked for change can attest, it is frustratingly elusive. This is certainly true on a personal level.  How many people who make New Year’s resolutions actually follow through with them?  But it’s equally true on a larger scale.  Enabling change has always been the "holy grail" of environmentalists.  Undoubtedly there have been some successes, but overall the environmental movement has failed to engage people in the process of change on a large scale.

Why?  I would argue that change has been elusive because we have a poor understanding of how change works and what it entails. The environmental movement, to continue with the previous example, is so accustomed to campaigning against things that it has lost sight of where it wants to go.  One could use the analogy of inviting a partner to join you in a business endeavor.  If you can paint an inspiring vision of the business when it is successful in five years, as it serves the community and provides a livelihood for you and your partner, they’ll be far more likely to join you than if you merely spend all of your time talking about the long hours, inevitable obstacles and financial obstacles involved in starting a business.

Both scientific research and common sense tell us that most people shut down and become paralyzed when faced with too much negativity.  This is especially true when they aren’t in control of the forces acting on them.  That’s why psychologists and people working in the field of addiction emphasize that a positive vision is the key to promoting change.  The clinical term for this approach is "enhancement of client self-efficacy".  "Self-efficacy" refers to an individual’s estimate or personal judgment of his or her own ability to succeed in reaching a specific goal, such as giving up alcohol or reducing their degree of oil dependency.  

Supporting this sense of "can do" is essential in catalyzing change, whether on a personal or collective level.  The Transition movement, which has been discussed on this site, has embraced this approach wholeheartedly.  They believe that creating a vision of an abundant future – one which is energy-lean, time-rich, less stressful, healthier and happier – is the key to engaging people in working towards a powered-down world.

A primary goal of the Transition movement is to build resilience.  In this context, resilience refers to the ability of a person or community to respond appropriately to challenges and changes as they occur.  And what scientific research (from Dr. Barbara Fredrickson and many others) tells us time and time again is that positivity – not negativity – is the key to building resilience.  When I say "positivity", I’m not talking about sugar-coated, head-in-the-sand fantasy.  Nor am I talking about ignoring negative thoughts or emotions, or avoiding pain.  I am referring to the capacity of a positive vision to "broaden and build" our experience.  Positivity broadens our mindset, opening us to new possibilities, and builds our resources, giving us new tools to succeed.  

According to Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, "Positivity transformed early humans for the better, leaving them with extra measures of physical, social, intellectual and psychological resources."  Those who cultivated positivity became better prepared to survive future threats, and those who didn’t fared less well.

It is one thing to campaign against the challenges we face and quite another to paint a compelling and engaging vision of a post-carbon world in such a way as to enthuse others to embark on a journey towards it.  I believe this now our most vital task – and one that has been sorely missing from most discussions about how to respond to the Three Es.

So let this be the definitive thread where we all share our positive visions of the future.  Let’s use this thread to create what Tom Atlee calls an "alternative story field".  Let’s begin to formulate new myths and stories about what a desirable sustainable world might look like.  How might your community, your work, your relationships with others, your connection to food and to the land, and your way of being in the world change in positive ways as a result of the challenges we’re facing? 

I’ve shared mine elsewhere on the site, and I’ll share it again in this thread.  But I’d like to hear from you first!

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 04:15pm

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Nice Phase change, good idea!!!

This is the opportunity to:

1) Get back to community and personal relationships

2) Go back to the earth, whether it is working on gardens or taking walks in market areas or just being more in touch with your surroundings.

3) Make true innovations ((that are not squashed by what was an oil dominate political landscape)) with respect to energy sources

4) Step back and re-evaluate what are priorities should be and enact them.

Generally,  We have this opportunity to remake our society at least at a local level and move forward with fresh hope.  To make a society we can be proud of and our children can work to maintain will take great change.  We can not take the same old path anymore, we must take the right path even if it is a path we have never traveled and must face many new challenges.  However, we can face these challenges with knowledge and courage.

 

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 05:06pm

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Thank you Chris.

Great framing and absolutely true.  I would not be here spending all these hours on this site if I did not have a positive vision of the future.

At Lowesville we did an exercise where named both our hopes and our fears.   People shouted out their hopes & fears and we wrote them down.

Here is the unedited list of hopes for the future that came up:

Hopes

Build community
Sustainability
Keep freedoms
Repair the earth
Find out what’s really important
More free time
Less complexity
More fulfillment
Stronger families
Stronger connection to nature
Greater respect for others/nature
Awakening/evolution
Constitutional government
Extinction of pop culture
No TV
Stronger connection to faith
Important issues focused on
New friends, deeper connections
Simple life
Personal responsibility
Self-reliance
Healthier lifestyle
SWF
Systems in alignment with values
Decreased anxiety
Living more in the moment
Environmental responsibility
Lies revealed – more open to the truth

These things are all possible and they can form the basis for our vision.  It is up to us to see that vision clearly and hold it until it arrives.  We can make it happen.  Or not.  That’s the choice we now face.  I know which way I lean….

Best,
Chris

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 05:43pm

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Chris,

Thanks for posting that list.  Very inspiring.  One of the things I appreciated about the Crash Course is that, in spite of the seriousness of the message, it was apparent from the way you framed it and from the tone of your voice that you are actually excited – as I am – about the opportunities inherent in the challenges of peak oil and economic instability.

We’ve spoken about this personally, but it bears repeating here.  I think that a positive vision naturally evolves once we fully accept the reality of our situation.  Denial, anger, bargaining, fear and depression are all symptoms of resistance to what is.  Acceptance is what clears the ground for new possibilities to emerge.  It allows us to respond skillfully and appropriately to create a better life for ourselves and those around us.

With hope!

Chris

 

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[quote=Chris Kresser]

I think that a positive vision naturally evolves once we fully accept the reality of our situation.  Denial, anger, bargaining, fear and depression are all symptoms of resistance to what is.  Acceptance is what clears the ground for new possibilities to emerge.  It allows us to respond skillfully and appropriately to create a better life for ourselves and those around us.

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Chris –

Well stated.  That is the kind of frank statement that can help a lot of people struggling to tackle what is coming.

Cat and I came away from Lowesville reenergized and focused.  I had a discussion with Becca at one point and half jokingly commented that Cat and I were at what I called Step 7 or "Bring It On".  Thinking back it was probably a true observation – we had long ago come to accept that major changes were coming.  Thanks to Chris and Becca and the other people at Lowesville, our game plan crystallized and we have a clear path in front of us.  Not clear from the standpoint of no challenges or rough patches, but clear from the standpoint that we have a goal, a plan to get there and a tremendous community of supporters – locally and from the seminar and this site.

We are ready – and if we get thrown a curve ball, we’ll change the plan and press on.

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 06:34pm

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[quote=cmartenson]

Thank you Chris.

Great framing and absolutely true.  I would not be here spending all tehse hours on this site if I did not have a positive vision of the future.

At Lowesville we did an exercise where named both our hopes and our fears.   People shouted out their hopes & fears and we wrote them down.

Here is the unedited list of hopes for the future that came up:

Hopes

Build community
Sustainability
Keep freedoms
Repair the earth
Find out what’s really important
More free time
Less complexity
More fulfillment
Stronger families
Stronger connection to nature
Greater respect for others/nature
Awakening/evolution
Constitutional government
Extinction of pop culture
No TV
Stronger connection to faith
Important issues focused on
New friends, deeper connections
Simple life
Personal responsibility
Self-reliance
Healthier lifestyle
SWF
Systems in alignment with values
Decreased anxiety
Living more in the moment
Environmental responsibility
Lies revealed – more open to the truth

These things are all possible and they can form the basis for our vision.  It is up to us to see that vision clearly and hold it until it arrives.  We can make it happen.  Or not.  That’s the choice we now face.  I know which way I lean….

Best,
Chris

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Great list, Chris. But, is SWF single white females, or what?

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 06:43pm

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Great list, Chris. But, is SWF single white females, or what?

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Peter,

In my seminar notes at that point, I have… Families staying together (less divorce).

Cat

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 07:50pm

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[quote=cat233]

[quote=ccpetersmd]

Great list, Chris. But, is SWF single white females, or what?

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Peter,

In my seminar notes at that point, I have… Families staying together (less divorce).

Cat

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Seems to me that more single females would increase the divorce rate!

What does SWF stand for?

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 08:11pm

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Edited out to not hijack topic.

 

  • Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - 08:32pm

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We (as in our Transition Town movement) ran the Crash Course in Cooran last weekend.  Some 30 locals (and not so locals) turned up, a good turnout consideraing it was ANZAC Day and preparations and promotion were hampered by two floods in ten days!

At the end, the outrage was palpable, and everyone there wanted to know what to do about it all.  So May will be the month we will start action workshops.  I think involving the community to raise a list like Chris M’s is the way to go, empower the people, involve them in the solutions etc…  Thanks for this thread Chris K, I might even publish a version of your post in the next Newsletter to push the positive workshops..  I have a suggestion for SWF:  Shit Wrecks Fan?

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