Transformative Ideas

Get Apocalyptic – The Case for the New Radical By Robert Jensen, YES! Magazine, posted on Alternet.org, May 28, 2013 

We May Be Wit­ness­ing the First Large Global Con­flict Where Peo­ple Are Aligned by Con­scious­ness and Not Nation State or Reli­gion By Naomi Wolf, Al Jazeera Eng­lish, Posted on AlterNet.org, Novem­ber 1, 2011 - …Suddenly, the United States looks like the rest of the furious, protesting, not-completely-free world. Indeed, most commentators have not fully grasped that a world war is occurring. But it is unlike any previous war in human history: for the first time, people around the world are not identifying and organising themselves along national or religious lines, but rather in terms of a global consciousness and demands for a peaceful life, a sustainable future, economic justice and basic democracy. Their enemy is a global “corporatocracy” that has purchased governments and legislatures, created its own armed enforcers, engaged in systemic economic fraud, and plundered treasuries and ecosystems…

A vote for the future or for the past?

5 Things to Make Large-Scale Behavior Change

Obama’s challenge: Thinking big

The Big Theories Underwriting Society Are Crashing All Around Us — Are You Ready for a New World?

2048: Humanity’s Agree­ment to Live Together — 5 Ways to Achieve World Peace and Pros­per­ity by J. Kirk Boyd, May 12, 2010

Vision: As the Amer­i­can Cap­i­tal­ist Econ­omy Craters, Promis­ing Alter­na­tives Emerge, By Gar Alper­ovitz, The Nation, May 26, 2011

A Val­ues– and Vision-Based Polit­i­cal Dream by Ben­jamin Morde­cai Ben-Baruch, Tikkun, Win­ter 2011 - We need leaders and organizers to inspire people and communities to act on their values and hopes. We need help articulating our values and vision of the ideal future. Right-wing successes have been achieved by appealing to peoples’ fears, hatreds and prejudices. But the politics of hope is stronger than politics of fear. Imagining our future based on our highest ideals can mobilize us to overcome the paralysis of fear and hatred. The politics of hope is not issue oriented, and people who share the same values and vision often disagree on the issues….[people] have been misled into believing that their freedom and empowerment resides in “free markets” and that the government is Big Brother and something to fear. They have become paralyzed by their fears. The irrationality of these fears makes us vulnerable to demagoguery. We need to go beyond issue-oriented politics and the politics of fear to a public discourse focused on articulating our vision for the ideal future and what that future would look like. We need a vision of a society without the injustices of poverty and social inequality. We need a dream…Most Americans will understand that the kind ofAmericathey want to build is quite different from that of the new Conservatives and the neo-liberals. But we need clarity. We need help articulating our values and vision. We need help exposing the contrary values and vision of the neo-liberals, clericalists, religious Right, and ultra-capitalists. We need to overcome the politics of fear. We need to go beyond issue-oriented politics. (And we need to go way beyond cyclic party and electoral politics.) We need to engage in the revolutionary politics of hope. We need to build a social movement of people inspired and mobilized to act upon hopes and dreams.

Healing or Stealing? by Paul Hawken, Commencement Address, University of Portland 2009.…you are going to have to figure out what it means to be a human being on earth at a time when every living system is declining, and the rate of decline is accelerating.…Basically, civilization needs a new operating system, you are the programmers, and we need it within a few decades…what I see everywhere in the world are ordinary people willing to confront despair, power, and incalculable odds in order to restore some semblance of grace, justice, and beauty to this world…Humanity is coalescing. It is reconstituting the world…Rather than control, it seeks connection. Rather than dominance, it strives to disperse concentrations of power.…The scope and scale of this effort is unparalleled in history…We are vastly interconnected. Our fates are inseparable…Our innate nature is to create the conditions that are conducive to life. What I want you to imagine is that collectively humanity is evincing a deep innate wisdom in coming together to heal the wounds and insults of the past…This extraordinary time when we are globally aware of each other and the multiple dangers that threaten civilization has never happened…

The Idea That Brought Slav­ery to Its Knees by Adam Hochschild,Los Ange­les Times, Jan­u­ary 25, 2005

Gar Alperovitz’s Green Party Keynote: We Are Laying Groundwork for the “Next Great Revolution” By Amy Goodman, Democ­racy NOW! 16 July 16, 2012

The Elu­sive Big Idea by Neal Gabler, New York Times, August 13, 2011

Telling the World a ‘Big Story’: RD in Con­ver­sa­tion with Karen Arm­strong by Lau­rie Pat­ton, Reli­gion Dispatches.org, Jan­u­ary 4, 2010

The decade we didn’t see coming

Nine Ways Our World Changed During the ‘00s by Sarah van Gelder , Decem­ber 31, 2009 by YES! Magazine

A New Con­scious­ness For a World In Cri­sis by Jes­sica Roemis­cher, Enlighten­Next

 

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