The paramount importance of change coming from a positive vision.
Yesterday’s post, In the name of progress, was primarily a review of the documentary film Surviving Progress. As was made clear in that post, the film was a very tough view. Recall that I wrote:
The blunt truth is that the film is scary beyond belief. Like watching a giant wave about to engulf you, or a snake about to strike; nothing to do but be transfixed; to be mesmerized by these last few moments of your life.
I also mentioned that I had started to read the Transition Primer from Transition US. The primer is a guide to becoming a Transition Town. The first page of that document starts:
Something remarkable is happening …
All cross the country and around the world citizens in every locale are banding together to reinvent their communities. They are boldly looking at climate change, resource depletion and the economic crises and purposefully unleashing the collective genius of their communities to address these issues.
They are not waiting for government and they are not acting alone. Instead they are building connections in their community; they are reaching out to others and spurring each other into actions that are bold, poignant and exhilarating. Together they are creating a momentum, a groundswell, an empowered and active community movement. These groups are building their future by vision, by design and by intention.
Official Transition Initiatives (TIs) range in size from the TI in the Los Angeles basin with a population of 13 million to the TI in Micanopy, Florida that boasts a population of 653.
Well that’s all fine and dandy but doesn’t ‘smack me in the face’! But this does from Page 8 of that Primer.
The Guiding Principles of Transition
1. Positive Visioning
We can only create what we can first vision
- If we can’t imagine a positive future we won’t be able to create it.
- A positive message helps people engage with the challenges of these times.
- Change is happening – our choice is between a future we want and one which happens to us.
- Transition Initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community in question beyond its present-day dependence on fossil fuels.
- Our primary focus is not campaigning against things, but rather on positive, empowering possibilities and opportunities.
- The generation of new stories and a new narrative are central to this visioning work.
“If we can’t imagine a positive future we won’t be able to create it.”
With so much going on that has the potential to upset, to undermine, and to disturb, this guiding principle of transition should be extended to be a guiding principle of life.