This can be about our organizations, our communities, or our larger world. Transformation is transformation.
What are the values we share and that can be brought to flower in a world of need? What are the critical issues, local, global or, to use Tom Friedman's term, glocal, that need to be addressed in the world?
And what is the intersection between our values, the community's needs, and the potential to transform life on Earth as we know it?
Three things are at the top of my list of concerns these days:
1. Mitigating and adapting to Climate Change if we can't stop it (we can't);
2. Improving the lives of the poorest of the poor by increasing their access to markets and ensuring the safety net of ecosystem services upon which they depend; and
3. Connecting people with on-the-ground solutions with investors who can make it happen.
If you're reading this post, chances are you know I have been writing about much of this on this blog for the past year and a half, and I've featured some fine examples of how good work is getting done. Amazing people are doing amazing things out there.
I have also talked with a number of people who want to take action but don't quite know how. All of which leaves me pondering: What is it that will make it all come together? What can I do to make a difference?
I am an action-oriented person. Conversation is fine up to a point. After a time, however, I get itchy for action. Sound familiar to you?
So my questions are: How can we get from dialogue to action? What do we need to do to clarify shared values, bring people together, and inspire action? And how can we make this transformation happen now?
What novel approaches are being deployed by the folks William Easterly, in his critique of foreign aid solutions, White Man's Burden, calls "Searchers"? How do we share this knowledge so it can be reapplied to other localities, to solve other local problems that may add up to addressing a global issue?
What are the feedback mechanisms we need to employ to ensure that we get feedback to people who need it and to inform refinement of both process and action?
With that in mind, I have a proposition to make:
I'm looking for a few searchers or "scouts" to help mark the path into a transformational future.
Our collective efforts at a local or regional level will provide insights that can be shared as part of a larger learning process that begins with dialogue, moves to action, returns to dialogue, and turns back into action.
My action is to help extend the lessons learned from those searchers or scouts who are taking action to a larger community and to deepen our dialogue.
Therefore, I pledge to provide a platform for such ideas here on The Green Skeptic and, if the groundswell grows, perhaps we can co-create another blog.
As my friend suggested, and I paraphrase, sharing learning from the hundreds, if not thousands of "glocal" efforts out there can provide the means for more rapid adaptation.
Like a living organism, we can take feedback from our environment and change to meet the challenges we face. In this way, we actually become the transformation we seek.
Let's start a dialogue. Please comment if you have something to contribute. And let's move from dialogue to action.
Read the first part of this post: Part One
Categories: climatechange, ecosystemservices, conservation, socialentrepreneurs, poverty