“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, that is the only thing that ever has.”                                                                    

Margaret Mead

Where are we heading?

In 1972, system analysts published The Limits to Growth which plotted various scenarios relating to the prognosis for humanity. In 8 of their 9 scenarios, long term survival would be in jeopardy. Thirty years later, in 2002, they updated their prognosis and concluded: “Humanity has squandered the opportunity to correct its current course of 30 years.”

Also in 1972, The Rand McNally Atlas published The Earth and Man and said this; “If left unchecked, the twin perils of pollution and human conflict  could remove man from the world that he has helped to shape. All that would be left is the ruins of a spent civilization.”

Now, in 2009, it still goes on largely unchecked and this has put us behind the 8 ball. THE SHIFT is not only crucial, it must happen with the speed, money and energy equal to WWII’s armament campaign.

For the shift to succeed it will take a massive people’s movement.
We can’t wait for the people with big money, high positions and power to take the lead. Though they could and must play a part in this, more likely it’s going to be the work of tens of millions of people growing in awareness, making different choices, influencing public policy, and inventing fresh approaches to a just, compassionate, and sustainable world. One by one. Moment by moment.

Where does one begin?

May we suggest five frames for personal reflection and dialogue as we progress together on this transformational shift. 


# 1 Is my understanding of the way things are, and how they got to be this way.

# 2 Is my seeing the interconnectedness of everything, including all that I do.

# 3 Is finding a role I can and choose to do to make a difference in the shift.

# 4 Is becoming ever more effective and smarter about what I choose to do.

# 5 Is living in the moment as the shift happens within and through me.


You may want to rework these five frames, but the key is to interact, communicate, and follow intention with action.


Every person’s approach to the shift is unique. Are you a fighter? Do some roadblock barrier busting. Are you a visionary? Paint the picture of where you think we should be going. Are you political? Find candidates who share the shift perspective. Whatever it is, find YOUR niche and go for it.

Every page has great videos. When you find one you really like, recommend it to others. Or form a small group like ours to dialogue on The Shift issues.

The Applied Hope page gives encouragement. The COMMUNICATEpage is for expressing YOUR ideas and responses, or submitting a new blog idea. We can’t publish them all, and some may need to be edited. The Blog Postings all relate to the shift in some way. Use the “Key Word Search” to select blog postings that interest you most, and add your comments to them as well.

Any questions? Send us an email on the home page.

We hope this site makes a difference for you.


Paul Hawkin describes the shift this way:

An awakening, a rising, a revolution, a movement is growing and spreading silently across the world. It has no center, no leader and no central ideology. This is a civil rights movement, a human rights movement, an environmental movement, a democracy movement. A movement of movements – it is the coming world…This movement doesn’t seek power. It seeks to decentralize power. It is conducive to life. It is humanity’s immune response to heal political disease, economic infection and ecological corruption...This Blessed Unrest is in us all.”     (watch)~Paul Hawken, Blessed Unrest

 

text: “Follow Your Dreams”


All men who have achieved great thing have been great dreamers. Oreson Marsden

No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally, he doesn’t know it. Paulo Coelho

You cannot dream yourself into a character: You must hammer and forge yourself into one.  Henry Thoreau

If you’re not excited about your own dream, how can you expect anybody else to be. Les Brown

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. James Langston Hughes

What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life. Emil Brunner

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. Ebaugh Sue

Reality is wrong, dreams are for real. Tupac Shakur

One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves. Tom Perry

Don’t let today’s disappointments cast a shadow on tomorrows dreams.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.

So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

www.videosquotes.com  music Rob Dougan


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