Question of the Week: What will it take to convert the diverse streams of the global movement into a mighty river?

What will it take to convert the diverse streams of the global movement into a mighty river?  Let us know what you think in the comments at the right.


  • http://buildingordinary.blogspot.com Kathryn Grace

    It is tempting to stay within the metaphor, and say “a lot of downhill momentum,” but that wouldn’t answer the question very well. What I think this question is asking is: What will it take to get so many people involved in actively working to build a just, sustainable, peaceful world that everyone suddenly gets it and wants to become part of the movement?

    Or: What will so energize the populace to the idea that we can live well, lead personally fulfilling lives, and get along with one another–all nearly 7 billion of us–that our politicians and the very wealthy behind them calling the shots will follow our lead?

    For one, it would take communicating with one another on a global scale, but also on a neighborhood scale. We need to be talking to each other in our living rooms, sharing ideas when we meet on the corner. We need to discover how connected we are in our pursuit of a global community in harmony with the Earth and each other.

    For another, and perhaps equally important, we need to change the way we shop. Money talks. When enough of us are demanding and buying locally grown and made goods, refusing conventionally grown “food,” and demanding energy from safe, renewable sources only–and that does not include nuclear energy–then the people who make the decisions will change. We have enormous power in our pocketbooks. We need to use it.

  • http://buildingordinary.blogspot.com Kathryn Grace

    It is tempting to stay within the metaphor, and say “a lot of downhill momentum,” but that wouldn’t answer the question very well. What I think this question is asking is: What will it take to get so many people involved in actively working to build a just, sustainable, peaceful world that everyone suddenly gets it and wants to become part of the movement?

    Or: What will so energize the populace to the idea that we can live well, lead personally fulfilling lives, and get along with one another–all nearly 7 billion of us–that our politicians and the very wealthy behind them calling the shots will follow our lead?

    For one, it would take communicating with one another on a global scale, but also on a neighborhood scale. We need to be talking to each other in our living rooms, sharing ideas when we meet on the corner. We need to discover how connected we are in our pursuit of a global community in harmony with the Earth and each other.

    For another, and perhaps equally important, we need to change the way we shop. Money talks. When enough of us are demanding and buying locally grown and made goods, refusing conventionally grown “food,” and demanding energy from safe, renewable sources only–and that does not include nuclear energy–then the people who make the decisions will change. We have enormous power in our pocketbooks. We need to use it.

  • http://jneda.posterous.com Jana Nedanovska

    What if its already happening? What if we could change the way we view the world? Than you might start to see the evidence of your new precepion. Don’t we create it with our thinking of it?

  • http://jneda.posterous.com Jana Nedanovska

    What if its already happening? What if we could change the way we view the world? Than you might start to see the evidence of your new precepion. Don’t we create it with our thinking of it?

  • http://buildingordinary.blogspot.com Kathryn Grace

    Yes of course. You are absolutely correct. Many are changing the way we view the world, and I would love to hear how you are changing your view. What is different in the last weeks, months, years in the way you view politics, for example, or your personal spending habits, or global warming and our impact on it? How have you seen your personal world view change and how has that changed the situation we find ourselves in today?

  • http://buildingordinary.blogspot.com Kathryn Grace

    Yes of course. You are absolutely correct. Many are changing the way we view the world, and I would love to hear how you are changing your view. What is different in the last weeks, months, years in the way you view politics, for example, or your personal spending habits, or global warming and our impact on it? How have you seen your personal world view change and how has that changed the situation we find ourselves in today?

  • Scott

    Part of the current paradigm is people’s perception that more stuff means more happiness. If somehow we can make it cool/valuable/status worthy to live a sustainable life, then it will be far easier to change our societies. The problem is that the world was far simpler when the current paradigm was created. Now it would require information to come from many sides before people will pay attention. A few smart choices by some big governments and they could make legislative change and create incentives for companies to become more sustainable. Then the economy rolls on and people don’t vote the government out, which is the fear that holds most politicians back. Simplified I know, but I think we need some real leaders to come from within the political ranks.

  • Scott

    Part of the current paradigm is people’s perception that more stuff means more happiness. If somehow we can make it cool/valuable/status worthy to live a sustainable life, then it will be far easier to change our societies. The problem is that the world was far simpler when the current paradigm was created. Now it would require information to come from many sides before people will pay attention. A few smart choices by some big governments and they could make legislative change and create incentives for companies to become more sustainable. Then the economy rolls on and people don’t vote the government out, which is the fear that holds most politicians back. Simplified I know, but I think we need some real leaders to come from within the political ranks.

  • http://8thlife.org Stella

    Lots more dialogues! Like this one :) And about the positive stuff this is making happen. Like getting some radical sustainability exciting story-drama into mainstream TV to educate quickly on the complexity of the interrelated issues, + stimulate more dialogue. We thought something like BigBrother-type show with a group starting a permaculture farm and ecovillage would be perfect – so that’s what we’re doing: see http://8thlife.org And we’re part of 4YG of course..

  • http://8thlife.org Stella

    Lots more dialogues! Like this one :) And about the positive stuff this is making happen. Like getting some radical sustainability exciting story-drama into mainstream TV to educate quickly on the complexity of the interrelated issues, + stimulate more dialogue. We thought something like BigBrother-type show with a group starting a permaculture farm and ecovillage would be perfect – so that’s what we’re doing: see http://8thlife.org And we’re part of 4YG of course..

  • http://evolution-intelligentdesign-survival.blogspot.com/ Eaglehawkvision

    Evolution, Intelligent Design & Survival Open Letter reply:

    One single priority.

    One single priority common to all, among the diverse list of issues each are otherwise working on.

    One single priority, without which the common goals of “a million NGOs and hundreds of millions of individuals engaged and active for sustainability, justice and fulfillment” will not be reached; the one single priority, which if not resolved, renders moot all our other common programs and goals; To date (last 48 years) similar well meaning, passionate and goodhearted individuals and groups have come and gone, failing to address this one priority.

    That priority is Freedom in the Science of Energy Evolution.

    Freedom in the Science of Energy Evolution has to be brought to the table as first priority of any and all programs of “wakeful organizations”

    The “common sense” revelations arising from evolutionary energy systems will dissolve and solve every obstacle to sustainability, justice and fulfillment, as well as all issues presented by John Perkins, David Korten, Ralph Nader, Freedom Times, to name a few.

    A comment contributed to this question in FOUR YEARS.GO, suggested “make it cool/valuable/status worthy to live a sustainable life”.

    What could be more “cool” than to expand our reality to encompass: antigravity, transportation point to point (without going through all points in between), field propulsion, energy (H2) from water at less than 2 cents per gallon, energy medicine and healing, to name a few possibilities? ……………….With a Science and Technology understood at 4th grade level?

    Our advanced modes of communication are ripe to instantly transmit the potential for shifting states of “Ah Ha” experiences; providing the expanding science window to reality is delivered in simple common sense terms, and leads to self recognition of very advanced and practical solutions to contemporary “issues”.

    Science now acknowledges with demonstrated nuclear proof that “less is more”; so with advanced scientific theories. The more advanced Science and the study of Reality become, the more simple become the Understanding and profound applications of a truly modern Science as it expands the window to Reality in both the macro and micro realms – a necessary requisite for survival, sustainability and evolutionary processes; a principle that coincides precisely with a metaphysical Principle of Unity.

    I provide some background on numerous links which take Plato’s original science spectrum, Physics to Metaphysics, to version 2010:

    Fuel 2000 and Beyond http://fuel2000.net/

    Freedom Times http://freedomtimes.blogspot.com/

    Evolution, Intelligent Design, Survival http://evolution-intelligentdesign-survival.blogspot.com/

    For those not shy of well known pioneers of science, a brief list of wholistic contributors are referenced. Their insights cohere with breaking down the seemingly opposed pillars of modern science, general relativity and quantum theory. Reducing them into simple, yet advanced scientific reality through the radius of curvature of all natural law, equated to the energy differential of light’s velocity.

    From Einstein’s ‘incomplete 1928 unified field theory’ to a host of other players providing their insights – Walter Russell, Thomas Troward, Ken Wilber, Deepak Chopra, Brian O’Leary…….the list is exhaustive.

    However, aside from Einstein, each still struggle with David Bohm’s “Hidden Variables, Leo Smolin’s The Trouble With Physics. , “Physics Awaiting New Options as Standard Model Idles since the 1970’s”, and Deepak Chopra’s review and questioning of The Grand Design: Hawking’s Grand Book, But Where Is the Design? http://deepakchopra.com/2010/09/hawkings-grand-book-but-where-is-the-design-part-2/#more-16578 .

    Einstein’s reinterpreted, expanded version of relativity theory is found in StarSteps, provided by my mentor in layman’s, 4th grade level comprehension. It unifies statistical quantum mechanics with relativity, zero point, Walter Russell’s Light , and defines/quantifies the radius in The Yin Yang symbol’s sine wave as The Radius of Curvature of All Natural Law. The statement from a well known book, “Let there be Light” is now enhanced with far more practical meaning: Light’s velocity, converted into an energy differential is the measure of the radius of curvature of all natural law; This same energy differential (VC) is the total energy contained in each and every gram of atomic mass. It could be said, everything we see and touch is light in motion or light stationary. http://evolution-intelligentdesign-survival.blogspot.com/2010/01/its-musical-universe.html . Evolution, unimpeded, does not create the conditions of today.

    Yet now, 66 years later, after first application, antigravity, transportation point to point (without going through all points in between), field propulsion, energy (H2) from water at less than 2 cents per gallon…all still seem strange or unknown in our contemporary disabled science …….. however no more strange than the gifts we are giving to future generations http://freedomtimes.blogspot.com/2010/07/our-gifts-to-future-generations.html . Surely we do not believe science is so so backward, it cannot get out of oil and lethal nuclear radioactive processes for energy use and application, a stagnation causing the increasing worldwide poverty gap.

    Repeating From Evolution, Intelligent Design, Survival “Statistically, this period of evolution is now almost entirely under the control of conscious human intent and will, and far less influenced by unconscious instinct, genetic mutation and natural selection. Conscious intelligence through human intent usurped unconscious instinct, genetic mutation and natural selection as the evolutionary driver somewhere back in caveman days. Science and Technology, Humanity’s extended senses, are at the Steering Wheel today. Blind Science and Technology with Government/Corporate secrecy, power, greed and lies, and Humanity’s future becomes obvious to all. In a Universe of Infinite Energy, the belief that “there is not enough to go around” defies every known concept of knowledge, intelligence, wisdom and understanding

  • Alma Gonzalez

    My perception is simple we are a part of an Ocean of Infinite potential, just let us desire the expression of creation manifest our ONES as a new believe System to replace the old believe in separation. In the Light with Love Alma

  • Peterjocis

    I must agree with Eaglehawk’s answer. Prioritize a free science. A truly free science is a road less traveled today; but it is far easier than the alternative consequences derived from a restricted science.

  • Corrina McFarlane

    We human beings ARE to a large extent, water beings. So it’s Dr Emoto & Dr Len’s Ho’oponopono; love & reconciliation poured wholly into ourselves and wholly outward to so-called ‘others’; Thank You, forgive me, I’m sorry, I love you….. ad infinitum

  • HS

    You and me! It must start at home. Every home, at a fundamental level. I’m not a scientist or an environmental professor so I answer as an ordinary person. Start at home. Let’s get off our bums and consciously make a change. Buy locally. Spend less. Learn to grow your own veg. Talk to family and friends about it. Get excited but no browbeating. People need to feel like they are making the decisions for change on their terms. That it’s actually possible. This movement is taking on generations that have no idea how to grow and cook from scratch or how to sustain life without fast food and buying from the big chains. We are in an instant society. To begin the ‘mighty river’ we must lead by example. The awareness that is growing from sites like this one and the marketing campaigns attached cannot be underestimated. I don’t doubt that a river is flowing already and is gaining velocity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Lanteigne/1473275543 Joe Lanteigne

    I see that this is an old comment thread , but maybe even more interesting for that reason. Global events seem to be happening at breakneck speed, and its not just the www thats making it appear this way, These events and www must be creating almost instant thought processes through out the world (How many thoughts from how many people were on nuclear energy the last 3 weeks, or on Obamas election 2years ago?) Maybe thoughts far out weigh verbal stuff?? but I think people have to verbalize their good thoughts. Even simple ones like, I’m not driving my vehicle and polluting etc. just for that , a movie or a treat. One more idea, I think you would like is a blurb I printed off one day that explained that ” Thoughts were angels” If you cant find it on google ask me about it and I’ll see if I can dig it up. Wow , those are cosmic thoughts for this early morning, thanks for that. Joe

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