Where there is no vision, the people perish. - Proverbs 29:18
The best way to predict the future is to design it. -Buckminster Fuller
For some time now I have been proposing a national vision project – a conversation among the American people about the positive future we can create if we put our minds to it. That idea may have gained some momentum last week in a converted barn on the Rockefeller estate outside New York City.
With the help of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation, we convened 30 people – a yeasty mix of communications wizards, sustainable development experts and philanthropists -- to determine if they are interested in working together to launch that national discussion.
Today as we are besieged by planetary problems, the risk is that we will deal with them in a pessimistic and unproductive style…Transfixed by an image of our own future decline, we could actually bring it about.
Have we reached the point that Ray and Anderson warn us about, helpless and depressed, immobilized like deer in the headlights by the frequent damage reports from climate scientists and apocalyptic images of civilization’s collapse? You be the judge. Continued...