We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Friday, January 29, 2010

Why Transition? Creating a Brighter Future (2:37m video)

from Transition United States website. Read script and watch video at the bottom of page. You can also double click on the video to watch it on You-Tube. This is fairly elementary material for those who watch this blog, but it might be useful for friends and family who are less informed.