A Strategic Question For 2012 – After Disappointment, What Then?
December 18, 2011 § 2 Comments
In 2008 – millions of people committed themselves to the Obama campaign. It was beautiful, generative and powerful. People had hope and envisaged real change.
In 2009 and 2010 – the White House utterly failed to use this movement to achieve what so many had believed was possible. People lost hope and change was too slow.
In 2011 – visionary leaders stood up and called for new levels of commitment (eg. getting arrested) on super strategic issues. People rediscovered their own power and inspired a new wave of political action. Most importantly – we had real impact.
This year has been extraordinary – the Arab Spring, Occupy, the anti-austerity movements across the world. It has been a year of possibility and promise.
Next year will inevitably be more difficult – the reality of change-making will be slow and difficult. It will be easy to lose hope.
What are the super strategic issues that we can ask people to risk more of themselves for? How can we take the step from changing the narrative, to changing the system?
- Home-ownership/Occupy repossessed houses?
- Direct impact of environmental destruction?
- Loss of purpose in life, discovering a richer spiritual life?