What kind of future do we want to create?
Right now with the current world situation, none of us really knows what will happen in the months to come. In rapidly changing times it’s easy to feel powerless and long to regain some control over our lives.
Many people across the world are struggling to put food on the table from one day to the next. In may countries, not being able to go out means not being able to eat. It’s life and death.
For many, this has been the daily ‘normal’ for years and years, irrespective of coronavirus.
The old normal hasn’t worked, and yet it would be all too easy to just continue with our destructive way of life. We are consuming more than our beautiful planet has to give, infinite growth is just not possible, inequalities have been even more sharply exposed of late, and we need to make different choices.
While the world has been indoors, wildlife has been reclaiming land, the skies have cleared, and there’s been an outpouring of empathy, love and connection between people.
Right now we have a unique opportunity to create a new and better way to live. We don’t have to continue to do things in the way we have to date.
Let’s share ideas for a better future – one that works for all
In all my years of travelling worldwide I’ve learned that although we, as humans, can seem different on the outside, we all share the same hopes, fears, pain, joys and longings on the inside. We all need each other and we can all support each other.
Even though things feel extremely uncertain, one thing’s for sure: there are millions of people across the world with an appetite for change, who crave a better way – a reset – and a way to be our best selves that is more sustainable for all.
To do this we need to look outward – beyond what we think we know, beyond the norms we’ve lived by up to now – and share ideas, learning from each other to build a new kind of ‘normal’.
It means we can be part of something bigger than any single one of us – with a shared positive purpose that brings hope. It’s a collective energy, a collective voice. It helps us build community and gives us all more confidence to voice ideas.
Let’s share ideas about how we:
- work and live day to day
- cooperate globally
- protect and nurture our environment
- tackle inequalities of resource, including food and water
- meet basic human needs worldwide
- help people affected by climate change
- address inequality of opportunity
- break down the divisions that stop us finding solutions to problems
- sustain a more natural state of health
- reduce consumption and waste
- build community
- build a more sharing economy
- reconnect with each other and with the natural world that we are part of
…and so much more.
We need a deeper appreciation of each other and the planet
I realise that list sounds like big, grand, impossible dreams, but change starts with one person, one idea – and no idea is too small.
The battles I’ve fought in my own life have taught me that Davids can win against Goliaths, and that if you don’t give up, you can win. Think about Malala Yousafzai, Rosa Parks and Nelson Mandela: battle weary but unwilling to accept the status quo.
And who would have thought that a schoolgirl from Sweden called Greta could start such a huge movement. Or that New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, young, female and a new mother, would become one of today’s most iconic leaders.
All have faced ridicule and resistance. All have shown themselves to be forces to be reckoned with.
Outwardist is an online space to share ideas for a better future – one that is sustainable and inclusive for all.
It’s an online hub for positive suggestions and ideas for a new and better ‘normal’ for the world – not only in response to the coronavirus but also in terms of the broader things that need to change.
The more we can share ideas – and share them widely – the more traction they can gain.