If we create a culture that promotes well-being and prosperity for all,
then we will be in a position to discover who we really are.
                                                 Martin Seligman

Working for immediate results can produce worthwhile outcomes, and evoke a feeling of satisfaction. Immediate results count. So, it makes sense to pursue the low hanging fruit, and ask Where can we best get traction?

However, given that we are in a global ecological emergency, I think there is a more important question. That question is, What’s needed now?

My sense is that at this point in time we don’t need just local changes. The overarching issues of species loss, ocean acidification, climate change and the like are far beyond what can be addressed through purely local changes.

My answer to the question What’s needed now? is that we need a movement for large-scale transformational change. Unless, somehow, those of us who care inspire mainstream commitment to doing all the changes necessary to solve global warming and evolve a socially healthy society, business as usual will take us all to its dismal conclusion.

 Shifting public attitudes on a mass scale may seem impossible. Certainly there is no simple answer as to how to do that. That’s why I say ‘unless somehow we inspire mainstream commitment…’ A tough problem. But if it is the real problem, then we need to put on our innovators’ hats and ask the question How we can do this?

Asking this question opens up surprising possibilities. The combined networks of the millions of groups globally that care about environmental and social well-being is huge. We reach into every level of society. It seems to me that the members of environmental-progressive-spiritual groups that care about climate change and other environmental and social issues are a greatly underutilised resource. Mostly they pay dues and sign petitions. The vision of the Great Transition Initiative is that we should all step up and become citizen-educators.

Andrew Gaines

Melbourne, Saturday 20 February

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In my view most of us who are activists need to raise our game.

In 2014 Joel Makower, CEO of GreenBiz, commented: Despite its real achievements, the sustainability movement is failing.

Unless we think innovatively and mobilise passionate mainstream commitment to turning things around the continuation of business as usual will take current trends to their dismal conclusion.

After decades of big business interests and beholden governments rolling back the positive environmental protection initiatives of the 1970s, it is time for those of us who care about a positive future to go on the offensive. We should aim to win – to change the direction of society so profoundly that we successfully transition from a course of sure ecological self-destruction to a life sustaining future.

To win we have to affect people’s thinking

The most influential point of change in any human system is in people’s ‘paradigms’, meaning their way of understanding the world, their appreciation of the implications of current trends, the sense of connection or disconnection to the larger web of life, and their feelings and aspirations. In other words, we should be aiming to profoundly affect how mainstream people think and feel.

This year ended with a flood of new connections for the Inspiring Transition initiative.

Lalith Gunaratne in Ottawa will give a presentation about Inspiring Transition to the Canadian Club of Rome in February.

We were accepted to give a presentation on Accelerating the Transition to a Life-Sustaining Society at the Sustainable Living Festival in February. This will be followed by a Transition Leader Training in Melbourne 20 February.

While I am at the Sustainable Living Festival I will meet with Kelly O'Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, to consider how the ACF and Be The Change Australia might collaborate.

Chris Dekker of Uplift Connect invited me to spend several days with his