Monday, November 28, 2011

Thrive and Beyond...

As the catch-all "sustainability" term becomes more over-used and thereby more amorphous, new terms and language is emerging for what lies ahead. One of these terms in "thriving." What I like about thriving is that is conjures a positive vision for what is possible--- it presents a vision for where we are going and it's an inviting vision-- one that makes us want to be a part of it rather than fostering a bleak survivalist perspective. Starting with a "blue sky" approach for what we want and then calibrating it based on constraints is much more inviting, appealing and powerful than immediately jumping to the constraints.

New books, websites, movies and blogs (see links below) have emerged and continue to be developed asking questions which help to envision a better future for all. They cover topics in: food, energy, politics, entrepreneurship, social action, education, finance, personal development, etc., etc... The conversation about a thriving future helps to bridge the inner world that drives us as individuals with the outer world that we interact with on a daily basis.

A small sampling of links include:

Journey of the Universe:
New Stories:
Pachamama Alliance:
Pioneers of Change:
Thrive Napa Valley:
Thrive Tribe:
Thrive: What on Earth Will it Take?
Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch: