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Here's a start on some online musings concerning getting from where we are now to a world that most of us could aspire to.
Simply put, strategizing involves 3 components:
We are in an information-saturated world. Simply providing more information about an issue is unlikely to have a significant impact.
For many people, the problem isn't lack of awareness, but the sense of powerless and perceived inability to do anything significant about the issue. Hence the importance of developing and communicating a credible strategy.
Fundamental change requires gut-level contact: ie inspiration, imagination, and aspiration for a better world.
Why do some individual tragedies get so much media attention (eg the latest family drowning, murder,...) while the ongoing large-scale tragedies (hunger and poverty, civilian victims of war,...) get comparatively little attention?
A fantasy: I've dreamed of using a large-scale Star Trek style transporter to have all the poor and rich of our world switch places for 2 weeks and then be switched back.
Why can some issues like missile-defense become a make-or-break issue for our present federal government while other issues such as clean air and climate change rest ignored on the back-burner?
Why is there such a discrepancy between the risk-weighted net costs and the policy responses to such issues as air quality, climate change, biodiversity, transport and energy systems?
How do we build a constructive dialogue on a societal level concerning issues that do not fit the black and white dissection favoured by media and that are beyond the 4 year time horizon of our political system?
What are the ethical/conceptual/cultural "fault lines" that divide our society? In other words, why can two litterate intelligent people take opposing views with respect to social and environmental issues? How can these fault lines be reduced by improving communication, clarifying assumptions, and finding mutually acceptible solutions?
To keep this current, here are seach phrase recommendations for Googling: "strategy for social change", "popular education", "creative conflict resolution", "participatory democracy", "social marketing", "strategic planning", "rules for radicals", and "new politics". If you don't want to search, here's a start:
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