I recently attended a conference in Claremont, CA called Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization. The gathering had over 1500 very smart people who spend a lot of time thinking about the fundamental shifts necessary in our society. Over the course of the weekend, I ended up having a very similar conversation with several different people, so I figured it is worth sharing that conversation here.
The context of these conversations is the common and vital question of what will be necessary to awaken more people to the fundamental flaws of our industrial civilization and motivate them to make drastic shifts. The frequent assertion is that people will only wake up when they are hit by a serious disaster that rattles them out of their apathy. As long as people are at least minimally comfortable, they will hold on to their current paradigm until some kind of hardship makes it untenable.Read more