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

In Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge is horrified by the vision of the future that the ghost of Christmas Future presents to him.

I have just been horrified (and spurred to even more action) by a set of maps of the effects of climate change on different cities and regions of the world as we look to the future. The lead author of the study, Dr Camilo Mora of the University of Hawaii, introduces the term ‘climate departure’.

Climate departure is when the lowest temperature for a given month will be higher than any temperatures we have experienced over the last 150 years.

Perhaps an example will make this clear.

I have a concept that I call ‘workshops on the fly’ – moments when we can open up a conversation about sustainability, or introduce a valuable thinking skill. These do not have to occur in formal settings.

For example, a friend of mine wrote this poem on the occasion of his nephew getting a Ph.D. in Environmental Science. It tells our story in a beautifully succinct and engaging

With a few shifts in our thinking, we can become much more powerful as a social change movement. Perhaps the most important shift is

1 Accepting transitioning to a life-sustaining society as a shared goal.

We do want to live in a life-sustaining society, do we not?

Here are two more suggestions:

2 Shifting from silo thinking to aiming for whole system change.

3 Thinking in terms of empowering the movement rather than just building our own organisation.

1 Shifting from silo thinking to whole system change

Understandably, many of us tend to think in terms of silos. We see things in isolation, without seeing the patterns of connection. To a great extent we were educated that way. In addition, thinking in terms of silos has the advantage that we can set concrete goals and generate concrete results.

Last week I presented the Inspiring Transition initiative at the Frank Fenner Foundation in Canberra, followed by a graduate seminar. There is real interest in Inspiring Transition – which is not surprising. My next step is to convert that interest into people acting as co-leaders in the Inspiring Transition initiative.

Franzi Poldi was one of the participants in the graduate seminar. He is a hero of mine. Franzi co-authored a report for the Howard government on the economic and environmental effects of increased population in Australia. I think that the Minister wanted a glowing business case for population growth. What he got was a carefully