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 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.

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

While the media are focused on widening markets and tariff reductions, the bulk of the TransPacific Partnership agenda remains out of view. That's convenient for the beneficiaries, and very inconvenient to the 99.8%, and a major block to hopes of transitioning to a renewable future. So let's takle a look!

In 1976 Thomas Hanna wroteThe End of Tyranny. He opens with:

As far back as I can remember, I been fond of the words, ‘America’. As a child I liked the fine ring of it. When people said it, the liquid arabesque of the sound seemed full of some great beauty and significance.

Later, as a schoolboy, I learned things which made me even fonder of ‘America. It was a beautiful and significant word, a word whose meaning seem to curl around other words like ‘freedom’ and ‘bravery’ and ‘honor’.

Yesterday I went down to Sydney and took the ferry across to Manly to meet a philanthropist. On the ferry I happened to sit next to a woman with two children. We struck up a conversation, and it turned out she was from Campbelltown south-west of Sydney.

I admit to some stereotyping. Frankly, I assumed that she would not be very interested or knowledgeable about the environment. Nevertheless, when I learned that she liked going to the beach I pulled out one of the Tabletop Presentations The case that we are in an ecological emergency cards – the one on ocean acidification.

She scanned it, and immediately saw the connections. She said, “This is scary.” She expressed the opinion that many people should become aware of this. She also had a view that people feel helpless, so she did not hold out much prospect for change. In