Someone emailed me a bunch of questions as an interview for publication. Questions include What do I worry about for future generations? and How do I maintain my energy as a change agent? and more. I share the answers here.
Activism and Social Change
The U.S. presidential inauguration has passed. The women’s march is over. For climate, race, women’s rights and so much else, it doesn’t look good to many of us (no matter how we voted). So, now what? In this post, I talk about how to stay involved, how much effort it will take, how to deal with disappointment and frustration, and the tremendous rewards of making an effort. You can watch the video or read the summary.
In response to the questions of whether we can trust Trump or could have trusted Hilary, we might instead say “The real question is, Can we trust ourselves?” Can we trust ourselves to give our attention to creating a world that is fair and just and that is good for all of us to live in. Here are five thoughts on what we can do.
It’s still unclear, while the dust settles, exactly what we can do to continue bring about the world we want after the U.S. election. But here is a video I made of the actions we can take while we figure it out. Some of the points are summarized below.
So many of us are so worried and sick that I wanted to say a little about how I’ve been coping and plan to move forward since I woke up to a Trump presidency. I’m hoping the ten strategies I list might help you, too.
According the the ancient Zen Master Won Hyo, “Helping oneself and helping others are like the two wings of a bird.” This is why I merge the discussions of spirituality and social and environmental advocacy. A video to watch and some text to read.
A simple stack of handwritten “vision cards” that I look at and work with every day has helped me more than any other personal management tool to achieve goals in every area of my life from being a successful author to helping others to live according to their values to building an income that sustains me to living environmentally to being an effective climate change and social change activist to being a good dad. This post is about how to create and use your own set of vision cards. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.
So many of us are looking for ways to help this suffering world–happily and safely. For most, the challenge seems to be how to help in ways they feel meaningful. On the other hand, there are also many, many activists, social workers, and others who have found ways to help, but are missing out on the happily and safely part. So, how do we help the world while still having a good life for ourselves?