I bring you another month of inspiration, information and strategy for a world in crisis. Knowing what’s going on is the problem half solved. Feeling into the reality of the facts, with compassion, the mind can get to work. You can figure out how you, with your particular skills, personality and knowledge can contribute towards a better world. Even if it’s only how you live – that is a good start. But also how you work. That is our biggest contribution. Now is the time to devote your good brain and skills towards a future focused work life too.
Building a regenerative home, garden and career is challenging and utterly exciting. This is the only thing that makes sense to me, that gives me hope in a world where despair is rife. Creating your own meaning is essential now. So much to do, no time to waste. There are the moaners and the doers. The former drains my energy, the latter inspires me. You pick whom you hang out with. Manage your own energy supply.
I am at the Sustainable Brands conference the past few days. Corporate business is of course where the biggest transformation needs to happen, as they have the majority of the footprints on this planet. There are those greenies who feel that business’ sustainability efforts are mere window dressing, even hypocritical. Well, that then makes us all hypocrites. Unless you have a nil footprint on this earth – as in generate your own energy, live off rainwater, grow all your own food and travel via solar energy, generating no waste whatsoever – you are all still part of a culture that needs rapid transformation. Let the one who is innocent throw the first stone, remember?
Start seedlings in an egg shell and, when ready, plant the entire thing. The egg shells will naturally compost providing valuable nutrients to your plants. Image: John K. Langemann
So it is indeed good to see the good intentions, hard work and serious search to transform business into a regenerative design. Right now we are all in transformation towards a new way - imperfect, struggling, learning from each other. Metrics need to change to reflect the true impacts, not to be compared to the past. We need to encourage and support each other.
Instead of blaming and criticizing, let us each reflect inside and towards our own circle of influence and submit to turning the ship. Trust the process. Doing your best is good enough. I have hope because of who I am. I know my caring is a resource I can rely on in others too. There is more inside us than we realise. And as I move around the non-profit AND business worlds I meet a resonance of humanity in transition. And I am re-inspired again.
Thank you for reading and spreading the news.
Elma and the team
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Over many centuries borders have been created by our peoples or have been imposed on them, separating our languages, our cultures, our traditions. But fish knows no borders; they migrate from the waters of one country to another.