Web of Hope
30 Jun 2002
‘The slogan at the beginning of the 20th Century was Progress. The cry at the end of the 20th Century was Survival.The call for this century is HOPE.’ Govinda Kumar Bhandari, Nepalese Schoolboy
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Ultimately, The Web of Hope is every man, woman and child on the the planet that feels the need for change; all those of us that see the need for a paradigm shift’ in everything from our economic models and systems of governance to the healthcare industry and our methods of production; all those of us calling for a shift from globalisation to localisation, from expansionist, capitalist economics and linear, polluting industries, to sustainable communities and net-works built upon cyclical ecological understanding; all those of us who see the need to build a new model which exposes the existing one as anti-quated, obsolete and redundant. It’s about spinning a global spider’s web around the world, a self-replicating model which will play a pivotal role in building the critical mass required to make the transition to an Ecological Age. At the nucleus of this non-hierarchical organisation is a detailed research and distillation process, providing a positive feed-back platform’ for disseminating cutting edge role models and ‘best practice’ solutions in the creation of a sustainable society. It’s about building webs and networks, using the global-ising tools of information technology to make planetary connections, but inspiring local communities to come together and replicate local initiatives within their surrounding bio-region, turning the rising tide of opposition into one global coalition creating mechanisms for change.
The Web of Hope is only made up of working solutions, proven examples of sustainability already in action around the globe: these range from alternative currencies, compost-ing initiatives, renewable energy applications and innovative transport policies, through to community sup-ported agriculture systems, urban agriculture initiatives, rainwater harv-esting systems, ways of recycling waste water, new taxation systems, new economic indicators and ways of promoting integrity and transparency within business. It ranges from cutting edge eco-technologies being developed in California through to ancient eco-logical wisdom from indigenous communities in the Amazon, from the Swedish Natural Step movement through to permaculture communities in the Australian outback. The Web of Hope is not about saying it could or should be like this or that, rather that people all over the world are already doing this. We already have the solutions, the blueprints for a better world.’ All we have to do is plug in and become a part of the web, thereby facilitating the quantum leap which humanity needs to make.
The Web of Hope website ñ www.thewebofhope.com ñ will be launched at the UN WSSD in Johannesburg. We will also be publishing a Little Book of Hope, showcasing some of the leading examples and which will be cir-culated at the Summit. Twelve more Little Books of Hope will be published over the next three years, addressing the 12 core topics which form the basic structure of the web. A UK roadshow will tour the UK between 2003 and 2005, visiting classrooms, colleges, community centres and farmers’ markets, taking these initiatives of hope’ directly into communities, aiming to inspire their replication. The ultimate aim is that the website, the books and the road-show will provide a self-replicating blueprint for similar projects of hope in other countries. As someone said to me recently, We need Hope to go viral’. Some of us are already infected. We think it’s time to get out there and help spread it about.
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