Future PresentMay 14, 2010 Leave a comment
“A bright green future begins when each of us, today, decides to live as if that future were already here.”
– Alex Steffen, World Changing
Many of us here at IISC were taken with Peter Block’s book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, and you have no doubt heard it referenced in other posts or ensuing conversations on our blog. At this point our couple of office copies have been through many hands, bookmarked, underlined, and are readily referenced in work with partners and clients. One of the most profound parts of the book for me is where Block makes the point that we often think of the future as this far off thing, and subsequently make our meetings and community gatherings all about planning for that eventuality. What we miss is the opportunity to manifest a piece of that future now.
What if in every gathering we individually and/or collectively made some commitment to bring a piece of the future we desire into the present? What could we do today to live as if that future is now? How might we talk differently? Meet differently? What new conversations might we engage in? Who might we reach out to that we generally do not? What would it mean to be and act as if we have arrived?
I have begun to play with these questions in groups, and invite others to do so as well. What if at your next staff meeting you were to invite people to reflect on how they might live a piece of their/your collective vision today? How might they inhabit their deepest beliefs about how the world should be? How might you do that?