Last night, one of our Immersion Course grads – the ever brilliant Alison Rapping – posted this at Facebook:
Imagine what would be possible if we took all of the energy being put into SB1070 and invested it in building civic engagement, energizing our economy, creating innovative new industries, and enhancing our sense of Arizona pride?
This wonderful imagining does not have to be a pipe dream. As my partner, Dimitri, has always said, “We all make everything up. Everything around us was made up by someone, at some point.” And what that means is that we can create a different path. We can make it up now. Our state – our home – does not have to be this way.
Creating the future we want requires just 3 steps:
- Identify the future we want (not the future we “don’t want – the problems to solve – but the future we DO want)
- Identify the pre-conditions to that desired future – the immediate pre-cursor conditions to reverse engineer that future. And then the pre-cursor conditions to those conditions. And so on. We will reverse engineer the future we want until actionable steps appear as first steps along the path.
- Take those actions!
From the discussion that ensued at Alison’s post, I offered to bring that conversation here, so we could explore it together. I am happy to facilitate this conversation because I don’t see this as an intellectual exercise but the first steps in our taking back our state. Because this is my home. And I’m tired of tweeting 140 characters repeating the phrase, “I don’t want to live here anymore.”
So if you live in Arizona, let’s dive into Step 1. What would Arizona look like if it were the place you would want to grow up, raise kids, grow old?
What would Arizona look like if it were a healthy, vibrant, resilient, humane place to love for…
• a child?
• a teenager?
• a young adult / someone of college-age?
• a mom / dad raising a family?
• a working person?
• a business owner?
• a retired person?
• an elderly person?
• a healthy person and a sick person?
• a new immigrant to our state / country?
• and everyone else?
What would the Arizona of our dreams look like for all of us?