Posted: May 24th, 2009 | Author: Anab | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
In yet another film about oil and climate change, The Age of Stupid, “Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?”
I saw the Indie screening of the film at the RSA, followed by a live debate betweem the film director Franny Armstrong, Nick Stern, George Monbiot and Richard Betts from the Met Office. I highly recommend watching the film, and think the real stories of people from across the world are very compelling. The only thing I wonder about is the approach, which once again, is of doom and gloom. Possibly the most likely scenario, but not sure how good it may be in mobilising large masses of people. I wonder what alternatives there might be, perhaps this project is a starting point and test bed.
Posted: May 8th, 2009 | Author: Anab | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: map, optimism, people, possibilities | No Comments »
I am touched by the responses of so many interested people, not only from London, but also from Scotland, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Amsterdam and Gujarat. Guess its a sign of our times, but the idea of going against the drifts of our current landscape, revisiting ‘collapse’, and challenging ourselves with ‘optimism’ seems to strike a chord across age and borders. I owe a big thank you to everyone who responded, passed my message around and got in touch. I have created a map of where all the interested people came from, and we are calling it the ‘Growing Map of Optimism‘, here at the Powerof8 HQ.
Unfortunately, in this phase of the project, we have to go for 8 people who are fairly local. Nonetheless, it is a growing map, as the idea would be continue developing ideas, building tools and scenarios, and reaching out and connecting to as many people as possible. In fact its a Growing Map of Possibilities, for now and the future.