It is time
There could not be a more important time to imagine a better world.
The theme of our first virtual meeting, Project Earthrise, takes inspiration from one of the most transcendent moments in modern history--when we first saw the Earth across the void of space. One planet. For all people. Igniting profound wonder and awe, it inspired a renewed desire for peace, unity, justice and appreciation and care for nature. We believe that this reveals that we are more aligned in our vision and desire for a better world than our current polarized social climate suggests—especially when we are inspired.
In an era of so many “broken systems” it is time to equally address the “broken spirit.” It is becoming clear how much we have neglected and devalued the power of “the best” of human nature—the very things that unite, empower and refocus priorities of individuals and societies—failing to see this as an underlying factor in all our challenges and our greatest asset in overcoming them. We must fundamentally question the way we choose to live on our planet. How we see ourselves. How we treat others. How we care for our place and our communities. Even the way that we approach our problems.
Our meeting will therefore extend the many discussions we had planned for “Rewilding Planet Earth” in Amsterdam, prior to the pandemic, and view them through this lens—recognising that to overcome our greatest challenges we must address the value systems that created them in the first place.
Imagining the future is the first step to getting there.