In her article “what has to change,” Corin writes that what has to change is us and the stories we tell. That’s the 100,000-foot answer. Further in Corin quotes a woman who said that what’s needed is “to relate to ourselves and each other with love.” That’s the 10,000-foot answer. Now we need 10-foot answers—and for examples we turn to two partners in the Commitment 2030 Fund and the communities they serve.
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Last night I spent two hours reading news coverage and taking in images from around the world – stories and pictures of violence, destruction, fear, rage, disconnection, but also those of beauty, love, redemption, compassion, connection, and joy. One thought echoed in my head: we know what has to change. It’s us and the stories we tell.
Maybe that doesn’t sound radical. But I don’t mean debating what really went down on the streets in Ferguson, MO or whether Rolling Stone’s coverage of the campus sexual assault epidemic was good journalism. I mean the deepest stories we carry about how the world works, how we’re wired, and whether or not we have the power to change any of it.
Each month of the academic year, we highlight a FeelGood member’s contributions to their chapter and the movement as part of the FeelWHAT student newsletter. And here on the blog we’re telling their stories.
Presenting Kate Mitchell, Future Sustainability Chair at UVM FeelGood!
As the international community and FeelGood knows, extreme poverty isn’t about food and we can’t stick to the old solutions that have been proven to fail. Ending extreme hunger and poverty takes creativity and an understanding that we live in an interconnected world.
Waking up to the reality of “where we are” and the current challenges we face as a human family isn’t easy. One reason we avoid even talking about these challenges is our fear that it will only leave us overwhelmed and too depressed or paralyzed to act.
FeelGood students understand this dynamic, and are especially adept at engaging people in conversation in creative, non-threatening ways. Take FeelGood’s University of Pittsburgh chapter as an example. In order to initiate an in-depth dialogue about extreme poverty and hunger on their campus, the chapter held an entire “FeelGood Week” in October, providing clever variations on trick-or-treating and pumpkin painting to communicate essential information in fun, digestible ways.
Adolescence. It’s awkward, complex, and full of promise—and also an apt description of “where we are” in terms of our current life stage as a human family. The way we’ve interacted with each other and our shared planet could easily be generalized as adolescent: reckless, short-sighted and clique-ish—but also energetic, enthusiastic, and eager to prove ourselves. As our converging global crises become exacerbated and the undeniable reality of our interconnectedness sinks in, a hopeful realization is emerging: we’re ready to become young adults.
Just in time, too, as the reality is also this: we need to grow up if we’re to have a future at all. Luckily, there’s tons of evidence that we’re ready to step up—to tend to the well-being of all life and take responsibility for our collective future.
In Pachamama’s Awakening the Dreamer symposium, the question “Where are we?” invites us to take stock of our current reality, both personally and collectively. Inevitably it generates a terrifying list of troubles–from climate change, to terrorism, to shrinking resources, to the unendurable pressures of a growing global population racked by social and economic inequality. But then the conversation shifts, moving away from “peril paralysis” and toward “empowering possibility.” For what becomes clear is that wrapped inside our existential challenges are the seeds of the next step in human evolution.