There are many ways to help advance a public discussion of goals.
GROWTH has been promoted as the goal of society for so long that most
people do not even know that there is a choice to be made. Simply mentioning
that the goal is open for review will get people thinking. It is important
to be clear that we are talking about material
- There are many ways that you can advance the new goal and encourage
public discussion about the options:
* Sign on to the list
of individuals and organizations calling for a review of the goal of growth.
The more who do, the sooner we will have a public discussion about the values
that should underlie public (and other) decision making at this time in
history. Let us know how to reach you and we can co-operate on calling the
* Visit The Challenge and the Goal.
The more clearly that any individual understands the basic problem and solution,
the easier it is for others to understand.
* Send people you know the URL for "The Challenge and the Goal."
* Ask at sustain5 [at] web.ca for free sample cards that make it easy to
introduce the Question of Direction. Details about how these materials work
are available here. You can also ask for samples
at the "Sign On" page.
* Organize a discussion.
Since "Life, Money & Illusion" was published, we have been
facilitating discussions on the basic theme wherever possible. If there
is interest, we may be able to fit your community into the tour.
Life, Money & Illusion;
Living on Earth as if we want to stay
"Life, Money & Illusion" was written to provide a thorough
background on the issues of growth and sustainability and to introduce the
Question of Direction program. "Life, Money & Illusion" is
* Order a copy for yourself.
* Ask your local bookstores to carry it. (Normal bookstore discounts apply.)
* Ask your local Library to carry it.
* Buy a copy and donate it to your library.
* Order a quantity of "Life,
Money & Illusion." Raise some funds for your efforts and help get
the book into the hands of others.
* Donate to the Sustainability Project / 7th
Generation Initiative by cheque of credit card. We have far more opportunities
to advance this program than our volunteer time will allow. With expenses
from producing the book still absorbing the proceeds from book sales, we
are limited in our ability to advance this program. The fifteen years of
preparation have been possible thanks to donations from individuals. Your
assistance will make it possible to proceed with the question.
Question of Direction / 7th Generation Initiative
sustain5 [at] web.ca (613) 259-9988
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It is important to be clear that we are talking about material growth. While
there are practically infinite opportunity for growing our human
characteristics, the idea of making a trillion dollar economy expand
on this basis is misleading. The way the present system is set up, 3% growth
is considered minimal for economic health. For Canada, this requires an
increase in monetary activity of over 30 billion dollars a year. In the
USA the figure is over 300 billion dollars per year. That is a lot of money
to get people to spend on life-based activities, especially when the essential
ingredients are theirs by right of being human. Any efforts to develop businesses
around human potential should be encouraged, but to suggest that conventional
expectations of economic expansion can be met in this way is dangerous.
It can leave people with the impression that a fundamental change in direction
is not necessary.