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There is a growing feeling of optimism in the air. Every day at Kosmos we see signs and hear news of positive change. So many people and communities are dedicating themselves to transformation in harmony with people and planet. If one only listened to mainstream news reports and followed mainstream politics, there would be every excuse for cynicism; we know that is not the whole story. That’s why journals like Kosmos and our growing network of peer publications are so vital.
It’s also why we are releasing a feature story from the new edition of Kosmos right now in this newsletter, still warm off the press. Roberta Baskin won many awards as a journalist for TV programs like 20/20 and 48 hours. Yet, she calls herself a ‘recovering investigative reporter’, and left those pursuits in favor of more optimistic newstelling. Find out why.
Optimism refers to belief in a positive future. Optimists find positive meaning in experiences, and believe they have something to offer the world. Positive thinking has mental, as well as physical, health benefits and it can make us better problem-solvers, more persistent. We are not advocating a departure from realism. There are enormous challenges ahead. But cynicism is such a drain on spirit. Do you agree? You will not find cynicism at Kosmos.
Instead you will find inspiring, positive thinkers, like the ones below, who contributed to the new edition of Kosmos Journal.
Just two days ago Transition Network published ‘21 Stories of Transition: how a movement of communities is coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world‘ . It is a hope-filled and joyful celebration of what the Transition movement has become. Please scroll to the end of this newsletter to learn more.
When you read Kosmos Online, we hope you feel as we do, a sense of elation that so much good will and energy is converging. Young people, in particular, are action oriented. They really want to contribute, not just talk about change. The new era of People Power is on the rise, and we rise by lifting one another up with our encouraging energy.
Gratitude and love,
Your Kosmos Team
Please contact digital editor Rhonda Fabian with queries about Kosmos Online, or to contribute encouragement: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to unveil the Fall | Winter 2015 edition of Kosmos Journal.
The cover features the photo, Full moon rising over Mt. Hood, by J. Shimya.
Here’s the list of this edition’s Features, with links to learn about our wonderful Contributors.
By Roberta Baskin
Epiphany is defined as a “sudden and striking realization.” But it doesn’t work that way with me. My epiphanies sometimes simmer gently for years, particularly one that emerged in the aftermath of a class I took on Appreciative Inquiry, taught by its guru, Professor David Cooperrider. Because I was a journalist long outraged by the corporate malfeasance I exposed as a network correspondent, David invited me to learn about asking questions from a new perspective. This caused me to shift my view. But I was a journalist, after all, and stubborn. The process was a slow conversion, indeed.
David Cooperrider is the co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry. It’s about accentuating the positive, shifting problem solving from its usual focus on “what’s wrong” to a process that starts by asking, “What’s possible?”
By Ben Phillips, via Global Dashboard
Movements overcome injustices not just by bearing witness to the wrongs of the time, but by enabling people to envision a better future. Martin Luther King described the Dream, the Promised Land, the place towards which people were marching. The Anti-Apartheid movement set out the Freedom Charter. Campaigners for debt cancellation painted a picture of a world where millions more kids would go to school. In a similar way, groups involved in the emerging and coalescing movement to tackle inequality are going beyond describing why inequality is wrong, and are articulating what progress on fighting inequality would look like. In listening to some of those discussions in Nairobi, Addis and New York, I’ve heard what amounts to a vision of transformation.
By Tzeporah Berman, Alternatives Journal, Canada’s Environmental Voice
“Wouldn’t it be great to be fueled by hope instead of fear as the late Jack Layton urged us in his letter to the nation? For just a minute could we not take a deep breath and focus on all the things that we know will now change?
Together we watched the election results come in from coast to coast and I watched the hope and optimism on my sons face as he listened to Justin Trudeau’s acceptance speech. “Sunny ways!” We all yelled, half-hysterical and grinning ear to ear. “To the end of the Harper Era!” We cheered as we raised a glass in jubilant toast.
November 1st sees the publication of a landmark new publication from Transition Network. ’21 Stories of Transition: how a movement of communities is coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world’ is published in advance of the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in December, and is a joyous and inspiring celebration of what the Transition movement has become.
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