Let’s Get It Started!
We’re launching this new blog for 2011, and here’s why:
The world is at a crossroads, and much of the news is bad. But that’s as much a matter of perception as it is a construct of the mass media. While undoubtedly many of the major issues of the day — from politics and culture to economics and climate — are seemingly in a downward spiral, it’s also true that this is a time of great innovation, community-building, and creative visioning. We respect the critical perspective that aims to deconstruct the challenges before us, yet also acknowledge that without an equal emphasis on the constructive potentials in our midst, pure critique can foster pessimism and become disempowering.
Here at NCV, our aim is to highlight the positive actions and emerging visions, from local efforts to global initiatives. But in the process we do not want to sacrifice literate prose and intelligent intervention. This is not a self-help site, nor is it meant to replace critical inquiry with wishful thinking. Instead, we will strive to combine the best qualities of the progressive blogosphere with the grounded idealism that often gets lost in the shuffle of the ceaseless news cycle. The overall intention is nothing less than fostering a “paradigm shift” from a world of despoliation, domination, and despair to one of resilience, realignment, and rejuvenation. Or something like that!
This is our promise to you: innovation, inspiration, and intellection. In other words, we seek to contribute something useful to incite your actions and arouse your intellect. It’s a daunting task, yet one that we believe is urgently needed. But hey, if you’re here right now, you probably already knew that…