As 2011 draws to a close and we make space for 2012, there is one thing that I ask you to make time to do this January. It’s our Futures Interview.
Hosting these interviews over the last six months have been one of the highlights of my year. Every single interview I read, no matter the age, profession or location of the person, has been a lesson and an inspiration.
If I had five minuties with every human being on this planet, these are the questions that I would ask them. I believe that every single one of us has ideas and experiences to share that can lead us to a brighter future.
We spend much of our waking lives limiting ourselves, our beliefs, our power, our dreams, our actions. But when you look though history and the present, we see that people only create change in their lives and in the world by believing that more is possible than meets the eye.
Through the process of taking part in our Futures Interviews, you have the opportunity to figure out what it is that you really believe in, and to think through and vocalise your core values. We all make choices in our lives on how we spend our time, energy and money, and it is these decisions that collectively shape our world.
The Futures Interviews ask you to stop and imagine the world that you wish to live in, and then share the ways that we can Think, Act and Vote to create it. There is no criteria for who can answer these questions and take part. Everyone can, you can.
Please make time to do this, and to share this with your friends and family all over the world. There are too many problems with our world and our communities right now, and it can seem impossible to create something different. Yet it’s only by thinking differently, acting differently and voting differently that we can create the change that we want.
So let’s move into 2012 with the courage to live out our values and learn from each other to create a brighter future for all.
Happy New Year!
Amisha and the ?!X Team
This illustration was created by Faye West for the Think Act Vote Futures Exhibition, bringing to life the words of iconic fashion designer and activist Katharine Hamnett.
“I would like to see a future where we had the dictionary definition of democracy, government by the people, for the people and tolerating minority views. Politicians are a vested interest group only in politics to get re-elected, we should let them know by letter and email what our views are and tell them that if they don’t represent our views in parliament we wont vote for them next time.We need to get our elected representatives to represent the majority view of there constituency on every issue, no more towing the party line and being forced to vote with the government.We can do this by having national and constituency referenda and a civil service to implement them and administer the country according to the results. If we had had this, we wouldn’t have had an illegal war in Iraq, with thousands of innocent lives lost. We wouldn’t be cutting much needed A&E’s. We wouldn’t be having to cut child benefit so we can pay bankers bonuses. Its our country and we as citizens should decide how its run, its our money, we should decide how it is spent. We can use our vote to get the country we want.“