About (Under Construction)

A WIP moving target! See recent posts in sidebar, and sub-buttons under this title.

(From To do or not to do what? That is the Activist’s Question)

Adam Blakester of Starfish Initiatives notes that there are many more commentators offering opinions than activists willing to commit to a course of action. From Adam: “…we need more people to take on active roles/work in leading and/or supporting the great transition. Such roles are far more involved than recycling and going solar, as important as they are. Such roles are about influencing greater changes, creating solutions, new systems and knowledge, building capacity and a zillion more things.

In other words, more hands to the tiller and less arm-chair commentators and experts…being a good or better consumer is nowhere near enough.

Exploring Mr. Blakester’s Starfish organization led me to the Great Transition Initiative. and prompted me to write a GTI summary post –I won’t go into detail about GTI any further here beyond this purpose statement:

The Great Transition Initiative is an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere. By enhancing scholarly discourse and public awareness of possibilities arising from converging social, economic, and environmental crises, and by fostering a broad network of thinkers and doers, it aims to contribute to a new praxis for global transformation.

Changing the things we do is critical-we’re at a worldwide environmental tipping point. But “thing changes” are superficial and unsustainable if the underlying attitudes, belief systems, habits and support systems, policies, practices do not change. And not just among a group of wild-eyed, bushy-haired “activists” but among the general population. A tall order that needs a deeply committed activist or two.

I am passionate about making an impact and I want to commit to action. It so happens that my passion has always been social change so I guess I’m an anomaly. Specifically, I’m envisioning a sustainable social –emotional infrastructure that will give humanity a fighting chance to survive and maybe thrive.

Stay tuned for more on the Caring Communities initiative.


I use One Pond-Ripples as a personal thought incubator, and to communicate with a few friends and peers about specific topics and ideas . I’ve never gone out fishing for hits, have never obliterated other sites with mildly relevant links to my stuff.  grrr…personal gripe with those who do. If you’re going to use social media to market you or your stuff try to have a conscience, use common sense and just a little restraint…. PLEASE!

I have a good many different passions and I tend to wander among them. If you’ve just stumbled in here and are trying to figure out what this blog is all about, so am I.

And I don’t know who I am, but life is for learning.

Man’s Search For Meaning (Frankl-powerful!) comes to mind about now…who am I really?

As project scope, intent, focus are all in process of yet another revolutionary shift, this blog has been continuously reorganized. Categories are changing, old posts going away. I plan on getting around to thumbs of the main topics–warning! Still a huge scope. The top buttons even need re-tooled and need new text or may go away too. But I just don’t have the discretionary time to do all that needs to be done…time is a wicked assassin.

A big regret about keeping this blog somewhat under the radar—I am really missing the interaction, discussions, expansions of perspectives that comes with a high readership / high participation blog. Not my primary goal, but if you’re moved to comment please do—would love to hear from you!

Craig      craig.althof@gmail.com


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