SXSW Panel Provokes the Uninspired Part 1: What is Your Vision?

Mar 21, 2012   //   by Lacey Miller   //   Blog  //  No Comments

One of the most impactful SXSWi panels I attended was the Creative Energy: Renewing the Fight for Renewables session where Tara DePort of the Human Impacts Institute  presented a series of questions:

  • What’s your vision?
  • What’s your ask?
  • What are you going to give?

Now, the wheels are turning…

Sustainability captures the passion for change; change that will better our environment, our communities and our economies. As I defined sustainability in my last post, I realize that I need to think about my vision. I need to have a purpose behind my ambition and a mission that I can work toward.

Joel Barker takes the stance that “vision without action is a dream; action without vision is simply passing the time; action with vision is making a positive difference.” He wasn’t specifically discussing sustainability but his statement is thought-provoking and very effective in discussing green initiatives.

Growing movements like Purpose and the Canary Project’s Green Patriot Posters are making it easier to ‘take action’, whether through volunteering, through donation, education, and even the arts. As people get more passionate about sustainability, they are looking for an organization with which to take action. But I feel that has been the easy part; there are numerous groups building a network of sustainability professionals and enthusiast. And, as that is the beginning, we also need to foster people’s desire to find their vision.

Helen Keller famously said, “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” If that doesn’t push you to figure out and realize your vision, then read it again.

My vision: I want to be a catalyst for a sustainable society; I want to work with corporations to change the way we operate big business; and I want to succeed in showing the positive economic impacts of sustainability.

What is your vision? Post your responses to our blog or use the hashtag #GreenVision; let’s get people motivated to brainstorm and define theirs!