Howard Silverman, a former senior writer and analyst at Ecotrust (Portland), has a new blog called Solving for Pattern, in which he gathers various fascinating ideas (often far above my head) relating to creative transformation. One recent post caught my attention, because of its relevance to our work at Ecotrust Canada: “John Ralston Saul: Our contemporary NGO army.” Silverman’s post highlights an article by Canadian writer John Ralston Saul in this summer’s Adbusters, entitled Canada’s Spiritual Quest.

Saul describes three fundamental missteps the environmental movement has made:

  • Seeking to influence those in power, in the “role of angry outsiders”, rather than seizing power;
  • Thinking that facts would shape the debate and serve the public good when they can just as easily be “whores of interest groups”
  • Sticking with linear and dualistic thinking. He suggests looking to Aboriginal philosophies of wholeness (e.g. Tsawalk) as an alternative. Thus we would change the way we imagine ourselves (humans) – not as separate and superior, but an integrated part of the whole; taking human interest into account, but not in isolation from the rest.

Thought-provoking? I’d say. I encourage you to read the full article at Adbusters.

by Lorin Gaertner