If we create a culture that promotes well-being and prosperity for all,
then we will be in a position to discover who we really are.
                                                 Martin Seligman

Last week I presented the Inspiring Transition initiative at the Frank Fenner Foundation in Canberra, followed by a graduate seminar. There is real interest in Inspiring Transition – which is not surprising. My next step is to convert that interest into people acting as co-leaders in the Inspiring Transition initiative.

Franzi Poldi was one of the participants in the graduate seminar. He is a hero of mine. Franzi co-authored a report for the Howard government on the economic and environmental effects of increased population in Australia. I think that the Minister wanted a glowing business case for population growth. What he got was a carefully

modelled report that showed that on current trends (as of 2002) Australia was environmentally okay until about 2050. After that things get problematical. Hence the title of the informal version of the report:Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

I presented the modules on whole system change. During the discussion Franzi asked, "Is this about presenting scientific facts about the environment?"

My quick response was, "No, it is about helping people think better in ways that they find useful - mindset change."

But I could have said, "Yes," as well, since real-world environmental trends (along with increasing corporate control of the stateand its citizens) are the reason we need a whole system change in the first place.