This year ended with a flood of new connections for the Inspiring Transition initiative.

Lalith Gunaratne in Ottawa will give a presentation about Inspiring Transition to the Canadian Club of Rome in February.

We were accepted to give a presentation on Accelerating the Transition to a Life-Sustaining Society at the Sustainable Living Festival in February. This will be followed by a Transition Leader Training in Melbourne 20 February.

While I am at the Sustainable Living Festival I will meet with Kelly O'Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, to consider how the ACF and Be The Change Australia might collaborate.

Chris Dekker of Uplift Connect invited me to spend several days with his

Marketers and demagogues have long recognised the critical importance of shaping public consciousness in their favour, and they devote time, money and imagination to this endeavour, even if at times they do it crudely. Rupert Murdoch has the largest media empire in the world, and it is not just about money. He shapes public opinion.

Likewise we in the environment and progressive movement should activate our imagination to shape public opinion, not just about specific issues, but also about the visionary transformative changes necessary for us all to succeed. We have vast resources for this that we have not yet utilised: the millions of groups that are working on aspects of environmental and social well-being, and their members. Aligned we can become a powerful force for shifting mainstream consciousness ... because we are all part of the mainstream, and we canIntroduce transformative ideas to our friends, neighbours and larger networks.

Our proper goal at this time is to inspire mainstream commitment to transitioning to a life-sustaining society. We should aim to win. Getting a critical mass of mainstream people on side is critical for a successful transition.

Inspiring Transition is an open source communication platform supporting the Great Transition to a life-sustaining society. We have a refreshingly simple communication strategy that can engage thousands of organisations and millions of people without a complex administrative structure. We have a variety of imaginative communication tactics, some of which have almost no cost, and which take very little time.

Let’s look at what the Great Transition will look like when it is powerfully accelerating.

At a local level, we will see millions of personal conversations. These conversations will be unusual, because their purpose will be to help people think better. Our kit of imaginative communication tools, Kitchen Table Conversations, will be used by citizen educators to help people connect-the-dots and think for themselves. (I highlight Kitchen Table Conversations because they are purpose built for conversations that affect people’s thinking).

While the media are focused on widening markets and tariff reductions, the bulk of the TransPacific Partnership agenda remains out of view. That's convenient for the beneficiaries, and very inconvenient to the 99.8%, and a major block to hopes of transitioning to a renewable future. So let's takle a look!

In 1976 Thomas Hanna wroteThe End of Tyranny. He opens with:

As far back as I can remember, I been fond of the words, ‘America’. As a child I liked the fine ring of it. When people said it, the liquid arabesque of the sound seemed full of some great beauty and significance.

Later, as a schoolboy, I learned things which made me even fonder of ‘America. It was a beautiful and significant word, a word whose meaning seem to curl around other words like ‘freedom’ and ‘bravery’ and ‘honor’.

Yesterday I went down to Sydney and took the ferry across to Manly to meet a philanthropist. On the ferry I happened to sit next to a woman with two children. We struck up a conversation, and it turned out she was from Campbelltown south-west of Sydney.

I admit to some stereotyping. Frankly, I assumed that she would not be very interested or knowledgeable about the environment. Nevertheless, when I learned that she liked going to the beach I pulled out one of the Tabletop Presentations The case that we are in an ecological emergency cards – the one on ocean acidification.

She scanned it, and immediately saw the connections. She said, “This is scary.” She expressed the opinion that many people should become aware of this. She also had a view that people feel helpless, so she did not hold out much prospect for change. In