6 Jan 2006
Tell Me About Your Eureka Moment…
Part of the research I am doing for my PhD looks at peak oil as a catalyst for transition. One of the big questions I am exploring is how people and communities (and therefore nations) make transitions, develop a culture of transition. As part of this, I am asking as many people as I can who would consider themselves to have some degree of ‘green’ awareness to tell me their stories of how they first became interesting in all this stuff. Please do tell me yours.
Conventional environmental thinking would have us believe that if we put enough information and bad news in front of people, they will be moved to action. It rarely happens like this. What actually tips people to make changes can range from a particularly inspiring person you met, a book you read, something you saw on the television, a building, a song, a course you did, a meal you ate, a painting you saw. Gathering people’s stories about their ‘eureka’ moment may throw up some interesting clues as to how to most successfully engage people in energy descent processes on the scale that will be needed if we are to have any chance of weathering the coming storms. I would like to invite you to post below your stories of what was your Eureka moment.
Mine, was when I was 14 and I bought a 7″ single (remember them? wonderful things…) by a band called Flux of Pink Indians, which had a fold out sleeve that was a very emotive and well written article about the meat industry, which turned me vegetarian overnight. That got me thinking about lots of other things and made me start to deeply question lots of things… **what was your Eureka moment?**