Change the future

The probable consequences to our society and our species of ‘business as usual’ are not the future we want. But the processes of how we get from our present condition to a future we do want, happen one step at a time, by many feet in many places.┬áLast week I met Luke, a co-founder of Change the Future in Brighton, which explores greater democratic, joint decision-making processes for change.

Luke went to Sands, one of only two democratic schools in the country. The individual children and teachers each have a vote on all aspects of the running of the school. It was this unusual school which was the foundation for his desire to start Change the Future. At it’s heart Change the Future is a way for people to organise collectively, adding their skills to work for positive change; this can be through online projects or a physical space such as the Wall of Ideas. The Wall of Ideas invited people to collaboratively explore how they would change Brighton.

Luke seems unfailingly constructive and positive, to him problems are there to be overcome. As we approach and pass the election, there are so many ways beyond a vote, through which we can bring democracy to life and change our future.

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Why care about politics?

IMG_20150326_134506943_HDR (2)We don’t inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children. Last week I met Max. Along with other BHASVIC students, she had arranged a lunchtime speaker event, where Green MP Caroline Lucas came to speak. The large hall was packed with well over a hundred students sitting and standing wherever they could.

With the general election just over a month away many people are still considering their vote, but Max will be unable to vote. The decisions of this government which faithlessly promised to be ‘the greenest government ever,’ and not to increase tuition fees, have radically effected Max’s future. Max volunteers for the Green Party and organises political events, hoping to make a difference.

When we cast our votes next month as adults and citizens, we will also be making a decision on behalf of all those too young to do so.