We Dream The Future

It all starts with a dream. Speaking your dreams out loud and having someone listen and be interested is one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself and those around you. Have You ever heard an older person dis (bad talk) on younger people or say things like, “Kids these days are lost, they have nothing better to do than talk on their cell-phones, text and play video game”? Everyone has, and this disconnect across generations hurts all of us. I believe that much of this is the result of how quickly the technology has evolved.

Youth of today are the most media-empowered generation in the history of the planet. They have grown up bombarded with medias, with more information at their finger-tips than all the previous generations combined. It is all so overwhelming, and the temptation to slip away into a mindless video game  to avoid it all is so easy. Yet, like every other generation, young people dream about the future and about what is possible. It is their world and their future that is at stake when politicians and big business prioritizes profits over people and planet. It can be downright depressing to know so much about the problems of the world, that’s why it is more important now than ever to dream.

Do You dream of a better world? Would you like to let the world know that you have a dream and that you intend to make it happen? Are you open to hearing what the youth of today have to say about how adults are running the world? Can we have that dialogue across generations? I think so, and that is why we, at Culture Collective, have launched www.wedreamthefuture.com

The project was originally sponsored by Flip Cameras, and we were so excited for a big launch, but then Cisco was bought by Dell and The Flip line of video cameras discontinued. But now, most people have video cameras right on their phones, and the ability to shoot a video and upload it is easier than ever. Visit the website, learn about the project, and then add your voice!

Here’s how it works, just make a short video of yourself, or your friends, answering two very simple questions. First question is, “What is your dream for the future?”, second question is, “What are you going to do to make that dream happen?” You can change your mind a million times between now and the future, but this is about voicing your dreams and having them be heard by your piers and those that are older than you. The site is filled with links and inspirational videos too. So what are you waiting for? The world wants to hear your dream!

Interested in this project? Get involved!

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Parenting for A Peaceful World

“How we treat the child, the child will grow up to treat the world” -Pam Leo

My interest in creating a better future always has me thinking about children and the world they will inherit. A few years back I was fortunate enough to meet Robin Grille, Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting, at a conference hosted by The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health in Southern California.

I was at the conference promoting an interactive children’s production I had worked on called Funny Bone Logic. The DVD teaches exercises and games for kids 3-6 that are designed to open the heart while encouraging children to explore the wisdom that resides in their body, emotions, and imagination. I am always inspired to learn more about contemporary research on brain and emotional development along with ways to change the world through focusing on children. If your child likes the outdoors, then consider getting a jogging stroller to take them out on runs so they´re not connected to the tv all day and that way you get your workout in.

The people who need this information most are parents, yet many of them are busy working to raise their families and have little time to attend heady academic conferences. There must be a way to make the information bite-sized, accessible and easy to digest for the people who need it most — parents. Culture Collective was created in order to fuse art , media, and technology across disciplines to educate and inspire for a better world. Robin and I talked for hours during the conference and exchanged contact information with the hopes that we could create a collaboration in the future.

For weeks after the conference, I read his book and was overwhelmed with the importance of the information between the covers. One afternoon friends of mine asked if I could pick up their 10-year-old daughter, Aja, from school because they had an appointment. I agreed thinking that it was a good excuse to get an ice-cream cone and spend some time with her.

While we sat on a park bench I asked her about life, school and the usual things adults ask kids. I was amazed at how passionate she was about the things that concerned her and how opinionated she was about how things should be. This is where the idea for the video below was hatched.

I wrote Robin and asked him if he would write a distilled synopsis of the most vital and inviting portions of information from his book for a short web-video. I also asked Aja to read Robins words and record a voice-over, and I would collect images from the web and create a montage to help tell the story. All agreed, and were quite excited at the end result.

The video still remains an introduction to this subject matter, but will change the way you see the world. Understanding the history of child-rearing, combined with cutting edge brain research, you will see how culture can be shaped in a positive way through conscious parenting. It has been said, and there is much clinical research to support the notion that we could change the whole world in one generation with a concerted effort to raise stable, emotionally healthy children.

Share this with the parents in your life. Consider ways to tell important stories with images, words and the endless potential of social media. When parents feel loved and supported by the community around them, they are in a better place to nurture their children. Together we can birth a future with less violence and create a more peaceful and loving world for coming generations!

Check out the Good-News Blog by Robin Grille which he submitted as a guest blogger to this site. You can get involved by learning about The Children’s Well-Being Manifesto. The second photo in this video belongs to Food For The Poor, Inc. please visit their site to learn more about their work.

This article posted here first and later was published at Huffington Post on 3-19-2012