In her excellent book You Matter More Than You Think - Quantum Social Change in Response to a World in Crisis, prof. Karen O'Brien writes that action and agency are essential for achieving transformations to an equitable and thriving world. But it's not any kind of agency: the quality of agency is important when it comes to scaling transformative change.
In her book, O'Brien mentions the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She laments the fact that educational curricula and capacitybuilding efforts to implement SDG 13, "Take Urgent Action to Combat Climate Change and its Impact", seldom address the sphere of personal agency, which is the foundation for quantum social change. However, connecting the sphere of personal agency to the SDGs is exactly what Earthinks does.
Earthinks is a platform for regenerative initiatives. I discovered it when looking for promotion channels for my ebook Stemmen voor de Aarde. The values behind Earthinks resonate with my own: it does not charge for membership and does not exploit user data for marketing purposes. Rather, it supports the agency of its users to become changemakers in the transition to a sustainable world. Earthinks invites its members to connect to the SDGs through the lense of their local reality and Earth connection. It offers an online space (the so-called "thinkspots") where you can nurture regenerative ideas, connect to others in your locality, and together translate these ideas into sustainable action.
Connecting the global to the local and personal, Earthinks offers a home where regenerative initiatives can take root and flourish. In my case, the support of Earthinks encouraged me to professionalize my ebook and present it to the world. The world needs more empowered change agents and I hope Earthinks will continue to nurture the agency of many people in the years to come.
Photo credit: Earthinks
Wed, 24 June