Sunday, August 12, 2012

Generational thinking . . .

GENERATIONAL THINKING: making plans that will involve the participation of four or five or more generations. It's a headspace that's completely foreign to the Harper smash-and-grab mutilation of our landscape and society. To Stevie, sustainability means how long can he get away with it.

Anyway snotr is a site with an inspiring video, "The Living Bridge", situated in Mehgalaya, a tribal kingdom in Assam, jammed between Bangladesh and Bhutan. It's monsoon central, there, and building bridges requires creativity, with no construction tools or equipment or materials or money.

3 comments:

diamondwalker said...

Inspiring .. brilliant .. !
Thank you for that link !

Boris said...

Edstock, it goes much deeper than that. I've got a friend who does research on international climate change negotiations who talks about Western vs. Chinese approaches. The West tends to think on the very short-term, election cycle type scenarios. China has short, medium, and century length planning.

The Mound of Sound said...

Fine post, Ed, thanks. There was a time, barely two generations ago, when we too paid at least some regard for posterity in our society. Perhaps unknowingly, we've been paying a steep price for thinking ourselves beyond needing it.