Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Grace Lee Boggs Opens Reimagining Work Conference in Detroit

Welcome to Detroit.

Welcome to a place named FocusHOPE.

Welcome to a gathering where each of us has something to teach and something to learn. Where you are completely free to pose questions from “Where’s the bathroom?” to “Where’s the future?”

Why in Detroit?

Those of us who live here feel fortunate. Our city has a proud tradition of plowing new ground. We are excited to be doing so now—literally in our urban farms and gardens and figuratively in our non-stop conversation about a new economy.

Industrial jobs came here early and in large numbers. They left here early and in large numbers.
We have been thinking and doing a post jobs-system economy in Detroit for almost two decades.

But we know we have not been alone. All over the planet more and more people are thinking beyond making a living to making a life. A life that respects Earth and one another.

Why now?

We come together to re-imagine work and re-imagine life at a time when the spirit of the Arab Spring has come alive in Greece, Spain and in the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. In our bones we sense that this is no ordinary time. It is a time of deep change, not just of social structure and economy but of ourselves.

The new paradigm is about systems that bring out the best of each us, instead of trying to harness the greed and selfishness of which we are capable. It is about a new balance of individual, family, community, work and play that makes us better humans.

How will we be together?

Thoughtfully. Gently. Urgently. Lovingly.

We come together to create a safe space to hear each other’s stories. To break bread and barriers. To make new culture.

We come together as inventors and discoverers committed to creating ideas and practice, vision and projects to help heal civilization.

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