The year 2012 is a pivotal moment in history according to Mayan and other ancient civilizations, and some say it will be the year when the world ends. Of course, I do not agree myself yet I do appreciate the more likely interpretation of Mayan prophecy, that we will see a major transformation in the world. My view is that 2012 will be the year when millions of people around the globe begin to accept that a new vision and philosophy of life is needed, and that our conventional lifestyle and thinking are no longer working.
The crash of 2008 was a major turning point. Over three years later the economy has not bounced back and, on top of this, our environmental crisis is worsening . The simple fact is that the assumptions that we had for most of the post war years are no longer valid. The world has changed at an alarming rate and in the West we have never felt more insecure at work and at home. We are struggling to deal with seismic economic, social, political and technological changes and surely our assumptions about economic growth, job security, asset values, healthcare, social security and ignoring the plight of our Earth need to be not just reconsidered but replaced as soon as possible.
We are entering a new era, and Bright Green Talent is dedicated to helping you gain the knowledge, the tools and the skills to survive and prosper in this new, emerging era. We believe that what we need is a completely new definition of prosperity or what we call The Good Life. We want to create a new definition of the Good Life that is relevant for this new era, that will enable us to be happy and healthy, enjoy rewarding work and help other people and our planet too. So, the new Bright Green Talent Mission is simply “leading a Good Life” and this means living and working in a way that is good for you, your community and our planet. Our Website will provide the resources, tools and skills to help you lead the Good Life at home and at work.
The Bright Green Vision of a Good Life
We want to redefine what a good life means. For the last 50 years or so the good life has been associated with money and what it can buy. Most people in the world want a good life that consists of big homes, expensive cars, luxury goods, fame and power. The tragedy is that only a few people can attain this and the disparity between rich and poor has only got larger as a result. Secondly, this is a completely flawed vision of the good life that is not supported by the facts.
Ultimately, the good life equates to one word – happiness. The assumption is that more stuff, more power and more status will give us more happiness. The problem is that this is not true. Almost every modern study of happiness shows that money cannot give us this elusive feeling. What the great spiritual leaders, philosophers and authors have been telling us for centuries is now supported by modern psychological research. Money may be able to help you feel happier in terms of getting you out of dire poverty but going from average income to becoming a multi-millionaire has little lasting impact. For a list of studies on money and happiness visit our resources page.
A Bright Green Future is a vision of creating a bright or happy and a green, sustainable future for us all. I do not think we have a choice other than to develop a philosophy of the good life that is independent of material wealth. Lets just look at what is happening today. Our real income has been declining for decades, house prices may not recover for a decade if at all, we are not going to earn as much in the future as we compete in the West with lower paid workers in emerging countries, we are not going to have the same job security and our costs for essential services like food, energy and healthcare are only going to increase.
Here is my main point. We cannot rely on a good life that is based on factors outside our control like the economy, the stock market, global labor dynamics and technological innovation. Yet we can rely on a good life that is based on what is largely within our control like our our well-being, our relationships, our beliefs, our sense of purpose and our contribution to society. Moreover, these are the things that give us genuine happiness and the form the basis of a Good Life.
Once we enjoy basic security, we want more money because we believe more stuff will make us more happy. We believe that consuming more will give us the feelings we all crave like security, peace of mind, fulfillment, love and approval. Yet, only we can give ourselves these core, universal feelings. These are attained through our personal and our spiritual growth, and we cannot buy that. In the classic Maslow model, we really want self-actualization and that is simply not for sale.
Part of our problem is that we have bought into a narrow, selfish version of the Good Life that is based on the means, what we buy and own, and not on the ends that we really want such as love, happiness and peace. We have focused on our own material well-being often at the expense of other people and our Earth. A Good Life is based on achieving the core feelings we want, and this is authentic well-being. Our concept of the Good Life is living and working to enhance your well-being and the well-being of other people and our planet.
As part of our mission, we are going to add a large amount of resources, articles, videos and inspiring content to our website. We are dividing our site into four main areas that represent the Good Life. These are Green Jobs, Green Business, Green Living and Personal Development. We believe that we need to integrate all four of these to achieve the good life and that many websites miss one or more of these vital elements.
Bright Green Talent was founded in 2007 to help people fulfilling green and socially responsible jobs in Europe and North America. This will continue to be an essential part of our mission and our work. So we will promote green jobs and provide you with the career and educational guidance to help you achieve your goals.
Building a career in the current economic climate is very tough. We want to help you build a career that gives you two types of rewards – the financial reward of earning a decent living and also the psychological reward of finding meaning and fulfillment in your work. At Bright Green Talent, we want to support employers who are contributing towards sustainability and social responsibility while helping candidates find work that combines success with significance.
Business is probably the most powerful agent for change today. We want to encourage executives, managers, professionals and entrepreneurs who want to make a positive contribution towards the Good Life.
On our site you will discover a wide range of resources, information and tools for green business growth for corporations, small businesses and start ups. Whether it be corporate social responsibility, green marketing or environmental management we want to help you promote sustainability in business.
The Good Life is based on Green Living and we want to provide you with the tools and knowledge to lead a healthy, green lifestyle. On our site you will discover the best ideas, products and advice for a sustainable living for you and your family.
We will cover all areas of living such as healthy homes, organic food, green consumer products and sustainable travel. Bright Green will be a platform for the brightest writers and experts on all aspects of sustainable living.
This is what is mostly absent from other green websites.To bring about the scope of change we need, it is essential that we demonstrate the benefits to people of changing their habits. We must prove that our vision of the Good Life will enhance their personal development, and give them the feelings that they truly want.
We are committed to your personal development, and we will provide resources and practices that nourish your mind, body and soul. You will discover how you can achieve success and significance in the New Era by leading a Good Life that is good for you, your community and the planet.
Our definition of a Good Life and a Rewarding Career will help you and it will also help our planet. We can no longer be disconnected from the rest of the world, and act in ways that damage each other and the environment. We have to link our health and well-being to the health and well-being of our planet. What is the point of achieving wealth, power and fame if we are leaving a legacy of an impoverished Earth to our children and future generations?
We are committed to the values of the Earth Charter, and hope that we can see beyond our individual needs and desires.
“Everyone shares responsibility for the present and future well-being of the human family and the larger living world. The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.”
We Need You!
Bright Green Talent is a platform for talented individuals and organizations who are dedicated to our vision of the Good Life. We welcome people who want to use their talents for the common good. We want to hear from you if you are dedicated to building a good life, a rewarding career and a healthy planet.
If you like our Vision then please contact us. We are looking for contributors, interns, bloggers and partners to help us. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
A Happy 2012 to you all!