“A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact, we have forgotten.” – John F. Kennedy
Over the past twelve months we have seen increasing dissatisfaction with our major political parties at a national level. This dissatisfaction has been fueled by the seemingly endless and short sighted rhetoric, unfulfilled promises and watered down compromise to social policy. The courage that JFK speaks of is lacking. The audacity to believe in a future that challenges and inspires a population is missing from the debate, while more and more people, both young and old, are switching off.
While this is cause for frustration I don’t believe this is cause for discouragement, I don’t believe this is cause for disassociation with the process of government. Rather, I believe it is time to remember that while our current leaders may not reflect the leadership we hope for our nation, or pursue the vision we hope will drive and inspire a nation, we do; ourselves have hope and vision that can inspire great things.
“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest of vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides
Over the past 2 months I have been developing a concept called:
A Visionarium: From a Nation that hasn’t seen it all…
Because I believe that we all, at some point in our lives, whether at a point of frustration or inspiration, have held a vision of a braver, stronger and prouder nation.
The Visionarium was born out of a concern that we are becoming too caught up in rhetoric, that we loose sight of the bigger picture, a picture that varies from person to person but ultimately is brighter than the current debate portrays. I decided to create the Visionarium to remind us that we do have a vision for the future and that there are likeminded people who actually want to share and listen to what could be.
The Visionarium consists of three separate surveys that focus on;
- Your Vision
- Your World
- Your Values
The surveys will be 15 questions, take approx.10 – 15mins to complete and will include a range of formats from multiple choice, scales, short answers and long answers.
The anonymous qualitative and quantitative information from the 3 surveys will be used to develop a ‘report’ that will be shared with each person who completed the surveys, registered in the Visionarium network and through social media (twitter, personal Facebook and this blog). The report will be a 5 page (max) document that will highlight trends and statistics based on collective responses.
This Visionarium is not affiliated with any political party or political persuasion; it is simply a network of people that want to share their vision and be reminded that there exists many more people who feel as strongly. We can be courageous and we can pursue a vision for a nation that we can be proud of.
Join the Visionarium: http://avisionarium.com/ (CLOSED)