Winona LaDuke, an internationally renowned Native American Indian activist and advocate for environmental, women’s, and children’s rights wrote: “I’d like to be a person my ancestors are proud of, and I’d like to be a person that my descendants thank. I think most of us would.”
This quote challenges us to think about what we are most proud of as individuals? families? communities and organizations. It draws us in to an exploration of our legacy at the smallest and largest scale. What do we want for our children and our friend’s children? What do we want to leave our ancestors?
As we begin a new year, LaDuke challenges us to think beyond the immediate and cast our personal vision out into the future. She challenges us to think about social justice, environmental issues, and equity not only for today but for the future.
The new year is an ideal time for individuals, families, communities, and businesses of all sizes to reflect on their vision for the future.
In the process of appreciative inquiry, individuals and teams are often challenged to think about what is possible. A common question might be…”Imagine it’s December 2017 and things are going remarkably well. What would be different? What would be better? What would you have contributed to make it better?” The goal of this technique is to identify the positive core of an individual or group and “heighten energy, sharpen vision, and inspire action for change.”
LaDuke is challenging us to tap into that positive core beyond 2017. She asks us to think about the children in our lives, the ones we know and the ones we don’t know. To think about our community and the communities we don’t know. She invites us into a space of contemplation and action.
LaDuke writes to inspire people to act. She will be speaking on this vision at the Geography of Hope Conference in March 2017 at Point Reyes Station, CA.
Whether you can attend this event or not, what is one step you can take to be a person your ancestors will be proud of?