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Pete Lawrence - 02 Jan 2016
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What is already in motion is an evolution or a process rather than the revolution that Russell Brand predicted, but equally far reaching in its potential to renew and inspire in a way that politics has not had an opportunity to do in a lifetime. I’m prett

It has been a momentous year in many ways - one that has seen an engagement (or re-engagement) in the machinations of politics on an unprecedented scale for many people  - and one that has opened up new possibilties for those who had previously only dared to dream. 

A year ago, the idea of revolution was something out of reach for most, something tenuous that some of us might have had in our Christmas stocking in book form. As we head into the uncertain waters ahead in 2016, we are only just beginning to grasp how different the playing field has become since the summer, how much more advanced we are in terms of new levels of involvement which can make a difference, in terms of new agendas, fresh ways of doing things, new perspectives in thought and deed. 

If we have a new manifesto forming it’s about making the most of new opportunities - of continued connection and engagement offered by social media, of sticking resolutely to the solidarity of community-based principles and focussing on the common good over self achievement. It’s also about keeping faith and remaining true to ourselves, about trusting our instincts when it often seems that much activity around us frequently descends into desperate farce as it clutches at straws attempting to preserve the old order. 

And to achieve our ends? Sticking to principles, getting organised, seeking truth and knowledge with an open mind and a generous spirit, taking on board a wide variety of opinions but never failing to challenge when needed, whether against preconception, misconception or redundant protocol. Much of the old bullshit quotient will continue its own self-destruct trajectory in any case and karma has a habit of playing its part when least expected.

In practical terms, creating new media, new events and new opportunities that continue the process of societal change should surely be high on the agenda. In social terms, about discussing and exchange of ideas, about initiatives for mutual empowerment that leads towards change for the good of all. The future will be shaped by those with the big ideas and the means of broadcasting them in a way that engages and enraptures. It will being to those who feel inspired and motivated by being part of a movement built on hope, a movement built on a blueprint for a fairer, more equitable world in which we all have a stake. 

Charity, in its broadest sense, begins not at home but in a place that creates true aspiration towards that world where we are looking for the common denominator, not the accentuating of the differences. United we stand, divided we fall.  There is power, not only in a union, but in its campaigns, initiatives and achievements, in a sum that is larger than its parts.

What is already in motion is an evolution or a process rather than the revolution that Russell Brand predicted, but equally far reaching in its potential to renew and inspire in a way that politics has not had an opportunity to do in a lifetime. I’m pretty excited to be on that journey and I hope you are too. 

Happy New Year! 
 

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