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Anita Doron

filmmaker - curator of magic unrealism,


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Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?

The other day, my mother mentioned that she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. (She's a forest and machine engineer who hasn't found a suitable job since immigrating from the Soviet Union 20 years ago) It broke my heart to hear this. We live in a world that makes people value themselves more and more singularly by their career highs and financial prowess.

The conventional model of success has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition.

What would be a better definition of accomplishment for us and how could we collectively shift toward embracing this?


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    Jun 1 2011: The best accomplishment anyone can make is to live sustainably and devote their life to enlightening individuals and groups about ways to improve the world. It's not about money. We have a very small window to address the key issues like overpopulation and destructive practices (overfishing, dirty industry like oil, mining, etc...). Our economic system does not serve us well. We need to design a system that takes a cradle to grave approach to manufacturing, clean-up previous environmental disasters and create political systems that actually work for the planet.
    I have spent the last 20 years of my life volunteering on marine conservation initiatives. I have discovered that this isn't enough and have left the corporate world to take on these issues on a full-time basis. I have never felt more on track or happy.
    Individuals that are affecting positive change for the planet are more important than ones working on achieving personal or financial goals. We have to take a more planetary centric point of view. It is one planet that we all share. No one owns the resources. This is a construct created by greedy individuals that are more about power than planetary health.

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