- Gillian Martin Mehers
Managing Director and Head of Learning, Bright Green Learning@Atadore SARL
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I want to see the adult equivalent to Girl Scout badges. After sufficiency, how can personal development replace capital development?
How can we change the way people look at growth and consumption issues? How can we generate enthusiasm and creativity around notions of sufficiency in material goods, yet drive growth in areas like personal development, learning, and community engagement? I believe that people have a genuine desire to better themselves. And I think that in the past betterment has been primarily defined in economic terms. For many of our global citizens, this is an absolutely valid interpretation. However, for others, those with better access to resources,for those who have achieved sufficiency, there are opportunities to broaden this definition of betterment. I would like to champion "learning" as an option for attaining those feelings of satisfaction/achievement/competition. In the final chapter of Limits to Growth "Tools for the Transition to Sustainability" the authors talk about visioning, networking, truth-telling, learning and loving - and perhaps in these areas there are no limits to growth. A challenge: Stuff is visible, we need to make what we know and what we can do more visible - what's the adult equivalent to Girl Scout Badges?