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Inspiring Hopeful Action

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It’s Time to Change the Country’s Narrative


The current state of affairs in our country is one of angst, fear, contentiousness, division and defensiveness.  There is no more appropriate time to change the conversation in our citizens, communities and organizations toward one of hope, personal empowerment and inspired engagement. This proposal is intended to inspire individuals to become actively engaged in a national movement of hopeful action to create a better world rather than watching passively as so much of our positive potential is wasted or at least underutilized. Aquarian Technology Systems proposes to establish a hub, clearinghouse and action-oriented agenda intended to seed, share and celebrate the many ways that having hope and acting in a hopeful manner can achieve amazing results.  This movement is being spearheaded by Dave Baldwin, President Aquarian Technology Systems with the support of a national network of collaborators. Two of Dave’s frequent quotes serve as motivation for this project and its potential: “show me what you’re for, not what you’re against” and relative to making the world a better place, “tell me how you will, not why you can’t”.

"Hope matters.  Hope is a choice.  Hope can be learned.  Hope can be shared with others".
Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.

There are many individuals from many walks of life who have inspired this proposal.  One is the late Shane Lopez, Senior Scientist at Gallup and author of the book “Making Hope Happen”. The other is Dave’s late wife Deb who, in spite of a five year battle with cancer, never lost hope that a cure might be found, that her battle might provide hope for future cancer patients and that whatever time she had left could be spent in service to and in support of others especially children. These two courageous people and so many others have demonstrated the powerful difference that a hopeful attitude and acting on that hope can make in making our human journey more fulfilling and rich.

The scientific evidence and our own endless anecdotal evidence demonstrates the power of hope in our lives.  There is no better or more critical time to be inspirational to others to unleash that power, grow a network of hopeful people and share our individual and collective stories and accounts of hope changing our world. Please support this most important movement joining others across the country to Inspire Hopeful Action in the following 8 Sectors:

1.      Learning/Education            5.     Business/Industry
2.      Citizens                                      6.     Government            
3.      Public Health                          7.     Natural Environment
4.      Public Infrastructure          8.     Financial

Phase I – Organize the project and the effort.  Aquarian Technology systems will serve as the lead agent and the hub for this effort.
1.   Create an interactive project database that includes:

a)  Members of the network (contributors are automatically enrolled in this network)
b)  Organizational champions and endorsements
c)  Contributing members and in-kind effort tracking

2.   Host an “Inspiring Hopeful Action” National Forum (one participant from each state and the U.S. territories and possessions and 50 additional key informants)

3.  Conduct personal interviews with individuals who exemplify or testify to the power of a hopeful attitude and/or have scientific or compelling evidence or information that contribute to a hopeful narrative for change

4.   Secure a national spokesperson/people who can support the national “Inspiring Hopeful Action” cause

5.  Communicate the effort, impact and highlights of the project at the conclusion of the project launch period

Phase II – Continue and Expand the Project
1.   Frame the establishment of a “Youth Engagement for Inspiring Hopeful Action” movement

2.  Expand the Inspiring Hopeful Action Forums to three (West, Midwest, East)

3.  Creation of a hopefulness Index and Assessment (not prescribed but unique to each person, community or organization)

4.  Identify and convene representatives of organizations whose mission supports or is compatible with the “Inspiring Hopeful Action” movement

5.  Identify appropriate partners to establish YouTube videos, podcasts, TedTalks, and a movie/video that salutes and showcases the various efforts, activities in initiatives and innovative approaches of network members

6.  Continue to conduct key interviews to build the repertoire of hopeful stories and impacts and to inject a hopeful narrative and platform into efforts in the 8 Sectors

Phase III – Expanding the leadership and self-organizing aspects of the network
1.  Establish “Inspiring Hopeful Action” hubs on a regional basis and with an outpost in each state

2.  Continue to conduct key interviews to build the repertoire of hopeful stories and impacts and to inject a hopeful narrative and platform into efforts in the 8 Sectors

3.  Expand the scope of the “Inspiring Hopeful Action” movement to include media events, participation in national and regional conferences, and activities in a manner that inspires hopeful action on agendas and actions of the organizations hosting the conferences and events.

4.  Grow and expand the capacity and capabilities of the “inspiring Hopeful Action” project hub in a manner that effectively, efficiently and cost effectively supports the movement

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Thank you to those individuals (friends, relatives, colleagues, those interested in the prospect of a more hopeful outlook for themselves, our communities and our nation) who have generously contributed to the Inspiring Hopeful Action Go Fund Me campaign. The focus of this initiative is to serve as a catalyst, inspiration and convener to create a national movement of hopeful action. In that role, Inspiring Hopeful Action is curating available research on the power hope in people’s lives with an emphasis on facilitating community hopefulness and action in eight sectors or critical elements of a community’s ecosystem. We know from this research that hope can be learned, that having hope can improve personal and organizational outcomes and that it has inspired amazing results in the face of obstacles.

In the short time since this campaign was posted, we have taken the funds received and established a brand and logo, just completed an extremely interactive web site that will serve as the operational hub for all Inspiring Hopeful Action activities and information and we’ve formed relationships with individuals and organizations (identified as Hopeful Partners in the growing national network engaged in this movement) who have demonstrated the power of hope and initiated action with significant results. One outstanding example is the RSU2 School District near Portland, Maine where Superintendent, Bill Zima, has incorporated hope into the school curriculum based upon the belief “that the future will be better than the present, and that we have the power to make it so. Their vision also recognizes that there are many paths to the future and none of those paths are free of obstacles.” “Remember our purpose is to cultivate hope in all learners,” Bill says. “All of our efforts are towards that vision, and if they are not, then we are not in alignment.”

Superintendent Zima has agreed to become a member of the Inspiring Hopeful Action network and to assist in the development of a Youth Engagement for Inspiring Hopeful Action program. In return, our movement will be working with Bill to spread his hopeful curriculum notion to other schools and partners. Please visit the web site at www.inspiringhopefulaction.com to see other powerful stories of hope in action and the information already available to our network in support of their hopeful actions. You will also see highlights of those who have taken action and learn more about events, activities and opportunities for your engagement in the movement.

When contacted about the Inspiring Hopeful Action movement, people are very interested and immediately drawn to the prospect of becoming part of a collaborative effort to make a difference. Many also reference organizations or communities in need of a “hopeful attitude adjustment” and are encouraged that they can receive information, assistance and support for getting involved. People are hungry for positive outlets for changing the narrative in the country.

While we have effectively and efficiently used the funds received to date, we’re nowhere near our goal and we need your support to fund the implementation phases of this movement (see https://www.gofundme.com/inspiringhopefulaction) for additional details on the proposed use of funds. Your support is needed to encourage others to contribute to our campaign so that we might build on the momentum already generated for growing this movement. There’s still more work to be done and the efforts will require funding. As evidence of the contagiousness of this movement, several individuals and organizations have agreed to match (with in-kind support or funds) contributions received for through the GoFundMe campaign. Further updates on the actions inspired by hope and this movement will be available.
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