What I say about visioning work, in general, is that if we don't engage in it we find ourselves stuck in someone else's. I mean, we spent 2001-2009 in Dick Cheney's vision.
Transition Town movement.
As a relatively new social movement the Transition Movement seeks to promote a genuinely engaged form of citizenship from below. This is a radical social movement that is at odds with the current neoliberal consensus.Citizens may be ruled by their governments, and by the massive corporations who dominate our economies from Washington to Moscow to Santiago to Bejing, but those political and economic giants are still composed of small components. A new consensus of large numbers of the small components can change everything. This, says Stevenson, is as much about creating a new culture as it is about politics or economics.
--Nick Stevenson, International Journal of Cultural Studies (2012, p. 65)
Indeed. Culturally, we may hesitate to say, well, I want to work with the Tea Party. I'm not going to contact and invite them to our consensus process. That would be a pity. Some Tea Partiers would be outstanding members of the Transition Town movement--seeking far more local control over the carbon consumption and CO2 output of your town, and doing so via many interrelated projects, such as more gardening and gleaning, more and better mass transit and bikes, more investment in all-electric vehicle charging stations, more local support for safe energy generation and consumption, etc. Some corporate owners would happily meet and be involved, and, if that culture of partnership could replace the culture of hostility, they might well support decisions that would even bonk their short-term bottom line if they were convinced that it would give them a long-term stability and even an edge.
But we are in a culture that increasingly promotes niche discussions, not honest nonpartisan public civil discourse. Can we create something better? Yes, and it may require me to stop referring to Dick Cheney if I want to engage well in that. Hey, I'll try. I have a culture to accommodate.
Dressler, Larry (2006). Consensus through conversation: How to achieve high-commitment decisions. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
Stevenson, N. (2012). Localization as subpolitics: The Transition Movement and cultural citizenship. International Journal Of Cultural Studies, 15(1), 65-79. doi:10.1177/1367877911411793