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The Real Campaign

Jennifer Mulholland & Jeff Shuck
November 9, 2016

Like many of you, we awoke today in dismay and disbelief — in shock and in sadness. Our feelings pervade any one viewpoint or position, extending to the divisiveness and despair we see all around us. That the world's symbol of freedom and democracy chose as its leader a person who offends, ridicules, judges, blames, and shames so many is truly hard to understand. And stepping beyond that, the fact that the choices offered to us were so limited and riddled with compromises raises questions about how any of us can make our voices heard in such a loud, tumultuous time. 

In our work with so many of you, in the models we use — the metaphors of Lantern, of Meridian, of Myriad, of Lumeria and others — we are aiming to convey, at the core, a few simple ideas. One is that hope needs help. The world needs changing, and that won't happen on its own. 

A broader concept is that there is plenty for everyone — abundance in health, happiness, wellbeing, and resources available to us, all around, if we can work together to be the help hope needs.

And the third, most important idea, is that we are the ones we are looking for. There are no leaders more equipped than ourselves to create the change we seek. Further, there is no more important time than now to stand up for what we believe. There is no more critical moment to become the activists and change-makers we were meant to be. This means that we are empowered and equipped to bring our dreams and visions to life. It also means that no one else is going to do it for us. We have to vote for ourselves. 

The problems we are facing as a planet and species are too big for one person, one party, or one country. We are living in a global age. We're all part of the human race. We need to come together in community — we need to realize that words and prejudices used to separate us keep us stuck in the past. Blaming and shaming aren't going to help us anymore. The way forward is the way of co-creation, love, inclusion, and authenticity. 

The election is over. The real campaign is just beginning. The world needs all of us. 

Let's get started. 

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