reimagining the world … something owed to our children’s children

I think Paul Hawken got to the “heart of the matter” last week in his eulogy for Ray Anderson. He spoke to Ray’s courage and the responsibility that he felt to future generations. He spoke of Ray’s passage being a “startling summons” to the rest of us.

Hawken writes, “People called Ray a dreamer. To be sure, he was, but he was also an engineer. He had definitely seen the mountain, but he also dreamed in balance sheets, thermodynamics, and resource flow theory. He dreamed a world yet to come because dreams of a livable future are not coming from our politicians, bankers, and the media.  For Ray, reimagining the world was a responsibility, something owed to our children’s children, a gift to a future that is begging for selflessness and vision.”

This a beautiful piece of writing.  I hope you read it – it goes to the heart of the matter.   Please tell us what you think?

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About Kathryn Cooper

Kathryn Cooper is a committed sustainability practitioner and educator moving companies toward “green” profitability and sustainable competitive advantage by unlocking human creativity and technical innovation. Over the last two years she has had the privilege to work with companies like Dupont, Zerofootprint, WWF Canada, and Partners in Project Green on sustainability issues, best practices and renewable energy. Kathryn is a graduate of York University with a Master of Education specializing on Sustainability and the Environment. She holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph.
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