Many individuals and organizations in the Boston area, troubled by trends of rising social inequality and environmental degradation, are working to create a just and sustainable future. In this era of rapid globalization and increasing interconnectedness, these actors recognize that their local actions have global impacts just as global conditions have local consequences. Yet, even as activity proliferates, many lack a sense of how our work forms part of a common project. A shared vision of an alternative, appealing future could help overcome this fragmentation.
Tellus Institute, a 25-year-old non-profit dedicated to global sustainability and transformational change, has initiated a visioning process for the future of the Boston region based on the values of sustainability, pluralism, justice, and global responsibility. The goal of this process is to create an inspiring vision that will help motivate positive change toward such a desirable future.
On June 2, 2005, Tellus Institute convened a group of more than 25 participants engaged in a wide range of sustainability and justice issues in the Boston region. The focal point of the workshop was a set of preliminary narrative and quantitative scenarios that illustrate possible long-term futures for the Boston region. Participants in the workshop discussed such questions as:
- Would a coherent vision be useful in creating a just and sustainable Boston region in an equitable world?
- How can Tellus' preliminary scenarios be enriched?
- How might we realize a desirable future?
This web site will serve as a forum for workshop participants and others to further develop the scenarios and discuss how we might work together to move towards realizing a desirable future. Once refined, the scenarios will be shared with a variety of interested individuals and organizations, including the MetroFuture regional planning process (www.metrofuture.org), an ongoing effort coordinated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to plan for the long-term future of the 101 communities in the region. The scenarios are intended to serve as inspiration for continued activity and collaboration among participants in the workshop and the wider Boston community as we all work to create a just and sustainable future.