OUR SHARED FUTURE - PROVIDENTIA'S DREAM FOR THRIVAL 2030

Claire Nelson
Posted March 8, 2018 from United States

WHAT IS THE FUTURE WE WANT?  That is the question.. I am working to answer.  There are some 30 global challenges requiring a global solution.. How we share our future is defined by how we share our planet. how we share our humanity. how we share our rule book and how we share our decision making.  I believe that we as humans are going through some of the most perilous times in human history  We now have the technological capacity to make ourselves extinct but we lack the spiritual maturity to manage.  I fervently believe in the power of women to be the change the world needs to survive. We need a paradigm shift and this is too critical to leave the field up to the usual suspects at the global halls of power.  I come by my passion to be an agent for global change honestly.  I worked against the status quo in a powerful international institution for 30 years.  I went there to be an engineer but ended up being an activist for systems change on the issues of development with equity.  How I got there was because I experienced first hand the pain of exclusion owing to race and gender.  I experience racial discrimination with colleagues and supervisors ignoring me in meetings or even going as far as to shush me.  But I was the mouse that roared.  They did not expect that a little girl from Jamaica would be bold enough to dare to challenge the status quo but I called on the spirit of my ancestors like Harriet Tubman and Marcus Garvey to help me stay true to me.   My teachers at my all girls high school in Jamaica used to always say - To thy own self be true.  My work lead me to be named a White House Champion of Change.  So I know that ONE person can start.  It takes courage, passion, vision, perseverance, hope, faith and love.  I believe we must as women internalize the global challenges so that we can be agents of change.   Thinking about the SDGs and how important it is for us to 'get engaged' --  I believe in the power of storytelling to create the future we want.   We must describe our stories of thrival so vividly that all the universe lines up to make them a reality. My project  THE FUTURES OF WOMEN has been going on since 2014. Every March I interview between 8 and 10 women on The Future They Want and I hope that if you listen to their ideas and dreams you will be inspired to do what you can to make SDG5 and all the other SDGs a reality.   Beyond this I also follow many of the UN Days and wherever I go I speak to people about the SDGs.  It is not a government thing... it is for all us.   Tune in to the 2018 Conversation series with women from Japan and India and Uganda and Morocco and the USA.   DO your part and perhaps we will be able to achieve #Thrival2030.   What is the future you want?  For more information visit www.futuresofwomen.org

 

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Jill Langhus
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 08, 2018

Hi Claire. Thanks for sharing your organization, mission, videos and story. I love that you didn't like what you saw in your job, and so you decided to change how things were run. You must have inspired so many other women now?! Have you considered submitting your story for the current "You Are a Silence Breaker" story awards? Here is the link, if you would like to: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/story-awards/83055.

Claire Nelson
Mar 08, 2018
Mar 08, 2018

I have been trying to write a book of speeches about my journey but even though 8 years have past I still feel that it is too raw in many ways. I need to distil the lessons so that people can learn and do what I did. It was painful but truly I am grateful because when I look in the mirror I see someone that I admire. I stood up for justice. As a stutterer it was not expected that I would rise up and speak truth to power BUT that is what I was called to do. And I am glad I had the courage to feel the fear and do it anyway. Today I am blessed with the power of charismatic speech. And I continue to use this gift to speak truth to power.
Onwards..

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Apr 02, 2018
Apr 02, 2018

Wow Claire
This is great. You are doing a great job sister.Keep it up
Love
Veronica

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018

Hello Claire,
This is a tremendous project and having just begun to watch these videos, it is exciting and powerful to "meet" you here, and to also meet the women you have interviewed. I am so glad too, to read that you believe we need a paradigm shift, and that we can create this by raising our voices as women. I agree completely and am encouraged by all you are doing toward this, and by the signs that we are much closer into it by the connections we are forming here, by #MeToo, by 1Billion Rising, by being in the streets in such growing numbers. I look forward to watching more of these interviews you have made possible, and toward working together for #Thrival2030.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Ngala Nadege
Dec 12, 2018
Dec 12, 2018

Waow so great !! What do I want for my future ? I want a future void of violence. All I want is PEACE. With peace every other thing is possible.