Sonntag, 4. Oktober 2009


London - Dundee, Saturday 26th of September 2009

Topics of the day: back to Scotland, mixed feelings

The last day of my trip from Heathrow Airport via London King’s Cross to Dundee station by train was fairly uneventful. I slept a lot, wrote a bit, looked out the window (appreciating the autumn scenery – trees, hay bales and Scottish stone houses) and thought about the past, present and future… I didn’t really talk to anyone on the way because I wasn’t feeling very communicative.
I arrived in Dundee safely (and on time) and walked up to my new flat. It’s not very well insulated but still homelike and my new flat mates (a civil engineering student from Kenya and a philosophy student from Edinburgh) are very nice and easy-going.

Final thoughts of the day and about the project:

I wonder if I actually made a difference and how the project is going to develop… would the result be different if I hadn’t participated?

How is Raphael’s thesis going to turn out?
How will the storage-problem be solved?
Will the government pick up the energy-concept and actually put it into practice?

How will Robert’s documentary turn out?
What will Eric and Volker be up to in the future?

Will the people who received a copy of the translation “Le Projet Tahiti” get together and form a strong alliance to push for change?
How will the newsletter I just sent (trying to encourage people to start up a public participation solar farm) affect each one of the roughly 400 recipients?
Can one initial push be enough to start making things move?

I know our economic system is wrong and I’m sick of people using that thought-terminating/killer argument “that’s too expensive”. It’s just too easy to keep wearing those blinkers and happily leaning back in a comfy chair saying “I’ve done my bit – who am I to say I could change the way things work!”. We’re living at the cost of future generations and the less “fortunate” people in the world so how can we even dare to say something more sustainable is too expensive?

The know-how to change the world is all there it just needs to be put into practice and that takes every one of us – no more lame excuses!

Just found this quote by Eva Young (not sure who she was though):

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

I shall now stop wasting time philosophising and e-mail a whole bunch of students who responded to my advertisement about student allotments. We want to start growing our own local organic fruit and vegetables on a little plot in the botanical gardens which the university is kindly letting us use. I know this is not a land reform but a step in the right direction and something I can manage while I’m still studying.

I’m sure that the Tahiti Projekt – and Virus will create waves and inspire thousands of people!
Stay in touch.

Thank you Dirk for inspiring me and sharing your blog - keep it alive!

1 Kommentar:

Anonym hat gesagt…

Hello Kimberly,

even though I was quite passive in writing comments to your blog since our meeting in Wuppertal, I totally agree with your point of view.

Today, I want to take a chance, to submit some of my toughts though, here I go, regarding:

> initial push

I believe that the Tahiti Project and the Tahiti Virus are an initial push of great sustainability in itself. Our meeting in Wuppertal in June 2009 with this "initial push group" convinced me, that we have a chance and that people start contemplating about their comfort-zone arguments. A "Never give up" mentality of course, supports the spirit required to keep things moving.

- economic system is wrong

This is definitely a fact, which can't be overseen, even being blind-folded. Solving interest-conflicts surely is one task, that affords energy and patience. Evolution didn't happen in one day.

- know-how to change the world is there

I totally agree. Interest conflicts in economy and personal development are a massive obstacle to come across. The majority has not perceived yet, that swarm-thinking could extend solution horizon.

- quote by Eva Young

Absolutely. Enough being said, let's act.
That is the reason, why I push the BürgerEnergie Stuttgart e.G. ( to reach the peoples conscience, without thinking about profit first. Be the change you want to see in the world is the motto.

We, Gaby, Uli and myself are planning a meeting for the Wuppertal-Gang at Cassiopeia in Stuttgart. We'll keep in touch.

All the best now for you.
Love & Spirit.
Thomas Brandtstaetter
mailto: thomas at brandtstaetter dot de

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