In a recent speech, actor Jeff Bridges referenced ocean-going tankers. These require enormous rudders to turn, and it took too much energy to turn the rudder to turn the ship. So engineers came up with a brilliant idea. Let’s put a little rudder on the big rudder. The little rudder will turn the big rudder, the big rudder will turn the ship. The little rudder is called a trim tab.
We have suggested that there are 3 pillars of resilience essential for sustaining the community of White River. To be sure there are probably more issues out there, but these three cover most:
Social resilience: the way the White Riverians work together, support each other and build bridges, not walls
Environmental resilience: looking after nature, from which everything ultimately originates.
Economic resilience: building and maintaining sound businesses and encouraging people to want to be in White River and buy from White River.
We continue with this in 2018, emboldened by what we have learnt and the support of fabulous White Riverians, but also aware that we have actually achieved only a little and it is a slow process, requiring sustained support from the community. We need to all BE White River!
Reflecting more deeply on connection, it is striking that so many of us prefer to stand in our corner than to really connect. We stay on our same predictable path, surrounded by our self-fulfilling prophecies where the only things we seek are confirmations of our bias and support for the stories we have made up about life.
Public holiday time – and for some it’s a long weekend! Often we don’t think about why and rather just enjoy the break. The 21st March is Human Rights day. On this day we remember an important, yet horrific day in our history. Important as it highlighted the impact of racist Pass Laws that restricted the freedom of movement. Horrific because of the many dead and wounded.
We Are White River aims to focus on the positive. Not because our team is naïve, but because we believe that is how one builds up rather than breaks down community; and because there are enough people fighting the negative fight.
The aim of We Are White River is to in a small way help to build a resilient community. We want to focus on 3 parts of resilience: social, economic and environmental. Everything we do revolves around those 3 things and we hope that the growing support of active individuals, businesses and community organisations will get us there.
We need to work together to put our town out there so that people know all about what’s on offer and think more about stopping rather than just passing through.
I reflected on our work at “We Are White River” and how uplifting it has been. Humans are meant to be social beings and over the past two months I have connected with both friends and acquaintances on a deeper level and met a whole bunch of new people that have knocked my socks off. All of this despite being out of town for a lot of the time – it’s been intense!