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“Hope is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.”
“Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”
Previously when teaching global history and politics, I would reference these quotes from dissident Czech playwright Václav Havel. Now I use them to engage my community.
From Havel, I consider if positive, coherent calls for change are in fact logical and actionable. I also consider if calls for hope and vision are inclusive. From Havel, I grow confident that, together, we can determine if “something makes sense.” Together we can “venture.” Hope and vision are not created exclusively by a leader or group. Hope and vision should be produced collectively for community change.
Todd Goehle is the Community Engagement Director for PEACE, Inc.
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