IMG_5996What is the change you’d like to see in Hawaii?

Participants spent a few minutes drawing their visions for Hawaii, then discussed their visions with each other in pairs. Below are the pictures they drew and their partners retelling their visions on video. Afterward, the changemakers formed small groups to discuss patterns and differences, and a collective vision (and many more questions) began to emerge.

Personal Visions

vision_neenzNeenz Faleafine
vision_chenoaChenoa Farnsworth
vision_kamaliiAdrian Kamalii
vision_jamesJames Koshiba
vision_jaredJared Kuroiwa
vision_coreenCoreen Lee
vision_keoniKeoni Lee
vision_lisaLisa Leong
vision_ronRon Lunan
vision_jeffJeff Mohr
vision_mikeMike Mohr
vision_kevinKevin Vacarello

coreenAn Emerging, Collective Vision

Common themes from people’s personal passions visions:

  • At the core are people’s relationships to each other, to the culture, and to this place — Hawaii.
  • There is a strong desire to embrace change while also honoring past traditions and wisdom. This is a complex balancing act.
  • Hawaii currently has a fragmented narrative and sense of identity. It needs a new narrative.

Hawaii’s new narrative:

“We live on an island. We’re in it together.” Trust (both in ourselves and of others) and relationships matter. How do we heal the relationships between people, culture, and our institutions?
Our identity is a blend of past, present, and future. How do we transition without losing our current identities, honoring our pasts without being beholden to them?
Our identities are strongly tied to this place and to our communities. How do we build a stronger sense of ownership over the future of this place?
There are tremendous opportunities here in Hawaii. How do we help people see and tap into these opportunities?
How we change is as important as where we go. The journey itself is as important as the destination. What is the “right way” for creating this change?

This group’s focus is on Hawaii, but Hawaii can be a model for change everywhere.

  • “Hawaii is a microcosm of the global macrocosm.” It has physical (11 of the 13 microclimates) and cultural diversity.
  • “We choose to live here.” People are invested in this place and its future.
  • As an island, we can experiment with changes here that could have a broader impact elsewhere.

How do we get there?

We need positive examples for this kind of change. What are those examples?How do we amplify these stories?
There are both great possibilities and great challenges in combining high-tech with high-touch. How do we use technology to increase meaningful connections?
Our current institutions often get in the way of change. To change institutions, we must start with individuals everywhere — from our children to our elders. As independent changemakers, what is our role in making this change?

What does it mean for independent changemakers to come together around a shared vision? The nature of an independent changemaker is to pursue an individual vision, regardless of whether or not others follow. Perhaps we should reframe this conversation from independent changemakers to interdependent changemakers. We do have a shared vision and values (although we need more time to make it concrete), and change will require many different avenues to happen.