Feedback is a gift, however it comes. If you put your opinion out there, not everyone's gonna like it. They don't have to; you can't please all of the people all of the time. One of the important things about having a position is being happy to engage in debate, exploring the rights and wrongs of that position and seeing things from the other side. And one of the great things about having a blog is that blogging sites are all set up to invite comment and opinion. I love reading what people have to say, what they agree with and also what they disagree with. Everyone's entitled to their opinion.
What's not so good is when people, usually anonymously, just post rants that point out all the failings of a course of action, but without suggesting any better course. Sometimes without even offering any kind of rationale or context for the view. You only have to look at some of the comments pages for the online version of the broadsheets, or the BBC's news site to see how quickly rational debate turns into mud-slinging. Not helpful for either side of the debate.
I was pondering a particularly colourful comment when I was reminded of one of Barack Obama's speeches where he asked people not to simply criticise him for who he was, but to join in the debate, to get involved in finding solutions to problems. I love this speech - see if you agree!
Welcome to the "official"blog of Transition Norwich, part of the world-wide Transition movement, a community-led response to peak oil , climate change and the economic recession.
Our TN blog is designed to showcase the Transition experience, from those who are living it - its highs and lows, challenges and treasures. We began this community enterprise in October 2009, inspired by the work of the Transition Circles, and have been charting our low-carbon lives almost daily since then. In June 2012 the group of contributors began to post more occasionally (about once or twice a week). We also cross-post work from other Transition initiatives.
You can find the full range of subjects we cover in our Labels list (see below). Do feel free to join in the conversation in the comments box. We'd love to hear from you!