Emerging Paradigms in A Changing World, Part 2CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Langscape Volume 2, Issue 13
Weaving Tradition and Innovation How can we merge our biocultural heritage and our innovative ideas to forge a sustainable future for our earth and its peoples?
With Guest Editor: Kierin Mackenzie
Langscape is an extension of the voice of Terralingua. It supports our mission by educating the minds and hearts about the importance and value of biocultural diversity. We aim to promote a paradigm shift by illustrating biocultural diversity through scientific and traditional knowledge, within an elegant sensory context of articles, stories and art.
• Expressions of interest - December 9, 2013
• Full contributions - January 10, 2014
The challenge we put out in the next issue of Langscape is how we can we weave tradition and innovation together to actively transform our current global paradigm. We would especially like to hear from students, youth and other voices that are not commonly heard in order to bring forth a diversity of perspectives and fresh ideas.
Current global paths have led to large scale destruction of biological and cultural diversity globally, often through processes that are genocidal and ecocidal in nature. These processes are causing the breakdown of the dynamic continuity of tradition—of the ever-evolving intergenerational transmission of the values, beliefs, knowledges, languages, and practices that human communities have developed over centuries and millennia, and through which each community has defined, maintained, and creatively transformed its cultural identity and integrity.
As residents of this world, we are the children of previous generations, siblings with all that lives, and the parents of the world to come. As the 1992 Kari-oca Declaration of the World’s Indigenous Peoples so aptly puts it, “we walk to the future in the footprints of our ancestors.” That is the very essence of cultural continuity: change that is not disruptive and destructive, but that respects the past in creating the future, seamlessly weaving together tradition and innovation.
How can the linguistic, cultural, and biological treasures handed down to us be utilized in order to ensure their and our continuing existence? How do we draw on ancestral knowledge, practices, and arts to devise new solutions for our global predicament? How do we adapt the gifts, values and teachings of the past to create a brighter future? What new ideas harmonise well with these gifts to reinvigorate their usage where they have declined? How do they strengthen us and the generations to come?
We are entering uncharted waters as a species. No-one really can know what is to come, and how we are to turn the corner. All we can do is shed light on our own corner, share stories of what has worked and has not worked, share ideas, share seeds, and work to leave future generations with the same gifts we were given. This issue is to be a container of seeds for planting. This issue is to be a celebration of that which is growing. This issue is to highlight new flowers on ancient vines.
We are looking for authors who through their roles as students and innovators of techniques ancient and recent can see where changes for a more resilient future can be and are being made.
Please submit your expression of interest - your idea in one or two paragraphs – by December 9, so that we can solicit full contributions as soon as possible.
Please send your inquiries and submissions directly to the LangscapeEditor, Ortixia Dilts: firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you wish, you can also cc: your communications to our Guest Editor, Kierin Mackenzie: email@example.com.
Thank you all. We are both very excited about this issue. We look forward to hearing from you, as it is your contributions which that make Langscape a special and delightful read.
Kierin and Ortixia Contributors' Guidelines can be found at: http://www.terralinguaubuntu.org/Langscape/contribute-an-article http://www.terralinguaubuntu.org/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=View&Data=zH%2bDOD2w2wZ68KYpCYEmxg%3d%3d