News of the real, Created by ourselves
The goal of Visionary News is to identify and publicize misunderstood and poorly represented issues, to find the root of the social problem and potential transformative responses - to find news of the real: whatever is deepest and truest in ourselves and in society. Visionary News is part of the non-profit Visionary Society...
Visionary News is citizen journalism with a mission. Anyone who wishes may contribute to any function of the paper, including writing articles, contributing other content, publicity, or being one of our rotating editors.
Break through socially constructed reality
Sensitivity to life
Seeing deeply, within, reaching the heart
Overcoming political reflexes and solutions
The goal of Visionary News is to identify and publicize misundersood and poorly represented issues, to find the root of the social problem and potential transformative responses - to find news of the real: whatever is deepest and truest in ourselves and in society. Visionary News is part of the non-profit Visionary Society...
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Focus on the most pressing issues
What is pressing?
– Affect well-being
– Affect us most directly.
Address the full range of our needs
Conventional news addresses our superficial aspects: biological and psychological functions, self-preservation, economic wealth, and the satisfaction of desire.
They focus on security (accumulating economic wealth), self-interest (policies on social issues), self-preservation (war), glory and pleasure (sports and entertainment).
Include our human or spiritual needs, including… Adventurousness, solidarity, equality, idealism (See more from Erich Fromm)
Don't assume that our present choices are a discrete and permanent fact.
Don't assume that needs are satisfied by commodities.
Don't assume the permanent existence of factions.
Try to be free of social and political influences
Do not be political, ideological, or biased
Without ideology or dogma, political partisanship, religious bias, or self-righteousness.
Do not propitiate the power holders.
Do not appeal to (or blame) leaders or authorities
Ask the most challenging questions
Look for perplexing contradictions. Look for unexamined assaults on everyday life.
Ask the impossible question, penetrate the illusion.
What we are not
Political: Liberal, Progressive, or Conservative (but interested in the effect of politics on human beings).
Entertainment oriented (but interested in the exploration or celebration of life).
Religious, ‘new age’ or spiritualistic (but capable of seeing what is sacred or ultimate).
Body or Health oriented.
Contentious (but capable of positive, direct challenge).
Visionary News is the public creating the real news of the city. It is a collaborative project of anyone who wants to look under the surface of public events.
The goal of Visionary News is to reclaim the self-evident, to make the obvious impossible to deny. We want to find and publicize what is most real in everyday situations: the extent to which good, beauty, truth, the sacred and love are suppressed or expressed. We want to shake our complacency, challenge the status quo from a positive perspective, and draw us together in active co-creation of institutions that express our real identity. We can do this without ideology or dogma, political partisanship, religious bias, or self-righteousness.
All news is slanted by assumptions about what is real. Our assumptions are too small. Wherever our glance falls – whatever breaks out into public experience – let us review the full range of our humanity. This includes not just social, biological and psychological factors, but moral and spiritual ones. It includes happiness, community, inner life, and spirituality. It includes the gentle virtues such as humility, integrity, generosity, and sensitivity to the real.
Visionary News is part of Visionary Society. With coordinated classes, actions, and invitations, each theme and issue could truly have a widespread effect.
It exposes the regime of the small.
It connects what is underneath to the everyday and action.
– Presents the news of the city as a whole – a place to find the news about what is under the surface.
– Get the public involved in understanding, creating and using this kind of news.
– Sustainability by keeping costs low and finding support from those who want to be engaged with Visionary society.