Prescribing wonder as a fast-track for climate action

© 2020 Elaine France. Montreux Fish.

The moment when someone allows an idea to form fascinates me.

It is like watching the Universe tenderly kiss them on the brow and encourage them out into the spotlight.

Whether a child or an adult, it’s a moment so pure in its vulnerability, a splitting of light refracted as they surrender to that unique expression of their unprecedented self.

It is a moment of great courage, suspended between two shores; a choice to step past fear and shame and doubt to take the risk on what may seem impossible.

The fact that I get to see and share this moment with people of all ages, as start-up entrepreneurs and creative problem-solvers is my purpose and passion.

I am filled with an urgency to create these moments, because we need to imagine a different future than the trajectory that we are on. We need to imagine it in order to create it; and we need to create it by designing around flourishing of planet and people.

With that in mind, I am prescribing ‘wonder’ for everyone as a fast-track approach for inspiring incredible ideas for taking climate action.

Diane Ackerman wrote, “Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.”

Wonder is an expansion.

I love creating the spaces for wondering, as powerful, alchemic places of embedding wellbeing and resilience as ideas emerge.

Children and young people are so open and passionate in their creativity, it’s like watching a blizzard of butterflies emerge. As adults, you take a bit longer to get to this space, because you’ve forgotten how to take the risk on opening your hearts.

Ah, but when you do, it’s a thing of exquisite beauty.

We need more wonder and wondering. It is a reclaiming of being ‘fully human’ in our connection to the planet and each other which needs to happen rapidly. It is a groundswell of more love as a social mission, the start of change, the seed of incredible ideas. Me, I’m a Star Wars watching, wild mountain woman walking under the full moon, rebellious librarian-type of wonderer.

Alice Walker in The Color Purple writes, “I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ask. And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.”

And you? What do you wonder? What do you find wondrous?

Take a breath, open up to wondering today.

Listen to the revolutionary response of great love inside you.

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Elaine France

Elaine France

Passionate about unfolding flourishing futures through love, creativity, ideas and entrepreneurship. You can find me at

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