Aloha e Kakou,
I recently started having a conversation with someone regarding building our nation from the inside out. We were sort of in the wrong space to have that conversation so I moved it here. It would be really great if other people could share their opinions on this subject as well.
Some background: When we think about building our nation, a lot of times we get into thinking about just governing systems, but an important thing to think about is that governing systems are like the icing on the cake. Just before moving this conversation here, I was saying "our government can only ever be as strong as our nation" and that to build a nation requires doing some kind WORK, "blood, sweat and tears" sort of work to build up our nation from the inside out. I was talking about how, in this time when we often find ourselves at odds with our politics, there are some projects going on today which we can agree help us all strengthen the nation from within and will make us strong enough to even build a government and all the other things we need. It is therefore necessary for us to get involved with or even create our own projects that serve this purpose.
One of the types of projects that most clearly suits this purpose in my opinion and which I see already going on today are projects surrounding food sovereignty.
I am also working on creating some projects right now which I call "exercises in independence." The point of these projects is to answer to our ongoing sense that we don't just need an answer as a nation to "what kind of nation are we going to have later" but instead "what is the PROCESS for building that nation?" Also these projects speak to other concerns about the fact that we don't just want to be independent, but we want to be a THRIVING people. And so, towards those ends, I always think, we have to work to exercise our strengths that we have right now and actually start carrying out projects where we are working for our own people for our own betterment. This IS what a true nation is - it's a group of people working and cooperating together for our own betterment.
Some other things to think about include "breaking the ties to outside funding sources" since we've seen how outside funding often dictates our projects and even corrupts some people and creates a widening of the gap between the richest and the poorest Hawaiian people.
Some questions I would like to ask others are:
1) what is your opinion on all of this?
2) what projects do you see going on today which help to "build up the nation from the inside out?"
3) what kinds of ideas for future projects do other people have??