...is about the future of Gippsland and the people who are creating it.
We are living in the gloaming – the twilight – those brief moments in the early evening just before night descends to cast shadows across our path.
For now we can see a little way ahead of us. In the soft light we can make out shapes of things in the near distance, but only guess at their exact form and meaning. We can’t see their features, nor textures or colour, at least not well enough to confirm our suspicions about precisely what we may be stumbling toward or what may be skulking toward us.
Our future is similarly just beyond clear view. We live in times of unprecedented change marked by unpredictability and the potential for the rapid spread of consequences – both good and bad. New technologies have amplified these effects. While technology has brought distant parts of the world closer together than ever before and given us the power to manipulate our world in extraordinary ways, it has also ushered in a kind of darkness. The future is deeply uncertain.
We can make out the vague silhouettes of things ahead. There is energy resource depletion and a looming energy descent, economic crises, growing social and economic inequity, climate change and environmental degradation, and the rise of artificial intelligence and automation technology and so on. We know the general shape of these things and that they will affect our future in profound ways, but we cannot fathom precisely how. As we enter the nocturne, we must learn to live with the prospect of unforeseen and unforeseeable shocks that threaten the integrity of the systems on which our communities depend.
What might Gippsland look like amidst this uncertainty? If change is inevitable, then what’s at stake for us? How should we prepare for uncertainty? Who among us is responding in ways that will sure up the future of Gippsland?
There’s a very particular type of creature that emerges during the gloaming. They are crepuscular – most active just before darkness falls, their vision is clear and adapted to this time. They are adept at finding their way around in the twilight, detecting and responding to challenges, playing and experimenting, and seizing the opportunities their changing environment provides to them and their communities.
Across Gippsland and beyond there are many such crepuscular folk emerging. Amidst uncertainty, they are building the region’s capacity to absorb the shocks we can’t predict or avoid, to bounce back, or even to grow stronger as a result. They are finding ways to preserve and strengthen the things that are important for a good life in our future: secure sources of quality food, energy and water, meaningful work, a strong and connected community, effective transmission of relevant knowledge to the next generation, a vibrant creative culture, and the power to influence the decisions that shape our own lives.
Through conversation, The Gloaming seeks to bring the stories of these people to you. Take a moment to let your eyes adjust and journey with us into the twilight to meet them.