Great Work Contest Calls for Writing and Video Entries

February 8th, 2012 | Bo

“The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is a contest which invites OSU students to submit written works or videos that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to prosper on Earth. This contest is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from the Student Sustainability Initiative.

Climate change, declining cheap energy and many other environmental and social disruptions present major opportunities to “re-imagine how we live on Earth” says Charles Goodrich, Director of the Spring Creek Project. Engineers, technicians and scientists have great ideas and designs for creating a more sustainable society, but the focus of this competition is “to imagine new ways of thinking about what we value the most — success, community, happiness, and human thriving” says Charles.

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The contest takes its title from the visionary moral thinker Thomas Berry. Berry wrote that “the Great Work” is for our species to transform ourselves from destructive forces into co-creators of the planet’s ecological abundance.

This is a great opportunity for students to creatively express their perspectives and stories to the OSU community. Winning written entries will be published in an insert in the Daily Barometer, and winning videos will be screened at a special event in the spring. Winners also receive $100 awards!

The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2012.

Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the Spring Creek website


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