Democracy Upgrade

On April 12, 2013 by jodirose

Poet, activist and MP in Icelandic Parliament with the Movement and now representing the Pirate Party, Birgitta Jónsdóttir is “everything but your traditional politician, she is a poetician, who does not think of politics as something beyond her everyday life. Being political is having opinions. Every person has the opportunity to change the world.”

Birgitta Jonsdottir leading protest

Birgitta Jonsdottir leading protest from Dr. Kevin Barrett’s web site

I had the good fortune to connect with Birgitta during my time as a Prezivangelist, and with the inhouse designers created this Prezi for her keynote talk at FUTURE EVERYTHING in 2012. An activist “inside and outside the system”, her powerful energy, voice, passion and clarity are a clarion call to action and inspiration for taking charge of our lives and transforming our democratic institutions from within.

Birgitta writes regularly for The Guardian, was chief sponsor for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), is chair of the International Modern Media Institute and is also on the Bradley Manning advisory board.

Wake up

I have seen signs
the end of the world
as we know it
has begun.

Don’t panic
it might look terrifying
on the surface
but inside every human being
a choice
to go under
or flow.

Earth is calling
Sky is calling
God is calling
Creation is calling
wake up, wake up now.

Generate the capacity for love
for compassion in your heart.

Now is the time
to wake up
to the call of growth
and unlimited love
to all that life is.

So wake up, wake up now.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Birgitta Jonsdottir dreams of making Iceland the free-speech capital of the world. Photo: Bragi Þór Jósefsson For Forbes.

Birgitta Jonsdottir dreams of making Iceland the free-speech capital of the world. Photo: Bragi Þór Jósefsson For Forbes.

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