In each episode of What Could Possibly Go Right? we ask “cultural scouts”—artists, activists, and academics who endeavor to see clearly, act courageously, and serve the common good—what they see on the horizon. In the midst of all that is going wrong in the world, host Vicki Robin and her guests offer you a glimpse of the possibilities that may be emerging.

We hope you’ll join us in our quest for wisdom.

About the Host

What Could Possibly Go Right? is hosted by Vicki Robin. Vicki is the author of two books, the international bestseller, Your Money or Your Life (1992, 1998, 2008, 2018), and Blessing the Hands that Feed Us (2014). She’s helped found the Center for a New American Dream, Transition Whidbey, the Conversation Cafes, Sustainable Seattle, the New Road Map Foundation, and more. She serves on the Board of the Post Carbon Institute. Her home is on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she works to strengthen regional food systems.

A Note from Vicki

I hope that What Could Possibly Go Right? is a resource that helps us all see more clearly, act more courageously and serve the common good in a time when normal is over and next is not at all clear.

When Covid abruptly dropped humanity into the unknown, I immediately turned to my wisest, most sustainability-minded colleagues to see this new reality through their seasoned eyes. I recorded these conversations to help me, and others, see early on the transformational potential of this crisis. Political polarization, the legacy of racism, economic injustice, and climate denial were the age-old backdrop to our dark new reality. But I refused to let the media define the moment. I know—from years of inner work and activism—that power comes from paying attention to, and cooperating with, life’s will to create even as things come apart.

Our question shifts attention from what went wrong to what is actually happening. It shifts us from blindly turning to “the experts” to embracing self-empowerment, if only in our little corner of the world.

Cultural scouts aren’t necessarily recognized leaders with fixed ideas. They are often artists, activists, and academics on the margins, schooled by necessity to see clearly and act wisely. A scout presumes we’re on a journey together, the road ahead has threats and opportunities and we want the best outcome for all. Our guests cover a wide territory—some well-recognized, some up and coming. We seek diversity of viewpoint, of age, gender, race, nationality, fields so we can have a multi-faceted picture of what’s happening.

As our library of answers grows, so too does the community of cultural scouts—all of you who have the courage to keep seeing, keep feeling, and keep acting courageously to serve the common good.

In this together, right?