"As overwhelming as this may all seem, our situation will compel us to make the leap. If we fall short of our mark this will be our final attempt."
|Charles Darwin, Notebook, 1837|
This problem that has not been named is The Great Transition Beyond Empires. We now have to choose between two metaphors for our planetary civilization — we can be a cancer that kills its host or a butterfly that arises transformed from the mindlessly consuming caterpillar. But it is incumbent upon us now to collectively choose before the choice is made for us by the cumulation of decisions made in the past. There are consequences for inaction in times like these.
More than a century ago V.I. Lenin instructed his readers that there are some preconditions for any revolution to take place:
- be adept with complexity
- treat diversity as an asset
- be skilled at collaboration
- be at home with high levels of interconnection
- foster sustainability in their personal habits
The last 1% of the human genomeBesides a more profound systems thinking, change agents — the next generation of revolutionaries — need to learn to inhabit an Optimal Zone so they are less likely to get triggered into fight, flight or freeze and are skillful at getting themselves and others back from such triggering. They will need to go beyond the polarizing limitations of linear and categorical thinking and becoming adept at such things as proportional thinking, continuum thinking, layered thinking, visual thinking and kinesthetic thinking….
- lifestyle, built environment, community, and the planet’s life support dynamics;
- economic activities between different communities, i.e. the rules of trade and social equity, and not just limited to human communities;
- fair and just governance at various scales to sustain the new paradigm.