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Transforming our ways of seeing the world

"As our new century unfolds, IT IS becoming increasingly apparent that the major problems of our time - whether economic, social, environmental, technological or political - are systemic problems that cannot be solved within the current fragmented and reductionist framework of our academic disciplines and social institutions. We need a radical shift in our perceptions, thinking, and values."

                                                                                                                         Fritjof Capra

IMAGINATION alone can give us a VISION of the FUTURE

Global Vision Foundation is an international public interest non-profit

tax-exempt organisation founded by the Irish information-artist 

Michael O'Callaghan in Geneva, Switzerland. We aim to catalyse the

emergent global civil society consensus for system change, for as

Confucius said... "when people share a common goal, their natural

tendency is to co-operate in realising it." 

We think this requires a trans-disciplinary, cognitive, artistic approach

to the global crisis. We are interested in the psycho-social process of

world-view transformation, the politics of perception, and the creation

of contexts of information or situations that focus attention on the

pattern that connects global problems and solutions to each other and

to our own ways of seeing them and discussing them.

This "outside the box" strategy is informed by 43 years' engagement

with a trans-disciplinary network of Nobel laureates, United Nations

agencies, NGOs, universities, institutes, scientists, leading thinkers and

artists around the world




The Global Vision Foundation released this for New Year's Day 2015.

They shot it with the IVth Dalai Lama in late 1999, just before the

dawn of the new millennium. Topics include war, military budgets,

non-violencemutual trust, the environment, personal responsibility,

corporate social responsibility, religious pluralism, and secular ethics.

context • information-art • philosophy • resources • inspiration • about the artist 

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Comment by Michael Grove on October 16, 2015 at 12:44

"The myth of power, is of course, a very powerful myth; and probably most people in this world more or less believe in it... But it is still epistemological lunacy and leads inevitably to all sorts of disaster... To want control is the pathology! Not that a person can get control, because of course you never do... Man is only a part of larger systems, and the part can never control the whole"

The Global Vision project was greatly inspired by Gregory Bateson, the late anthropologist, biological philosopher, and author of Steps to an Ecology of MindMind and Nature: A Necessary Unity, and Angels Fear: Towards an Epistemology of the Sacred. Bateson developed Systems Theory and Cybernetics to investigate the self-organising aspects of biological and social systems, and he showed how most of the threats to our survival and well-being are the direct result of misguided attempts to apply linear control to biological and social systems whose mode of organisation is essentially non-linear.

He may yet be regarded as the most important thinker of the 20th century.

Comment by Michael Grove on October 16, 2015 at 13:59

The Global Simulation Workshop is a dynamic and innovative learning tool for academic,

community, and professional organizations. A direct descendant of Buckminster Fuller’s famous

World Game™, the Global Simulation Workshop is an interactive game that builds critical skills,

social bonds, and global awareness.

Comment by Michael Grove on October 16, 2015 at 14:00

Comment by Michael Grove on October 17, 2015 at 8:09

AS the Dalai Lama has himself proposed in the section of his millennium broadcast entitled ...

Religious Pluralism - "unfortunately one cause of conflict, in the past as well as even today,

is different religious traditions. In spite of our involvement with material development we still

need spirituality and regardless of the differences between religious beliefs [at the source of conflict],

the common  theme IS the PRACTICE of love, compassion and forgiveness. These different

philosophies and presentations of decent human values are very necessary, because we need a

variety of religious traditions, [to coalesce] an awareness of the message of these common values,

which will provide the basis for establishing the harmony of mutual respect and understanding.

The idea of pluralism is coming to enable a more compassionate humanity."

Comment by Michael Grove on October 17, 2015 at 8:30

Equally the Dalai Lama concludes in the section of his millennium broadcast entitled ...

Secular Ethics - "We also need another kind of spirituality, without a particular religious belief,

which simply calls on the human values of, [a] sense of being with one another, [a] sense of

sharing with one another and [a] sense of responsibility of BEING part of HUMANITY; [BEING] on

our shoulders. Pray, praying and meditation have some some effect but very limited; so that much

depends on our ACT / ACTION/S, so therefore the [fact that the] future of humanity completely

relies on [a] sense of responsibility and [a] sense of commitment; IS VERY IMPORTANT and that

which [provides] another form of spirituality ... Secular Ethics, which is very necessary because

we can't survive without basic human value.

   

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