compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
“ALL IS in NATURE - WE ARE a CIRCUMSTANCE of NATURE - THE greatest
BE the basis of RIGHTEOUSNESS in ALL dealings between man and woman.”
SO in the context of that poignant proposal of an IDEA of Don Beck
in KOSMOS journal, entitled • Playing the Global Change Game •
"IT IS TIME to get the entire global system set right by respecting all of
us who exist in clans, tribes, empires, holy orders, cultures, enterprises,
communes, natural habitats—and are spread along the various trajectories
of change. Imagine a global Intelligence that, much like a metaphoric
‘air traffic control’ system, can keep up with and direct our many life
forms which are dispersed in different altitudes, moving in different
directions, at different speeds, with different capacities, and all with
multiple bottom lines and priorities. Why not design and build this capacity,
NOW? Our very lives, individually and collectively, might well depend on it."
Posted on November 21, 2002
This paper aims to explore the connections between evolutionary biology
and living systems theory on the one hand, and on the other, a currently
emerging initiative called Global Balance which aims to move human
civilisation into a more co-operative way of behaving, bringing all parts
of the system into balance for a sustainable future. It concludes that the
emergence of a global system designed to meet the needs of all, is a
natural part of the evolution of the human species. By learning from
evolutionary biology, social change agents can create the natural design
that will allow human civilisation to develop its next scale of co-operation.
The paper is divided into three main parts. Firstly, we take a short look at
the Global Balance project itself, so you can have this in mind as we
explore some of the theory around it. We then move on to discover how
an understanding of evolutionary systems informs and supports the project.
The third section then takes one concrete map of evolutionary human
systems, called Integral Spiral Dynamics, and uses it to plot where human
evolution is at the moment, and how a project like Global Balance can
best contribute to our healthy development.
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