Plantery Perils And Psychological Responses Despair And Empowerment Work Pdf Johanna Macy

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I also had a lot of family drama that I also was going to include. Life can be messy and I was going to stay real! I also wanted it to be entertaining and so explored story telling frameworks that would hopefully help me with that. There was a Daily Om course too.

Global Climate Change

We are living in a time of whole system transition on a personal and planetary scale that affects every aspect of life as we know it. Two million organisations are working toward ecological sustainability and social justice, according to Paul Hawken.

Millions of individuals are self-organising to make a better world in spite of the negative factors that threaten to destroy us. Technological innovations and collective wisdom have created unprecedented opportunities for change. The revolution in communication technologies and the Internet have made it possible to connect all people in the world for the first time in human history.

The new science of consciousness is revolutionizing our attitudes and worldviews, and the interdependence of all life is now an established scientific fact. Yet, in three billion people barely manage to eke out an existence.

Poverty, malnutrition, lack of employment and inadequate shelter, combined with an ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor, have resulted in human suffering and violence on a massive scale.

Almost a billion people live on less than a dollar a day. Each day is a life-and-death struggle for those faced with chronic hunger, illness and environmental hazards in a world that has enough food to feed everyone, the money to tackle disease, and the power to make decisions to create a hazard-free environment.

Over 40 countries are scarred by violent conflict. Three million people die of AIDS every year, and 40 million live with the virus. Some million children of primary school age are denied schooling.

At least million children are engaged in the worst forms of child labour; there are some , child soldiers; 1. We have the technology and the resources: so what is missing? Too few see how limited our current responses are for the enormity and complexity of global problems which ultimately affect human well-being. In explaining the causes of our global crises, we generally focus on economic, social and political forces. Governments, corporations, the United Nations UN , civil society, and other institutions focus on financial and monetary parameters, technological e.

These approaches are necessary, but partial. Not until we see the global problematique as symptoms of a more fundamental, deeper-rooted crisis can we begin to mount a more integral and profound response that is likely to move us forward in a more sustainable way.

That crisis is in our individual and shared mind-sets, where psychological and cultural factors and forces reign. That crisis challenges all of us, in the Northern countries and in the Southern countries alike! We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humankind is to survive. Evidence indicates that sourcing action from wisdom works. Wisdom is sourcing action from the deepest place within ourselves and generating appropriate action for meeting challenges. It reached million people; over five thousand breakthroughs in 40 countries were reported.

The corporate world offers examples of innovations sourced from transformational leadership that have successfully addressed the triple bottom line—profit, people and planet. There are a few examples in civil society organisations, such as the Ashoka Foundation, where personal transformation manifests in significant transformation, and where interior deeper-rooted forces are addressed along with systems and technological approaches.

However, most of our responses are aimed at solving specific problems rather than whole systems. We are not yet able to identify, distinguish, design and generate responses that integrate the different domains related to the entangled hierarchies of any given situation.

Three major impediments stand in the way. First, most of us do not even recognise the new generative patterns of response and therefore do not act upon them or support them. Second, our spirituality has been a personal matter that is often equated with religious practice. This was appropriate. But they have little experience in innovations that foster the expression of individual and collective wisdom in action.

Figure 1 illustrates personal transformation manifesting in planetary transformation, where individual leadership uses appropriate technology and addresses systems transformation. This approach overcomes fragmentation and leads to synthesis. A few thoughtful people from governments, business and civil society are now designing programmes that incorporate these principles. These questions became so urgent for me that I began to reach out to others for effective responses.

For fifteen years, I held hundreds of conversations on every continent with people who formulate policy, design programmes and generate breakthroughs.

What have I learned? We have been trying to solve complex societal problems at a surface level while neglecting the deeper dimensions of the problematique; and it is possible to design and implement programmes differently.

The basic assumption of the design is founded on the new sciences of psychology, neuroscience, and cosmology as well as successful applications in organisational development. New evidence in the science of consciousness is revealing our potential for deeper and higher states of consciousness that reveal our essential Oneness in an interdependent universe.

Given the scientific, technological and social tools at hand, in concert with the dramatic revolution in consciousness research and its applications, we have an opportunity never before available in human history to manifest a new paradigm for our planet and humanity. Personal to Planetary Transformation is a unique design because it sources all action from the creative and sacred space of wisdom.

It addresses immediate, systems and root causes of a problem or condition. But most importantly, we began our work by looking within toward our attitudes, our worldviews, and the spirit that informs our decisions even in the face of opposition. We asked, How can we provide services and care without stigma and discrimination? Or allocate resources for those in need who do not have a voice?

How can we make love in a deeply respectful way, ensuring the safety of our partner? It is about power relations in the bedroom and boardroom! It is an art to simplify without being simplistic especially in the midst of complexity. We design our responses to diverse conditions to help people innovate, generate breakthroughs and sustain the specific change that is needed.

I have distinguished seven ways in which we act and organise ourselves for the best results, illustrated in Figures 1 and 2. Figure 1 illustrates the first approach, and reflects the emerging paradigm we need for sustainable change.

Figure 2 reflects the six other ways we embark on strategic action. Use approaches for personal transformation manifesting in planetary transformation outer, middle and inner circles as one seamless whole.

The new paradigm must design and generate responses that integrate the different domains that are related to the entangled hierarchies of any given situation and that source from our individual and collective wisdom, addressing immediate, systems and root causes.

Identify immediate causes and offer specific solutions with available technologies inner circle. Examples are bed-nets to deal with malaria, immunisation to eradicate polio, roads to connect villages, reduced sources of carbon emission to deal with global warming, clinics to treat illness. However, when strategies are limited primarily to technological solutions for a specific problem, only the specific problem is resolved.

Identify the factors and structures that empower or disempower, and define ways to address systemic causes middle circle. We formulate ethical norms, promote democracy, and encourage activists to fight for social justice. We establish rules and systems for financing, intellectual property rights, trade, health care, education, etc. Much of what we have done in these areas heretofore has benefited a few while depriving many.

Embark on a journey of self-discovery outer circle. Over the last two decades, numerous consciousness-based training programmes have been initiated, and books on personal self-awareness have proliferated. They have paved the way for different perspectives and actions. However, self-discovery alone will not transform the planet unless we also respond to larger challenges.

Promote social justice with concrete actions inner and middle circles. The Earth Charter and Amnesty International are examples. Open our hearts and engage in charity or philanthropy inner and outer circles. People often give support and resources generously, but do not engage with systems issues.

Their actions benefit some people, but do not address systemic causes—for example, providing a clinic without looking at the medical or health system or the pharmaceutical industry.

Open our hearts and engage in systems change outer circle for self-discovery, middle and inner circles for action. Leaders are often deeply spiritual, offer themselves generously, and engage with systems issues. Their actions benefit people, and address systemic causes—for example, Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom movement in India.

However, the strategy for change does not provide a platform for everyone to source action from deep within, so over time the actions fall short of the potential for significant sustainable change. Hitherto, professionals engaged in development argued that time-bound results can be achieved only if the interventions are focused and specific.

On the contrary, if technology and systems actions are skillfully synthesized with transformational approaches, not merely applied sequentially or separately, we can address the different factors needed for development simultaneously and hence much more effectively. Emerging new leaders will understand both the visible and hidden sources of action and inaction, and the attitudes that determine them. They will understand factors and forces that create and legitimise structures, and the systems and cultural norms that inhibit or enhance progress.

They will enhance their own personal awareness, realising that this is the most critical element of social transformation. They will keep informed of the complex emerging global systems, and have courage to take action that creates a better world for everyone.

Evidence shows this is possible in business and in development, and a few large-scale initiatives are now underway. This initiative builds on successes, and works with a worldwide constellation of like-minded organisations and individuals. The purpose is to foster sustainable transformation at every level of society. A pregnant space for emergence enables actions that are sourced from deep within.

Key components and systems are in concert and are aligned to the larger purpose. All strategies and actions embody wisdom, courage and compassion. This strategic resonance has the potential to generate a planetary paradigm shift. It has attracted hundreds of leading-edge individuals and organisations, and corporations and governments.

We have identified the key players and organisations; and in this constellation we are working as universal partners for large-scale planetary change. The eleven components of our business plan follow. The Transformational Leadership Development Programmes are currently being implemented in 20 countries and are expanding rapidly. Transformation is the powerful unleashing of human potential to commit, care and effect change for a better life.

Using the best science, the programmes are designed to apply at scale some forty distinctions, frameworks and conversations, woven into a unique methodology.

Technologies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and establishing businesses are integrated with technologies for leadership development and systems transformation.

Crisis, Austerity, and Everyday Life

We are living in a time of whole system transition on a personal and planetary scale that affects every aspect of life as we know it. Two million organisations are working toward ecological sustainability and social justice, according to Paul Hawken. Millions of individuals are self-organising to make a better world in spite of the negative factors that threaten to destroy us. Technological innovations and collective wisdom have created unprecedented opportunities for change. The revolution in communication technologies and the Internet have made it possible to connect all people in the world for the first time in human history. The new science of consciousness is revolutionizing our attitudes and worldviews, and the interdependence of all life is now an established scientific fact.


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