We are truly living in a very unique time in the history of our civilisation, facing several simultaneous challenges and converging crises.
Yet never before have the cumulative effects of our collective actions so immanently endangered the planetary life support systems that all of humanity and the whole community of life depend upon.
There are now 7.4 billion of us facing a series of converging crises: rapidly degenerating ecosystems, a stark unequal distribution of wealth, dwindling
non-renewable resources, widespread poverty, oppression of many peoples, economic melt-down and wars.
The urgency of these challenges is drastically increased by the fact that we are also facing dangerous and irreversible run-away climate change if we do not collaborate locally and globally to re-design the human presence on Earth in ways that keep average global temperature rise well below 1.5 degrees Celsius. At best, we have only a couple of decades to do so.
How did we get into this mess? What are we to make of all this? Do things have to be this way? Why is this happening to us? What can we do about it?
If we follow the social, ecological and economic crises we are facing all the way up-stream, we begin to realise that they are rivers emerging from the same spring. We are, in fact, facing one single interconnected crisis - “a crisis of perception” (Fritjof Capra).
Our worldviews shape our intentions (why) and with them what and how we design; simultaneously the designed systems and structures that surround us (past design decisions) also shape how we see the world.
Any attempt to leverage transformational change towards a more sustainable and regenerative human presence on Earth will have to pay special attention to the worldviews, basic assumptions, value systems and habits of thought that inform our actions and therefore how and what we design.
Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability (GEDS) online Sky Programme offers an opportunity to join a global community of learners exploring the basic assumptions at the heart of our crisis of perception. The course invites participants to reflect on their own practice, as they learn how effective change agents and evolutionary activists ground their practice in inner listening, an attitude of service, and by reconnecting with nature as a source of insight and strength.
The change in humanity’s guiding narrative from a story of separation to a story of interbeing (Charles Eisenstein) is fundamentally a shift in perception. This shift can unleash unprecedented collaborative abundance as we learn to celebrate our differences and diversity in recognition of our interdependence and global solidarity with all of humanity and life itself.
As global-local agents of change we need to be able to facilitate multi-stakeholder conversations at local and regional scales. We need to facilitate the co-creation of effective visions as the basis for wide-spread and prolonged collaboration. To be able to do this effectively, we need to bring worldviews into view!
Gaia Education is now enrolling students for the Worldview Dimension beginning on the 9th of May, read more and sign up here!