A New Story for a Living World

A Very Ambitious Idea

“Welcome to the Anthropocene” is a three minute video that opened the 2012 RIO Earth Summit. The video powerfully describes the destabilizing impacts of human production, consumption + invention on the Earth’s living systems. It also states that “our creativity, energy and industry offer hope.” In other words, human creativity + invention helped to bring us into the the Anthropocene and it will also be part of what brings us through it and beyond it.

Anthropocene [ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn]: Relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Knowledge of the Anthropocene and the fact that humans are rapidly degenerating the Earth’s entire biosphere brings forward an ambitious idea: We need a new story of how we inhabit our planet. Do Something.Org states that nearly 1/2 of the world’s population, more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty, less than $1.25 a day. Yet there are plenty of resources available for everyone on the planet to have a reasonable quality of life. Knowing this brings forward another ambitious idea: We need a new story of how we treat each other and live together on full planet.

These two ambitious ideas converge into a single very ambitious idea: We must collectively develop a new story for a vital and living world. At the point in time, there really is no other desirable option or path available.

An Emergent Story Created by a New Global Collective

In 2007 Paul Hawkin, author of Blessed Unrest estimated that there were one to two million organizations worldwide working toward ecological sustainability. They are all working towards a living purpose for human creativity + invention. Hawkin developed his estimate by researching  data bases, tax records and indexes. He states that these organizations are “working on the most salient issues of our day: climate change, poverty, deforestation, peace, water, hunger, conservation, human rights, and more”

Hawkin goes on to say that “this movement is a new form of community and a new form of story”

Hawkin goes on to say that “this movement is a new form of community and a new form of story comprising hundreds of thousands of organizations claiming no special powers and arising in small discrete ways, like blades of grass after a rain. The movement grows and spreads in every city and country, and involves virtually every culture and religion. It can’t be divided because it is so atomized … it joins, dissipates, and re-gathers, without central leadership or command. In a world grown too complex for constrictive ideologies, even the very word movement to describe such a process may be limiting. Writer and activist Naomi Klein calls it ‘the movement of movements.”

The perspective that Hawkin offers is profoundly informative. He has identified a stream of change as significant in scope as the early industrial revolution. As a comparison, much like this mass movement, the industrial revolution did not have a name until it was well into its 100th year of development at which point it was widespread and having significant impacts at a global scale. It is probable that this movement is even more profound in scale than the industrial revolution. A viable comparison can be made to “the Axial Age” between 800 and 200 BC when the world’s great religions and philosophies first took shape. Karen Armstrong notes in her book The Great Transformation that they were all initially social movements, acting on revulsion against the violence and injustice of their times.

With the help of pattern thinking and the expansive connectivity of the web, the C3 Living Design Project hopes to collaboratively + collectively clarify the fabric of this emergent story

Societies are held structured and guided by collectively shared stories. With the help of pattern thinking and the expansive intellectual connectivity of the web, the C3 Living Design Project hopes to collaboratively + collectively clarify the fabric of this emergent story. The big idea is to make this vital story transparent, visible and actionable. This will allow substantially more people can see and act on its potential for rapidly evolutionizing the way we live, think and see the world, and each other. As the late Jesuit Priest Pierre Teilhard De Chardin stated (prior to the internet) “It is not our heads or our bodies which we must bring together, but our hearts, [humanity] is building its composite brain beneath our eyes.”  Bringing together our hearts requires a good story.

The C3LD Project compliments and leverages existing living design approaches by pooling their collective knowledge with that of the broader noosphere.

Teilhard, along with Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky and Édouard Le Roy collectively developed the Noosphere concept or the sphere of human thought. The C3LD Project compliments and leverages existing living design approaches by pooling their collective knowledge with that of the broader Noosphere.  We curate, create and connect a robust series of ideas, patterns + metrics that reflect a living vision of humanities’ relationship with the rest of nature and with each other. This globally emergent vision of society elevates the vital force of ecological systems to the forefront of human thinking and action. Along with using nature as a mentor and model, it also embodies living ethics and values to help us better manage the reflective thinking capacity we possess as doubly wise, homo sapien sapiens.

Our double wisdom, or our capacity for ‘knowing we know’ combined with our advanced capacity for language elevates our creative potential beyond that of other species on the planet. Our evolving capacity to create and to manipulate the environment around us has become our most essential survival tool. It has likewise become our greatest threat. Used with limited consciousness and without wisdom, our creative capacity is nothing more than a blunt and dangerous tool wielded like the stone axe of a barbarian. We must learn to use our creative capacity wisely and with care. The C3 Living Design Project aspires to collaboratively and collectively imprint meaningful guidance to that end.

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