The first step in building a promising future for humanity is to visualize it together. As the bible says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Although many people can visualize a future of catastrophe and ruin, far fewer can imagine a future of opportunity and renewal.
We are discovering that in our deepest essence we are travelers on a journey to wholeness (holiness). Each step along the way is a new revelation and a co-creation that involves changes in all dimensions of our lives and in all fields of endeavor. In the 60s, the growing edge embraced the world of interior individual development derived mostly from Eastern traditions.
Fifteen years ago, I flew to Nairobi, Kenya as Africa correspondent for National Public Radio, a non-profit radio network in the United States. On the way, I stopped in Paris, where a Rome-based correspondent passed on a large bag containing a bulletproof vest and helmet. Within two days, I was in Somalia.
Connecting our conversations is the best way to discover that the future is already here, but that the awareness of it is not evenly distributed. Why is this important? Because, the choice is between joining together to create a wisdom society or regressing into an extinct society. The complex, intertwining local and global crises will outpace our ‘response-ability if we don't wise up individually and collectively.
Ecovillages are laboratories of human relations, in which we test the power of new systemic thinking to bring about necessary changes in the local and global economic, social and ecological environments. Ecovillages provide conditions for cutting-edge sustainability experiments. In these living and learning laboratories, we quickly learn from mistakes and advances.
Our current international economic system is a great advance over the bipolar politics and economic nationalism that existed prior to the Second World War. Rapid global economic integration has led to more connections among markets, people and ideas than ever before. Yet our multilateral rules and institutions have not adjusted.