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This morning (Labor Day), I attended a Unity Rally in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Several hundred people of all colors, shapes, ages and abilities gathered to celebrate our differences and reject intolerance.
As we joined hearts and hands, it seemed to me we were a ‘circle of sanity’ in a sea of confusion. There are many such circles – pools of light in the darkness – and we need many more. Our ‘differences’ enlarge our capacity to design futures that work for everyone.
The idea reminded me of Joe Brewer’s ‘cultural design labs’. We already have the skills and the will to midwife a new era, he says. We don’t need anyone’s permission to begin right now. You can get to know Joe better, as I did, in the newest installment of our Kosmos Live podcast series, Preparing for Profound Change.
Also in this edition, we share two new books (by Naomi Klein and Paul Hawken) that offer sane solutions for our times and lay out the work before us. It would be wonderful to explore these books together in Kosmos Community forums this fall. In addition, we have two Readers’ Essays for you to enjoy.
Thank you for playing your important part in the story of humanity as it unfolds. Let’s create so many ‘circles of sanity’, they converge to light up every dark corner of this land.
Rhonda Fabian and Your Kosmos Team
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Joe Brewer is a change strategist working on behalf of humanity, and also a complexity researcher, cognitive scientist, and evangelist for the field of culture design.
“I would say that we are now in the time of consequences larger than anything our ancestors have ever known, so anyone who feels powerless or like their life doesn’t have meaning is not getting the message. Right now we have the opportunity to be more in power and do things that are more meaningful than ever before in the history of humanity.” – Joe Brewer
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