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In our Kosmos research study on the global transformation ‘movement of movements’, we surfaced the idea of improvisational group work as an emerging human capacity for intuitive collaboration. Like a jazz ensemble or improv dancers, our collective work is more adaptive, self-organizing, and focused on personal mastery, rather than mastering others.
That research insight, like others in the study, continues to be validated. In response to daunting political, social and economic pressures, we are self-organizing and collaborating in innumerable ways. Worldwide, there must be more than a million new groups – large and small – working on behalf of humanity and all Life. Connecting for greater impact – helping our movement see itself – is a critical next step for the world. Learn about Otto Scharmer’s new initiative at the Presencing Institute below for a good example.
Three of the other features in this edition come from the new Fall/Winter issue of Kosmos Journal, The Heart of Awakening, and touch this theme of collaboration, including the lead article by educator Nora Bateson, (daughter of the great anthropologist Gregory Bateson). We are called now, like many small streams that find their way to mighty rivers, to follow our hearts and join energies with others we admire and trust. In her editorial, Nancy Roof says:
Let’s listen deeply to what our broken world is asking of us. Let’s support the disruption with courage and compassion, while living truth, loving goodness, being beauty, and living Oneness at the heart of awakening.”
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By Nora Bateson
Kosmos Journal, FALL | WINTER 2017
“Most of what matters now won’t matter later. Coming generations will shake their heads at the sacrifices their ancestors made for material wealth. They will not care how much prestige you gathered, how many bitcoins you bought, who considered you famous, or even what widget or vaccination you invented. If humanity makes it to the next level in the evolutionary game, it will be through recognition of our interdependency to each other and to the organisms of our biosphere.”
By Chris Taylor
In the current edition of Kosmos Journal
“What fascinates me about this process is its fluidity. No one is in overall command; no one’s ego gets in the way; no one is seen to slack off; no one complains about doing too much. When something needs to be done, someone picks it up—getting an extra knife to chop carrots, grabbing another tea towel to dry dishes. When we need to, we work in teams. When a gap appears, someone shifts place without instruction.”
By Otto Scharmer
Why do the forces of destruction seem so much more powerful than the forces of co-creation? Because the latter one’s do not have any real amplification mechanism. And that’s exactly what we are trying to build and prototype over the next few months.
By Jonathon Rowson, via RSA
“The etymology of ‘crisis’ is about decisive moments in times of difficulty, and originated in the need to reverse the course of a disease before it was too late. The notion that we are responding to a crisis is not therefore about a litany of problems or a general call to arms but something quite specific – the recognition of the timeliness of intentional action in the context of seismic and systemic change that will either happen to us unwittingly and unwillingly or through us, creatively and imaginatively.”
By Steve Farrell
In the current edition of Kosmos Journal
“This is a purposeful journey. It involves creating new behaviors, so it will be challenging at times. If we are to create a conscious world we must stretch, gain new understanding, acquire wisdom, express our values through our buying decisions, and then stretch again to progress conscious business and a conscious world.”
By Jeremy Lent
What would it take to navigate toward a future of sustainable flourishing? The economic system driving our current trajectory would need to be transformed, along with its underlying values: the pursuit of never-ending material growth and the glorification of humanity’s conquest of nature. Could such a drastic transformation of our global system really take place in the foreseeable future?
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