Is there a ‘New Story’ beyond the Anthropocene?
April 19, 2016 Kosmos Community News

Exiting The Anthropocene and Entering The Symbiocene

by Glenn A. Albrecht, via his blog

“In order to counter all these negative trends within The Anthropocene we clearly need, within popular politics and culture, visions and memes of a different future. To get the detail into these visions, we will need more novel conceptual development, since the foundation on which we are building right now is seriously flawed and conducive of nothing but great waves of ennui, grief, dread, solastalgia, mourning and melancholia. We must rapidly exit The Anthropocene with its non-sustainability, perverse resilience, authoritarianism and its corrumpalism. The new foundation, built around a new meme, will need to be an act of positive creation.

Film | An Enquiry into a New Story for Humanity

Image | Rick Paine, New Story Summit

by Rhonda Fabian

The New Story Summit at Findhorn Community, Scotland in the autumn of 2014 was a momentous, unwieldy, fascinating conference, as anyone who attended can attest. Its purpose: to reflect on paradigmatic shifts, personal to planetary, believed by many to be underway in the world. The particular tribe of 320 attendees from 50 countries won’t be reassembled anytime soon – activist youth, indigenous elders, enlivened leaders, shamans, change agents, poets, artists and more. Hopes were high for some kind of transformation to occur, for some signal that the right elixir of words, meditation, music, fire and prayer could light a path through the wilderness. What gifts might such a multigenerational multicultural gathering offer to a world in crisis? Thousands also attended the conference via webstreaming, and grappled with similar questions in their own communities. There was a collective yearning for answers.

A film about the Summit is premiering on April 30, online. It is free to view.

A Diverse Wisdom Culture

Excerpts from a dialogue between Duncan Campbell and Paul Ray, via Living Dialogues

Paul Ray | …we’re not out there to kill dragons, we’re out there to build something new together. Each one of us cannot imagine the whole of a new civilization. It’s too big to hold in any one mind, but each one of us can help build one of the facets of a new civilization. Kind of like a Fuller Dome or a bee’s eye which has thousands and thousands of facets. In fact, I’ve done brain storming with citizen groups where they clearly see this after awhile – that no one of them can encompass the whole complexity – but together we do indeed invent an image of a desirable future, an image of a new guiding story for ourselves. That’s quite remarkable. You can get that sense of having to create it together, having to trust, so that all of us together will do the job. That in fact, we are all needed now.

Josh Gorman on the New Story for Young People

‘I see the new story happening in education where young people are self directing their own learning and realizing “I don’t need to go sit in that classroom and in that box, I can take my education and my learning into my own hands,” and they step out into the world and they’re beginning to engage with one another outside of the classroom. They’re beginning to engage with the process of life itself and finding their way forward. Education is going through a radical transformation that’s part of the new story. Young people are waking up and realizing that there’s a new story for politics in our time. It’s not an either/or politics, it’s a both/ and politics. It’s a politics of deeply listening and collaborating on behalf of the common good. It’s a politics of openness and transparency and participation, leveraging the technological tools that we have and the wisdom of listening to one another and sitting together in a circle and in groups and allowing the collective wisdom to inform our decisions as a community, as a nation, as a human family.’ – Josh Gorman

The Nature of Community | Restorative Justice and Permaculture

Image | Circle of Life Mural at Marquette University

By Jonathan McRay, via Peacebuilder

Humans are inextricably connected to the earth. We inhabit, breathe, drink, and eat this strange blue globe that is our only home. The oldest religious traditions recognized this scientific claim by weaving stories, almost myths-as-memory, which describe humans as creatures crafted from the dirt: adam and adama, human and humus, culture and cultivate. Indeed, the plurality of human cultures grows from natural biodiversity. And we are social animals, dependent for better and worse on lives beyond ourselves. Restorative justice agrees by stating that society is interconnected, which reframes crime as the cause and effect of damaged relationships and disconnection from a sense of belonging. If this is true, then the proper response to crime, to the violation of people and interpersonal relationships, is the obligation to make things as right as possible, which includes the rehabilitation of the offender.

Are you an Everyday Citizen?

by Lindsay Fahey and Beverly Winterscheid

What does citizenship look like in your daily life?

Is it showing up at the polls to cast your vote? Or is it the small actions you take to make the communities you live and work in a little bit better each day like attending a town meeting? Or brainstorming ideas to turn an abandoned lot into a city park?

How is your view of civic engagement the same or different from others across the country? And what can we learn from our unique life experiences – whatever our backgrounds and communities are – that can strengthen each other and American society as a whole?

The Everyday Citizens movement is asking diverse women around the country these questions – and needs your help to spread the word.