Our Thought Partners

Our thinking is influenced by a growing family of inspiring organizations working at the glowing edge of positive change. Here is a partial list of those in service to the global transformation ‘movement of movements’.

The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) catalyzes communities for a regenerative world. GEN is a growing network of regenerative communities and initiatives that bridge cultures, countries, and continents. GEN builds bridges between policy-makers, governments, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, activists, community networks and ecologically-minded individuals across the globe in order to develop strategies for a global transition to resilient communities and cultures. Visit https://ecovillage.org/

Deep Ecology recognizes that nothing short of a total revolution in consciousness will be of lasting use in preserving the life-support systems of our planet. (John Seed – ‘Thinking Like a Mountain’). We are a group of like minded individuals committed to the promotion and facilitation of deep ecological philosophy and practice. Please feel free to use this page as a forum for sharing information, events, ideas and networking. We welcome diversity in perspectives and paradigms. Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/390260124364500/

openDemocracy is an independent global media platform. Through reporting and analysis of social and political issues, openDemocracy seeks to educate citizens to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. With human rights as our central guiding focus, and open-mindedness as our method, we ask tough questions about freedom, justice and democracy. We help those fighting for their rights gain the agency to make their case and to inspire action. Visit https://www.opendemocracy.net

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. ECOSOC engages a wide variety of stakeholders – policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, major groups, foundations, business sector representatives and 3,200+ registered non-governmental organizations – in a productive dialogue on sustainable development through a programmatic cycle of meetings. The work of the Council is guided by an issue-based approach, and there is an annual theme that accompanies each programmatic cycle, ensuring a sustained and focused discussion among multiple stakeholders. Visit https://www.un.org/ecosoc/en/

The Fetzer Institute is a growing community of people who see we’re part of something more. We believe the connection between the inner life of spirit and outer life of service and action holds the key to lasting change. We envision a world where everyone understands we are all part of one human family, and feels a sacred sense of connection to ourselves, each other, and our planet. In the world we seek, everyone is committed to courageous compassion. By boldly loving, we can be a powerful force for good in the face of fear, anger, division, and despair. Visit http://fetzer.org/

Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century. We believe that the world is experiencing the confluence of crisis in four interrelated systems — energy, ecology, economy, and equity — which we call E4. Visit http://www.postcarbon.org/

The Media Consortium is a fiscally sponsored 501c3 network of independent and community media outlets dedicated to values-driven journalism. Founded in 2006, the Media Consortium’s mission is to support and grow the impact of the independent and community news sector. Visit https://www.themediaconsortium.org/

We are a growing and open network of people, organizations and institutions from the Great Lakes bioregion who care passionately about these remarkable bodies of water.

Great Lakes Commons was initiated and incubated as a project by On The Commons. A number of organizations and individuals from the U.S., Canada, and First Nations provided leadership and guidance from early on. These include the Council of Canadians, Blue Mountain Center, Detroit People’s Water Board, Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center, Blue Planet Project, FLOW for Water, and Food and Water Watch. Individuals who are key GLC collaborators are listed below.

Together we are environmentalists and scientists, recreationalists and teachers, urban and rural, Native and non-native, people of faith and artists, food growers and public health advocates — people like you who want to see the Lakes thrive for generations to come. Visit https://www.greatlakescommons.org/

The Findhorn Foundation and Ecovillage is a dynamic experiment where everyday life is guided by the inner voice of spirit, where we work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature and take inspired action towards our vision of a better world. We share our learning and way of life in experiential workshops, conferences and events that take place within a thriving community and ecovillage. The Findhorn Foundation is an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information, holder of UN Habitat Best Practice designation and is co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network and Holistic Centres Network. The Foundation is at the heart of a community of more than 500 people who every day support and live the vision of creating a better world by starting with themselves. Visit https://www.findhorn.org/

Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world. Film offers us a powerful tool to raise awareness of important issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. Our website has cataloged over 3000 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online, sorted into 40 subjects related to changing the world. At the local level, our city chapters are working to create alternative media channels that will inform, connect, and inspire action at a community level. Visit https://www.filmsforaction.org/

Working for profound societal renewal, the Presencing Institute was founded in 2006 by MIT Sloan School of Management Senior Lecturer Otto Scharmer and colleagues in order to create an action research platform at the intersection of science, consciousness, and profound social and organizational change. Over the past two decades, we have developed Theory U as a change framework, led cross-sector leadership, change and innovation initiatives worldwide, and created an innovation platform called u.lab. Visit https://www.presencing.org/#/aboutus/presencing-institute

Sustainable Human‘s mission is to co-create and share stories that help us to live in harmony with each other and the biosphere. Together, we will create a variety of content that offers a more sustainable alternative to the stories promoted through mainstream media and pop culture that reinforce separation and consumption as a way of life. If life on Earth is to not only survive but thrive, we must change the narrative of modern civilization. The world we have inherited is built on a unsustainable story of infinite resources, limitless waste and endless competition, degrading both our planet and our humanity. It is time to collectively re-imagine the story of the world we wish to live in – one that enables each of us to develop our unique gifts and give them to the world. Visit https://sustainablehuman.tv/

The vision of Tamera Peace Research & Education Center in Portugal is to birth Terra Nova – a world beyond war – by building Healing Biotopes: futuristic centers that research and model a new planetary culture. Our mission is to empower people around the world to build a regenerative, nonviolent culture by: researching the ethical, social, sexual, ecological, technological and economic foundations, and creating a replicable model in Tamera; training and supporting those committed to the Healing Biotopes Plan; building a planetary community and sharing our vision of Terra Nova. Visit https://www.tamera.org

Transition is a movement that has been growing since 2005.  It is about communities stepping upto address the big challenges they face by starting local.  By coming together, they are able to crowd-source solutions. They seek to nurture a caring culture, one focused on supporting each other, both as groups or as wider communities. In practice, they are reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, reimagining work, reskilling themselves and weaving webs of connection and support.  It’s an approach that has spread now to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups: in towns, villages, cities, Universities, schools. Visit https://transitionnetwork.org/

Welcome to Wisdom at Work. These potent times in our lives and world stretch and inspire us to expand the scope of our capacity for learning, wisdom, mindfulness, compassion, and creative intelligence in order to skillfully respond to the enormous challenges and embrace the profoundly inspiring opportunities we are being offered. As the circumstances of our lives, world, society, economy, and environment become ever more disrupted in these “VUCA” times of increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity, it is becoming increasingly clear that to thrive – in what is also being called “The Time of the Great Unraveling” and “The Time of the Great Turning” – “business as usual” will not be sufficient for any of us, our organizations, or communities. Visit http://www.wisdomatwork.com/

Immediacy Learning sets the standard for educational media that is diverse, inclusive, aligned to learning outcomes, and technically excellent. Founded in 1990 by partners Rhonda Fabian and Jerry Baber, the company mission and core values have remained unchanged over time: to create curriculum-based media for delivery across traditional and emerging distribution networks that improve education, advance better health, and enable social awareness by inspiring, informing, and connecting our learners with the resources they need, when and where they need them. Visit http://www.immediacylearning.com/