Our goal is to transition to a life-affirming culture.

Whole system change

To pull out of our ecological nosedive, we need to change the whole system.

Therefore, it is important to grasp the idea of ‘whole system change to a life-affirming culture’. This article covers the ground:

There are a number of excellent articles and books that describe whole system change to a life affirming culture in more depth. They include

We encourage people to read them to deepen their understanding.

It is important for both ordinary people and influential decision-makers to develop an elementary grasp of whole system change, because people’s behaviour is based on their framework of understanding.

Aligning towards a common goal

The environmental, progressive and faith communities have many different voices. We can become far more influential in affecting public consciousness if we align towards a common goal (while still pursuing our core missions).

This is spelled out in:

Improving Thinking

Few of us have a notion of helping people think better, unless we happen to be coaches or psychotherapists. Often, we think in terms of messages.

But helping people think better is the most influential point of change in any human system.

This is spelled out in Donella Meadows classic Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System.

To put this into practice, we draw on practical insights into improving the functioning of the central nervous system pioneered by is Israeli educator Moshe Feldenkrais.

Feldenkrais demonstrated that his approach was useful by helping kids with cerebral palsy, stroke victims, and people with ordinary back problems move better. The commonality is that the brain controls body movement.

Feldenkrais’ insights into how to improve the functioning the central nervous system can be applied to improving any skilled behaviour. This article describes how we can apply them to large-scale transformational social change.

Evolutionary Activism

An important aspect of transitioning to a life affirming culture is the recognition that if we are to achieve a sustainable society, collectively and individually we must become the kind of people who can create and enjoy a life affirming culture.

Empathy, emotional resilience, personal responsibility, critical thinking, systems thinking, creativity, healthy childrearing, and creating the social conditions of health are as important as technical changes in transitioning to life affirming culture.

Our section on Evolutionary Activism goes into ways to foster the emotional maturity and organisational changes necessary to transition to a life-affirming culture.

 

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