Every day the headlines bring fresh news of a world in turmoil—conflict, confusion, catastrophe everywhere. Where does one turn for hope? What we are experiencing, really, is the birth pangs of a new era. We are on the threshold of a whole new stage of human history. Never before have we been able to see the entire planet at once, let alone travel its expanses effortlessly or communicate with each other so fluidly. Never before has humanity been able to see itself as a whole.
Last fall I set an intention to “facilitate learning within groups and between groups.” Since then, I’ve served on an elected body in my community, wrote a user manual for a team of tool-makers, coached a high school student who started a robotics club at her former elementary school, created various presentations and tools, and helped individuals find and use tools for their work. So what have I learned about learning so far? Make it visual A picture is worth a thousands wor
Interview with Donna Maxey Donna Maxey is the founder of Race Talks, a conversation series that gives people a safe place to talk about racial issues and learn from each other. Her own experiences make her uniquely qualified to lead these discussions with compassion, understanding, and clear-sighted vision. From growing up in the thriving Black community of Albina, which was later displaced to make way for a freeway; to teaching children (and adults) of all ages, Donna has ex
On January 24, a group of us got together to discuss another aspect of building a vision for the prosperity of all humankind: the oneness of humanity. We started with a passage from The Prosperity of Humankind. Using the human body as a model, this passage describes the concept of unity in diversity. Here are the results of that discussion. If you’d like to start a prosperity discussion of your own, here are some tips on getting started. Prosperity Discussion – January 24, 20
How do we create a unifying, global vision for the prosperity of all humankind? How do we create a vision of well-being for every man, woman and child on the planet? Clearly, our present strategy isn’t working—right now we are on autopilot. We consume the earth’s resources to make massive quantities of cheap goods that don’t last. This may make a few people very rich, but it doesn’t create Prosperous Ecosystems or help us produce Delicious Food, Fair Food for everyone, or he
At the Paris climate talks today, The Four Worlds International Institute is issuing an urgent call to all human beings on the planet to address the critical needs of Mother Earth. Take the time to read it—this message is for each one of us. The time is now. Critical State of Our Mother Earth! COP21 –
Immediate, Unprecedented, Unified Action Needed to Stop Runaway Climate Change
December 6, 2015 – Paris, France
More than 40 years ago, during the early years of North America’
One Sunday in November, a group of us got together to start discussing this idea of a global, unifying vision for the prosperity of humankind. I’ll be posting the insights from that discussion over the next weeks. Today I want to talk about how to begin. How do we start this conversation about vision? It’s one that we all have a stake in. And one we know in our hearts we desperately need—both the vision and the conversation. Here’s what I did. Maybe it will work for you too.
Do you look at the world and know it could be better? Do you long for an end to conflict? We’ve already begun the journey. Paul Hawken, in his book Blessed Unrest, described one of the most extraordinary phenomena of our time: a movement of movements. Over the course of 15 years, he’d given nearly a thousand talks about the environment. Afterwards, people would come up and talk with him about the mission or cause they were working on. They’d talk with such passion about resto
Interview with Shariff Abdullah Shariff has experienced prosperity from all sides—from not enough to too much. Growing up in a poor family, he knew there was something wrong with a system that subjects families to debilitating poverty. As a lawyer, he realized there was something wrong with a system that laughs off the bad decisions of the wealthy. He’s witnessed those who have little, give much. And he sees that there is something in us—elusive, perhaps, but beautiful, that