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  • Thank you, Brigitte. I'd love to learn more about Conversations at the Mending Edge.
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  • Thanks again, Michelle. This slide presentation is excellent. I remembered it today in a conversation with a colleague at HUB Melbourne, Eyal Hamish, founder of OurSay.org, an online democracy platform. So useful to transmit my ideas about the relevance of conversation. I started 'Conversation at the Mending Edge- where Presence meets Future'.
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  • Thanks Michelle for this generous sharing !
    Since my childhood, I got the same vision of humans as cells of a whole. I used to say that humans act as cancer cells...
    I also feel the same way seeing humanity evolution like personal evolution.
    Don't know where we are going.
    Some ecologists are now not asking themselves if humanity is going to collapse but when...
    Collapsing will certainly lead us to a multitude of ways of life, trying to adapt ourselves to multiples new conditions.

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    • Humanity 4.0 Michelle Holliday, Thrivable World www.thrivableworld.org © Copyright Michelle Holliday
    • Humanity is crossing into a new era
    • Humanity is crossing into a new era Why can’t we agree what to call the new era?
    • Humanity is crossing into a new era Why can’t we agree what to call the new era? Do we really understand the nature of the journey?
    • Humanity is crossing into a new era Why can’t we agree what to call the new era? Do we really understand the nature of the journey? Are things getting better or worse along the way?
    • To answer these questions, we first need to recognize that humanity is evolving according to the pattern of all living systems.
    • The pattern of living systems is everywhere  Across the eras of humanity  Throughout our individual lives  In our economies and organizations Fractals display self-similar structure at different scales, the way the pattern of this leaf mirrors the pattern of the tree itself. Examples include leafy trees, cauliflower, broccoli, and systems of blood vessels. This phenomenon may help explain why the pattern of living systems is so prevalent at all scales of human activity.
    • Like a roadmap, this pattern offers important clues about the journey into the emerging era.
    • It works like this: All living systems have 4 defining characteristics
    • 1. There are Parts cells in your body trees in a forest bees in a hive people in an organization
    • The more divergent (or diverse) the parts, the more resilient, adaptive and creative the living system will be.
    • 2. There is a Whole an emergent level of life with characteristics & capabilities of its own that can’t be understood by looking only at the parts your body the beehive the forest the organization
    • The more convergent the whole (for example: the more you remain recognizably you even as your cells are continuously replaced) the more resilient, adaptive and creative the living system will be.
    • 3. There are Relationships The dynamic web of internal and external interactions
    • The more open and free-flowing the relationships, the more resilient, adaptive and creative the living system will be.
    • 4. There is a “Self-Integrating Property” This is how biologists describe the way that…by itself the living system integrates all those divergent parts into a convergent whole in dynamic relationship internally and externally in an ongoing, moment-by-moment process of self re-creation. In other words, it’s what makes the living system alive.
    • That’s life, right? It’s whatever it is that animates us and makes us alive.
    • t* ex nt Co We can imagine this pattern as a prism s me co in and as it passes through the living system * People, matter, energy, information… it is med for ans tr
    • With living systems, we can imagine it as a 3-sided prism… 1 Individual parts make distinct, divergent contributions. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • 2 These parts come together to create a convergent whole that cannot be understood simply by looking at the behavior of the parts. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • 3 The whole is created as parts connect to each other and to context in a dynamic web of relationship. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • 4 The whole system is coordinated by a selfintegrating property that can be understood as the spark of life. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • As the system evolves in reaction to changes in its context, it becomes increasingly integrated with its environment. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • Through feedback, it becomes ever more sensitive to changes in context, driving more evolution, in turn driving infinite and unpredictable creativity. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • In all, living systems are creative, regenerative and adaptive by their nature. They seek always to transcend themselves by connecting with other life to create novel forms. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • You have to polish all three sides of the prism, so each “ingredient” is present at high levels … This means:
    • …if you want to create the fertile conditions for life to shine through and do its self-integrative thing.
    • That’s the secret formula for how life works* * Even in our organizations and our economies.
    • Now here’s where it gets interesting…
    • When you take a closer look at the eras of humanity… Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era Industrial Era ????
    • …you notice that each era has had a distinct guiding story about life. The universe is an unbroken whole. There is no separateness. Hunter-Gatherer Era The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. Agrarian Era The universe is a machine made of individual parts. Industrial Era ????
    • Each story represents a different (and equally valid) way of understanding reality and engaging with the world. The universe is an unbroken whole. There is no separateness. Hunter-Gatherer Era The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. Agrarian Era The universe is a machine made of individual parts. Industrial Era ????
    • But what’s his story? Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era Industrial Era ????
    • Action Plan The universe is made of individual parts.
    • the network The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. systems thinking
    • Gaia The universe is an unbroken whole.
    • Action Plan The universe is made of individual parts. the network The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. systems thinking Gaia The universe is an unbroken whole. The universe is an integral living system made up of parts, relationships and wholes.
    • It’s as if we focused on one capability at a time in order to become more resilient, adaptive and creative as a species. The universe is an unbroken whole. There is no separateness. Hunter-Gatherer Era The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. Agrarian Era The universe is a mechanism made of individual parts. Industrial Era The universe is an integral living system made of parts, relationships and wholes. ????
    • And so it seems that humanity (in general) has evolved along the pattern of all living systems. You Are Here Era of Relationship 40,000 years ago to 500 years ago Evolution of Human Understanding Era of Divergence 3,000 years ago to present Integral Era 250 years ago to present Era of Convergence 195,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago 195,000 BC Homo sapiens appears, survival through collective instinct 40,000 BC First storage settlements, evidence of emotion and ritual 10,000 BC 500-300 BC 1789 AD 2000 AD 1st written Socrates, US Internet language, Aristotle, Constitution increases agriculture Plato complexity introduced 1900 AD 1700 AD 1.000 BC First findings Newtonian Rise of Ancient in quantum physics Greece, first physics evidence of selfawareness Time & Technical Progress Note: To allow all eras to fit onto one page, the rate of time progression is not depicted consistently along the timeline. © Copyright 2010 Michelle Holliday
    • As we’ve moved into each new era, it’s as if we’ve turned down the volume on the intelligence of the previous era and denied its relevance. Now, we’re discovering that if we turn up all three, we find the harmony of integration. We’re realizing that they’re all necessary and valuable, particularly in high complexity. This matches the pattern all living systems follow to become more resilient, adaptive and creative: converge relate diverge integrate
    • The nature of intelligence 1 Intelligence is learned, not inherited genetically. Feral children do not develop self-awareness, language or concepts of relationship, though they share our basic genetic code.
    • The nature of intelligence 1 Intelligence is learned, not inherited genetically. Feral children do not develop self-awareness, language or concepts of relationship, though they share our basic genetic code. 2 In our lives, we’re constantly spiraling around the living systems prism to polish, learn and integrate all three sides. We may pause to focus on one type of intelligence for a moment, an extended time or even a lifetime. Our journey around the spiral is influenced by the focus of our surrounding culture. The current Western culture is focused on divergent awareness, to the near exclusion of the other types of intelligence.
    • The nature of intelligence 1 Intelligence is learned, not inherited genetically. Feral children do not develop self-awareness, language or concepts of relationship, though they share our basic genetic code. 2 In our lives, we’re constantly spiraling around the living systems prism to polish, learn and integrate all three sides. We may pause to focus on one type of intelligence for a moment, an extended time or even a lifetime. Our journey around the spiral is influenced by the focus of our surrounding culture. The current Western culture is focused on divergent awareness, to the near exclusion of the other types of consciousness. Imagine: how different things would be if our culture actively supported and integrated all types of intelligence.
    • Convergent intelligence  All hunter-gatherer cultures (past and present) exhibit shamanistic practices to tap collective intelligence.  Contrary to popular belief, hunter-gatherer cultures are the happiest on Earth – one researcher calls them “the original affluent society.”  Unity consciousness, non-duality  A living, conscious world  Present moment awareness, “The Power of Now”  Tapping into the will & wisdom of the whole – – – – – Instincts Inspiration Communion with nature Meditative states Dreams (Jung’s universal archetypes)  Abundance mentality, gift economies  Quantum physics, the non-local unifying realm
    • Relationship intelligence  In the Agrarian era, we worked on the ability to be in relationship with nature…and with each other and the world around us.  Agriculture emerged, but also language, mathematics, architecture, religion, civilization …all artifacts of our ability to be in relationship.  Never-ending circle of life, cycles  Systems thinking, complexity science  Web of interdependent existence  Social networking, informal networks  Community, belonging, rituals  Emotional Intelligence, EQ  Play, curiosity, flow  Relationship economies  Process, “the journey is the destination” the network systems thinking
    • Divergent intelligence  The modern era (originating with the ancient Greeks), with its focus on separateness  Clockwork Universe (Newton)  Mind/body dualism  Individual achievement, individual rights  Science (Newtonian physics in particular)  Scientific management, mechanization  One right answer  Rationality  Reducing things to their component parts  Continuous improvement, progress, problemsolving, efficiency  Market economies  Scarcity mentality Isaac Newton Ludwig von Mises, Father of Libertarianism
    • Integral intelligence  Values multiple perspectives, all types of intelligence  Able to hold the paradox of individuality within the unity of all life  Wisdom  Gaia Theory, nature-based spirituality  Multi-disciplinary studies  Evolutionary enlightenment  The Perennial Philosophy  Synchronicity, the power of intention  Theory U, Presencing  The US Constitution, the Founding Fathers  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Buckminster Fuller, Albert Einstein, Karl Jung, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ken Wilber, Margaret Wheatley, Joanna Macy, Brian Swimme, Peter Russell, Elisabet Sahtouris Buckminster Fuller Ken Wilber
    • Developmental psychologists have noticed the same pattern across our individual lives. What if we were raised in an integral society? Might we reach the wisdom stages in youth rather than waiting for old age (if we’re lucky)?
    • Generation Y…or Generation I? Stereotypical traits of Gen-Yers Refuse to compromise on total individuality. Recognize their connection to the whole, having grown up in a global, interdependent context. Value multiple perspectives. Want to make a contribution to something meaningful (social, environmental). Place high priority on constant learning and play. Value connectivity and their network of relationships. Could they be the first integral generation?
    • Why is this important now?
    • Why is this important now? Humanity is at a fork in the road.
    • This is the path we’re on.
    • It’s the path of divergent thinking alone.
    • It’s not a good path to be on. “Our world society is presently on a nonsustainable course.” page 498
    • 1 Many predict crisis & crash (economic, social, environmental). If this happens, we risk falling back to earlier stages. (Think of the Dark Ages that followed the fall of ancient Rome.)
    • 1 Many predict crisis & crash (economic, social, environmental). If this happens, we risk falling back to earlier stages. (Think of the Dark Ages that followed the fall of ancient Rome.) 2 Divergent thinking keeps us stuck looking for ways to tweak “the machine” and to make the “business case for sustainability.”
    • 1 Many predict crisis & crash (economic, social, environmental). If this happens, we risk falling back to earlier stages. (Think of the Dark Ages that followed the fall of ancient Rome.) 2 Divergent thinking keeps us stuck looking for ways to tweak “the machine” and to make the “business case for sustainability.” This is like slowing down a bus that’s going the wrong way fast. It’s a good first step, but eventually you want to turn the bus around.
    • 1 Many predict crisis & crash (economic, social, environmental). If this happens, we risk falling back to earlier stages. (Think of the Dark Ages that followed the fall of ancient Rome.) 2 Divergent thinking keeps us stuck looking for ways to tweak “the machine” and to make the “business case for sustainability.” 3 What’s truly needed is wholesale revision of how we think of and craft our organizations and our societies.
    • The most important task of our era is to acknowledge life.
    • The most important task of our era is to acknowledge life. Our current guiding story tell us that:  Everything in the universe operates like a machine (especially our organizations and economies).  We are separate from each other and from nature.  We exist to compete and consume.
    • The most important task of our era is to acknowledge life. Our current guiding story tell us that:  Everything in the universe operates like a machine (especially our organizations and economies).  We are separate from each other and from nature.  We exist to compete and consume. With what we know about how life really works, is it any wonder that the society we’ve built based on that story is unable to sustain life over time?
    • Life is the critical missing piece in the dominant mechanistic paradigm.
    • Life is the critical missing piece in the dominant mechanistic paradigm. We know that integration must increase with rising complexity – and it is life that integrates and animates.
    • Life is the critical missing piece in the dominant mechanistic paradigm. We know that integration must increase with rising complexity – and it is life that integrates and animates. Acknowledging life invites wonder and reverence – for all life, including our own.
    • Life is the critical missing piece in the dominant mechanistic paradigm. We know that integration must increase with rising complexity – and it is life that integrates and animates. Acknowledging life invites wonder and reverence – for all life, including our own. Only by acknowledging life - in all its underlying integrality will we develop sufficient will and compassion to achieve not just sustainability but thrivability.
    • So how do we build a bridge to Humanity 4.0?
    • Through conversation
    • Through conversation We evolve our thinking – and our world – not by reading books or presentations, but through conversation.
    • This is the conversation we need to have:
    • This is the conversation we need to have: How can we re-imagine our lives not as consumers, not as “human capital,” but as vibrant contributors to the whole of life?
    • This is the conversation we need to have: How can we re-imagine our lives not as consumers, not as “human capital,” but as vibrant contributors to the whole of life? How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full pattern of living systems to build not just sustainability but thrivability?
    • This is the conversation we need to have: How can we re-imagine our lives not as consumers, not as “human capital,” but as vibrant contributors to the whole of life? How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full pattern of living systems to build not just sustainability but thrivability? How can we restructure the artifacts and architecture of our lives so that they support wiser, life-enhancing ways of living?
    • This is the conversation we need to have: How can we re-imagine our lives not as consumers, not as “human capital,” but as vibrant contributors to the whole of life? How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full pattern of living systems to build not just sustainability but thrivability? How can we restructure the artifacts and architecture of our lives so that they support wiser, life-enhancing ways of living? What will it take to make life the true bottom line?
    • Remember stories, where you got to choose the ending?
    • This is that kind of story.
    • This is that kind of story. But we’ll all make the choice together.
    • So which ending will we choose: 4.0 or status quo?
    • Join the Quest www.thrivableworld.org | @thrivableworld my blog: www.solarium.cambiumconsulting.com