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Humanity 4.0

  1. Humanity 4.0 © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  2. Humanity is crossing into a new era
  3. Humanity is crossing into a new era Why can’t we agree what to call the new era?
  4. 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?
  5. Humanity is crossing into a new era Why can’t we agree what to call the new era? Are things getting better or worse along the way? Do we really understand the nature of the journey?
  6. To answer these questions, we first need to recognize that humanity is evolving according to the pattern of all living systems.
  7.  Across the eras of humanity  Throughout our individual lives  In our economies and organizations The pattern of living systems is everywhere 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.
  8. Like a roadmap, this pattern offers important clues about the journey into the emerging era.
  9. It works like this: All living systems have 4 defining characteristics
  10. cells in your body bees in a hive trees in a forest people in an organization 1. There are Parts
  11. The more divergent (or diverse) the parts, the more resilient, adaptive and creative the living system will be.
  12. 2. There are Relationships The consistent yet dynamic web of internal and external interactions between parts
  13. The more open and free-flowing the relationships, the more resilient, adaptive and creative the living system will be.
  14. your body the beehive the forest the organization 3. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. That’s life, right? It’s whatever it is that animates us and makes us alive.
  18. We can imagine this pattern as a prism Context*comesin and as it passes through the living system it is transformed * People, matter, energy, information…
  19. © Copyright Michelle Holliday 1 Individual parts make distinct, divergent contributions. With living systems, we can imagine it as a 3-sided prism…
  20. 2 © Copyright Michelle Holliday These parts connect to each other and to context in a dynamic web of relationship.
  21. 3 © Copyright Michelle Holliday Parts connect to each other to create a convergent whole that cannot be understood simply by looking at the behavior of the parts.
  22. The whole system is coordinated by a self- integrating property that can be understood as the spark of life.4 © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  23. As the system evolves in reaction to changes in its context, it becomes increasingly integrated with its environment. © Copyright Michelle Holliday
  24. © Copyright Michelle Holliday Through feedback, it becomes ever more sensitive to changes in context, driving more evolution, in turn driving infinite and unpredictable creativity.
  25. 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 Michelle Holliday
  26. This means: You have to polish all so each “ingredient” three sides of the prism, is present at high levels …
  27. …if you want to create the fertile conditions for life to shine through and do its self-integrative thing.
  28. That’s the secret formula for how life works* * Even in our organizations and our economies.
  29. Now here’s where it gets interesting…
  30. Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era Industrial Era ???? When you take a closer look at the eras of humanity…
  31. 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. The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. The universe is a machine made of individual parts.
  32. Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era 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. The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. The universe is a machine made of individual parts.
  33. Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era Industrial Era ???? But what’s his story?
  34. Action Plan The universe is made of individual parts.
  35. systems thinking The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. the network
  36. Gaia The universe is an unbroken whole.
  37. systems thinking Action Plan The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. The universe is made of individual parts. The universe is an integral living system made up of parts, relationships and wholes. Gaia The universe is an unbroken whole. the network
  38. Hunter-Gatherer Era Agrarian Era Industrial Era ???? The universe is an unbroken whole. There is no separateness. The universe is a web of interconnected relationship. The universe is a mechanism made of individual parts. The universe is an integral living system made 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.
  39. © Copyright Michelle HollidayNote: To allow all eras to fit onto one page, the rate of time progression is not depicted consistently along the timeline. Time & Technical Progress Focus of Human Consciousness 195,000 BC Homo sapiens appears, survival through collective instinct 40,000 BC First storage settlements, evidence of emotion and ritual 1.000 BC Rise of Ancient Greece, first evidence of self- awareness 500-300 BC Socrates, Aristotle, Plato 1700 AD Newtonian physics 2000 AD Internet increases complexity Era of Convergence 195,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago Era of Relationship 40,000 years ago to 500 years ago Era of Divergence 3,000 years ago to present 10,000 BC 1st written language, agriculture introduced 1900 AD First findings in quantum physics 1789 AD US Constitution Era of Integration 250 years ago to present You Are Here And so it seems that humanity (in general) has progressed along the pattern of all living systems.
  40. converge relate diverge integrate As we’ve moved into each new era, it’s as if we’ve turned down the volume on the consciousness 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:
  41. 1Consciousness 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 consciousness
  42. 1Consciousness 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 consciousness 2In 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 consciousness 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 or intelligence.
  43. 1Consciousness 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 consciousness 2In 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 consciousness 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 or intelligence. Imagine: how different things would be if our culture actively supported and integrated all types of consciousness.
  44.  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 Convergent consciousness
  45.  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.  Systems thinking, complexity science  Social networking, informal networks  Emotional Intelligence, EQ  Relationship economies  Never-ending circle of life, cycles  Web of interdependent existence  Community, belonging, rituals  Play, curiosity, flow  Process, “the journey is the destination” Relationship consciousness systems thinking the network
  46.  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, problem- solving, efficiency  Market economies  Scarcity mentality Isaac Newton Ludwig von Mises, Father of Libertarianism Divergent consciousness
  47.  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 Ken Wilber Buckminster Fuller Integrative consciousness
  48. Developmental psychologists have noticed the same pattern across our individual lives. What if we were raised in an integrative society? Might we reach the wisdom stages in youth rather than waiting for old age (if we’re lucky)?
  49. Could they be the first integrative generation? Refuse to compromise on total individuality. Value multiple perspectives. Value connectivity and their network of relationships. Place high priority on constant learning and play. Want to make a contribution to something meaningful (social, environmental). Recognize their connection to the whole, having grown up in a global, interdependent context. Stereotypical traits of Gen-Yers Generation Y…or Generation I?
  50. Why is this important now?
  51. Why is this important now? Humanity is at a fork in the road.
  52. This is the path we’re on.
  53. It’s the path of divergent thinking alone.
  54. “Our world society is presently on a non- sustainable course.” page 498 It’s not a good path to be on.
  55. 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.)
  56. 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.”
  57. 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.) 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. 2 Divergent thinking keeps us stuck looking for ways to tweak “the machine” and to make the “business case for sustainability.”
  58. 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.
  59. The most important task of our era is to acknowledge life.
  60. 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.
  61. 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?
  62. Life is the critical missing piece in the dominant mechanistic paradigm.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. After all, the point is not to “sustain” or to “be integral.” It’s to create the conditions for life to thrive.
  67. So how do we build a bridge to an Age of Thrivability?
  68. Through conversation
  69. We evolve our thinking – and our world – not by reading books or presentations, but through conversation. Through conversation
  70. This is the conversation we need to have:
  71. 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?
  72. How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full patterns 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?
  73. 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 restructure the artifacts and architecture of our lives so that they support wiser, life-enhancing ways of living? How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full patterns of living systems to build not just sustainability but thrivability?
  74. 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? What will it take to make life the true bottom line? How can we restructure the artifacts and architecture of our lives so that they support wiser, life-enhancing ways of living? How can we reinvent our organizations so that they work with the full patterns of living systems to build not just sustainability but thrivability?
  75. Remember stories, where you got to choose the ending?
  76. This is that kind of story.
  77. This is that kind of story. But we’ll all make the choice together.
  78. 4.0 or status quo? So which ending will we choose:
  79. Join the Conversation: www.AgeofThrivability.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/AgeOfThrivability Twitter: @thrivability Email: michelle@ageofthrivability.com

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