The Humanity 4.0 slideshow ends with some pretty bold statements about the conversation humanity needs to have. Here's a bit more detail about how I envision that playing out. I share it here because I'd love to have help making it happen. So please let me know if you have talents, resources or perspectives you'd like to contribute, including suggestions about potential funding partners.
There are two key pieces to the conversation, as I see it:
1. The living systems framework that offers a tangible path forward. My sense is that millions of individuals are ready to move into new ways of living, but that we're stuck in a story about organizations and economies that tells us these new ways of living aren't possible or logical. There's a need for a viable alternative story and clear, practical guidance for living (and working!) into it.
2. An ongoing, evolving hosted conversation to enable people to engage with the new story and contribute to it.
Here's the detail:
Our economic entities need a viable and compelling new operating system -- a new collective story about how organizations and economies work and what choices and actions are appropriate. By the same token, we need a comprehensive field guide to move forward into that new story.
To these ends, my intention is to host a global open-source conversation to co-create the new operating system. At risk of being outrageously presumptuous, I will offer the basic pattern of all living systems and my research and experience around its practical implications as the original kernel to get things started, just as Linus Torvalds offered the original kernel of Linux. The global community will then add to it and improve on it.
The starting pattern and research will be offered in a variety of forms:
* In written detail online
* In short documentary videos about the theoretical research and about existing paradigm pioneers
* In a series of online slideshows like Humanity 4.0
* In live presentations and workshops around the world.
With as much self-organization and integration of feedback as possible along the way, we will then engage people in crafting the field guide in several ways:
* Online moderated discussion on specific aspects, with emerging insights integrated into the field guide.
* Local monthly self-organizing gatherings (like Thrivability Montreal) supported with a series of compelling questions and facilitation guidance. Their harvests would be posted to the website, with emerging insights integrated into the field guide. More than just intellectual explorations, these gatherings would also guide people into new ways of thinking and acting together.
* Online opportunities for people to share their stories, examples, wishes, visions.
This way, the new operating system will not be "my" framework -- it won't belong to any one person or organization. It will be humanity's framework. And so it stands a better chance of being "right," valuable and broadly adopted.
Though a new guiding story is needed in most facets of our lives, I believe the greatest leverage will be achieved in starting with the story that shapes organizations: (a) organizations are arguably the most influential – and destructive -- force on the planet and (b) a critical mass of individuals is ready to cross into new ways of thinking and behaving, but they are held back by the story at the level of their organizations. The core question we'll explore is "What are the guiding principles and what is the strategic framework for creating thrivable organizations?"
Then in future years the same process can be conducted for healthcare, government, education, built space, and possibly other topics. Once business is transformed, it will be much easier to transform other spheres of our lives.
At the end of 2011, we'll publish the collectively crafted field guide. This will give the project a clear deadline and a practical convergent intention (the larger convergent intention being to save humanity and to usher in healthier ways of working and living).
We'll also release a feature-length documentary film documenting the process, summarizing the field guide's main points and highlighting paradigm pioneers.
We will fund the movement through a mix of foundation grants, sponsorships and crowdfunding.