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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 15 Mar 22

​​Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part 2: The Social Grammar of CreationA 10-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentRead the translation into FrenchAs the reckless attacks and crimes against the Ukrainian people broadened and became more brutal, I found it difficult to concentrate and to continue writing this contemplation on our current moment. What we see unfolding is exactly the kind of massive amplification of absencing — the social field of destruction — that I wrote about in the first part of this essay. The only way out that I found was the way in (to borrow from a great podcast that I will …

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​​Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness — Part 2: The Social Grammar of CreationA 10-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentRead the translation into FrenchAs the reckless attacks and crimes against the Ukrainian people broadened and became more brutal, I found it difficult to concentrate and to continue writing this contemplation on our current moment. What we see unfolding is exactly the …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 7 Mar 22

Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentPart I: The Social Grammar of DestructionIn this blog, I invite you to join me in a meditative journey on the current moment. We start with Putin’s war in Ukraine, unpack some of the deeper systemic forces at play, look at the emerging landscape of conflicting social fields, and conclude with what may well be the emerging superpower of 21st-century politics: our capacity to activate collective action from a shared awareness of the whole.1. Crossing the Threshold“The world will never be the same.” These are, according …

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Putin and the Power of Collective Action from Shared Awareness: A 12-Point Meditation on Our Current MomentPart I: The Social Grammar of DestructionIn this blog, I invite you to join me in a meditative journey on the current moment. We start with Putin’s war in Ukraine, unpack some of the deeper systemic forces at play, look at the emerging landscape of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 3 Jan 22

Read the article in DutchVisual by Kelvy BirdDear Friends, as we enter the new year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2021 and to set the intention for 2022. What did we learn in 2021? Three things stand out for me.Humility. Whatever we thought or predicted would happen in 2021 probably changed multiple times over the course of the year. Starting with the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, the accelerated impact of climate change, not to mention Delta and Omicron, time and again we saw that reality keeps changing around us. Our established concepts and ways …

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Read the article in DutchVisual by Kelvy BirdDear Friends, as we enter the new year, I would like to take a moment to reflect on 2021 and to set the intention for 2022. What did we learn in 2021? Three things stand out for me.Humility. Whatever we thought or predicted would happen in 2021 probably changed multiple times over the course of the …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Aug 21

Democratizing Access To The Tools For TransformationIn the face of accelerating social and environmental breakdowns, how can we build our collective capacities for transformation to bring about a just, inclusive, and regenerative society for all?Key Lessons Learned:In our work over the past two decades at the Presencing Institute, we have learned a few key lessons in regard to building our collective capacity for transformation.1. You cannot change a system unless you transform consciousness.2. You cannot transform consciousness unless you make a system sense and see itself.3. You cannot do these things at scale unless you create new forms of deep learning structures.In my …

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Democratizing Access To The Tools For TransformationIn the face of accelerating social and environmental breakdowns, how can we build our collective capacities for transformation to bring about a just, inclusive, and regenerative society for all?Key Lessons Learned:In our work over the past two decades at the Presencing Institute, we have learned a few key lessons in regard to building our collective capacity …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 May 21

Ten Lessons from Covid for Stepping into the Decade of TransformationIn 1989, a few months before the Berlin Wall would collapse, I was co-leading an international student group in a program called Peace Studies Around the World that took us to East and West Berlin. In discussions with some of the leaders of the civil rights and opposition movements in East Berlin, I witnessed with my own eyes how even the very people who were on the frontlines of forces that eventually would bring down the Berlin Wall — effectively ending the cold war system — had no idea what a far-reaching impact their …

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Ten Lessons from Covid for Stepping into the Decade of TransformationIn 1989, a few months before the Berlin Wall would collapse, I was co-leading an international student group in a program called Peace Studies Around the World that took us to East and West Berlin. In discussions with some of the leaders of the civil rights and opposition movements in …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 7 Oct 20

Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in WalkingBy Otto Scharmer and Eva Pomeroy“One of the main lessons I think we got from u.lab was be braver, just, you know, stop worrying about things so much and just try it and see what happens.”— Anne, u.lab Scotland“Let’s have the courage to create”— GAIA Journey participantWe live in a world of disruption, drama, and despair. All of these are real. But at the same time, we also live in a world of unparalleled opportunity — the opportunity to step into new spaces and to sense and actualize the future that many feel is wanting to emerge — even though it …

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Action Confidence: Laying Down the Path in WalkingBy Otto Scharmer and Eva Pomeroy“One of the main lessons I think we got from u.lab was be braver, just, you know, stop worrying about things so much and just try it and see what happens.”— Anne, u.lab Scotland“Let’s have the courage to create”— GAIA Journey participantWe live in a world of disruption, drama, and despair. All …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Jul 20

Turning Toward Our Blind Spot: Seeing the Shadow as a Source for TransformationRead the article in Spanish — in JapaneseWe are living in a moment of tectonic shift in society. Something changed when we all watched the same images — 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the killing of George Floyd. During that unbearable experience, something broke down and broke open in our hearts, in how we relate to one another, and in how we want to live together.From the Collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989…When the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989, we witnessed the end of the 20th-century Cold War era. A wall collapsed between two …

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Turning Toward Our Blind Spot: Seeing the Shadow as a Source for TransformationRead the article in Spanish — in JapaneseWe are living in a moment of tectonic shift in society. Something changed when we all watched the same images — 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the killing of George Floyd. During that unbearable experience, something broke down and broke open in our hearts, in how we …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 21 May 20

Read the article in Spanish — in Traditional Chinese — in German — in Italian — in JapaneseVisual by Kelvy BirdThree weeks ago, I posted some reflections on what we are learning from corona and climate action. Given that post’s wide circulation (150K+ views), I wanted to share a quick update. The concluding idea of the post — to launch an impromptu, global infrastructure for leaning into our current moment of disruption and letting this moment move us toward civilizational renewal — has quickly taken shape.GAIA — Global Activation of Intention and Action — was implemented only twelve days after a small core team first came up with the idea. Within twelve days, 10,000+ had signed up for this …

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Read the article in Spanish — in Traditional Chinese — in German — in Italian — in JapaneseVisual by Kelvy BirdThree weeks ago, I posted some reflections on what we are learning from corona and climate action. Given that post’s wide circulation (150K+ views), I wanted to share a quick update. The concluding idea of the post — to launch an impromptu, global infrastructure for leaning into our current moment of disruption …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 9 Apr 20

Read the article in Spanish — in French — in German — in Italian — in Portuguese — in Traditional Chinese — in Polish — in Vietnamese — in Simplified Chinese part 1 & part 2Checking the temperature of a passenger arriving at the international airport in Hong Kong. The city, like Singapore and Taiwan, has made headway in containing Covid-19. (Ph. credit: Hannah Mckay/Reuters)As 100 million people in Europe are in lockdown, the US seems to be completely unprepared for the tsunami that is about to hit. “We’re about to experience the worst public health disaster since polio,” says Dr Martin Makary, professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Don’t believe the numbers …

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Read the article in Spanish — in French — in German — in Italian — in Portuguese — in Traditional Chinese — in Polish — in Vietnamese — in Simplified Chinese part 1 & part 2Checking the temperature of a passenger arriving at the international airport in Hong Kong. The city, like Singapore and Taiwan, has made headway in containing Covid-19. (Ph. credit: Hannah Mckay/Reuters)As 100 million people in Europe are in lockdown, the US seems to …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 5 Feb 20

Global Climate Action II: The Power of Direct DemocracyIn October of 2018, a small group of activists in Bavaria, Germany’s most conservative state, submitted a petition called “Save the Bees” to the state government. The petition called for 30% of agricultural land in Bavaria to meet organic standards by 2030, for 10% of green spaces to be turned into wildflower meadows, and for land and streams to be more stringently protected from pesticides and fertilizers. Bavaria is home to various German industry leaders, as well as the largest surface area of farmed land in any German state.Figure 5 — The Power of Dialogue …

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Global Climate Action II: The Power of Direct DemocracyIn October of 2018, a small group of activists in Bavaria, Germany’s most conservative state, submitted a petition called “Save the Bees” to the state government. The petition called for 30% of agricultural land in Bavaria to meet organic standards by 2030, for 10% of green spaces to be turned into wildflower …

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