Three keys to our response-ability to the crisis of our civilization

This is a blog entry originally posted on Evolutionary Nexus, May 23, 2008

CNN, BBC, and zillions bloggers and citizen-journalists around the world bring into our living room the fullness of the human drama of disaster, hunger, violence, and pain, at a scale and poignant immediacy as never before. There are think tanks and think nets engaged in inquiry into various aspects of the ultimate question of our turbulent, jump time:

What is our intelligent and wise response to the crisis of civilization,

and its unprecedented dangers and opportunities?

Living into that question is a community art. It calls for communal responses to the changes that accelerate as never before. Are we ready to face into that wild pace and learn to dance with it? If you want to, stay flexible and find your community. Where will that response-ability come from, which can match the scope and complexity of the most powerful opponent: our intertwined global crises?

“You have been telling the people that this is the 11th hour. And there are things to be considered. . . . Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside of yourself for the leader.”Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time!” — from the message of a Hopi Elder

I bold-faced those words of the message, which evoked the resonances that follow.

The right relation to life depends on whom we ask, but what if we asked life itself, while it unfolds in the early 21st century, as images in a fast-turning kaleidoscope? As I’ve been holding it, a pattern of meaning started taking shape, and words offered their service to express it: It is a relation that is nourished by non-judgmental, self-reflective wisdom, and a no-kidding commitment to stay available to the creative impulse.

Our best chance as individuals to ride the waves of change, instead being washed away by it, is to find/create our communities. Our best chance as humankind to pass this evolutionary test and graduate to our next level of civilization, is in the self-organizing collective intelligence and wisdom of communities of co-creation and communities of practice in all areas of society, business, and governance. Those communities and organizations need to give room to youth, honor their talents, passion and aspirations. Only then will they have what it takes to pass the test.

The journey of learning together is not only about distributed cognition; we all learn faster and deeper in caring, mutually supportive relations. Being good to each other, in the communities and organizations in transformation, is also holding each other in our highest potential so that the future in need of us can become now.

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