Where the stories of the new narrative are born…

“Air travel has given entire populations unprecedented mobility. The intermodal container has delivered a cornucopia of products to every corner of the globe. And cyberspace has become a promiscuous, meme-spreading hotbed of ideas. Throw in the usual round of human misery served up by war, revolution and natural disasters, and the result is a potent cultural Petri dish from which a new god could spring.” — New era, new god, says Paul Saffo, The Economist, Nov 22, 2010

Paul Saffos’ astute observation points to a confluence of three streams (moving people, goods, ideas) and their  potency to create viral conditions for large-scale social, political,  and spiritual innovation.

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What separates us from the tipping point

Venessa Miemis wrote, “We impact each other more and more every day, and our commonalities become apparent just as quickly as our differences. We must be nearing a tipping point.”

Yes, and something still separates us from it, and that’s the movements of emergence awakening to their collective consciousness.

Individual mental models, inspirations, and collections of knowledge contributing to the creation of a better world, are abundant and multiplying, as we speak. What is missing is our collective sensing organs and processes for meaning making, growing a collective intelligence at increasing scale, and deepening our collective wisdom.

I know, it may be easier said than done. But once we truly understand the need for collective sensing organs and processes, nothing can prevent us from presencing (co-discovering/co-creating) them.

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Where to look for the signs worth monitoring to discover the next Great Story?

I’ve asked earlier:

What signs do we need to monitor if we are

to find/discover/co-create the key patterns of a narrative fractal

for the collective wisdom and will that humankind needs

to succeed with the transition to the new era?

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The Bride

Before the Dream

Close to falling asleep, I told Anna, “I’m curious what is your question for the night.” That was in reference to a story that I shared with her yesterday, in which a Ray Kurzweill was interviewed and he spoke of how the dreams of the night led to many of his inventions, by bringing solutions to questions he focused on before the sleep came.

After a little time of contemplation she responded, “It’s about the overwhelm, the constant, way too much to do that we are living in, which is not sustainable. What is the solution?” Continue reading

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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?

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A meta-story in 6 tweets

A Twitter-friend of mine, @openworld, has developed an elegant pattern capable to capture meta-stories regardless the scale of the entities involved. He calls it “narrative fractals” and explains it here: http://www.quora.com/What-are-narrative-fractals.

He tweeted some of us, asking, what’s your meta-story in 6 tweets? First, I re-tweeted the question to my 800+ “followers” on Twitter, then I replied with this set of 6 tweets, using the narrative fractal pattern:

1. Attractor: Can the social body awaken to its next stage, where the whole lives for the well-being of the parts and vice versa?

2. Challenge: Can we raise our collective consciousness, intelligence & wisdom, 2 the level needed 2 solve our intertwined global crises?

3. Opportunity: Can we see that the multitudes wanting a better world that works 4 all have actually reached critical mass?

4. Strategy: Will there be a global constitutive assembly (in our lifetime or not) of the movements morphing into new governance?

5. Test: Will the meme of “commons-based society” get enough momentum to oblige markets & states to support it?

6. Decision: Isn’t it time to choose to educate ourselves about the #commons ? See: http://bit.ly/9ZnE1i.

So, what would be your 6-tweet meta-story? If you want to participate in an experiment of developing a collection of 6-tweet stories as a commons resource for building a shared narrative  see also Mark Frazier’s 6-tweet meta-story, and post yours (after registering) as a new blog entry at the School of Commoning.

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In search of the meta-narrative

In 2006, You were Time magazine’s Person of the Year. In 2010, You became a candidate for Humanity’s Next God, courtesy of emergent by design, inspired by The Economist. Not a bad promotion in mere 4 years… 🙂

I started this blog as a way to dedicate a public space to the public You becoming all that it can be. Why not “humanity’s next god,” if what we mean by that is not an almighty, externalized version of our own creativity but the next great story that can inspire and guide our collective imagination and will for the journey ahead of us.

Venessa Miemis asked, If a new zeitgeist were to capture the minds of billions, what might it look like? That question begets two other ones:

What could be the meta-narrative for an Emerging Planetary Reality

that would deliver truly sustainable

social, economic and spiritual development?

(Such development would also assure that people everywhere “can have food, shelter, health care, and a basic sustaining human standard of existence… determined at the local village level and then communicated at the regional, national, and global level simultaneously at virtually no cost via the Internet… ” — from people-centered economic development)

What signs do we need to monitor if we are

to find/discover/co-create the key patterns of a narrative fractal

for the collective wisdom and will that humankind needs

to succeed with the transition to the new era?

No, those are not rhetoric questions! They come from my deepest motivation to offer this blog to You.  May it accompany us on our learning journey into co-presencing a future worth living and working for together.

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