Everyone keeps saying that this is one of the most divisive times in history. Divisive yes, but in the context of the brutal history of humanity, this is a time that is certainly less divisive than the average. World War I and WWII combined resulted in over 87 million deaths. Now that’s divisive.
Yet our experience is that we are being torn apart by radically different views of life. A big part of this is the attention economy – people make money when you pay attention. The things that seem to get the most attention are the ones that trigger a big reaction, fear, anger, and the current champion of all attention getters, OUTRAGE!.
Still, it is pretty clear that there are a number of opposing ideas about what a good human life is and what a good human society is. Given this tension you might well wonder how can we collectively imagine a future for humanity. At the Generative Futures Initiative we have a few starting points:
- There is no one future for humanity, rather there are any number of possible futures, some of which are viable and desirable.
- Ethics are context dependent. Slavery was considered ethical at the end of the 18th Century. Today the idea that one human could own another is abhorrent. While we cannot know the ethics of a future society, we can see trends and a viable future must at a minimum be at the ethical level of our best imagination today.
- There is no good individual human life outside of a good collective human life. We can no longer prioritize the life of one group of humans over another, nor can we prioritize human life over the collective life of all of the species of life on the planet. We are part of one co-evolved ecosystem.
To create a viable and desirable future we must adopt the highest evolved ethics we can imagine and in Buckminster Fuller’s words “Create a world that works for every one and everything.”
Divisiveness is an artifact of the past amplified by the attention economy. The antidote is to move decisively into a new future.
Are you ready to boldly reimagine human life on this planet?
We ARE – Come join us!
INSIDE THIS WEEK:
PROOF of a Thriving Future for Humanity
• Positive World News
• Organizations and Initiatives that are Generating a New Futures
What We’re Watching:
• Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
What We’re Reading:
• Neo Life : 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species
What We’re Listening to:
• GF01 The Neo-Bio Revolution & The Future of Humanity with Jane Metcalfe
Generative Futures Initiative Updates:
• Join us on Clubhouse for weekly Generative Conversations every Wednesday at 7:30 pm, PT.
Proof of a Thriving Future for Humanity
In the News:
Organizations Generating a Thriving Future:
1000 Hours Outside
The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. Did you know the average American child spends 1,200 hours a year in front of screens and the adults over 4000 hours per year?!
This global movement is solely dedicated to providing you with the resources and inspiration needed to immerse yourselves in the most high def screen imaginable – the great outdoors
We track a lot of things these days – steps, calories, budgets, frequent flyer miles etc – so why not track something so beneficial to our lives as well?
Download the outdoor time tracker here
What We’re Watching : Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Anthropocene is a unit of geologic time, used to describe the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems.
Humans have reached a milestone in planetary history. We are now responsible for changing the Earth and altering its natural processes. Climate change, habitat and animal loss, invasive species, soil erosion, and redirection of water are all part of the not to be forgotten human signature.
What We’re Reading – Neo Life: 25 Visions for the Future of our Species ?
Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species is a collection of 25 essays, interviews, and works of fiction and art, offering a big-picture perspective on the profound changes made possible by the merging of biology and technology.
The book brings together today’s smartest and most creative inventors, thinkers, and scientists to tell us their vision of the future.
What We’re Listening to – GF01 The Neo-Bio Revolution & The Future of Humanity with Jane Metcalfe
This week on the Boldly Now Show, we have a Generative Conversation with Jane Metcalfe, co-founder of WIRED magazine and founder of Neo Life a digital publication that focuses on the Neo-biological revolution. Being at the forefront of the technological revolution for the past three decades, Jane talks in length about the Neo-biological transformation to imagine a better future for human beings as a species. We also discuss where things go wrong with our vision of the future and the need for interdisciplinary understanding of technological advancements and what the future may hold for humanity in general.
Please Join US – Generative Futures on Clubhouse
We are hosting weekly conversations for Generative Futures on Wednesdays at 7:30pm PT. Clubhouse is iPhone only for now and you need an invite to get on the app, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will invite you!
A Thriving Life Updates
Contrary to conventional thought, thriving isn’t about your circumstances. We say thriving is about how you respond to your circumstances. In A Thriving Life you will explore the 12 foundational elements of life and generate a pathway for yourself to thrive in any circumstance.
May this information inspire you to generate a thriving future for humanity and a thriving life for yourself.
-The Bold.ly Now Team
BOLD.LY NOW is a movement of co-creative up-levelers who have a burning desire to step free of our collapsing world & take the most daring leap forward to a thriving world.
PROOF is a Generative Futures Initiative Project
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