The Great Transition
Our world is in the midst of a phenomenal metamorphosis. Everything is being called into question—and anything is possible. It's a good time to know how to design sea changes.
This is an interstitial age. We exist in a transitional era defined as much by evolution as by extinction. In this crucible of possibilities, old paradigms are disintegrating while a new worldview is birthing. We are in the paradoxical space of becomingness with creativity as our midwife. What great transition stories will we co-design in order to thrive?
Meta-conditions are pervasive and persuasive. There are five primary conditions that are influencing our worldview on all levels—from the personal and professional to the planetary:
Separation. Whole human beings design inclusive, collaborative, and cooperative relationships that transcend the illusion of isolation. What’s inevitable when we embrace the integral nature of the universe?
Speed. Balanced human beings design with time, generating successful outcomes that flow within the accelerating pace of our world. What’s possible when we orient ourselves from the still point?
Change. Resilient human beings design regenerative systems that emerge from rigidity or domination. What’s viable when we understand the advantage of adaptability?
Complexity. Discerning human beings design to make sense, meaning, and simplicity. What’s attainable when we decipher the dynamic patterns at work?
Chaos. Creative human beings design beauty and order from overwhelming circumstances and catastrophes. What’s conceivable when we form ideas from a greater context?
Global forces are in flux. Massive systems crises are occurring in at least six areas: climate, population, security, technology, finance, and globalization. Planetary life supports are in extreme peril including water, land, and biosphere breakdown. Yet many promising structural alternatives, initiatives, and movements are arising, like the circular economy, biomimicry, the industrial internet, and more.
In order to shift our perception of reality, we need to re-align our behaviors, mindsets, emotions, and spiritual awareness. In order to respond to global forces with resilience, we need to proactively and intentionally design sea changes.
The source of our global distress is human dysfunction and disconnection; at the transformative core remains this question: How can we evolve our consciousness, our society, and our institutions in relationship to the Earth? At its furthest frontier, design generates new ways of being and shifts in consciousness. I know that together we can design the critical sea changes that our world needs.
Founder, Sea Change Design Institute
This is the era of water. Our planetary water crisis is an interstitial confluence of extremes: Deluge and drought, commodity and commons, sacredness and scarcity, life and death. Yet despite all odds a plethora of organizations and efforts are emerging to address the spiritual, cognitive, emotional, and physical aspects of water. These include Blue Mind, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, The Ocean Project, and Water Songline. For fifteen years, we have used the Sea Change Design Process℠ to engage in inspiring efforts like these.
The Sea Change Design Institute is a sanctuary. We are a gathering place where you can gain respite and renewal. And, as our world transitions from one era to another, we invite you to join us as courageous co-creators and compassionate collaborators. We are uniquely primed to serve at the intersection of creativity, society, ecology, consciousness, and evolution. During this Great Transition on Earth, we are committed to a flow of transform-
ation that presences the evolutionary potential of life—living—and love.
When we approach our problems on a universal, general systems basis and progressively eliminate the irrelevancies, somewhat as we peel petals from an artichoke, at each move we leave in full visibility the next most important layer of factors with which we must deal. We gradually uncover you and me in the heart of now.
R. Buckminster Fuller