The deToqueville hypothesis that “democracy eventually prevails in all spheres of human activity” was at one time considered to be not only unquestionably true but the ‘gold ring’ or pinnacle of human endeavor. In this century, even as it appears that democracy in its present form in the US cannot address the growing nature and numbers of complex issues, new systems of governance are evolving. Organizations are deliberately pushing their edges and leveraging shifts toward more generative ‘systems of governance’ that broaden the constructs of inclusivity, deeper unity of purpose, imagination, engagement, participation politically and economically within foundations of respect, care and well-being for their own constituencies and the broader context. The models evolving to construct new social realities and to increase organizational capacity move well beyond the political as distribution of power into the relational, economic and higher order realms. As organizations develop their own meaningful intentionally constructed reality, transformational effects can be seen in the expanding capacities to apply imaginative intelligence for and by collaboration, deep connection, consensus, and engagement with higher order meaning and values.
Our life is a faint tracing on the surface of mystery, like the idle, curved tunnels of leaf miners on the face of a leaf. We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what's going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.
“[T]he good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain, is floating in mid-air, until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. "
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete"
Dr. David Hawkins in “Power vs. Force”
“In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind, so that any increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefit life. It is a scientific fact that what is good for you is good for me.”
“Every problem that we face right now, whether it’s war, terrorism, social injustice,economic disparities, or global warming, would be creatively addressed by our collective consciousness moving to a new level.”
Professor Tom Regan
“The other animals humans eat, use in science, hunt, trap, and exploit in a variety of ways, have a life of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us. They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them. Each has a life that fares better or worse for the one whose life it is.”