TOWARD REGENERATIVE SOCIETY: A RAPID TRANSITION PLAN
TOWARD REGENERATIVE SOCIETY: STRATEGY FOR RAPID TRANSITION
Today, humanity faces our greatest challenge, and our most precious opportunity. Our activity as a species has put the Earth in jeopardy. We can directly observe that our use of resources must change. We are threatening the ability of the biosphere to support our continuity, and the future of all complex forms of life.
We appear to have reached one of those rare, extraordinary junctures in human history when a thorough transformation of society, culture, and consciousness is necessary. Climate change is the the most urgent of many impending threats. As individuals, we must understand and accept the critical nature of our time. For the sake of future generations, we can become part of a wave of awakening and of action, that grows exponentially.
Under this extreme time pressure, there is great potential to quickly develop and distribute a new social model based on an ethos of global citizenship and planetary stewardship. For this to happen, humanity must act upon our unique capacities for self- awareness and foresight. We must fully activate the prefrontal cortex – the brain structure that makes us uniquely human, which developed in the last forty thousand years. We must envision a new model for planetary civilization, then design and manifest it.
This position paper outlines elements of a regenerative culture, and a path to attaining it. It is based on ongoing research compiled by Center for Planetary Culture. Over the next months, we expect to make further iterations of it, based on your comments. We will also commission other papers in specific areas of research, such as water management, collaborative decision-making, traditional religious structures and social transformation, and cooperative economic models. If you would like to get involved in our efforts, please contact us at email@example.com .
To build a regenerative society based on resilience and plenitude, we require a strategic and tactical plan of action to transform our social system and culture. We can facilitate this shift in values by generating new, inspiring narratives that foster the necessary paradigmatic shift. Any plan for a rapid transition to a regenerative society must address the following three key areas: industrial infrastructure, social structure, and cultural superstructure.
The ecological crisis is not just a symptom or a byproduct of industrial society. It reflects a deep predicament – a crisis of civilization. Due to the rapid evolution of modern culture, we have found ourselves unable to make basic changes in our daily lives and habits that are necessary to bring human activity into alignment with the Earth’s support systems. Our current state requires a global people’s movement comprising self- educated, passionate citizens working together to reinvent our society, on all levels.
We currently possess all the necessary technological solutions and forms of renewable energy to power an ecologically and socially just society. Yet the world’s governments and business sector have shown they are unable to address our planetary emergency. The intrinsic logic of our political-economic system requires constant growth and over- consumption.
According to estimates, energy corporations spend $900 million a year on think tanks to influence public policy. Billions more are spent on lobbying and advertising. This expenditure supports our continued dependence on fossil fuels, and the belief that we lack a viable alternative.
Accelerated climate change, species extinction, and ocean acidification endanger our collective future. While everyone on Earth will be impacted eventually, poor people in the Global South suffer first from the effects of environmental degradation. Around the world, indigenous people have been the first line of defense against the extractive industries, which threaten traditional ways of life.
The modern financial system continues to concentrate wealth in fewer and fewer hands. In our world today, two billion people earn under two dollars per day, while less than 1% of the population control more than 50% of global wealth. 85 individuals control more wealth than half the human population – 3.5 billion people. This vast inequality of wealth contribute directly to social injustice and ecological decimation. For humanity to survive and prosper, we must distribute resources, knowledge, and technical solutions far more equitably. This requires a fundamental change in socio-economic paradigm -and a new worldview.
1. DE-FRAGGING THE INDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Our industrial system was built to support “conspicuous consumption” and “planned obsolescence”. It is accompanied by a debt-based economic system that requires constant growth to maintain itself. Publicly-traded corporations must maximize profit to satisfy shareholder value. This is their prime directive. To obey the logic of the stock market, they must generate waste and externalize environmental costs.
Today, many corporations advocate sustainability and corporate responsibility. They promote new initiatives to recycle and conserve resources, among other environmental practices. Unfortunately, the logic of the current economic system forces them to prioritize profit-making. Therefore, corporate initiatives toward sustainability fall woefully short of creating long-term resilience. We require a fundamental redesign of our economic system to value ecological practices and strengthen the commons.
The changes that need to be made to our technical infrastructure, on a global scale, are clear. We need to unite the world’s population behind a project for rapid transition to regenerative practices. In this paper, we will explore how to apply this logic in three areas: energy, agriculture, and urban design. Within a few decades, planetary civilization could run on 100% clean energy, grow food through organic or ecological agriculture that restores carbon to the soil, and transition to eco-city design principles, enhancing local resilience, ethical values, and decentralized power.
Some general action items would include:
- implement distributed models for agricultural, industrial, and energy production based on resilience
- derive power from renewable energy sources
- remove subsidies and factor in externalities, such as CO2 pollution
- make consumer products that are durable, with replaceable components.
- transition to “cradle-to-cradle” manufacturing, powered by renewables, where all
byproducts of manufacturing feed productively into the ecosystem.
The following sections outline a strategic approach to changes in a few areas of our technical infrastructure.
1 – Transforming our energy system
We analyzed three recent studies on transitioning to renewable energy practices that lay out the critical path forward for humanity:
Stanford engineering professor Mark Jacobson proposed that worldwide energy production could become almost entirely renewable by 2030. According to Jacobson and his coauthors in 2009, “The obstacles are primarily political, not technical.” Jacobson has launched The Solutions Project, with a plan for every state in the United States to completely transition to renewable energy within a few decades.
Pathways to Deep Decarbonization, developed by Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, offers the outline for a worldwide plan to shift to renewable energy. The plan has three basic aspects: Increasing energy efficiency and conservation, rapidly developing low-carbon sources of electricity, and fuel switching: “Switching end-use energy supplies from highly carbon-intensive fossil fuels in transportation, buildings, and industry to lower carbon fuels including low-carbon electricity, other low-carbon energy carriers synthesized from electricity generation of sustainable biomass, or lower-carbon fossil fuels.”
In The Third Industrial Revolution, economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin promotes an optimistic alternative. The revolution is based on: (1) shifting to renewable energy; (2) transforming the building stock of every continent into green micro–power plants to collect renewable energies on-site; (3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in every building and throughout the infrastructure to store intermittent energies; (4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy internet that acts just like the Internet (when millions of buildings are generating a small amount of renewable energy locally, on-site, they can sell surplus green electricity back to the grid and share it with their continental neighbors); and (5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell green electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.
- transition to low-carbon electricity, from sustainable biomass or low-carbon fossil fuels
- transition to low-carbon intensive fossil fuels in all levels of infrastructure
- develop local sites for production of renewable energy and local storage technologies for excess renewable energy production
- develop and implement an Internet of Energy to facilitate decentralized production
- transition to a fleet of electric and fuel cell vehicles connected by a power grid
- use feed-in tariffs which financially reward renewable energy generators – including homeowners and businesses – for supplying energy to the grid
Transforming our Agricultural System
Relocalized organic agriculture is, in itself, a powerful adaptation strategy for climate change. A large scale transition to ecological and organic agriculture would sequester carbon already present in the atmosphere, and reduce future CO2 emissions substantially. A significant reduction of meat consumption, globally, is necessary to reduce CO2 pollution. Global training in organic agriculture and permaculture techniques, mass volunteer initiatives to create urban gardens and local farms, and promotion of vegetarian diets could help accelerate the transition to a resilient and regenerative food system.
The organic techniques that allow for the sequestration of carbon include integrated pest management using non-synthetics, crop rotation, cover crops, and increased soil microbial activity that allows agricultural fields to become carbon “sinks”. Biochar, a charcoal soil additive produced by burning biomass in an oxygen weak environment, can be infused into soil to sequester additional carbon. According to journalist Mark Herstgaard, “If biochar were added to 10 percent of global cropland… it would store 20 billion tons of CO2 equivalent—roughly equal to humanity’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.”
Permaculture and agroforestry farming practices offer the most integrated, resilient, functional, and spiritually rewarding forms of agriculture. Permaculture, a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holgren in the late 70s, stands for “permanent agriculture.” Its success lies in proper design and integration with the landscape, from landforms to water sources. Permaculture’s “ratio of output to input is about 5 times as good as that achieved by the benchmark US farm.”
Today, agricultural produce often travels thousands of miles to market. While local food movements have been burgeoning, community and urban gardens can be established everywhere. Vacant lots, suitable rooftops, parks, and greenways can be transformed into community gardens, food forests, and medicinal plant habitats. It has been estimated that 80% of the food needed by New York City could be grown on urban rooftops, using aquaponics. Vertical farms in urban areas could also provide low-carbon solutions.
Designing agricultural systems that are decentralized and specialized will help maintain ecological and genetic diversity. Smaller plots can be structured into larger farming co- operatives, where social support, hardware, and labor can be shared and supplemented across farms where necessary.
- specialized, site-specific agricultural models based on bioregional strategies &
- vertical farms in urban areas, and increase decentralized urban and local
farming, and form local co-operatives
- scale up biochar to sequester carbon
- use organic farming techniques for healthier foods and to sequester carbon
- reduce meat consumption
3 – Transforming our Urban Design
Reinventing cities for a post-growth world could lead to tremendous savings on greenhouse gas emissions, while radically improving the average quality of life. The most sensible model combines the concept of “eco-city design” with the model of “shareable cities,” where communities make collective use of tools and resources.
Inevitably, we must make a transition from a social paradigm based on incessant growth and increasing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to one based on qualitative aspects of being and experiencing, prioritizing community values and cultural expression. New and redesigned urban centers will no longer maximize opportunities for businesses and corporations, but facilitate the highest quality of life for all residents. Cities will become what Richard Register calls “scaffoldings for living systems,” as well as centers for participatory democracy. In the future, cities will be seen as “learning machines,” designed to support residents in attaining knowledge and expertise in all fields of human endeavor.
As sea levels rise over the next decades, urban areas will be redesigned. New city centers may need to be built inland, at higher elevations. In theory, these new constructions could be built entirely on ecological principles, with food, renewable energy, and manufacturing all accomplished on site. As part of this change, we could see a managed transition from privatized to cooperative ownership of businesses and residences, as well as participatory management based on the model of Porto Alegre in Brazil.
- implement new value systems – like Bhutan’s Happiness Index – instead of GDP
- build new urban centers with a focus on shared resources and global re-trainings
- implement new forms of participatory management and direct democracy
involving all constituents
- transition to localized production of food, energy, and basic goods in cities
- develop and implement models for cities that facilitate low-carbon lifestyles (e.g.
transportation, sharing economy, urban planning initiatives)
2.SOCIAL STRUCTURE: TRANSFORMING OUR POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM
Rapid transition to a regenerative society requires a reboot of our political and economic system to support ecological restoration and the health of the collective. We can think of this process similar to the design and installation of a new operating system for human society. Technically, we have the ability to experiment, iterate, and reinvent our political and economic system. Currently, the inertia of our present social, political, and financial order blocks our ability to envision and enact this metamorphosis.
In America the Possible, James Gustave Speth, former economic adviser to President Jimmy Carter, proposes that the best future for America involves a movement toward a steady-state and post-growth system based on local economies. Such a transition would engender a way of living that is more satisfying than our current model. Elements of this paradigm include:
Relocalization: “Economic and social life will be rooted in the community and the region. More production will be local and regional, with shorter, less-complex supply chains… Energy production will be distributed and decentralized, and predominantly renewable.” The commons will be extended through “community land trusts” and cooperatives.
New business models: “Locally owned businesses, including worker-, customer-, and community-owned firrms, will be prominent.”
Plenitude: “Consumerism will be supplanted by the search for abundance in things that truly bring happiness and joy – family, friends, the natural world, meaningful work.”
Equality: “Measures will be implemented to insure much greater equality not only of opportunity but also of outcome.”
Time regained: Shorter working hours, more family and community time.
New goods and services: “Products will be more durable, versatile, and easy to repair, with components that can be reused or recycled.”
Resonance with nature: “Energy will be used with maximum efficiency. Zero discharge of traditional pollutants… Organic farming will eliminate pesticide and herbicide use.”
Degrowth or Post-growth: Children’s education, health, and general happiness will be seen as measures of progress, not the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Glocalism: Local connectivity and global citizenship
History reveals the evolution of media and the development of political-economic systems to be a single, unified process. Empires like Rome were only conceivable once a written code of laws could be disseminated. The modern printing press enabled mass democratic societies, as the populace needed to be able to follow current events. The nation-state government – republics based on representation – developed in the late 18th Century, when horse-and-buggies and schooner ships were the cutting-edge technologies of communication.
The problem is that these systems of governance are no longer well-suited to the speed and complexity of today’s highly interdependent world. They are highly inefficient, opaque, and secretive; subject to the undue influence of wealthy individuals, corporate lobbies, and special interest groups. We confront the rapid development of new technologies that have the potential to impact all life on Earth – such as synthetic biology or artificial intelligence – which fall outside of the capacity of governments to regulate. We find ourselves fighting archaic conflicts when all of our efforts must be focused on restoring the ecological support systems that allow life to continue.
Politics and economics are ultimately inseparable. Today’s governments, financial elites, military, and corporate interests are melded together in what some commentators call the military-industrial complex. The most powerful players in the private sector are the oil and gas companies. In 2012, Exxon Mobil reported nearly $45 billion in profits, the largest annual amount for any company in history.
Today’s information technologies could facilitate a rapid evolution of society, enhancing collective intelligence. A liberation of the knowledge commons could accelerate progress in many areas of inquiry, leading to a second renaissance. A global citizen’s movement of nonviolence and pacification, following the satyagraha principles defined by Gandhi, could lead to a rapid transition to a peaceful world.
The recent evolution of a fully interactive communications media that spans the world instantly should lead, we believe, to a transformation in our global political-economic system. New social tools can facilitate the rise of direct, participatory democracy on a global scale, with the people able to continuously educate themselves, debate, and decide.
We believe the global community needs a new social contract. Efforts to draft such a contract include the Earth Charter, “a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations.”
Similarly, in 2011, Occupy Wall Street declared “principles of solidarity,” “points of unity,” that include:
- Engaging in direct and transparent participatory democracy;
- Exercising personal and collective responsibility;
- Recognizing individuals’ inherent privilege and the influence it has on all
- Empowering one another against all forms of oppression;
- Redefining how labor is valued;
- The sanctity of individual privacy;
- The belief that education is a human right; and
- Making technologies, knowledge, and culture open to all to freely access, create,
modify, and distribute.
We believe every human being on Earth should be guaranteed a basic subsidy – secure access to food, shelter, education, and health services. Access to knowledge – humanity’s intellectual and creative commons – must be liberated, as a human right. This requires a change of economic and political paradigm, as well as an equitable distribution of resources.
We must make a rapid shift from a debt-based financial system that forces constant growth to a regenerative economy, based on cooperation, sharing of resources, peer-to- peer production, where value is linked to the health of communities and the restoration of ecosystems. In the immediate future, citizens must pressure governments to institute a carbon tax and other economic policies that penalize corporations for emissions. The current student movement to get universities to disinvest from fossil fuel companies must also grow rapidly, and become a universal initiative.
“Throughout my life I have believed that the only just response to injustice is what Mahatma Gandhi termed “passive resistance.” During the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, using boycotts, divestments, and sanctions, and supported by our friends overseas, we were not only able to apply economic pressure on the unjust state, but also serious moral pressure.
It is clear that those countries and companies primarily responsible for emitting carbon and accelerating climate change are not simply going to give up; they stand to make too much money. They need a whole lot of gentle persuasion from the likes of us. And it need not necessarily involve trading in our cars and buying bicycles!
There are many ways that all of us can fight against climate change: by not wasting energy, for instance. But these individual measures will not make a big enough difference in the available time.
People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change. We can, for instance, boycott events, sports teams and media programming sponsored by fossil-fuel energy companies. We can demand that the advertisements of energy companies carry health warnings. We can encourage more of our universities and municipalities and cultural institutions to cut their ties to the fossil- fuel industry. We can organize car-free and build broader societal awareness. We can ask our religious communities to speak out.” – Desmond Tutu ]]
An alternative economic system would provide an ecosystem of tools for particular purposes, rather than a monoculture where value is controlled by a single monopoly or cartel. It would include a number of instruments for exchanging value that support different behavior patterns and beliefs. Our current economic system, based on debt, restricts experimentation and innovation and leads to concentration of wealth. The money supply is controlled by Central Banks, forcing artificial scarcity and competition.
New currencies – ranging from local to global instruments – could support equitable development and cooperative social models, as part of a regenerative social design. Current proposals include:
Bernard Lietaer, a Belgian economist and the author of The Future of Money, proposes creating the Terra, a global trading currency with a negative interest charge. The Terra quickly loses value if you hold onto it, so people will keep circulating it, instead of hoarding it.
Local Exchange Trading Systems:
In The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, Tom Greco proposes that local businesses – manufacturers and service providers – can band together to create Local Exchange Trading Services (LETS) that help their communities by offering zero-interest loans in their own credit system.
In Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein proposes that a new form of currency could have its value connected to the health of the commons – ecosystems and natural resources. When our money was linked to gold, people were in a frenzy to get gold out of the ground. If we could link economic value directly to those resources that we seek to protect, people would naturally restore and safeguard their environment.
Time Dollars and Community Currencies:
Another alternative to the current money system is time dollars, where people exchange their labor, hour for hour. There are also local currencies, like Baltimore’s B Note or the Berkshares in Massachusetts, which help keep value within communities. There are forms of community currency used in cultures around the world that support altruistic and caring behaviors, such as the fureai kippu, “caring relationship ticket,” in Japan. These currencies can become global standards.
Economic Direct Democracy:
A model, developed by John Boik, where local communities convert a percentage of revenue into community-based “tokens.” Over time, this leads to new values and regenerative practices.
The Future of Bitcoin:
The recent success of Bitcoin demonstrates that new forms of currency can emerge which do not require a central banking infrastructure, and can be traded securely via peer-to-peer networks. The distributed architecture of Bitcoin – built on the blockchain – could be as important a technical development as the Internet itself, in its impact on society. New initiatives use the Bitcoin architecture to define new enterprises – Distributed Autonomous Companies – that can be defined by “smart contracts,” and cooperatively owned.
Today’s financial system is overtly dysfunctional, lavishly rewarding the few at the expense of the many. The Federal Reserve creates billions of dollars each month to buy mortgage-backed securities and US Treasury bonds, rather than supporting the poor. Soon, we may reach a tipping point where innovations in currency go mainstream. The realization that money is actually a design problem could have far-reaching implications for human civilization.
For the first time, with the Internet, humanity possesses a globally interactive medium for enhancing knowledge, for building consensus, for creating new forms of value exchange, for supporting collective action on every scale. Theoretically, new social technologies could augment or supersede the current political economic system in a short period of time. Such a transition may happen rapidly and peacefully.
3.CONSCIOUSNESS, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY: INCITING RAPID CHANGE
“The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes,” Oscar Wilde wrote. “Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development.”
To bring about the necessary advances in technical infrastructure and political-economic system, humanity must make a great leap. According to scientific projections, if we continue our current level of CO2 emissions for the next fifteen years, we will have locked in a 2 degrees Celsius temperature rise. This would be catastrophic, perhaps irreparable.
We have only a brief window of opportunity to make a global transition to renewable energy while undertaking large-scale initiatives to reduce CO2, by planting new forests and urban gardens, and so on. We must undertake this transition at a time when natural resources are increasingly scarce, and economic inequality has reached new levels. Humanity has never been in this situation before, and we must admit that nobody has a solution for how change of the necessary speed and magnitude can, in reality, take place.
Rather than passive consumers governed by distant authorities, our critical situation on the Earth now requires highly motivated, inspired, self-directed agents willing to take action for the good of the collective. Communities must organize themselves to conserve energy and build new infrastructure, while stopping the eco-cidal practices of corporations, particularly the extractive industries.
To bring about these fundamental changes in our worldview, technical infrastructure, and political-economic structure, we require:
Community organizing / direct action –
A global citizen’s movement must interrupt “business as usual.” We must spread awareness of the need for immediate change, along with the tools to manifest it. As individuals, we can choose to take part in local organizing, in acts of creative resistance and in efforts to build a new political infrastructure for our shared human future.
Models like Transition Town, 350.org, theRules.org, the Evolver Network, and MoveOn provide templates for activism and community organization. A global network of local communities and nonprofit organizations can work together to demand policy changes and directly implement alternatives – such as local currencies, urban gardening, the shift to renewable energy sources supported by micro-grids, and the transition to electric vehicles. A mass citizen’s movement must arise to pressure corporations and compel governments to change direction.
New media / social technologies –
We need to develop a virtual infrastructure that supports the paradigm shift. This would include:
Media shapes public opinion, collective awareness, and social practices. If we are going to meet today’s challenges, we need media that provides accurate, well-prioritized information. A conscious, solution-based media could support a rapid change of paradigm, providing tools for participatory democracy and mass volunteerism. On a global level, we need to educate and train people in the skills needed to build a regenerative society. These skills range from permaculture to consensus decision- making, from energy conservation to solar installation, from meditation to ecosystems management.
The movement must make strategic use of all forms of media to impact public awareness, proposing alternatives that people can apply in their own lives. Public artists have a great opportunity to participate in this transition. Those with cultural influence can use social media to reach their audience directly. By using models and techniques such as Spiral Dynamics, Neuro-linguistic Programming, and social psychology, we can devise strategic campaigns. We must convey a coherent understanding of our current situation, so people can take meaningful action, collectively.
The website Great Transition Stories proposes: “It is vital that the human community come together and consciously co-create visions and stories of a sustainable and thriving relationship with the Earth and one another.” Artists and media makers have a responsibility to construct those new narratives and myths that support humanity in making a giant step forward.
Alternative networks for collaboration and cooperation
Companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter have built networks that reach a large segment of the global audience. We have reached the age of the billion-person platform. A next generation of social networks could protect user privacy while providing tools for collaborative social action and consensus-building. These networks should be built on open-source, peer-to-peer principles. It is also conceivable that companies like Facebook and Google could provide social infrastructure for rapid transition.
New instruments for exchanging value / alternative economic models
The global banking system is a kind of social network, overseeing virtual data-streams. A kind of planetary nervous system that supports the exchange and amassing of value, the current economic infrastructure, unfortunately, is working against the immediate needs of our planetary community. The business-as-usual, growth-at-all-cost paradigm can no longer be maintained. As it centralizes wealth and privatizes the commons, the financial system threatens our collective future. Potentially, alternative networks for exchanging value could drive different forms of behavior and social ideals.
Platforms for collective decision-making that support decentralized, distributed democracy
Many theorists believe we need to transition from political systems of control based on hierarchy – top-down authority structures, found in the military and corporations – to “heterarchy,” or “responsible autonomy,” where all stakeholders are involved in decision- making processes. While these truly democratic systems must evolve in living practice, through local gatherings and council meetings, they can also be modeled and supported by web-based technologies. Distributed decision-making platforms could, eventually, allow for worldwide councils where information and ideas are freely shared, with the best solution arrived at via consensus-based processes. Initial efforts toward construct such systems include loomio and Nation Builder.
We have only a short period of time available to bring about an epochal shift of human consciousness and civilization. If we continue business as usual, we will doom our children to a desperate world that may soon be uninhabitable. In the short term, as glaciers melt and sea levels rise, we will consign hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people in the Global South to miserable fates.
Beyond that, as Thom Hartmann writes, we have discovered that accelerated global is a “formula for extinction.” In past extinction events, “Something happens to increase global temperatures five to six degrees, which triggers a melting of the frozen carbon and methane oceanic reserves that then leads to further global warming devastating life on Earth.”
If we care about the future of human existence, as well as the continuity of life on Earth, we have a moral obligation – individually and collectively – to transform our culture rapidly, and institute a regenerative society.
Along with our ability to confront climate change and other aspects of the ecological crisis, we possess the technical capacities to liberate humanity, in the future, from unnecessary drudgery and brute labor. As we reckon with the ecological crisis we have unleashed, we will construct a post-work civilization, based on self-cultivation and collective responsibility, that is greater than anything we have known before.
While it threatens us, the ecological mega-crisis also provides a unique opportunity to bring about the evolution of global civilization. If we utilize the power of social innovation and apply our technical abilities for collective benefit, we can establish a truly free society, based on justice and righteousness, on sharing and cooperation, direct democracy and world peace – a world where all take care of all.