Greetings Joe — I, like you, am a long-term social change agent and evolutionary economist. I have spent much energy in the last 5 years building local webs of interdependency (through cultivating a thriving local women’s circle culture, and building a budding gifting culture in what we call the Generosity Economy). This local, hands-on approach has been my response to the understanding that the most potent form of social transformation (building a new culture based in trust, sharing, regeneration, freedom and equality, etc) must happen at the local level — because this is where it is most real. The strongest webs that will survive our exponentially erupting ‘storms’ will be the strong, self-reliant local hubs that are fluid enough to interact regionally….
But this is a long way of getting to my response to your statement that “failure is not an option”. I have hit a spot where it seems to me that ‘failure is the only option’. Perhaps we should define what ‘failure’ means in this situation and under these circumstances?
For, like you, after deep study, analysis, and action, I concur that we have gone past the point of ‘no return’ — we are no longer saving a system but are inventing the next one. But frankly, I’ve lost my inspiration. Even the very conscious, good-hearted people seem incapable of grocking the extent of our global predicament in a way that translates into actual, real shifting of behavior and habits. People are locked into patterns of thinking and acting that are governed by monetized control. It is very rare that I meet ‘first world’ individuals who are truly free agents when it comes to their sovereign nature as human beings; most humans are hurry-scurrying around performing the tasks required to feed the voracious appetite of a slave-driving, self-destructive global economy. So I ask, why are we so protective of these creatures? Maybe it’s a good thing to let ‘weak’ seeds in the cosmos die off…?