REGENERATIVE FUTURE

The questions we ask today will define the future we create tomorrow…

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ECO from My Surreal Illustrations Portray The Relationship Between Humans And Nature by Igor Morski

When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer? “We all dwell together
To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”?
Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

~ T.S. Eliot, The Rock

The reckless and rapacious excesses of the politicians, the converging crises — from the pandemic to natural disasters to socio-political collapses, the years of systemic and structural inequities and imbalances, and failing economies have all culminated to a point where the whole world is blowing up in our face. …


Regenerative Future

The questions we ask today will define the future we create tomorrow…

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ECO from My Surreal Illustrations Portray The Relationship Between Humans And Nature by Igor Morski

When the Stranger says: “What is the meaning of this city?
Do you huddle close together because you love each other?”
What will you answer? “We all dwell together
To make money from each other”? or “This is a community”?
Oh my soul, be prepared for the coming of the Stranger.
Be prepared for him who knows how to ask questions.

~ T.S. Eliot, The Rock

The reckless and rapacious excesses of the politicians, the converging crises — from the pandemic to natural disasters to socio-political collapses, the years of systemic and structural inequities and imbalances, and failing economies have all culminated to a point where the whole world is blowing up in our face. …


Regenerative Future

When systems fail, people rise…

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A tiny, invisible, and obscure virus has thrown the world into chaos. It has flummoxed and baffled nations, countries, politicians, scientists, doctors, presidents, principals, parents, students, in short, everyone. The gears of the post-Industrial world have ground to a juddering halt for the first time in history. A great pause button has been pressed. What multiple calamities over the last decade couldn’t achieve has been accomplished by an invisible virus.

Do we see this as Armageddon or a chance to re-imagine a “world that works for all”? Can we appreciate the grand design?

We are witnessing unfathomable and profound suffering, particularly of the marginalized and the deprived, in a world that was horribly unprepared for a global calamity of this nature. Many are likening this period to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which swept across the world killing between 17 million and 100 million people worldwide. We don’t yet know what the death toll of Covid19 will be as the virus rampages across nations made fragile by inequity. What to me seems sad and surprising is the abject failure of high tech, big data, and big pharma in coming up with anything remotely groundbreaking in the face of this apocalypse. …


Collective Sensemaking

When systems collapse, people rise…

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A tiny, invisible, and obscure virus has thrown the world into chaos. It has flummoxed and baffled nations, countries, politicians, scientists, doctors, presidents, principals, parents, students, in short, everyone. The gears of the post-Industrial world have ground to a juddering halt for the first time in history. A great pause button has been pressed. What multiple calamities over the last decade couldn’t achieve has been done by an invisible virus.

Do we see this as Armageddon or a chance to re-imagine a “world that works for all”? Can we appreciate the grand design?

We are witnessing unfathomable and profound suffering, particularly of the marginalized and the deprived, in a world that was horribly unprepared for a global calamity of this nature. Many are likening this period to the 1918 Spanish Flu, which swept across the world killing between 17 million and 100 million people worldwide. We don’t yet know what the death toll of Covid19 will be as the virus rampages across nations made fragile by inequity, flouting all efforts to contain it. What to me seems sad and surprising is the abject failure of high tech, big data, and big pharma in coming up with anything remotely groundbreaking in the face of this apocalypse. …


Regenerative Future

Time for awareness-based thoughtful action…

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If we can change the basis of our global civilization from one that is wealth-affirming to one that is life-affirming, then we have a chance to create a flourishing future for humanity and the living Earth. ~Jeremy Lent

The ecological and social crises we face are caused by an economic system dependent on accelerating growth. This self-destructing political economy sets its goals and measures its performance in terms of ever-increasing corporate profits — in other words by how fast materials can be extracted from Earth and turned into consumer products, weapons, and waste. ~Joanna Macy

It seems we are massively entering a quarantine of consumption where we will learn how to be happy just with a simple dress, rediscovering old favourites we own, reading a forgotten book and cooking up a storm to make life beautiful. The impact of the virus will be cultural and crucial to building an alternative and profoundly different world. ~ Li Edelkoort, trend forecaster and fashion…


REGENERATIVE FUTURE

With an Open Mind, Open Heart, and Open Will

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Lauren Berlant described the ‘State of Impasse’ as — a moment where existing social imaginaries and practices no longer produce the outcomes they once did, but no new imaginaries or practices have yet been created.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reached such a state of impasse, of gridlock where our old stories, metaphors, norms, patterns, structures, and ways of being no longer serve us.

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

Thus wrote W.B. Yeats in The Second Coming.

Is it a coincidence that the poem was published in 1920, exactly a hundred years ago? It was written in the context of a post-war Europe. We are now in the post-Covid era collectively experiencing the falling apart of the old world-order, while the new is yet to be born. We have no new stories to fill the yawning gap, this liminal space that seems to hold nothing but despair, destruction, and damage. …


Regenerative Future

With an Open Mind, Open Heart, and Open Will

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Lauren Berlant described the ‘State of Impasse’ as “ a moment where existing social imaginaries and practices no longer produce the outcomes they once did, but no new imaginaries or practices have yet been created.”

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, we have reached such a state of impasse, of gridlock where our old stories, metaphors, norms, patterns, structures, and ways of being no longer serve us.

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

Thus wrote W.B. Yeats in The Second Coming.

Is it a coincidence that the poem was published in 1920, exactly a hundred years ago? It was written in the context of a post-war Europe. We are now in the post-Covid era collectively experiencing the falling apart of the old world-order, while the new is yet to be born. We have no new stories to fill the yawning gap, this liminal space that seems to hold nothing but despair, destruction, and damage. …


Regenerative Business

Leaning into emergence…

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David Bohm, in his book On Dialogue, writes:

You may not even have known that you had an assumption. It was only because he came up with the opposite one that you find out that you have one. You may uncover other assumptions, but we are all suspending them and looking at them all, seeing what they mean.

It is assumptions, biases, and beliefs that make and break our world. Rising upheaval and turmoil on all fronts are leading to individuals, communities, and societies taking up extremes of stances, positions, and policies, and closing down rather than opening up. Biases and beliefs are becoming entrenched and embedded leading to deep social rifts and polarizations. We are in the midst of the Great Turning, and the only way to make sense of the multiple facets of this breakdown is through heartfelt, meaningful, and authentic conversations. …


Regenerative Business

Leaning into emergence…

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David Bohm, in his book On Dialogue, writes:

You may not even have known that you had an assumption. It was only because he came up with the opposite one that you find out that you have one. You may uncover other assumptions, but we are all suspending them and looking at them all, seeing what they mean.

It is assumptions, biases, and beliefs that make and break our world. Rising upheaval and turmoil on all fronts are leading to individuals, communities, and societies taking up extremes of stances, positions, and policies, and closing down rather than opening up. Biases and beliefs are becoming entrenched and embedded leading to deep social rifts and polarizations. We are in the midst of the Great Turning, and the only way to make sense of the multiple facets of this breakdown is through heartfelt, meaningful, and authentic conversations. …


Regenerative Business

Pathways and practices to explore the hidden promise and possibilities of the liminal space…

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Today we have gathered and we see that the cycles of life continue. We have been given the duty and responsibility to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give our greetings and our thanks to one another as people. ~Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address

The narratives, metaphors, paradigms, and structures that wove the foundations of the current reality are unraveling — unraveling at an unforeseen pace; however, organizations, institutions, as well as social and political forces are continuing to operate in “business-as-usual” mode. We are at a transition point in our evolution that Yeats described so prophetically in The Second Coming:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

This Story needs to be lived at every level — social, political, ecological, organizational, and personal. It is already taking root; it’s tender shoots are sprouting across the globe through various movements, dialogues, and practices. To reinvent ourselves and our systems, we have to embrace our sovereignty and agency as individuals and as collectives. We are in a liminal space — a space that is alive with creative potential, filled with unparalleled possibilities, and extraordinary prospects. To realize the hidden promises of this moment, we need to shift our consciousness from an “ego-system awareness to eco-system awareness” (Otto Scharmer). …

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Sahana Chattopadhyay

Speaker | Writer | Facilitator | Exploring emergence, sensemaking, & thrivability in a complex, ambiguous world | Lover of mountains, rivers, forests, & seas.

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