Guiding vision

Weaving Unity is a vision for the transformation of culture.

The design brings together in one place many emerging new possibilities, suggesting a strategy that combines spirit, science and networks.

The project is proposed and organized through an internet system capable of reaching all sectors of society, organizing many interconnected elements at the same time. The network supports co-creative dialogue, collective decision-making and political activism all in the same integrated framework.

The design is guided by an emerging global vision of enlightened community, based on insight and wisdom gathered from all over the world.

The project is grounded in a universal ethics, which we propose to nurture and develop through co-creative networking and dialogue, engaging groups and communities anywhere with a commitment to wisdom.

At a technical level, the project is empowered through emerging new ideas in cognitive science and philosophy.

GLOBAL SHIFT

We say

  • There is a "global shift" going on around the planet and in the USA -- a major and historic transition in popular culture and social organization
  • This shift is driven by many factors, primary among them being globalization
  • Its major dimensions are the spirit of oneness and the spirit of community
  • This global shift is the primary hope for a positive human future, and it should be recognized and cultivated
  • There are no simplistic solutions, and everything must be negotiated carefully, with respect to particular local conditions and context
  • We -- people who recognize this potential and are motivated to pursue it -- should be developing significant projects to help unfold our collective capacity for a more enlightened self-governance ("democracy")

There are many demanding issues we must face. We have to respond in "holistic" and "whole systems" ways -- rather than surrender to the natural tendency to remain in isolated/specialized and mutually incommensurate "silos"

We must learn to "talk to each other". We must develop common language and a common model for data and information sharing. We must convene our collective wisdom, and bring it into the immediate context of our daily lives -- and this process must include our governance.

This ambition requires strong and committed leadership, and a sustained activist energy. This is a lot to ask. But it might be true that those who hear this call will develop the capacity to respond.

INTERSECTOR

The project is highly "intersector", in that it combines disciplines and social sectors into a single framework, tending to cross traditional institutional and cultural borders, and define its core intentions and methods in terms intended to be universal.

This seems to be the proper and correct approach, taking on the most critical task we face in fully opening and up and realizing the capacity and potential of our historical moment for significant transformation and helpful social change. But at the same time, the fact tends to narrow the initial range of participation in the project, since we need to attract people with a high level of skill, plus a significant breadth of vision. Such people are rare.

INTEGRAL COMMUNITY

We want to help network organizations across borders and boundaries. We want to create "integral community" in ways that combine expertise. But this is a demanding ambition. Most people -- and organizations -- tend to specialize -- and for good reason.

So we have to proceed carefully.

In one space, in an interconnected web, we want to take on

  • The contentious issues that face the world and our nation's political electorate, understood within the framework of a holistic system that sees issues as interconnected and interdependent
  • The ethic of community -- how can people get along and work together, when people are very different, and we don't want to stifle diversity
  • The challenges of economic imbalance -- too few people have too much money. There is huge and ruinous suffering in the world because so few people have so much money and so many people have so little.
  • Our collective and widespread general inability to understand one another reliably. We have to learn to communicate in ways that build trust and accurate understanding.
  • Ways to make wisely-informed collective decisions that can be understood -- to the degree possible -- as "win/win" for all parties involved

We do need a universal guiding ethic, that helps us work together in successful ways. To the degree possible and desirable, we need to convene the virtue of the human race in a broad kind of way, and invite society into a shared communion guided in the spirit of that ethic.

Guided by oneness and the whole
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We are supposing that we can define a descending from absolute center, across all levels, as a universal guideline for making decisions with respect to the whole.

Guidance from the whole in the context of the whole
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This is the high-level vision for collective decision-making

Wholeness exists in the universe. The ontology that contains us is wholeness.

Wholeness exists in individual human beings

There is a replicable (fractal, recursive, self-similar) template that extends across levels of scale. This template can help the collective (many people in a co-creative agreement) to make wise and balanced decisions relative to the whole -- in themselves personally, and in all levels scale throughout the cascade

Group process
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"Group process" is a general term used by professional process facilitators and coordinators. It is sophisticated professional skill, and there are a number of organizations that help organize various approaches.

These organizations include The Art of Hosting and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

Co-creative agreement
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The core energy of this movement can only emerge through "co-creative agreement" -- which is the essence of successful collective thinking in a holistic/whole-systems context.

Co-creation is a collaborative process that combines many elements, including cooperation, so-called "win/win" approaches to negotiation, trust-building and the art of creative listening.