Upcoming event: Daniel Schmachtenberger on building civilization’s sensemaking capacity April 13th
Allison Duettman’s TEDx on Existential Hope
We need fundamentally new problem-solving and coordinated choice-making capacities that are adequate to address the complexity, scale, rate of change, and significance of the novel issues we face.
On April 13th Daniel Schmachtenberger and Phoebe Tickell will be joining the next Existential Hope session to discuss their strategies to restore the integrity of the epistemic commons, catalyze a new cultural enlightenment, and advance collective intelligence.
You can always check out the full lecture series for Existential Hope on our website to watch previous conversations.
Rebooting the Integrity of the Epistemic Commons
Daniel Schmachtenberger’s central interest is long term civilization design: he wants to develop better collective capacities for sense-making and meaning-making, to inform higher quality choice-making. Advancing his models for long term viability, along with advancing the capacities for sense-making, design, and coordination needed to support the necessary nearer-term transitional and protective work, is Daniel’s mission and focus. He is the co-founder of The Neurohacker Collective and The Consilience Project.
The Consilience Project is developing a transmedia body of social theory and philosophy that explains and seeks solutions to the unique challenges we face today. It focuses on the deeper, generator functions beneath the world’s major problems, drawing on the best of social theory while showing where existing theories and institutions are no longer adequate to fix the current problem landscape. The aim of the project is to help catalyze a cultural enlightenment that will develop a new set of shared values and capacities adequate to the needs of our time.
Improving Citizen Sensemaking Capacity
Phoebe Tickell is a Foresight 2021 Fellow in Existential Hope, and a complex systems thinker developing decision making methodologies and governance better suited for a complex world. Her full-time work is in dynamic and participatory governance design. She is an Associate Lecturer at Schumacher College (UK), Advisory Board member to the International Bateson Institute, Advisor to Extinction Rebellion on their self-organizing system, an Advisor to the Consilience Project, and leads Moral Imaginations.
Moral Imaginations facilitate & develop collective imagining to empower people to create shared imaginings of the future. Moral Imaginations work with schools, universities, local councils, organisations, purpose-driven networks, local communities, funders and policy-makers to introduce collective imagining practices to community imagining and collective decision-making.
Make sure to watch Foresights president Allison Duettman in her new TEDx-talk about existential hope. Ambitious futures might seem tricky at the moment, but Allison gives us her take on how we can turn a catastrophe into existential hope. She reviews a few opportunities to transform our governance, coordination and sense-making that surfaced in the current pandemic-crisis. So we can look to a more optimistic future.
Because we cannot create what we can’t imagine, we now host a monthly Existential Hope writing group. We create visions of the future that inspire existential hope through collaborative world building exercises, and craft and share microfictions that highlight specific aspects of these optimistic futures.
Next X-Hope writing workshop is on April 17th.
If you wrote or created a piece on positive long term futures, or have a microfiction that you’d like to share with us, please do so using this form.
For those of you thinking you might sell some of your crypto this year- You can offset a lot of your taxes by donating some of your crypto and getting a double tax deduction. When you donate any asset, like cryptocoins, that have gone way up, you not only don’t have to pay taxes on the gain on those coins, you can deduct the full value of the coins from your other income too. Never, sell coins and donate the cash, support us directly with the coins instead <3.