So predicted Professor Clare W. Graves in his article in The Futurist in April, 1974.
I asked him when this “leap” would actually happen. He cleared his throat and responded, “I don’t know the exact date, but you will know when it happens.” One could detect a twinkle in his eyes as if he was gently warning that we would have quite a challenge with this “leap.”
I believe it is happening now. I sense we are witnessing the “perfect storm,” those moments when major inflection points appear to converge, and our historical clocks are set on a new epoch, a sea change, a transformation that cuts across so many domains, even cultures and continents.
When the United States inaugurated a new president on Tuesday, it was not simply the typical ceremony in Washington, DC, nor were its implications restricted to just a swearing in of a new leader. The multiple millions who braved the freezing weather in Washington came from around the world. Others were tuned in on CNN, or various Internet news sources. One could detect pixie dust on the whole magical scene, as if we were about to rescued by a human who appears to transcends mere mortals, a gift from the gods.
On Wednesday morning we all woke up to our realities, problems, and challenges, and we all know what they are. No need to repeat them here. Clearly, “we are the people” and “this is the time.” But, to do what? How can 21st Century problems be addressed with 21st Century Solutions? The presidential campaign and victory were about “change.”
Here we ask, change FROM what and TO what?
We plan to address these matters during 2009 with a new conceptual model – Psychology at the Large Scale. You will recognize Spiral Dynamics but find much, much more.
You will be introduced to MeshWORKS Solutions (MWS) that design and implement Functional Flows. You will learn how to create Transpartisan Processes (TPP) that mobilize all stakeholders and resources and bring them to bear on our complex problems. Just as the US Air passenger plane was recently able to crash land on the Hudson and instantly mobilize all of the factors that made survival possible, it will take the same collaborative effort to deal with our challenges and threats. This is not a call for naïve “come together” sessions that only foster limited views, good-feeling experiences, or consensus-driven, superficial solutions. Something new will be required, as we align technology with human systems, and levels of development with appropriate and tailored packages, for the benefit of the whole.
In responding to the challenge, here as a first step is our new branding advertisement that will be in the next issue of EnlightenNext Magazine, as well as in other publications and displays. It sounds the key-note for our response to this “momentous leap.”
Be of good cheer!