Barbara Marx Hubbard, Findhorn Fellow, futurist and evolutionary biologist, energises the UN Forum on the Culture of Peace with her inimitable visionary thinking. Although addressing enhancing the synergy between the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of the UN Culture of Peace, Barbara’s vision could be applied to all sectors of society….
“Inherent in the Culture of Peace Movement is the vision of a new world. The story of nature is that it goes from disorder to higher order. When a system becomes highly disordered, innovations and breakthroughs occur all throughout the system and first they look ineffective, but at some point as disorder increases, the innovations tend to converge toward connectivity, and there comes a moment in the evolution from simple order to higher order when enough connectivity exists that the system cooperates in its own self-transcendence by connecting that which is working.
“The disorder and crises are essential for higher order to ever occur…. Crisis is a driver for evolutionary breakthrough. Now we have the crises at an unprecedented scale and we also have the innovations at an unprecedented capability in the world today.”
In solving the crises we face today, Barbara proposes a whole systems model she calls the Office for the Future (aka the Peace Room) in which we start “surveying the world for what works, not only for what’s not working. The news is breaking down, but that’s only half the story. The other news is what’s breaking through!” She suggests convening small groups in the discovery of what’s already working. “If you face the difficulties in the light of the breakthroughs that already exist, and you have experts who already know what’s breaking through, you begin to have an empowerment of people, which I don’t believe we usually get if we are only dealing with crises…. The continuing story of these kinds of small groups, wherever they may be, ends up telling a new story of humanity’s greatness – a new story of hope with specific crises that need to be resolved in a spirit of hope.”