A Social Movement for the Great Turning

 A free presentation by Jay Earley and Michael Goldstein
A Social Movement for the Great Turning
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Our world is in the midst of a planetary crisis leading to a historical transformation. The severity of problems we are confronting is staggering. But it is not chance that all these things are happening at this time in history. We have come to the end of a historical era, and our old ways of doing business are no longer working.

For the last 3 or 4 hundred years, the world has adopted a worldview based on science, rational thought, technology, and competition for power. We have treated the natural world as a machine to be analyzed and controlled. The tremendous explosion of our technical power, our population, and our ability to exploit the earth has brought a whole new set of issues which our industrial worldview can’t comprehend. Our current lifestyle of material consumption and personal ambition has also outlived its day and is now contributing to the problems and dangers we face.

Our collective psyche is erupting with signs and portents of a new way of being that will transform society. We have hints that it will be built on a foundation of cooperation, interconnectedness, and an interest in the inner life, and that it will involve cultural diversity, social justice, human scale institutions, and reverence for the earth.

This transformation has been called the Great Turning, and it is the most important thing that is happening on the planet, though it is invisible to most people. We believe that the world needs to nurture a social movement for the Great Turning, for whole-system, life-affirming transformation—creating a broad, diverse coalition of groups, organizations, individuals, and movements that work together for the over-arching goal for society.

The beginnings of this movement already exist and are growing, but we need much greater involvement and the movement needs to be organized to work together for this larger goal. It also needs to birth small groups that are created to be part of the movement. These will involve not only political action but also consciousness raising and education (about the current state of the world, the prospect for transformation, the evolutionary perspective, spiritual aspects of the new society, and more), capacity development (such as leadership, productive conversations, collaboration, etc.), group bonding, mutual support for finding one’s personal/life purpose contribution, and preparation for action when the time comes.

Michael and Jay will discuss the parameters of such a movement. We will solicit your ideas on the best approach for this movement and how you might participate.

Thursday, April 25, 2019
7-9 pm, doors open at 6:30
At the Pachamama Alliance Office
1009 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco, CA

RSVP at https://connect.pachamama.org/node/2007

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