Social Movement Section

Jay Earley, PhD

Summary of Social Movement Proposal

We are undergoing a planetary crisis, which is moving us toward a historical transformation of society, which has been called the Great Turning. Our collective psyche is erupting with signs and portents of this new way of being, built on a foundation of cooperation, interconnectedness, and an interest in the inner life and spirituality. It will also involve cultural and racial diversity, social justice, human scale institutions, and reverence for the earth.

There is a social movement with the Great Turning as its goal, but it is not coordinated or widely known. Many of the groups who I see as part of this movement don’t see themselves this way.

Here is an 8-part vision for the movement:

  • Wake people up to the danger and urgency of the moment.
  • Protect the earth, people, and democracy.
  • Provide a vision of a transformed society and how to get there.
  • Develop a regenerative movement culture with loving, empowered members.
  • Aid in the transformation of worldviews and values.
  • Create social, ecological, professional, and economic alternatives.
  • Collaborate with movement organizations and publicize the movement.
  • Transform governance.

A Social Movement for the Great Turning  A discussion of how we need whole-system transformation of society and how a social movement is the key to this happening (plus many additional pages that flesh out what this movement is like and what it might become).

Great Turning Groups. Inner Work for the World. In these groups, we learn the skills and develop the capacities and connections to be change agents for the Great Turning who are powerful, grounded, compassionate, and wise. 

Finding Your Life Purpose as a Contribution to the Great Turning  How to discover your unique calling to contribute to social transformation.

Readings on Finding Your Contribution to Social Transformation  A variety of additional articles on finding your life purpose an a agent of the Great Turning.

Understanding Worldviews. Looking at the worldviews of the Modern Era, the Medieval Era, and emerging Regenerative Era. To help you explore your cultural story and see how it might align with the Regenerative Era.

Unexamined Assumptions that Perpetuate the Modern Era Worldview. To help you understand where you might still be stuck in the Modern story, so you can orient your worldview to the Regenerative Era.

How IFS Fosters Regenerative Era Consciousness. Internal Family Systems Therapy implicitly promotes many of the values of the Regenerative Era.