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  • The Story of Stuff

    What does it feel like to live near an incinerator that burns trash? On July 18, 2024, Story of Stuff will delve into that question in their latest mini-documentary Burning Injustice .   "Burning Injustice is a powerful short documentary that follows the inspiring journey of Latino activists, John Mataka and Bianca Lopez, as they lead a fight against one of the last trash incinerators in California. Set in California's Central Valley, the film exposes the devastating health consequences of pollution and highlights their tireless efforts to close the facility for good. Through their unwavering determination, they call for environmental justice and a safer future for their community." " The Story of Stuff Project is an environmental nonprofit focused on anti-consumerism and putting people and the planet over profit." Find the Story of Stuff on social media: Facebook , X , and Instagram . #environmentaljustice   #incinerator   #california   #airpollution   #environment   #waste   #wastemanagement   #zerowaste   #justice   #documentary   #shortdocumentary   #trash

  • July 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

    Here's a list of some upcoming online and Rogue Valley, in-person, eco-spiritual activities that may be of interest to you. Check back as this post will be updated during July as we get additional information, and a new calendar listing will come out in August. July 5, 2024 , at 6:30 p.m. PDT - Third Act Oregon is presenting a free, in-person, and live-streamed event at First Unitarian Portland, OR: An Evening with Bill McKibben. The renowned climate activist, author, and journalist will talk about "what’s bringing him joy, what gives him hope, and why he believes that working together, we can have a huge impact on making our world a better place for generations to come." Register here . July 6, 2024 , 10 a.m. - noon PDT - Jackson County Master Gardeners Sustainable Living Series: Drip Irrigation 101 , at the OSU Extension Auditorium, 569 Hanley Rd., Central Point -- $15 per person. July 8, 2024 , at 1:00 p.m. PDT - ProSocial is offering a free research seminar with Robert Styles: Conscious Multilevel Cultural Evolution: Theory, Practice, and Two Case Studies . Register here . July 8-12, 2024 - The Center for Open and Relational Theology   is having its ORTCON24   at Grant Targhee Resort in the Grand Teton mountains of Wyoming, "This in-person conference "brings together scholars, leaders, pastors, and activists... providing workshops, lectures, and social activities to deepen relationships and present new ways of imagining God and the universe." Information and Registration:   https://c4ort.com/ortcon/ July 9, 2024, from 6-7 p.m. PDT - SOCAN is offering Zoom training for giving testimony at the Forward Oregon Transportation August 8 event. Zoom link   Contact Alan Journet for more info. July 9, 2024 , from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT- The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold the second public workshop for the Clean Fuels Program 2024 Rulemaking to discuss its draft OR-GREET 4.0 model and simplified calculators. The purpose of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for interested parties and DEQ to discuss the draft model and provide feedback. While DEQ has convened a Rulemaking Advisory Committee for this rulemaking, this workshop is not a meeting of that committee. July 11, 2024 , at 4 p.m. PDT - Deeptime Network will launch the Deeptime Cafe on second Thursdays (4-5 p.m., PDT), and third Fridays (9-10 a.m., PDT). This will be a time for followers of the Deeptime Network to spend unstructured time together, share news, resources, and know-how, and become 'zones of activation" and "fields of synergy." During July and August this will be free and open to everyone; starting in September the Deeptime Cafe will be open to Premium Members for $8 per month.   Register here . July 8-13, 2024 - " Th!rd Act is working groups in actions across the country to demand that Wall Street banks stop using our hard-earned retirement savings to fund the climate crisis ." As Summer of Heat's Elders Week  kicks off on July 8th Third Act is presenting a recorded Contemplative Service to provide spiritual grounding for the week. Created by Rev. Dr. Jessica McArdle, this 18-minute service includes interfaith chants, prayers, petitions, and an immersive guided forest meditation. Register here. July 15, 2024, from  6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. PDT - Ashland Together is having "an empowering conversation about Fire, Climate Change, and Community at Carpenter Hall, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 15 S. Pioneer St., Ashland, OR. Special guests are Marko Bey (founder & Executive Director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, and Belinda Brown (Tribal Partnerships Director). July 15, 2024 , from 7-8:30 p.m. PDT - Pachamama Alliance  is sponsoring a private, preview screening of the unreleased documentary: We Are Guardians   about the Indigenous protectors of the Amazon rainforest , at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland, This will include a Q&A period with the Director, Get Tickets here . ($10-$50 sliding scale) July 16, 2024 , at 10 a.m. PDT - Th!rd Act is also offering an online, monthly Contemplative, Mindfulness Meditation Practice with Sharon Salzberg . A meditation teacher since 1974 and a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, Sharon is the author of 13 books on the topic and is part of the G arrison Institute’s Pathways to Planetary Health .   Register here . July 17, 2024 , at 6:00 p.m. PDT - SOCAN   and the Oregon Conservancy Foundation  are sponsoring a presentation by Lloyd Marbet and Cathryn Chudy   “Nuclear Power, Unaffordable at any Size”,   at the   Metaphysical Library, 1757 Ashland St., Ashland, OR. July 18, 2024  at 5:30 p.m. PDT - Rogue Climate  is having its Monthly Volunteer Gathering at their office in Phoenix, OR. July 23, 2024, from 1-2 p.m. PDT - The BTS Center is offering a taste of Navigating Climate Spiritual Care Learning Community. This online gathering with the hosts Rev. Alison Cornish and Nicholas Collura will allow you to find out more about the Learning Community, meet the facilitators, and ask any questions you might have . Register here. July 30, 2024 , at 6:00 p.m. PDT - SOCAN is having its Monthly General Meeting at the Medford Public Library, 205, S. Central Avenue, Medford. where Bill Gorham will speak on Oregon’s Proposed Floating Offshore Wind Project . August 8, 2024  (time not announced yet). -  SOCAN's   Legislature's Joint Transportation Committee is having a Listening Session on Transportation Funding   in preparation for the 2025 Session, at the Medford Public Library. August 28 to October 31, 2024 - ProSocial Action Lab will be running two cohorts to serve a variety of schedules and global time zones . Over 10 weeks, groups from around the world will be paired with a ProSocial coach, and together, will learn and share how we can work together more effectively.  Register here . September 22, 2024 , from 3-4 p.m. PDT - Faith in Place has announced that Lama Rod Owens, a Black Buddhist Southern Queen and an internationally acclaimed teacher whose teachings center on freedom, self-expression, and radical self-care, will deliver the annual Environment & Spirituality Summit keynote address.  Register here. Rogue Valley Voice aggregates and curates information from many third-party sources and does not necessarily endorse all aspects of others' work. Still, we find their viewpoint provocative and interesting enough to encourage the reader to engage with and come to their understanding and actions as they deem appropriate.

  • Consciousness Is Everywhere

    This past fall, 2023 I took an OLLI course called Unraveling the Mysteries of Consciousness . John Kalb, the instructor defined "consciousness" as "a sensory and inner awareness of one's mental activity and sense of self, as well as the environment." But there are many different theories of consciousness including: Global Workspace Theory - Consciousness is a form of information processing, broadcasting data to other brain centers. Higher Order Theory - introspective awareness of, and reflection upon, one's thoughts Integrated Information Theory - mathematical and computational Neurobiological Naturalism Theory - a highly complex emergent phenomenon the result of a long evolutionary process Orchestrated Objective Reduction Theory - quantum phenomenon at work Panpsychism Theory - consciousness is everywhere D ual-aspect Monism Theory - considers mental and physical as two aspects of one underlying undivided reality that is psychophysically neutral. Wolfgang Pauli , Carl Gustav Jung , Arthur Eddington , John  Wheeler , David Bohm , and Basil Hiley are the originators of this approach which is inspired by analogies with modern physics. Beast Machine Theory - Neuroscientist Anil Seth proposes that consciousness is merely a result of 'controlled hallucinations' that are our brain's attempt to keep us alive. We experience the world and the self with, through, and because of our living bodies. When we agree about our hallucinations, we call that "reality." The philosophical underpinnings of consciousness can be characterized as follows: Physicalism/Materialism - The universe is made of physical stuff, and consciousness states are either identical to or somehow emerge from a particular arrangement of this physical stuff. Idealism - Consciousness or mind is the ultimate source of reality, not physical stuff or matter. The problem is not how the mind emerges from matter, but how matter emerges from the mind. Dualism - Consciousness (mind) and physical matter are separate substances or modes of existence. Functionalism - Consciousness does not depend on what a system is made of. Therefore physical brains are not strictly required. Mysteriamism - Human beings are currently incapable of fully understanding consciousness and we may never will. "Science and religion are not in contrast, but they need each other to complete themselves in the mind of a man who thinks seriously." ~Max Planck Federico Faggin   is an Italian physicist, engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur best known for designing the first commercial microprocessor , the Intel 4004 . The   Faggin Foundation  "supports the scientific study of consciousness at US universities and research institutes. "Faggin's curiosity about consciousness started in the late eighties when he asked himself if it was possible to make a conscious computer. After decades of research he states: "Despite being much more powerful, today’s computers are not one bit more conscious, than the computers in the early sixties." According to Wikipedia, Faggin in his book Irreducible: Consciousness, Life, Computers, and Human Nature , (2024),  proposed a theory on consciousness according to which consciousness is a purely quantum phenomenon , unique to each of us... Consciousness is therefore not linked to the functioning of the body and can continue to exist even after the death of the body." Faggin says "Consciousness is the capacity to perceive and know the world and ourselves. We know our unique selfhood by experiencing it as qualia (the sense of self) within our consciousness. Similarly, the outer world produced by our sensory-brain system is portrayed in the form of qualia “projected” in the space outside of us." Faggin goes on to say, " Each of us experiences two different realities: the inner reality of sensations and feelings (called qualia) and the outer reality of objects interacting in space and time. We believe that the outer aspect is objective and that the inner aspect is the subjective domain of consciousness. These two realities reflect each other in some form, though they are fundamentally different." The website of Essentia Foundation says they "aim at communicating in an accurate yet accessible way the latest analytic and scientific indications that metaphysical materialism is fundamentally flawed. Indeed, clear reasoning and the evidence at hand indicate that metaphysical idealism or non-dualism—the notion that nature is essentially mental—is the best explanatory model we currently have. "Over the past few decades evidence has been accumulating in foundations of physics, neuroscience and analytic philosophy that materialism is false." ~ Essentia Foundation In the YouTube video above, Essentia Foundation recommends Frederico Faggin'   two books in English: Irreducible: Consciousness, Life, Computers, and Human Nature  (2024) Silicon: From the Invention of the Microprocessor to the New Science of Consciousness  (2021) Check out Fagin's list of other "quotes from some of the brightest minds in the history of human science" here. "This is a participatory universe that depends for its very existence on human beings." ~ Deepak Chopra & Menas Kafatos In 2007 Deepak Chopra and Menaz Kafatos wrote the book You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why it Matters . The book presents a worldview where consciousness is primary rather than derivative (as a materialist would see it.) The authors assert: "We are creators of reality, living in a consciousness universe that responds to our minds... Mind and matter are different states of the same thing - the field of consciousness... Reality consists of shifting, interchangeable states that emanate from one source: consciousness... Qualia occurs within consciousness and has no dimension... The monist view is that 'everything in existence is part of the body of God'... The universe is in you... Your purpose is to align yourself with the creativity of the cosmos." Chopra and Kafatos draw from Planck, Einstein, Heisenberg, Bohr, Paul, Schrodinger, and others to provide answers to nine mysteries: What came before the big bang? Why does the universe fit together so perfectly? Where did time come from? What is the universe made of? Is there design in the Universe? Is the quantum world linked to everyday life? Do we live in a conscious universe? How did life first begin? Does the brain create the mind? The authors acknowledge three inspirational conferences: Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona Science and Non-Duality (SAND) Sages & Scientists - The Chopra Foundation "Science has failed entirely to say where consciousness originated... maybe consciousness is woven into the fabric of the universe - a very old notion to which physics is just catching up." ~ Deepak Chopra, Metahuman

  • [Inside] The Movement

    Inside the Movement (ITM) is "a team of climate activists and journalists - the folks at EarthRise, Fossil Free Media, One Earth, The Solutions Project, and The YEARS Project. ITM is an aggregator "putting the actions, campaigns, stories, successes, challenges. and reflections of the climate movement in one place." " In a rapidly intensifying informational age that coincides with intense societal divisiveness and extreme weather, we’re often left wondering: will technology save us? With new technological advances happening every day, we are hopeful they can aid in transitioning us to a renewable energy system. But with all of this new tech at our fingertips, we shouldn’t forget that using our voices (the non-AI-assisted version!) is the best tool we'll ever have. Here’s how we can use them: Tell U.S. Banks to stop funding the climate crisis by continued expansion of fossil fuel production. Ask your representatives to update archaic mining laws in the face of a renewing mining industry. Demand the Department of Justice launch an investigation into Big Oil’s decades of lies, deception, and greed. Celebrate this week’s Wins for the Planet featuring how corporate workers are holding their employers accountable for their climate promises, and where federal dollars are being allocated for climate solutions. Check out the latest voices in the movement, most interesting science, and best shareable videos." "[Inside] The Movement is a newsletter and Action Toolkit for the Climate Movement. It is updated weekly and is here for you to change the world." Subscribe here. Rogue Valley Voice aggregates and curates information from many third-party sources and does not necessarily endorse all aspects of others' work. Still, we find their viewpoint provocative and interesting enough to encourage the reader to engage with and come to their understanding and actions as they deem appropriate. —

  • June 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

    Here's a list of some upcoming online and Rogue Valley, in-person, eco-spiritual activities that may be of interest to you. Check back as this post will be updated during June as we get additional information, and a new calendar listing will come out in July. May 31 - June 2, 2024 - Creation Spirituality Communities is presenting Reimagining Our Story: Hope for the New Humanity - an in-depth exploration of the new humanity in the evolving cosmos, with keynote speakers Matthew Fox and Brian Swimme. Registration and details: on site, or online. Click Here June 1, 2024, from 9 a.m. PDT - The American Teilhard Association is having its Annual Retreat 2024 with Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell speaking via Zoom. Click here to register. Newell's 2021 book Sacred Earth Sacred Soul focuses on Teilhard de Chardin’s spirituality and vision. Newell's upcoming book (August 2024) The Great Search: Turning to Earth and Soul in the Quest for Healing and Home follows in the tradition of authors such as Barbara Brown Taylor, and Rob Bell, who leave church but remain spiritual, "forging a new path toward a true spiritual home by embracing a deep connection to the natural world." June 3, 2024, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. PDT - The Center for Christogenesis is presenting a webinar with Ilia Delio, Making the Choice for a Highly Personal God. This talk will focus on "Christianity as a mutation of consciousness, a breakthrough in awareness of the experience of God. We will focus on the stories of Jesus of Nazareth, his experience of God, and the human person as the tabernacle of divinity. The ideas of Carl Jung and Teilhard de Chardin on individuation and personalization will be discussed, and the relationship between religion and evolution will be engaged. Tickets cost $35 Register here. June 12, 2024, at 2 p.m. PDT - IRAS is presenting their monthly webinar on Science, Religion, and Society, featuring: David Brin, author, artist, playwright, futurist, and 2024 Alumnus of the Year at California Institute of Technology, speaking on Imagination and Prediction in the Age of Science. The IRAS webinar is free, but registration is required. Please register here for the June 2024 Webinar June 12, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. PDT - The BTS Center is presenting Lament with Earth, the last of five seasonal events honoring the pain of loss through the liturgical year - the Season of Via Positiva, featuring All Beings co-hosted by Radical Joy for Hard Times. More information and register here. June 13, 2024, at 1 p.m. PDT on Zoom - Global Kinship is presenting a webinar:  About Our Evolution: Themes and Revelations from the 2024 CSC Gathering. Penny Andrews, Daniel Barber, and Gail Ransom, will lead the Global Kinship community in an update on the mix of ideas shared at the 2024 Creation Spirituality Communities gathering on Cape Cod and how they might affect our evolutionary edge. Register here. June 15, 2024, from 3-4:30 p.m. PDT - Global Kinship is presenting Kosmic Vespers led by Penny Andrews, with Mary Ann Wamhoff, Bob Isenberger & Gail Ransom on three Saturdays of summer. June 15 - In the Depths of Awe;  July 20 - The Dance of Creativity and Cataclysm; and August 17 - Uni-verse (One Song). To register or for more information, contact Penny Andrews at mingeicenter@gmail.com June 15-22, 2024 - World Unity Week 2024 is a celebration of unity and peace - a free online event that aligns global observances like the mid-year solstice, International Yoga Day, and UN Refugee Day with a vibrant tapestry of interconnected groups, organizations, and visionary individuals. June 18 - August 20, 2024, Tuesdays from 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. PDT - InterSpiritual Meditation (ISM) is offering a 9-week course of 90-minute sessions: A Holistic 7-Step Mindfulness Practice. More information and registration here. June 4 to July 17, 2024, and October 1 to November 12, 2024. - ProSocial World is offering in two sessions: a seven-week, online course: Becoming ProSocial: Building Trust and Collaboration in our Groups and Networks. The experience is being offered The cost of the course is ‍$300, Click here for more information and to register June 28-30, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, & 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. PTD - The Peace Village Festival will take place at Jackson Wellsprings Hot Mineral Springs Resort in Ashland, Oregon, This is one of the largest summer music, and wellness festivals in southern Oregon. For more information check out their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram Rogue Valley Voice aggregates and curates information from many third-party sources and does not necessarily endorse all aspects of others' work. Still, we find their viewpoint provocative and interesting enough to encourage the reader to engage with and come to their understanding and actions as they deem appropriate.

  • Singing A New Cosmology Into Being

    The Kalapalo are an indigenous people of Brazil. They are one of seventeen tribal groups that inhabit the Xingu National Park. Neolithic humans constructed a powerful mode of communication - the ritual - to create community and awaken to a larger dimension of self. "There is perhaps no more significant challenge today than the invention of processes that will enable us to move from the fragmentation of our nation-states to the unity of our Earth community - to feel in a primary way that we are earth, we are universe. That is who we are first and foremost; everything else second. ~ Brian Swimme, Human Energy Project The short films of the Human Energy Project "sing a new cosmology," one that begins with a primordial birth that begins 14 billion years ago and develops into stars and galaxies, living planets, and human consciousness. The "powerful being" that we sing of is that of the global organism that is emerging - the noosphere! "We are the nervous system of this global organism that is breaking into awareness of itself, just at the moment when it is needed most. We invite others to join us in this work as together we create a song of a flourishing Earth community."

  • Lament with Earth

    June 12, 2023, at 3:30 p.m. PDT - The BTS Center is presenting Lament with Earth, the last of five seasonal events honoring the pain of loss through the liturgical year - the Season of Via Positiva, featuring All Beings co-hosted by Radical Joy for Hard Times. More information and register here. "To create space for these feelings, The BTS Center — together with The Many, an extraordinary group of songwriters, spoken word artists, and liturgists — has created Lament with Earth — five seasonal events featuring original music, poetry, rituals, images, scripture and videos to reflect different seasons of loss through the liturgical year. These events are interactive, inviting you to pray and sing along. You are invited to bring your own sense of loss and sadness. We lament together and also share that which has been a balm to our grief, strengthening us for the work we know awaits us." “In a healthy environment, our first spiritual moments are moments of awe and wonder, and delight. The mystics call this the Via Positiva. When we allow these gifts to penetrate our souls the organic response includes: gratitude, reverence, and joy.” ~ Matthew Fox

  • GenOptimist

    Human Energy has recently unveiled GenOptimist AI - "an AI assistant that fosters a scientifically optimistic view on life for younger generations." I asked GenOptimist, "Is the Noosphere real?" and this is the response: Alright, let's dive into this epic question! So, imagine the Earth has been leveling up over billions of years, right? First, it was all about the geosphere – rocks, water, air, the basic stuff. Then, life burst onto the scene, and boom, we got the biosphere, where all the living things hang out. Now, here's where it gets wild: humans come along with their big brains and start thinking, communicating, and creating technology. This is where the noosphere enters the chat. The noosphere is like the Earth's latest upgrade – a layer of collective thought and knowledge. It's not something you can touch or see, but it's all around us, connecting us in ways that are totally next-level. It's like we're all part of this giant brain, sharing ideas and shaping the planet's future together. And guess what? This isn't just some sci-fi fantasy; big thinkers like Teilhard de Chardin and Vladimir Vernadsky actually came up with this concept way back in the day. Now, whether the noosphere is "real" real, like the air we breathe, is a bit of a head-scratcher. It's not something you can measure with a ruler or a scale, but it's definitely something you can feel. Every time you learn something new, share a meme, or help out a friend with some advice, you're part of this massive web of human energy and intelligence. It's like we're all contributing to this invisible cloud of know-how that's shaping our world. So, is the noosphere an illusion or reality? Well, it's kinda both. It's not a physical thing, but it's a super powerful idea that's changing the game for how we live on this planet. It's about all of us, together, making the Earth a smarter, more connected place. And that's pretty real if you ask me. 🌐✨

  • May 2024 Eco-Spiritual Calendar

    Photo by Ray Hennessy from https://www.instagram.com/p/Cf2XKmmr7C-/ Here's a list of some upcoming online and Rogue Valley, in-person, eco-spiritual activities that may interest you. Check back as this post will be updated during May as we get additional information, and a new calendar listing will come out in June. Read Pastor Richenda Fairhurst's Just Creation substack blog for more news, boosts, and updates. As PastorRichenda says, "My updates are not endorsements, and links are usually third party. Please make your own determinations. My goal here is to amplify the conversation and encourage engagement, learning, and resilience. And of course, to bless your efforts!" This caveat is true for my RogueValleyVoice blog too. May 2, 2024, at 1-2:30 p.m. PDT - Global Kinship is presenting a virtual webinar with science ambasador J.D. Stillwater: One Song: The Science of Unity. "For millennia mystics and prophets have told us that “All is one” and yet we feel ourselves surrounded by separation, antagonism, and isolation! With help from some intrepid dung beetles, science ambassador JD Stillwater takes us on a tour of findings from mainstream science that reveal an underlying wholism in everything from human bodies to ecosystems to the very fabric of space-time. In short, science agrees: “All is one.” Registration is required: Register here. May 4, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. PDT - Ecumenical Ministries and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light are organizing a Statewide Community Climate Vigil for the Right to a Healthy Environment, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. RSVP here. ProSocial World also offers a variety of online seminars this spring: May 3, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT - Shigeru Miyagowa: Quest for Fire and ChatGPT: AI from the Perspective of Human Evolution May 10, 2024, at 9 a.m. PDT - Barbara Oakley: The Empathy Commons: The Risks of Caring Without Clear Boundaries May 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT - Blair Gross and David McAleavey: Leveraging the UK Household Longitudinal Study to Explore Social Baseline Theory May 24, 2024, at 9 a.m. PDT -  Heinrich Volmink: Ubuntu and the Noosphere: Exploring Insights for Collective Consciousness and Prosociality June 3 to 7, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. PDT -  David Sloan Wilson: Transforming Business and Education- Leading towards Flourishing May 6, 2024, at 1 p.m. PDT - The Oregon Environmental Council is offering a virtual webinar taking a closer look at This Year's State Legislative Session. Their guest speaker is Senator Janeen Sollman, Senate Energy and Environment Committee Chair. She played a pivotal role as an environmental champion this session, including passing Oregon’s landmark Right to Repair legislation. Register here. May 6, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. PDT - Third Act is presenting a webinar: Welcome to Third Act: Let’s Get Started. Join Third Act's volunteers and learn about campaigns, Working Groups, and how you can plug into our growing network. Bill McKibben is the founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of sixty for progressive change, and a contributing writer to The New Yorker. Read Bill's April 25, 2024 article The Biden Administration’s Plan to Make American Homes More Efficient.  Register here May 9, 2024 - FIC is starting a 6-week online course: Communication and Relationship Building in Community. "Learn how to speak your mind, discern your thoughts, and be a better listener." Learn more and register here. May 15, 2024, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PDT - Citizens' Climate Lobby will be presenting: Race, Climate, and Culture Conversation. Free. Register here. May 16, 2024 - The 6th annual Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University will kick off Thursday, May 16, and run through Sunday, May 19. The four-day event features a dynamic, global lineup with over 100 presenters, including five keynote speakers. See the conference website for a full listing of this year’s program. May 16, 2024, from 7-9 p.m. PDT - Southern Oregon public hearing, in the Jackson County Auditorium, 7520 Table Rock Rd., Central Point, OR, for Groundwater Allocation rule-making (about strengthening standards for acquiring groundwater water rights) with written comments due May 31, 2024. May 18, 19, 25, and 26, 2024 - The Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and the Human Energy Project are co-sponsoring a webinar series with Dr. Emily DeMoor Intersubjectivity and the Noosphere: Love, entanglement, and Convergence.  Register here. May 22, 2024, from 4-5 p.m. PDT - The BTS Center is presenting an online webinar: Collective Honesty and Complicated Hope: An Evening with Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist, with conversationalists Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Rabbi Laura Bellows, and William Morris. The registration fee is $15. Register here. May 23, 2024 - Process & Faith, in collaboration with The Cobb Institute, is offering a six-session course: 12 Universal Spiritual Principles to Freedom and Intimacy Solving Life's Problems throughTransreligious Spiritual Principles. Karl Y. will link these 12 principles to the writing of Alfred North Whitehead to understand them in transreligious spiritual ways that are compatible with process-relational thought. Learn more & sign up: https://buff.ly/3wfucQU May 24-25, 2024 - Claremont ECO Forum is having an in-person forum: The Great Turning: Towards an Ecological Civilization Aiming at the Common Good of Humanity and Nature at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, This will be the 17th International Forum on Ecological Civilization and the 6th International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization. Register here. May 28, 2024, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. PDT - SOCAN's Monthly Meeting will take place in the large meeting room of the Medford Public Library, 205 South Central, Medford, OR. The topic this month is: Why do we need the Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment? This calendar is sent only once-a-month by email, and does not include other interesting articles from this past month: Living on this Planet, in Harmony, for the Good of All Methane - Between a Rock and a Charred Place Intentional Community An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice A Quaker New Story The Matter With Things A New Story of the Universe Climate Change and U.S. Politics Oregon's 2024 Legislative Session Transition to Electric Vehicles Creating Cosmogenesis Through Art Rogue Valley's Water Situation National Week of Conversation The Great Turning

  • The Need to GROW

    "Food Revolution Network is committed to healthy, ethical, and sustainable food for all. Guided by John and Ocean Robbins, with more than 500,000 members and with the collaboration of many of the top food revolutionary leaders of our times, Food Revolution Network aims to empower individuals, build community, and transform food systems to support healthy people and a healthy planet." The Need To GROW documentary "explores the profound connection between soil health, food security, and environmental sustainability. Through the lens of three extraordinary innovators and their cutting-edge solutions, the film sheds light on the fragility of our current food system and advocates for responsible, regenerative agriculture. Watch the film for FREE for four days. "Registrants will have an opportunity to purchase an Impact Kit that helps you put all the learnings from The Need To GROW into action. The Impact Kit is a collection of 15 powerful 45-minute lessons featuring experts on gardening, composting, healing foods and herbs, soil’s connection to the microbiome, removing pesticides from your community, and more. It also comes with lifetime digital film access, full-length expert interviews from the film, deleted scenes, and more than $500 worth of bonuses. The Impact Kit sells for $197 and is offered on sale during the limited-time screening for just $97 — and for fast action takers from the screening page, $67." “Soil health is a crisis that not enough people know about, even though it affects all other environmental issues. The stories are an inspiring example of resilience and solutions in a time when so much talk is focused on doom and gloom.” ~ Rosario Dawson, Executive Producer and Narrator

  • Becoming ProSocial

    How can we build more trust and collaboration in the groups and networks we care about? How can we work together to make the difference we are striving for? ProSocial World hopes to offer some answers in their upcoming, seven-week, online course: Becoming ProSocial: Building Trust and Collaboration in our Groups and Networks. The experience is being offered in two sessions: June 4 to July 17, 2024 and October 1 to November 12, 2024. The cost of the course is ‍$300, which covers the full cost for ProSocial World to administer the course. Participants who contribute a higher amount allow scholarships for others. Click here for more information and to register The main objectives of the course are "to practice psychological flexibility and listening in community; to get a taste of the prosocial community of practice; and to empower us all to improve our groups and communities. The experience is being facilitated by Dounia Saeme, ProSocial World Community Development Manager, and Paul Atkins ProSocial World Cofounder & Vice President. The ProSocial model is designed to enhance self-awareness, responsiveness, and collaboration by using ideas drawn from cultural evolutionary theory, Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel prize-winning design principles for groups, and the contemplative and behavioral sciences. Central are three core processes diagramed above (Self awareness and responsiveness; shared purpose and vision: and collective action and co-evolution. In Governing the Commons, Ostrom summarized eight design principles that were present in the sustainable common pool resource institutions she studied. In order to consciously evolve a world that works for all. and catalyze rapid, positive cultural change we will need to recognize our interconnectedness and continuously improve the relationships we have with ourselves, each other and the planet." ~ ProSocial World

  • The Science of Unity

    "Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— over and over announcing your place in the family of things." ~ Mary Oliver May 2, 2024, at 1-2:30 p.m. PDT - Global Kinship is presenting a virtual webinar with science ambasador J.D. Stillwater: One Song: The Science of Unity. Registration is required: Register here. "For millennia mystics and prophets have told us that “All is one” and yet we feel ourselves surrounded by separation, antagonism, and isolation! With help from some intrepid dung beetles, science ambassador JD Stillwater takes us on a tour of findings from mainstream science that reveal an underlying wholism in everything from human bodies to ecosystems to the very fabric of space-time. In short, science agrees: “All is one.” JD Stillwater refers to himself as a "Science  Ambassador, Presenter, Writer, Musician, Coach, Big-picture Thinker, and Cultural Worker." "JD’s work springs from his love of science and his tendency to care more about implications than conventions. What he brings to the global conversation is a gift for making difficult science concepts accessible for non-scientists, then taking them further into the profound implications that those concepts engender." "JD’s full-time mission is to lead the wider culture toward a worldview that is more aligned with how reality works. The currently dominant worldview of separation and exploitation only offers imminent planetary catastrophe. To be effective in creating more sustainable systems, we must change the way we think." Visit JD Stillwater's YouTube Channel. "Global Kinship, Exploring the Emerging Noosphere, addresses the phenomenon of the complexification of human creativity, technology, and consciousness that has evolved within our species - from the first "Aha!" moments of the earliest tribes to this rapidly rising consciousness and interconnectivity among humans around the world." "Through technology, culture, arts, economics, medicine, sociability, the human heart, and a shared concern for our ecological fragility, we are quickly becoming a global community." "One hundred years ago, Pierre Teilhard and Vladimir Vernadsky predicted that Earth, through us, would grow a new layer beyond the geosphere and biosphere. They named this layer the Noosphere. To participate in this meeting of the minds, we need to pay attention to what is happening both inside and outside of us. That is the purpose of these webinars. We are exploring the emerging Noosphere as it emerges through us."

  • Living on this Planet, in Harmony, for the Good of All

    In April 2023 I participated in an adult education program of Ashland UCC where we discussed a series of videos produced by the Human Energy Project about the emerging noosphere - the collective, global mind (super-organism), identified 100 years ago by Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. This led to my invitation to participate in summer 2023 in a 10-week Master Class called the Science of the Noosphere; this was led by evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, One of the participants in the Master Class was Kurt Johnson, co-author of the 2012 book The Coming Interspiritual Age. Kurt Johnson was trained as a scientist and became friends with David Sloan Wilson who co-founded ProSocial World. Kurt is also a leader in the unititive Holomovement. The image above is from a YouTube PowerPoint video with Kurt Johnson and David Currie, based on Currie's 2022 book For the Good of All, NOW!: Be Your Own Circle of Happiness and Serenity... From Local to Global. It describes "a comprehensive plan of action for humanity to gather as a multicellular superorganism committed to elevating and manifesting a world that works for all of us." This world doesn’t exist yet. It is a world clearly demanding humans to make different choices! The program Currie describes "invites you as stakeholders in life to consider a simple, 'Four Turns' path that draws on our natural, holistic powers and compassion, to cohere and replicate around a unique compelling evolutionarily grounded mix of strategies, structures, and practices, and to step on this path together.' The YouTube PowerPoint video (below) is the product of HYLO Groups at both Prosocial and the Holomovement. It is co-produced with the Evolutionary Leaders Synergy Circles/Humanity's Stream Video Hub which has 700,000 subscribers. For The Good of All, NOW! movement Synergy Circles of the Evolutionary Leaders Synergy Circle, Prosocial World Evolutionary Leaders Circles Holomovement Prosocial Nexus Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences ProSocial World also offers a variety of online seminars this spring: May 3, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT - Shigeru Miyagowa: Quest for Fire and ChatGPT: AI from the Perspective of Human Evolution May 10, 2024, at 9 a.m. PDT - Barbara Oakley: The Empathy Commons: The Risks of Caring Without Clear Boundaries May 17, 2024, at 3 p.m. PDT - Blair Gross and David McAleavey: Leveraging the UK Household Longitudinal Study to Explore Social Baseline Theory May 24, 2024, at 9 a.m. PDT -  Heinrich Volmink: Ubuntu and the Noosphere: Exploring Insights for Collective Consciousness and Prosociality June 3 to 7, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. PDT -  David Sloan Wilson: Transforming Business and Education- Leading towards Flourishing

  • Intentional Community

    An "Intentional community" may be defined as "a group of people who have chosen to live together or share resources based on common values," or "a group of people dedicated with intent, purpose, and commitment to a mutual concern." They are often "models of a more cooperative, sustainable, and just way of life," but conflicts still do arise. Read more about terms and definitions for intentional community in this article by the Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC). Perhaps your initial thought about intentional communities in Oregon runs to 1960s hippie communes or cults such as Rajneeshpuram, the religious community located in Wasco County, Oregon during the 1980's. Several Oregon communities have reputations as being former hippie havens including Ashland, Fairview, Milwaukie, Happy Valley (Pendarvis Farm). Sunny Valley, Little Applegate (Full Bloom), and Deadwood (Alpha Farms). However, the notion of "intentional community" in recent years has gained greater respectability encompassing: communes, ecovillages, cohousing, coliving, or student coops. The Foundation for Intentional Community (FIC) curates a directory of over 1,000 such communities worldwide, including over 50 in the state of Oregon! Another form of community, not included in their list is a Life Plan Community, such as Rogue Valley Manor (RVM). Started In 1955 by an ecumenical community group of Methodists, Episcopalians, and Presbyterians, the non-profit RVM is now home to nearly 1,000 seniors in Medford, OR. Although hardly part of the "eco-village" movement, RVM is commemorating "sustainability" this Earth Day April 22, 2024. Perhaps some residents might be interested in FIC's learning opportunities about how to intentionally live together harmoniously as a community: April 23, 2024, from 12:30- 2 p.m. PDT - FIC is presenting a webinar: Managing the Moment When Conflict. When conflict arises in a community, it’s often unclear how to best tackle it or where it even began. In this one-hour webinar, Laird will examine what’s happening at the moment when people become aware that someone – either themselves or others – goes into nontrivial reactivity. Learn more and register here. April 25, 2024, at 10 a.m. PDT -  FIC is presenting a webinar: 6 Surprising Truths About Building Effective Relationships. Join intentional community consultant and relationship coach Karen Gimnig "to get a taste of best practices for communication and connection whether you’re on the journey to starting a community or are currently residing in one." Karen will cover this topic and more in greater depth in FIC's upcoming 6-week course, Communication & Relationship Building in Community.  Learn more and register here. May 9, 2024 - FIC is starting a 6-week online course: Communication and Relationship Building in Community. "Learn how to speak your mind, discern your thoughts, and be a better listener." Learn more and register here. In a broader sense, a household is one form of an"intentional community" of individuals focused on its common good. Neighborhoods are generally less intentional, (often the only common identifying feature is the socio-economic similarity of residents) unless there are conscious, intentional efforts to strengthen bonds. Tribal groups (institutions such as churches, clubs, and political parties) are chosen by their members because of some shared values, and their members enjoy solidarity within their tribe, but they can be isolating too unless there are intentional efforts to be inclusive and extend themselves beyond their defining boundaries. Life Care communities such as RVM bring former strangers together, who can remain isolated without intentional efforts to build connection and camaraderie and to nurture care and concerns. There is a tendency for such communities to be isolated bubbles, but they are situated within a larger community (a town, city, county, region, and state) that have common interests in enhancing everyone's quality of life. Nations have common interests of welfare, prosperity, and defense, but in my opinion, they are becoming obsolete. Technology, particularly the internet, smartphones, and media, have made humans instantly aware of global conditions (i.e. wars, famines, pandemics, disasters), and should make us more aware that we are all interrelated and increasingly interdependent - what happens somewhere has an effect elsewhere. Currently, some political forces are shifting back toward tribalism and isolationism. But, at the same time, many people have an emerging awareness of our shared global concerns such as species survival, limiting the common threat of global warming, correcting imbalances and gross inequality, regulating technology, etc. Being intentional about our communities matters! How big are your intentional communities?

  • Methane - Between a Rock and a Charred Place

    If you are not a regular Up Close with Peter Sage substack blog reader, I think you should be! Peter is a retired financial advisor and a daily blogger of political news and commentary in southern Oregon. His recent post on Abundant Natural Gas highlights the political reality that "the largest domestic producers of natural gas include the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Mexico, and Colorado. Democratic politicians in those states need to defend local industries. It positions local politicians in opposition to the national party." "The general public thinks Biden isn't doing enough to bring energy prices down. The environmental left thinks Biden has sold out to Big Oil." ~ Peter Sage One Stanford University climate scientist equates the situation to being "caught between "a rock and a charred place." Ashland Climate Collaborative, through their Electrify Ashland Now project, and Rogue Climate, through their Ashland Youth for Electrification campaign have been trying to make a case that natural gas should be labeled "methane" as it is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas buildup in the atmosphere. They want ordinances to limit new residential use of methane. So far, they have not gained much traction with the City Council. Some conservatives bundle the threat of limiting natural gas as part of a conspiracy to take away our gas engine trucks, our guns, and now our gas stoves The fossil fuel industry is slow to take action toward the "managed decline of fossil fuel production", as urged by several groups: Oil Change International (OCI) is "a research, communications, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the ongoing transition to clean energy." Recently, they called out CERAWeek (the industry's certified gas” event) as having "unproven technology, opaque practices, and conflicts of interest." KeepItInTheGround.org - Over 400 organizations call on world leaders: End New Fossil Fuel Development. LofotenDeclaration.org "The Lofoten Declaration affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of wealthy fossil fuel producers to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development and to manage the decline of existing production."

  • An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice

    Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 6 a.m. to Noon PDT, via Livestream - the Episcopal Dioceses of Western Massachusetts is having an Earth Day 2024 celebration to mark the conclusion of the Creation Care Justice Network's pilot program An Episcopal Path to Creation Justice - a new initiative to equip churches for deep and broad work in creation care. The event will feature presentations by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, with Bill McKibben and Robin Wall-Kimmerer joining virtually. The day will conclude with a celebratory Eucharist officiated by Bishop Carol Gallagher and Bishop Doug Fisher. The Livestream will be available on their Province 1 YouTube channel. Mary Evelyn Tucker 'is the co-founder and co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology with her husband, John Allen Grim. Tucker teaches in the joint Master's program in religion and ecology at Yale University between the School of the Environment, and the Divinity School. She also has an appointment at Yale's Department of Religious Studies. She teaches three online courses on Journey of the Universe and The Worldview of Thomas Berry. Bill McKibben "is an American environmentalist, author, and journalist who has written extensively on the impact of global warming. He is the leader of the climate campaign group 350.org. He has authored a dozen books about the environment, including Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (2020), about the state of the environmental challenges facing humanity and future prospects." Robin Wall-Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, who has written numerous scientific articles and the New York Times Bestseller, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants (2015)

  • A Quaker New Story

    In 1964 Kenneth Boulding wrote a pamphlet The Evolutionary Potential of Quakerism. Kenneth Boulding drew a series of conclusions using a spaceship metaphor to which he devoted the rest of his life: The human economy must shift from a non-renewable material and energy throughput system to a closed-loop system of material reuse fueled by sunlight energy. A two-deck spaceship with “haves” on the upper deck and the “have-nots” on the lower deck will not work. It will become increasingly unmanageable and crash. Spaceship Earth will work only if new a equity system can be installed. You cannot have a war on a spaceship. With the population and technology now on board, new social and political systems of decision-making, cooperation, coordination, regulation, and enforcement are required at the global level for the human enterprise to remain functional. In 2007 a Quaker New Story Study group published Quakers and the New Story saying "What we do as persons—our moral aspirations, our creative endeavors, our efforts to leave the world a better place for our children and grandchildren—are themselves part of the cosmic evolutionary process. "Learn a New Story that is grounded in the sciences, animated by the humanities, and imbued with wisdom from Indigenous traditions and world spiritualities. Realize our connection to the universe and Earth that helps us not only know, but also shape the course of evolution for a thriving future. Find new ways as individuals and communities to create a vibrant and healthy Earth community." The publication concludes: "The Friends Meeting at Cambridge study group finds hope in having recognized that there is an amazing “fit” between Quakerism and the New Story. To us, it seems that the usual five testimonies of Friends—simplicity, peace, equality, integrity, and community—can now be even more deeply understood in the context of an ecological worldview and an unfolding, new universe story. An Earth restored, peace-making, respect for personal integrity, scientific inquiry, non-violence, and humanitarian work are also aspects of the New Story long valued by Quakers. A process of ethical decision-making, using spirit and reason, can be developed in the new, integrated context now available to us."

  • The Matter With Things

    The Center for Process Studies (CPS )identifies itself as offering "a relational worldview for the common good. with a mission to foster interdisciplinary research and education to cultivate holistic understanding for human and planetary flourishing," This past Easter weekend (March 29-31, 2024) CPS collaborated with the California Institute of Integral Studies to host a conference in San Francisco: Metaphysics and the Matter With Things. Ian McGilchrist, author of The Matter With Things: Our Brains, Our Delusions, and the Unmaking of the World (2021) affirms "the ontological irreducibility of relationality, time, value, purpose, experience, consciousness, and the sacred." Also on the agenda from California Institute of Integral Studies were Dr. Matthew Segall PhD. and Michael Jacob, MD PhD. who were participants along with Brian Thomas Swimme in Human Energy's Master Class of Science of the Noosphere I took last fall 2023. Segall was in Episode 2 -The Origins of Life. and Swimme was in the section on Cosmological Evolution. Michael Jacob contributed to the discussion of A Brain of Brains in the Master Class and he addressed the audience at Human Energy's N2 Conference, held at U.C. Berkeley in November 2023. Matthew David Segall is a transdisciplinary researcher, writer, teacher, and philosopher applying process-relational thought across the natural and social sciences to the study of consciousness. He is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Program at California Institute of Integral Studies. He is the author of Physics of the World-Soul: Whitehead’s Adventure in Cosmology (2021) and Crossing the Threshold: Etheric Imagination in the Post-Kantian Process Philosophy of Schelling and Whitehead (2023). Michael Jacob, MD PhD is a neurobiologist and psychiatrist whose interdisciplinary work aims to develop new perspectives on how experience comes to life and how it unravels in mental illness. He is an Assistant Professor at UCSF, Director of the Psychosis and Metabolic Mental Health Clinics at the San Francisco VA, and Researcher with the non-profit, Human Energy. Brian Thomas Swimme is an evolutionary cosmologist and professor in the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, he teaches evolutionary cosmology to graduate students in the humanities. Currently, he is also the Director of the Third Story of the Universe at Human Energy, a nonprofit public benefit organization.

  • A New Story of the Universe

    Yale University and Coursera are now offering free Journey of the Universe courses "to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we are heading.  There are three, six-week, online, courses offered by Yale: Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life Journey Conversations: Weaving Knowledge and Action The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community The Journey of the Universe project is several decades in the making, arising out of a rich lineage of Thomas Berry, Brian Thomas Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and many others. "Our present evolutionary story of a separate, mechanistic, and competitive universe is insufficient. This limited understanding of how the universe and Earth function is leading us to destroy the natural life systems on which we rely.." Brian Thomas Swimme produced the 2011 PBS series and three DVD series: Canticle to the Cosmos (1990), The Earth's Imagination (1998), and The Powers of the Universe (2004) The 2011 film Journey of the Universe is "an Emmy award-winning inspiring reflection on the human connection to Earth and the cosmos. It's available for rental on Amazon Prime. Bruce Bochte founded the Center for the Story of the Universe, inspired by the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. "The Center offers award-winning videos to expand collective consciousness and redirect the current self-destructive trajectory of society towards a vibrant community that transcends individual, human, and geo-political boundaries" The Human Energy Project offers a new Story of the Noosphere also hosted and narrated by Brian Swimme. The YouTube video above provides an overview and invitation to the Story of the Noosphere series. "This series of short films explores the ways humanity is building the nervous system of a superorganism, called the noosphere. As we deepen our understanding of this noosphere we begin to discover a collective sense of meaning and purpose that will help us address our global challenges." As a word, "noosphere" is a loose synonym for three different meanings: the history and destiny of Homo sapiens; an emerging planetary nervous system; and an emerging superorganism. The series explores the conditions that gave rise to the noosphere: 1. Heredity - The transfer of genetic and cultural information from parents to offspring, generation to generation. 2. Tools - Instruments and technological devices that aid in accomplishing tasks. 3. Self-Consciousness - Conscious of one's own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself: aware of oneself as an individual. 4. Communication - A process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior. 5. Population - A body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common, the total of particles at a particular energy level. 6. Trade - To exchange (something) for something else, typically as a commercial transaction. 7. Cerebralization - The developing capacity of a species to form an idea, mental image, or understanding something 8. Convergence - To come together and unite in a common interest or focus. The series spans across five different stages of humanity: Paleolithic (300,000 - 11,000 years ago) Neolithic (11,000 years ago - 3,000 BCE) Classical (3,000 BCE - 1400 CE) Modern (1,400 CE - present) Future Topics Covered: Humanity, Cosmology, Technology, Noosphere, Philosophy, Ecology, Consciousness, Evolution, Climate Change, and Biosphere. "The Third Story of the Universe offers a meaningful way to understand this moment in the history of our species. This new cosmic story contrasts with rigid interpretations of religions and myths (the First Story) as well as current versions of science that eliminate meaning and purpose from the universe (the Second Story). Humankind is experiencing a cosmic transition as we continue to interconnect technologically and cross-culturally. Together we are forming the Noosphere, a shared sphere of culture, technology, and thought weaving human beings into a mindful global envelope, even a new form of life as a superorganism. This process has existential and world-historical significance for all of us. The Human Energy Project is a group of scientists, scholars, engineers, artists, and storytellers working to highlight the Noosphere by telling the Third Story. Human Energy was founded to share a new scientific and cosmic story introducing the Noosphere as a source of meaning for future generations in our globalizing world. The project addresses the challenges of unprecedented technological and social change which, together with the scientific picture of an aimless universe, have created a crisis of orientation. "We are beginning to visualize the Noosphere’s formation and history; study its potential future scenarios as humanity takes more and more control of its future course; and explore how human beings connecting across the world may realize themselves socially and individually in its development." ~ Human Energy Project

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