I have always implicitly understood that the deeper purpose behind the work we do in organizational and community development is to consciously evolve our human institutions and ourselves towards our aspirations for a more positive and sustainable future. As Tom Atlee writes so eloquently below, through this work we become part of the evolutionary imperative that transformed star dust into ferns, eagles, children, and music. For good or ill, we are co-creators of the planet’s future. It is high time we took our role of planetary co-creator seriously.
“Coherence is emerging among us, in many forms which, in turn, can interact towards greater coherence. That emerging coherence is potentially all-powerful — and we are its life. Its potential will only be fully realized through our co-creation of it, building it through expanding understanding, not force, welcoming diversity and dissonance as guides to our next challenges en route to ever-greater coherence. When we join our power to this evolutionary imperative, and invite others into it, we become evolution, we become the whirlpool, we become the new civilization. We are that emerging world, waking up right now.” Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute, http://www.co-intelligence.org, Nov. 26, 2006