Welcome

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Context Institute is devoted to helping you – and others like you – birth a brighter future for yourself, for humanity and for the earth.

We do this by focusing on positive cultural change toward a humane and sustainable world, all based on our 35 years of experience doing this work.

If this positive, even joyous, approach to the future appeals to you, we welcome you.

Next steps:

Reserve your place and a $50 discount for Bright Future Now

Send us your answers to a few questions to get placed on a priority list for the full training program once it’s launched in the second half of this year and be eligible for a $50 early-bird discount off the program cost. Doing so involves no commitment on your part, just our commitment to you.

Go to Journey deeper into the Planetary Era for all the details.

(The Bright Future Now pilot training program, starting April 9, 2016, is fully booked.)

(Edited April 9 with an updated discount amount.)

Apply for the free Bright Future Now pilot or reserve a future discount

The Bright Future Now pilot training program will start April 9, 2016. Send us your answers to a few questions to either apply for the pilot or get placed on a priority list for the full training program once it’s launched and be eligible for a 25% early-bird discount off the program cost.

Go to Journey deeper into the Planetary Era for all the details.

Introducing Bright Future Now and the Bright Future Network

This is our big news from 2015: We’ve started to develop a new experiential learning program called Bright Future Now. This program will take conceptual material from the Foundation Stones presentations and deepen it into felt experience, practical skills and embodied behavior so that you can begin to live the Planetary Era now.

At the heart of Bright Future Now are three basic skills: inhabiting your Optimal Zone, going beyond linear and categorical thinking, and using a systems perspective.

These three are my distillation from decades of involvement in cultural change. You can find many programs that focus on one of these or another, but I know of no other program that uses these to weave together the emotional and the cognitive, the personal and the group, all in the context of the Empire to Planetary transition – and it’s the synergy among these threads that creates the real magic in Bright Future Now.

The graduates from this program will then go on to make up the Bright Future Network, an incubator for the next stages of Planetary Era culture.

We still have more to do before we can offer these as public programs but, now in 2016, I want to start sharing the development process through the this website and through CI News. You can find out more at Bright Future Now Initial Vision and its companion, Bright Future Network Initial Vision. Expect these new programs to be a major theme for the coming months.

The “Tools For The Journey” videos are online

After a long haul with a number of technical challenges, we now have the videos from the two Tools For The Journey presentations in January 2015 available:

The Human Operating-System Literacy presentation videos:

  • identify the key cognitive and emotional shifts that we need to move from an Empire Era “mind” into a Planetary Era “mind”
  • go into the underlying “operating system” that, once understood, can enable new patterns of behavior that may well seem like a new human nature
  • are especially useful to those who want to help make the shift into the Planetary Era be as graceful as possible – starting with their own shift
  • work together with the “Systems Literacy” presentation videos, which provide the other half of Foundation Stone 2: “Tools For The Journey”.

The Systems Literacy presentation videos:

  • introduce and explore the systems perspective as a major toolkit for the Planetary Era “mind”
  • show how a systems perspective can be applied in a wide variety of situations, many of which don’t require any math
  • convey the systems perspective as a practical, everyday tool for dealing with life’s many challenges and opportunities.
  • base systems thinking in an understanding of the human operating system

I invite you to take a look!

Progress report – February 2016

We’ve continued to make progress toward implementing our strategic vision as described in the video for Context Institute’s long-term strategy. You will find the full story in the new Progress Report On CI’s Long-Term Strategy.

I’ve again converted that report to a system map with descriptions on kumu.io. Just click on the image below to visually explore what we’re doing.

Progress report

We’ve made a lot of progress toward implementing our strategic vision over the 10 months since I posted the video describing Context Institute’s long-term strategy. I’ve gathered many of these threads up into a Progress Report On CI’s Long-Term Strategy.

I’ve also converted that report to a system map with descriptions on kumu.io. Just click on the image below to visually explore what we’re doing.

First “Human Operating-System Literacy” video is online

The first video from the January “Tools For The Journey” pair of presentations is now online at Human Operating-System Literacy Presentation. The rest are being edited and I hope to get them online over the next few months.