“What Time Is It? Part 5″ is online

Just in time for Earth Day, this 16-minute video completes the main presentation by exploring how we can work with the momentum of history to move as gracefully as possible into the Planetary Era. (We still have the video of the Q&A time after the presentation to complete but this will need to wait while I […]

“What Time Is It? Part 4″ video is online

This latest 18-minute video looks towards the future of the Planetary Era as well as the challenges in the remaining Empire-to-Planetary transition. It completes the arc of exploring Tribal to Empire to Planetary. You will find it and the previous videos on the “What Time Is It?” Videos page. This page also has links to PDF versions […]

“What Time Is It? Part 3″ video is online

The next one is up. In this 19-minute video we start to identify the key characteristics of the Planetary Era. It begins with a brief look at the changes during the Empire Era and then takes a closer look at the Empire-to-Planetary transition. We peek into the future by looking with fresh eyes at what […]

“What Time Is It? Part 2″ video is online

We’ve gotten a lot of thumbs-up on the first two videos (Introductions and What Time Is It? Part 1). Here’s John Graham commenting on the CI Facebook page: “Well, I wasn’t at the live presentation, but I’ve seen the video edition and it is brilliant. I don’t mean ‘brilliant’ in that Robert is a genius, which […]

First “What Time Is It?” videos are online

How’d the Feb 12 presentation go?  The best answer comes from those who were there: “I attended ‘What Time is It?’ last week in Seattle, and over the several days since I have been humming with excitement about Context Institute’s work and purpose.” “Wow. Amazing stuff. I work in sustainability, and Robert’s synthesis was profoundly insightful.” […]

Thank you

Over the past few months we’ve gotten a fair bit of supportive feedback on the Findhorn presentation and more generally on the Foundation Stones project. A wonderful example comes from my long-term friend David Spangler who used his monthly column in September to talk about the work he used to do in relationship to the “Big […]

Welcome Eldan

Welcome Eldan

One of the most significant milestones in the past few months came at the start of October when Eldan Goldenberg started working with CI as a part-time consultant and thereby converted what had essentially been a one-man-band into a team. Eldan is currently helping with organizing the Foundation Stones presentation series because that’s our next […]

“What Time Is It?” – Lessons from history for a sustainable future – Feb 12 in Seattle

If you are (or will be) in the Seattle area, save the date — 6:30 pm on Feb 12, 2014 — for the first of the Foundation Stones presentation series. You can register for the event at contextinst.brownpapertickets.com or just come. At the door, tickets are $10 for individuals, $7.50 per person for two or more, and $6 […]

Foundation Stones presentation series

The success of my presentation in June 2013 at Findhorn inspired me to look at doing more presentations covering all of the Foundation Stones. Since then we have been hard at work laying the groundwork for such a series. If you aren’t yet familiar with the Foundation Stones project, it is Context Institute’s response to […]

Dynamic Planetary Context video is up

I’ve just posted the video of my well-received keynote presentation for the International Communal Studies Association 2013 conference. I invite you to take a look. Update July 27, 2013: I’ve added a 3-minute trailer and a PDF of the slides to provide options for a quick overview.

Dynamic Planetary Context live on 6/26/2013

I’ll be giving the opening keynote for the International Communal Studies Association’s 2013 conference being held this year at the Findhorn community. My presentation (on 26 June) and all of the plenary sessions will be streamed live over the internet and then be available for streaming over the next 28 days — click here for […]

Introducing the FS Main Thread

The central story of the Foundation Stones is starting to emerge. As I’ve been writing articles and posts for the Foundations Stones, it has become clear that some of these are part of that central story, with each one building on what has gone before. Others play a supporting role. I think of the central […]

hOS and the Burden/Gift of Culture

I’ve posted two additional articles in the Tools For The Journey section: The Human Operating System (hOS) uses an analogy with smart phones to identify the part of innate human nature that is most important to understand so that we can be effective cultural change agents. The Burden And The Gift Of Culture goes deeper […]

Introducing “culture as interface”

Today I posted a video and an article that introduce a simple, powerful, big-picture framework for understanding how culture fits into its context. The framework is called culture as interface. It’s important groundwork on which the Foundation Stones rest. The 8-minute animated video, created in Motion, is an experimental first for this site. I’ll be […]

Five working hypotheses

Five working hypotheses

(This post follows Who Are The Foundation Stones For? in the FS Main Thread.) The material on this website is written within the framework of five basic assumptions about humanity and the Earth at this time in history: Business-as-usual is not sustainable The culture is not changing fast enough A thriving sustainable society is possible […]

Who are the Foundation Stones for?

(This post follows The Foundation Stones Project in the FS Main Thread.) Here on this public website, everyone is, of course, welcome. Nevertheless the Foundation Stones material is being developed with a specific audience in mind. Do any of these descriptions fit you? Do you feel that something momentous is happening now in human history […]

Behind the scenes

Life often has surprising twists and turns. I had hoped to post more new material in the last few months, but we ran into major web-server problems (both hardware and software) involving multi-hour and then multi-day outages. By the time the site was hit with the second major outage, I decided to take the time […]

New: The Core Challenge Of Our Times

What is the core challenge of our times? I have posted my take on this in a new article in the “What Time Is It?” section. This article serves as a starting point for the whole Foundation Stones project. I invite you to take a look and give me your feedback via the comment form link […]

Celebrating 33 years ... and a new beginning

Celebrating 33 years … and a new beginning

Thirty-three years ago today, the State of Washington accepted and certified our Articles of Incorporation as a nonprofit organization. It’s been a long, wonderful, surprising journey. I encourage you to take a look at Context Institute’s History and the In Context Back Issue Descriptions to get a good sense of what’s been accomplished. I’m deeply […]