Foundation Stones


This page serves as a table of contents for Context Institute’s videos: Strategy CI’s Long-Term Strategy (9 minutes) What Time Is It? (Foundation Stone 1) English version (10-minute introduction and five 20-minute videos with subtitles in Spanish, Chinese and Russian) Spanish voice-over version Chinese voice-over version Tools For The Journey (Foundation Stone 2) Culture as Interface (8 […]

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.

PDFs of slides now available

The slides from the two “Tools For The Journey” presentations are now available as PDFs: Human Operating-System Literary and System Literary. These will give you a sense of the territory covered and I hope you’ll find them useful. They both include links to demos (on slides 52 and 62 for hOS and slides 35, 62 and 66 for Systems). The […]

Systems Literacy Presentation

The videos from the “Systems Literacy” presentation are embedded on this page, as you will see when you scroll down, but first a word of orientation. The content for this presentation was chosen in the context of the earlier “What Time Is It?” and “Human Operating-System Literacy” presentations. In particular, it was chosen to: introduce and explore the systems perspective as a […]

Human Operating-System Literacy Presentation

The videos from the “Human Operating-System Literacy” presentation are embedded on this page, as you will see when you scroll down, but first a word of orientation. The content for this presentation was chosen in the context of the earlier “What Time Is It?” presentation. In particular, it was chosen to: identify the key cognitive and emotional shifts that we need to […]


欢迎来到“现在是什么时间?”的中文网页。“现在是什么时间”是2014年二月十二日在西雅图的一个公共讲座,概括了奠基石项目之一的核心内容。 如想看带有中文字幕的英文版,请点击链接:What Time Is It? Videos page. 在此十分感谢程春,胡佳文女士们的翻译和配音工作。 讲座分成如下部分: 介绍 第一章 –系统局域和1900年到现在 第二章 –历史的轮廓 从部落社会到帝国时代 第三章 –帝国时代   从帝国到星球时代的过渡 第四章 –星球时代 第五章 –让历史的动力推动我们前行 这些录像是 full HD (1080p), 可以在全频下观看。如果您想要不同的清晰度的选择,并能链接到Youtube, 请点击每个录像后Youtube版本的链接。 介绍(10 分钟) 对奠基石项目的总体介绍。YouTube 版本。PDF版的幻灯片请点击这里 现在是什么时间 第一章 (18分钟) 这章一前半部分介绍了一个系统如何会在短时间内产生巨变,后半部分介绍了人类文明如何在二十世纪后期开始进入了一个巨大过渡转折期。YouTube 版本。PDF版的幻灯片请点击这里 现在是什么时间 第二章 (23 分钟) 这一章的前一部分介绍了将历史分成三个系统局域,部落/帝国/星球,已及它们之间的转折过渡。后一部分探讨了从部落到帝国时代人类文明经历的大转折。YouTube 版本。PDF版的幻灯片请点击这里 现在是什么时间 第三章 (19 分钟) 这一章,我们开始学习辨别一些星球时代的主要特征。我们先从帝国时代带来的变化讲起,然后再来分析从帝国到星球时代的过渡。最后,我们以一个新的视角来观察我们周围的已发生的事物,并以此向未来展望。YouTube 版本。PDF版的幻灯片请点击这里 现在是什么时间 第四章 (18 分钟) 这一章继续向未来的星球时代展望,并详细展开在下面一个时期帝国时代将要发生的变化。YouTube 版本。PDF版的幻灯片请点击这里 […]

“Systems Literacy” on 1/28

The next Foundation Stones presentation in Seattle is just a few days away! We’ll explore tipping-points, time-lags, shifting constraints, strategic leverage points, maps vs. stories and other helpful tools and see how these concepts can be applied in easy but potent ways in everyday life. I’m excited about how it’s all coming together and look forward […]

“Human Operating-System Literacy” on 1/21

The next Foundation Stones presentation in Seattle is just a week away! We’ll journey deep into how our minds work, blending the latest neuroscience with a Planetary Era perspective. I’m excited about how it’s all coming together and look forward to sharing it both in person on the 21st and via video over the next few […]

Subtitles in Chinese and Russian!

The “What Time Is It?” videos now have subtitles in Chinese and Russian as well as in Spanish and English. I’m grateful to Spring Cheng, Jiawen Hu and Volodya Shestakov for all their efforts. Work is also proceeding on making voice-over dubs for Chinese and Russian. Please let your Chinese- or Russian-speaking friends know. If you […]

“Human Operating System Literacy” and “Systems Literacy” presentations – Jan 21 and 28 in Seattle

The “Tools For The Journey” set of Foundation Stones presentations will be on the last two Wednesdays in January. If you are (or will be) in the Seattle area, save the dates — 6:30 pm on Jan 21 and Jan 28, 2015. If you know people in the area, please encourage them to come. These […]

¿Qué hora es?

Esta es la página de la Piedra Fundacional 1: “¿Qué hora es?” Estamos sólo al principio del Proyecto Piedras Fundacionales y esperamos que esta sección aumente la sostenibilidad en los próximos meses. Descripción Tema tratado: Dónde estamos los humanos en este momento de la historia. Concepto principal: Estamos enmedio (volviendo varios cientos de años atrás y […]

¿Qué hora es?

I’m delighted and grateful to announce that the “What Time Is It?” videos have been translated into Spanish! Rafa Giménez has created both subtitles and voice-over dubs for the whole series. Take a look at Vídeos de ¿Qué hora es? to see what he has made possible – and then let all of your Spanish-speaking friends know! Muchas […]

Vídeos de ¿Qué hora es?

Esta es la página en español de las versiones dobladas de los vídeos de la presentación “¿Qué hora es?” del día 12 de febrero de 2014 en la que se expone el material sobre el que se centra la 1ª Piedra Fundacional. Esta página incluye también vínculos a otros contenidos basados en la presentación. Los […]


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“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.” […]

“What Time Is It?” Videos

This is the home for the videos from the 12 Feb 2014 “What Time Is It?” presentation, which cover the core material for Foundation Stone 1. This page also has links to other resources based on that presentation. The videos are: Introductions Part 1 – System Domains and 1900 To The Present Part 2 – Outline of History and Tribal To Empire Part […]