Our Common Ground

(This is a framework of shared principles and perspectives for the Context Institute community. If you have suggestions for improving it, please send us a comment.)

  • We believe in the value of ongoing learning so we hold this framework as a set of working hypotheses, subject to revision as we learn more.
  • We believe that positive cultural change can be brought about by intentional action. Nevertheless, good intentions are not sufficient and success is more likely with appropriate skills and knowledge.
  • We understand our place in history to be a time of great cultural change and use the Empire-to-Planetary transition, as described in What Time Is It?, as an overall framework for understanding our times.
  • In this frame, we generally see cultural change that increases sustainability, consensual collaboration, connectivity and appreciation of diversity as positive. We also value increases in people’s internal health/harmony/wholeness, both physically and psychologically.
  • We assess cultural change by the degree to which it better manifests the potential of the Planetary Era; helps the transition to the Planetary Era be more graceful, even joyous; and reduces long-term damage and suffering.
  • We understand that cultures change primarily by addition – through cultural innovations. While we recognize the value of resisting old cultural patterns that don’t fit in the Planetary Era, we see a greater need and opportunity in building the new patterns. Thus we focus on innovate – implement – educate, as described in What Time Is It?.
  • Using this overall framework, we participate in this work to help ourselves and others become more effective in assisting the full emergence of the Planetary Era.
  • We recognize that, to be effective, this work requires care. We share in its care through a personally chosen mixture of the activities described in Engage With This Work.
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