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.

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 links are live and you are welcome to play with these demos.

(The videos of the presentation are in process but it may well be a few weeks before I can start posting them.)

“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 to sharing it both in person on the 28st and via video over the next few months.

For the full story, please download the PDF flyer. Please share that flyer with anyone you know who might be able to come.

If you are planning to come, please the previous post for some practical suggestions.

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