VIII. Earth Earns: An Open Participatory Earthropocene to Astropocene CoCreativity
5. An Earthropocene Future: Planetary Patriots/Matriots Achieve an Organic Ecovillage Gaia Viability
Spretnak, Charlene. The Resurgence of the Real. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1997. A graceful essay to rehabilitate and celebrate the knowing body and sense of natural place through the appreciation of a creative cosmos just appearing at the frontiers of holistic science.
Spretnak, Charlene. Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness That Are Transforming the Modern World. Topsham, ME: Green Horizon Books, 2011. Among her lifetime credits, found on www.charlenespretnak.com, is professor of philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Amongst several other books noted there is Missing Mary: The Queen of Heaven and Her ReEmergence in the Modern Church (2004) and States of Grace: The Recovery of Meaning in the Postmodern Age (1991). This latest work informs and embellishes the rising, imperative turn to an emphatic age to leaven competition and consumption, if we are to survive mind you. Typical chapters cover Relational Revelations, The Relational Shift in Education and Parenting, Health and Healthcare, Community Design and Architecture and The Relational Shift in the Economy.
Relational Reality reveals the coherence among numerous surprising discoveries of the interrelated nature of reality. These discoveries are part of a new perspective that has been emerging gradually for the past several decades but has gained momentum and is now transforming every mainstream ﬁeld of human endeavor. All our basic assumptions (built on the old idea that everything in the physical world is essentially separate and functions mechanistically) are being reconsidered. No longer a marginal perspective, the Relational Shift is based on the realization that all entities in this world, including humans, are thoroughly relational beings of great complexity who are both composed of and nested within networks of creative, dynamic interrelationships. Nothing exists outside of those relationships. As we try to grasp the interrelated nature of reality, emergent relational approaches are already transforming the way we educate our children, attend to our health, green our communities, and rethink economic activity. (Synopsis)
Sterling, Stephen. Sustainable Education. Devon, UK: Green Books, 2001. The mindfulness we need to live in an ecological, participatory way depends so much on learning - which must change from information transmissive to transformative, from managed objects to whole living systems.
Stojkoski, Viktor, et al. Multidimensional Economic Complexity and Inclusive Green Growth. Communications Earth & Environment. 4/130, 2023. Center for Collective Learning, University of Toulouse, including Cesar Hildago (search) make note that present endeavors are not able to consider active trade data so fall short, e.g. income inequalities. Their work results in an animate geography of commerce, sensitive technologies and sustainable studies. A special validity is achieved by a deliberate intentional facility of a group intelligence.
The Center for Collective Learning is an interdisciplinary laboratory working on economic complexity, the ethics of artificial intelligence, and digital democracy. The CCL is composed of a highly motivated team of scientists, scholars, and entrepreneurs based at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute (ANITI) of the University of Toulouse and at the Corvinus Institute of Advanced Studies (CIAS) in Budapest.
Strassmann, Diana. Editorial: Feminist Economics – It Flourishes. Feminist Economics. 10/3, 2004. This journal and associated books advocate a quite different economy from the destructive obsession with material wealth and social power. A typical paper contends that egalitarian “social provisioning” should be a primary concern, if we truly care about the well-being children, women, and men within a sustainable biosphere.
Swimme, Brian and Thomas Berry. The Universe Story. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1992. Chapter 13 and the Epilogue envision an “Ecozoic Era” of communal, sustainable rapport between peoples, cultures, all diverse creatures and bioregions if we are to survive, fulfill and celebrate a prodigious, still developing creation.
Without entrancement within this new context of existence it is unlikely that the human community will have the psychic energy needed for the renewal of the Earth. (268)
Taverne, Dick. The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy and the New Fundamentalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. A reasonable case that Western societies are increasingly beset by an irrational intolerance and disregard of evidence. This results in a categorical rejection of genetically modified (GM) foods, globalization, capitalism, vaccines, etc. without even study of these multifaceted issues. In the case of GM crops, for a third-world land where its indigenous populace gets sick from untreated rice because of insect toxins, a successful, well researched strain of rice resistant to this blight is presently blocked by protests. On the other hand, rapacious corporate policies are surely to be opposed. A timely discussion of this contentious area.
Thomashow, Mitchell. Bringing the Biosphere Home. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002. Our inadequate response to the magnitude of pollution, waste, et al, ultimately stems from a lack of awareness that we live on a finite biosphere. In response, practical ways to relate ones local life style to this global ecological context are offered.
Timme, Marc, et al. Focus on Networks, Energy and the Economy. New Journal of Physics. 17/11, 2015. We cite this endeavor as an example of how a worldwide knowledge of generic network phenomena can serve as a natural way to effectively reconceive our human social infrastructure. Here German and Macedonian scientists, with postings such as MPI Dynamics and Self-Organization, first cite these universal features of distributed, networked systems, discuss usages for power grids and so on, and then pose projects for “our future in a networked world.”
Tolba, Mostafa, ed. Our Fragile World: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development. Oxford: Eolss Publishers, 2001. These two large volumes are a preview to the UNESCO-EOLSS Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, noted above. Be advised that a managerial and governmental mindset prevails with main sections such as: Knowledge, Technology and Management and Policy and Institutional Implications.
Turner, David. Thinking at the Global Scale. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 14/505, 2005. An Oregon State University forester proposes that the prescient concepts of Pierre Teilhard and Vladimir Vernadsky of the evolutionary emergence of a worldwide cognitive capacity, a noosphere, would make a good, common medium to intentionally understand and self-regulate our viable planet.
I would argue that the Earth’s biosphere has become a noosphere, but that it is as yet a rather dysfunctional one. (506)
Uhl, Christopher. Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable World. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003. A Pennsylvania State University ecologist found that just departing “left brain” facts to his students did not inspire a “right brain” sensitivity to and communion with the natural biosphere nor an incentive to care for its viability. Uhl draws on the vision of Pierre Teilhard, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Charlene Spretnak, Joanna Macy and many others to present a three part response. Earth, Our Home situates a living planet in a cosmic genesis. Assessing the Health of the Earth then examines the “physiology” of an overstressed web of life, such as declines in migratory bird populations. Part III, Healing Ourselves, Healing Earth, joins many themes by noting the need for a meaningful cosmological story, images of a creative, sustainable society and pathways for personal and community transformation.