“In evolutionary theory, Jump Time is known as the time of punctuated equilibrium — when a species is living at the edge of its tolerance in a state of gestation and ferment and suddenly jumps into a new order of being…” — Jean Houston.
We’re living in a time, about which the bard sang, “the old world is dying, and the new is yet to come.”
There are businesses and other organizations that are working without bosses and “inspired by the next stage of human consciousness,” to quote the subtitle of a popular management book, Reinventing Organizations. New generations entering the workforce are less and less likely to accept being simply a cog in the machine; they expect from work not only a paycheck but also, fulfillment. There are numerous other signs, too, that may be pointing to the shape of things to come.
Meanwhile the intensity of the climate crisis, humanitarian crisis, and inequalities of all sorts, is also growing. Not only that everything gets worse and worse and better and better, at the same time, but they also do that faster and faster. It sounds like a recipe for chaos. As uncertainty grows, so does the popularity of strongmen, who promise simplistic solutions to complex problems.
Those challenges are compounded by not knowing what the best approaches to the future are, and there are yet too few connections in the ecosystem of transformational initiatives and networks that are trying to discover them, which could add depth and velocity to their mutual learning.
Humankind is in a rite of passage and there’s no guarantee that we are going to make it. Whether we will pass our evolutionary test or not, it’s still a question. In no change of eras were the stakes ever higher than today.
“The world is going to change so fast that people and governments will not be prepared to be stewards of change. What will save them is teaching-learning communities.” — Margaret Mead
There are many kinds of teaching-learning communities; all of which are meeting some psychological, social, or developmental needs of their members. Communities that don’t do that tend to fall apart or never come into being. Yet, for facilitating our riding and driving the epic changes that we ‘re in the midst of, very different kind of communities are needed.
The question of the day is: Will there be teaching-learning communities of well-trained facilitators of the profound transformations needed in the structures of self, organizations, and society, in large enough numbers to make a difference?
A positive answer to those questions is what Campus Co-Evolve is called to make a contribution to.