The Blue Star Future provides us a direction-setting beacon for the future — a template for guiding our regional visions.
Embracing the Blue Star Future as our direction-setting beacon helps us escape the gravitational pull of today’s dominant paradigm.
The five Blue Star Future elements provide a template that can be used by regions in co-creating their visions for an “ideal” 2020 future. Each element can become a bridge that supports imagining a vastly different kind of future. “Imagination,” according to Einstein, “is more important than knowledge. It is our preview of life’s coming attractions.” The five elements of the Blue Star Future are:
o “Success” redefined as “contribution to the well-being of life.” Imagine the implications of our choosing this design principle as we set out to transform our existing social systems and invent new organizing forms.
o Full co-creative partnership with the rest of nature. This goes beyond the realization that everything is connected, and that our well-being is dependent on the well-being of the rest of nature. A full co-creative partnership implies that we learn to listen to nature in a deep way — to engage with nature and find inspiration in nature’s beautifully elegant designs as we make those design choices that affect our future. A full co-creative partnership goes beyond a commitment to sustainability – it is a commitment to support each other in thriving and true-wealth creation.
o Opportunities for all to go “Full Maslow.” An obscenely high percentage of humanity is struggling to achieve the lower rungs of Maslow’s hierarchy. Many of those who are most successful by material standards are some distance from “Full Maslow.” Can you imagine a world where every one had that opportunity? Whatever would we do with our prisons and our war-making machinery?
o Fulfilling work for everyone. Employment is one thing. Fulfilling work is something quite different. Fulfilling work has to do with being fully engaged, using your innate gifts and talents, with being and becoming fully alive, with contributing your absolute best for the benefit of all of life. Whether you’re a farmer or an infant or a contemplative or a corporate executive, there is a potential for fulfilling work for everyone.
o All systems consciously self-evolving. Very few of our social systems have been designed to be self-improving, much less to be consciously self-evolving. As a consequence we are enmeshed in a vast array of social systems (education, health care, penal institutions, corporations, governments, etc.) that are both broken and unable to transform themselves. Consciously self-evolving systems hold a great promise of continuously improving and reinventing themselves so to increase their contribution to the well-being of life.
Going for a Blue Star Future may feel as daunting as the ‘60s commitment to put a man on the moon and bring him back safely. It is that daunting. We’ve made it to the moon and back. Though we may never make it to a Blue Star Future in our lifetime, we can choose to begin that journey and give it our all. For us it promises to be a rewarding journey. Our children’s children will be grateful for our foresight.