What is GlobalGEA?
What is “conscious evolution”?
Who is “social architect”?
What is “evolutionary architect”?
What is “social architecture”?
What is “social system”?
What do you mean by “generative”?
What is “generative initiative”?
What is “generative action-learning organism”?
What are GlobalGEA’s core features?
What are GlobalGEA’s offer, request and promise?
What are the benefits of being part of GlobalGEA?
How does GlobalGEA become financially sustainable?
What is a “WeBe Agreement”?
What kind of initiatives and projects will GlobalGEA engage in?
How can I become a GlobalGEA ally?
What is the relationship between GlobalGEA and MISA?
How is GlobalGEA different from typical OD/OE consulting firms?
Is there a difference between “metamorphosis” and “transformation?”
GlobalGEA (Global Guild of Evolutionary Architects) is an emerging global web of evolutionary architects committed to developing themselves and their work in a way that maximizes their collective contribution to reinventing our social systems and pioneering societal metamorphosis worldwide. More specifically, GlobalGEA aims to achieve three mutually reinforcing breakthroughs in the design of social systems:
1. From today’s narrow/myopic definitions of success to defining success in terms of net contribution to the well-being of all life.
2. From today’s control-over-people designs to designing to unleash the full potential of people.
3. From social systems that resist learning and change to social systems designed to consciously self-evolve.
At GlobalGEA, we see these breakthroughs as absolutely essential in solving and healing today’s spreading and deepening global crises, and building a prosperous, fulfilling and nourishing society that works for all life.
There are thousands of wonderfully generative initiatives committed to addressing our myriad local and global crises. However, we know of no initiative focused on what we see as the root cause of essentially all of these crises — fundamentally flawed social architecture.
Our various social systems (education, healthcare, commerce, governance, media — our organizations, communities, etc.) seem to be trapped by their dysfunctional social architecture without realizing that, collectively, these systems have been “perfectly designed” to produce today’s crises.
Ironically, we have all the “raw material” we need to re-invent our social systems. However,
GlobalGEA aims to fill these gaps by:
“Conscious evolution,” as used on this web site, is much more than a philosophy. It’s an in-your-face global imperative. We have a choice. We either take extraordinary initiatives to learn how to consciously evolve ourselves and our social systems, or risk a spiraling devolution into an increasingly hellish global situation. Conversely, if we get serious about serving as co-evolutionaries, we have the potential to design a future that nurtures all life for all time.
Humans are a recent product of Nature’s 4.54 billion year evolutionary journey on this planet. We are a very young species, still pretty much in the adolescent stage of our development. 2012 is the year to declare that we’re ready to make the passage into adulthood — to consciously choose to take responsibility for the well-being of all life. The well-being of our children and their children are dependent on the well-being of all life. We can demonstrate our passage into adulthood by learning what it takes to consciously evolve ourselves and our social systems in ways that serve all of life.
The evolution of our biosphere is our best example of an “infinite game.” Today’s social systems (education, healthcare, commerce, governance, etc.) overflow with examples of devastatingly “finite games.” Conscious evolution can be seen as a commitment to transform these systems from finite to infinite games.
As Tom Atlee reminds us so poignantly, “the question now isn’t whether we will evolve—because we will and are evolving, no matter what. The question is rather how consciously and wisely we will go about evolving… If we fail to harmonize our individual and corporate self-interest with the wellbeing of the whole of life, we will soon be gone. We have become too powerful for it to be otherwise. This is not a fate to which we are doomed. It is a challenging opportunity to which the evolutionary process has brought us. And rising to that challenge will constitute a heroic evolutionary leap — one we can only take consciously. The more consciously we leap, the more likely we’ll succeed with the least unnecessary suffering and the most powerful learning and thrill.”
GlobalGEA is part of the kind of social architecture needed to support the emergence of an Age of Conscious Evolution.
Below is a “Personals Ad” that describes an ideal “social architect:”
WANTED: Social Architect (of Generative Change)
You’re a veteran of a variety of community/organizational change initiatives. You’ve worked with a variety of design and change practitioners and methodologies. You’ve learned that no one has THE solution. You’ve seen how flavor-of-the-month approaches invariably erode trust and credibility. You don’t settle for simplistic solutions. You’re a systemic thinker. You challenge yourself to design for multiple and multiplying benefits, in ways that make a lasting contribution to all stakeholders affected.
You’ve also learned that the secret to high leverage, low risk change work is to invest in equipping those closest to the action, players on the front lines, with the capacity to manage their own learning and change processes.
You function as a true architect. You —
Essentially, a social architect is someone who is masterful at generative C-work.
An “evolutionary architect” is a game-ready infinite player (GRIP) who:
While an individual evolutionary architect can have a powerful influence, we see the “evolutionary architect” needing to take the form of a unique kind of community — a generative action-learning organism. We see all participants in the GlobalGEA organism as life-long apprentices in the greatest undertaking imaginable — the conscious evolution of our species.
Social architecture is the conscious design of an environment that encourages a desired range of social behaviors leading towards some goal or set of goals. As such, it includes all of the domains in what we call Generative Design, i.e. Context Design, Technological Design, Environmental Design and Social Design. While it is crucial to approach social architecture with wholeness-centric mindset, at this time this website primarily focuses on Context and Social Designs. We will rely on the growing community of GlobalGEA allies to contribute their deep expertise in other areas of Generative Design.
Two crucial elements of social architecture are Stories (i.e. our inner and outer conversations, our visions, our dreams, our fears, our metaphors, our beliefs, our values) and Structures (our roles, rules, principles, objectives, strategies, our built infrastructure, even our language.) An effective social architect is able to choose the Stories and Structures that best support social system leadership in turning a Sad Face system into a Happy Face system. An evolutionary architect strives to help leadership adapt their Stories and Structures in ways that imbue the system with the capacity to continue to evolve toward ever-improving well-being of all life affected by that system.
A social system is a purposeful web of social arrangements (relationships, agreements, accountability loops, etc) that shapes people’s lives and interactions. Our social systems are all around us. They vary widely in size and complexity – from families, communities and neighborhoods to corporations, industries, governments and regions. We each belong to multiple social systems. We’re born into, live within and die as members of our social systems. In a way, they are to us as water is to a fish — invisible and indescribable, yet absolutely essential. Continue to “Social Systems” article.
“Generative,” as used on this website, refers to that which is enlivening and produces results that are self-regulating, self-improving, self-sustaining, self-propagating and/or self-evolving.
Generative initiatives are known for their enlivening ripples (through time, within systems and across boundaries), multiplying benefits and ultra-high ROI. This article describes generative initiatives in great detail.
It is useful to think of all organizations as social organisms – living, changing, evolving. They’re not machines.
An effective action-learning organism gives balanced priority to taking action (e.g., rapid prototyping) and harvesting the systemic learnings from those actions. Action and learning become partners in synergy.
A generative action-learning organism is an entity that is engaged in conscious action-learning in a way that continuously maximizes its long term contribution to the well-being of all life it affects, or, using GlobalGEA’s terminology, reinforces a Blue Zone culture and produces Blue Zone consequences.
GlobalGEA’s offer is to serve as social architects, guides and allies to those leaders and providers who share a deep commitment to the transformation of our social systems and creating a future that works for all life — for all time.
GlobalGEA’s promise is to help find and navigate a path forward that is pragmatic, doable, mutually fulfilling and maximizes our potential for co-creating the future we all want.
GlobalGEA’s near term objective is to attract allies and grow generative alliances with those pioneering leaders, providers and organizational entities who are ready and able to step up to this great evolutionary challenge and opportunity.
For more details, please refer to GlobalGEA’s Offer, Request and Promise.
We envision GlobalGEA allies draw financial sustenance from a variety of sources; some of them might be:
WeBe is short for well-being. The WeBe Agreement idea was born out of a commitment to achieve a breakthrough in the quality of relationships and agreements implicit within and among today’s traditional social systems. The “WeBe Agreement” is a young and untested idea; it will be advanced and evolved by the early GlobalGEA allies.
A WeBe Agreement —
The goals of the WeBe agreements would be —
We envision at least two broad categories of initiatives/projects:
GlobalGEA is a MISA initiative. MISA (Monterey Institute for Social Architecture) currently has two complementary strategic thrusts, both dedicated to promoting and supporting a metamorphosis of society’s social systems: Regional Metamorphosis and GlobalGEA. Learn more here.
The typical OD/OE consulting firm —
We use both terms and see them as synonyms in the context of our work. We use “metamorphosis” because it turns out to be a wonderfully robust metaphor that helps us appreciate the profound nature of the transformation we see as essential throughout today’s social systems. The metamorphosis of the Monarch caterpillar is magical. The metamorphosis of our social systems can be equally magical in terms of the potential for generative ripple effects.
Another reason is that “metamorphosis” emphasizes both appreciative inclusion of the old and its transcendence.
Lastly, “transformation” is widely used to refer to any kind of big change. Its utility to describe the profound changes we want to evoke has been watered down.