A Time of Transition
“We are undergoing a crisis, torn between an old world that is coming to an end and a new world that has already begun and already given proof of all the constructive elements it has to offer. The crisis we are experiencing is not the sort of upheaval that marks the passage from one historical period to another. It can be compared only to one of those biological or geological epochs in which new, higher, and more perfect forms of life appeared, as totally new conditions of existence on earth came about.”
“We are experiencing a change of age...We are still in the period of transition from one age to another, standing with one foot in each. As the two ages draw further apart we feel increasing strain, and will continue to do so until we place both feet firmly in the age we are entering. We can of course step the other way and try to live our lives in a dying age. By so doing, however, we accelerate the demise of the institutions and the culture that are affected by such maladaptive behavior.”
“We have entered an Age of Disruption. Our moment of disruption deals with death and rebirth. What’s dying is an old civilization and a mindset of maximum “me”...collectively creating results that nobody wants. What’s being born is less clear but in no way less significant...It’s a future that requires us to tap into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are and who we want to be as a society...It is a future that in those moments of disruption begins to presence itself through us.”
“We are at that very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and another is struggling to be born ~ a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.”
HOW was born from an awareness of the significant moment in which we live. The rate of change humans have set in motion in our external environment (technologically, ecologically, socially, etc) is outpacing the rate in which we are changing internally. This mismatch between the world’s complexity and our own is fueling a sense of overwhelm (See Figure 1, “The Rift”) which, without intervention, will only increase over time. HOW is a response to the need (see Figure 2: “The Need”) for developmental support to enable humans and organizations to keep pace with this rate of external change.
HOW is a consortium of consultants & coaches from Transformative Social Systems who steward New World Know-How.