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Updated description of thrivability

I contend that thrivability is sustainability+vision to flourish+ways of being. And by ways of being, I mean working in open distributed networks, heightened levels of collaboration, and certain quality of something that tends to fall into spirituality now. That last one has to do with how we compose ourselves and our work with others, honoring the both the whole and the individual in a delicate balance, so we move beyond what spiral dynamics calls the green meme. I haven’t got this totally figured out yet, and I am eager for conversations that will help clarify this distinction.

I also contend that thrivability goes beyond sustainability by including social justice. It is not enough to find ways to sustain life and human life on the planet. Real thrivability means no one gets left behind in poverty, exposed unfairly to disaster, or suffers at the hand of corrupt governments.

Thus thrivability requires a massive shift both in consciousness and in action: incorporating social justice work, environmental efforts, and process arts. We must include all these efforts and also transcend them through our growing understanding of complex adaptive systems and flow patterns.

Thank you for the work you and others do to move us all forward. I am eager to learn from and with you.

I intend to participate in the Open Sustainability Network Unconference mid-October in San Francisco to move this work forward. Join me!


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What I do…and the whole farm.

I have long felt deep in my heart the why of what I do…but I have been too quiet on what I actually do in the big picture. For example, why this blog on thrivability?

  • I study network theory and mapping so we can see the territory we are working with and map it. I also attempt the visualization of information in other ways so we can better see ourselves.
  • I brain-crunch on collective intelligence and wisdom so we can collaboratively learn and act from wisdom as a whole.
  • I delve deep into currencies and flows so I can help information, energy, activity flow and connect visibly. Make the invisible–visible and intentional.
  • I observe and initiate community development and facilitation.
  • I champion innovators, leaders, and visionaries of the emerging culture and these related fields.
  • I track social-entrepreneurship, democratized-philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector as it relates to social justice.

Why? I want to build these fields, so the whole farm (the many fields) supports our opportunity for thrivability.

I don’t want to see nonprofits repeating the same work in different locations without awareness of each other, available resources, or connection to possible champions and volunteers.

I want an organic, self-evolving, self-organizating ecology for wisdom and action so we can co-create a world we want in symbiosis with our environment. I want a whole new culture. And I don’t want it by tearing down the old one. Thank you Modernism, thank you post-modernism. Thank you to all that has come before and led to us being right here, now.

Let’s together use our strengths to focus on co-creating a world we can share and flourish in together.

So, I do everything in my power to create and enable the systems, architectures, processes, flows that enable that.

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Initial Scan of the field

Well talking about thrivability crosses many domains. Just about anything dealt with on worldchanging might be considered within the realm of thrivability. While this list includes domains that can contribute to thrivability, let me make clear that not everything within any of these areas is immediately portable to the effort for thrivability. I am merely building a list of where thrivable practices, ideas, and efforts MAY come from. Some domains port to thrivability better than others. So here is an initial scan of the areas that can be considered to contribute to thivability:

  • green living–from direct environmental concerns like dead zones in the sea to the organic food movement and also including clean energy
  • social justice–from fair trade movement to ending global poverty, anything related to economic uplift of the bottom half as well as equal treatment for all people (and not just class, consider too the aligned issues around race, sex, religion etc)
  • socially responsible investing–keeping money out of the hands of warmongers or in the hands of environmental orgs etc. SRI is a wide ranging approach to money management. Beware that it is not necessarily thrivable–filtering investments on values allows for filtering for regressive political and religious stances as well.
  • commons–sharing is less expensive (financial and via resources) than hording so many efforts to create and maintain commons can be thrivable. Police, Fire, Parks and other public services or offerings as well as intellectual commons.
  • others? Surely there are more! Tell me what you would include!

So if thrivability covers so many domains, what is it that qualifies something to be thrivable? I have two answers to that. One is about a way of being. Is the something uplifting, honoring people and planet, encouraging oneness, equality, diversity, and held in a space of positivity? Two is about metrics. Is the something carbon neutral or positive or other measurements for sustainability/thrivability, and does it measure out to a world of possibility or does it consume and restrict in a way that promotes scarcity?

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