Creating Contexts of Meaning for Transformative Learning

Learning as Context

  • The Anthropocene — Carrying capacities and threshold boundaries offer contexts for sustainability, regeneration, and thrivability.
  • The Noosphere — Global consciousness and unity offer contexts for the new cosmologies and our evolutionary development.
  • A New Renaissance — Rebirth and the emergence of new futures offer contexts for our transformations and future becoming.

1. The Anthropocene as Context

Harmful Growth and Developmental Disorders

  • Our societies grow unsustainably — Our species continues to exceed and harm the critical carrying capacities of our planet by growing exponentially without breaks. We push development at the expense of vital sustainability thresholds (environmental ceilings and social foundations) and ecosystemic boundaries.
  • Our development tends to inhibit healthy self-regulation, adaptation, and autonomy — By driving exponential quantitative growth at the cost of qualitative development, humanity has created artificial growth archetypes that are completely out of sync with our natural world. This generates addictive behaviours, divisions, polarization, and systemic entrapments.
  • Our measures for success and progress are deceptive — As a species we broadcast deceptive self-images with poor self-reflection, and little responsibility for the harm we cause.
  • We lack future wise leadership — We fail to take adequate actions for addressing and stopping our worsening sustainability crisis, despite knowing better and being well informed of all the implications.
  • The belief that our universe is a mechanistic system composed of separate parts and particles that can each be manipulated, dissected, and engineered to best serve humanity’s growing needs.
  • Political doctrines of world and cultural domination, through policies of rapid extractive economic expansion, empire-building, and systems of winners and losers.

Going beyond sustainability

  1. What are some of the main drivers that led to the Anthropocene, and how do those drivers exist today in your life and community?
  2. What could we have done differently to avoid the Anthropocene? What did we fail to learn despite feedback and warnings?
  3. How can the contexts of thresholds and allocations become embedded in learning for regeneration and thrivability?
  4. How can the Anthropocene, rather than it being the hallmark of a destructive species, become the hallmark of a responsible and maturring species?

2. The Noosphere as Context

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3. A New Renaissance as Context

  • The Anthropocene as a context for understanding sustainability, regeneration, and thrivability;
  • The Noosphere as a context for understanding the direction of our evolutionary development, and;
  • The Renaissance as a context for understanding our transformations as a process of rebirth and future becoming.

Imaginal Learning

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