I'm currently reading a new book called "WORLDSHIFT 2012; Making Green Business, New Politics & Higher Consciousness Work Together", by Ervin
Laszlo (Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and founder of the new " WorldShift University"). It's basically an amazing handbook for what we need
to do to survive the 21st century, and how to do it. Here is a link to it on amazon:
I think it is a must read for anyone interested in global change, and it has great forwards written by Deepak Chopra and Mikhail Gorbachev.
What I want to bring your attention too is what I think is an amazing excerpt from this book about how there is a change going on in the consciousness
of the world; it is an unorganized cultural movement, but it's size and relatively can be measured.
Here we go:
"A new culture is emerging at the creative edge and is moving rapidly toward the mainstream. It's the culture of the "cultural creatives"-a term
introduced by public opinion researcher Paul Ray. Their value shift embraces a shift in lifestyles, from matter- and energy-wasteful ostentation
toward ways of living marked by voluntary simplicity and a search for harmony with nature.
Cultural creatives ar dedicated consumers of intense, enlightening, or enlivening experiences such as weekend workshops, spiritual gatherings,
personal growth events, and experiential vacations. They view themselves as synthesizers and healers, on the personal, the community, and even on the
planetary level. They are committed to holistic ways of thinking and acting, eating natural or whole foods, turning to holistic health care, searching
for holistic inner experience, and seeking a holistic balance between work and play, consumption and personal growth.
(This description really hit home hard for me; almost an exact replica of how I like to view myself, and how I wish to be- Monts)
Ray's survey of March of 2008 found that most Americans are ready to embrace action for the greater good of society, even of the planet. There is a
growing awareness of the need for action. Most people recognize that we are in the midst of a climate0change crisis, and they see it as a sign of a
full-blown planetary emergency. Some 87 percent of the more than one thousand individuals who responded to the 500 questions in Ray's survey agreed
that "we need to treat the planet as a living system"; 81 percent agreed that "corporations must take more responsibility for their impact on
global warming"; 75 percent agreed that "people need to work for the good of the planet, for it is our only home"; 70 percent agreed that "I see
myself as a citizen of Planet Earth as well as an American"; and 68 percent were in agreement that "at this time in history we need to see this as
all one planet and one humanity".*
*The poll was conducted by the InsWisdom University. See www.wisomeuniversity.org/cultural0creatives.htm
There is awareness of the need for change especially in regard to the environment. More than 62 percent agreed that "the earth is headed for an
environmental catastrophe unless we change"; 56 percent agreed that "our materialistic way of life can be replaced by a new more hopeful one"; and
51 agreed that "I am willing to do volunteer work as part of a commitment to help save the planet."
In a related finding, the Institute of Noetic Sciences found that in a significant segment of the U.S. population, thinking is changing: from
competition to reconciliation and partnership; from greed and scarcity to sufficiency and caring; from outer to inner authority (from reliance on
outer sources of "authority" to inner sources of "knowing"); from mechanistic to living systems (from concepts of the world modeled on mechanistic
systems to perspectives and approaches rooted in the principles that inform the realms of life); and from separation to wholeness, brought about by a
fresh recognition of the oneness and interconnectedness of all aspects of life and reality.
Similar changes are occurring in other parts of the world. A survey carried out in 2005 by the Italian branch of the Club of Budapest found that 35
percent of adult Italians live and act as cultural creatives. Analogous figures are coming to light in surveys in other countries of Europe, as well
as in Japan, Australia, and Brazil.
Entrepreneur and environmentalist Paul Hawken estimated that there are now one million social change organizations in the world, ranging from small
neighborhood associations to well0funded and relatively powerful NGOs. They share a common set of values and collectively comprise the largest social
movement in history. This, Hawken noted in his 2007 book "Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It
Coming", is not the standard "social movement," for ordinarily movements have leaders and doctrines. The new movement is disperse, inchoate, and
fiercely independent. It testifies to the emergence of what David Korten, Nicanor Perlas, and Vandana Shiva called "global civil society"-the
"social expression of the awakening of an authentic planetary culture grounded in the spiritual values and social experience of hundreds of millions
*David Korten, Nicantor Perlas, and Vandana Shiva, "Gloval Civil Society: The Path Ahead" (People-Centered Development Forum,
Cultural change in society is more rapid and powerful than politicians as yet realize. A critical mass is not only ready and able to elect leaders who
stand for change, it's also ready and able to provide active support for enlightened policies."