Friend and co-conspirator Jordan Greenhall has just begun releasing a series of essays to his Medium blog, unfolding a perspective on the great transition we’re facing as a global civilization, and how we might get through it gracefully. I’ve invited him to cross-post them here to kick off a broader conversation around these topics, which many people have been thinking about and working on for a long time. The hope is that together we can articulate a new cultural narrative, and launch ourselves into practical action to make our visions a reality. Below is the first installment. Please share your view!
Our global civilization is currently undergoing a tremendous set of transitions that will ultimately result in the dismantling of much of the way that we currently live and the construction of a new “civilization model”. Over the next several months, I will be laying out many of the major challenges that we will face during this transition and propose solutions. I will then outline a practical plan that could enable us to actively make that transition in an elegant bottoms-up fashion (i.e. without requiring any willing participation from existing social and political institutions).
A very good way of framing the transition is a movement from a social system that is fundamentally organized around solving the problems of “scarcity” to a social system that is fundamentally organized around solving the problems of “abundance”. In this essay, I will discuss that transition and introduce some of the more important aspects of scarcity and abundance.