I consider Christopher Alexander one of the most important thinkers of the last half-century. He says, “We won’t be OK, in terms of building or in terms of nature or anything else, until we learn how to *make* nature.” What does this mean?
In presentations, interviews, panel discussions, and breakout sessions,
the role of spirituality in business and society was explored from every
angle — almost. One question that hung heavily in the ether above the
privileged participants was this: Is Wisdom 2.0 really an upgrade?
The occupations have served an
important purpose, but the time has come to direct the energy they have
awakened toward tangible goals. For too long, the left has mortgaged its soul to a dispirited, defeated
version of the practical. Society and the planet are in such a strait that the
old practical isn't enough. We need to think big — and then be practical.
Community is impossible in a highly monetized society since community is woven from gifts. Intimacy comes from co-creation, not co-consumption. We must do more than simply get people together: we need to create together. Creating gift circles can reduce our dependence on the traditional market and help us transition to a co-creative partnership of interdependence.
We mistakenly think nature is infinite, and that scarcity should be a source of profit. We need to combine a recognition of the real scarcity of physical goods with the real abundance of immaterial goods to generate a new and sustainable civilization based on peer to peer principles.