Humanity Rising’s goal is to bring communities together to empower (young) people to change the world, especially in matters to do with our climate crisis. Sergej van Middendorp describes his experience in participating in Humanity Rising and reflects on that from a CMM perspective.
In 2018, while presenting the findings of a report that inquired into our capability to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, co-chair of a working group in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said: “The good news is that some of the kinds of actions that would be needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C are already underway around the world, but they would need to accelerate”.
But then, Jim Skea, co-chair of another working group added that: “limiting warming to 1.5°C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes”.
Shortly after the IPCC report came out, we came together as the board of the CMM institute to prepare for our annual Learning Exchange. We were somewhat depressed by what the IPCC researchers had shared. The challenges felt beyond our influence as we saw how some of our most powerful leaders failed to respond adequately to the climate crisis. While we couldn’t see a way to directly respond to the climate crisis, we vowed to focus our energy on helping a whole generation grow up while learning how to take a communication perspective and how to make the best of their relationships in a host of challenging social situations through our CosmoKidz program.
Now that we find ourselves in multiple, unfolding global crises, we are simultaneously witnessing hopeful examples of unprecedented change and a despairing increase of inadequate responses. So while, once again, it feels as if events may be getting beyond our control, we also believe there are ways to amplify the hopeful force in this duality. And one way is through Humanity Rising, an initiative by Ubiquity University and a network of more than 400 organizations from across the globe.
According to Jim Garrison, Ubiquity University’s president:
This is one of the first times in human history where virtually everybody, everywhere is going through the same experience at the same time. Ubiquity University chose to convene a global commons. A summit to come together with people from all over the world to consider how we use these crises as an opportunity for human renewal. We have ten years to ensure we stay within the limits that prevent irreversible changes to the climate. The decade of the 2020’s is going to determine the fate of humanity’s sojourn on planet earth.
The idea of Humanity Rising is to address the challenge together at three levels:
- Supporting a process of daily dialogue for as long as the pandemic lasts, and probably beyond, focused on the questions: how can we increase our strategic effectiveness? What stories and visions do we have for a positive future? What actions are we taking that make a difference?
- Providing a platform to foster a global commons for sharing knowledge, events, books, tools, products so that everyone can see what is going on and can join forces in the spirit of radical collaboration.
- Work to make strategic formation around global projects that are as transformational as the pandemic, but help us evolve in a more positive direction.
After Jim Garrison’s opening of the Humanity Rising movement, Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, facilitated keynotes by, amongst others, Dame Jane Goodall and a panel of nine female leaders who initiated the process of dialogue about practices that can help us adapt and create a sustainable future in the face of the crises we have made.
The first nine days of dialogue after the opening were facilitated by women leaders, who shared their stories. Then there were seven days facilitated by youth leaders sharing theirs. Dialogues about the meaning of radical collaboration and transformation followed. And as I am writing this the dialogues continue. The global commons emerging from these dialogues is supported by the Ubiverse platform, which itself is growing with the thousands of people attending, participating, and leading the sessions.
What strikes me as powerful in the turn that Ubiquity University made to start this movement and to bring so many together is the openness, the diversity, the reflexivity between its mission and its manifestation, and the integral approach they, or should I say ‘we’ take. I think that we as a CMM community have a contribution to make on all three levels that shape this new movement. For example, we could:
- Join the daily dialogues of humanity rising by registering and attending sessions that resonate with you/us.
- Share resources where useful for the unfolding process of radical collaboration on the Ubiverse platform to strengthen the global commons emerging there.
- Explore the possibilities for strategic formation with your/our mission to help a whole generation grow up while learning how to take a communication perspective.
And if you first want to learn more, all sessions are streamed live and recordings of previous sessions are shared on the platform here.