The generations of connectivists

WE see a different series of generations coming up in our cultures, a new kind of innovating segment of the populations. They are less conflict-oriented, less polemic, more oriented towards trying to find ways to deal with what they see as either a breakdown or just major challenges or even a vacuum offering opportunities. Rather than fighting each other for who is right, they look for new ways to connect, with each other, with the world around them, with the future, the land and even the past. Of course, one might question: is this just a surface phenomenon, while the real struggle goes on underneath? Is this the stage where the cultural and innovative clowns act, while the real wars are being fought in other places, in more discrete stages or just in distant realities? Maybe so. But frankly, if we were to wager the future of humanity, we would not bet on the ones that try to enter the future by beating their opponents and competitors to getting there first with the biggest share of the scarce pie. However, we do not to get better and better at collaborating, at finding ways to connect across our many divides. The future needs us to take up the challenge of listening. Here at Cultura21 Nordic, we are trying to get better at this every day. We have entered into new relations the past year, also with the ones that do not agree with us about everything from the outset. And the feeling of momentum, of making a difference, gets still stronger for every connection we make outside of our ideological comfort zones. Of course, the challenge remains, which we also felt this spring and summer at times: how do you make strong connections to the ones that still orient themselves according to more dichotomous, conflict-based, friend/foe based world views? So far, the only answer is, by insisting to be as we are. Inviting to collaboration. History shows that once the conflicts escalate, our perspective will be blown away. So we really need to be many, and to be strongly connected in our resistance to the poverty of brutal competition and conflictual or isolationist solution-seeking. So we hereby invite anyone to work with us, whether you believe in the power of sustension and the value of cultures of sustainability or not. We may be able to surprise each other. And to show the world that there really is a new culture coming up, a culture of connectivitiy and sustensivity.

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  1. July 30, 2013 at 05:09

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