Society

The Transitionalism worldview means a better understanding of the world and our relationship to it. To more easily incorporate its principles and practices into daily life links are provided taking you to helpful guides, information or express points of view that reinforce those in Transitionalism. If you know of a particularly useful resource it would be greatly appreciated if you would send it along so others could benefit.

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Millennials facing the Future — Anxiously
Millennials face uncertainty and a nostalgia for an earlier time which besides idealism makes Bernie Sander’s candidacy appealing to this group. Still it is always a mistake to look to the past as guide for the future, instead, build the future to meet our needs and aspirations.

Patrisse-Cullors-bio-2Robert-Ross-bioPatrisse Cullors and Robert Ross – The Resilient World We’re Building Now
Krista Tibbett interviews artist and #BlackLivesMatter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors along with Dr. Robert Ross, a physician and a leader who is helping redefine public health in terms of human wholeness. Worthwile for the remarks on being part of a social movement is also spiritual work, about the movement being more than just about injustice but is about the future of black life. I only question the value of characterizing ‘the system’ as having no soul, to instead characterize the people which make it up as having a different kind of soul.

changeaheadJoanna Macy: On the Great Turning
Buddhist and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy discusses the nature of the times we are in and what needs to be done to meet its challenges if we want to sustain ourselves.

 

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solitudeMary Midgley: The Solitary Self
A critique of individualism.

 

liberal-conservativeJonathan Haidt: On the Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives
The human brain is structure with a moral predisposition. Haidt’s message is to recognize, accept, and respect these differences and seek to understand the perspective of those with whom you might disagree.

 

contributingClay Shirky: How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World
Gets people to imagine what could be done if 1 trillion hours of discretionary time could be applied to civic oriented volunteer projects.

 

OPTIMISMRobert Wright: On Optimism
The talk reviews the progression of biological evolution from lower to higher orders of complexity and continued by cultural evolution where group affinity has expanded to across the globe. Wright believes if we use this understanding intelligently we could save ourselves from catastrophe.

 

transhumanHarvey Fineberg: Are We Ready for Neo-Evolution?
An introduction to the concept of human beings assuming command over their own evolution via invasive technology and the questions it brings about.

 

kurzweilRay Kurzweil: What does the future look like?
Kurzweil presents the Law of Accelerating Returns as it relates to the rate of technological development and its larger technological and social consequences.

 

chimptroopApe Genius
A NOVA production exploring how higher primates compare to humans. The program concludes it is our ability to teach and learn that make humans unique, which can be understood to mean how we teach and learn one another to be human.

delano-great-migration-family-cropIsabel Wilkerson —The Heart Is the Last Frontier
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson discusses her work of narrative non-fiction, The Warmth of Other Suns about the Great Migration, the diaspora of six million African Americans to the north of the U.S. in the 20th century and their reception by the white community which had a prominent role in setting the tone of race relations witnessed today.