There’s so much information out there, on all kinds of topics, that it’s overwhelming. Where do we even start (or end)?
Our sense of overwhelm contributes to the divisions in society, unhealthy competition, and the “us vs. them” mentality. It can feel hard to simply start on conversation on so many topics.
Part two of our conversation with JP Parker continues on the theme of understanding the world, our place in it, and where we’re heading. JP points out that we need to do our inner work.
We need to take responsibility for our own healing. Only then can we deal with our collective, subconscious trauma. The trauma that results from an exploitative, extractive economy.
Being present, open-minded, and refusing to be put into boxes at an early age helps. We talk about the nature of multipotentiality: What if we are all, really, multipotentialites? How wonderful for all of us to be in a community that supports and encourages multiple paths and interests!
Perhaps humans are intrinsically multipotentialites – they just need to be encouraged more.
Our conversation closes with an interesting, provocative term: the “Apocaloptimist.” It speaks to those who are rightly, understandably concerned about the state of the world and where we’re heading. But, simultaneously, they refuse to give up, and believe deeply in humanity’s capacity to survive and thrive.
With hope, this conversation might make you feel better and lead to positive action with big ripples.
Topics & Timestamps
- [1:45] How do we support and foster collaboration in the change making community?
- [2:20] Donella Meadows’ Work
- [3:10] We have too much data to wade through in our daily lives
- [4:25] Busting paradigms
- [5:10] How to cross-pollinate as change makers
- [6:00] Intersectionality of multipotentialites
- [7:05] The doughnut economy
- [8:50] Change has to happen locally and globally on a systemic basis
- [11:30] “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right doing, there’s a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi
- [12:10] Call out culture and when it becomes problematic
- [14:30] Canadian reconciliation with Indigenous cultures
- [15:30] Helping each other with our collective trauma
- [17:20] We were never meant to have chronic stress
- [18:40] Responding to events in our lives consciously
- [19:10] We have to take responsibility for our own healing
- [19:35] There’s more than one way to solve a problem
- [22:20] We start putting ourselves in boxes at age 7
- [23:30] One of JP’s early wake up calls
- [28:00] How do we cultivate conditions for the species to make an unexpected leap?
- [30:05] The main key components in change
- [32:20] How spirituality ties into all of this
Resources Mentioned in This Episode
- Beyond Paradigms https://www.beyondparadigms.io/
- Donella Meadows Project http://donellameadows.org/
- The Doughnut Economic Model https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughnut_(economic_model)
- Enkel Collective https://www.enkel.co/
- New Economy Network Australia https://www.neweconomy.org.au/