Adaptation to a Transforming World
October 14 - November 22, 2019
Unprecedented Leadership: What Are the Leadership Characteristics Needed to Prevent Our Extinction and How Can We Cultivate Them?
These unprecedented times call for unprecedented leadership. Greta Thunberg has stunned us with her clarity, courage, perseverance and authenticity. There are many more unique leaders in the world just waiting to step up to the plate. Indeed, every one of us is a leader and every one of us is needed.
What are the traits of unprecedented leadership and how do we cultivate them?
Is leadership more threatening than climate change?
What can we do to catalyze leadership in ourselves and others?
Join in a deep dive into the challenges, joys, characteristics and mysteries of unprecedented leadership. Feed the collective field that is seeking orientation and nourishment to bring out the leadership we are destined to embody.
Stephanie Mines is the vision holder of Climate Change & Consciousness. She stepped into that leadership role based on spiritual guidance. She is now following through with Climate Change & Consciousness Norway 2021.
In July 2018, UK sustainability scholar Jem Bendell wrote a white paper on what he termed “Deep Adaptation,” in response to his assessment that civilizational “collapse” was an inevitable near-term consequence of climate change. The paper has catalyzed a global conversation via this Forum and at least two Facebook Groups (here and here).
Bendell posed three questions at the end of his paper (and later added a fourth) that he felt were essential for collective reflection in response to this dire outlook. For Now What?!, we might explore the use of these questions both in their original context, i.e. assuming near-term collapse, as well as in other contexts that recognize that we are in the midst of various kinds of fundamental transformations which require us to think deeply about how we can adapt to newly emerging conditions.
Bendell's "Four R" Questions*
Resilience: “how do we keep what we really want to keep?”
Relinquishment: “what do we need to let go of in order to not make matters worse?”
Restoration: “what can we bring back to help us with the coming difficulties, tragedies, and opportunities?”
Reconciliation: “who and what do we need to make peace with?”
*For the purposes of Now What?! the Restoration question has been modified from Bendell's version by the addition of the word "opportunities."