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Humanity has entered a time of profound change. We are pushed by necessity and pulled by opportunity. The push is a growing systems crisis, evident in the breakdown of financial institutions, climate disruption, resource depletion, unsustainable populations, and more. The pull is the opportunity to rise to a new level of human maturity, partnership, and freedom. The combined push and pull at a global scale make this truly a time of Great Transition for humanity. Collectively, we have been on a long journey of development, differentiation, and separation. We are now approaching an 'evolutionary wall' where we are running into ourselves and our choices for the long-term future. If we pull together in cooperation, we can build new relationships with one another and the Earth. Very simply, the below diagram depicts the 'great turning' required for the human journey.

It is vital that the human community come together and consciously co-create visions and stories of a sustainable and thriving relationship with the Earth and one another. Great Transition Stories is taking an important step in that direction by: 1) gathering leading-edge scholarship and wisdom that presents stories of great turning and transition and, 2) by making that wisdom available widely to educators, the general public, green businesses, storytellers, and more.

Great Transition Stories is an open-source collaboration. The text on this wiki is made available via the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike License. See Project Copyrights for information regarding use of non-text media.

We understand that the stories we tell shape both the view of ourselves and the future we create. Our stories will powerfully influence the path we take through this time of collective awakening and global turning. We have the ability to consciously choose narratives that offer realistic beacons of hope to guide our way through the Great Transition.

Deeper Introduction

Featured Stories of Great Transition

Clarity and coherence are priceless in our times of increasing breakdown and overwhelm. Although we are gathering a number of great transition stories, we will feature core narratives that are universally understandable and highly useful for navigating through these unprecedented times. In that spirit, here are narratives that offer deep insight into changes underway in our world.

A Global Brain Awakens

GlobalBrain75.jpg An unprecedented revolution in global communications is underway, integrating powerful technologies ranging from wireless networks to Internet connections, cell-phones, televisions, and much more. Combined, these technologies are rapidly wiring the global brain and supporting the awakening of collective consciousness from a local to a global scale. See more...

We Are on a Heroic Journey

HeroicJourney75.jpg The Hero’s Journey has three, major stages: separation, initiation, and return. Over the past 45,000 years or so, the human community has moved from a long stage of separation from nature and one another, and we are now moving into a time of initiation, from which may come the insight to begin our journey of return to living in harmony with Earth, one another, and the living universe. See more...

Humanity Is Growing Up

GrowingUp75.jpg Over tens of thousands of years, the human species has been learning and maturing. We have moved from our childhood as awakening hunter-gatherers to our late adolescence as a species on the edge of a planetary civilization. We are now moving collectively through a rite of passage, toward our early adulthood as a human community. See more...

Transitioning to Holistic Economics

Economics75.jpg A shallow and limited view of 'economics' has produced a view of the Earth as a place filled with resources to be exploited in a process of never-ending growth. This has led to unsustainable levels of consumption by a relative few along with an enormous and growing disparity in wealth and economic opportunity between the rich and the poor. Reconciliation requires a 'holistic economics' or economics of the whole world system. See more...

Choosing Conscious Evolution

ConsciousEvolution75.jpg Consciousness is the knowing faculty. Our capacity for reflective or witnessing consciousness – to know that we know – enables us to take greater responsibility for our actions and their consequences. Unprecedented global crises are pressuring human consciousness to develop further, and we are poised to awaken to a collective knowing that we can choose consciously to evolve our capacities for living in harmony with the rest of life. See more...

Integrating Indigenous Wisdom

IndigenousWisdom75.jpg Indigenous peoples have a feeling of communion with the land and bring a natural sense of participation with the life force that infuses work and play in everyday life. Indigenous wisdom reminds us of our oneness with Earth as an interdependent, living system; our oneness with each other and the other forms of life that are our companions; and our oneness with the universe that is our cosmic home. See more...

A Path of Gender Reconciliation

GenderReconciliation75.jpg Humanity has been moving through a series of stages in the relationship between men and women, starting with the mysterious power and fertility of the feminine archetype in the hunter-gatherer era, followed by the rise of the masculine sky gods in the agrarian era and the further extension of the masculine analytical orientation in the industrial era, and now the return of the sacred feminine which opens new possibilities for reconciliation and relationship. See more...

Reconnecting with the Living Universe

LivingUniverse75.jpg Since awakening as hunter-gatherers roughly 45,000 years ago, we humans have been pulling back from nature and differentiating ourselves from one another, leading to our current time of environmental and existential crisis. We are challenged to make a profound shift and begin a journey of return to reconnect with our larger 'self' that is a conscious participant in the unfolding of the living universe. See more...

Metamorphosis as a Metaphor for Transition

Metamorphosis75.jpg The caterpillar crawls around on two-dimensional surfaces. At some point it stops, eats to oblivion, wraps itself in a cocoon and begins to dissolve. Out of the soup of the dissolution, 'imaginal cells' begin to emerge that transform what was the caterpillar into a whole new form that can fly in three-dimensional space. Where is this story happening in our lives? See more...

Humanity Is Becoming a Superorganism

Superorganism75.jpg The human body is made up of 50-100 trillion cells differentiated into many integrated communities (that we call organs) collaborating harmoniously to create a whole human being. Imagine that each of the seven billion humans on our planet is a cell in a whole body of humanity, each with its own function and gift. This is the next step in the sequence of how life has evolved on Earth. See more...

Stories in Development

Distilling and synthesizing these stories takes time and collaboration. If you would like to contribute to this open-source, co-creative process, please let us know.

  • Beyond Story: The Rise of Nondual Awareness
  • A Planetary Birth Process
  • Global Citizens Arise
  • Opening the Global Heart
  • Awakening of the Cosmic Feminine
  • Inter-Faith Reconciliation & Awakening Consciousness
  • Inter-Species Reconciliation and Renewal
  • Collective Reconciliation with Future Generations
  • Global Youth Waking Up

Great Transition Stories in Action

Here are examples, at various levels of scale, that can help us see how to live and inhabit stories of Great Transition.

Local Examples
National and Global Examples

Inspirations for Transition

The Great Transition both requires and is a source of tremendous inspiration, including:

Selected Writings About the Great Transition

There is a growing literature focusing on the dynamics of our world in transition. Listed here are a few of the most important and insightful articles that we have found. Check back in regularly as this is an ever changing and expanding list.

Deeper Learning About Transition Stories

There are a number of ways to learn about – and learn how to use – these Great Transition Stories; including:

  • Courses: We are exploring possible course offerings related to Great Transition stories and storytelling.
  • Online Communities: This area is in development; however, one important community now emerging is on our Facebook Page.
  • Study Groups: We are excited about the potential for study groups for exploring these stories, both face-to-face and online.
  • Story Consulting: We are developing a network of Great Transition storytellers and facilitators to support people and organizations in their re-storying process.
  • Core Assumptions: There are a number of core assumptions that underly these stories of great transition.
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