Online Launch – The System Within

Online Launch - The System Within
3 July 2024 15:00 - 16:15 (CEST)
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Join a panel hosted by Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declève to celebrate the publication of The System Within: addressing the inner dimensions of sustainability and systems transformation’ by Jamie Bristow, Rosie Bell, Christine Wamsler, Tomas Bjorkman, Phoebe Tickell, Julia Kim and Otto Scharmer. The new dive dive paper was comissioned to complement the groundbreaking report to the Club of Rome Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity by integrating often overlooked psychological, social and spiritual factors.

Panellists will include some of the paper’s co-authors along with Club of Rome members and other experts reflecting on the content.

About The System Within: In the early 1970s, an iconic report to The Club of Rome, The Limits to Growth, sounded the alarm for unbridled economic expansion on a finite planet. Fifty years later its successor, Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity outlines a global to-do list for averting ecological and societal breakdown within a vanishing timeframe.

While ambitious policy levers are much needed, sustainable change hinges on integrating material interventions with consideration of the human inner dimension: reckoning with the deep collective structures of thought foundational to failing systems, and nurturing the inner capacities necessary to overcome barriers to collective action and structural transformation. This deep dive paper aims to complement Earth for All by highlighting the overlooked inner dimension of system change, and supplying systems thinkers with the language to advocate for psychological, social and spiritual factors crucial to sustainable solutions. It discusses worldviews, mindsets, values and identity as root drivers of cultural behaviour, their interaction with psychological and behavioural tendencies, and the transformative inner capacities that can be cultivated to intervene at deep leverage points; and introduces existing initiatives leading the way in integrating inner and outer dimensions of system change.

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