As the effort to rescue the Thai youth soccer team unfolded over the past couple weeks, it captivated people’s attention around the world. It was like there was unspoken alignment around a few key commitments:
we will not leave these children behind…
we will engage in a complex mission to ensure their lives are protected and valued …
we will risk doing what seems impossible to emerge into the light whole.
When the mission proved successful, USA Today cited the reflections of acting Chiang Ra Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn, who said there was a lesson to be learned for Thailand and the world. “I believe we have a special power: love,’ he said. ‘We love each other. We sent love into the cave. This is the lesson I want Thailand to remember, this is the lesson I want the world to see.’”
This special power of love to help us find our way through peril is ever more relevant, as day by day it feels like our communities face more layers of hate and systemic oppression. We continue to feel the upsurgence of an existing worldview centered in supremacy, violence, and materialism.
And yet… we relentlessly envision the world that we want to live in. It’s a world that’s rooted in our shared humanity, where we live deeply interconnected with other peoples and living beings. So, as the decaying worldview takes its last stand, how do we know this emerging worldview is possible?
We know because of what we witnessed in June, when Resonance Network convened over 90 people at a gathering in Chaska, Minnesota called “Workshopping the Worldview.” Over three days, participants — most of whom had never met each other — drew on their creativity, imagination, and dreams for the world to describe an emerging worldview, and to practice translating the worldview into actionable platforms and policies.
What happened at Workshopping the Worldview
One day 1, participants generated artwork, created a collective poem, composed and recorded a song, contributed to a mural, tweeted, danced, and embodied the emerging worldview. Together, folks dropped into the experience of what it would mean to live in a world of full, interdependent worthiness and thriving.
Buzzing with energy from the first day, on day 2 we reflected on what dominant-worldview habits show up when we engage in policy work, including what happens to the big visions in us when we take stances of policy reform, defense, and tinkering around the edges instead of being firmly rooted in the emerging worldview.Small groups then dove into questions like: How do we engage intergenerationally as we prepare for this transformation and transition? How can we imagine new economies defined by communities? What does it look like to live in a world with no borders? What does civic engagement look like in the emerging world?
On day 3, folks began to strategize about local and national campaigns — on themes including healing, migration, civic engagement — in a way that doesn’t just push against the dominant worldview, but rather re-envisions what is possible to accelerate evolution into an emerging worldview.
For Emmanuelle Kloussou of Washington DC, Workshopping the Worldview was an opportunity to co-create a vision 100 years into the future, even knowing that she may not be around to see it come to fruition. “The point at the gathering when everything fell into place for me was hearing ‘we don’t have to have consensus, we just need to be aligned,” Emmanuelle shared. “I realized that if the spirit of what people are doing is aligned with the spirit of what I’m doing, we’re working toward a shared emerging worldview.”
Dalton Dagondon Tiegs of Boise, Idaho shared this reflection on the gathering:
“I loved participating in creating a 3D model for the emerging worldview. As a community organizer, I spend a lot of my time with hurdles and barriers. What was so different in creating the emerging worldview model was that it was about seeing the possibility in materials that we had in front of us — a generally good practice that I hope anyone has the opportunity to participate in. The time that we spent thinking about governance was a great learning space, and then a few of us had a conversation about how the ancestors will guide us into the future. That was healing for me. Spirit work wasn’t exactly in the workshop agenda, but there was a connection of mind, body, and spirit, and it was glorious.”
What Comes Next
Dalton and their colleagues at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence are now creating a network of 50 young people to Workshop the Worldview, exploring what healing-centered liberation looks like for young people in Idaho.
Other folks are bringing ideas sparked by Workshopping the Worldview forward in different ways — from an effort to tell stories of migration, to launching a civic-engagement vehicle for organizations working to end gender-based violence, to forming collectives around healing and regeneration.
Resonance Network has created “Tips for Workshopping the Worldview,” which you can use as a jumping off point to hold a conversation about the emerging worldview in your own kitchen, school, place of worship, or community space.
We invite you to be on this journey with us, as we hope to be on the journey with you as you carry the emerging worldview in your own day-to-day life and community work. It is a time when we must take good care of ourselves and of each other, when we will continue to use the power of love to risk doing what seems impossible to emerge into the light whole.
Let’s continue to share with each other how we are living into the emerging worldview, and join together to lift up this conversation in the weeks and months ahead.