About Thrivable Society

Thrivable Society is a community space where people with a variety of interests and backgrounds come together to explore the living edge. Here we play the Infinite Game. If you are led by curiosity, seeking the living edge of possibility, want to scan the known dimensions of Thrivability, then you are in the right playspace!

You have reached our knowledge base - a homegrown Wiki structured as series of nested cards. We invite you to contribute to our collective epistemic weirdness, where we hold both the serious gravity of the world as it is and the opportunity for whimsical bliss. Here, we dance between sincerity and irony as we co-create a more curious and more kind world. Acknowledging that we are profoundly interdependent, we gratefully embrace small abundance and beauty, in ourselves and with others, and with all life. 

Wanna keep exploring? Our lively community has regular events, fore/back-casting calls, and podcasts too, oh my! Thrivable Society grow the stock of wisdom here.

We benevolent tricksters and agents of epiphanies welcome you!

Grab your pataphysical compass, because here is how to orient in this playspace:

How to Participate

This is a structured wiki, which means you can change what is here. This wiki, Decko*, is made out of cards. Everything is a card. And cards can have different types. Types might be an image or phrase, but they can also be a template. These templates aid in easy contribution with no coding required, so you can add to a section, such as Recommended Reading. When you "Add" to that type, it shows you a form to input the content.

Browsing is great, participating takes many forms.

  • Find wisdom using our Curated content or meandering through the structures of content that excite you
  • Leave comments on much of the content you discover here
  • Add to our links and referrals to other places
  • Recommend reading for others
  • Drop in your own articles and interviews
  • Edit and improve existing wisdom
  • Assist in curating content
  • Expand how we organize and relate

Be sure to read our Community_Netiquette too!

* Note that Jean is on the board for the nonprofit, Grass Commons, creating Decko, and thus she transparently names her bias for it.

How to Use this Space

Soon we will put a video of how to use this site here

This is a structured wiki. There are a few ways to navigate the structures here.

  • Search: There is a search bar in the header. Go nuts!
  • Explore: See the browse menu to wander
  • Nesting: Use the navigation in the upper right of any "card" to open and close subsections. Double click on closed cards
  • Discuss: Comment on content

You can follow a selection of pieces we have chosen in our "Curated" view or browse the dimensions we have used to organize the space.

There are several dimension to this space:

Sometimes brilliance can't be chunked down. Green article cards contain full articles that are so dang thrivable, you simply must read the whole thing! Not every long-form piece we love is here in this wiki as an article, though. For a more complete compilation of books and think pieces, see our referral list and recommended reading cards.

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Agency and Enoughness (and why use P.R.O.S.E.?)
Creativity Emergence: Interview with Michelle James
Directing Change: Interview with Malachi Leopold
Economic Crisis & Transparency: Interview with Scott Reynolds Nelson
Expansion and Movement Interview with Leilani Henry
Living with Incomprehension and Uncertainty
Network Thinking: Interview with Valdis Krebs
People Powered Innovation Interview with Robin Chase
Remixing Community: Interview with Jono Bacon
Savoring Optimism: Interview with Lonny Grafman
The Relationship Economy: Interview with Jerry Michalski
Thrivability of the Commons: Avoiding Eco-Fascism and Embracing Social Justice
Thrivable Leadership Interview with Kevin A Clark
Towards Coherence: Interview with Jon Lebkowsky

Thrivability has a past. The set of blue sketch cards is a collection of previous efforts from 60 contributors from different fields who came together in 2010 to frame the field. They describe actions, qualities, cycles, and values observed to contribute, big time, to thriving. But, the sketch is still a living entity! Through our salons and conversations, we'll continue adding sketch entries together as our community grows! Learn how to use the wiki to contribute to sketch cards. 

First Glance by Jill Palermo

Surprise by Tony Deifell

Untitled by Hava Gurevich

Introduction by Jean Russell

A Case for Thrivability













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Core concepts are key utilities for understanding and practicing thrivability as we understand it today. They link or underpin ideas that appear throughout the knowledge base of Thrivable Society. Core concepts show up regularly in our community activities. Understanding these concepts gives us a shared foundation for having conversations here. Let us know if there are concepts that you believe belong here.


Icon cards explain, well....other cards! You'll see icons used across this wiki in the top right hand corner. These icons mark whether the content handled in the card is an ACTION, QUALITY, CYCLE, or VALUE - more about these categories are in the red icon card themselves. Organizing concepts, articles, and sketches in this way helps create some much needed clarity around how we can use lofty ideas in service of embodying thrivability in the world! Originally, these categories come from the 2010 Thrivability Sketch.

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Because we are PROS who like to write poetic prose, we think in scales such as:

  • Personal
  • Relational
  • Organizational
  • Systemic

As we expand this space, look for this scaling pattern in our tools, practices, and resources.


We tried, but we just can't do it all, be it all, and have it all, regardless of what your mother told you. But the internet can! Here are some of the places we recommend visiting to get your fix:

We can't cover it all! Other people do deep dives into areas that fit under the Thrivability Umbrella. What would you redirect people to? Where do you go for stuff like climate change and supremacy culture, late stage capitalism, and so on?

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