Introduction aka Crisis and catastrophe oh my


This Thrivability Salon covers most of our core concepts and serves as a foundation for Thrivable Society.

  • Session 1: Thrivability or Crisis and Catastrophe, oh my!

  • Session 2: Dealing with Irrational Humans that Care

  • Session 3: Steering for Thrivability

  • Session 4: Thrivable Governance and Production at Scale

Other Salons will target specific inquiries. For example:

  • Distributed Governance of Social Organisms

(Opening screen is a pendulum with a hypnotic spiral going behind it with meditation music playing)

The opening hypnotic slide was what I discovered when searching for an image to go with the pendulum swings and upward spirals that I had in mind to talk about today. Instead, I hope you are hypnotized and receptive to suggestion: you are now infected with pragmatic hope.

What is our narrative about the world and humans?

I tend toward a philosophical lens with an interest in human behavior. One powerful way our humanness shows up is through narrative. We are stories. What story are we living into? Fear and Shame? Hope and Gratitude?

  • Fear v Hope?

  • Shame or Gratitude?

I can’t see Fear without thinking of the quote from Dune: say it with me if you know it too.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

We might also say

“I must not shame. Shame is the heart-killer. Shame is the little-death that brings total exile. I will face my shame. I will permit it to pass over me and through me as guilt. And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner heart to see its path. Where the shame has gone there will be a lighted way for redemption. Only we can heal harm.

Don’t be contraction. Be expansive, take a deep breath, and be the embodiment of hope and gratitude. Steward life.

Naughty humans did bad things. They/we are bad people and should suffer and repent. Heaven comes for repentant sinners.


Life is a miracle. Humans are part of the web of life and have the honorable role of stewards of life. We have been gifted with much abundance and have responsibility to steward life well. 

Nods to Braiding Sweetgrass and indigenous cultures around the world…

Choose Thrivability

In this Session we will cover:

  • Seeing Ourselves
  • Big Paradigm Patterns
  • Emergent Now