Civilizations often collapse when they surpass the critical limits of their existence. In the 21st century, the global human civilization finds itself perilously close to these limits, facing environmental, social, technological, and spiritual polycrisis.
As a global society, we are approaching a critical moment which can be “make it or break it". The coming century will be decisive for the survival and thriving of humankind and the planet, and critical decisions that seed this future should be taken within this decade.
We should not see the progress of technologies, including AI, as our salvation or doom. It is our values and goals that shape our future, not technology. The real challenge is to create conditions for collaboration and cocreation within human societies and with the biosphere and other planetary systems.
We need to discover a new human dream that will guide us into collective futures beyond the polycrisis. The search for this dream must not solely remain the concern of the privileged few, but must engage the participation of all communities, regions, and movements.
The roadmap of 22 “pivotal steps" serves as a navigational guide into thrivable future that synthesizes environmental, technological, economic, political, cultural, and spiritual strategies of humanity's “guided evolution". These strategies are essential not only to continue the “human experiment" on Earth, but also to evolve into a multi-planetary species.
Key cultural transformations involve the transition to “planetizen" peace-based culture and cultivation of the worldview and ways of thinking that foster harmonious relations between humans and more than human living world.
Transition into the next stage of societal evolution bears risks of conflicts between existing and emerging power players, including geopolitical tensions. The true "winner" in this situation will be the one capable of creating the most inclusive and empowering platform for cooperation, resulting in win-win outcomes for all macro- and micro-players involved. Candidates for “builders of bridges into the future" include nations with global leadership potential, cities at strategic crossroads, and "movements of movements" that integrate secular & spiritual communities, businesses, and NGOs.
“Bridgebuilders" only create conditions for the transition, but the actual transformation of our civilization requires the engagement of every individual, regardless of age or social status.