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PLANETARY BALANCE INITIATIVE

Backstory

1st Complex Systems Science Gathering Stockholm 2019

On December 7th-9th, 2019, the Center for Emergent Diplomacy convened a Complex Systems Science Gathering in Stockholm, Sweden. The gathering brought nine leading international specialists in Complexity Science together with Swedish experts and practitioners to launch an exploration of the catastrophic risks of collapse in the present global society faced by the climate and biodiversity crisis and a materialistic economy out of control. The aim was to try to find ways forward towards “The Adjacent Possible” that might provide hope for the future. From this gathering, the idea of creating a foundation emerged and the creation of the Planetary Balance Foundation was jumpstarted and is currently still under development now.

 

The gathering was co-created by Dr. Merle Lefkoff, Executive Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy and mediator in conflict zones around the world, and Dr. Stuart Kauffman, an award-winning theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher studying the origin of life on Earth.  The exchanges provided a rich cross-fertilization of perspectives and initiated a process of networking among experts from different and complementary areas of expertise. The meeting also featured Dr. Stuart Kauffman, an award-winning theoretical biologist and complex systems researcher studying the origin of life on Earth; along with International Environment Forum President Dr. Arthur Dahl, a biologist at the science-policy interface in intergovernmental organizations working on proposals to reform global governance; Stephen Guerin, President of Redfish Group in Santa Fe, applying the science of complex adaptive systems to create living software systems; Katherine Peil Kauffman, Founding Director of EFS International, fostering global emotional wisdom; Dr. Gary Metcalf, an American systems scientist, organizational theorist, management consultant and university professor; Dr. Luciano Pietronero, Professor of Physics at the University of Rome "Sapienza" and Director of the Institute of Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council; Dr. Michael Rostek, a futures researcher advising the Canadian Armed Forces; Dr. Naresh Singh, an international development advisor applying complexity science to sustainable livelihoods, poverty and environment; and Steven Smith, President of Los Alamos Visualizations Associates working on computer-mediated perception and modelling. A number of Swedish experts joined the discussion.

Bios of guest speakers, presenters, etc. can be found here.

What makes this gathering and initiative different?

"After seeing the (non)results from COP25 in Madrid, I think that what happened in Stockholm may be even more important than I would have guessed.  Mostly, that will depend on what happens next. Stockholm, and Sweden more generally, have become something of a vortex for climate change. I could imagine Sweden becoming a “lab” for climate change solutions.  Your meeting has crossed immense conceptual areas from politics to economics to industry.  You can imagine how difficult it would be to do that in the US. I don’t know for certain how international relationships work in Sweden, but if your meeting is any indication, high-level contacts are not a problem. After seeing the (non)results from COP25 in Madrid, I think that what happened in Stockholm may be even more important than I would have guessed.  Mostly, that will depend on what happens next. Stockholm, and Sweden more generally, have become something of a vortex for climate change. I could imagine Sweden becoming a “lab” for climate change solutions.  Your meeting has crossed immense conceptual areas from politics to economics to industry.  You can imagine how difficult it would be to do that in the US. I don’t know for certain how international relationships work in Sweden, but if your meeting is any indication, high-level contacts are not a problem."

-   Dr. Gary Metcalf, American Systems Science

"As a starting point, it was noted that, while science is warning us that we may not survive, the future is unpredictable. The linear path of strategic thinking is not working, requiring imagination and deep humility. At this gathering, a number of key questions were raised. How do we deal with an economy that is out of control? What do we need to unlearn? What rules do we need to live in peace with ourselves and the world? Living systems are self-regulating. What would nature do? How do we learn from nature and work for the recovery of the Earth? What new conception of ethics and morality can be grounded in complexity theory? What new narrative do we need to communicate to bring change? How do we influence people and get them to stop believing that they are powerless? How do we co-create the future?

 

There was an acknowledgement that we needed universal values, which had been left to religion and philosophy, but were missing in the mechanistic story of the materialistic society, while complexity science describes self-organization and self-regulation to achieve balance. Many participants were open to the spiritual dimension as a necessary part of human complexity.

-   Dr. Arthur Dahl, International Environment Forum President

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PLANETARY BALANCE

Foundation

The Development of a Foundation

During the first Complex Systems Science Gathering, international specialists in Complexity Science together with Swedish experts and practitioners listened to each other's research and understood that humanity is on the verge of several big crises and that the complexity and urgency is even greater then they had imagined.

It was determined that we have likely only 12 years to shift direction toward sustainability before we have to endure even worse consequences of all the human activities including

a global food crisis.

 

Historical decision

During this gathering, these scientists made the historical decision to take action and established as well as funded the Planetary Balance Foundation to guide a shift in the direction of human success. Now there are over 200 scientists connected to this initiative and a foundation registered in Sweden, with a CEO and CCO is appointed. It is currently under development.

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