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following Joe (thru so many others) for some time now.. adding page this day


Importance of understanding cultural evolution in the anthropocene…

we cannot simply apply the tools and models of past eras to the present situation. Nor can we employ them to forecast our possible futures. Instead we must bring to bear the vast collective knowledge gained across the universities and research centers of the world to build newer, more complex models that make sense of our present and emerging realities.

My colleagues and I have been carefully going through a birthing process to create the Cultural Evolution Society in the last 18 months. We have already gathered together more than 1800 researchers and cultural change practitioners from around the world. Our first gathering is planned for September of this year at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. Seeds have been planted for mobilizing and synthesizing knowledge about cultural change and human systems unlike anything attempted before.

Humanity needs culture design. We must deeply learn about how cultures evolve and employ this knowledge in holistic, integrative design frameworks for the practical solutions that remain to be envisioned or are in current need of expanded deployment. We must also evolve and change the very structures and social norms of our dominant institutions — for it is the thinking of old that created our problems and that same thinking will not be able to solve them.

a nother way


2016 – hopeful about future




2 min – if we just find the right way to coop/coord

let’s try this: hlb that io dance

6 min – the real enemy is the systems of divisions themselves..


This is an interview (2015) between Joe Brewer (Research Director) and Martin Kirk (Head of Strategy), both at

the rules




3 min – my first discomfort came w public attitude.. they were locked in w global voices via those who speak the loudest.. ie: best response to global poverty for rich people to give money to poor people et al..

4 min – that poor people need to be more like rich people..  virtue=wealth.. poverty=lack of virtue.. because so hooked on charity story.. because so hooked on charity business model..

6 min – questioning that.. led to.. opp to help set up the rules..

7 min – deconstructed wording of ngo.. 6 yrs ago.. started the rules 3 yrs ago (video in 2015)

8 min – peak – didn’t mind that it was going to take a long time.. but that people didn’t seem to be rising to the challenge.. the rules was a relief

11 min – joe: trust your intuition.. seek truth..


fb share (dec 2017) – linked to a medium post from sept

What will it take for entire communities to learn how to guide their own evolution? This is a question that has occupied me for years…

One of the key factors is scale — how large is the society and to what extent do self-emerging patterns arise as inherently hidden complexities that people do not see?

Another is pace — when things change too quickly, there isn’t sufficient time to update mental models for perceiving reality and discovering adaptive strategies that work.

maybe that’s good

But more fundamentally, it is about knowledge and belief… whether people have learned how to see and understand the patterns of cultural change and if they recognize how powerful our capacities for “collective visioning” truly are as human beings.

So I ask you this. Do you live in a community that is too complex for you to understand how it is doing? Is it changing too quickly in a manner that takes you by surprise when disruptions sweep across the landscape? And have you been learning how to study cultural change so you can make sense of all that is happening around you?

Onward, fellow humans.


It is currently impossible to guide the evolution of entire societies

is it..?

Here is my bold claim: We can do the impossible.We CAN guide the evolution of entire social systems.

oh good.

Herein is where the magic hides. Alter the traits of an object and you will update its affordances. Figure out what humanity is missing in its bag-of-tricks for social change efforts and you have a design challenge capable of making the impossible possible.

so.. missing: maté basic needs.. addressable via 2 convos

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

If we can learn concretely how a cultural system evolves, it becomes possible to design effective interventions.

by play..? whimsy..? 7 bn listening to curiosities..?

The only way to guide the evolution of social systems is to understand how they evolve with scientific rigor and practical clarity. We don’t currently know how to do this.

? i think we do.. in fact.. if this evolution ness requires prep/training/et-al.. we won’t get there.. and the there wouldn’t be us..

We must create new *conditions that define what it is **possible for us to collectively do.

*model a nother way to live via 2 convos


looking into what Dil is up to.. got me here:

so asked..

‘achieving any appreciable level of change in the money system – especially if the proposed design is better able to measure flows of real human value rather than abstracted metrical instruments), is likely to have deep systemic impact.’

do you think these flows have to be measured..?

then went to joe’s initiating post:

(bummer the way he’s posted.. can’t copy and paste.. harder to read.. small print and blurry when i zoom in.. just saying).. so i won’t have quotes.. in quotes.. i’ll just be paraphrasing in quotes

on.. we don’t have time we need.. and there are too many irreversibles..

that depends on how deep a systemic change we make.. ie: if we try something that 7bn people already resonate with.. so no training/prep needed.. not to mention that 7bn people already crave.. so no incentives needed.. then a leap is possible.. and a leap.. makes both time and irreversibles .. irrelevant..

on thinking of ie of teaching math.. student needs basics

i don’t buy that.. i actually experienced.. not needing that.. and if it were true.. i’d say.. it’s not really learning.. and not really mathematics.. at least not from curiosity.. so let’s please not model a nother way to live after that..  ie: meadows undisturbed ecosystem.. i see the pkg deals of unis and teaching math as disturbances

on creation of science for large scale social change req’ing a diff direction across ed programs, media, governance, finance

i’m thinking.. a means sans ‘ed’ programs, govt, finance..  (this is a big piece of why we do have the time.. and how we can reverse things)

then.. his bn dollar proposal:

let’s try this.. closer to your million small proposals.. like.. 7bn everyday: short bp


Michel Bauwens (@mbauwens) tweeted at 6:16 AM on Thu, Jan 03, 2019:
We Are Regenerating An Entire Bioregion – Joe Brewer – Medium

There are thousands of intentional communities in existence. Among them are the Global Ecovillage Network and all of the Transition Towns that each strive in their own way to become ecologically and socially sustainable.What all of these communities have failed to do so far is *expand to the regional scale.

what my partners and I have discovered is that we are going to need to separate ourselves from entrenched political systems and grow our own meshworks of viable economic exchanges if we want to succeed in the long run.

This gets us to the level of bioregions.

A bioregion is the integrated system of all human activities within a given area with all of the larger ecosystems on which they depend. It has a shared cultural identity expressed through love of place, shared values and worldview, and commonly understood modes of exchange.

We have recently moved to the Agua y Paz Biosphere Reserve in northern Costa Rica to help build its regenerative capacities as a bioregion. We are here with the auspicious goal of helping give birth to the Cradle of Regenerative Civilization as part of a network of organizational partners.

Our plan is to establish a School for Applied Cultural Evolution on the grounds for Rancho Margot and grow a regenerative hub for convening and interlinking these projects with each other using principles of regenerative economics.

i think if training is needed.. it’s not the deep enough problem/issue/desire/ecosystem..  not that it’s not good/needed.. it’s just that not *expanding enough..

[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


march 2019 new shares from joe

Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy) tweeted at 5:19 AM – 3 Mar 2019 :
I just wrote this new article to help frame what regeneration is and how we can all relate to it in scientific and spiritual ways…
Hope this is helpful! (

5 min medium article on ie: starfish regen

Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy) tweeted at 4:49 AM – 1 Mar 2019 :
I am excited to share my vision for applying cultural evolution research to the design of bioregions as humanity navigates the 21st Century — this is one piece of the larger puzzle for how we restore planetary health. (

slidedeck – 22 slides.. on 7 initiatives starting in 2019 (one in boulder/denver) – ostrom‘s 8;  doughnut econ; 2021: roll out financial platform;


from feb – joe’s fam moved to one of the projects in costa rica

Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy) tweeted at 10:06 AM – 1 Mar 2019 :
This is why we are weaving a global network of regenerative projects around bioregional boundaries… (

ref’d wahl


pic fb share via Nora:

This quartet…Joe Brewer Daniel Christian Wahl Kate Raworth and me. In Rotterdam at Reporting 3.0
Warm Data
Doghnut Economy
Regenerative Cultures
Capital Institute



Joe Brewer (@cognitivepolicy) tweeted at 6:43 AM on Thu, May 14, 2020:
This sounds like a promising way to go about doing it. ;-)

@planetaryhealt3: Our goal is to connect complex system theory to planetary health in a way that enhances all facets of our physical and mental wellbeing: #planetaryhealthlab

we believe that the best way to improve planetary and human health is by improving the health of human systems themselves

ie: cure ios city
augmenting our interconnectedness by undoing hierarchical listening (to self/others/nature)


just after reading about 12 pg paper (bottom of george’s page).. read this thread between george and joe.. highlighting this tweet:

@cognitivepolicy A two-hour webinar discussion in itself wouldn’t be too long if there were no other, equally high-value webinars by thought leaders in disciplines pivotal to the civilizational renewal that we’re on the verge of, not to mention the number of wonderful spiritual teachers.

Original Tweet:

imagine if we believed in 8b high value  daily curiosities.. and org’d around listening to and facil ing that

too much ness is killing us.. and today we have the means to undo that hierarchical listening via tech as it could be..

ie: 2 convers as infra




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