Bio-Collective Bibliotheca

We are bringing together readings, podcasts, and sites that help us situate ourselves in the Anthropocene. We cannot escape our anthropocentric worldviews completely, but we can move along the continuum toward more bio-centric framewokrs. It may take a post-humanist revolution to take us where we need to be to solve the three big issues of our time: climate disruption, social-economic injustice, and the precariousness of relationships among all living beings.

We are not trying to moralize, proselytize, or ride a high horse. We simply believe that purpose can bring us together. Our position, and we hope you will join us, is that there is no greater purpose than thinking and action that have a positive impact on the welfare of the bio-collective.

Videos

Reports

Background paper for the Futures of Education initiative—Learning to become with the world: Education for future survival
This paper was commissioned by UNESCO as background information to assist in drafting the Futures of Education report published in 2021.

UNESCO: Reimagining our Futures Together; A New Social Contract for Education
“If the report teaches us one thing, it is this: We need to take urgent action to change course, because the future of people depends on the future of the planet, and both are at risk. The report proposes a new social contract for education – one that aims to rebuild our relationships with each other, with the planet, and with technology.”

The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene
UNDP: Human Development Report 2020—Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP. An experimental global index offers a new measurement of human progress that illustrates the challenge of tackling poverty and inequality while easing planetary pressure.

Web Sites

Age of Extinction
The Guardian’s articles “reporting on our catastrophic species loss, and ways to tackle the biodiversity loss.”

The Systems Thinker
The Systems Thinker has been published by Pegasus Communications since the early 1980’s. Daniel Kim and Colleen Lannon were essential in launching this valuable publication and it has been carried forward by many capable hands over the years. In 2013, Pegasus Communications went through bankruptcy proceedings and The Omidyar Group purchased the assets to ensure continued access to all of the great material published over the years.

Ask Nature
The living world holds answers for us to create a more resilient, regenerative, and beautiful world. It is time to quiet our cleverness, to observe and listen deeply, and reconnect to nature’s wisdom by asking, “How does nature solve this?”

Articles

Regenerative Futures: From Sustaining to Thriving Together
“It is grounded in a living systems view of the world, recognising the interdependence of issues and the need for us to re- evaluate our relationships with one another and the world we are part of. It can be used to describe both a way of thinking and acting and an emerging paradigm. This is an important topic for anyone interested in social, economic or environmental change.”

Native Perspectives on Sustainability: Larry Merculieff (Aleut)

What Does an Ecological Civilization Look Like? by Jeremy Lent
Yes Magazine—A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

Indigeneity, an Alternative Worldview: Four R’s (Relationship, Responsibility, Reciprocity, Redistribution) vs. Two P’s (Power and Profit). Sharing Towards Conscious Evolution the Journey, by LaDonna Harris
Indigenous peoples have been able to identify and articulate their core values to broader audiences, especially the four R’s (Relationship, Responsibility, Reciprocity and Redistribution). These Four R’s form the core of an emerging concept, Indigeneity. The dynamic inclusivity of this value cluster has much to contribute to global discourse as we go about the task of constructing global agoras, the dialogic spaces of optimal mutual learning of the 21st century.

Resources

BioMimicry Design Lens
This document shares a basic overview of the Biomimicry 3.8 tools.