A Manifesto of Evolutionary Humans
Evolutionary Leadership Community member Álvaro Avendaño Cruz and Evolutionary Leadership Community Candidate Inma Aragón Marina worked with Manuel Manga, the author of the Sevel Competencies of Evolutionary Leaders and Co-Founder of the Institute for Evolutionary Leadership, to draft this manifesto in Spanish for their work in Colombia. The text of the manifesto was translated into English by Victoria Lafarga and shared with members of the Evolutionary Leadership Community on December 20, 2020. Planet Earth, September 2020 | Manuel's revision December 10, 2020 A call to design and build a just, sustainable, and flourishing civilization by joining a movement of evolutionary leaders that take actions and collaborate for a sustainable future.
We invite each and every citizen of the world to ponder, to have conversations, and to build a fair, sustainable, thriving future, as part of a global, pacifist movement for improving human and environmental wellbeing. We invite you to reflect on today’s global reality and our civilization’s current trajectory, and to identify where we are currently headed, decide where we want to go, and visualize what we could truly achieve.
The purpose of this manifesto Is to motivate a conscious evolution, Invite you to reflect and to choose better paths towards building a new epoch and flourishing civilization, and the formation of a community that is free of ideological extremes. This entails accepting the adaptive challenges that our civilization currently presents; collaborating with different sectors from different perspectives; making use of technology like participatory media; contributing from our own, small communities as well as alongside national and global interest groups; and cementing the principle of rooting thoughts and actions in human integrity, ethics, and honesty, rather than in economic benefit.[VL1]
This manifesto lays out three horizons that will help us understand where humanity is right now and where we want to go instead.
Horizon 1: Where is our current path leading us?
A look at our global reality reveals a worldview characterized by the separation of humans from nature and by a patriarchal civilization, as well as the prevailing ideologies and economic policy models of the 20th and 21st centuries, that have brought humanity to a western individualistic worldview centered on personal benefit at the expense of others. We believe In a paradigm of limitless growth and focused on financial growth, and a lack of a personal and collective awareness of the amount of resources a good quality of life requires.
Our patriarchal culture encourages the conservation of power over “the other” and the view that women are inferior, in turn spawning cultures of oppression and discrimination, which diminishes the capacity for contribution from all genders towards being better humans and building better societies.
An unchecked concentration of wealth has widened wealth gaps such that a majority of the population can no longer afford to meet their basic needs, resulting in grotesque inequality.
We have adopted a culture of forgoing universal principles, in which corruption has become a widely accepted way to make a living and getting rich.
We have become accustomed to the erroneous idea that our planet provides us with unlimited resources, an idea that has led to exploitation of the environment, indiscriminate destruction, and accelerating climate change. We’ve come up with this violent cultural narrative that we accept as if it were the only natural quality of human relationships. The dualistic worldview Inherited from philosophers like René Descartes, has led us to think of ourselves as separate from nature, to separate reason from emotion, and the separation of mind from body. In this world view, we consider ourselves superior to others; for example, racism primes us to dominate, to put on a show of force on a daily basis, to conquer, and to remain in a constant state of war with others, this leads us from a different path that could prioritize rights and creative dialogue.
The political system has also suffered, from a less and less participative democracy, from illegal practices intended to consolidate power and capital that don’t contribute whatsoever to citizens’ wellbeing. The blurring of the separation between the legislative, executive, and judicial powers has furthered the spread of totalitarian governments that deprive citizens of the liberty to live, to express themselves, to propose different options for collective construction, and to come up with new business models and endeavors.
As a civilization, we are trapped in a meta-system that is not sustainable (characterized by neo-liberal capitalism, population growth, consumerism, loss of biodiversity, global warming, and world poverty) and that is leading us head on into a dangerous future. Over the last decades, we’ve lost our ability to develop ourselves with knowledge, to foster systemic leaders, to strengthen our societies via collaborative efforts towards equality and the creation of privilege-free justice system that allows humans to act with integrity and honesty. Yes, we have made progress In science and technology, but we also risk becoming more like machines and controlled by AI and big data. We are on a dangerous path as an unsustainable civilization.
Horizon 2: The path towards a conscious evolution
It is essential that we be able to value human life regardless of gender or race, to respect the integrity of each and every citizen with whom we share our planet, to develop the capacity to envision different ways of life, and to foster diversity of thoughts and opinions focused on collaboration and the construction of collective thought. We should also design our daily lives around solidarity as a fundamental value, ensuring that each action we take has a constructive and positive impact on our human social system.
It’s important to keep in mind that we build our societies with our visions, narratives, conversations, and actions. The world changes and evolves based on our desires and our life choices. We are the architects of our civilizations, whether we realize it or not. We declare our need to evolve into a more conscious humanity that upholds comprehensive wellbeing as the underlying aim of this new global society, where ethical principles are based on universal rights like justice, thereby creating a political system characterized by participative democracy at its strongest as well as an environmentally sustainable economy that Is fair and collective, under the concept of a regenerative economy.
We think that developmental focus should be on designing a new economy for constructing capital and entrepreneurship, one that opens up new paths to development that favors the common good, and one in which money is a means to achieving comprehensive equality and quality of life, as opposed to an end in itself, along with an emphasis on power.
It’s essential that we transform our current patriarchal culture and evolve towards a culture that values humans and doesn’t privilege one gender over another, a culture in which women enjoy rights, recognition, and opportunities. A culture of partnership.
We need a worldview through which we can see ourselves as one human family that is interdependent with each other and with nature, one in which we are living systems that both depend on and impact nature in order to live and flourish, and in which we have internalized the fact that we are all inhabitants of the same, great big home called Planet Earth, of which we are neither architect nor creator.
We need a new mind, that is systemic, evolutionary, and global, especially for the leaders of our public institutions, private companies, and countries. These leaders need to be trained with evolutionary competencies so that they become effective designers and builders of new cultures, institutions, enterprises, and societies, leading projects at local and global levels. This process would also contribute to the evolution of a new human being, an ethical, emotional Intelligent, and ecological- Homo sapiens.
If every country committed to carrying out evolutionary projects and drafted their own agendas for systemic sustainability objectives, like eliminating poverty and hunger, increasing equal opportunities to education that girls and women are denied, and preserving biodiversity, we could begin to construct new societies in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Another framework for social and global transformation could be the implementation of projects based on the 100 solutions proposed by project DRAWDOWN. These 100 solutions would reduce global warming and reduce the threat of climate change as well as transforming the societies.
Horizon 3: Future visions of a just, sustainable, and flourishing civilization
We are committed to catalyzing the transformation of our current worldview toward a holistic approach that brings us in greater harmony with each other as people and nations and with nature. We therefore assert the need to transform current governing systems so that they stem from the principle of taking care of the well being of humans and the planet in all areas and institutions: cultural, educational, social, technological, economic, and political.
It is through our daily actions that we take on the responsibility of transforming ourselves into evolutionary leaders that can convey these visions to others, to communities and institutions, and build a global movement of people that work collaboratively on a new civilization, operating under a systems view of life based on two main values: the dignity of humans and other life forms and ecological sustainability.
We want to prepare leaders to put at the helm of companies that revolve around taking care of humans as their organizations create capital, whose visions and strategies consistently and systemically contribute to human society and the biosphere in general.
We affirm our commitment to developing a society that has the capacity to listen, analyze, and share its visions and in which humans are at the center of social development and both the state and the economy further the process of social evolution.
We propose a vision of justice characterized by meeting basic needs, education, health, liberty, human rights, a regenerative economy such as "Doughnut Economics", a culture of inclusivity, and environmental sustainability in which human society flourishes and the planet is taken care of.
Our vision for leadership is defined under the following framework for a new reality:
Individual wellbeing, where people’s basic needs are met, like education, health, safety, and liberty, and their life development lets them thrive and transform into a human being, one who is ethical, responsible, and eco-conscious and fully carries out their responsibilities as a citizen
A culture that respects human diversity; reflects solid values, like liberty, ethics, sustainability, solidarity; learns from nature; upholds equality; and is composed of responsible, democratic citizens, and in which cultural narratives support human development, the environment, the thriving of communities, democracy, and solidarity
Economies that contribute to human basic needs and wellbeing; are ecologically responsible; support innovation, local enterprises, responsible organizations, and the regeneration of products and the environment; and make space for multiple types of eco-conscious and regenerative economies, whether local, regional, or national
Established institutions that assist in a global governance based on collaboration, diversity, democracy, and a sustainable civilization
A human identity at the planetary level, where we can Identify not only with our countries-nations, and also lets us relate to each other as one human family that shares a single planet and will enjoy the same sustainable future.
We are guided by our love for our Planet and for Humanity—with a capital P and a capital H—and invite you to contribute to this movement by sharing the Manifesto of Evolutionary Humans, and to join our global and national communities in designing a better civilization that contributes to human happiness and environmental wellbeing.
"One earth, one humanity, and one future".
Manuel Manga O’Byrne Inma Aragón Marina Álvaro Avendaño Cruz
We have drafted this manifesto based on personal experiences, things we have learned, and our own concepts, inspired by the ideas and visions of great thinkers like Pope Francis (Laudato Si’), Edgar Morin (La Via), Peter Senge et al (The Necessary Revolution), Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics), Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade), Jeffrey Sachs (The Age of Sustainable Development), Paul Hawken (Natural Capitalism), Buckminster Fuller (Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth), Donella Meadows (The Limits to Growth), Joseph Stiglitz (People, Power and Profits[VL2] ), Fritjof Capra (The Systems View of Life), Hanzi Freinacht (Nordic Ideology), the Earth Charter, and project Drawdown.
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