At our March 2015 board meeting in Texas, he held a fantastic talk about his outrageous dream: that the phrase, “we live in a world of outrageous pain” would no longer be true.
Listen to his talk below and join him in his outrageous dream.
Key Points and Questions:
- Daniel’s Unique Gift: His inability to accept unnecessary suffering
- Daniel’s outrageous dream: One day the sentence “We live in a world of outrageous pain” is no longer true.
- How do we trigger the emergence of a self-organizing, effectively self-governing, self-evolving global civilization so that we are not solving problems that we are still structurally causing, inducing and incentivizing?
- We need to optimize for all life, for all things that matter, simultaneously–as not in conflict with each other but symbiotic with each other.
- Reconciling paradox is part of an Integral consciousness. How do we get from either…or to both…and?
Marc Gafni then frames this conversation in relation to the Center. While CIW invests major efforts in reweaving the narrative of existance–which is mainly about interiors–Daniel and his Emergence Project emphasize the systemic, structural questions–thus mainly exteriors. Long mutual conversations resulted in the choice at CIW to bring those two perspectives and projects together in synergy.
Listen to Daniel here (with introduction by Marc Gafni):
Some more points Daniel makes during his talk:
- The universe is unprecedented. Every emergence of evolution is unprecedented.
- Our stakeholders are all sentient beings now and forever.
- We need to become conscious agents for symbiosis, organization, synergy, the advance or novelty and uniqueness.
- Trying to solve a problem without recognizing how it is interconnected with all the other problems externalizes harm to something else that matters.
- What would I be without the rest of the universe?
- We live in a world of outrageous pain not because of duality but because of collective insanity.
- Evolution does this iterative evolution and then discrete jumps. These jumps happen both when they can and when they have to.
- When the consciousness that can externalize harm has the technology that represents an existential risk for all of us, the consciousness has to shift.
- Earth is a tiny spaceship floating through space.
- How can we obsolete the basis of all of our problems by not conditioning harm-causing, dysfunctional human behavior in the first place?
- We can translate all our global problems to groups of humans doing particular activities that’s causing them and we can look at what conditioned these patterns of behavior in those people.
- There are determinants of behavior in all quadrants (internal/external, individual/collective).
- All of it matters and all the things that matter are not mutually exclusive but mutually supportive to each other.
- When we value the scarcity of things we artificially manufacture the scarcity of things.
- How can we condition omni-considerate, integrally developed behavior in everybody, intrinsically, as a basis for self-governance?
- Nothing less than that is adequate to what we want to do. So, that’s our task.
Daniel Schmachtenberger‘s background in systems science, human behavior, and activism brought him to focus on the global systems that interconnect and drive our major global challenges.
He has spent much of the last decade studying the etiology, scope, magnitude, timelines, and interconnectedness of major issues; inventorying global resources and solutions; doing detailedcomparative analysis of economic and comparative analysis of economic and governance systems; and developing comprehensive systems solutions, adequate to the issues and realistically achievable.
Daniel has expertise as a social science, a social engineer and evolutionary philosopher and strategist. His aim is to develop an integrated set of technologies and processes capable of organizing and supporting a distributed and continually updating comprehensive critical path management system for humanity’s total evolution. He is working to repurpose and synthesize relevant state-of-the-art systems for information management, complexity processing, mathematical forecasting, and other data science tools into an integrated set of functions capable of global resource allocation planning and strategy. His aim is the shortest path to a fundamentally redesigned world-system that makes possible and supports the highest quality of life for all life, now and ongoingly. Specifically, his focus is on the development of new systems of economics and governance that intrinsically incentivize life-enhancing behaviors at all levels of agency, supporting distributed and spontaneous problem solving and conscious participation in our global evolution.