Published on November 20, 2007
We are in the midst of a “macroshift”... Ecologos Institute ◆ Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration
Are we heading for breadown? of instability, After a period uncertainty, and growing discontent, conﬂict degenerates into violence and order the established breaks down. Source: Ervin Laszlo, Macroshift
Or will we choose Break!rquot;gh? The mindset of a critical new mass of people evolves in time. culture takes hold, As the new integrated world system emerges, an capable of launching development aimed at ensuring access to the necessities of life for all people in every part of the world. Source: Ervin Laszlo, Macroshift
The determining factor The evolution of culture and consciousness the dominant - the way people’s values, views and ethics respond and change - determine the outcome of the system’s chaos leap (the way its developmental trajectory forks off). Source: Ervin Laszlo, Macroshift
Sparks of hope Changing Co-creating Critical Mass Community Comprehens dominant new Engagement leadership iveness mindset structures Raises awareness and Participant Broad reach through provokes thought and distribution but limited conversation in a non- Productions depth of engagement. threatening medium. Primarily focused on developing social Through the work of Implicit and Growing with focus of Ashoka entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs encouraged entrepreneurship entrepreneurship Paul Consultative basis Fragmented Fragmented Fragmented only. Hawken Many individual Fragmented Implicit Fragmented projects Opened Canadians to Expo 67 Massive attraction the world and the world to Canada
The Ecologos Response A community-led, awe-inspired initiative ...for a renaissance in sustainability, ...designed to occur in any region, ...beginning in Toronto, ...expanding to the world.
Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration Regional Collaboration Universarium Fair Renaissance Projects 2007-2009 Spring/Fall 2009 2009-2011 The Toronto and Region The Ecologos Institute mounts Community Action Groups, bolstered and enlivened by the Conservation Authority and the a three-part paradigm-shifting enthusiasm and commitment of Canadian Urban Institute edutainment event at Ontario a new core of volunteers conduct Discovery Meetings Place for 250,000 men, generated through the Fair, with network leaders, resulting women, and children over undertake Pressure Point in Community Action Meetings three months: •Awe-inspiring, state-of-the-art, projects that shift the Toronto with interest groups, Region towards true neighbourhood groups, and multi-media presentation in other sectors to apprise them of sustainability . . . Cineplex (inspiration) •Shift Zones, where visitors the project, elicit their feedback, and build participation and leading to come face-to-face interactively momentum. with what’s really possible to change our direction (vision) the Toronto Region leading to > >> •Connect to Action, where demonstrating to the world visitors connect to and sign up how an urban region can be: with community groups making •ecologically viable; a difference in every aspect of •economically vital; & sustainability (participation) •socially equitable & inclusive. leading to > >>
“An initiative of global import” Recognized July 25, 2006 by the World Wisdom Council World Wisdom Council founded by Ervin Laszlo and Mikhail Gorbachev
Sparks of hope - revisited Changing Co-creating Critical Mass Community Comprehens dominant new Engagement leadership iveness mindset structures Raises awareness and Participant Broad reach through provokes thought and distribution but limited conversation in a non- Productions depth of engagement. threatening medium. Primarily focused on developing social Through the work of Implicit and Growing with focus of Ashoka entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurs encouraged entrepreneurship entrepreneurship Paul Consultative basis Fragmented Fragmented Fragmented only. Hawken Many individual Fragmented Implicit Fragmented projects Opened Canadians to Expo 67 Massive attraction the world and the world to Canada Regional collaboration Renaissance Universarium Renaissance Fully comprehensive surfaces projects collaboration and intentionally designed collaboration and approach to regional ECOLOGOS Universarium broadly to take visitors from acted on at projects entirely sustainability engage the inspiration, through Universarium and community-led. transformation. community vision, to participation beyond.
Making it happen. “The future is not to be forecast, but created” ~Ervin Laszlo
World-class partners Component Partners Toronto Regional Collaboration Universarium at Ontario Place The community Renaissance Projects
Essential foundation Efﬁcacy of the process Based on 100 years of development in the ﬁeld of systems science Developed initially through the input of 230 interviews with worthy advisors and a following 300 meetings for feedback and planning Supporters of the vision Ecologos International Advisory Council: Don Edward Beck, Thomas Berry, Guy Dauncey, Jean Houston, David Korten, Ervin Laszlo, Miriam Therese MacGillis, John L. Petersen, Walter Pitman, Elisabet Sahtouris, John Seed, Brian Swimme, and Mary Evelyn Tucker Financial supporters: Interface Inc., the Gordon Cheesbrough family, Katherine McCain, Richard W. Ivey, the Michael Young Family Foundation, the Northpine Foundation, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation, 20 religious congregations and 100 other donors
Development Plan Phase 1: Operation Stepping Stone Launch Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration Secure seed funding for Universarium Travelling Fair at Ontario Place Secure growth funding for Ecologos Phase 2: Fair Forward Toronto Regional Collaboration launches Universarium Travelling Fair at Ontario Place in 2009 Ecologos launches Renaissance Collaborations in other key regions Phase 3: Track, learn, share Track, learn and share stories on regional Renaissance Projects with other regions
Operation Stepping Stone TASK AREA BUDGET Renaissance Collaboration & Public Relations $ 65,000 Fair Creation & Design $ 88,000 Fair Planning & Development $ 53,000 Internal & External Communications $ 21,000 Fund Raising & Special Events $ 53,000 Logistical Support $ 65,000 GRAND TOTAL $ 345,000
Ecologos In the midst of the macroshift the Ecologos response has been recognized as an initiative of global import. Working with our world-class partners, we have created the essential foundation for launching the Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration. Once demonstrated, the Regional Renaissance Collaboration for replication, with local variation, will be available in other major urban regions of the world. seek funding partners for Operation Stepping Stone and further Today we collaboration partners in the Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration.
Appendicies Supporting materials
Ecologos Board of Directors Duncan Holmes, Chair President, ICA Associates Marjorie Sharpe, Director President Sharpe & Associates Mariam Quershi Gibson, Co-founder President, Aromesthetics Ian Gilmour, Secretary, Treasurer Partner and Practice Leader, Business Architecture, Chartwell Inc. James K. Paterson Director, Resource Development, Toronto United Church Council Dr. Ralph Martin Director, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada Permanent advisors to the board Allenna Leonard, PhD., the Complementary Set Stan Gibson, Co-Founder, Ecologos Institute Michael Lewkowitz, Founder, Igniter Incorporated
International Advisory Council Don Edward Beck John L. Petersen Author and speaker Founder & President, The Arlington Institute Thomas Berry Walter Pitman Geologian and author Elisabet Sahtouris Guy Dauncey Evolution biologist, futurist, and Author and speaker author Jean Houston John Seed Author and Co-founder, Foundation Director, Rainforest Information for Mind Research Centre David C. Korten Brian Swimme Founder & President, People- Mathematical cosmologist and Centered Development Forum author Ervin Laszlo Mary Evelyn Tucker President, Club of Budapest Co-Director, Forum on Religion and Miriam Therese MacGillis Ecology Founder, Genesis Farm
The Toronto Regional Renaissance Collaboration The Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, whose mission is to work with its partners to ensure that The Living City is built upon a natural foundation of healthy rivers and shorelines, green space and biodiversity, and sustainable communities. The Canadian Urban Institute, a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally. Lord Cultural Resources Inc., internationally respected planner of major cultural events including World Fairs. Ontario Place, an internationally recognized presenter of outstanding attractions prominently situated on the Toronto waterfront
Where are we now? “The dominant social order and established values, worldviews, ethics and aspiration are stressed and challenged, limit of its stability.” placing society at the ~ Ervin Laszlo, Macroshift
How did we get here? innovations (tools, machines, operational systems) Hard technology have irreversibly transformed social and environmental relations bringing about, successively: a higher level of resource production, faster growth in population, a growing societal complexity, and a growing impact on the natural environment.
How Ecologos began... In 2000, an ordinary group of citizens establihsed a set of long-term objectives: Educate broadly in the worldview of systems science Build collaborative networks for transformation Catalyze transformation through educational entertainment events
Key Accomplishments The Canadian Urban Institute and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority are co-convening the meetings that will create the Renaissance Collaboration in the Toronto Region Lord Cultural Resources, respected planner of major cultural installations including World Fairs, is devising the business and development plan covering all aspects of producing the Universarium Travelling Fair and mounting it at Ontario Place Ontario Place has agreed to host the ﬁrst instance of the Universarium Travelling Fair The Universarium Planning & Development Committee (UPDC) of the Ecologos Institute is a core group of 50 committed, very skilled volunteers working in ﬁve highly productive task teams (with a next voluntary orbit of 250 friends, supporters, and advocates).
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