For all their various beautiful, dramatic forms, sea shells do not require months of design charettes, dozens of drafts, and high tech computerized design tools. They are GROWN, naturally, by the interaction of the mollusc, and its environment, the holistic interplay of simple behaviors with forces like gravity and surface tension.
Influential architect Christopher Alexander has pointed out that the world’s most beautiful, vibrant lifeways, communities, and cultures developed through the same process of “morphogenisis”: the simple, natural behaviors of humans with their environment. From humans naturally humaning.
Today, many of us feel disempowered from creating the kind of lives we want, let alone the kind of world we’d like to see. But the truth is we’re growing the future everyday through our actions as we choose what kind of environment we invest in, and what kind of people we’ll be to fill it. It doesn’t take experts or leaders or big corporations to create a future, just people like you and me humaning. (Learn more about the morphogenisis of human habitats, lifeways and cultures.)
These Transformative Adventures are learning experiences designed to transform our lives, livelihoods, and communities. These are some of the fundamental human behaviors that have naturally grown the world’s healthy, meaningful lifeways, beautiful vibrant communities, and rich cultures.
What makes these special is that they are not just learning experiences, they are the natural behaviors that give shape to beautiful human lives. Each is a process of direcly investing in yourself, in your community and in the future you want to see. These are actions, taken from the world’s sane, healthy societies, that will help create a more sane and healthful society for all.
“AS ABOVE, SO BELOW”
One of the key insights of Transformative Adventures is to recognize that like the snail shell, our lives are fundamentally shaped by our environments. So a key leverage point of this practice is to help achieve our goals by investing in an environment that will suport us. Meanwhile, we understand that it is our behaviors that will have the biggest impact on creating our environments, so we work on the behaviors that will naturally give shape to a more supportive environment. With these Transformative Adventures, these two steps inside and out, always go together.
Transform your Life:
Over time, each of these adventures has had a transformative effect on my own life, and I’ve seen them have the same profound impact on others. In addition to being good, research-based approaches to the following goals, they have many intangible holistic benefits:
Grow a more beautiful environment to life in.
Grow a sense of security, a sense that this world is workable.
Recapture a connection with nature and community
Save money and even begin to grow real wealth.
Transform your livelihood
Grow natural health
Grow social and political capital to take control of your life.
Take back control over you and your family’s food.
Grow a more fulfilling, uplifted and hopeful life.
Transform your World:
And while you transform your own life, you naturally grow a better world:
Reduce your consumption.
Rebuild local “syntropic economies”
Grow a healthier community.
Healp transform our destructive food system.
Engage in a targeted plan designed to reduce consumption in the areas industries that ahve the alrgest negative impact on the world.
Invest in replacing fossil fuel consumption with syntropic consumption that is sustainable and makes communities and ecosystems healthier.
Develop your experience in just a few of these, and you’re sure to have grown a better life and surroundings. Complete the all, and you will have become a truly formidable agent of transformative action.
To learn more, check out the images below, or click here to go into more depth about these adventures.