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The Making of a New Culture Learning Conversations and Design Conversations in Social Evolution

  • Alexander Laszlo
  • Kathia Castro Laszlo

Even a cursory glance at the impact humankind is having on the life support systems of planet Earth makes patent the unsustainability of contemporary cultures of consumption. Creating a new culture through learning and design conversations is not a quest of foolish arrogance — it is the survival imperative for sustainable co-existence of humankind with planet Earth. Societies all around the world are currently experiencing a period of rapid and extensive transformation. The signs of change are pervasive, and the rate of change is itself changing and accelerating, speeding contemporary societies toward a critical threshold of stability and engulfing the individual in a confusing blur of behavioral choice. Global flows of information, energy, trade, and technology are swept up in massive economic reforms and political reorientations with the result of creating a disorienting and disrupting vortex of social and cultural change on both local and global levels.

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Learn Community Evolutionary Competence Traditional Community Authentic Community Surrogate Community 
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  • Alexander Laszlo
  • Kathia Castro Laszlo

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