Self As Subject...Planet as Lover...

woman stretching in the desertHere we focus on the essential process of working out how we can each become effective, competent, regenerative stewards for the planet. This is not an easy process for most of us, as it entails raising into consciousness and then discarding much of the cultural and individual baggage we have acquired simply by growing up in a culture that is inherently eco-destructive. It is a profound transition.

The story of how exactly you engage with this transition – how you discover the baggage you are carrying and how you let it go; what transforms with ease and what requires you to grit your teeth and dig in; how you find allies and how you learn to be an ally to others; what you learn about yourself and about others in the process; and how you make an ethical living as an ecosocial pioneer inside the dominant culture of disaster capitalism – is vital data for the broader world-change community.

nala with closed eyesAt Gaia University, we ask you to track your transitionary progress towards ecosocial constructivism by journaling in your learning journey and publishing it along with your project designs and outcomes in your ePortfoilio. At this stage, we are all pioneer researchers discovering that many of us struggle with common patterns of ecosocially destructive thinking and behavior and, at the same time, that we are working with unique challenges as well.

Nearly everybody on the planet needs to make the transition we are speaking about here – and sooner rather than later. The more we document our own transitions and assemble, analyze and publish our own stories, the more capacity we have to use them to inspire and accelerate transition on a broader scale.

See the emerging field of auto-ethnography for how one can use one’s own story as data for research, and for reminders that to give your work good value, you need to relate your story to your context in explicit ways.