Dave Gardner, a filmmaker, has turned his talents to producing a documentary that, I think, is exactly in the global sensemaking space. It's called Hooked on Growth: Our Misguided Quest for Prosperity
. I've written about it here
One thing we lack as a group are people with Dave's abilities, that is, people who can make our case in the mainstream media through film and TV. I'd like to attract people like Dave to GSm and, as well, know that GSm as a community supports people like him.
Background: I've been wondering how to introduce Dave to GSm and GSm to Dave. GSm is still ill-defined IMO and that makes it harder to say to people, "Hey, check this out. There's something important going on here." Dave, on the other hand, has a fleshed out web site
. You can go there and see what he, his support group, and his film are about.
In addition to discussing the nuances of sensemaking
(which is important and useful) I'd like to see the GSm community get behind efforts like Dave's which attempt to get the word out about some obvious (to some of us) conclusions. That is, as our charter states:
Humanity faces an emerging mess of global challenges (often called wicked problems) — such as, climate change, poverty, peak oil, population pressure, water shortages, declining biodiversity, and failing food supply — that are the product of patterns of thinking and behavior that no longer make sense. We need new tools of thought if we are to adapt to the scale and complexity of these challenges; tools that augment individual intelligence with the structured insights of many minds.
Dave's film, which brings together political, scientific, and business perspectives regarding what we are doing to the planet and our shared environment, is one of those "new tools of thought." He points out some of the "patterns of thinking and behavior that no longer make sense" and the need for new ways of thinking about "the scale and complexity of these challenges."
Please visit his web site and offer what support you can (financial, PR through your blogs and email lists, or otherwise).