Only if China and India (as well as America) soon start to make the postmodern turn does our planet have hope. —David Ray Griffin

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Ecological Civilization and Organic Communitarianism

May 22-26, 2021 | Fully Online
14th International Forum on Ecological Civilization
3rd International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization

“Ecological Civilization” is the name for what we hope will replace modern civilization. Where modern civilization is leading to the collapse of essential natural systems, we hope for a sustainable world. While our globe is politically organized into sovereign states that compete for power over one another; we hope for peaceful and mutually supportive relations among all peoples. While our present economy concentrates wealth and power in fewer and fewer hands, we hope for wider distribution of wealth and power and much less inequality. Whereas our present culture leads to greater and greater individual isolation and sense of meaninglessness, we hope for individuals to be members of communities and to find meaning in and through relationships especially to one another and the larger web of life. As a way of helping build these communities, we start at local levels. We seek to build communities that are creative, compassionate, participatory, diverse, inclusive, humane to animals, good for the earth, and spiritually satisfying, with no one left behind. These are what we mean by organic communities. Organic communitarianism is our name for a world where such communities flourish. Of course no organic community is an island. Each local community must also be in organic community with other local communities thus forming a network of communities of communities of communities. That is our best hope and our only hope.

As a positive vision of human flourishing, ecological civilization is about more than what we can do, it involves who we can become. It’s not merely about having more or doing more, but about being more. Being an “eco-person” speaks to the deeper motivations behind the kinds of actions we need to take in response to our complex social and environmental crisis. The development of eco-persons is connected with the qualitative measure of meaningful relationships, and not simply with quantitative measures of carbon, money, or degrees in temperature. Who we are is more than what we do. It’s this something more that lies at the intersection of the ecological civilization movement and holistic human development and serves as the theme for the 13th International Forum on Ecological Civilization.

The 2nd International Youth Forum on Ecological Civilization, in conjunction with the 13th International Forum on Ecological Civilization, will be held on the topic of “Ecological Civilization and Holistic Human Development.”

Includes access to the conference banquet for 1 person, but NOT access to the conference sessions, lunches, or break time refreshments.

Process philosophy has championed the idea that the universe is in the making. There is no ultimate controlling body or ruling set of laws that can make justice to what is concrete. As Whitehead put it in Modes of Thought, concrete reality is not to be reduced to a barren tautological absolute where life and motion are nothing but dreams. As a consequence, creativity is placed by Whitehead as the ultimate behind all forms, inexplicable by forms, and conditioned by all its creatures.

1th International Forum on Ecological Civilization will take place in the late April of 2017, Claremont.