Common Ground Networks?
We are a diverse network of social change leaders collaborating to grow regenerative human cultures.
We help provide resources, tools and services- including coordination and education- to others who are working to make a positive impact on planet Earth in the 21st Century.
Common Ground Networks is the blossoming of many lifelong labors of wholesome Love and Purpose. Humbly standing on the shoulders of giants, our work contains important contributions that support the development of truly scalable, diverse, equitable, and resilient networks of people and organizations collaborating to grow healthier human communities, on all scales.
The fundamental, guiding vision we and our chosen partners are always operating from is the continuous growth of healthier, more resilient living systems on Earth, and beyond.
Ours is a wholistic vision of health. This means healthier, happier humans with healthier relationships with ourselves, each other, and our local and global ecosystems.
We believe that very much of this type of development is necessary for Earth to avoid the worst potential of our current global, ecological collapse and for our children and grandchildren to inherit a beautiful, healthy, and resilient world. We are working passionately to help collaboratively design a brighter future where our progeny and Earth's living systems, as a whole, can thrive in beautiful synergy and radiance. This is our calling, and it brings us great pleasure to play this role as part of 21st Century Earth
Our mission is to provide cultural scaffolding for modern social/ecological health agents that enables them to grow to be far more successful in their healing efforts.
We help grow enlightened, cooperative human cultures that more effectively navigate the rapidly changing, turbulent world in which we are all working to cultivate more health, well-being, and alignment.
In order to provide this cultural scaffolding, we organize various real-world and online gatherings to create the time and space to facilitate education, share experiences and effective practices, grow synergistic collaborations, and offer mutual support. These gatherings have a heavy focus on integrating theory and practice (drawing from a large number of the diverse and valuable wisdom traditions in our cultural inheritance as humans) as well as addressing the emotional aspects of this kind of work- and the challenges of Life, in general.
We also provide various resources, online and in-person, to help people connect to ideas, practices, people, and communities that will help encourage the development of healthy, regenerative systems.
that support our mission.
What does it mean:
"Growing Regenerative Cultures"?
At Common Ground Networks, we work in collaboration with others to practice and continuously develop the science and art of collaborative, systems-health supporting culture design- which we call "growing regenerative cultures".
In this context, system refers to:
"The system of a society's life support systems"
Tends to draw more from the environment, over time, than the environment can regenerate.
Tends to draw from the environment just enough to be able to keep taking what we want/need, perpetually.
Tends to cultivate more health, and more resilience, and more abundance, over time.
A culture whose members perceive the world and interact with each other in such a way that their interactions tend to grow more healthy, resilient and abundant social and ecological systems, over time.
In our view, the only way to achieve true sustainability is to embody regenerative practices on all scales; and the way to embody regenerative practices on all scales is to steward the evolution of our cultures towards cooperative networks of regenerative cultures.
We believe the word "growth" is key. Much of this practice involves some high-level design science thinking, and it deserves to be named "culture design", as such; however, the wholistic, scale-linking, collaborative approaches involved with regenerative design are largely the same abstract principles underlying the nature of all growth and evolution in Life. This distinction is worth highlighting.
Applying engineering, and other blank-slate and reductionist design approaches (which have their appropriate and respectable contexts) to culture and other living systems can be disastrous; Regardless of the skill, talent, or mastery of the designers- and in many cases, because of it.
There are many great resources to explore more about related ideas and practices.
These, and many other resources can also be found on our education page.
We're all in this together...
The work we do is in global community service and we do not get compensated for much of our work. Our work does not easily fit into the incentive systems of our current economic paradigms. We are dedicated to putting all the effort we possibly can into our whole-systems health generating activities, and we can use your support.
There are many great ways, not just financial, that you can help support us. Find out how to get involved.
Thanks for Visiting!
Galen is the founder, director, and lead facilitator for Common Ground Networks. He is a passionate, perpetual student of Life and the wholistic sciences. Galen studied physics, math, and biology at Colorado State University. His many studies and interests include philosophy, yoga and meditation, permaculture and regenerative design, wholistic health and science, complexity science, evolutionary theory and cultural evolution, Social and Environmental sustainability, and group facilitation.