One Word for 2017


Sankalpa—a Sanskrit word that means determination; a practical step to harness willpower. With this resolve I’m going to plant, cultivate, and and nurture three seeds:

Do you have a focus word this year?

I like that word Sankalpa Laurie.

I’ve been nurturing roots for over 40 years, time to get some fruit from this vine.

My focuses are centered on the universal values of life and liberty.

For me that involves many different threads:

acknowledging the extremely complex and multi-leveled biological and social contexts in which we find ourselves;

spreading an understanding of the fundamental role of cooperation in the evolution of complexity;

like you, going beyond mere tolerance of diversity and even beyond acceptance towards a universal embracing of diversity, and the strength, joy and interest one finds there if one is in a cooperative context;

spreading an understanding that our current market based economic system is founded on scarcity, yet we now have the technology to deliver exponentially expanding abundance, so we need to transition our systems beyond markets and money, and the poverty implicit in the very core of market values.

So if I have one word for this year – it must be ABUNDANCE!

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