Summary paper: “Recalibrating Our ‘Moral Compasses’: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (82 pages; June, 2015)

Stefan Pasti
Posted June 16, 2015 from United States

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research for critical challenge alerts, and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.

The CPCS Initiative is now making accessible an 82 page paper which summarizes work by its predecessor [The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (from 2001-2013)]—and work by The CPCS Initiative since its inception in 2013.

The paper is titled "Recalibrating Our 'Moral Compasses': to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny”.

Significant evidence is provided in this paper to support the following critical challenge assessment:

1) there are many unprecedented challenges which are now on dangerous trajectories (many danger signs flashing red)

2) there is a high likelihood of significant, already occurring, and ongoing damage to ecological stability and social cohesion

3) there is an urgent need to reach positive tipping points on many of the challenges as soon as possible

Supporting evidence for such an assessment includes an 11 page arrangement of quoted passages in Section II (72 quoted passages which are drawn from the longer CPCS Initiative critical challenge assessments). Section IV includes a 26 Point List of Recommendations for Collaborative Problem Solving and Community Education Initiatives (Part A), and descriptions of 4 key collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives, which are examples of a “constellation of initiatives” which meets the 26 point criteria.

Those 4 collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives are:

1) the Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Project

2) Community Visioning Initiatives

3) Neighborhood Learning Centers

4) the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project (which advocates for a new section in local newspapers for reader contributions which identify helpful people and valuable resources, and reinforce important community goals)

One of the many potential positive outcomes of both internationally focused, and local community, ROMC Surveys are the clearinghouse websites, which could be continuously aggregating responses to ROMC Surveys in the areas of critical challenge assessments, field specific solution guides, preferences for collaborative problem solving models, and input on such questions as “How might a ‘moral compass’ for a local community—and/or religious, spiritual, or moral tradition—be created and maintained, so that it remains relevant even during times of unprecedented change?”

Organizers who believe that the exponential increase in compassion which needs to happen will happen, and the unprecedented level of problem solving that needs to happen will happen, will be focusing more on building a collaborative problem solving approach which people from every variety of circumstances can trust and believe in… trust and believe will make best use of the knowledge, skills, and resources each one of us has to contribute.



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Emily Garcia
Jun 22, 2015
Jun 22, 2015

Hello Stefan,

Thank you so much for posting and sharing this link to your longer paper. I wonder if you've connected with World Pulse community member, Greengirl. She is the executive director of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment in Nigeria. What you've written regarding climate change made me think of her. She also facilitates the Leadership group here on the site and I'm sure would be happy to connect with you. 

I hope you are well and thank you again for sharing. These are important issues that you bring to light. 

Kind regards,