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The Metanarrative Project

  • 1.  The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-27-2018 09:16


    The Metanarrative Project has moved to a new, secure web location with a new URL:

    For a quick recap of what the Project is about, and what it???s intended to accomplish, visit:

    Metanarrative Project Redux: When Stories Collide

    You???ll also see a Subscribe button at the new site. Go there if you???d like to keep in touch with occasional posts and related discussion.

    Stephen J. Purdey, PhD

  • 2.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-28-2018 01:05
    Hi Stephen
    thanks for sharing this, very interesting!
    Many of this remind me of the work from CASSE (Center for the Advancement for the Steady State Economy), probably you already know their work but just in case here the website: Steady State - Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy

    Would love to follow up this



  • 3.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-29-2018 01:57
    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for sharing information about this initiative, which sounds really exciting. 

    Following Claudia's example, I would like to share two related efforts. I'm sure that you are well aware of these already, so this is mainly for the benefit of other members of the Open Forum.

    The Next System Project:

    The Great Transition Initiative:


    Magnus Bengtsson, PhD
    Sustainability Advisor | Researcher | Educator
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    Tokyo 157-0065, JAPAN
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    Twitter: @BMBengtsson

  • 4.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-29-2018 11:12
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    Thank you so much for sharing this set of believes, Stephen. It is very hopeful to read more and more people are aware of the need for a more holistic view, based on ethics and values, to feed the transformation we as human beings need to go through. We must decide to live with a sense of universal responsibility, identify ourselves with the whole earth community as well as our local communities.

    I like the 'When stories collide' part, since, working at the Earth Charter Institute, this is what I experienced browsing through the Metanarrative website; a coalition of stories between yours and ours. The Earth Charter shares four fundamental ethical 'pillars':
    Respect and Care for the community of life
    Ecological Integrity
    Social and Economic Justice
    Democracy, Non-violence and Peace

    It would be interesting to connect and see if we can strengthen forces.

    Irma Verhoeven
    Programme and Partnership Development Manager
    Earth Charter International Secretariat
    San José, Costa Rica


    Earth Charter English.pdf   375K 1 version

  • 5.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-30-2018 07:51

    Hello Irma,

    I'm very pleased to hear from the Earth Charter Initiative through the Future Earth Open Network. I'm certain we can find ways to collaborate productively.

    It may interest you to know that I served as consultant during the early days of the Earth Charter development process in the mid-1990s. It was my pleasure and honour to work with the late Maurice Strong (Earth Council), Mikhail Gorbachev (Green Cross International), Steven Rockefeller and a strong team of committed visionaries.

    For comments about the relationship between the Earth Charter and the newly emerging metanarrative, see "Driving Transformative Change: The Role of a New Global Narrative" at the Metanarrative site ( And this same topic will be discussed in an upcoming post called "One or Many?"

    I look forward to working with you in the future.

    Cheers, Stephen

  • 6.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 07-09-2018 15:49
    Hi Stephen,

    Very interesting to read you were involved at the founding of the Earth Charter. It certainly is a big world on a small planet nowadays, isn't it.
    As you know, thousands of people and hundreds of organisations contributing to the drafting proces and as such contributing to the declaration's strength and legitimacy.
    In your article you refer to the Earth Charter as 'just' a charter. Luckily there is a movement based on the charter, called the Earth Charter Initiative with strategic partners, affiliates and endorsers. The Earth Charter Initiative is a diverse, global movement comprised of organizations and individuals that have embraced the sustainability vision that the Earth Charter articulates and that use it in various ways to guide the transition towards a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. There are many inspiring stories on how the Earth Charter principles are used in cities, in communities, at schools and universities. We just finished a course with people from the educational field called 'Education, Ethics, and Values for Sustainability: Transformative Teaching and learning with the Earth Charter athletics the Earth Charter Centre for Education for Sustainable Development.
    And yes, there ought to be be many more stories we can share, the movement can and should always be bigger to accelerate it's goals. That is what the Earth Charter International Secretariat is doing with heart, hands, minds and spirits.

    It would be great if we can work 
    together to a more just and sustainable future. I'm looking forward to it.

    Irma Verhoeven
    Programme and Partnership Development Manager
    Earth Charter International Secretariat
    San José, Costa Rica

  • 7.  RE: The Metanarrative Project

    Posted 06-30-2018 07:37

    Hello Magnus,

    Thanks for the links to The Next System Project and The Great Transition Initiative -- both are important and I encourage all Open Network members to participate.

    And for those interested in the Metanarrative Project, feel free to visit the site ( and Subscribe to receive occasional posts and updates.

    Thanks, Stephen