How to Design a System of Togetherness?

Understanding inner and outer transformation processes

A systemic research project about inner and outer transformation processes

How to Design a System of Togetherness examines the critical relationship between individual consciousness and large societal transitions, emphasizing the need for a global system of solidarity and interconnectedness.

The thesis introduces an integrative worldview as a pivotal concept for systemic social change, focusing on the importance of meso-level regime changes like new laws and policies.

It advocates for a dual approach, combining individual transformation with structural societal changes, to foster a universal sense of connectedness and cultivate a System of Togetherness.

The Thesis was supervised by Prof. Pelin Celik and Adrian Peach at HTW Berlin.

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My master thesis, titled ‘How to Design a System of Togetherness’, embarks on an in-depth exploration of the critical need for a transformative shift in societal structures and individual mindsets in the face of looming social collapse risks.

This research is grounded in the understanding that the increasing fragmentation and disconnection in society not only threatens individual well-being but also undermines the cohesive functioning of communities and the broader society. At the core of these challenges is the ‘story of separation’, a narrative that has led to a profound disconnection among individuals and between humanity and nature as a living organism.

The thesis delves into the intricate relationship between human thoughts, ideas, and the external world of events and actions. It emphasizes the necessity to comprehend the consciousness and mindsets driving societal changes to facilitate a transition to a system characterized by global solidarity and togetherness. Central to this is the identification and understanding of the mindsets and worldviews that can best support this crucial transition, alongside the structural frameworks needed to guide this transformation.

A significant part of my research involved an intuitive and question-based approach, utilizing visualizations, systems mapping, discourse analysis, and literature review. These methods helped in understanding the global social system and were informed by extensive systems modeling by organizations like the Global Scenario Group and the Club of Rome, as well as insights from transformation studies and the new science of spirituality.

One of the key findings of my research is the emergence of an ‘integrative worldview’, as identified by Dr. Annick de Witt and her team. This perspective envisions the world as a complex, interdependent system where human flourishing is closely linked with the well-being of the entire ecosystem.¬†

To achieve this systemic transformation, the thesis proposes a dual approach. This involves fostering individual inner transformations, particularly through the practice of spirituality, whether theistic or atheistic, to nurture feelings of universal connectedness and oneness.

Concurrently, it calls for parallel changes in external societal structures, such as integrating philosophical practices into school curricula, company frameworks, and institutional agendas. This combination of inner growth and external structural adaptation is presented as a critical pathway towards developing a System of Togetherness, where individual and collective well-being are harmoniously intertwined.