We are living at an extraordinary time in human history – a time of great crisis and turmoil, a time of great promise.
The ways we relate to one another and our natural world are no longer working. Breakdowns are all around us – economic collapse, civil wars, global migration, terrorism, growing inequality, increased hunger and poverty, global food insecurity, despots rising to power, and a pandemic affecting all of us.
The greatest existential threat we are facing is climate change. A landmark UN report states that humans have pushed the climate into “unprecedented” territory. The UN chief calls the findings “A Code Red for humanity.”
You may have wished to live at a less complicated time, in a more predictable and safer world.
The opportunity before you, before all of us, is to create a transformation in human consciousness.
Already there are signs that this transformation is underway, that we are emerging from a world of separation and fragmentation to one of interconnectedness. At this time of crisis, chaos, and confusion, we must look deep within ourselves.
Are we genuinely separate from nature and other humans living in a competitive, win-lose world? Or is there a more profound truth — that we live in a world where all of us and the natural world that sustains us are interconnected?
This handbook was created to support you in this journey. I invite you to join individuals worldwide who are committed to calling forth a new paradigm, a new world view, a new consciousness.
Joan Holmes is first and foremost a Planetary Citizen.
Joan's life has been an expression of heart-centered leadership, grounded in Beingness and the deep awareness that We Are One.
As the Founding President of The Hunger Project (1977–2007), she ushered in an entirely new era, shifting global thinking from “hunger is inevitable” to “hunger can end.”
An unyielding advocate for gender equality, Ms. Holmes was a member of the UN Millennium Project Hunger Task Force, where she prioritized gender in strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
Currently, Ms. Holmes serves on The Hunger Project’s Global Board and as a strategic advisor to multiple organizations. She has shared her wisdom and experience in dozens of countries, serving as a delegate in UN high-level sessions, testifying before U.S. Congressional Committees, and delivering addresses at corporate conferences. Ms. Holmes is a visionary, a pioneer, and a guide, inspiring millions of people around the globe to create a new future for humanity.
The Handbook Toolkit.
Call together a community of Planetary Citizens.
Share this Handbook with family, friends, and colleagues. Invite them to take the journey with you. Create small discussion groups to review the Handbook and compare “notes from the field.” Celebrate each person’s contribution to calling forth the new consciousness.
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