Social Artistry is a growing movement of emerging leaders that believe in the highest potential of a world that works for everyone. We, as Social Artists, are expanding and shifting our awareness to give back to the Earth and care for our environment and society in order to move forward in community. We created this blog in order to share our experiences of Social Artistry with you, grow our movement, and to give you a space to step into your highest potential.
We'd like to take this opportunity to break down some of our language, terminology and concepts for you to ponder and sit with as you breathe Social Artistry into your life.
This is Social Artistry 101.
Social Artistry™ is the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.
Drawing upon its successes in training leaders in many countries and organizations throughout the world, Social Artistry™ brings state of the art discoveries in human capacity building to social transformation. Thus, it seeks to build a planetary society based on the principles of democracy, sustainable development, human-based needs and values, universal human rights, environmental protection, social justice, equality and the sovereignty and dignity of all peoples worldwide.
Dr. Jean Houston:
You can read all about Dr. Houston on the 'Our Team' page as well as on her website. Dr. Jean Houston began this leadership training as part of her work in the Human Potential Movement. She has allowed us as an organization and movement to grow and has given us incredible opportunities to do our work in the world. She spends an entire day with us at the Odyssey, taking us deeper and giving us more insight into our true calling. She has written various amazing books such as The Wizard of Us, The Possible Human and Mythic Life.
We often refer to different 'realms' when talking about ourselves, others, projects and our movement. Realms are different levels of the self and the collective, they break down into: sensory/physical, psychological/historical, mythic/symbolic, and unitive. By looking into and operating on these various levels, we honor our wholeness and bring our entire selves into community with others. We dive deep into these realms during the Introduction to Social Artistry.
In general terms, 'mythic' refers to something characteristic of myths or folk, or it is a reference to the past. We use mythic to describe a realm, people and situations. In the mythic, everything is significant, and in each moment we tune into that significance. Mythics as people are aware of this sacred space more often than others, and tend to reside in that realm most of the time.
This phrase was born of Jean Houston's work. 'Human capacities' refer to different levels of human function and structure: individual, organization, network, and environment. By being aware of how all these levels interact and are impacted by one another, we can tune into how we can honor our highest potential on all of these levels.
The best, most advanced, and expanded you could be. We as Social Artists believe that humans and the world have a highest potential they can reach. For example, an acorn's highest potential is an Oak tree. That potential to become an Oak tree is already within the acorn, just like our highest potential is within us right now. We tap into that and work from that space when we do our art and work in the world.
Example of Social Artistry Project:
Currently, an awesome example of a Social Artistry related project is Blooming Biodiversity. You can check our their website here: http://www.bloomingbiodiversity.solutions/
Welcome to our community blog! We are here to share our stories, our insights, and our wholeness, as well as to give you practices, meditations and daily wisdom to integrate Social Artistry into your life.
Emma Lane Samuelson