Bridge to Change

Time is fast running out for the dramatic transformation necessary to save our world. We move ever closer to unthinkable disaster — pushed by hatred, war, desperate poverty and ecological destruction. Few of us would prefer this to a world of Peace, Love, Freedom and Equality. We need a bridge to a more complete and stable realization of these ideals. We can only build such a bridge if we make better sense of our world.

Bridge to Change seeks to upgrade our notions about time, identity, cause/effect, and what’s humanly possible. The writing offered here examines the roots of our problems, exposing underlying obstacles to change, so that we can make more effective use of the transformative powers put in our hands by a democratic political culture. Finally, Bridge to Change offers a concrete plan of action.

Bridge to Change consists of several sections. Three novels, Merlin's Parole, The Bridge and Complexity use narrative to present a worldview, theory and analysis. Merlin's Parole recounts one individual's intellectual and experiential journey through the anti-war activism of the Sixties; the counter-cultural movement that found expression at Woodstock; and a kind of one-person demonstration — walking across the United States. The Bridge continues the narrative through three more transcontinental walks, interspersed with cartoon-like dream sequences that explain the power of language and other cultural systems. Book III, Complexity, follows fictional characters in diverse situations who use insights from Complexity Theory and initiate a movement that leads to a phase transition.

Handbook for a Phase Transition abstracts the ideas and presents them in their logical sequence. In Notes, short pieces focus on concepts and themes found throughout the site. In Some Stars, poems written for hundreds of actual individuals present facets of personality connected with the moment of birth.

Improbable pulls together an understanding of ourselves grounded in science and history — where we came from / what we’ve already shown we can do — toward answering how the kind of profound change we need can be possible. It was shortened, clarified and updated, July 2017.