Thank You to Our Amazing Community!

July 10, 2017

On behalf of our board, I would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the Human Venture community for your support and donations. We have gone above and beyond our goal of $20,000, with $28,555 in donations received to date! We are deeply moved by your contributions, your ongoing commitment to this work and what this means for our community in the year to come.

The Human Venture Leadership and Human Venture Institute organizations were created to ensure the work of human venture exploration, mapping, path finding, programming and resource generation continues and expands trans-generationally and globally.

Just like humanity, our organization and our community are engaged in a process of becoming.  As we understand more about where we have come from, what we are and where we are going, we are waking up to the possibilities that lie ahead for the Human Venture community and for this work. It is an exciting time.

The development of the Human Venture community and the organizations needed to support it presents an exceptional opportunity to apply the Human Venture metaframework and the principles being discovered through Human Learning Ecology inquiry. As such, in all of our work, we strive to align our own development with the most significant challenges facing life and humanity.

We know that this will require capacity construction and reconstruction, the curation and development of cultural resources and ongoing tracking of human venture progress and resistance.

We are incredibly grateful to be part of a community that has a growing sense that as individuals, communities, as a society and civilization that we can do better. Through disciplined inquiry and adaptive learning, we can learn to draw on lessons from our rich history and begin to understand what we should be learning in order to reduce waste, suffering, injustice and ignorance in the world around us.

We look forward to the coming year as we engage in shared learning through our programs, workshops, and meet-ups. We also look forward to continuing the curation and production of cultural resources that support the Human Venture community.  As a community, we are on a frontier, and as is expected, that brings its own opportunities and challenges. This makes the donations and support of Human Venture Leadership even more meaningful. We couldn’t do this without champions, supporters and sustainers.

E.F. Schumacher wrote in Small is Beautiful “…man is far too clever to be able to survive without wisdom…The exclusion of wisdom economics, science and technology was something which we could perhaps get away with for a little while, as long as we were relatively unsuccessful; but now that we have become very successful, the problem of spiritual and moral truth moves into the central position.”

If you still want to make a contribution, consider one of these great ways to support this community and our work:

  1. If you have not made a donation but would still like to do so, click on the ‘Donate Now’ button below.
  2. Tell others about the Human Venture community, our programs and our resources. Not sure, where to start? We post new articles, resources and events on the website. Our newsletter is another resources for people to tap into our community, we encourage you to share it!
  3. Want to dig in more? Contact us about volunteer opportunities and extend your learning while supporting Human Venture work. We are now taking expressions of interest for the Alumni Program Team

With deepest gratitude,
Dana Penrice, HVL Chair of the Board


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May 17, 2017

Dear Alumni,

We need your help. Here’s why.

Our civilization is unsustainable. We’re on a breakdown path and more people are recognizing the need for a deeper understanding of what it means to be alive and human and the responsibilities that come with that. Here are two brief examples from different starting points:

“In order for us to adapt to this strange new world, we’re going to need more than scientific reports and military policy. We’re going to need new ideas. We’re going to need new myths and new stories, a new conceptual understanding of reality, and a new relationship to the deep polyglot traditions of human culture that carbon-based capitalism has vitiated through commodification and assimilation. Over and against capitalism, we will need a new way of thinking about our collective existence. We need a new vision of who “we” are. We need a new humanism – a newly philosophical humanism, undergirded by renewed attention to the humanities.” [along with ecology and life sciences – Ken Low] Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflection on the End of a Civilization by Roy Scranton; City Lights 2015 – p. 19

“Somehow, lawyers have come to dominate Washington debates about law, and that’s a shame. Legal categories should reflect a society’s deepest moral beliefs. But ask a lawyer if something’s a good idea, and odds are he’ll tell you instead if he thinks it’s legally permissible. If we live today in a world in which everything has become war and the military has become everything, it is partly because far too many top decision makers have spent the last fifteen years playing the game of law instead of the game of life.

“For lawyers, the game of law is safe and rule-bound: he who hews to the game of law can do no wrong. Whatever is not prohibited is permitted, we reason: if indefinite detention and mass surveillance aren’t clearly illegal, they must be legal. If U.S. targeted killings are not manifestly unlawful, they must be lawful, and if they’re lawful, they needn’t keep us up at night, dreaming of dead and broken bodies.

“When you leave the game of law for the game of life, you’re thrown back into the messy world of policy and morality. Suddenly you have to argue about right and wrong, good and evil, fear and hope, cruelty and compassion. Few lawyers are good at that sort of conversation, but it’s a conversation we need to have.” How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales From the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks; Simon and Schuster, 2016 – p. 363

Both Rosa Brooks and Roy Scranton are reaching for a human venture level of thinking, caring, learning and action. Our small community is working out approaches to development that many other thoughtful people are reaching for. We need to make our work more widely accessible, and link with folks who are pushing on this frontier in different parts of the world. We’re working on it, with our website, newsletters, intensive programs, podcasts, online workshops and more, but it is slow. We depend on volunteers who are busy with family, paying jobs, and a variety of life & community engagements.

At a recent board meeting it was suggested that we ask our alumni for financial support, and that I write a letter requesting this support. I hesitated at first. I’ve never been comfortable asking for help, especially financial help. False pride perhaps. Then I thought of the agencies Janice, my wife, and I support: Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International, PBS, Common Dreams, Cancer Calgary. We support these groups because we value the humanitarian work they do. It isn’t “charity” so much as a form of solidarity of purpose in a world where intelligence, caring and compassion are so badly needed. We feel honored to be supporters.

As alumni of our programs, I don’t feel that I need to convince you of the scope and seriousness of the challenges humanity is facing, or the significance of human venture levels of understanding and caring in the search for solutions. This brings me to the point of this letter, which is to ask for a financial contribution to help keep the work going. Anything you can give would be much appreciated. You can donate by clicking on the button below. We are a registered charity, and a tax receipt will be sent to you.

Thank you for your consideration,

Ken Low
On behalf of the Human Venture Board