In The Change Code: A Practical Guide to Making a Difference in a Polarized World (New Phase), author Monica Bourgeau suggests that the climate of fear, blame, and polarization we’re experiencing in 2020 are actually signals that we’re in the midst of a major shift in consciousness.
Humans have survived transformational change before. In the agricultural revolution, the Renaissance, and the industrial revolution, Bourgeau says, we moved from one very established world order to a completely new one. As life conditions become more complex, human consciousness must adapt to survive. Today, says Bourgeau, we are in the middle of the biggest shift ever. “The Change Code shows how to stay inspired and transition more smoothly into our new world order.”
A business strategist who works with visionary leaders and changemakers, Bourgeau was compelled to write The Change Code after discovering Dr. Clare W. Graves’ model of Spiral Dynamics, which has been referred to as “Humanity’s Master Code.” Spiral Dynamics decodes the developmental process that individuals and societies experience, and provides an understanding for today’s polarization. It has been used to address the most challenging problems in the most turbulent places in the world, and played a key role in ending apartheid in South Africa without a civil war.
In a foreword to the book, futurist and host of the popular podcast, Future Sense, Steve McDonald says:
Our scientific-industrial way of living…is clearly in decline. Increasingly challenged by the complexity of hyper-connected world in flux, our political, economic, and other systems are no longer coping. These are symptoms of evolutionary tension. Like a rubber band being pulled backwards on a slingshot, this tension is nature’s way of energizing us for our momentous leap forward.
“There is good news,” explains Bourgeau. “While we’re in a cycle of exaggerated polarization that is creating tribalism and mistrust, the truth is we’re not as polarized as it seems. My hope is that this book provides comfort during turbulent times and inspires Change Agents to take action as we navigate the transformational leap happening in society.” ◊