Beyond Globalization: Evolving toward a Planetary Perspective

philip horváth
3 min readMar 1, 2020

Eventually becoming a planetary society seems inevitable — the only question is how long it will take us to get there and how painful the transition will be.

We will never integrate Israelis and Palestinians, Germans and Syrians, Hindus and Muslims, not even men and women. We can only appeal to a higher level concept, that of the individual within a planetary context, as we did when we came up with unalienable Human Rights.

It is time for humanity to engage on our next and biggest adventure so far — that of co-creating a planetary society.

It is a massive shift in human consciousness, and in our ways of operating, our cultural operating systems.

Most of our current world and the systems that govern it are still at best based on the idea of globalization. It was the furthest stretch territorial and time-bound consciousness allowed for.

Globalization is still a territorial concern. It is a flatland metaphor concerned with the expansion of influence over the distribution of resources on the surface of the planet.

It is a concept developed in times when we still dreamed of discovering (and ruling) every square inch of this planet. It is an imperialistic metaphor. One of conquer. One that still assumes that there is scarcity, that we live in a winner-takes-all world, and that there cannot be enough for everyone.

We have already developed far beyond that.

We have 3D images of planet earth. We have dug into the earth, dove into the sea, and are beginning to explore space beyond our atmosphere, searching for signs of life on other planets.

With that comes a trans-global perspective, an outside view of earth that realizes that all systems we build, must be cyclical or generate more benefit than they consume.

With that also comes a realization that we get to create new systems of governance and collaboration. We evolved from hunter gatherer family structures to agricultural tribes, to industrial organizations, nations and nation collectives, and now get to expand to planetary ecosystems.

To make those new systems functional, every individual gets to step up to individual sovereignty and — with that — responsibility and stewardship over this planet.

It is in our rational self-interest to do so (and I would dare say that even Ayn Rand would have agreed, had she had pictures of earth from space in her time).

We get to create new systems of distributed localized governance with planetary concern and knowledge exchange, develop new technologies to make agreements with each other and deal with what happens when we break them.

We get to create systems based on abundance, rather than on scarcity.

We get to educate our youth, not to become compliant producers and consumers, but as sovereign planetary citizens, who have all the resources to unfold themselves to their highest potential, have loving and forwarding relationships, and work in service to life.

You can distract yourself in daily challenges, or you can create solutions that make such a future possible.

The future is in your hands.

Happy Future day!

The future belongs to those who create it. That is why I work with change leaders and their teams to create future-ready cultures and organizations. Through my work with LUMAN and other projects, I provide frameworks and operating metaphors to support leaders around the world in their individual evolution and in growing innovation capacity in their teams and organizations. I have worked with startups, NGOs and with global brands in a variety of industries around the world. More at http://philiphorvath.com.

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philip horváth

culture catalyst ★ planetary strategist — creating cultural operating systems at planetary scale — tweeting on #future, #culture, #leadership @philiphorvath