Watched pots do boil. Try it. With patience you will see little bubbles form as water is heated and then, eventually, a rush of movement as the water begins to boil, changing state from liquid to steam.
Okay, fine, don't try it. Take my word for it. (Perhaps I spend too much time watching water boil...)
But I like that "phase transition" is a useful metaphor for understanding some social movements. Social phase transitions are sudden, discontinuous, changes in social norms.
Society is in one state - perhaps where gay marriage is illegal almost everywhere, but pressure is building - and then, very quickly, changes state - gay marriage becomes not only legal, but generally accepted by most of the population. The #MeToo movement may be another example. Society is mostly oblivious to widespread sexual harassment and very quickly changes state so that harassment is recognized and even punished.
Extending the physics metaphor, are there social "nucleators" -- catalysts that stimulate the shift from one state to another? For example, the SCOTUS decision for marriage or the #MeToo hash tag for harassment.
The role of nucleator may be a reason social phase transitions are different from mere "tipping points". A few thoughts on that in the next issue of The Wave.
Of course, the key question is "can this help accelerate movement making?" How do we build pressure? What is the nucleator that will stimulate a regenerative future?
I rewatched this recently and enjoyed fresh insights into current events.
In the context of social phase transitions, was the Globe's work a "nucleator" for social change in the church and, more broadly, society? Why did it take so long?
The movie is the true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
An example of the concept of "social phase transition" in the literature, specifically around market crashes.
In a technical paper, Levy argues "spontaneous market crashes can be explained by a ‘social phase transition’ mechanism similar to statistical mechanics phase transitions."
Help! (With the RASA Podcast)
We'll (finally!) be launching a podcast series, Designers of Paradise Hosted by Erik van Lennep, next week. We've got the teaser up and could really use your help.
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Regen18 in San Francisco
A positive sign that momentum for a regenerative society is building comes from the increase in number and prominence of related events.
RASA is pleased to be a partner for Regen18 in San Francisco from May 1 to May 4. This is going to be a good one - nice sweep of topics (agriculture and beyond), a strong organizing team, and a really interesting set of presenters.
A bit of encouragement to get you through the week. You _can_ do it.
We are very early in the process of defining what it means to build a regenerative society. While the terminology will continue to evolve, we're convinced the ideas are directionally correct. Now we are studying, testing, plotting, and building interest, support, and resources.
Thus this newsletter, which will come out every few weeks with information about RASA - narrating our work - along with brief observations and links to related materials exploring innovation and the regenerative economy.
With effort, and a bit of luck, we hope support for these concepts becomes a wave sweeping the world! Check out the archive to see if this newsletter is right for you (or a friend).
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