Read the interview with Riane Eisler in The Next System Project’s Talking with Riane Eisler on Changing the Whole System. The interview with Cecilia Gingerich, drawn from Eisler’s 2015 paper Whole Systems Change: A Framework & First Steps for Social/ Economic Transformation, was originally published for the Next System: Possibilities and Proposals series.
Eisler writes: “We stand at a turning point in our human adventure on Earth. [People] are reexamining not only what was and is, but also what can, and must, be done. They understand that solving our unprecedented problems calls for more than just tinkering at the edges of failing systems—that we need whole systems change, and that this, in turn, requires a fundamental cultural transformation”.
Whole systems change requires a fundamental cultural transformation
In the paper, Eisler shares a “methodology that leads to a new conceptual framework for understanding social systems, its key findings, and their implications for whole systems change. I then outline long-term actions focusing on four cornerstones, including fundamental economic changes, as foundations for a more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable future”.