To offer practical guidelines for how to begin the transformation, I invite you to accept the Co-Creators' Agreements from "The Rings of Empowerment", edited by Global Family's Carolyn Anderson, based on the writings of Barbara Marx Hubbard and Marian Head:

1. Commit to the Mission
Our mission is to liberate ourselves and all humanity to realize our full potential. I agree to use this mission as a guide for my actions.

2. Communicate with Integrity
I agree to tell my truth, with compassion for myself and others.

3. Listen with your heart
I agree to listen respectfully to the communicating of others and attune to their deepest meaning.

4. Honor one another
I agree to honor each person's process, acknowledging that everyone, including myself, is making the best possible choice or decision we are capable of at that moment of choice or decision.

5. Appreciate your contributions
I agree to take responsibility for getting acknowledged.

6.Express appreciation for others' contributions
I agree to acknowledge others.

7. Honor our differences
I agree to come from a sense of cooperation and caring in my interactions with others, and from an understanding that goals are often the same even though methods for achieving them may differ.

8. Use grievances as opportunities to evolve self
I agree to look for the unresolved issues within me that creates a reaction to another's behavior.

9. Maintain resonance
I agree to take the time to establish rapport and then to reconnect with anyone with whom I feel out of harmony as soon as it's appropriate.

10. Resolve problems constructively
I agree to offer at least one solution any time I present a problem. I agree to take problems, complaints and upsets to the person(s) with whom I can resolve them, at the earliest opportunity. I agree not to criticize or complain to someone who cannot do something about my complaint, and I will redirect others to do the same.

11. Go for excellence
I agree to support others and to be supported in participating at the highest level of excellence.

12. Learn from experience
I agree to look for the opportunity to learn from my experiences, to continue
doing what works, and discontinue doing what does not work.

13. Be a leader
I agree to foster an environment of genuine collaboration in which all people, including myself, feel empowered to to express our individual and collective potential.

14. Reevaluate your commitment
I agree to choose and re-choose to participate in my core group. It's my choice.

15. Lighten UP!
I agree to create joy in my relationships, my work and my life.

Words that could change the world

It's my sense that we're in one of those precious moments in history in which we are being provided with the opportunity, even if briefly, to stand back, breathe deeply, and gaze at the Earth and at each other in the spirit of unknowing. And in this spirit, and in this unknowingness, to carve out within ourselves a deeper sense of reverence for the sacredness which surrounds us, and a deeper sense of humility in the face of the life process itself which sustains our very being.

We're in a time in which human diversity itself, which in the past has been responsible for so much bloodshed, hatred, and divisiveness, is paradoxically emerging as our greatest asset, as the cornerstone to true globalization. History and our future are quite literally compelling us to take up for the first time a common work. What we must know is that what we fashion must be so inspiring and so inclusive and so transformative that people everywhere will be empowered to transcend the specificities of their culture and their ethnicities and their beliefs, to engage in this common work. It may turn out to be the most important challenge confronting humanity as we stand on the threshold of a new century and a new millennium. All of us know what we must do as individuals, and as cities, and even as nations. The central question is:

Can we also discern what we must do as a human community at a time in which we are discovering, painfully and slowly, that in fact the world is one.

--James Garrison