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Did you know there’s a mushroom that can eat toxic waste like lead and oil?
Did you know that many countries have significantly reduced poverty because of their use of micro-credit loans and computerized labor exchanges?
Did you know that over $2.7 trillion is now invested in companies with socially responsible values such as environmental sustainability?
What if we don’t have to live in fear of imminent crises, but can actually contribute to a new and better world by developing more solutions like those above?
Imagine a world where there are proven techniques for resolving violence and conflicts peacefully. Imagine a world where you can stay healthy and reduce your health costs by 80 percent. Imagine a world where criminals actually change their behavior and stay out of jail.
But you don’t have to only imagine these new solutions to our problems—they already exist! The media is just beginning to discover them. My work as a practical visionary is to inspire people about these exciting solutions and illuminate the new world that is growing all around us now.
I like helping people find new ways to solve their own problems, as well as discover how they might create a new solution. I also enjoy giving people an inspirational vision of the emerging world, but I also like to ground the vision with best practices—real life examples of solutions to our problems that are already in place. This gives me great hope for our future!
As part of the Birth 2012 initiative (of which my organization Center for Visionary Leadership is a cosponsor), Barbara Marx Hubbard convened a team that includes Eleanor LeCain, Patricia Ellsberg, and myself to more fully develop the Wheel of Cocreation, which she initiated many years ago. We are researching solutions to current problems—best practices in each of the twelve sectors or fields of human activity on the Wheel.
In this article, I’m highlighting examples of innovative solutions on the Wheel that are emerging locally as well as internationally. Eleanor, for her part, is researching what she calls “breakthrough solutions”—the game changers that can shift an entire field and about which you’ll hear more in a later issue of Catalyst.
The Template of the Wheel
Some version of the twelve-sector solutions Wheel is now being used as a template by a number of groups around the world. The Wheel is not a two dimensional, flat pie, but rather a fourth dimensional sphere that keeps evolving through time. Each sector represents a vital social function, such as Education and Governance; together all the sectors offer us a portal into a whole new world. New solutions to our problems and new ways of thinking are constantly being created by pioneers around the world. Some become viral and change the whole field, such as micro-credit solutions to poverty pioneered by the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh.
At the center of the Wheel, where the tip of each sector meets, is the heart, the Spirit of cocreation. Here are found the common values that all the best solutions share, such as dedication to the common good, compassion, fairness, a whole-systems perspective, long-term sustainability, and the spirit of community.
While working with the Wheel, I have noticed that where the sectors overlap we often find cutting-edge innovation and insights. You can also see the problems of one sector through the lens of another. For example, if we understand health through the lens of the environment, solutions like Permaculture emerge, where healthier food can be grown in smaller spaces while restoring the environment for future generations.
We don’t each have to be engaged in every one of the twelve fields, but when you consider the big picture and connect the dots among these solutions in every field or sector, you begin to see the meta-pattern of evolution. You experience an authentic sense of hope, grounded in reality. When you find the field or sector of the Wheel where your own dream and your own unique contribution is most needed, you come alive with passion and excitement. You become a cocreator of the new world—an evolutionary pioneer—or what I call a practical visionary.

Examples of Solutions
While some of the solutions I’m tracking are internationally renowned, some are only known locally. Some are created by non-profit organizations, some by for-profit businesses, and some by government agencies. Here are a few of the many exciting examples I’ve discovered:
Environment: We can harness nature’s own solutions for healing itself, through efforts such as bio-remediation, Permaculture, and bio-mimicry (e.g., Paul Stamets’ organization Fungi Perfecti cleans up toxic waste such as lead and oil pollution using oyster mushrooms).
Media: Open-source social media encourages free, engaging, and empowering activism to address issues like poverty, violence, pollution, etc. For example,, with 15 million members worldwide, empowers everyone to start their own local community campaign for social change using on-line petition tools, and sites like and use crowd-sourcing to invite small donations and investments for social change projects.
Governance: Conflict transformation using multi-stakeholder dialogues among political adversaries reduces conflict and makes better policy decisions that benefit all parties. A good example of this is a nonprofit called Search for Common Ground, founded by John Marks, whose approach to conflict is to “understand the differences, but act on the commonalities.” Their approach has been used by government to defuse ethnic conflicts in the developing world.
Health: Holistic, integrated medicine restores health and reduces medical costs. One of many examples is the Center for Mind/Body Medicine, founded by Dr. James Gordon, which uses natural remedies, food as medicine, stress management and guided imagery to restore health.
Economics: Socially responsible investments in businesses that embody ethical values are supporting both people and the planet and creating new jobs. One aspect of this new “impact investing” movement is the emergence of the “B corp”—or social benefit corporations—a growing new legal form of incorporation approved by several states which emphasizes a social mission rather than profit to shareholders.
Relations: Integral psychology helps people transform personal issues by integrating all aspects of the psyche. One example is the Psychosynthesis Institute, whose work is to integrate the conscious self and the subconscious with the superconscious or soul and one’s higher purpose.
Justice: Victim-offender reconciliation rehabilitates criminals rather than punishing them. For example, The Restorative Justice Institute brings together victims and offenders of a crime for dialogue and reconciliation and greatly reduces the number of repeat offenses.
Infrastructure: Renewable energy such as solar, wind, and thermal energy provide unlimited sources of energy to meet growing needs. For example, a company called Oyster by Aquamarine Power that is based off the north coast of Scotland harnesses the oceans tides for electrical energy.
Education: Character education has proven to prevent dropouts, low grades, drug abuse, and bullying. A highly successful example is the 8 Keys of Excellence program develops integrity, commitment, and success in elementary, middle and high school students.
Science: Research on meditation and the brain proves we can increase learning and creativity and develop inner peace. One example of many such initiatives is the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison directed by Dr. Richard Davidson, which studies the effects of Mindfulness, Tibetan Buddhist, and other meditation techniques.

Spirituality: Interfaith dialogue and activism builds understanding and tolerance and reduces religious violence worldwide, and reveals the deeper spiritual unity behind the diversity of religious expressions. United Religions has reached over two and half million people in 78 countries through small group activities such as dialogue circles, as well as building schools and clinics, advocating for the rights of women, reforesting land, etc.
Arts: Involving the disadvantaged in local creative arts projects helps individuals as well as beautifying the community. The previously mentioned organization named Unity through Creativity introduces at risk and homeless youth in northern California to beauty and creativity by developing their artistic skills to benefit the city.
I wrote up many other examples of real life solutions for crises we face in my book, The Practical Visionary, which illuminates the new world growing all around us and gives people a realistic sense of hope for our future. I’ve helped many groups, including Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Mentors group, with practical tools and strategies to make their contribution effective and so aid the evolutionary shift now underway.
Archetypes on the Wheel
Those of you who are interested in archetypes might be interested in the astrological correlations I’ve found for each sector, with the sun in the center of the twelve signs of the zodiac: Governance (Aries); Economics (Taurus); Media (Gemini); Health (Cancer); Arts (Leo); Environment (Virgo): Relations (Libra); Justice (Scorpio); Education (Sagittarius); Infrastructure (Capricorn); Science (Aquarius); Spirituality (Pisces). The numeral “12” is a sacred number found in many spiritual traditions, such as the 12 disciples plus Christ, 12 knights of the round table plus King Arthur, etc. In sacred geometry, the dodecahedron platonic solid has 12 pentagonal faces.
A Community Ritual and Meditation Using the Wheel
If you want to create a community ritual using the Wheel, here’s an idea I was inspired with: Invite people to stand in a circle with twelve or more people standing in front of a sign representing one of the twelve sectors or fields of the Wheel. Place a large candle in the center representing Spirit and the universal principles such as love found in all the sectors. Then invite each of the twelve people from each sector to walk forward one by one, light a candle from the central candle, and walk back to the periphery of the circle where their field is represented, and place their lighted candle there. Symbolically, you’re illuminating each sector with the central light of love.
You could also place twelve colored streamers rolled up in the center with the candle, and have each person unroll a colored paper streamer from the center, taking it to the periphery of the circle where the sign representing their sector is being held. This would give a very colorful expression to the Wheel. You could then have a period of silence to energize and bless each sector and see them harmonizing together, and then follow this was a dialogue among the participants. I’ve also created a meditation for visualizing the Wheel and energizing your contribution in one of the fields of service, which you can access here.
Finding Your Own Solution
The many solutions on the Wheel can help you find solutions to your own problems and inspire you to make your own contribution. One way to contribute that I recommend is to begin by connecting with others to create a support group or a Birth 2012 hub and generate a resonant field together, and then collaborate around a common purpose related to a sector in the Wheel. You might want to address an immediate need in the world, or focus on systemic change, or address the dysfunctional thinking behind current problems.
Through spending quiet time listening to your heart, asking for clarity about your life purpose, and then taking an inventory of your skills that match what’s needed in the world, you can discover your vision. You can then shape your vision into a clear mission and step-by-step strategy to express it, and then practice communicating it with passion and excitement to attract both people and resources. If you work with a support group, you can invite others to brainstorm with you about your vision and give you feedback and ideas.
So, ask yourself, in which field or sector on the Wheel does your brilliance and passion want to be expressed? Is it health, governance, environment, education, economics, arts, spirituality, science, relations, media, justice, and/or infrastructure? We each don’t have to do everything, but when you connect the dots among all the sectors and collaborate with others, you see how your contribution is part of the bigger picture. Each one of us is needed today. If we all work together and combine our many talents, we can truly uplift humanity and ignite a new world!

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