Civilization Needs to Make Sense
The very fact of 'civilization' requires a shared sense of the world. This shared sense reflects an underlying consensus of what is manifestly real and needs to be responded to, as held in common by a multiplicity of people.
Our civilization is faltering, at scale, because we are unable to make sense together, at scale. This is occurring because the most common platforms and processes (the things currently used by people in attempts to effectively navigate the world they live in) are quickly being rendered obsolete, ineffective, or incapable of helping us.
Exactly when our needs and demands for effective collective sensemaking are significantly increasing (due to ecological, technological, or political crisis) we also notice that our current techniques and methods of understanding our situation in the world are no longer working. We are increasingly unable to cope with the complexity and scale of emerging social problems, acute crises, and other critical situations.
Town halls, conferences, and other types of gatherings (and the online platforms, social media, and protocols that accompany them) do not adequately assist us. Far too often, we come away from our meetings not even knowing what questions are important to ask about what transpired and what comes next. This is important, for it is questioning that leads to sensemaking.
These emergent conditions call for a new approach to catalyzing, harvesting, and making use of collective insights. The goal of Ephemeral Group Process (EGP) is to upgrade the shared platform of our collective sensemaking capabilities.