"Design Me a Planet is not utopia: it is the most concrete reality - the reality-in-construction. We need to design our planet, our planetary civilization. This was a hopelessly utopian task until even a few decades ago. It is no longer that today. Now it is realistic, urgent - and absolutely necessary. It is realistic because there is a new world to be designed, from the ground up. The old one is passing into history, and there is space, a unique opportunity, for the new. It is urgent because there is no time to waste. The old world will break down in a matter of five to fifteen years and either we are ready to place a new world in its place, or our entire civilization will suffer, and the human species as a whole will be endangered. This is the emerging necessity today: to design the planet we want to, and can, live on. The world we can leave to our children and their children. We all need to be part of the construction team. Design Me a Planet is a project that has the mission to come up with the basic blueprint.
It is up to all of us to use the blueprint not as dogma and commandment, but as orientation for our own creativity, our own motivation, or own will to join together and build a planet that comes up to the finest design we can come up for it.
I wish this project the great success that it deserves." -- Ervin Laszlo
"No one else can tell you what your life's work is, but it's important that you find it. There is a part of you that knows-affirm that part. "An important distinction for finding balance in your work-life is to remember that your "job" is fundamentally different from your "Work." Your "job" is the set of roles and responsibilities that you need to fulfill in order to satisfy the terms of your employment. Your "Work" is the mission or purpose you feel most deeply called or guided to fulfill in the course of your life. True life-work balance can be realized when you learn how to get your Work done while you are doing your job! -Willis Harman
"But how are you supposed to be unafraid when you only rarely reach your sanctuary, and instead get trapped outside in life rising up and knocking yourself numb against its obstacles? This is why I long so impatiently to get to work, to begin my workday, because life can become art only once it has become work. I know I cannot extricate my life from the fates with which it has grown intertwined, but I have to find the strength to lift life in its entirety, exactly the way it is and including everything, into calmness, into solitude, into the quiet of profound labor. (Rilke)