By Maura Conlon-McIvor and Regina Miller
Perhaps the wild, cockeyed dream that won’t leave us alone is all about permission.
Permission to engage our deepest self with others—to never again short-change our language in order to squeeze into the old dominator straitjacket utterly ill-suited for the future of planet Earth.
We love the world earth. Unscramble it and you get other words, like heart and art and hear and ear. Words are alive. They shape our psyches, so rendering permission to explore language is critical!
With this permission to challenge language, imagine changing the name of our planet. What if we became Planet of Partnership? POP for short—quite likeable!
“Permission” presents as both obstacle and opportunity. Obstacle because it can be difficult to shake one’s self—and one’s culture—of an old paradigm. Opportunity because we know deep within that a new way of loving, being, working and caring is knocking at the door.
Let’s take this permission further. On our Planet of Partnership, we are tending to the new territory called Global Climate Love. When language changes, you can feel the domination mindset melt and colorful pathways break open. We have given ourselves permission to envision a different reality.
We no longer speak about Global Climate Crisis. That represents the language of the paradigm that created the endemic problem. We take permission to call this the time for Global Climate Love. This era holds huge opportunity for how we organize businesses, how we run households and communities, how we tend to those at the edges, how we honor the earth, how we innovate across disciplines.
Global Climate Love recognizes a reverence for life’s evolutionary process in which we are all embedded. Global Climate Love asks us to know ourselves, to transform our traumas, losses and darkness individually and collectively. Global Climate Love gives us permission to protect the Planet of Partnership. In our new roles as protectors, we choose to live in self-awareness, humility, generosity, and gratitude.
And yet we ponder the magnitude of the old systems that are failing. Government efforts are slow. Businesses eschew accountability for crimes incurred to the earth. Scientists’ voices are blindsided even though the climate data is evidenced. How do we bridge the chasm? How do we move from small hands, individual efforts to BIG heart movement? It is now time for leaders of the future to foster a sense of collective permission.
Riane Eisler, in The Power of Partnership, speaks to an “integrated agenda.”  She writes “that we must look at the cultural and economic factors that brought us to this place where our very life support system is at risk.” In the dominator paradigm, business leaders have been problem solvers, many “burying their hearts in conference room B.” New leaders care for the life support system of which Eisler speaks, leading from the less-known territory of the heart. Global Climate Love breeds a new permission for leaders to explore the Planet of Partnership conversation.
How to initiate this conversation? Simple is best. What we’ve found to be successful is rather than launching into what’s logical or rational, we ask leaders to remember a time in their childhood when they fell in love with nature. Perhaps there was a favorite tree to climb, a favorite neighborhood hangout to watch the world go by, a sea for swimming, a field for playing in. When we engage that primal memory and the whole body, the heart is activated and immediately, the conversation shifts.
We realize a Planet of Partnership has been living inside us all along. Now it’s time to embrace that and from our mature, reflective state, invite others into the place where a new permission brings forth creative ideas and realties for Global Climate Love.