We live in the ending of an age. The age that ends may be just the modern period. But the ending of the modern period differs from the ending of previous periods, such as the classical or the medieval. The amazing achievements of modernity make it possible, even likely, that its end will also be the end of civilization, of many species, or even of the human species. At the same time, there are many new beginnings that give promise of an ecological civilization.
There have been numerous conferences devoted to finding a way to sustain civilization, and many promising practical responses have been proposed. There have also been conferences showing how the modern world has led us to the brink of catastrophe and calling for changes in basic attitudes and orientations. We support and celebrate much that has been accomplished.
In the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead a conceptuality is found that grounds and unifies the creative and promising work that others are already doing. We believe that Whitehead offers not just an alternative to the modern organization of thought and life but the most promising one. We invite those who know that the transformation and survival of civilization require an alternative to join us in considering this alternative. We invite those who share our interest in more organic, relational, integrated, non-dualistic, and processive ways to find a home in the wider Whiteheadian community or to become part of a network with us.
Most of this conference is devoted to developing and displaying the alternative the followers of Whitehead favor with the help of congenial thinkers on the various topics. We need the help of many if global change is to be effected. It is time, indeed long past time, for thinkers and activists to seize an alternative. We claim this one is ready to be seized. We invite you to join us in examining this claim. Even if you have no interest in Whiteheadian philosophy, we invite you to work with us for an ecological civilization.