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Global Crisis Response (GCR) is the flagship initiative of Orb Tranz Research & Broadcasting Foundation (a Section-8 company registered in Mumbai since 2021. It is currently a founder funded, independent, Collaborative action research Think Tank and Knowledge Portal operating largely by volunteer participation.
Global Crisis Response (GCR) is the flagship initiative of Orb Tranz Research & Broadcasting Foundation (a Section-8 company registered in Mumbai since 2021. It is currently a founder funded, independent, Collaborative action research Think Tank and Knowledge Portal operating largely by volunteer participation.

WHO WE ARE

For the first time in its evolutionary journey humanity finds itself in a unique situation of being forced to make sense of hyperobjects (massive forces whose impacts defy our physical perceptions, so vast that it is beyond human comprehension eg: Earth's Biosphere, Climate Change, Oceans, Algorithms, Pandemic, Dual use exponential tech, Nuclear waste etc.). Our response to the convergence of multiple hyperobjects will have long-term implications for future generations. Yet, our Sensemaking institutions (education, media, state) on whom we depend, neither fully comprehend nor factor them sufficiently in critical decision making calculus. This seriously undermines the viability of an open democratic society based on informed citizenry especially in era of ‘post-truth’ led by mis/dis-information, polarized debates etc.

GCR is committed to facilitating collective Sensemaking and problem solving about Meta/Global Crisis emerging out of Hyperobjects (posing existential risks) with the aim of envisioning an alternative life-sustaining civilization. We aspire to create awareness about Global Crisis, catalyze community driven bottom up initiatives to facilitate an inevitable managed societal transition (Societal Collapse), described in the following manner in different research circles:

  • Energy abundance towards Energy Descent futures
  • Game A towards Game B
  • Modernism & post modernism towards Meta-Modernism
  • Techno-utopianism towards Strong Sustainability futures
  • Utopian-Dystopian towards Protopian futures
  • Rivalrous (fragile) operating system towards anti-rivalrous (ani=ti-fragile) systems

What is Global Crisis (GC)?

 

Global Crisis (GC) or The Meta or Poly Crisis is the underlying crisis driving multitude of crises, not just ecological collapse. With the aim of construtive Sensemaking we have conceptualized Global Crisis (GC) as follows:

 

 

Global Crisis (GC) = Societal Collapse (SC) + Biospheric Collapse (BC)

where GC = Meta Crisis/ Poly Crisis/The Great unravelling (Joanna Macy) triggered by:

  • Ecological Overshoot (Resource depletion & sink degradation)
  • Civilizational Complexity (globalized economy with long supply-chains powered by fossil energy)
  • Dual-Use exponential Technologies (Nuclear, AI, Bio-tech, Nano-tech etc.)
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A Global Catastrophic Risks (GCR) is a hypothetical future event that could damage human well-being on a global scale, even endangering or destroying modern civilization. An event that could cause human extinction or permanently and drastically curtail humanity's potential is known as an existential risk which is a subset of global catastrophic risks (GCRs). Existential risks share a number of features that mark them out as deserving of special consideration. For example, since it is not possible to recover from existential risks, we cannot allow even one existential disaster to happen; there would be no opportunity to learn from experience. Now GCRs (like the Big 5 Mass extinction events on Earth) are usually the result of natural causes but Global Crisis (GC) is primarily concerned with Anthropogenic or human-caused GCRs.

Creating impact by empowering Changemakers

We see Changemaker as someone who is an (actual or potential) social innovator responding to a societal predicament, who is sufficiently informed about the urgency of the existential crisis, has resolved to be an active participant in this great adventure of transition, and is willing to take courageous action to respond to it. Many changemakers are uncertain about the ‘Big-Picture’ impact of their efforts and are frequently ‘burnt-out’ due to the clutter around the issues of sustainability (especially the mis/dis information campaigns about green growth, Net-zero emissions, 100% RE Transition or the sustainability of the growth-obsessed Industrial Civilization).


Through our content and capacity (& perspective) building activities, we empower Changemakers through orientation and training in:

(C)risis - (R)esponse - (T)ransition Model

Crisis (C) – Response (R) –Transition (T) Frameworks:

  • A communication tool that aids prioritized & simplified framing of complex, Meta issues (Collapse, Risk, Overshoot, Sustainability, Climate, inequality, Dual-use tech, etc.)

  • Consensus-building tool that can allow for cooperation among changemakers caught in the opposing camps (Weak vs Strong Sustainability)

THEORY OF CHANGE (TOC)

GCR’s Theory of Change (ToC):

  • The logic that connects our activities with the outcomes & society-wide impact

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GCR aims to build capacity of existing & potential change-makers in society by introducing them with a useful, holistic lens i.e. Crisis(C)– Response(R)- Transition (T) Framework enabling to articulate and navigate Global Crisis (GC) in the light of the 'Big-Picture' priorities at the civilizational level.

Change-makers who apply to volunteer with GCR are provided with a detailed orientation that offers a good starting point to get familiar with the non-mainstream concepts like Societal Collapse, Global Catastrophic Risks, Risks from civilizational Complexity, Ecological Overshoot (Planetary Boundaries), Risks from Dual Use Technologies, De-clutter differences between BAU-Weak-Strong Sustainability policy or strategic responses to Global Crisis, Post- industrial Alternative Civilizations etc.

After Orientation & training volunteers are encouraged to contribute (over 3-6 months) in research, content writing etc. The goal here is to support existing change-makers to succeed help them align their current efforts in the direction of strong sustainability.

Is it a good strategy to hedge against these risks today by developing & preparing for such a future? What will those strategies look like? What are those assets & skills which can aid us in the transition phase? In the age of unstable conditions what makes one more resilient --- our specialized skills or generalist skills & attitude? Must we seek resilience at the level of individual or community?

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