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The Essence of CEN

The essence of the Conscious Elders Network is captured in statements articulating its Motivation, Charter, Logo, Vision, Mission, and Values.

Motivation

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, our future holds great peril and yet, at the same time we humans have an unprecedented opportunity to co-create a new social paradigm with great promise.  Read more...

Charter

As conscious elders, we embrace The Great Story, the universal narrative that includes all living beings, interconnected, interrelated, and interdependent within the unity of One. We respect and care for this community of life by advocating for ecological integrity, social and economic justice, and peaceful coexistence.  Read more...

Logo

It was a transformative moment for many of us to see that first photo transmitted from the moon showing our green-blue planet floating in a sea of darkness. As astronaut, Russell Schweikart said: “When you go around the earth in an hour and a half, you begin to realize that your identity is with that whole thing."  Thus our CEN tagline: One Earth One Humanity One Future. Read more...

Vision

Reclaiming the time-honored role of elders in service to their communities, we envision (in the far term, e.g. 100 years) a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, intergenerational, interdependent society founded on respect for the inherent rights of all living beings on a healthy planet, with an equal opportunity economy and a peace centered culture.  Read more...

Mission

Our mission is to boldly confront the crises of 21st Century life on planet Earth by committing our talents, resources, experience, and wisdom to develop a network of conscious elders who:...  Read more...

Values

CEN Meta-Value: Reverence for Life. As conscious elders, we acknowledge our own fundamental wholeness, in relationship with all living beings joined in the web of life.  This understanding and experience allows conflict to be resolved, non-violence to be practiced, reconciliation to succeed, and peace to be restored:...  Read more...