Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Chosen

A few months back, (late October, to be specific), New Horizons did its first, official assessment of the data gathered, to date, from our Possible Human, Possible Society Study. In a press release, dated October 24, 2013, we announced our preliminary findings.

The release headlined the following –

Most noteworthy of the trends identified was the  following --

1.   Better than 90% of interviewees have no significant relationships beyond their like-minded groups. (i.e. less than 10% d0.)
2.   Better than 90% of interviewees are unmotivated to interact with others beyond these like-minded groups.
This is serious data, as far as New Horizons is concerned. And, no small challenge to be heeded. As I stated, however, in that press release,
These trends could be reversed by the simplest, most direct efforts.”
Since the release of these findings, New Horizons has kept an open mind to identifying what we could do next to help reverse these trends. 

Other than our immediate current agendas, of primary importance, which include –
  •  Communication and outreach through our Possible Society In Motion Radio Show and the blog articles on this site;
  • The Possible Human, Possible Society Study; 
  •  The ongoing, remodeling of our Harpers Ferry Retreat Center to ready it for trainings and retreats.
.. what else could we contribute?
At the time of the press release, we were open, colloquially speaking, to whatever guidance we would find – and -- from wherever it would come, as to our next steps. We had learned, through experience, to trust unknown and mysterious forces to be our guiding light.  
Not long after this, we were informed that our Beloved mentor, Murat Yagan, was seriously ill. Murat passed away on December 19, 2013.
This is a game changer for all that New Horizons is grounded in and for all that it seeks to contribute of our highest ideals. Murat has been our guiding light for many years. And, will continue to be.
Through Murat, New Horizons came to discover a greater vision (1999 – 2013) for the utilization of its unique community development capabilities. That vision, still in its embryonic unfolding, is represented, today, through our various projects and programs as presented throughout this blog site. Most importantly, Murat brought us to an expanded consciousness of how to create and sustain small communities built upon principles of  cooperation and concern for all, even brotherly/sisterly love.
Out of the monumental shifting, now taking place as a result of Murat’s passing, we, at New Horizons, will be developing new clarity in the months and years to come about how our various initiatives can best serve our community, locally and globally.
Central to this unfolding is the intention to make known the treasures of the inheritance Murat bestowed upon us.  And, the concern for all this responsibility entails.
Out of our present contemplations, honoring Murat, one new project has already emerged.

To launch this project, please note the following:

This project will seek to find those who are already doing their optimum to model, teach and guide what it means to be "all for one and one for all" as Murat guided his students to do. Our intention will be to introduce to this select group, perspectives and skills that can elevate what these people are already doing to more refined levels; head and heart and through practical applications. 

In the coming weeks and months, New Horizons will seek, through the process of our Possible Human, Possible Society Study, to identify those in the 10% category who have demonstrated, through their actions and activities, values and attitudes, as we know them, to be the most likely to benefit and carry forth what Murat bestowed upon us to pass on to others

Between ten to twenty study interviewees, of the less than 10%, thus far identified in the above study data, will be chosen to participate in a special introduction to our coming Mountain of Awe Guided-Climbing Tours, built as they are upon community development principles and skills way beyond the ordinary; the extraordinary.

Look for additional details and information regarding our unfolding plans and programs. And, find out more about our ….

…as New Horizons continues to look to Murat for the legacy we have had bestowed upon us to pass on to others.

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