The present epoch of geological time has been given the title the `Anthropocene', a reminder that human ideas have led to unprecedented changes in their relationships with each other and with the Earth. Changes to the composition of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the energy sources we use are the environment's response to human actions. These changes are not primarily addressed to us humans. They are the Earth looking out for itself. Humans must respond on their own behalf. Responses that address the necessary social re-organisation are neither simple nor easy. Even the evolutionary context for humans has altered. Pressures from the digital communication revolution have added to those from natural systems.
In the Anthropocene, humans are evolving within an environment that is itself human-constructed. They are expected to conform to the current thinking processes of their society, whilst also being encouraged to think for themselves as independent individuals. The differences between the two undermine efforts to resolve the wicked problems of the Anthropocene.
A Mind of One's Own develops connections for collective decision-making where few currently exist. Based on the work of the Local Sustainability Project of the Australian University, which conducted over 300 collective social learning workshops with communities world-wide over 15, it explores the gap between open-ended individual thinking and socially-defined knowledge and reveals how combining the two offers participants from all dimensions of individual, social and biophysical ways of thinking to learn from each other.