• "We are not here to save a broken world, but to heal
    a sacred one"
    -Marta Benavides

  • With every true friendship we build more firmly the foundations on which the peace of the whole
    world rests.
    - Gandhi

Introduction to Connectivity

On this page we provide an introduction to the description of Connectivity and address the following questions:

What is Connectivity?
What is this all about you might wonder? Connectivity is a way of viewing and understanding the world that considers that all aspects of life on this planet (physical, environmental, social, spiritual, etc) are in relationship to each other and interconnected. This means that change in one aspect can have an impact on other aspects. Thus, connectivity helps us teach about the repercussions of our actions, by sharing and telling stories of cause and effects, events and outcomes.

If you want to understand why connectivity is important and how it relates to you, read more...

In our modern times, science's worldview, informed by ecology, evolution and other fields, provide many telling examples of Connectivity. For instance:

We are now discovering that Ocean Color Can Steer Hurricanes- where research shows that the most powerful, deadly storms on the planet are affected by the tiniest of marine creatures.
Why the Beaver Should Thank the Wolf is where we see that the absence of one species from its natural environment, can actually affect all other species, showing the imbalance of an ecosystem having resonating repercussions.

Connectivity is not a new idea:
While it is well known that most cultures have Origin Stories, it is less well known that the world view of most cultures include overarching ideas about how things are connected. These stories illustrate the interrelationship between humans, their natural environment, and the greater world. Thus, the idea of connectivity has been with us since the beginning of history. For example:

Indra's Net- Seeing the universe as an Interconnected Net, showing how we are each affected by everything else. Lore from both Buddhist and Hindu perspective.
In the book by the Dalai Lama, A Universe in a Single Atom, he compares and acknowledges the compliment of Quantum Physics to ancient Buddhist Cosmology.

The Shattering of the Vessels - This myth speaks to the time when 10 vessels that held the primordial light shattered, and the quest for humans to retrieve all of the shards of light, by healing the ills of the world, or performing good deeds all make it possible for the repair of the world to be. From ancient Jewish mysticism.

The Internet is a modern example of an obvious web of connectedness, which continues to change and shape our society. How an Egyptian Revolution Began on Facebook, where the actions of one person created a ripple effect of change, is an exceptional example of how it has created a still evolving mark in history.

So what? What does Connectivity have to do with me, you might ask?
Just as we see that connectivity is not a new idea, most of us are familiar with the concept that we as individuals have an impact on such things as the environment, the economy, community, etc.
However, many people still feel that they have little power to have a positive impact on the world around them, and that the problems are overwhelming.

Connectivity is important to each of us because it emphasizes the following points:

  • If you look at the world as interconnected, you realize that whether you are trying to or not, your actions do have an impact on the world around you.
  • Because of this, every person on this planet is important and can make a significant impact on these interconnected aspects of life
  • Every person has the opportunity to be mindful in the choices they make, and the impact these choices can have in the greater world