Enlighten & Enchant.
Established in 2009, Globaïa is a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of planetary awareness and to fostering a greater sense of planetary stewardship through the advancement of a science-based, transdisciplinary, emotion-driven and unified understanding of the major socioecological issues of our time.
Merging art and science, we research, create and broadcast new ways to visualise and envision our teleconnected world and the ever evolving relationship between human societies, living environments, planet Earth and the Cosmos.
Our primary goals are:
To promote global environmental awareness among youth, general public, influencers and policymakers;
To inform and inspire by merging science, art & tech and by crafting narratives, tools & experiences;
To imagine, design and disseminate societally-relevant products, such as films, books, exhibitions, apps and maps;
To develop and share a vision a better future for 100% of humanity and the biosphere;
To establish partnerships with key scientific, governmental and environmental organisations.
We set to achieve our mission through the exploration of four core themes:
The Big History, aka the Evolution of the Cosmos, Earth, Life and Humanity;
The Ecosphere, aka the Earth System Habitability;
The Anthropocene, aka Contemporary Global Change;
And Planetary Stewardship, aka the Pathways to a Regenerative Future.
Seeing the world as one.
We see ourselves as kosmographers. We envision and visualise, we depict and illustrate, the known world, the unseen, the global, the beauty and the complexity, the order and chaos of our magnificent evolving Universe.
We digest data, information and knowledge to make them palatable, societally relevant and easy to metabolise by people and cultures. Our main purpose is to transform how the world is seen, imagined and understood. We work with worldviews.
Worldviews (aka cosmovisions) are broadly defined as ways of viewing the world and understanding the Cosmos. Worldviews are mostly unconscious, unstated, unquestioned and deeply felt. They are ingrained in us, along with our culture, our values, our education, our experiences and our family heritage.
What is your perception of how the world works?
What is possible and desirable? What isn’t?
What goals should we be pursuing?
What should our purpose on Earth and in the Universe?
The answers one gives to these questions are blueprints of her or his worldview. They inform how we design our realities—indeed, our societies, our institutions, our technologies and our relationships with one another and with the planet as a whole.
In other words, worldviews are both a key to understand ourselves and a leverage point to change ourselves. Homo sapiens has become a world-shaping species. The time has come to adapt our view of the world to the planet we inhabit.
Globaïa was created with the sole purpose of enhancing worldviews towards a greater planetary awareness.
The motto “Think Globally, Act Locally” is famous and cool. But what does it mean to “think globally”? Where and what are the tools, narratives and experiences to actually think globally?
Does “thinking globally” merely mean having the whole planetary geography in mind or does it imply something entirely different? We suggest that it means to think and act with empathy and kindness for what lies both within and beyond the horizon, to maintain a thirst for more wisdom and knowledge, to nurture foresight based on hindsight and insight. It means to aspire, always, to think and act spherically or planeteraly.
So what if we could foster the emergence of a planetary worldview, unified and meaningful, for all humans of all walks of life?
This is the our dream at Globaïa. It always starts with dreams, anyway.
The name Globaïa is made out of two other words, "global" and "Gaïa".
Gaïa was the primordial mother goddess of the Living Earth (land) in ancient Greek cosmology. This name is itself made out of two words: [Ge], originating from Sumerian, for "Earth" and [Aia], derived from Indo-European, for "grandmother". It emphasizes on the meaningful and emotional relationship that we have to reinvent between the Earth and our societies.
Adding "global" provides its modern meaning, since that the Earth is a planet wandering in a gigantic galaxy was unknown to our ancestors.
The "O" is a blue marble, a reminder of the famous picture of our planet taken during the Apollo 17 mission, in December 1972. This first beautiful image of the Earth has influenced generations and corresponds to the awakening of the global environmental movement. Two lines illustrate the Equator and the Polar Circle, highlighting the fact that the Sun's energy is unevenly distributed on Earth, shaping its climate and biosphere.