The Humane Future Manifesto

A hot spring is a place where the life-sustaining chemistry of nature is concentrated and gives generously enough to yield new variety, new color and the hot interplay of competing approaches to living and thriving. The Hot Spring Network seeks to be that kind of place, where people committed to a more generous, humane and imaginative future gather to help make it real.

Human beings do not have to be rapacious, faction-focused scavengers, fighting to take what little is available to those around them, serving a logic of fear and exclusion. The world’s great religions all recognize this, and yet history shows us that narrowness of focus, dehumanization of the other, greed and failure of imagination, routinely conspire to make individuals, institutions, even whole societies, impediments to imaginative problem solving and mutual thriving.

Most people have no genuine desire to be anything so negative toward the rest of humanity, yet the momentum of history pushes people to fight over that all-important “spoonful” everyone is chasing.

What makes the difference is whether we have real faith that better is possible.

The HotSpring Network is an act of faith in support of the idea that we are built to overcome greed, collapse and scarcity. Our project is a commitment to building a more vibrant, more humane, more sustainable, more democratic and just future for all people, in harmony with the Earth’s natural life-support systems.

We can achieve this through science, technology, art, culture, innovation and public policy. We have a moral obligation to do so.

If you support this vision:

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Signatories & supporters

Joseph Robertson
Founder, The Hot Spring Network
NYC – August 4, 2012
Cynthia Paniagua
Dancer, Choreographer, Activist
Queens, NY
August 4, 2012
Ellie Whitney
Retired biologist
Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer
East Windsor, NJ – Aug. 4, 2012
Bill Barron
Candidate for US Senate
Salt Lake City, UT
August 4, 2012
Mark Reynolds
Executive Director
Citizens Climate Lobby
San Diego, CA – Aug. 4, 2012
Steven Brower
Artist, Catalyst for Change
Brower Propulsion Labs
Brooklyn, NY – Aug. 4, 2012
Christine Penner Polle
Mother / blogger / educator / RN / Climate activist / fossil fuel abolitionist
August 6, 2012
Peg Mitchell
Retired IT Executive
Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer
San Diego, CA – Aug. 6, 2012
Catherine Hobbs
Citizens Climate Lobby volunteer
August 6, 2012
Maeve McKenna Duska
Concerned mother
Citizen of the Earth
August 6, 2012
Marshall Saunders
President, Citizens Climate Lobby
Coronado, CA
August 7, 2012
Róger Santiváñez
Peruvian poet
New Jersey
August 7, 2012
Monique Curry
Philadelphia, PA
August 9, 2012
Peter Handler
Artist, Furniture-maker
Philadelphia, PA
August 10, 2012
Davia Rivka
Life/work coach, author, speaker
Los Angeles, CA
August 10, 2012
Karyn Hollis
Villanova University
August 11, 2012
Rob Zazzali
TV Producer
Los Angeles, CA
August 14, 2012
Chara Armon
Scholar of religion & ecology, mother, permaculturist, organic gardener, advocate of The Great Work
Phila. metro area – Aug. 28, 2012
Joe Lucia
University Librarian
Villanova University
August 31, 2012
Cathy Orlando
Canadian Project Manager for CCL
Mother of three girls, sister, daughter; engaged citizen - Sept. 11, 2012
Dick Smith
Public servant, jurist
Madison, WI
September 19, 2012
Ann Van Hise
Concerned mother, caregiver, environmental activist
New Jersey – April 12, 2013

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  1. [...] Saturday, August 4, 2012, the Hot Spring Network launched The Humane Future Manifesto (copied below), an effort to unite people who believe in the human capacity for imaginative [...]

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