A message from David Sloan Wilson
In my new book This View of Life: Completing the Darwinian Revolution, I make the distinction between evolutionary theory and an evolutionary worldview. A theory tells you what is, while a worldview tells you how to act. We need an evolutionary worldview to inform our actions at all scales, from our personal choices, to the small groups that we form to work together, to worldwide governance and stewardship of the earth.
If you are inspired by the message of my book and wish to put your interest into action, then consider joining the TVOL1000, a support group for the Evolution Institute’s online magazine This View of Life (TVOL) and a way to become personally engaged in projects that interest you most and make the best use of your talents.
TVOL, the magazine, is like a continuously evolving version of TVOL, the book. In fact, articles that I wrote while writing the book provide more depth, such as my interview with Richard Lenski on his E. coli experiment, the idea that modern evolutionists are like Darwin with superhuman powers of observation, and a whole special issue on Social Darwinism. All of this is free, without advertising, with new content appearing weekly.
The best financial model for supporting an endeavor such as this is a large number of small donors, which provides maximum editorial freedom and integrity. Hence, TVOL1000 members donate within their means. Our hope is for an average donation of $10/month and we prefer monthly to yearly donations, although we happily accept both in any amount.
For personal engagement, TVOL1000 members receive their own monthly newsletter and are welcome to email me at tvol1000 [at] evolution-institute.org. If I am unable to reply personally, then one of my very capable associates will help you develop your interests. If you have skills relevant to online publishing then you can join our editorial team, at first on a volunteer basis and possibly for wages as our support grows. If you are passionate about a given topic, such as business, the environment, health, or education, then you can join or help to form an action group similar to our Business Action Group. Finally, you can help the groups in your life acquire “what all groups need” with the help of the Evolution Institute’s Prosocial project.
In short, the TVOL1000 is itself an evolving entity, capable of moving in any direction motivated by the interest of its members! We chose the name TVOL1000 because one thousand people donating an average of $10/month would provide a fine base of support for the magazine and associated action projects. But what if our numbers grew to 10,000 or 100,000? Then we would be even more on our way toward “a massive reset in our understanding of humanity, which must take place at a timescale of years, not decades” as I put it on p 13 of my book.