The Golden Decade Meme — Davos, 2030 and our emerging Planetary Civilization

Lucian Tarnowski
6 min readJan 29, 2020

In the beginning was the Word… Our words can be swords or spells. By changing our language we can, in turn, change our beliefs and identity. It was with this in mind that many of us have been spreading the meme of The Golden Decade among 10 Golden Memes. This blog tells the story behind our goal to create a brighter narrative of our future. Last week was my 12th year in Davos. This year we amplified the meme bouncing experiment which ultimately made it into the New York Times on Sunday in an article titled The Revolution comes to Davos.

We’re at a civilizational crescendo. We are living through what will undoubtedly be the most important decade in the history of the planet. Our choices over this decade will shape the lives not only of our children but for countless generations to come. The question I ask myself daily is: how I can be of greatest service to the best possible future for humanity and the planet. And yet, like so many of us, I often feel part of the problem despite my earnest efforts to be a force for good in the world.

Our intention in calling this the Golden Decade is that it will become that. We can be the seeds to begin the process of collective manifestation of our desired future. The science behind this is called Hyperstition — when a group of people share a belief system they create feedback loops that accelerate towards that outcome. Another way of saying this is our reality is shaped heavily by our beliefs — both individually and collectively.

The Golden Decade celebrates this Golden Age where humanity can pass through this metamorphosis into a Planetary Civilization. I believe this is the only way we can transition from a win-lose system to a win-for-all system where we design our society to work for the common good — people and planet.

I am a student of the Hermetic Qabalah. The first of the seven Hermetic Principles is Mentalism. The Principle of Mentalism embodies the idea that “All is Mind.” Everything that happens has to be a result of a mental state which precedes it. For anything to exist, thoughts had to form first, which then form physical reality. We know our language directly shapes our thoughts and beliefs so by consciously choosing our language we are making it easier to plant positive seeds in our belief system.

For the last decade, I have been a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community. This…

Lucian Tarnowski

Founding Curator of United Planet and the UP Game: a time travelling immersive reality game to design a thriving civilisation in harmony with all life. WEF YGL