Thrive! – Building a Thriving Future for All Forever
GARY (CHRIS) CHRISTOPHERSON has worked on national issues on health and human service strategy, policy, systems, models, performance, reform and management and on reducing vulnerability. Currently, he is independently developing strategy, management, policy and performance models and tools for creating, managing and sustaining large scale change and building a better and preferably thriving future. (www.ThrivingFuture.org www.ThriveEndeavor.org www.AllThriveForever.org) This draws from 30 years of experience in creating, managing, evaluating and sustaining large scale change at national and local levels in public and private sectors. He published 1)Thrive! - Building a Thriving Future, a manual for creating and sustaining change and building a better, thriving future and 2) the People’s Guide To A Thriving Future, in both “Quick Guide” and “Complete Guide” versions, to help you and your family and friends, community, country and world survive and thrive..
Over his career, he has served in many senior leadership, management and policymaking positions, including with organizations with multi-billion dollar budgets and thousands of employees. His experience includes: Senior Fellow, National Academy for Public Administration; Senior Advisor to Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director for the Quality Improvement Group, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, DHHS; Senior Advisor to Under Secretary, Veterans Health Administration, VA; Senior Fellow and Scholar-In-Residence, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; Chief Information Officer, Veterans Health Administration, VA; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs and Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretaries for Health and Reserve Affairs, Department of Defense; Associate Director, Presidential Personnel, Executive Office of the President, White House; Director of Health Legislation, House Select Committee on Aging, U.S. House of Representatives; and Deputy Director, Municipal Health Services Program (funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at John Hopkins Medical Institutions); and Special Projects Director, City of Milwaukee Health Department.
He is a sculptor of abstract art, focusing on mobile and stabile sculptures and having created over 150 sculptures. (www.GChris.com)
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and did doctoral work in health policy and management at the John Hopkins University School of Public Health.
Thrive! is a surviving and thriving future for all forever. It is building a thriving future for all forever. It is and requires a vast, sustained human endeavor building and sustaining a thriving and surviving future for all forever.
We are poised on razor’s edge. Amidst destruction cause by humans, we are engaged in struggle for future of humans, many other creatures, and Earth and universe. Sitting on a razor’s edge, we must and can save ourselves, many other creatures, and Earth and universe via building a thriving future for all forever.
“code red” alert for planet Earth and all its creatures (human and non-human). Great damage already. Already too late? Still a chance to change paths from early extinction to thriving future? Earth’s existential challenge. Earth’s existential choice. Early extinction or thriving future. “code red” issued by United Nations.
Message – We all must stop being selfish, shortsighted, and stupid if we want a surviving and thriving future for all. If we want to avoid early extinction for humans and other creatures and greater damage to Earth.
The current human path is to early extinction for humans and other creatures and greater damage to Earth. But the thriving path still exists, barely, to build a thriving future for all if and only if we act now.
We have a choice to make. Wise choice is a surviving and thriving future for all. Thrive! is a way to change our behavior and change our future to a much better surviving and thriving future. Thrive! is all of us together, a vast human endeavor, building a thriving future for all. See at www.GChris.com
Message – reverence for first people who first to come to a world and nurture all of that world. reverence for Earth and all its creatures.revered – “regarded with reverence : regarded as worthy of great honor and respect” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Sculpture abstracted from image of Sitting Bull, Leader of the Huηkpapa Lakota people, with his sacred pipe.
Message – To thrive or not to thrive. Our and Earth’s future hangs in the balance. But the balance, our current path, is tipping toward not thriving. Early extinction for humans and many other creatures. Great damage to Earth. We can and must change now to a thriving path to a thriving future. http://www.GChris.com
Facing a global threat, the world failed to join together against a virus that will destroy as much human life as we let it. That, in and by itself, is global failure. One that continues. The world’s countries behaved as countries, not a global community. The virus behaves as a global virus.
Much worse than this virus, total global failure is already well on its way to being here. Driven by selfishness and shortsightedness, countries are behaving as countries and not even doing that well. The likely result. Total global failure – early extinction of humans and many other creatures and great damage to Earth. Unless we change now.
Humans and many other creatures need oxygen (clean air) to survive and thrive. We must ensure breathable air for all. If not, we will soon be gasping for what little breathable air remains. It is up to all of us to change our future. Only then will we and many other creatures survive and hopefully thrive. [hopeful message with bright cloud]
Humans and many other creatures need oxygen (clean air) to survive and thrive. Unless we change our future, we will be gasping for air. And then there will be no breathable air. Then we and many other creatures will be no more. Early extinction by our actions and inactions. [warning message if “cloud”, it would have been dark]
Hope for a thriving future remains, though waning quickly. Our chance of avoiding an endangered future and achieving a thriving future grows smaller every day. Unique moment in history when our future is most endangered and we are the most able. www.GChris.com
Care for the Earth we have as it is a false promise that there can be another Earth. No other planet close enough. Only select few would make it even if there was one. Not enough time to create ship capable of moving mass numbers of people. But most importantly, the human species doesn’t deserve another Earth after destroying our Earth. Instead embrace, nurture and preserve our Earth we have. Thriving future, but only on our Earth. www.GChris.com
Existential threats to Earth and all its inhabitants are posed by creatures as diverse as humans and as viruses and bacteria. COVID-19 is just one of them. Each of these is a major but not insurmountable challenge to the future of Earth and all its inhabitants.
Our choice, the humans’ choice, is to cause an endangered future (our current path) or ensure a thriving future for all (much better path).
Message – as earth loses more and more of its vital oxygen, earth’s oxygen-breathing creatures slowly suffocate. the death of the oxygen-producing trees. one living tree remains as last hope or final reminder. the foreboding death rattle is first heard, becomes more pronounced and then is gone. silence. death. early extinction of oxygen-breathing creatures, including the human species.
Message – facing the challenge of referencing gender in humans and animals, terms “she” and “he” are becoming less useful. gender is becoming more difficult to apply for people we don’t know well and for animals without gender specific characteristics. we may just want to embrace the neutral term “it” and fully acknowledge the importance of being “it”.
Message: bully no more: no human(s) should habitually seek(s) to harm or intimidate who or what perceived as vulnerable. no more seek to harm, intimidate, or coerce who or what is perceived as vulnerable.
New – “the undeserving species” – Thrive! sculpture by GChris.
3′ x 3′ metal mobile
Message: humans, the undeserving species so selfish and shortsighted, deserve not Earth or any world. The undeserving species. The disappointing species. As a species, we humans have proven ourselves undeserving of Earth or any other world. The future portends our continuing to be undeserving until we extinct Earth and all its creatures. Unless we change and build and sustain a thriving future.
Message: Our future foretold and we forewarned. But we changed the future and all thrived forever. We cannot say that we would have changed if only we had known. Our future is foretold and we are forewarned. We will only have ourselves to blame if we do not change and do not build a surviving and thriving future for all. But then we finally understood and changed. Together we built a new future when we all thrive forever on Earth.
Thought: Narcissist. Selfish, short-sighted destroyer of the good. Of the future. Of a thriving future. Challenges all of us to prevent narcissists from destroying our and our children’s potential for a surviving and thriving future.
Thought: Human’s failure risk early extinction for humans, all other creatures and Earth. In Chris’ illustrated science fiction book – “Xtinct – Universal Justice for Earth, The Decider and Xtinct must apply universal justice to save Earth by deciding whether or not early human extinction.
Thought: Unless humans change their behavior immediately, humans’ failure risks early extinction for humans, all other creatures and Earth. Shepherd is a key character in Chris’ illustrated science fiction book – “Xtinct – Universal Justice for Earth,”
Thought: Since beginning of the universe, we have observed many worlds. Many have thrived throughout their existence. Many continue to thrive. Some fail to thrive. This is the story of one that failed. One that failed by its own actions. This is the story of the human species. This is the story of Earth. This is the failure to thrive. This is extinction.
Trump says he will build ‘impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful’ border. DHS to Solicit Proposals for ‘Wall Structures’ on Southern Border.
In response to President Trump’s call for a ‘impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful’ border, this proposal should be an appropriate response. Thrive! Sculpture submitted by GChris.
Thought: Challenges that we should be “thriving through life’s chaos” rather than giving in to it when it threatens and surrounds us. Within the steely chaos surrounding people’s lives, life can thrive. Moving through and out of chaos, life can achieve higher levels of being.
Sculpture: thriving through life’s chaos, 5′ x 5′, metal (stainless steel) mobile
Thought: Depicts that which brings together disparate thoughts into an integrated theory of reality. Challenges us to bring together our ideas and views into a unifying rather than divisive force for good.
Thought: Just as a child is impatient (are we there yet?) with travel, we must be impatient with getting to a better, thriving future. The sculpture’s face is like a child’s face impatient but happy about the prospect of a thriving future.
Sculpture: are we thriving yet, 3′ x 3′, metal mobile
Thought: As we move through life, our hopes often seem to hang in the balance as life’s events play out. Calls for us to take control of our lives and not let the imprudent actions of others dash our hopes.
Sculpture: our hopes hang in the balance, 6′ x 3′, metal mobile
Thought: As a categorical imperative, challenges and calls upon the world’s leaders as well as each of us to do all the good that must be done. [Quote from “black box” sci-fi novel written by Gary “Chris” Christopherson.] The full title is [do] all the good that must be done
Sculpture: all the good that must be done, 3′ x 5′, metal mobile
Thought: Challenges those who would depress, repress or oppress other people. Raises the moral question as to “why” people do this to other people. Calls for good people to join in stopping those who depress, repress or oppress others.
Thought: Through the mind’s eye, we see the forces attacking and the plight of the vulnerable but we also see the hope for and path to a less vulnerable world. Challenges us to create and bring about a vision of a far less vulnerable world.
Sculpture: vision of a less vulnerable world, 4′ x 3′, metal mobile
New Art Book – Thrive! Sculpture & Thought. Over 100 sculptures and thoughts in new art book available @ Amazon.com as paperback or Kindle book.
Thrive! Sculpture & Thought by GChris supports Thrive! and the Thrive! Endeavor to create and sustain large, positive and timely change and building a surviving and thriving future for all forever.
Acquire Thrive! Sculpture by GChris and 100% of Chris’ payment goes for Thrive! Scholarships at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Chris donates his sculpture. For sculpture acquisition costs, see list. To support scholarship and acquire sculpture, contact Chris at GChris@GChris.com or 301 318 3760.
Thrive! – All Thrive Forever
Throughout you will find thoughts and sculpture that challenge you to help build, achieve and sustain a thriving future for all forever.