There is a desire, a longing, in each of us for a world that works.

There is a yearning for the recurring problems of the planet like war, hunger, disease, hatred, senseless suffering, poverty and environmental degradation, not to merely get better, but to once and for all…end.

We feel we want to do something, deep in our hearts, deep in our souls, which will actually take our planet to its next evolutionary level.

We know we have it within ourselves to tackle problems like these. We’ve ended smallpox.  We’ve ended leprosy.

We know the human spirit is capable of knocking down the Berlin Wall, inventing nanotechnology and, bringing a peaceful transition to full democracy in South Africa.  We’ve created 3-D printing, we do full heart transplants, we’ve seen what Pluto looks like up close.

At the heart of it, I believe what we want is a new context, a new story for the third millennium ­– one that inspires us all, one that enlivens humanity.

The story we’ve been living so far is based on being separate and having others be different than us.  It has to do with suffering, with fear and judgment, with thinking that we are not able to make a true, profound, deep and lasting difference so that we begin having the kind of world we want.

But at this point in our collective evolution, this deeper desire for a new context for our planet is emerging. Why now?  Because we have for the first time in our history a sense of the whole of humanity.  This started with the famous photo of the “earthrise” from space, of the earth rising over the moon. This was the first time we saw our entire home planet as one. We were both physically out there in space looking back, and at the same time, we had the technology that allowed that picture to be beamed back to the entire world. The collective global, planetary consciousness had truly arrived.

Several years ago Oscar Motomura, the President of Amana-Key, a management training and development company in Sao Paulo, Brazil said, “With global air travel, the internet and instantaneous global communications, the concept of Humanity is now tangible.” Shortly after that, Rob Lehman, then president of The Fetzer Institute, began asking the question, “What is the common work of Humanity?”

I’d like to offer an answer.

Our common work is the co-creation of Heaven on Earth. I believe that as we enter this third millennium our job is the conscious creation of Humanity’s New Story, namely, Heaven on Earth.

I believe it’s time for us to create a new model of existence, a new collective purpose for ourselves.
 Ultimately, as my friend Richard Porter says, “It’s because Heaven on Earth is our destiny.”


EXPLORE possible avenues through which you can participate in helping experience and co-create Heaven on Earth. They’re suggestions to get your creativity flowing. They’re entryways, action-service portals.



My name is Martin Rutte. I’m a co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work and founder of Project Heaven on Earth. In the video below you’ll discover how the idea of Heaven on Earth came to me. Then I’ll reveal the three essential questions you can ask yourself to help you discover what Heaven on Earth is for you and how to begin taking the small, easy steps to making that real. The three questions will re-ignite your connection to how you can change your life and the world for the better. Please watch the video and if you’d like to go deeper join our free e-mail course One Week to Simply Begin Creating Heaven on Earth. You’ll get a different lesson every day for 7 days. You’ll discover the different Gateways into Heaven on Earth and see which one is right for you. You’ll find out how to dissolve the traditional roadblocks that sometimes emerge when people think of creating Heaven on Earth. And, finally, you’ll see the unique contribution that only you can make toward establishing Heaven on Earth.

Martin Rutte, Founder of Project Heaven on Earth, reveals the 3 Heaven on Earth Questions that will change the world.

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