Archive | March, 2015

A Revolution for Everyone – either you are happy and want to help or are unhappy and want change

3 Mar

When I say a revolution that suits everyone, I mean one that doesn’t involve killing as had been done in the past. Today’s rich people are just like you or me. They want happiness. And money is the least of their worries.

The money does help them stay afloat in a barbaric world. It does serve a function for those few. Put yourself in their shoes and think about how safe you might feel if you know you don’t have to spend all day convincing people of things in order to get your way. You just show them the money.

Now, if you think powerful business people are a threat to sustainable development, think again. Everyone would be happy in a world where they don’t have to produce piles and piles of crap for people to consume. The demand for crap, regardless of who created it, exists and will be exploited by the markets.

Right now I’m talking about the rich because revolutions have always involved bringing them down. This revolution, however, is simply about bringing them down to earth. But this requires us bringing ourselves down to earth. I’m not talking about a 1960’s hippy revolution. I’m talking about a well informed economic transition to a circular one, of empowerment and solidarity.

You might say people don’t want that. But that is a black and white and, frankly, misleading answer. People all grow up learning that people are the problem to the world’s problems. Most of us would rather not distract ourselves with these thoughts and simply get on with our own lives. If we were all a part of something that brought more meaning to our lives, we would all go for it. It is in fact in our nature to feel the excitement of actually having some awareness and control over how we manage the world, and the love and sharing that we can realise is better than doing it our way.

It’s just that a lot of people don’t realise this. We substitute our needs of empowerment and solidarity with materialism, and we justify it by maintaining¬†individual relationships. However, I argue that although quite strong, our relationships with others are not entirely pure. That is because we are not inspiring each other enough to be better. Yes, we all help each other to be better as people towards each other and to be better at the things we do. But aren’t motivating each other to be better at the things we don’t do. And that is hard, because we threaten stepping over emotional barriers that are unfamiliar to us. It is difficult to be strong for each other when it is help we all need. Society must recognise this mutual dependence or interdependence.

When we not only are doing well in our personal interests, careers and abilities to treat each other well, we must also realise that being better means that you are a part of a global family,¬†aiming to gain shared control of the world’s resources through acts of learning and loving.

How do we get there?

Now, if I have been somewhat convincing of why we need a shared revolution, how do we get there? Transition!

we need to:

– recognise our interdependence

– envision the smaller and larger goals towards transition

– then we can envision collective strategies

Goals

Big

– Eco-valley (like silicon valley)

– self sufficient communities

– open democracy

– fulfilling work opportunities for everyone

Small

Рfacilitating the necessary support for communities and other groups to transform

If you work for something sustainable, you are are creating collective value. If you are working for money, you are making individual value. Either you choose the latter for status because you don’t understand that it’s better to feel equal, or you don’t understand that choosing the former creates real economic value. So whichever category you fit in, I have to convince you that there is a more natural way (i.e. the former) by showing you real examples that are easy to understand, learn from and adopt. This requires finding and developing real examples, and compiling them into an archive of information. What platform already exists, that is open and effective? Should we build a new one or develope an existing one? Let’s choose one together so that we can begin to market it at all events and through all organisations. It has to be bottom-up governed. But a trustworthy team, elected by members, can over see it (how are such online elections investigated to ensure no corruption?).

Real examples

– we need to compile and create them

– `what kinds exist?

– how can we improve them?