New society, new claims, new perspectives

Sustainocracy was born ideologically in phases. First (in 1996 and 2005) out of frustration around the lack of humanitarian focus of the ruling system. Placing human wellness in terms of core natural human values at the kernel of societal development opened up a totally new way of thinking and handling. New claims were introduced for societal framing.

This claim cuts us loose from dependence of financial, political and material dominance, motivating us to work freely with our natural environment directly for our health, safety and basic needs.
This claim introduces our own responsability for our own sustainable wellness and progress

When we claim our natural freedom as human being we also need to accept the responsability that goes with it. No one will fullfill our needs but ourselves. No one can do this alone, hence we need to cocreate. With the current state of scientific and technological development we can become selfsufficient in abundance in even the most harsh environments. Sharing abundance among sustainocratic communities can overcome regional shortages. This also introduces a new way of dealing with our institutions…..

A new positioning of institutions including government makes such entities not financially focused but recognized expertise oriented.

So secondly Sustainocracy became a positive invitation to join. Institutions that develop authority in servant partnership with sustainocratic communities created a core values driven identity and related importance for the community in terms of available knowledge, technological innovation, etc. They become expert instruments in the hands of result driven projects…

Dominant are the core human values, not financial investors. Return on involvement is in terms of shared values and recognised expertise, not money. A totally new economy arises.

Money, talents, expertise, involvement, commitment, etc are means that are gathered on common project tables. Noone has more authority than others as the development of the core human values is leading. Equality and trust reigns. Result driven multidisciplinary action unites all into permanent values driven innovation.

The metamorphose from our global capitalist reality, that provided us with great instruments once placed in the sustainocratic context, demands a great leadership effort at all levels of society. The reward is a new balanced relationship with ourselves, our institutions and our planetary resources, as well as sustainable human resilience and wellness for all.

In the third phase Sustainocracy became a genuin practical choice, not just an ideology. To go for Sustainocracy we need no permision from anyone. It is a simple choice, as was demonstrated since 2009 with the efforts of the STIR Foundation in the Netherlands. After formulating the option the population and institutions were invited to join. When they did they started their own metamorphose and eventually consolidate the Sustainocratic communities that arise through the authority each brings into the process.

In 2015 the Sustainocratic way of working received public recognition after receiving a European Award and the analytical review in a paper. Now it is subject to PhD research in all fields, mentioned in scientific papers and published in general review papers. Sustainocracy is a new reality that grows in acceptance as an evolutionary step in the evolution of human societal participation structures for sustainable human resilience, progress and wellness.

AiREAS participation Southeast Brabant

Placemap of participation

Three research areas for health and air (environmental) quality (see dotes lines):

  • Urban impact
  • Rural intensive cattle holding
  • Airport impact

Corona exposes, part 4 (real change)

In the series “Corona exposes” we went already through three phases.

The main path was to become aware of our blind or forced acceptance of a reality that does not suit our own human sustainable survival as a species. The imposed reality is managed by human powers that try to remain in control because of their own dependence of such reality which may go against the survival of the species. They even legalize their actions according to their own access to law making, instead of adhering to the laws of nature imposed on us now by a simple virus. The opening up of our minds to the existance of more than one reality, one more vulnerable or resilient than others, shows us the need for change, real change.

This last phase, part 4, exposes this new reality, the one in which our human resilience as a species is leading. Anything else is potentially illegal and immoral once we accept this new reality and the genuin changes it implies. Can we do this peacefully? Yes we can, as shown in the article of part 3. Our new awareness comes on top of our old perception. A new context takes over, the rest remains and transforms gradually.

Genuin change

If we accept that genuin change in society is needed, a change that really matters, than “change” must provide a real difference, not just some window dressing, costly remedies or endless discussions. If we do not do it ourselves eventually nature will. The coronavirus is then just a beginning. Such change is not easy unless we treat it as an evolution (just like nature works), not a confrontational revolution (like we seem to do now)…

Within STIR we started to be different by redefining the framework in which we shape society (or community). Based on the societal framework we develop our dialogue and choices. The current frame is “politically economically” driven. The one STIR developed is based on our focus on our resilience as a natural species, not as a money or power driven economy. We defined our framework as “focus on human and natural resilience using 5 predefined core values“.

Reasoning from this new frame does not change the societal structure of before. It remains the same. It just changes our dialogue and corresponding choices, transforming gradually everything we do. You can try it, as your human self, in family context or in your professional function. We even do roleplays to experience the difference.

By changing our frame from money dependence to participation in the creation of and sustaining our core natural values we change also our relationship with money. Money is not a goal anymore. It is just one of the many means we have to our disposal to reach our real goals. Money does not even have to remain in the format of the manipulated euro. It can also be set up in a totally different way, for instance as a “thank you for participating” system instead of “debt and dependence”. Our core values become our goals and the results are shared among all involved. This a suddenly a totally new way of dealing for instance with our food supply, or housing, or healthy air.

Also our relationships among eachother and our institutions changes. Islands of interests cease to exist. They are not relevant anymore. Clusters of people and institutions appear around concrete challenges. Everyone contributes in their own authentic way, according each own ability as a person or institution. Like this our institutions, such as government, business enterprises, knowledge centers and schools, instruments to help us succeed. They are shaped and connected by people that all provided input and support. For us and by us all.

We learn to concentrate on our local productivity and needs. The local clustered communities can form a larger regional cluster for exchange of experience or providing for each others shortages. Like this a global structure can appear of shared values, all based on just 5 natural core values and our symbiotic relation with our natural environment.

The many issues we now know from our old realtity will disappear. Think of inequality, poverty, pollution. loneliness, power abuse, etc. Some issues that we now try to fight through justice are than organized based on trust. Other matter that is no dominant will then become unconstitutional and even illegal. We will learn to see the steps as an evolutionary breakthrough in our history, a total trun around in our human existance.

This “different” is not a utopia, no ideological illusion. It exists already. As City of Tomorrow in Eindhoven (STIR Foundation) we have various working examples of such clusters, such as AiREAS, FRE2SH, COS3i and the School of Talent and Wellness.

In fact, this sustainocratic reality already exists for billions of years. We have as a species gone a long way as we, at some point, learned to think and reflect. We hence, apart from our problem solving capacity, needed to overcome our fear for the unknown.

This last step closes our evolutionary circle. We conquer our fears by building up trust among eachother and the accumulated knowledge by applying this together without damaging our natural habitat. Instead we work together with our environment. For most people (and institutions) however it is difficult to let go of the old format. In the City of Tomorrow this is easy, as many have experienced to date. Both frameworks can coincide, as long as the new one (our sustainable progress as a species through sharing this responsability together) is accepted as leading.