Three research areas for health and air (environmental) quality (see dotes lines):
- Urban impact
- Rural intensive cattle holding
- Airport impact
In the series “Corona exposes” we went already through three phases.
- Phase 1: The democratic political hierarchy exposed
- Phase 2: The useless, destructive productivity
- Phase 3: Reality is always more than what we are aware of
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.
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.