How to engage young people with communities such as AiREAS (air quality and health)?

The first questions to the Fontys “communication” students were “how does a community arise?” and “how do you keep a community alive?”. These questions were a warm-up for the essential question why we as AiREAS and study group had come together, namely “how can AiREAS involve young people in the challenge of health and air quality”. Five groups of three people, aged around 23, mixed male and female, sometimes only ladies due to the large amount of female presence in the group, set to work on the challenge. The initiative for this challenge had come from the students themselves, especially Hannah van den Hurk, who had participated in the recent AiREAS executive conference as youthful challenger of the management committee. After the introduction of Jean-Paul Close, people had about 90 minutes to come up with concrete proposals.

In those 90 minutes, the young people had to master the challenge of AiREAS because it was unknown territory for them? Then they should discuss together whether they could come up with a project for connection and communication? And finally prepare and deliver a presentation. Both the teacher and Jean-Paul Close did their rounds to assist the students with their questions or background information. They set to work with enthusiasm in an extremely relaxed and creative way. And the result may be there. Five applicable and executable project propositions were presented in a professional manner. It is unimaginable how free, open and creative these young people can be if they are given the space and incentives.
Naturally, these creative young people were challenged to implement their 4 x WIN ideas with the help of the AiREAS community. Without exception, they accepted the challenge.

Hats off to these beautiful, involved people. They give us hope and trust in the future!

Ecological intelligence

When author Daan Fousert asked high impact drawing artist Leonie Haas to have a look at his new publication about Ecological Intelligence, she summarized his work in this drawing. To my pleasant surprise it contained many elements that are also present in the ideology and functioning of Sustainocracy. That is why I asked for an English version of the drawing, to start up the international dialogue too. We acknowledge the thought that Daan shares on his profile:

Leadership implies to take responsibility for yourself, the ecology, our planet Earth for the long term and the generations that follow.

Here it is, the drawing. Feel free to comment about it in a reaction to this blog, or through our weekly zoom sessions on Tuesdays.

4 x Win Index

MDE Index or the Multidimensional Entrepreneurship Index

Modern enterprises, or institutions, no matter what their identity is (government, business or science), are becoming increasingly values driven. This means that they justify their existance by the contributions they represent in the societal ecosystem of sustainable human wellness.

This is a very different world than the one we leave behind. This was measured entirely by financial dependence and goals, referred to as 1 x Profit (1 x WIN) or the single bottom line profitability. This world would pass any human, social and ecological consequences of its functioning to society while focussing entirely on its own selfish financial excellence. This old way of working would differentiate business (1 x WIN) from governance (3 x COST) where governance would try to sustain itself through financial debts, taxes and regulations. 4 x WIN (the Pyramid Paradigm) brings the institutions together within the common purpose of values driven societal and ecological wellness for sustainable human progress.

The MDE 4 x WIN Index highlights those who produce genuine value

In the image below we see why we have such huge problems in the world and how we can solve them through the transition towards 4 x WIN (Sustainocracy).

The image also shows the mayor transition required for all involved to move from 1 x WIN/3 x LOSS to 4 x WIN. Those who do will take the benefits as the old 1 x WIN environment will gradually disappear. The transition to 4 x WIN by citizens and institutions is an awareness driven ecolution even though it is often sensed by those in the process as a revolution for themselves. They feel however reassured in the process when sensing the appreciation and engagement of the surroundings that undergoes the same evolutionary challenges.

The 4 x WIN Index is yet another stimulous to develop this environment and make it grow with more and more institutions making the move from 1 x WIN to 4 x WIN. Sustainocracy creates environments where institutions can develop themselves in this servant environment and enter a positive learning curve with many gratifying impulses. Examples of such 4 x WIN environments are:

  • AiREAS – health and environmental quality
  • FRE2SH – city farming and rural food resilience development
  • COS3i – social citizen’s inclusion in core human values driven processes
  • School of Talents & Wellness – participatory learning in 4 x WIN
  • Earthbeat – engagement of world wide youth through video sharing of 4 x WIN initiatives
  • your initiative?