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Inspiration 6: Sustainocratic tables

An sustainocratic table ready to determine regional priorities together

#Sustainocracy, our new #democracy, introduced a totally new way of thinking and handling. It is a real time democracy based on our core human values. We do that with the Sustainocratic table. No banks, no politics are involved, just our regional core human values and shared responsibility.

The table is managed by an independent #Sustainocrat. He or she invites all relevant parties to the table and makes sure that the human natural core values lead the result and project driven dialogue. I have been practicing this role for 10 years now. It was not easy to get everyone to the table but I managed to get it going after much trial and error….

The table symbolizes our  regional society, our #community. The table has four supportive legs, each representing a key participant of our society today:

#citizens – our behavior and culture
#government – common infrastructures and use of our public funds
#entrepreneurs – innovative solutions
#science and #eduction – our applied learning process

On top of the table are our core natural human values as shared #responsability. The sustainocrat at the table connects all four leg’s representatives based on #equality around the table. Each have equal part in the values driven process. Nobody is “the boss”, also not the Sustainocrat. They come together to safeguard the common core values through proactive, results driven innovative projects.

Current existing examples of such tables, with me as connecting Sustainocrat:

#AiREAS: air quality, health and mobility
#School of Talent and Wellness: participatory learning
#FRE2SH: regional food security
#COS3i: social inclusion and citizens participation in our core human values

Example of a table in real life dealing with local air quality and health AiREAS
AiREAS in practice, signing the regional cooperation covering 21 municipalities

#qualityoflife #stirfoundation #STIR #StadvanMorgen  Instagram: @aireas2 @cos3i

2018 is the year of diverging realities

These two short examples are illustrative before we go to 2018 and the diverging/converging realities.

How would a monkey tell a fish what it is like to climb a tree? For the monkey it is difficult to explain. For the fish problematic to understand. They both live in different worlds. The fish and monkey excel in their own living environment, context and behavior yet can hardly imaging each other’s world because it does not belong to their daily reality. They would even deny each other’s existance.

Then there is the inspirating story of the flatlanders. These are imaginary beings that live in a two dimensional world. In their world there is no up or down, just forward and backward, left and right. How do you explain these flatlanders about the existance of the third dimension in which we can deal with depth and height too? That within these 3D we can find endless amounts of 2D worlds that run parallel and even could cross each other? And that these worlds have no idea about each other’s existance. Each of these flatlanders would also be capable of denying the existance of the other ones.

When we talk about Sustainocracy as societal alternative we also find such perceptions at human level. Sustainocracy is a different reality than what we have been used to for generations and were educated into. Just watch these 10 minutes of James Wildman showing us how we fool ourselves:

Sustainocracy is also a new dimension that has been added to our society. That is new and difficult to understand. It does not require much explanation for those who have made the step already. For those who encounter the ideology and practical reality for the first time, they tend to stay in their old patterns of reasoning. They mirror Sustainocracy against their own known and accustomed way of living. That does not work. Just like a fish will never climb a tree if it keeps swimming in the water.

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On the other hand why would an ape want to convince a fish? Or should the 2D world want to understand the 3D reality? That indeed is not at all necessary. Unless one can get clear benefits from the cross over. That is one of the reasons why new realities such as Sustainocracy came about. The current (old) human reality is destroying our habitat, including our relationships among each other and our environment. The consciousness that develops involves “it needs to be done differently”. This is already a step into the direction of a new dimension of connectedness and behavioral adjustment.

The advantage of any human being is our capacity to evolve in awareness (understanding new things) in which new dimensions become visible and challenge our behavior and lifestyle. In essence we can evolve from swimming into climbing trees and learn to manage both. We are also capable of reasoning in 2 and 3 dimensions while opening up our personal and collective evolution towards 4 and 5D consciousness. The human being has unprecedented evolutionary possibilies even during a single lifetime. This also means that certain people advance in this sooner or deeper than others.

That is how the situation arises in which different realities start to appear, diverge and mingle, colliding or strengthing each other. That does not only go for the individual but also for institutions, governance and business enterprises. In 2018 new dimensions and realities manifest themselves structurally (not ad hoc anymore) as optional next to the old one.

In Sustainocracy we position “the human being” and our core natural values at the kernel of our thinking and dealing with reality. It is all about the wellness we create together, our continuity and evolution as a species. Then suddenly different rules count than the current political and economically geared situation that made us dependent of a costly hierarchical structure. For many only this single reality exists because of their dependence on it. “It is as it is”, people state with apathy. With this attitude they reason about everything as soccer player that wants to play basketball by using only soccer rules. That cannot be done of course. It is not as it is, it is the way we interpret our reality and act accordingly. Big challenges such as pollution, deforestation, destruction of life on Earth, inequality, climate change, illnesses, etc get us to think differently. To that understanding belongs new models and behavioral patterns.

2018 stands for new societal structures that at first function next to eachother with engagement of three groups of people and institutions:

  • Those that hold on to the political economic reality and their own fragmented role in it,
  • Those that structurally engage with level 4 participation (like Sustainocracy), reasoning and dealing from a holistic approach and symbiosis,
  • Those that get stuck between the two realities.

This situation we will also encounter during the city council elections in 2018 in which core human values and cocreation have penetrated the political agenda too. An example is the Brabant Health Deal.

More and more citizens group together to take responsibility for their environment and quality of life, looking for partnerships in equality and purpose with the local policy makers. Also the political economic hierarchy has no other choice than to engage in order to avoid liabilities that can be connected to the old governance model. The new reality hence gains momentum.

Still there will be regions in which so called Trump effects can occur due to the conservative capitalists that see their position weaken. The effects are being analyzed by Otto Scharmer (Theory-U) in his recent blog. He sees it all as a prelude needed for the awareness boost that precedes change.

Anyhow, and concluding, the new realities manifest themselves, show what they are about and win engagement through self aware citizens, governors, innovative entrepreneurs and institutions. This gives both tensions and positive flows. But in 2018 for the first time they will stand side by side and fight their differences in an evolutionary battle for our sustainable future. Nature itself will add to it too assuring that it will be another challenging year full of threats and opportunities. How we deal with this duality will determine our own flow.

I myself made my choice already over 20 years ago as a person. In 2009 STIR Foundation was created to host the engagement of people and institutions that wanted to shape the core human values through innovation. And since 2012 it has its own name, framework and common denomination under Sustainocracy, which expresses itself through level 4 movements such as AiREAS, FRE2SH, COS3I and School of Talents in Eindhoven, Brabant, Netherlands, Europe and the entire world. In view of this evolution 2018 will be for me individually and collectively at the side of Sustainocracy, a wonderful year.

FRE2SH food resilience demonstrated

During DDW2017 (Dutch Design Week 2017) in Eindhoven we had the opportunity to open the doors of our food resilience initiative, referred to as the FRE2SH cooperative (Food, Recreation, Energy, Education, Sustainocracy, Health).

Over 4500 visitors came to see the FRE2SH ecosystem in which various businesses connect to share food responsibilities in town. Such partners are forming a community relationship between city food production, consumption and food processing activities.

Currently FRE2SH provides different types of herbs, lettuce, flowers, mealworms, oyster mushrooms, water Kefir, trout…

Some of these products are processed into salades, soups, brownies, hamburgers, etc.

There is a zero waste policy in which solutions are designed to reuse all nutrients in the chain. Also residues like plastic, coffee, etc are reused. Transportation is done on foot or by bicycle to avoid air pollution.

FRE2SH food securities during DDW2017

The STIR sustainocratic cooperative in Eindhoven for Food Securities in city populations, FRE2SH, is uniquely exposing itself through presentations, workshops and food trials during the entire Dutch Design Week 2017 (October 21st till 29th). We show our wurm and mushroom productions, aquaponics, the FRE2SH phylosophy and partnerships with permaculture in and around town. Also our restaurant and neighboorhood food engagement programs are being presented as well as food innovations and our intentions for the future.

Come and see us, participate and engage:

Veemgebouw – Strijp-S – Eindhoven – 5th floor

Social inclusion

When our AiREAS POP research revealed that our exposure to air pollution was related for 50% to our selves, lifestyle became important also for us citizens. The other 50% was due to the political economic structures that feed our lifestyle. So when we address our lifestyle we address pollution, undesired illnesses, expansion of health care costs, wellness in general and even politics. This is a mayor revelation. We used to pinpoint to governance, now we can pinpoint to ourselves. In fact, our reality is what we percieve and make of it. Perception and make ability of change is an interesting concept worth exploring. Making visible the invisible is an aspect of AiREAS that goes beyond simple measurement of air pollution. We try to visualize the effects of behavioral change on our health and quality of life.

Cos3i

That’s how we arrived at creating COS3I. The S and 3 make a heart shape which refers to the passion of wellness driven cocreation. The COS3I word stands for Cooperative in Social Inclusion, Integration and Innovation, hence the 3i.

But social inclusion in what? In our STIR case we decided to invite people into our core human values as defined in Sustainocracy. Rather than moralizing about air pollution and our own responsibility we wanted to get social inclusion into care for health and our opportunities. This represents a total turn around for people’s thinking, transforming from structural dependence to self leadership, through awareness and engagement.

But people do not relate to stuff they do not see. A new dimension is therefor added to our human interaction. It is one of the positive enquiry, the positive invitation. the engagement to genuin values. When we started doing this all kinds of circles of common interests started to appear. Each could be related itself to social inclusion but also used to engage other citizens.

COS3I circles

Each of these circles has very passionate people that wish to share their passion with others. We create neighborhood festivals in which we announce workshops and let people experience the circle’s energy with the invitation to engage. Despite the difference in focus the final effect of all circles together is a vibrant neighborhood and powerful wellness driven awareness and mentality. In the end the air quality improves through the social interaction, purpose driven social innovation and positive inclusion.

The four entrepreneurial questions we ask ourselves when we set up a 21st century initiative

The 21st century is unique in our history of entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurial mission has transformed. Within the core human values driven democracy, referred to as Sustainocracy, we create innovative value continuously, together with a large diversity of partners. These innovations did not exist before because they address issues that have reached our awareness and need for change to produce sustainable human and societal progress. Once available they become of economic and political interest due to the trade-ability and transformative characterstics of each innovation in multiple formats and with many trade supporters. We have called this way of working the 4 x Value discipline since we ask ourselves four basic, values driven questions:

First: What does our entrepreneurship contribute to the wellness of the human being?
This is a difficult and transformative question. In our current care driven economies we try to make people dependent on services, social securities and technologies out of political or economic interests. Entrepreneurship is hence an economic instrument, not humanitarian even if we try to convince ourselves it is. As a consequence people become less alert, lazy, subordinate, disengaged and non-productive. We tend to take away their self reflection, creativity and wit to favor our own financial wellness. This is not the 21st century entrepreneurship.

Our entrepreneurship is not a money driven occupation, it is core human values driven, creative and meaningful.  Collective self-sufficiency is a core human value in Sustainocracy in which people do meaningful things in and for the community that fullfill basic and general needs. So our entrepreneurship should help people be able to take responsibility for their own quality of life rather than taking it away from them. We then see their health, their engagement and productivity increase which is good for them, society and the economy. Our entrepreneurship is hence focused on helping people create their own wellness.

Second: How do we contribute to society?
Also this is a difficult one to answer. Who are we trying to please? In our current society the public dominance is mastered by political and economic interests. Our Sustainocratic foundation however is focused on our human values. This represents a different kind of accountability for both the citizens, governance and entrepreneurship. When the 5 core human values are respected than the society itself will be resilient to all kinds of issues. We therefor need to enhance society from a core values point of view, not political or economic. Then we see that politics and economics show interest and start relating to the sustainocratic values to sustain themselves and their initiatives. Which is good. So by being creative in the field of core human values we also gradually transform the political and economic discourse. We contribute to social cohesion, public engagement and political and economic management of wellness. In fact we created a leadership movement of change within a managed culture of political economic conservatism.

Third: How does our natural environment benefit?
Our current lifestyle and political economic steering produce pollution, destruction of our natural habitat and the restroing capabilities of our environment. In fact we are a parasite of our host, planet Earth. Our entrepreneurship is hence focused on turning this around to become a symbiotic partner of the environment of which we are part and of which we depend. How do we deal with innovation to take away, avoid and eliminate our polluting activities? How do we use natural resources in a cyclic way? What can we learn from our living environment that presents solutions which took over 4 billion years to evolve and often show must better results than whatever our human wit can come up with. Whatever we do in our entrepreneurial spirit it should not damage but heal and interact with our natural reality.

Fourth: How do we generate enough money as means for our continuity?
Within our entrepreneurial processes we distinguish two clear patterns. The first one is the creative part of thinking of meaningful innovations that make a difference within our Sustainocratic mission. Since we create something that cannot be bought, simply because it does not exist yet, we can only invest in our venture. As we use our 4xValue method to guide us we enter the path of other entrepreneurial members of society who have no business interests but do have societal or environmental challenges (government) or intellectual interest (universities) to deal with. Business partners are interested in participating to see if they can lay hands of the innovations to include them in their commercial activities as soon as they become visible and tangible. In this phase these partners invest money and their own talented contribution to effectively design our innovations. Money is a means here.

As soon as the innovations come to existence they have a number of properties that can be fragmented again among the participating partners: new products, services, policy modifications, new knowledge and experiences, educational values, etc. All these can be incorporated in economic patterns of social cost savings as well as business development. Each enlargement of the use of the innovations contributes to both the economic growth as well as the overall global change for resilience. Money is again a means to provide continuity through new investment patterns or the creation of an innovation fund (royalties or donations) for continuity of both the 4xValue processes as the continuous delivery of meanful entrepreneurship. Our innovative drive is therefore the main attractive force for the diversity of partners to participate with investment of resources and financial means.

4xValue as mirroring tool
We have now noticed that employees, stakeholders and investors start using the 4xValue criteria to see if the company they work for (or with) is producing integral value. If not than people ask themselves if they want to work there or invest in it? Salary or divident is often not enough anymore and people want to get reassurance of their own meaningful contribution to society and the multiple positive reciprocity of their engagement.

Healing people and society through Sustainocracy

The City of Tomorrow initiative in Eindhoven (Netherlands) has reached a point in which social inclusion, integration and innovation is addressed, referred to as COS3I. This engagement attempt to involve large amounts of socially and economically isolated citizens into the core human values development of our new society has reached a surprising point of attention: the human field of emotions.

It has been scientifically proven that emotions don’t only change our points of view. They also change the physical nature of our own surroundings, including even our own DNA. Positive energy has therefore a very powerful effect on people, it brings about the best in them, makes them productive, interactive with each other and emotionally capable of healing negative attitude and even health issues. Furthermore the positive drive gives positiveness back in the format of abundance.

When we started to address these issues we needed to learn how to deal with the diversity of emotions related to our own and the current meanstream attitude (often very selfish, narrow minded, individualistic with apathy and lack of motivation), the potential of changing mentalities and dealing with hurtful experiences in people’s lifes. The latter could be the possible cause of their isolation in the first place. This became significant because in our own case such emotional issues had been our own motivation to actually start our initiatives. Sustainocracy for instance is the consequence of my own traumatic experiences both in marriage, changing country with the related culture shocks and dealing with money driven governance. Having solved my issues with governance and culture through the positive introduction of Sustainocratic processes the remaining issue in me was how to deal with my broken marriages and my disturbed relationship with women.

Casually COS3I was set up by me and a nice looking woman. The personal interaction opened up the box of Pandora in me. The struggle got me out of my rational routines and artificial comfort zone, within the rollercoaster of emotions. Fear, love, care, interests, greed, etc came by and my system needed to react to come to terms with myself. My personal chaos was enough to upset me for weeks. I communicated my experiences extensively through blogs and Facebook. To my surprise I received hundreds of messages back of people who were going through a similar process of letting go old scars and healing themselves from old or new pains. They were pleased that I raised the issue openly and transparently. Many were people I worked with on a regular basis and I had no idea. We live in a culture in which emotions are dealt with in private with terrible consequences. This was going to change. I was determined as this group process was helping me heal faster than anything else. My female COS3I partner disconnected from me but kept in touch with COS3I by feeding me with some contacts.

Another very attractive woman, younger still and very good looking, suddenly connected with me and a proved to be a gift from heaven. She became the ultimate councillor, replacing the first seemlessly with the difference that with her I could relate with better control over all the disturbing emotions.

She is gifted with very powerful spirituality, connecting to the universal energy of healing. It was a very special experience to deal with her and settle my inner confusion about the material world in relation to women (connecting through real meaning or just from frustrated sexuality and romance point of view?). With this very vibrant, open and pure personality it was not more than ethical for me to focus on my meaningful relationship with her. With the first partner I could address COS3I locally in a powerful way (if she decided to join me again) but this special woman could set the pace for a global movement connecting complex spiritual meaning and organizational action. I became illuminated by both:

  • my own weakness, old damages and necessary healing patterns to establish a situation of equality between the masculine and feminine energy streams for effective and powerfull positive energy multiplication between the two.
  • the true meaning of female universal regeneration energy, with the healing powers in relation to Sustainocracy as a societal cocreation model. Both complement eachother but are not the same. The feminine stream feeds the masculine one of Sustainocracy with endless universal meaning.

New participants were primarily women trying to connect with me to see if we could meet up and talk. Open transparent dialoog was very helpful for me and these people. At the same time the scope of our initiative grew despite the differences I had with my fellow initiator of COS3I. This showed that the energies are not necessarily personalized but channeled through multiple persons. This does not exclude one or the other but leaves room for people to heal themselves in their own processes and engage when they are ready. New projects appeared from people who connected their talents after connecting their emotions first. Amazing!

To be and do

The awareness breakthrough is a real, memorable point in a person’s life

My own model for the human complexity (above) shows two lines of interaction for sustainable human progress: the moral/ethical line of “to be”, a highly femine line for change, awareness, renewal. And the active, organizational line of “to be”, highly masculine, results driven, growth oriented. The interference and engagement of women, both at the practical end of COS3I as well as the mirroring advisory part for me, became a new source of illumination. The feminine energy, the energy of the emotions, had been poorly developed in the City of Tomorrow, retained by my own blockages. Now they started to disappear. I myself was healing. My diet started to change, I could live suddenly without pain tablets for my problems with ligaments, and my lifestyle transformed further. Also my relationship with women developed positively at a rapid pace.

We got acquainted with 100’s of emotion driven initiatives in town and all we needed to do is try to connect those to COS3I rather than trying to reinvent the wheel over and over again. In fact, my founding female colleague had mentioned such a thing before but I had never listened enough. I now remember but I could not yet give it an organizational (masculine) basis back then. Now suddenly I can and events are being started in which we don’t organize anything ourselves but get the COS3I target groups to deal with the challenges of organizing the events themselves, healing themselves as they develop their challenges. The positive feminine energy is transforming society and the attitude as well as involvement of people. Lifestyle is not just a rational issue but an emotional one, especially when drama converts into opportunity.

In a short time the doors opened again of government, businesses, schools, etc. They all wanted to be part of it despite their own pains to get engaged. They needed the open freedom and space too to be able to react and heal their own historical and present pains. Sustainocracy is proving to be the environment for the open, transparent and creative dialogue, the reflection about core human values and the individual, group and societal healing mechanism from within.

City of Tomorrow

The sustainocratic ventures

A new era has started for me and also for the City of Tomorrow. A healed, open and complete era I assume, with a lot to learn still and exciting perspectives ahead. Social integration started with ourselves and now we can again apply our experiences to the field. Instead of addressing the action we first address the emotions. A new world for us.