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#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:
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
In Eindhoven, between september 15th 2018 and december 2nd, we expect up to 50.000 visitors to the exposition and open debat about robots in our human lives.
STIR Foundation (City of Tomorrow) has partnered with the Robot Love organisation with a variety of objectives:
- Contribute to the discussion from the Sustainocratic perspective of core natural and human values as well as the human complexity model,
- Use the impact of such a big event in the regional development plans of the local population,
- Assist with the food supply and catering through our FRE2SH city food production and partnership organization,
- Develop together the social inclusion and innovation potential of the event for people in process of re-integration, migration, expats and other COS3I target groups,
- Offer open podium to our School of Talents and international partners for participative learning activities and the organization of events of our own within the context of this platform
Every person has authentic talents that make a difference within our sustainocratic movements in the “City of Tomorrow”. It is remarkable how people florish when they get the opportunity to engage and deploy their skills in freedom and equality with everyone else. We realize that every person is unique, with his or her unique contribution to the eco-system that we live in.
When we formulated our 5 core conditions for sustainable progress as guiding principle we automatically abolished the need for hierarchical structures. We introduced the dynamic human clustering around priorities through engagement. Anyone can participate. Any newcomer brings in his or her specific energy and habilities affecting the group(s) as a whole. Each cluster contains numerous entities, from citizen’s to government officials, innovative entrepreneurs, scientists, etc. All primarily get involved as human being, skills and institutions are instruments. No one is more important than the other. Every one is valued for their unique contribution and added value to the process.
The result is impressive. A new human eco-system appears that functions as a powerful contrast to the political economic hierarchy that we got used to for many millennia. Many thousands of individuals engage within the different clusters and create their own abundance to share. The awareness rises in the groups that our cocreative reality is much more powerful and resilient than the structured dependences we created or subdued to before. And it is a choice we can all make.
In the twilight between two different realities it is at first difficult for people (and institutions) to make the choice. On the one hand there is the powerful presence still of the old dominant system that imposes itself. On the other hand there are the guts, determination and trust needed to let go and embrase a new way of life initially full of uncertainties and challenges. As time evolves the choice becomes easier because of the precedents, good example and existing platforms that show the way. People say when they encounter us “it exists, we want this too”. This awareness is the first step. Then two other steps appear:
- The abstract phase to define something concrete: People agree with the Sustainocratic core values, they identify with the level 4 cocreation process but find it difficult to apply it to their own country or region or circumstances. “Can you make it small for me” we often hear. Then we reply “If we do then you’ll be doing the work for us. If you do it then you do it for yourselves”. Once people get the hang of determining their own priorities, step out of the wheel of dependencies and into the arena of shared responsibilities, then the flow really starts. In such stage we can become partners and share best practice, consultancy, networks, instruments, etc while learning from each other.
- When people make up their mind, determine their priorities and come up with a powerful, high impact innovative change program, they tend to come with the question “is this okay?”. We then needed to explain that if it feels right, it contributes to the higher purpose and they stand behind their own choices…. than why ask anyone for permission? Go for it! Flow….
Once people get acquainted with the flow than they cannot be stopped. The new reality is then irreversible.
While focusing ahead on the expansion and deepening of Sustainocratic processes locally and globally I was confronted suddenly with a moment of looking back. My awareness break throughs had begun when having to deal with the growing up of my two daughters by myself. Now that they have reached an age that they start dealing with life themselves I suddenly start experiencing new and forgotten levels of freedom. I can go out more often, travel and deal with people in a different, more intimite way. Time has passed by fast, always packed with responsibilities. Having arrived at less turbulent waters now someone invited me to look back at the roller coaster that I had been sitting in: Single father and initiator of a new global model for governance (Sustainocracy)…
Aging as a sign of maturity
Someone once told me that until 40 years of age the physical appearance of a person is what God gave us and after 40 what we made of it ourselves. From an inner perspective something similar happens I presume. Until 40 we learn by interpretation of our actions and their consequences, after 40 our awareness tends to determine our actions. The riping process of the fruit of life shows in one’s face. The paradox of physical degradation and spiritual growth to fullfilment is both painfully humiliating and gratefully producing submissiveness to the wisdom of life. Something like: “before 40 ready to procreate, after 40 ready to cocreate”. Both extremely satisfying phases of life, both erotically challenging and highly interactive with our fellow human beings.
My aging and maturity process as Sustainocrat
My productivity as an author with a vision became primarily reflective of the progress I made myself in awareness and vision development of the true values of life. My single fatherhood gave me the time to reflect and put things on paper. Looking back at the covers of what has been published as books about new forms of entrepreneurship and the new societal engagement with sustainocratic governance, it shows an interesting trayectory.
Most of the covers (not all) of my backward reflections in book format
“Change the world and start with yourself” is the easiest way ahead. It saves travel expenses and one can be at it all day. The next step is to invite the near surroundings to do the same. My home town Eindhoven became my living lab. This I could combine with my tasks as a single father, travel by bike and still be on time to pick up the children from school. Various communities appeared of which AiREAS and the former STIR Academy (now School of Talents) are the ones that got most response. Government, businesses, science, schools, citizens, etc started to engage and the clusters of communities started to live an innovative life of their own with sometimes 100’s and 1000’s of participants.
If the above is a minor sample of the results of a crazy idealist that turned into a global initiator of a new model for societal and personal governance, what will the remaining part of my life bring? My maturity has provided me with peace of mind. My determination is still as high as ever but reduced the revolutionist part in me and enhanced the evolutionary side. There is a “can do” attitude now rather than “must do”, which give room for personal joy in the progression and attention for myself, my health, my loved ones and at the same time enjoy the opportunities that lay ahead. It is good to see that the DNA created around Sustainocracy is spreading around the world even without me. That gives me the feeling that ‘it is all right” allowing me to become a bit more sellective in my ventures and deal with complexity with a senior attitude. The main satisfaction I feel is that the core values defined by me as missing elements in society are now regaining their importance. I don’t have to convince people anymore and can now concentrate on helping make it grow into a mainstream participatory society.
When I started to challenge students in universities or high schools to help me develop a healthy city from their study perpective all kinds of entrepreneurial ideas appear. In the School of Talents we work them out into societal relevance with target community groups. New startup business develop appears as soon as large groups of people start connecting to the persuasive invitaion to do something with their own quality of life.
Healthy city development is just one aspect of Sustainocratic resonance and accountability. If we take all the 5 core conditions then a totally new wave of 100’s of new products and services appear. We even refer to this new kind of entrepreneurship as the 4 x profit paradigm.
School of Talents is not an institution, it is a peer 4 awareness driven cocreative movement. It positions itself in the pioneersphase of a new psycho-social age that is deploying itself among our global citizenship. It is a participative educational format in which students and tutors together experiment with a new reality in four different phase:
- vision: when students and adults get acquainted with the logic of the core conditions for sustainable regional and human progress then visions appear about “how things could or should be”.
- pioneership: visions can be worked out into workable initiatives that have a potential societal impact.
- persuasion: the initiatives are tested among target groups of citizens until a positive resonance is found. Economy is often seen as a trade driven activity of growth but for entrepreneurial pioneers it is a proof of concept. When people are willing to pay for something than it fullfils a need not just an ideological vision, it receives societal support.
- marketing: as soon as a connection is made with the public investment routines then the persuasion phase develops into the traditional marketing activities of businesss development.
At this stage the School of Talents lets go and celebrates the “new ripe apple that falls from the sustainocratic tree”. Schools of Talents are appearing in many places where people find inspiration in the core values and working methods of Sustainocracy. They all form a new age network of global cooperation sharing innovations and best practice among each other.
What do you hold yourself and others accountable for? What are your core values against which you make your decisions at home, in your job, on the street…..?
These simple questions have the most complicated anwers. When we consider the consequences of our choices than we could repeat the accountability question again.
Definition of “Accountability” (Merriam Webster): an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions .
It hence is something else than responsability itself. Who is responsible for the global pollution for instance? And who is accountable? We probably anwer that we are all responsible but none of us is held or feels accountable. We either all are together or no one is specifically.
Definition of Sustainocracy: Sustainable human progress (evolution according 5 predefined natural core conditions) and Democracy (our freedom to choose our priorities among those core conditions).
When I introduced Sustainocracy as new societal instrument for sustainable human progress in reality I invited ourselves and our institutions to become accountable for 5 core conditions for our sustainable wellness and evolutionary skills.
Does it change anything in our lives? Not really as an individual, yet its effects are huge collectively. It simply affects the choices we make and against which we calibrate them. By doing so it modifies our discourse, our way of communicating with each other, our decisions, our design processes and the symbiotic interaction between people and institutions. The institutions start to deploy a new kind of commitment and operational activity while governance becomes oriented towards the proactive way of addressing and facilitating the development of these core conditions. For us individually it is just a choice, for our complex societies it represents a mayor turnaround.
Does it affect our economies? Sure! It makes them resilient, strong, independent and sustainable. When we make our politicians, business leaders and scientists accountable for those core conditions too then they develop their decisions accordingly and we create a global community of progress and resilience. It is simple and resolves, even heals our complex societies and issues.
Just try it and look at yourself and your surroundings from a core values Sustainocratic perspective. As a teaser you can download here our globally published “global health deal” after the example of the Brabants Health Deal.
Join AiREAS (healthy city development from air quality perspective) and School of Talents (Participatory learning) as first sustainocratic cooperative models that work with this kind of accountability.
Hope and progress is an act of awareness driven cocreation
Let it be Christmas every day in our lives