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Every month we will add a new podcast in English about Sustainocracy on our list of open dialogues. On sept 27th we start with the first one, LIVE in Rara Radio, from 19:00 till 20:00 CET (Amsterdam time). The program will combine dialogue about our views on society with music.
The topics will include scientific insights and informative analyses, discussion with experts and project partners, open dialogues. We will announce the specifics of each program previously via social media and our blogs. The program will be recorded and made available again on our blogs and partner websites, ordered per topic chapter. We hope this contributes to the further understanding and expansion of this evolutionary step in sustainable society building, referred to as level 4 awareness driven regional cocreation.
Part 1. Our forced solidarity with the financial system has serious flaws. We need new ethics to counter them.
Our current money dependent society is based on a law abiding solidarity with the financial system. Despite having brought us many benefits it is also the main threat of our self destruction. Humankind is in desperate needs of new generalized ethics to transform the self destructive trajectory into one of sustainable human progress with newly structured shared wellness. Sustainocracy provides these ethics, based on the old evolutionary principles of core human values and share responsibilities. But first let´s look at the flaws of a system that we have been obliged to be part of.
The problem we face is that the ethics of our forced solidarity with the financial system has important flaws that are managed by the same people that force the solidarity on us through their own interpretation of justice.
The problem started about 10.000 years ago when we began to take from nature for free to claim ownership instead of using from nature for our sustainable needs. It became a type of ownership that was not just related to a particular desire to control our wellness. It was also a way to claim self interest over other people who had not made the claim. We gradually institutionalized both the capitalization of what we take from nature for free and the condition of ownership. This created the duality of people who own and those who donot. Those who donot remain having the natural right and need to use the benefits of nature even if this is being taking away from them by those that claim the ownership.
Those who own started to make the naturally provided elements available to others only against favors, nowadays expressed mainly through money.
The institutionalization of ownership also gave rise to defending and protecting this ownership through defensive aggression, systems of law and formalization of heritage. It hence gave power to those who own over those that do not. The conversion of ownership, inclusing the exchange of ownership (trade), into a financial system with protective laws, dependence, structures of control, financial speculation, competition, finance based governance, etc also gave rise to conflicts, abuse of power and corruption, some of it even supported, certainly not challenged, by the systems of law.
Other conflicts were caused by human rights activists that claimed better sharing of the benefits of ownership as well as access to the decision making. This gave rise gradually to a caretaking society that keeps the masses calm enough to not stand up against the ownership hierarchy by providing basic needs. The needs became only accessible through financial means, demanding from the people even more solidarity with the financial system and its services. This includes the interpretation of democratic right that we know today in many countries. This right allows people to participate through elections but does not allow people to vote for the alteration of this system. In many cases it is also nearly impossible to challenge the flaws such as corruption or power abuse.
When we refer to sustainable progress, the tendency of the system is to look at the application of technology and expensive care systems that remediate the negative consequences of this unlimited and destructive economized taking. It does not look at itself as the kernel of all the problems. With a population of 7.5 billion people, the system and its services have overrun all the natural auto generative limits of the Earth resources. Also the impact on the human being as a species has been disastrous from an integral health perspective.
How can we transform such a deeply anchored, but highly obsolete and even disputable system into one that brings back our sustainable human perspectives?
Part 2 will show the way Sustainocracy does this in different regions.
Drinking water is a core value for the continuity of life, including us, the human being.
Food (another core value) based communities in Africa struggle with local government corruption and the long periods of draught, longer than normal due to climate change. They try to get water from deep layers in the ground. For that investment is needed to dig the wells, install (and maintain) the pumps and store the water in basins or water towers. With this they can irrigate their plants and feed the local community of hundreds of people. These people subsequently receive education in an attempt to raise the local self sufficiency and resilience.
The lack of government support and extortion nature of such governance drives these groups into international crowdfunding for their financial needs. STIR has supported some of these projects financially and receives these photos as proof of the money being spend properly.
Even though we feel happy to be able to contribute, we also realize that we don’t solve the big issue if we do not also address the corruption of local government. Africa has great resources and with proper regional governance there could be sustainable wellness for all these people. Empowering the locals needs to go together with the international pressure on redefining our moral and ethical values to which we can hold officials responsable. Sustainocracy provides those values but also needs to have the support to exert pressure for change to accountability there where needed.
With this corruptions engrained in our (financial) systems and (self imposed) hierarchies we will never get to sustainable human progress or peace. Ideas are welcome, support too to strengthen those local communities.