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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.
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.
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.
The Indian owner and global societal entrepreneur Dr. Mahendra Shah openly commits to work together with us by combining the best practice of his ZEN Resorts (healing and herb centers) in Bali with our Sustainocracy (core values driven democracy) in Brabant (the Netherlands) or our Global Health Deal of innovative awareness and health driven cocreation. This is what Dr. Shah writes:
I completely agree with the notion sustainocracy as it integrates sustainability of human beings with Democracy (Participatory positive (sustainable) interactions and actions amongst all members of the community-society as well as living in harmony and sustainably with nature.
Today the greatest local, national, regional and global 21st century challenge comprises human health and the pollution-degradation-destruction of nature. Both these aspects are critical consequences due the escalating adoption of modern lifestyles around the world. Modern lifestyles are often characterized by (1) deficient food consumption – nutritionally inadequate, food contamination and eating “on the go”; (2) little time for exercise i.e. balanced physical, psychological and spiritual exercises; (3) Stress at work often in a highly competitive, and uncaring environment focussed on meeting deadline after deadline (4) Stress at home and the family; (5) living in ever more polluted environment. These five factor cocktail is resulting in the increasing burden of ailments and diseases of modern lifestyles such as headaches, backache, blood pressure, mental stress, diabetes etc, for all of which modern medicine prescribes drugs including pills, insulin etc just to maintain health with little hope of curing.
The fundamental challenge is how to make a human being sustainable such that he or she interacts with other human beings enhancing their sustainability and also lives in nature responsibly, ensuring a sustainable environment. Democracy is at the core of sustainable relationships between all members of the community and society
For over four decades the world community has met at countless conferences and summits just formulating and endorsing agenda after agenda for sustainable development (recall 1972 Stockholm, 1992 Rio, 2002 Johannesburg etc) and so often without commitment of actions and resources for implementation. We should learn from the mushrooming technology driven silicon valleys, now in almost every urban center around the world. Let us create sustainability valleys bringing together the doers and practitioners of sustainable development and sustainable healthy human beings.
We need to establish sustainocracy centers in every viable urban and regional setting around the world to enhance sustainable development, sustainable human health and real participatory democracies. We have had a decade of experience at Zen resort Bali helping guests from around the world to experience sustainable lifestyles and adopt health eating, exercise, thinking and living in harmony with each other and with nature.
Thus I am ready and committed to partner and work with you with you towards a “combination of Zen resorts and Sustainocratic regional resilience processes could well be the highly desired evolutionary process for all cities to follow”, including three well documented operational examples, one in Bali, one in India and one in the Netherlands
Whilst it may appear difficult to convince the congregation of the Gemert castle, and also in the case of many such properties of the Vatican, that such entities, initially created for the spiritual, moral and ethical religious welfare of the community, need to be utilized and transformed in the 21st century to meet the emerging challenges of human and natures health and sustainability. There can be no better legacy for the congregation and the Vatican then seeing their historical properties utilized to enhance human health and education towards sustainable living. Governments also have a role to support such initiatives with policy and resources as in the long run a healthy society reduces the burdens of healthcare, which are escalating in this era of modern lifestyles. Such properties were created for genuine societal wellbeing and they should not become only an instrument of economic gain.
Yes let us partner up as consortium that has its own ideology (Wellness Continuum, https://marktleiderschap.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/whitepaper-wellness-continuum/), methods (Zen resorts and Sustainocratic healing of regional communities) and mobilize funding and implement.
Who is Dr. Mahendra Shah? You can read an interview with him here in the Unsubscribe Magazine ZenResort&DrShah UNSUBSCRIBEMAGAZINE.COM BERLIN Dec2016