El nacimiento y forma de trabajo de la Sostainocracia

Para los que no entiende el Castellano/ For those who do not speak Spanish

It is my objective to reach out to the entire world with the practical ways of Sustainocracy. In Dutch I cover the cocreation processes in the Netherlands, where it was set up for the first time and continues to grow. In English we work together with different partners around the world that resonate with the need to do things in a different way. We reach out to a large part of the world. Still, Spanish is the second world language, after English, seen from a geographical spread point of view. I also want to engage with the Latin American community and their complex processes. That is why I establish zoom session in Spanish in search for partners and the creation of sustainocratic projects with them.

En Castellano el video

Being human to the full at level 4 community development

Human psychology of wellness defines four stage of awareness. More and more sense this reality and get confused with society as it is. In the confuse people stand up to make a difference. Sustainocracy is level 4.

stageindividual lifetimehistory humankind
1Living unaware of wellnesssmall childhoodearliest humankind in our cradle
2Living unaware competitionteenager childhoodwhen humankind grew and cultures met
3Living aware of competitionearly adulthoodwhen humankind grew massively
4Living aware of wellnesssenior adulthoodfacing anthropocene
Our four stages
Our baby is receiving protective wellness from the parents

As individuals we grow into the awareness stages in a single lifetime, level 4 only in a limited number of cases. As am old fashioned family we tend to act naturally at level 4 community interaction because of the presence of all generations and reference stages. Modern broken up families tend to act on level 2 or 3, which is harmful for children to grow up in. At society level this is much more complicated. Relatively small communities over time may have seen all kinds of variations, including early level 4 harmonic examples. However “modern” western society is very much level 2 and 3, trying to globalize level 3 over the last few hundred years out of greedy self interest.

It takes a huge amount of time (millions of years) to reach level 4 as a global human society. This is simply because of the long term lack of connection between the emerging and learning cultural islands. When communities bounce into each other the tendency of competition prevails. Only when the human world is connected, and competition does not provide satisfaction anymore, level 4 can be achieved. The good news is that we may have reached this point now.

Most individuals remain stuck between 2 and 3 in their lifetime. Some manage to break through into 4. There is a 5th (divine wellness) which is only for the very limited few that manage to reach such enlightment. For global humankind at the current level of population, lifestyle and hierarchical governamce, sticking at levels 2 or 3 is lethal due to self elimination, caused by some hierarchical few. Hence the current anthropocene. Either we break through to level 4 or we will suffer a large extinction of our species.

In the phase 2 and 3 it is very difficult to value ourselves as we tend to blindly mirror image our abilities against that of others. Our current lifetime, still very much into the competitive environment of self interest, is firmly and dangerously located in stage 3. This has been the case already for 1000’s of years, maybe even over 20.000 years for some communities around the world. In such societal lifetime it is very difficult to remind ourselves that we are human beings, a species built up out of natural resources, living in interaction with other natural species and dominated by peace, love and positive energy. Our current lives have been marked by generations of increasing city presence, taking a distance from those natural origins in order to function in the fake make belief “garden of eden” called capitalist consumerism. Opposed to the real Garden of Eden (the abundance of nature) this fake one is not for free. It gives away its goodies, that were stolen from nature, only against a price. To obtain the key (called money, invented by people, not nature) to the perceived or believed wellness we need to enslave ourselves competitively within a destructive world referred to (wrongly, since its real meaning is different) as the economy of growth.

We only realize it is fake, misusing us as slaves, when we cross the line of level 4. Talking to people within level 2 or 3 is communicating to deaf persons ears. Their only reference is the stress of their dependence, their competitive push to perform in an unreal environment. Their real, natural senses are blocked, not necessarily by the manipulative nature of societal structuring, yet by the phase of awareness they are in. Societal structuring is also a consequence of this phase, not just malpractice of a few people. Most people that govern such society are also in the phase 2 or 3, blindfolded or tunnel visioned of the consequences and fully mindblocked by their own selfinterest or the institution they serve.

Blind fragmented goals and dependence in a competitive way make us blind for the holistic consequences. Unless we step out (see “me”)

Now that we arrive at an era in which more and more people break through into level 4 at individual level, we also see a tendency that institutional and/or regional governance gets into the hands of such people. This shows an evolution in our regional development, with more eye for our care for each other and our natural environment, simply because we learn to live consciously instead of competing. That is the moment that we realize again what it is like to be fully human. We open up to positive emotions, true love, peace and fearless harmony. Sustainocracy was born like this and engages with level 4 awareness around the world, developing communities together with local leadership at this same level. It happens at this stage only at regional level, often in the field of relatively small communities where the ghetto of competitive corruption, silo structured manipulation and level 3 hierarchies can be overseen and counteracted by the level 4 harmony driven leadership.

Level 4 (awareness driven) regional development requires the support of newly formulated laws in order to calm down the natural aggression of level 3 influencers, competitive tricks and lobbies. Level 3 is causing social disruption, poverty, inequality and pollution (all expressed in the SDG’s of the United Nations). Once such new laws are in place, the competitive aggression can be regulated. In the past level 3 business enterprises would move geographically when confronted with level 4 regulations in certain areas. We can see such evolution across the world over the last few decades and identify the organizations that made themselves guilty of such mal practice. In our zero tolerance declaration we gradually protect ourselves from such organized preditors at the expense of our common integral wellness.

Level 4 is evolution

Being human at level 4 requires a totally different approach to society as the level 2 and 3 formats where we come from. And we gradually see level 4 emerge as small mushrooms in the collapsing field of level 3 dominance. This doesnot mean that levels 1, 2 and 3 are eliminated. No, it means that level 4 will eventually become dominant and gives space to 1, 2 and 3, limiting its expression to enhance the learning while minimizing the disturbance. A new education format emerges as well, one in which harmony, compassion, empathy, care, are more valuable than calculus or subordination. The next stage of human presence on Earth and among each other can then be peaceful, harmonious and sustainocratic for many thousands of years to come.

Expanding sustainocratic expertise worldwide, part 2

In the previous blog we had a look at COS3i and the School of Talents and Wellness. None of the initiatives were easy to build up as they require the application of a new mindset. Gradually more and more people and institutions arrive at the awareness that cocreation is also in their self interest. In my home town Eindhoven multidisciplinary cocreation was applied already in the 70’s to overcome the crisis of mayor industries going bankrupt or moving to low wage countries. The labor gap was big and unemployment needed to be addressed creativy. Triple helix interaction between business, government and education received the name of Brainport. It develop still in the money driven paradigm but could be seen as mayor step forward.

Sustainocracy in 2009 introduced two modications. The first was the participation society, or quadruple helix. It was initiated at human/citizen level, not institutional, positioning institutions as instruments for human resilience, not abuse. And secondly it was not money driven but focused on cocreation of our core natural human values locally. “The world upside down” an official reacted to the invitation. “The world put back to how it should be” was the sustainocratic reaction.

AiREAS, regional health and air quality

Working together on our environment

AIREAS is the very first multidisciplinary cocreation of a healthy environment. Even though the cocreation is still very much focused on measurement infrastructures (making visible the invisible) and citizen’s lifestyle, it is a start. Issues like regional development, energy, building routines, etc are not part yet of the cocreation despite the impact on the environment and people. Cities were never designed from an health perspective. Introducing this already over a decade now, has changed the public discourse, institutional positioning and decision making. It will not be long until the core values driven cocreation reality becomes meanstream.

Commitment for health and a healthy environment

The expertise in AiREAS is huge. For instance the use of measurement equipment of different suppliers. The relationship with health and behavior, policy making, stimulus to innovative entrepreneurship, etc. This is all published in open access papers and available for use in other cities around the world.

FRE2SH, regional food cocreation

A cocreation effort

When we realize that a city population is structurally dependent for food on big food chains and streams from outside the city, we can easily sense the vulnerability that this contains. Especially when we see that food production has developed over time as an industrialized process that misuses our planetary balance and resources. At the same time we all got disconnected from our natural origins to consume blindly the modified, processed food that we find in the mega supermarkets. The whole process is damaging in all aspects of sustainable life resilience. The only way forward is to re-engage with food and understand its important values for us in close balance with nature. But a city has hardly any space for productivity and the return of nature in our close vecinity. It requires a restructuring of our city design as well as our engagement in city food productivity.

Through the FRE2SH (Food, Recreation, Energy, Education, Safety and Health) community we started to experiment with all this. We also wanted to gradually give relief the rural areas in such a way that nature could recover itself after hundreds of years of structural landscape manipulation, destruction and use of chemicals. This is ofcourse extremely complex since many farmers were stimulated to grow out of cost efficiency, invest in technology or the growing regulations of government. At the same time they were squeezed by the massive centralized purchasing groups that place the profit of the chain in the city in a speculative manner. With huge debts, on te verge of collapse or bancrupcy the farmers are not easily convinced to turn their back onto their old business model. The city population is very used to the supermarkets and had little intention to join the food movement, except certain early adaptors. City government was not prepared to provide indoor or outdoor space destined for car parks, trade or housing.

We built up expertise in the following areas of interest:

  • Aquaponics
  • Mealworms
  • Permaculture
  • Foodforest
  • Circular, zero waste food systems
  • Food processing into catering meals
  • Green roofs
  • Vertical farming
  • Closed circuit water management
  • City logistics (walking, by bike)
  • Neighborhood farming
  • Multilevel process development (food, employment, education, etc)

Here we share a video in Dutch but an illustration for indoor farming. Further below you find some pictures of outdoor and processing processes.