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Our interpretation of an economy, the word and its functioning

Since we started with Sustainocracy, our core human values driven society and shared responsibility among all people and institutions, we also developed clear view about the real meaning of the word “economy”. In this article, published via Academia and Researchnet, our interpretation and working reality is detailed. A new mindset was born and helps change everything into a more harmonic and safe reality.


How to stop narcissism spreading across the world

Natural human values as a universally shared responsibility for peace and progress

Today we had the opportunity to listen to the story of Wiecza Santos, a lawyer and human rights activist from Venezuela. She arrived in Eindhoven through the global Shelter City program. This provides people like her a place to stay in a peaceful environment to come to rest for a few months and have the opportunity to tell her story without risking her live.

This the story of Venezuela…..that caused 7 million people to flee the country and has most of the country is extreme poverty. A beautiful country with wonderful people, according the words of love, with tears in her eyes, of Wiecza. The country is destroyed by narcissism. And it is not alone in it. Narcissism is spreading causing totalitalism, human inquality, poverty, suffering, etc.

The question is: How can we help people like Wiecza? How can we help humanity that suffers from narcissism, dictators and their collaborators? How can we create a way that allows the international community to interfer when human rights are seriously and systematically violated. How can we create a way to justify people in general to defend our core natural human values, such as safety in broadest sense of the word. Safety representing not only physical integrity but also respect for people, cultures, our environment, life in general and above all the citizen´s ability to fullfill their own basic needs without hierarchical impediments. Such core natural human values are our shared responsibility. They cannot be delegated to political or business hierarchies. They are human essencials for sustainable development and progress. Hierarchies are to comply as much as we do as human individuals towards each other.

When one human being suffers humanity suffers. We all share the responsibility to take care of eachother from a core human values perspective.

If we do not then we put our own safety at risk due to the streams of refugees, the human suffering and mismanagement that we allow directly or indirectly.

Our international systems of law and politics do not mingle with the internal affairs of other countries, no matter how badly they are governed from a humanitarian perspective. And, as mentioned in the video, the current democratic voting system enhances despotism, especially when there is a lot of poverty that is made dependent of vital resources managed by those in power. In our money dependent reality this dependence has become a common fact and hence an easy feeding ground for manipulation and the growth of narcissism in business and politics. Human rights are then negelected out of political or financal interests that keeps these people in power. It equally makes the international community powerless due to its own rules.

Human rights issues in Venezuela have been recognized by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The council has issued a resolution for investigation of human rights violations in Venezuela. This has been extended already once until Sept. 2022. But what will happen if these violations are officially recognized? We have seen, through other long term conflictive countries, that the instruments available, such as sanctions, hit mostly the poor again and often empower the dictators even more as they victimize themselves. So not much can be expected from that.

Universal natural human values and shared responsibility

Accepting our core natural human values (health, safety, awareness, basic needs) not just as a right but also as a shared responsibility to enhance and protect, does give us the means and justification to interfer. When health is in jeopardy due to natural disasters or other problems we already have operational means to help nations out. But when safety is at stake we don´t, simply because we have not leveraged safety to the level of our shared humanitarian responsibilities. This is difficult because the political hierarchies that normally have to take such decisions are infested with such power hungry structures that want to avoid at all time such potential interference. It is therefor not up to hierarchies to adopt such agreements but we as human beings together. A core human values manifest in which we declare this common and shared responsibility at human level, extended to the institutional levels as a consequence. We do not only help build our constitutions and systems of law around those values but we also behave accordingly by creating communities among each other. And we demand from our functional hierarchies their compliance as instruments for human wellness, not human deterioration or suffering.

Like this we help people like Wiecza. Instead of fighting the suppression we unite the shared responsibility locally and internationally by building safety based communities and bring those who disturbe it to justice. This is also democracy, one based on our shared values, not on our forced and blackmailed dependence. We base our reality on our natural right to build communities around self sufficiency. No government or dictator can take that away from us nor feel safe from international interference.

Most of our international interactions will be dealt with through the open dialogue and diplomacy at institutional level and cooperation at human level. But when safety is at stake for millions of people we cannot hang back and wait. It is an equally shared responsibility to take corrective action. Key is to determine for ourselves the threshholds when dialogue is not delivering human respect anymore and interference is necessary. Tools like our core human values, 4 x WIN institutional governance, acceptance of our right for self sufficiency, etc are key to establish the corrective forces.

You can say it but if you don’t present an alternative no one will listen.

From the Holos project, a presentation by Dr. John Anderson

During our scientific EuroSpes encounter on “Place based Ethics, Sustainability and Spirituality” in the beautiful city of Urbino in Italy, I was pleasantly surprised to hear presentations about leaving our crumbling comfort zone to find a safer common ground. My own presentation was about “breaking with our (capitalist, money dependent, politically mismanaged) heritage”. I introduced my audience into my own business as unusual, unusual for others but very usual for me, referred to as Sustainocracy.

It was good to see that intellectually people were approaching “my world” of commonly shared values. The common good was finally defined as “the entire living world” and new business ideas were proposed to address and respect that common good adequately. A bit like our own sustainocratic 4 x WIN method, but not quite as far yet. It was good to see that the idea of business schools developing around the common good became a point of attention. Refreshing because only a couple of years ago this proposition was perceived as “impossible to achieve”.

Powerful presentations of business entities in the process to 4 x WIN were showing that business education is lagging behind.

Also scientists from the world of theology reflected about the role of religion and need for adjustment.

The theological theory seems to be practical enough as presented by Michal Paluch of the Angelicum Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome
However in the field of human weaknesses the abuse of power is real. The Roman Catholic Church has been a role model for the organization of multinationals. The same human weaknesses are also observed there.

So in every field of our old pillars of society: society, capitalism, democracy, religion, justice, media, etc fundamental transformative change is needed. But we can say it one million times. Everyone will knod in agreement and then continue what they have been doing all the time. If no alternative is presented then business as usual will remain the mainstream. Until it collapses into the biggest chaos ever.

Madhumita Chatterji (ABBS School of Management) shows a leadership comparison between level of values and level of skills.

The above is a similar drawing as the ones used in Sustainocracy to position our alternative in the quadrant of high values (ethics) and skills (multidisciplinary authenticity). The complexity is not just to understand the ideal. It is to get those in manipulative and dangerous positions to let go. Luckily it is our experience in our core values driven communities, that among the elite there are many that are very much inclined to accept the invitation to the values driven quadrant and do their best effort to make it grow in the process.

They do need the positive invitation to make the choice.

(Jean-Paul Close)

And someone has to formulate that choice. This is what we have been doing successfully for the last decades for all stakeholders involved. Many of our visitors said, when observing this way of evolutionary working: “It exists, now we want it too”. Well why not? Who or what stops you to make the step? We can help….