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High time that we all start taking our responsibility

It is unimaginable to realize how much damage our blind consumer attitude, irresponsible financial profit (1 x WIN) business management and corrupt governance has done to us as humankind and our planet. In Sustainocracy we introduce an open space where shared responsibility for our core natural values makes the difference. We use UNITED (government, citizens, business, science and education), 4 x WIN entrepreneurship and the Transformation Economy. But if we keep neglecting the invitation we face disaster after disaster. Now we are getting gradually into a situation that irresponsible people can be prosecuted. But why do we have to go to such length to save our lives from the greedy or tunnel visioned? This can be avoided when we join the right level of shared responsability.

Positive signs are there but we have a long way to go, we run out of time, and some issues seem hard to tackle without a world crisis first.

River in Indonesia

This river is so heavily polluted that it is health hazard for everyone. Industries that supply fashion to the Western world dump irresponsibly their waste. People and government do too. As if we are blindly leaving nature to solve our mess. Taking responsibility requires the involvement of everyone.

Las Vegas inhundation

Las Vegas is a popular gambling city in America. It has grown so intensely in the desert that it is facing serious problems. This weekend, for the second time, it was hit by huge rainfall. That is not the only issue. The nearby colorado river and lake that provides water to the city is drying our at a rapid pace.

Chinese possible economic collapse

The banking crisis in 2008 was a show of desastrous financial opportunism that backfired, leaving the entire world in a deep crisis. The way the crisis was tackled, using enormous capital injections into the financial world instead of the real economy of care and innovation, was equally monstrously wrong. China is facing the same now, possibly dragging the rest of the world into a new financial black hole. High time to leave this capitalist mentality, even consider it a crime against humanity.

European rivers dry up

The enormous heatwave this year again shows its impact on the European rivers. These rivers are important infrastructures for logistics, but also key ecological elements for balancing our living habitat, providing drinking water and irrigation for agriculture. Especially the way we manipulated our landscapes for single crop production uses up lots of water that with other, more nature based techniques would not be necessary. We create our own problems that are impossible to solve if we don´t address the root cause: our lack of responsibility for our core natural values. We are not working WITH nature, we are taking abuse of it and this hits us back like this.

Our trash

Our irresponsible consumption lifestyle produces uncanning amounts of trash. In many cities this is burned, producing the illusion of green energy at the expense of all the natural resources put into the original production. In other places the trash is dumped in landfills. Despite some energy deliverables the pollution impact is huge. Also diseases spread by birds are a serious issue. Some landfills have even become the “home” of poverty that does some “treasure hunting” among the waste of others.

Our throw away clothes

We may throw away our used clothes, hoping that the textile is being reused as a resource, reducing the amount of cotton or synthetic fibres needed from nature. Truth is that it is being shipped to Africa, sold to the reuse market and the surpluses (up to 90%) dumped on huge landfills. Fashion industries overproduce worldwide, pollution with their factories as we have seen in the first video (Indonesia) while misusing the locals as cheap human resources. The pollution then continuous at the end of the usage cycle in Africa. The overall destruction of our habitat, our health and safety for the future, in the entire chain has reached criminal proportions. The only way to change this is to dismantle the chain and leverage it to a circular, regenerative approach in which ALL stakeholders (consumers, entreprises, government) take their responsibility together. Sustainocracy can be the sollution but needs to be supported by a new legislation covering our basic responsibilities, like expressed in the declaration of our governing principles.

Three different prophecies

Three prophecies for human progress are seriously proposed around the world.

Prophecy 1: Robots take over

Ever since Orwell’s “Big Brother” in his book 1984 we see robotics taking over our lives. We are being “served” by all kind of institutions that supply us all our needs in a virtual reality called consumer economics. The only way we can get the robots to provide us wellness and luxury is by putting money into their systems. The money we need is managed by banks and governments and provided against a debt. This individual debt can be settled by serving the functioning of the robots. The servant institutions are being managed by people who  have become experts in getting these robots to earn as much money as possible.

Automated facilities surround us increasingly and technology even goes further every day. One of the argument is that we have such a large global human population now that we need automated processes to keep us going. From a consumer economic point of view the more fragmentation occurs in robotizing our needs, through artificial and money based robot intelligence, the more growth the economy shows. The analysts look for ways to keep us connected to the system by innovating the financial debt system through dependencies that already mortgage our lives for decades. Even money itself is a virtual system that is given virtual values through manipulation and speculation. Material scientists, economists, politicians, bankers, etc rule this world. Food, medicine  housing, clothes, energy, etc forcefully (by law) need to be purchased. Governments give human health credits to financially based virtual systems.  They defend it with strong arguments backed by the growing populations in city environments, attracted by this servant environment of perceived securities. These cities are concentration points for economics with the related robotics, as we can observe by analyzing city dynamics and human mobility. And humankind loves it. In a way we only have to worry about having enough cash. Everything else has been taken care of by the money driven robots providing us with a sense of abundance all the time. People have never lived as long before as they do now and we have never had such a wide selection of goods to choose from at the distance of the closest shop.

Prophecy 2: Sustainocracy

This prophecy is of course the one I incline to, even though I supported and worked for a long time in the “prophecy 1” system of consumer economics. However when I had to make a profound choice between the safety of my children and my executive career I became aware that money and robots cannot solve everything. Heath and safety are responsibilities that cannot be substitute by a coin slot machine. There are certain things that I have to take care of myself. When I wrote the blog “the universe and me” I realized that I AM the universe. From a molecular point of view I am the same and life has gotten into those molecules for God knows what reason. The only difference between my garden and I is that I am a conscious being that can walk, talk and think about it. When my surroundings gets polluted I get polluted. So when I realized that my key responsibilities are health and safety, I understood that robots can help me but cannot BE me.  So from an evolutionary point of view I remain dominant and robots are servant, even if they are large and powerful, institutionalized and rationalized in our world. A human being is not just a compulsory, lazy, all consuming service and tax number. I am inclined to believe that we are a bit more than that, even though I understand perfectly well the mechanism of risk and fear avoidance by surrounding ourselves with luxury and services.

The human being is a purpose driven evolutionary miracle of a certain physical,  emotional, spiritual and intellectual complexity. We have become aware of that and realize that our health and sustainable progress is much more delicate than an insurance policy for healthcare. One out of three persons has cancer, many people die prematurely of lung and heart problems, behavior is altered due to environmental unbalance  etc. It has become clear that our health has to do with the health balance with our natural surroundings. Else we become sick and disappear, not just as an individual but also as humankind. The global pollution is not just leaving behind a footprint on the face of the Earth that future scientists and archaeologists can explore as Anthropocene, it is also leaving a footprint in our own genetic DNA. Our genes reflect for generations to come our irresponsibility causing people to be genetically coded already for all kinds of deceases. That is the reaction of nature to our robotics and we are becoming aware of it.  We expelled nature, our universe, from our lives and surrounded us with a virtual world of simulated wealth. We have forgotten that we ARE nature and need that to prosper in a sustainable way. If we eliminate nature we eventually eliminate ourselves and nature remains.

So when we refer to heath and safety we refer to taking one own responsibilities as a living species of the universe. If I am so responsible then I should behave that way and I do. That’s how Sustainocracy got alive because now more and more people realize that we cannot leave such key issues of life to instruments. The instruments need human hands which are preferable guided by standards of universal ethics rather than economic standards. In Sustainocracy applied wisdom and universal awareness through consciousness (open awakened mind) rules.

Prophecy 3: Death and destruction

The third prophecy has been made known in 1972 by the Club of Rome, in 1990 by the Club of Budapest and in 2000 by the Earth Charter. They all agree that if we continue our human system of over-consumption, pollution and destruction of natural resources, three out of four human beings will die by starvation, war, chaos and crises by 2050.

Again I agree on this prophecy just like I agree on the first one of robotics. The third is the consequence of the first. It has happened so often before in history. The Mayas or the Roman Empire for instance. They lost their powers due to blindness to their surroundings and speculation as a matter of fact. When you neglect the human being and the universe you will be overruled by both.

The second prophecy is an odd one out because it skips the traditional path through renaissance,  the era of enlightening that follows periods of chaos. But as said before human evolution is about applying knowledge and conscious awareness, not just the imposition of greed. History has shown us how disastrous the consequences are for humankind when greed dominates common sense and universal ethics. So Sustainocracy does not skip renaissance, it just places it in perspective with systems of greed, inviting the human robotics to become sustainable themselves by accepting universal ethics and co-creation as a guiding factor. It addresses the sense of human responsibility and global awareness of those who carry responsibility and authority. Their own position of power is in jeopardy if the do not go through their own enlightenment, producing a personal renaissance before the systems do. We need to allow complex co-creation to allow our greed to renew itself too. They then use their position of authority to make the difference.

Human complexities

The model I use for the translation of abstract ideology and practical understanding through awareness, is a result of divine inspiration. The human complexities that I have drawn up, including the historic processes of trial and error in our human evolution, can show the prophecies in the picture.

Co-creation feeds sustainable progress

Co-creation feeds sustainable progress

Capital injections don’t work – end of phase 3

When I traveled to Madrid this week (june 2012) to present AiREAS as a sustainocratic solution for the city problems with air polution the very first reaction of government executives was the traditional and classic public negation. “We have no air polution problem!”. This was interesting because I had just landed in the dense smog of the city and have information that Brussels threatens with sanctions if certain norms are not complied with in 2015. I also know that the local government has been trying to do its best to address the problem but that the issues go beyond the complexity of government regulatory authority and consequence driven measures.

The problem most government officials have is that they are so used to cover up their impotence around truly complex issues, publically claiming that they are in control and things will get better somewhere in the future, that they feel automatic resistence when someone walks in with a new proposition. This we see also in the world of finance. The traditional blind negation of an economic bubble, ignoring it until the bubble blew up in everyone’s face in 2008, was exaactly the same. When negation is not posible anymore because of undeniable proof the next psychological phase is entered: the one of disbelief and urgent correction. Then the negation continues. A quick massive capital injection should solve the problems overnight. 4 years and many billions of money later we all see that the problems continu.

When I got home from Madrid I watched financial analists on TV explain for the first time why the capital injected was only pushing the problems forward but not solving them. This remarkable first announcement of acceptance was a great relief to me. Of course, all huge capital injections had given the rats to cash their risks and leave the ship befor sinking, but still. It indicated to me that the phase of resistance to change and negotition for recovery of lost financial stability was ending.

The next phase (following my own model of cyclic phases of awareness and human development) is the one of fear. The large financial institutions had recovered their long term loans against public debt so that the institutions would not go broke. The citizens only had democratic rights and fear. A few 10K extra debt per person was institutionally acceptable. Of course, the public itself was never asked. It is all a game of big financial interests and liabilities played over the back of unaware masses of people. Institutions now need not fear anymore. Their power play is now over the civilians which hardly get organized to oppose and which can be submitted still under the pressures of financial law of debt.

Then the acceptance of the crisis and need of total renewal is opened. This openess is what I have been waiting for as it announces the total culture change needed to address the shaping of a new paradigm and corresponding new complex social structures such as sustainocracy. The crisis is reaching the general public now definitely. Capital injections saved the speculanting institutions but not society. The problem of greed was resolved and now poverty could stand up and protest.

But in Spain, from a sustainable progress point of view, the government executives were still hiding between their wall of negation. This will be the case in every government around the world. Reluctance to let go of old authorities and structures is largest when no alternative is know.Experts are consulted from inside the system only. Expertise from outside, like the one’s I  am offering, are not recognized let alone taken seriously. One will fight against change simply because one does not know where to change into. When I presented sustainocracy in Madrid the first reaction was defensive but the seed has been planted. Before my presentation they had no choice, now they do, just like the population. Just like in Holland before, it will do its psychological work (like this blog), and some time in the near future the officials will lower their defences and accept shyly the hand that I reach out to them from the new world.

We are reaching the natural point of a psychological break through, because resistence does not seem to work but also because an alternative shines through at the end of the tunnel. I hope to find enough executive interest to join me in a world changing congres on 12.12.12 to let the crisis behind us and definitively open up to sustainocracy around the world. Sustainable human progress is more important after all than keeping up artificial, obsolete systems, even if they are called politics or banks. Capital injections did not bring back stability, it just saved some banks for some time.