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Inspiration and sustainable progress for everyone in the world
In my personal opinion “knowledge” should be a common good for all people in the world, not just for those who can afford it.
Knowledge only matters when it is used
It hence has to flow freely to those places and people where it can be applied and prosper into positive human development, preferably “sustainable human progress“, which is the type of energy that the academy represents.
Freedom of information
Freedom of information distribution over internet is excellent but not exempt from unilateral disturbances, manipulation and information pollution. The human being lives in different realities of the consciousness, some artificially created by us ourselves. The responsibility to deal with information and its purpose is of the human being itself. Inspiration clustering, with the purpose of creating sustainable human progress by understanding life itself, is such responsibility with which we deal in STIR.
At STIR experiment with the different realities of human perception. We developed innovations in the human system’s complexity and evolution ourselves, based on a holistic view of human society and its interaction with its natural environment (Sustainocracy)
Others are inspired to learn about our approach
And we love to share for the benefit of humankind! But we are not the only ones producing change or developing sustainable progress, insight and best practice. We don’t see STIR as a limitation restricted to our experiments with reality and progress. We see it as part of a global process that seeks connection to produce new, unprecedented evolutionary steps in our approach to human wellness and prosperity without endangering ourselves in the process.
Everywhere around the world interesting and inspiring people are producing results in the field of sustainable progress. This deserves to be shared too. We can all learn from each other and try out the inspiration ourselves, no matter how complex. Global issues develop local solutions which can be applied globally.
To share the inspiration we use the facilities of the internet in combination with local dialogue (hub) around its potential application.
The free flow, selection and connection to STIR is created by its purpose:
STIR Purpose: Redefining and implementing system’s complexities and sustainable human progress.
By setting up STIR as a HUB (a room, good internet and people in to share information with) we can get the entire world to participate. STIR Academy offers the framework and purpose criteria, the inspiration network and international infrastructure. The HUB takes care of local public, the choices and translation to local initiatives and projects.
Example of our iwn development:
- Since 2005 I have personally organized over 25 encounters in zoo’s, business enterprises, nature, schools, etc to experiment with awareness development, new education, applied knowledge, etc. The one who learned most was I myself. I expressed my learning in 7 locally published books.
- Since 2009 I set up the STIR Foundation to take responsibility ourselves for the redefinition of human complexities and the transformative process of moving from one paradigm to another.
- In 2010 the first Sustainocratic ventures, involving government, science, business and large local civil populations were initiated: AiREAS, VE2RS and STIR. The learning continued, especially about the human complexity itself, prior to system’s thinking.
- In 2013 I stepped up to a holistic view of system’s reality, managing 4 traditional paradigms together into 1 for sustainable progress and harmonic wellness.
- The first online skype conference organised by STIR was in 2009 with Herman Wijffels (old World Bank chief) as online speaker. He referred to the changing world including finance and banking.
- The first international HUB was started in Madrid in 2012 but did not survive.
- The first HUB was started in Eindhoven in 2013. It started with one session per month in 2013. In 2014 we have 2 including international inspiration.
- Initiatives are developing in Barcelona, Budapest, Brussels, Taipee, Miami, enz, as well as city quarters in Eindhoven. Often the initiatives are started from the old paradigm of economic dependencies and fail. It is a local learning process to let go of the dominant old paradigm first.
On April 29th 2014 STIR participates through skype in the world congress on poverty Madagascar (see below).
How it works?
STIR works on the basis of free membership, reciprocity and commitment.
* Reciprocity means that if the STIR networks uses inspiration sessions from you, you get 1 to 1 sessions back for your own use, on call and mutual planning. So if you trade inspiration you will have 100s of free speakers at your disposal, else you pay a modest price.
* The real art is to do something with the inspiration locally in your own environment. We look for commitment to work together on change that affects the world and our societies positively.
The provisional website is: http://globalstir.wix.com./international/
Membership: Free of Charge (not free from commitment)
We are worldwide in a complex phase of transformation from an ancient old human operational reality into a totally new one. We see this happening with ourselves and the institutions that surround us. This Global Shift occurs in three big awareness steps (Quantum Leap in our consciousness).
Step 1: Recognizing the obsolescence of the old structure and its functioning.
This ancient reality places the human being inside a regional (country) political and economic confinement. There are various 100’s of such regional “country” realities across the world, each pretending still to manage their own identity with a lot of subsystems (counties, cities, business enterprises, etc) that function the same way. Over the past there was a large operational diversity (society systems) spread across the world. Since WW-II many assumed the political and economical system’s reality of consumer economics, creating a diplomatic and commercial network between the countries with open borders for economic exchange of products and human productivity. Consumption, money and debt systems are a common denominator.
Step 2: The awareness of the paradigms of nature
Since around 1970 already we become aware that the old reality was going to become obsolete. Consumption based economies and exponential population growth was going to reach a point of singularity. A new reality forced itself into our awareness: the natural limitations of planet Earth. The old reality entered into stress and crisis.
Shortage of natural resources became something to account for in productivity. The local government systems had to learn how to deal with the consequences on nature (human welfare diseases and effects of pollution and global warming) and migration of cultures. Consequence driven subeconomies were introduced demanding more consumption to finance the problems it is causing.
Our health started to become affected by pollution…. Migrations began to follow material wealth (people in search for securities and wellness) and poverty (business in search for financial competitiveness through low wages). Climate is affected and influenced. System and Nature develop a tension that produces awareness and transformative processes through vision, need and crisis.
We are now in the midst of this awareness building and transformative processes. The old reality and its obsolescence is causing stress across the world as we can see from this impressive visual compilation (take some time to observe the explosion of stress in the last couple of decades) of the evolution of conflicts from 1979 till 2012.
The individual human being ( you and me) is trapped in between with our own awareness processes. We need our society for securities but realize its obsolescence in current executive positioning. We (as human being) tend to dispute and even steps out of the old perception, to create a broader view and experiment with new realities through new awareness.
Institutions follow human leadership and transform through awareness and conflict.
Step 3: The holistic awareness and human organization
Consciousness boosts throughout the world and people combine wellness with responsibilities. Nature (the Universe) is recognized as dominant and human system need to adjust to become servant. Debt will cease to exist and new value systems emerge.
Sustainocracy is a step 3 pioneer
Sustainocracy is a new democracy based on step 3 awareness, creating operational experiments (s.a. AiREAS) within the step 1 country and business positioning with step 2 stress reality. It helps self aware business and government leaders program the transformation processes through proof of sustainable development and change.
Last Thursday Marco and I were invited to another city with our AiREAS initiative in Eindhoven (NL). It was interesting to observe how two different worldviews meet, interact and come together. For quite some time already we had been convinced that we were working on something unique with Sustainocracy . This encounter confirmed it once again in full reality.
Top technological value, no price list
The encounter had been established after a call from this city. They wanted to know if they could get access to the technology that was being developed by AiREAS? Our technology is the absolute best one can imagine in current state of the art technological evolution around environmental measurements (finedust, CO2, ozon, etc). Why was it so unique? Because it had been ideologically achieved within a sustainocratic process, a true co-creation.. This means that it involved directly the higher regional purpose of human health combined with the interests of a city council, the local population, scientific research with directly applied knowledge and applied business innovations. The technology had therefor not been conceived from a product point of view with a money driven motivation. Human health was our common multidisciplinary goal not money. The technology had to serve multiple purpose, not just city council policy making but also health research based on cross data, real time city dynamics analysis and transparent involvement of the local population with data and an explanation on what one can do to improve the local environment.
When the other city approached us we had not even established a price for the technology nor a sales structure to pass on the products within a typical commercial chain. The new technology was part of a purpose driven co-creating concept, not a stand alone product. In our working model (sustainocracy) technology was just a means not a goal and as such we would only be satisfied with the best we could achieve in multidisciplinary co-creation for the purpose of sustainable human progress in the region. The technology that we had developed today may well be the best available in the world but for us it is just a means we created to help achieve “the healthiest city of the world” in a sustainocratic way. It was hence “owned” by the entire AiREAS community and movement. Technology is likely to evolve further as our path along the line of sustainable human progress evolves too. What price do you attach to that? Wouldn’t it be easier for a new city to simply become member of the AiREAS community and its purpose, adjusting it to the local 4 local circumstances?
AiREAS has no personnel or hierarchy
The next difficulty was that AiREAS has no personnel, nor hierarchical organization of its own. AiREAS consists of the formalized co-creative venture to achieve healthy human environments through a sustainocratic cooperation. People are employed by the participating specialized institutions, not AiREAS. The general public participates through intrinsic motivating in their own city quarters by taking initiatives, not through an employment contract. The whole process involves already thousands of people in a purpose driven commitment yet no one in a hierarchy or on our payroll, not even me or Marco. We are in it as result driven professionals. No progress means no income for us either. How can we offer a product when there is no organization to back it up? We could only invite the new city to become a member of the movement and receive by consequence the technology together with the sustainocratic surroundings on a local for local basis.
When the city representatives mentioned that, in normal circumstances, they would have to tender for the technology it became easy for us to show that we could not participate. In AiREAS we have no client/supplier relationships, just a joint institutional and popular commitment to a goal of regional city health in which measurement is an essential but not conclusive instrument. This was also an eye opener for the people present and a new way of relating to reality. We were not there to sell anything. When we were asked to consider selling our technology we felt as if we were drawn back into the old world with its money driven structures, hierarchies, authorization processes, liabilities and bureaucratic difficulties. We did not want this. AiREAS wants to achieve health not money or power. Our authority lays in creating sustainable human progress, by facilitating it not by creating another bureaucracy around it.
An option we had now was to make the technology available through one of our money driven multinational partners against a royalty. This would provide the world with the technology without Sustainocracy. Many would prefer it that way even though we would eventually show that only Sustainocracy can solve the complexity of healthy regional environments and progress. The royalties would help us with means for reinvestment in our true purpose without the need to ask the local government for support through tax income. For local government it is of interest because they are part of the local reinvestment team, this time without having to challenge their own limited resources (in decrease too due to crises). We (Marco and I) would be challenged to avoid becoming yet again a money driven entity ourselves and remain in our role of providing progress rather than speculation. The uniqueness as well as the pitfalls of our creation became clear.
Involvement of the entire local population
In AiREAS we develop the purpose driven involvement of all people in a region, residents and visitors, private and professionals. In fact, AIREAS itself was initiated by me as a totally independent and free civilian around human responsibilities, not material or institutional complexities. The link between measurements and proactive public initiatives, facilitated by a sustainocratic venture between institutions, to achieve healthy dynamics through culture rather than regulation, was new too. Business, science and government were seen as instruments for sustainable human progress, not the cause but the means.
This holistic approach, in which all instruments for progress work together around a human driven purpose, was unique in our current global society. It was something that people from the old world of institutional dominance and hierarchies had to get used to. Some current institutions would fit in naturally, others would need to change while others would only play a role in the old money driven world and disappear in the sustainocratic reality. So be it. It is all part of creating a new biodiversity of human activities. We also see already totally new institutions arise around the powerful platform of local Sustainocracies.
Indeed there is always a lot happening in a consumer driven democracy from a public involvement point of view. The difference in a Sustainocracy is that the initiatives are not “to be authorized or regulated” but facilitated towards the common goal. When the population takes the lead the authorities offer their position of authority to enlarge purpose driven experimentation rather than authorizing them. This creates a totally different dynamics in a city with a proactive interaction between regional development of infrastructures and public initiatives around their own health and sustainable progress. Local content and involvement eliminates bureaucracy and society gets into a totally new phase of self-sufficient participation. The cost savings are tremendous and the value driven social and technological innovations get a boost. Local involvement is value driven and values are shared together. People learn to interact in a purpose driven way instead of competing and selling each other their talents without sharing key responsibilities. Now talents need to partner up for a common intention and achieve steps together. So does the harmonic relationship with our environment due to the direct relationship between living green, food, mobility, housing, social cohesion, health, etc. in AiREAS.
The relationship between measurements and human health is then not to evaluate the consequences of health or money related policies. It becomes an instrument to co-creatively and transparently measure progress through public proactive initiatives, organic social innovation, applied science and technological innovations.
New social order and learning process
With sustainable human progress defined as “working together on a healthy, vital, safe, self-sufficient human society within the context of our ever changing natural environment” the social organisation transforms. When working together the relationship needs to evolve based on trust and commitment while we come from a society that is based on exactly the opposite. To achieve a new social order in another city we cannot ask government take the initiative. They are the authority that needs to step back a little and no other institution can take its place. In Eindhoven I invited the old world to work with me in the new world. The “I” represented the holistic human being within a fragmented world that used the human being instead of serving its evolutionary purpose. The “I” became both Marco and I as a dual team at the center representing the interaction between the universal ethics of “To Be” and the professional “To Do” that produce the sustainable human progress in the model of human complexities.
In another city Marco and I could hardly take that responsibility because it requires the intense networking with people who go through an individual process of change when they are invited to the process. Each person has to learn the basics of Sustainocracy and the individual role in such venture as a person and a professional. When the individual is convinced, then the institutions themselves go through a similar process. It does require powerful people to be able to do all this, even if it is seen as an experiment. It is impossible to conduct this operational process at a distance. We need local independent and free Sustainocrats to place themselves at the center of the local process. The role of the Sustainocrat is one of connecting all forces in the multidisciplinary format to the common goal and translate idealistic intentions into practical projects. It is a position without power yet with great authority and responsibility. Every region where a sustainocratic venture appears has its unique opportunities to create value of their own that could also benefit the rest of the world. It should first however benefit themselves making the region the perfect reference for their own sustainable progress. Within the local venture all the participating parties are equal without dominance or hierarchy. This is achieved by the Sustainocrat that represents the spirit of progressive democratic and spiritual freedom of humankind.
I am establishing a global STIR Academy to help the new sustainocrats and the local co-creative initiatives. This will make the process easier and smoother as this new operational structure of society gathers knowledge and experiences to be shared. The STIR Academy is also sustainocratic, just like AiREAS.
A network of Sustainocracies
I envisage a global network of purpose driven local for local sustainocracies such as AiREAS. The concept of co-creating “the healthiest city of the world” through local civilian involvement and commitment in their own city quarters of residence, is equally the basis of “the healthiest living planet” in the universe. The working model of Sustainocracy makes it potentially the global multinational of permanently applied social and technological innovation without a single person on the payroll and all the 7 billion people contributing in value driven processes, sharing the values abundantly among each other.
The current 40000 involved in Eindhoven (NL), the proven ability to co-create state of the art complex technology, the proven social and institutional commitment for sustainable human progress, attracted after just 6 months at least one new city. When we continue like this and assure the quality of our progression, the global multinational for sustainable human progress will soon be a fact. It confirms people in a format where authority proves itself to the world as a progressive facilitating power for the benefit of 7 billion contributors to their own sustainable harmony and progressive stability.
By then the human world will have changed from a huge risk in chaos to persistent wellness through applied human excellence and higher awareness.