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Integral Ecology and Sustainable Business

With thanks to Laszlo Zsolnai and Ove Jakobsen I was invited to participate in the publication of this valuable book published through Emerald Publishing. My contribution is about the Participation Society, an analysis of the evolution of our societal structures and the emergence of taking responsibility together as citizens and policy makers when dealing with our core human and natural values.

The entire publication: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/book/10.1108/S1572-8323201726

My chapter on the Participation Society:  http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/S1572-832320170000026013

 

The evolution of society through Sustainocracy displayed at city hall Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2016

It may seem a paradox to show an emerging, new governance and societal interaction model in the midst of the 160 year old party political democratic system of the city hall of Eindhoven. But that is what evolution is all about. The symbolism of progress, even if the new replaces the old, simply because it is better suited to address the challenges of our era, is worth contemplating with joy and sense of opportunity and faith. Just look at the pictures below. On the wall we see the portraits of all mayors of the city of Eindhoven since 1850. They look over the exposition as a reflective token of the evolution of time, from the military uniforms of a non-disputable hierarchy, up to the new era, on a new wall, of the emerging participation society…..

Our demonstration was simple. A table at the center of the exposition remained empty, symbolizing the challenge of dealing with reality without prejudism, hierarchies, stacks of money or power positions. We place the core human and natural values on this table as defined in our new democracy referred to as Sustainocracy. Together with the four pillars of any society (government, citizens, scientific knowledge and innovative entrepreneurship) we look at our reality from a core values perspective and define our priorities for changes together. Visitors could experience such values driven interaction by simulating it using their own local priorities and issues of great concern.

Around the table, in the hall we then show some of the spin-offs of such innovative drive, each changing our society and its functioning while inspiring the world through its cocreative progession and measureable results. This was the layout of the central table and the surrounding spin offs.

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The city council room was left aside as a symbol of the past in which party politics and economic priorities took our attention away from our core values. A new center of debat had emerged, the sustainocratic, multidisciplinary table of shared responsibilities…..

During the 9 days of exposure we received over 1000 visitors from our own citizen’s collective and from many other local and international communities. These visitors from across the world joined our sustainocratic table and got inspired to take the ideas home with them. We organized a civilian participation debat in the council’s room. This also evolved with international presence (Spain, Turkey and Afganistan). Six points of attention were joinedly defined and drawn up as a manifest to our community level 4 leadership (awareness driven eco-system) to enhance our progress even further:

  • Acknowlegde and value social entrepreneurship,
  • Find ways to make the huge impact social entrepreneurship indexed and measureable,
  • Engage citizens to the core values at city neighborhood level
  • Dare to be ambitious when dealing with the core values. The silent majority needs to be considered in the progressive plans, not just the strongly heared conservative voices,
  • Involve the younger generations through participative learning processes,
  • Exchange inspiration, experiences and best practice among the other communities in the world which too are engaged in this evolutionary challenge…..

Many visitors reacted both suprised and committed: “It exists, you are showing it here in Eindhoven, so now we want this too!”

Dutch Design Week 2017 goes global. Contact me by reacting to this blog if you want to engage with Sustainocratic progress and join this week in october 2017 with innovative initiatives, seminar or congress participation, etc.

Logo of a new society

Sustainocracy is a peaceful and democratic, core human values driven movement. It describes and develops the evolution of our human species through the definition of five natural core values (health, safety, awareness, basic need (food, water, air, energy), regional cocreative resilience). Sustainocratic progression is made through the constant motivation to use our wit, creativity and community cohesion to develop and enhance those core values in our regions through multidisciplinary innovative interaction and cocreation.

The logo or symbol for Sustainocracy is this:

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The logo symbolizes the heart of the sustainocratic processes in a complex interaction between human and institutionalized interests. At the same time it visualizes through the use of colors and connecting bands the interaction between the natural resources of water, air, living green and energy.

The processes of Sustainocratic, core values driven progression through multidisciplinary regional interaction, can be seen in this flowchart. In the center you may also recognize the shape of the symbol above.

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Flowchart of sustainocratic values driven interaction

The center of both the logo and flowchart form a permanent quest for quality of life within an ever changing natural and human environment. By making the five core values of Sustainocracy leading the innovative drive is constant, fed by context related data, the input of means with the development of tools. Civilian engagement defines new market mechanism which helps connect entrepreneurship and governance to the challenges.

Recently the symbol was connected to our European CITIMAP project in which we work together on the co-creation of 6 health driven cities from an air and environmental quality point of view. The other half of the message was produced by the University of Aachen (Germany).

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