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Transforming our narrative

Arguably about 5000 years ago we started to develop a narrative based on hierarchy, fear, dominance, awareness driven competition, agression and social control mechanisms. I say “arguably” because the narrative may already have found its roots in landscapes where certain individuals claimed land ownership and developed a dominance over populations wishing to make use of it for a living. This narrative is still dominant today.

During our weekly online meetings about spreading the narrative of core natural human values, equality, shared responsibilities and cocreation, some refer to this 5000 year old historical human step as “a historical misdirection”. One that has taken darwinistic proportions over time with the “narcistic dominance of the most aggressive”, reaching (in our current lifetime) a point of natural collapse that produces unprecedent human suffering and chaos. While nature does its work of seeking natural balance of a living flow, of course at the expense of the unnatural and fake human hegomony, some people pretend to play God in an attempt to regulate, manipulate or control the events out of some kind of self defined interests and faked morality, proper of this narcistic dominance.

Others, including myself, define the end of the era of abuse and the beginning of a new servant one as a natural evolutionary path, predictable and necessary. So is the narrative that we introduce as Sustainocracy, the “next step” in our human evolutionary voyage through time and space. One that we can observe in our natural individual growing up phases (in a single lifestime) which we now proyect on the same phases for the evolution of humankind (over a span of millions of years) as a collective transformative experience:

  • Phase 1: Unaware living life – early human life forms in small groups
  • Phase 2: Unaware competitive life – human groupings encountering eachother and intuitively defending their interests
  • Phase 3: Awareness driven competitive life – growth of human presence on the planet, regular encounters and desire for dominance for self protection and growth. Development of vertical hierarchies and horizontal growth
  • Phase 4: Awareness driven living life – development of diplomacy, wellness driven dialogue, peace, multilateralism and shared cocreation among people and first steps in symbiosys with nature
  • Phase 5: full symbiose

Our current era is immerged in transforming between phase 3 and 4. This is already developing for many years, reaching a new climax now. The previous climax was worldwar II, a war after which human rights and diplomacy was anchored in the human societal development showing the first glimps of phase 4 emerging, however wrongly interpreted as a (financial) cost of phase 3 instead of a new way of life with a new narrative and social structure. The new narrative is emerging now as a shared responsibility, not a hierarchy. It is however the hierarchy that refuses to let go of its phase 3 dominance and mindset. The fight between hierarchical self interests and human rights is not battled anymore in the field with arms. It is developed through justice, the development of ethics and the deployment of phase 4 as a choice, as a best practice proyection, an open space for shared responsibility and cocreation of shared values.

During May 2021 our communication and seeding vehicle, the World Happiness Bird, we decided to experiment with the diversity of media to spread our narrative of equality, purpose and cocreation through positivism, togetherness and shared wellness. We will look out for and create our own best practices within phase 4, to share with the world and within our growing global phase 4 community. You are welcome to join our efforts, as a person, as an institution or sum of all, and share the narrative if you sense it to be yours too.

The narrative can be expressed through art, songs, music, cooperative ventures, local initiatives, expressions, videos, an whatever means….shared to engage and inspire…… Below we express ourselves through the basic principle of Sustainocracy, our phase 4 community expressed as ventures such as AiREAS, FRE2SH, School of Talents & Wellness, COS3i, etc…

Basic principle of Sustainocracy, our real time democracy for everyone

The moment we take responsibility together

In this blog I explain an evolution in our region in Holland where many people of all kinds of talent and status of authority seem to reach a level of awareness and personal leadership which motivates to join in a new level of responsibility together. We refer to this as level 4, one level above the hierarchies of political and economic powers, and one in which we allow core human and natural values to define our priorities and innovative investments. It is interesting to see how it captures the interest of the global community who visit us for inspiration and cocreation. This blog was also publised on LinkedIn in Dutch. 

Never before in history the modern human being has been challenged as whole to put the shoulders under our evolutionary survival. Now we have. Ever since we crossed the invisible line of about 3 billion fellow members of our species, the lifestyle based on the economy and politics of production and consumption started to damage our surrounding is an irrevocable way. This happened somewhere between the 50’s and 60’s of last century and millennium. This seems very far away but in essence is the timeframe of the current generation aged 50+.  It is all part of today still, not at all far away.

Before we crossed this invisible line the natural reproductive abundance of our planet Earth could still recover from our destructive behaviour of greed and aggressive competition. But after this crossing it could not anymore, not if our human species would continue the way it did. We are now well on our way to a population of 9 billion indivdiuals, three times that of 70 years ago. What have we done in the meantime? Gradually we became more and more aware of the problems and introduced new processes such as Cradle to Cradle, Biomimicry, circular economy, CSR, costly bureaucracy and new rules, costly healthcare systems, etc. Yet our steering mechanisms, based on sustaining the political and economic hierarchies, with primarily consumption driven civilians, has only been expanded and sustained artificially by the local and worldwide structures of financial power and control. Our fragmented money driven structures can only take responsibility for their little islands of self interest and none oversees the whole that is being seriously damaged, with very unpleasant consequences. Each for themselves take competitive measures out of economic or political self sustaining interest, contributing at the same time to the worsening of the problems without sensing direct responsibility for the whole, just their part. The submission to money remains leading, not our evolutionary self resilience as a species.

There are two twee routes we can take.

The first route is the one of the least resistance. We just keep going with our lifestyle and political-economic steering. Eventually nature will take over and reduces humankind to proportions below the line of (self)destruction. This is normal in nature. As soon as a lifeform cannot feed itself anymore or becomes sick it dies out and is taken over by healthier lifeforms. Whatever remains of the sort that collapsed is so much smaller that it is not dangerous anymore for itself or the rest of the lifeforms. These last mentioned get the new  space to develop themselves according to the same rules of nature.

According the current situation of humankind we can expect to be reduced to about 1 to 2 billion people in a natural way via catastrophes, crises, hunger and wars. Nature does not make distinction between people and just cleans up. If we look closely at what is going on in the world we see this process already happening.

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Level 4 regional development and leadership

The second route is the one of awareness and taking of responsibility. We have already seen that none of the fragmented parties of self-interest can do this on their own, unless they do it together. But who takes initiative? Awareness is not limited to some happy few. It also reaches the mindset of policy makers, entrepreneurs, scientists and many civilians who all want to do something about it but often feel hindered by their individual or executive limitations. Lifting all these people, in all their diversity of talents and authorities, to a new level of interaction, above the political and economic hierarchies, we create a new level and area of cocreation, referred to as a Sustainocracy, in which the natural and human core values are leading. Together we choose our priorities, allocate means and arrive at innovative project that help change the old reality in all its dimensions. An independent Sustainocrat is enough to pave the way into level 4 leadership, the leadership that follows the development of core values together. On this level an executive policy maker can define arguments that reduce rules and bureaucracy, entrepreneurs develop new, revolutionary products and services while civilians innovate themselves socially through adjustments in behaviour and lifestyle, without reducing their quality of life, on the contrary. At the same time the functional layers of regional development become subject to integrale innovation in the field of residence, food, energy supplies and usage, mobility, local involvement and reward of participation, recreation, etc. Step by step the energetic dynamics of cohesion and care for each other and the environment develops. The good example spreads and reaches other people and institutions who wish and can participate. Those who put up resistance have to come up with powerful arguments if they keep blocking human core values, risking eventually to be held liable for this. A new culture and economy appears, referred to as the transformation economy, which has a harmonizing effect on the community while contributing to the expansion of all kinds of new  innovations that can serve the rest of the world too.

In Eindhoven and Brabant we have been applying this level 4 regional development for about 7 years now and the approach grows in both recognition as local and international support. Apparently we have created a new culture together in which we can freely look for connection between level 4 leadership of people of a great diversity of talents and authority. In other areas this is often not yet possible. That is why the first mentioned route will still show us huge amounts of human suffering and drama for a long time to come and will even affect us despite our intentions. But the route we have chosen gives us hope with strength and will, as expected, sproat elsewhere as soon as people become aware of the option its way of functioning and the potential of this evolution in human and natural self-aware coexistence.

STIR foundation is ideological and practical founder of Sustainocracy, and since 2010 initiator of level 4 cooperative formats such as AiREAS (healthy air, healthy cities), FRE2SH (local cooperation for resilience in basic needs), STIR level 4 learning cooperation (education to reach level 4), Rijk van Dommel en Aa……enz. This format of level 4 regional development has been accredited in 2015 by external research and received the VINCI European Innovation Award. Sustainocracy has been introduced in 2016 in 26 regions of Europe, India and China. During all kinds of encounters, publications, presentations and workshops you can get acquainted with the expertise, methods and achievements.