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Our route into a totally new society

"You will only see it when you get it". (Cruyff). 

The City of Tomorrow, with its Sustainocracy, its various multidisciplinary partnerships and our many insights to share for a successful transition, positions itself in a form of society in which the survival of humankind in its natural context is central. We invite governments, the business community, education, fellow citizens and knowledge institutions to take joint responsibility in this, independently and together. Organizations that accept the invitation derive new forms of success but are also undergoing a radical transition. Those who don't continue to experience the negative pressures of the old reality that is only ramping up.

Our old, trusted society has been made completely dependent on money. This money is created through industrial processes and services. These use natural resources, both for the production and distriution. Money is also created through capitalist speculation, ie it arises from creating and trading deficits. The system is aimed at keeping people dependent on money, products and services. The whole process is inherently destructive and polluting. 
If we cannot recycle, reuse or compost it, it should not be produced (Dr. Paul Connett)
In order to facilitate this form as best as possible, governments have been set up to help it grow. This was first done by constructing infrastructures. Then the regulatory "care" was added by applying the principle of "flatten the curve". This is to prevent the system from turning its neck prematurely. Flatten the curve has become famous for the corona measures but is in fact an approach that is standard applied by governments to seemingly solve problems without addressing the root causes. Because the latter is out of the question in a "democratic" imaginary world of public dependence.

"In this old reality, the wrong choices are constantly being made" (Jean-Paul Close, Sustainocracy). Wrong if we look at them from the natural context of the survival of life on Earth, including us humans. If we value this life, including ourselves, then we will have to embrace a new reality. 

This happens in two ways:
1. By learning to look at the old reality from the perspective of natural life and to expose the wrong choices. We no longer tolerate pollution and destruction. We base area development on core values of life instead of industrial processes. No more flattening the curve but a substantive change of approach and mutual relationships.

2. By letting go of our dependence on the old reality and taking co-responsibility for the design of the new one society together. We don't focus on shortages but on creating a natural, healthy abundance and sharing it. Money, governments, entrepreneurship, knowledge, culture, all change roles in this new context.

Both ways develop in parallel. There are forces that still defend the old reality out of self-interest or blind shortsightedness. That is normal, especially if we consider the dependency culture that has ruled for generations. You don't just change that, nor the power structure that has been derived from it. Making room for the new is a laborious process, especially when the old structure imposes its power. We therefore see more and more lawsuits against governments and companies based on the recognition of the life they are undermining. It will not be long before this practice is declared illegal and we are also developing new legal forms in this regard.

Life is not a right but a shared responsibility.

If we look around us, we see those changes everywhere. Once that space has been taken and occupied, it grows steadily and the new norm develops from the new consciousness and framework for action. Not much will change for many people, except that they will be taken along in a new mentality and distribution key. The functions in society are also changing. The transition is drastic for the pioneers, as well as for all institutions that are reinventing themselves in the new context. But if they don't, they gradually lose out. As the world grows above the horizontal line, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain the world below the line.

End of era, welcome new era, for sustainably developing people.

An example of corporate sense of responsibility

The motivation of the CEO of DSM, one of the large Dutch multinationals, with a history in the old narrative of pollution and abuse of people in the mining and chemical world, rewrites its narrative in the world of shared responsibilities. It is a choice. Then it is hard work, but highly rewarding.

Healing people and society through Sustainocracy

The City of Tomorrow initiative in Eindhoven (Netherlands) has reached a point in which social inclusion, integration and innovation is addressed, referred to as COS3I. This engagement attempt to involve large amounts of socially and economically isolated citizens into the core human values development of our new society has reached a surprising point of attention: the human field of emotions.

It has been scientifically proven that emotions don’t only change our points of view. They also change the physical nature of our own surroundings, including even our own DNA. Positive energy has therefore a very powerful effect on people, it brings about the best in them, makes them productive, interactive with each other and emotionally capable of healing negative attitude and even health issues. Furthermore the positive drive gives positiveness back in the format of abundance.

When we started to address these issues we needed to learn how to deal with the diversity of emotions related to our own and the current meanstream attitude (often very selfish, narrow minded, individualistic with apathy and lack of motivation), the potential of changing mentalities and dealing with hurtful experiences in people’s lifes. The latter could be the possible cause of their isolation in the first place. This became significant because in our own case such emotional issues had been our own motivation to actually start our initiatives. Sustainocracy for instance is the consequence of my own traumatic experiences both in marriage, changing country with the related culture shocks and dealing with money driven governance. Having solved my issues with governance and culture through the positive introduction of Sustainocratic processes the remaining issue in me was how to deal with my broken marriages and my disturbed relationship with women.

Casually COS3I was set up by me and a nice looking woman. The personal interaction opened up the box of Pandora in me. The struggle got me out of my rational routines and artificial comfort zone, within the rollercoaster of emotions. Fear, love, care, interests, greed, etc came by and my system needed to react to come to terms with myself. My personal chaos was enough to upset me for weeks. I communicated my experiences extensively through blogs and Facebook. To my surprise I received hundreds of messages back of people who were going through a similar process of letting go old scars and healing themselves from old or new pains. They were pleased that I raised the issue openly and transparently. Many were people I worked with on a regular basis and I had no idea. We live in a culture in which emotions are dealt with in private with terrible consequences. This was going to change. I was determined as this group process was helping me heal faster than anything else. My female COS3I partner disconnected from me but kept in touch with COS3I by feeding me with some contacts.

Another very attractive woman, younger still and very good looking, suddenly connected with me and a proved to be a gift from heaven. She became the ultimate councillor, replacing the first seemlessly with the difference that with her I could relate with better control over all the disturbing emotions.

She is gifted with very powerful spirituality, connecting to the universal energy of healing. It was a very special experience to deal with her and settle my inner confusion about the material world in relation to women (connecting through real meaning or just from frustrated sexuality and romance point of view?). With this very vibrant, open and pure personality it was not more than ethical for me to focus on my meaningful relationship with her. With the first partner I could address COS3I locally in a powerful way (if she decided to join me again) but this special woman could set the pace for a global movement connecting complex spiritual meaning and organizational action. I became illuminated by both:

  • my own weakness, old damages and necessary healing patterns to establish a situation of equality between the masculine and feminine energy streams for effective and powerfull positive energy multiplication between the two.
  • the true meaning of female universal regeneration energy, with the healing powers in relation to Sustainocracy as a societal cocreation model. Both complement eachother but are not the same. The feminine stream feeds the masculine one of Sustainocracy with endless universal meaning.

New participants were primarily women trying to connect with me to see if we could meet up and talk. Open transparent dialoog was very helpful for me and these people. At the same time the scope of our initiative grew despite the differences I had with my fellow initiator of COS3I. This showed that the energies are not necessarily personalized but channeled through multiple persons. This does not exclude one or the other but leaves room for people to heal themselves in their own processes and engage when they are ready. New projects appeared from people who connected their talents after connecting their emotions first. Amazing!

To be and do

The awareness breakthrough is a real, memorable point in a person’s life

My own model for the human complexity (above) shows two lines of interaction for sustainable human progress: the moral/ethical line of “to be”, a highly femine line for change, awareness, renewal. And the active, organizational line of “to be”, highly masculine, results driven, growth oriented. The interference and engagement of women, both at the practical end of COS3I as well as the mirroring advisory part for me, became a new source of illumination. The feminine energy, the energy of the emotions, had been poorly developed in the City of Tomorrow, retained by my own blockages. Now they started to disappear. I myself was healing. My diet started to change, I could live suddenly without pain tablets for my problems with ligaments, and my lifestyle transformed further. Also my relationship with women developed positively at a rapid pace.

We got acquainted with 100’s of emotion driven initiatives in town and all we needed to do is try to connect those to COS3I rather than trying to reinvent the wheel over and over again. In fact, my founding female colleague had mentioned such a thing before but I had never listened enough. I now remember but I could not yet give it an organizational (masculine) basis back then. Now suddenly I can and events are being started in which we don’t organize anything ourselves but get the COS3I target groups to deal with the challenges of organizing the events themselves, healing themselves as they develop their challenges. The positive feminine energy is transforming society and the attitude as well as involvement of people. Lifestyle is not just a rational issue but an emotional one, especially when drama converts into opportunity.

In a short time the doors opened again of government, businesses, schools, etc. They all wanted to be part of it despite their own pains to get engaged. They needed the open freedom and space too to be able to react and heal their own historical and present pains. Sustainocracy is proving to be the environment for the open, transparent and creative dialogue, the reflection about core human values and the individual, group and societal healing mechanism from within.

City of Tomorrow

The sustainocratic ventures

A new era has started for me and also for the City of Tomorrow. A healed, open and complete era I assume, with a lot to learn still and exciting perspectives ahead. Social integration started with ourselves and now we can again apply our experiences to the field. Instead of addressing the action we first address the emotions. A new world for us.