One of the biggest challenges we face is the system design for the Resource Economy. This is the system that will replace the outdated Monetary System – so says Peter Joseph (as mentored by Jacque Fresco and Roxanne Meadows – where's her Wikipedia page? Crikey – give the woman some credit too :- )– and I believe him. In my mind the challenge is aligning this Resource Economy with a suitable social structure – humans are part of the Resource Economy as skilled specialists and so is money allocated as a resource as we transit to the new system.
So, the design is two fold… I'm sure this base is in the idea of sustainability… thanks to all the brilliant breakthrough work people are doing all around the world on that idea! Sustainability is about ensuring our systems are in balance with our physical environment. Our physical environment includes us humans – dang what happened over the past thousands of years that we've forgotten that basic fact. I'm guessing scarcity of food, shelter, water, etc set in around some earlier human cultures and our behavior and feelings about our world began to change. Of course, this change is so slow and organic that it takes so many generations for the change to happen and as each generation documents it's existence through its art and artifacts (yes, science is art :- ) the picture of the truth changes as our experience of life does. And the victors get to write their version of history… ahem with their perspective. But, as we know there is always other sides to the same story.
So, back to humans being part of nature… if we take that as fact then we must also understand we are "one mob" – out of Africa millions of years ago – this is pretty long but worth definitely worth watching to get that idea secured in your heart:
This is a tricky one… Russell Brand describes communism as "just sharing" and I'm sure he's got a great point. There is a lot of grumbling around communism because distilled, it caused more harm than good in the end. We don't have to throw the baby out with the bath water on these great ideas! You know, they had their time and we tried them out. We can take the good bits and move on with the next idea. I've done some reading on Deep Democracy and I think that sounds pretty good. Basically we all have time in the future to discuss issues at length and come up with creative solutions because we collaborate rather than trying to OWN ideas. It's quite a strange idea to think that we can indeed own anything because at the end of the day our forebears over millions of years developed who and what we are right now, as you read this. Each new scientific discovery (we even had scientific discoveries back then :- ) have lead to the ideas that govern our world.
Meritocracy is another idea that is described in the TED talk below. I did a bit of a search and there was some critics but idealism doesn't hurt in the planning stage. Visionaries are the ones that challenge the norm. I find Eric X. Li inspirational as he relates his own life (his story) to the development of a new idea / social order. The only thing I don't like is the graphical representation of the system because it's got a pinnacle and I think some people would think that they can buy those positions. In actual fact the shape is more Venn diagram where our human resources are developed according to the child's strengths, ie. their individual talent / passion / interest and provide a society to nurture their creative nature – the way a life should be. At the moment we're raising our children into a corporatocracy monoculture. Stamping them out one after one with some crap-idea-mould that serves only a few. We are so ready to make this change – no one needs to get left behind. We have the technology now to move on it. The challenge is transition. I think we need to figure out a loose medium to long term structure to get the short term aligned correctly.
Here is another interesting paper on Meritocracy:
Meritocracy Is a Good Thing
Daniel A. Bell is Zhiyuan chair professor at Jiaotong University (Shanghai) and professor of political
theory and director of the center for international and comparative political theory at Tsinghua
University (Beijing). He is the co-editor (with Fan Ruiping) of Jiang Qing’s “A Confucian Constitutional
Order” (Princeton University Press, 2012).
We haven't spent much time on this idea yet other than to have watched just about everything Peter Joseph has done – movies and interviews – and trust that he has it in hand. His credentials are good to go on the money market, resource market and sustainable systems.