We've all received social cues as to what success looks like in our current world. Those cues have primarily been defined by Western standards of success . Those success markers include the following goals....
The Scarcity Economic Model. It states that infrastructure is created (often artificially created) to facilitate the distribution of resources to meet human wants and needs, thus pricing and availability of resources are based on limited access. It is based on the premise that there simply isn't enough to go around.
The Rugged Individualism Philosophy: The practice and belief that individualism is the preferred approach to social and economic relations over group support and engagement.
Materialism: A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
The challenge we face today is that the world emerging from the perfect storm of climate change, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and income inequality all happening at the same time, require a dramatically re-imagined set of tools, concepts and ideas to help run an efficient, effective and abundant planet. These new emergent tools include:
The Ubuntu Philosophical Construct: Based on the Southern African philosophy, this idea states that all people, animals and the planet are connected. Thus, economies, societal structure, technology and laws would be developed to reflect this idea.
Spirituality: Belief that attaining higher understanding of the divine is more important than the acquisition of material goods. This puts less pressure on the attainment of material goods and more on personal development, thus, less pressure on environmental resources to meet those demands.
The Abundance Economic Model. Also called The Post-Scarcity Model is an economic idea in which most goods can be produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed. The technological explosion of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is making this a likely alternative.
Embracing the old tools are and have created crises above and beyond what humankind has known. Here are some of the challenges:
Jobs don't solve economic challenges in a scarcity model economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/magazine/americans-jobs-poverty-homeless.html?mc=aud_dev&ad-keywords=auddevgate&subid1=TAFI&fbclid=IwAR2tvFSSiicJJJACLa7r71LC9zQ1pcdptZxmNuPZltbsdNF3Za-Sn2mxKS4&dclid=CjkKEQiArK_fBRCn8-rxz42j3bgBEiQAFHPBMGxnMkpf5XMUztYle5auhXfzpS421-Me1P7RKkVhYjzw_wcB
The push for material gain for shareholders has put the world on the brink of an extinction level event via climate change. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-knew-about-climate-change-almost-40-years-ago/
The Scarcity Economic Model and materialism are doing catastrophic harm to the planet. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/13/hurricane-irma-capitalism-growth-economics-environment-financial-crisi
The multiple crises that are emerging now have basically created an extinction level event. These crises have also created the greatest opportunity to develop a new, robust, efficient and abundant approach that may never have occurred except for crisis. I believe we should take advantage of this opportunity.
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START DEVELOPING YOUR VISION STATEMENTS
Just like with sports, my job as a Futurist is to coach you through this time of great change. I am here to help you set goals and develop key skills that are particular to this paradigm shift. I am here to enhance your motivation, lay out the possibilities of this time, and increase your success rate. If done correctly, I will have encouraged you to take ownership for emergence at this critical time. If you've signed on, you should have the UBR Coaching program. Take a look at the vision statement categories. The next post will go into more detail to help you write your personal statements for your health, relationships, finances and career for times like these. Not into the life coaching app yet? Write me at email@example.com and let's get you in.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org