There's a free online school option for African American students this fall. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
School this coming fall in the US is going to be a nightmare. Because we've failed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic like other countries all over the world, the pandemic in the US will be in full effect by the start of the school year in the next few weeks. What happens if you don't want to put your children in a classroom as the pandemic rages? A good friend of mine, Diane Tucker has created an online option for African American children . Even more, it's free.
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Don't let the gloom and doom news cycle immobilize you. Yes, we are in a society and global crisis, but maybe that's what we need in order to move to the next level of what we can become. -- a connected, abundant, empowered, sharing and visionary society and world. This is the time to move forward.
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Humans tend to lean negative. Most of us are not used to thinking about opportunity in the middle of crisis. Our best version of optimism is trying to go back to the status quo. We feel safe when we are surrounded by familiar landmarks of how life is supposed to work. But what happens if what we have and what we are experiencing is not normal? Perhaps what we're going through is just a transition period for us to get to our highest and greatest self? Perhaps we're on our way to something even better than status quo. Here are five current developments that may be pointing to better days ahead.
We're building climate change resilience. You think the COVID-19 affected world is tough? Climate change may make this pandemic look like a folk dance. However, going through this has been a wake up call on how to deal with crises of scale --- exactly what climate change will bring. Nothing like trial by fire to bring everyone up to speed.
Relationship bonding and re-discovery. Raise your hand if you discovered deeper parts of your relationships during the various quarantines. In the book Bowling Alone , the author talks about how our modern society has leaned toward individual aloneness, much to our detriment. The recent quarantine periods forced us to connect with others. Maybe we needed this to break the aloneness trend.
Why we're better together. The US will be a cautionary tale of how working together and looking out for each other is better than the "you're on your own" idea . Our lack of a collective, unified approach to a problem has created an unnecessary and deadly version of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US border.
Black lives really do matter. After centuries of denying this human truth, a page has been turned in seeing how important valuing all of humanity is to the well being of all of it's citizens. A promissory note has been written in how we'll treat all humans of the future. Let's see if we make full payment and pay off this past due debt.
Development of new economic systems is full speed ahead. “Huge gaps in spending and living conditions are threatening the existence of our system,” That was Ray Dalio, founder of one of the biggest hedge funds in the history of Wall Street. He's a little late to the conversation, but it's good to note that there is a realization across the board that the current system isn't working. Recent events have prompted many who have been working on better, more appropriate systems for the time to forward their ideas.
One organization that has been forwarding a new system of education is ready to provide world class education online, especially to African American children. Watch this video, then read about the other cutting edge development projects happening around the world at www.chetsisk.com
Why the Homelander super hero really represents the US. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Immoral. Vain. Self-serving. Self-indulgent. Adolescent. Angry. Violent. These words don't even come close to describing the madness of the Homelander super hero character of the web television series The Boys. , This popular series is about a group of enhanced human beings who abuse their abilities and terrify the world, under the guise of patriotism .
Homelander is not only the leader of the group, he also has the most powers and he is the most psychotic. When asked to do the right thing for the greater good of the group and the planet, he nixes anything that doesn't lead to his glorification. When asked to understand nuance in solving a problem, he instead takes a hammer and sees everything as a nail in a binary, "us vs. them" world. When asked to see his own contribution to a problem, he sees introspection as weakness and resorts to blaming others. He is a dangerous anti-hero with powers to destroy the planet.
I believe he best represents the US because he is reflective of elements on full display in the country today.
When asked to wear masks to keep ourselves and other people safe from COVID-19 and serve the greater good, US citizens decided that their own self interest in getting a beer at a bar without a mask was more important than the well-being of the whole. The result --- a runaway pandemic.
When asked to step up our responsibility in solving the climate change crisis, we withdraw from shared global leadership and instead blame other people and their actions as to why we've taken our ball and gone home.
It took constant murders of African-American citizens at the hands of the State for the US to finally see that there is real and verifiable systemic racism in our infrastructure. This moment may be different, but history shows a pattern of mia culpas, throw more money at the problem and maintain the status quo.
Maybe the whole "American exceptionalism" thing warped American understanding of global communities and the community member right across the street from us. Maybe material wealth twisted American clarity of what success truly is. Maybe US arrogance provided a false sense of being.
Whatever the case, Homelander seems to embody all of our sins and deliver them with a snide, greasy, sinister smile.
The good news is that it's not beyond our reach to dump the Homelander model, but it would take a level of re-imagining the way forward that would be above and beyond anything seen before in modern human history. It will take a different kind of people to get this job done. Maybe, just maybe, the days of super heros can be traded out for a future of visionary leadership.
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Before you cash that $1,200 stimulus check Congress may send to you over the next few weeks, read this first. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk.
When the Great Depression hit the US with the force of a series of nuclear bombs in 1929, Herbert Hoover was the US President. He will forever be remembered as the creator of "Hoovervilles"....giant swaths of shanty towns with poor people in DC and across the country. They were created because of Hoover's inaction in the face of economic crisis. The great myth, however, is that the next president, Franklin Delanor Roosevelt (FDR) swooped in to save the day, enacting a series of "save the worker" measures and legislation that brought the economy roaring back from crash.
That would be an inaccurate telling of the story.
10 years into FDR's tenure as US President, the US still had massive unemployment (over 14%) and still was in the middle of the Great Depression. What changed was World War II. The US expanded it's capacity for a war-time effort and immediate put people to work, while building out infrastructure, companies and neighborhoods. This is an extremely important comparison to make right now as the US and the rest of the world stands at the edge of the abyss, thanks to the providence of COVID-19. The lesson from then for us now is to recognize that providing $1,200 measures to people who may be out of work for 6 months or longer will not save the economy.
That's a gesture. A meaningful one for those who have nothing, but not enough to deal with the enormity of the crisis.
But just like back in 1940, we too have a World War II crisis unfolding in front of us. It's called Climate Crisis. Instead of putting tons and tons of government spending and investments in defeating Nazis, that energy must now go into making sure the world doesn't collapse due to our CO2 emissions. No matter how incomplete the Green New Deal may be, COVID-19 has now made the GND a viable and serious answer to the crisis in front of us. This is where infrastructure development, job creation, neighborhood reinvestment and business innovation takes place. The Green New Deal platform has the triple duty opportunity of keeping us from completely imploding economically, saving the planet from the worst ravages of climate change, but also to help us re-imagine the immediate future into something greater, better, and more profound.
So before you cash that check, make sure you ask yourself the most important questions --- are you getting your money's worth for all of the time and sweat equity you put into this economy? Is $1,200 per person going to be enough to get us out of this mess over the next year? My personal belief is that, we can do better than that. Get your check. You deserve it. But it should be a note of promise of something bigger and braver in the works.
If we're big enough, we can thrive and succeed at a time that requires us to become our greatest selves.
Chet W. Sisk
The world is in the midst of great transition. As with all transitions, both challenge and opportunity exists at the same time. The COVID-19 pandemic has moved me to use a vehicle I've developed to stimulate the world economy. I've dedicate my years of working around the world on climate crisis to creating a vehicle that will provide ways all of us can thrive and succeed.
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The legendary black swan. Unpredictable, uncommon and unforseen circumstances that change the very fabric of society. We don't usually like them because they take us completely out of our comfort zones. These kinds of life events can often arrive with a deadly intensity, as with the current COVID-19 pandemic. As ugly and as maddening as these period upsets can be, they are necessary for us to get clarity about who do we want to be when we grow up.
Here are three important gifts the black swans present.
Self-examination. Let's face it....most of us never get to the point of self examination or self exploration until we are hit with some crisis. When was the last time you remember things going so well, it made you say "I think I'll change things up". The opposite is true. We become more conservative and want to maintain the status quo, even if it comes at the expense of other human beings. This black swan event is forcing countries around the world to look at how their healthcare infrastructures have left many people behind. This will help us determine what kind of people we are.
New ideas. There are a lot of ideas that are floating out there that never get the light of day until we face a crisis. Some of the most innovative ideas in the world all came during moments of crisis and necessity. We can now make room for those new ideas, knowing that the old ones don't work very well and require an update.
Visionary leadership. Often times, a society becomes stale because the leadership becomes stale. There is no bigger vision beyond maintenance. This is where the dynamism, the "electricity", the juice that drives a society to become great gets lost. Care taking leadership is the wrong kind of leadership during a black swan event. New ideas, new courage and new vision are critically important during this critical time. This does not mean to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but rather, how to build something new on top of the sacrifices made by others.
We can get stronger. There's an old phrase that's been traveling around for years that says "that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger. " I've spent 12 years as a volunteer at the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in Denver, Colorado. I can say with great confidence that statement simply isn't true. It's not the circumstances that makes us stronger. It's the decision we make about the experience. Often times, I've seen situations that didn't kill people immediately preceded to kill them later.....all because of the decision they made about the circumstances. This is an opportunity for us to become stronger....if we choose correctly.
This may not be what many of you wanted to hear right now in a time of crisis, but these are necessary steps in a long process. It's true. We can do this.
Are rich people smarter than the rest of us? If you're rich or wanna be rich, you may want to check this out. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
The short answer to this enduring question is no. Rich people aren't inherently smarter than the rest of us, but they have more proximity to money. That is, they have more access to the tools that create material wealth in society. Some would argue that being in proximity to money is the thing that makes rich people smarter than us. Let's look at that....
Structural racism and classism can support incompetent rich people while suppressing really smart poor people. Systems that support material wealth don't necessarily coincide with systems that support smart decision makers.
Rich people, on average, are luckier than many other people, and there's math to prove it. Even more, that luck is enhanced if you're born in the right country that puts a high premium on material gain, with the right infrastructure and with the right social mobility tools. This throws a wrench into the idea often championed by motivational speakers that everyone has the same chance at being rich...it's just your thoughts that set you apart. Thoughts increase the odds, but support, infrastructure and luck make all the difference....
Something called "Survivorship Bias" can fool us into believing that if we simply follow a model set by a particular rich person, we too will be rich --- something often pitched by the latest best-selling book. The reality is that becoming rich or super rich is much more random and not necessarily based on being smart or following a model.
And measuring your intelligence based on your income (be you rich , or not so rich) is also false reasoning......
There is no support for the idea that rich people are inherently smarter, collectively, than everyone else. This is important because of the trending idea they are. This key understanding can help us make better leadership choices, knowing that the rich are not necessarily better decision makers than the rest of us.
The magic that rich people have in American society is not more brains than the average person, but more proximity to wealth than the average person.
The massive trend toward disinformation and 3 things you can do to protect yourself. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
We are living in the golden age of lies, fakes and disinformation.
If you're not concerned about this development, you should be. It's one thing when individuals lie to us (as most people will at some point in your life). It's another thing when gigantic systemic infrastructures have been set up to not passively lie to you, but aggressively confuse your thoughts, neuter your individual will and stifle your thinking. There is a trend around the world to fully harness the influence of social media to consolidate power and control though disinformation. It sounds quite Orwellian, but developments across the planet show that the Orwellian nightmare is here and has become woven into the very fabric of societies....
The consequences of normalizing this are vast....
I often say in my presentations that disinformation isn't necessarily effective if it convinces you to come over to it's way of thinking (although that is always an end goal). It is effective when it confuses you and overwhelms you with so much information that you simply choose to check out. The modern term for this is "Censorship Through Noise". This kind of censorship means you no longer are engaged in championing something that represents you or your ideas. You simply become quiet or de facto complicit to the disinformation. Low information voters are particularly vulnerable to this. Its just easier for them to follow the path of least resistance, that is, the path they are being spoon fed what to think. Overall, the end result of a sustained attack on agreed truths is the breakdown in basic trust. No one trusts the government. No one trusts the media. No one trusts anyone. Remember, the core of a representative society is that it functions on a set of agreed trusts.
What can we do?
All of my data says we can do 3 things right now to establish a beach head against the wave of disinformation.
1. You must take regular breaks from you electronic media. The addictive nature of social media makes this extremely difficult, but certainly not impossible. At the very least, you should not make it the first thing you do in the morning....https://vulcanpost.com/602607/social-media-morning-routine-negative/
2. Always check the news source that provides you with the story. It's easy to click through the name of the writer or provider of the story. Follow it down the rabbit hole to see who this person or organization is. Chances are good you'll see if they come from a particular slant or bias. That doesn't necessarily mean the information is false, especially if it's from a reputable source. It only means you should take in consideration that they have a particular position which may or may not tell you the whole truth. The best sources are the ones that share their position regularly so that you are made aware of it.
3. Look for other reports to compare. Finding comparative reports to what you are reading is far easier than it was just a few years ago. If the subject means that much to you, dig a bit deeper. The times we live in demand it.
We live in a strange new world. You can no longer be intellectually lazy when it comes to where you get your information. You'll have to verify what your reading or watching is a truth that you're willing to go to bat for. That's the only way a representative democracy, in all it's forms, will be able to survive and thrive.
The data is clear. Cooperation, not competition is our best life. It can save the future. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
A few years ago, I wrote about how anthropologists discovered something interesting in our millions year old ancestry. We learned to cooperate in order to survive. In other words, we are at our best when we work together across platforms, ethnic groups and geographies to solve major challenges. Consequently, it seems we are at our worst when we compete. A group of anthropologists and psychologists have formalized the data behind this insight....
So, I started to speculate....if we brought cooperation back to the fore of human advancement, how would the world handle things? Below is my speculation based on the current paradigm, and the revisited cooperative paradigm from early humans, also known as the Ubuntu Socieoeconomic Construct....
Current Paradigm: Status quo. Denial. Delay.
Revisited Paradigm: Distributing resources to support those most affected. Move to create a global plan.
Current Paradigm: Profit --Some get….most don’t.
Revisited Paradigm: Abundance---empowered and connected communities.
Current Paradigm: Deal with symptoms, not the problem.
Revisited Paradigm: Re-imagine how systems work.
Current Paradigm: Waste is part of the process of distributing food worldwide, profitably.
Revisited Paradigm: Rethinking food distribution processes to end waste, using new technology.
Current Paradigm: Processed and fattening foods are choices so the market should decide.
Revisited Paradigm: Provide people with better and affordable choices.
Current Paradigm: Keep cultural others out.
Revisited Paradigm: Reformed and modern immigration policies.
Current Paradigm: Incremental progress.
Revisited Paradigm: Elect more women officials for guidance through Feminine Principle Leadership.
Current Paradigm: The market should drive cost and access.
Revisited Paradigm: Providing clean water access to people to improve the quality of life in a community. Prioritizing new technology in this process.
Current Paradigm: Profit
Revisited Paradigm: Utilize the knowledge, technology and innovation into creating smart cities and an empowered world.
This is, of course, speculation, but if we retraced our steps and went back to the best of humanity's innovative roots on the plains of Africa, we would be talking about cooperation and the world would be on a different trajectory.
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