A lot of people thought the US election was the most important story over the past few weeks. Actually I believe it was the story of Elon Musk making the announcement that his company, Tesla, is releasing a shingle sized solar panel and home battery.
We are now in a time where it may cost almost nothing to heat your home or power your car. This has huge implications for....well, everything. From food to shelter to how we live --- everything is about to change.
This announcement signals the beginning of the Age of Abundance. This age isn't based on the feel-good message of a motivational speaker hawking his newest book. It's actually based on abundance infrastructure where the very foundation of the modern world is transforming to a model that provides more human basic needs to more people at less cost in an open source environment. This is being driven by the technology., This is both exciting and challenging at the same time. Here are some things we'll need to pay attention to.
1. It's the beginning of the end for the petroleum/coal energy paradigm. You didn't think that it would go on forever, did you? This old world paradigm of energy may have contributed greatly to climate change, constant wars as well as the dramatic income inequalities that exist around the world. The renewable energy revolution is real, primarily because the technology that is fueling it's rapid ascent cannot be contained by one person or company.
2. We'll have to transform our economic models. Abundance infrastructure flies in the face of the old economic model (Capitalism) which was constructed around artificial scarcity economies --- a few have a product to sell to the many who don't have it. The idea of abundance infrastructure is not an ideological one. It is a simple matter of technological efficiencies.
3. Abundance infrastructure will help in navigating climate change. And not a moment too soon. A decentralized energy source will help more people manage the dramatic shifts in climate change. Old world centralized hubs are much too vulnerable.
4. It will solve global hunger. One of the greatest challenges of farming has been energy costs. When energy costs go down to near zero, it changes the cost of food dramatically. Even more important, with near zero energy costs, anyone with a rooftop garden to an LED Vertical garden in her shed can contribute to solving the world hunger challenge. (It should be noted that the food shortage in the world has little to do with not enough food to provide and more with political and commerce decisions made in the artificial scarcity economy).
5. We have to choose different kinds of leaders. Most of us have been thoroughly indoctrinated into a belief that there are havs and have nots, winners and losers, the few and the many. Abundance infrastructure challenges all of that with the beginning statement "there's enough for all of us". Most older leaders are not equipped to manage in this kind of environment. It's foreign territory that does not lend to their training. We'll have to seek out leaders who practice Feminine Principled Leadership where sharing, empathy and connection is part of their leadership make up.
A few years ago, I produced a video that talked about how our collective belief system has become negative and fear-based about the future because of movies and pop culture. I submit to you to look more closely into the rise of Zero Marginal Costs and Abundance Infrastructure and you'll come to the same conclusion I did...the future is full of great possibilities and lots of abundance. Also, this is the week of Thanksgiving in the United States, a time to celebrate abundance and share it with others. This is a perfect time for us to learn how to live in the new abundant world emerging. .With that in mind, allow me to offer a video holiday gift to you and your family, everywhere in the world.
Donald Trump has won the election to become president of the United States. Trump's campaign to the presidency was marred in constant controversy involving racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and a "me-centered" leaning in his approach to things. This can become very problematic in the new paradigm which requires a completely different approach.
I had the chance to see the new Dr. Strange movie, produced by Marvel Comics. The movie is about a self-absorbed surgeon who goes through a profound transformation because of a life-altering event. (SPOILER ALERT) In the movie, there is a specific scene where Dr. Strange's original teacher, "the ancient one", tells Strange that true enlightenment and access to his true powers begins when he recognizes one thing --- it's not about him. This is true of the shift we're in now. The most effective forms of leadership now are ones where it;s not about me, but "we" Here are five elements of this new we-centered leadership model that is more efficient, effective and regenerative.
We-centered organizations foster more creativity. Hierarchies are all about pleasing the one guy at the top. Everyone on the chain knows this, so they seek only to bring conventional and safe ideas to this person at the top in order to keep their jobs via keeping this person at the top happy. Lateral organizations where everyone has agency, it is about fostering individual thought and creativity so that everyone in the organization is pleased and creative without the fear of losing their jobs.
We-centered organizations foster collaboration. In an it's about me centered organization, the me person tends to keep ideas to themselves for fear of losing power. In an others centered group, information is shared so that everyone can work together and collaborate. The organization benefits, the workload is shared and everyone has a sense of agency.
We-centered organizations produces greater "esprit de corp". When people see that they are valued, they make a deeper commitment to the organization. People have a natural tendency to be loyal to places where they are treated fairly and with honor.
We-centered organizations are better in an online connected world. If people are working online in the world, they are in their own environment where they are queen or king. They expect others to respect that domain. Acknowledging that space would be the best way of creating a productive line.
We-centered organizations match the rising world philosophy of Ubuntu (I am because we are, we are because I am). In the me centered world of the old paradigm, you could get away with treating people terribly because it wasn't about them. It was about you. In an increasingly connected and globally competent world, being We centered is simple respect. This is the foundation of the new world philosophy of Ubuntu which says our success are shared as is our challenges. Looking out for others means that they will reciprocate and look out for you too.
Let Creative Thought Come To You
Many of you have been under some stress of late. This can get in the way of creative thought. I have a suggestion on what you can do. Watch this video ..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj559x8ZdFs
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This is a fantastic time to be alive!
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