10 Steps To Creating A New Society - Step #3 - Change the meaning of wealth. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
What do most people in the world consider true wealth? The OECD Better Life Initiative did a global survey in 2015 and found these are the top five wealth measurements by most people:
5. Work/Life Balance
The Pew Research Center did a 2018 survey of Americans and found these five items at the top of the list when it comes to personal wealth:
4. Spirituality and Faith
Richard Barret, a researcher at the Barret Values Center did a survey of up to a half million people world wide to find out what they valued the most. Here are his top five:
It's strange that getting rich with a mansion and a fancy sports car aren't showing up in these top fives, yet material gain by any means necessary is the de facto gospel evangelized throughout the West and now spread as the path to success for the rest of the world. Need proof? Look at how we've raised the value of rich people to celebrity and believe they are wiser and better looking than the rest of us. Look at the way we've constantly allowed rich companies to get away with things we would never allow with people or companies of lesser means. Look at how we've allowed our politicians to sell their integrity to the highest bidder, and often for cheap. Look at how we've, collectively, sacrificed the value of other people, creatures and the planet for the sake of making more money. We are now in the midst of living the consequences of this focus.
Perhaps there is an opportunity to help people find what they want most --- family, friendships, safety and quality of life, --- without implementing exploitation, degradation and abuse as part of the formula to get those things. There is a old saying of "he who dies with the most toys, wins" that's rampant in societies around the world. Entire socioeconomic systems have been created around this core belief. Again, this is inconsistent with what the average person is looking for in a life of dignity, but it is constantly being shoved down our throat through popular culture, advertisement and our political structures.
The key to building a new society is to jettison materialism in favor of making sure everyone has the opportunity to live a quality life so that they can leverage the best of their creativity to benefit all of us. That can't happen if people can't feed their family at night. Systemic racism, gender bias and income inequality is the invisible hand that leads to greed, lack, grifting, malfeasance and want. This is an opportunity for us to learn from the things that have proven themselves to be failures, and also for us to use our innovative and higher selves to create something greater, better and more abundant.
10 steps to creating a new society. Step #2: Embrace connectedness over individualism. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
As of this writing, the United States is suffering from a complete breakdown in managing an epic, preventable virus epidemic. It's not because the US doesn't have the tools, resources or personnel to manage it, It's because our political structure has peddled a thinly veiled "me" over "we" concept disguising itself as personal choice. Other countries have made the pandemic manageable . Managing crises for the greater good of a community is the hallmark of civilized societies. Western individualism or what what used to be colloquially called "rugged individualism" , is the belief that everyone makes it on their own without the help of others. Of course, if you ask most millionaires (if you want to use money as a determinant of "making it). they will tell you that their contacts, networks, generational wealth, government support programs and racial advantage testify that they didn't make on their own. They had an amazing amount of help and support. Yet, individualism, as it is popularly painted in US society, is a persistent ghost that now shows up as dysfunction, selfishness and the breakdown of civility. Here are some of it's most demonstrable examples.
The suicide epidemic in the "cowboy west".
An old mythos in the United States is one of the singular cowboy that basically solves his problems by himself. as an individual. This myth has been fueled over the years in mostly fabricated Western movies. This lone wolf "cowboy ups" and settles the affairs of others and his own without the use of support groups or health resources. It is that mythos that may be contributing to the dramatic rise of suicides in the high mountain West. https://cowboystatedaily.com/2019/04/24/rugged-individualism-may-contribute-to-high-mountain-west-suicide-rates-says-expert/
The exit from basic civility.
In his book "Bowling Alone", author Robert Putnam discussed trends where Americans are divorcing themselves from civic organizations that build community ties, civility and connectedness. He suggests that this is primarily due to technology that allows us to create personal silos online. That's not necessarily true. Technology is a toaster. You can use Zoom to strengthen the ties you have with friends and family around the world. But if you have a predisposition to individualism, you'll use it to build silos and create barriers to others. You're even more prone to be an extremist because you don't get the benefit of a fully vetted and nuanced conversation. https://www.newamerica.org/weekly/our-laser-focus-individualism-destroying-our-communities/
Individualism destroys communities.
From health care to systemic racism to education to climate crisis....we face gigantic challenges of a generation that require collective action. Individualism is simply too inefficient and too ineffective to handle the scale of current changes and disruption. In other words, individualism is the wrong philosophy at the wrong time. https://healthyplacesbydesign.org/americas-obsession-with-individualism-is-making-us-sick/
The Ubuntu Alternative
There is a concept out of Africa called "Ubuntu". At it's heart is the basic philosophy that we are all connected and our strength is in leveraging that connectedness. This is the exact opposite of the rugged individual mythos and a more accurate reflection of how success is actually achieved . It is not an idea to get rid of individualism.....rather, it is based on the understanding that individual parts work better together through interdependence. At a time of monumental crises, it has the potential to be more agile and more flexible than what we've tried to date.
In an "every man for himself" world, we need a belief system that is more robust and innovative than what we've used so far. Let's open the door to something new.
10 steps to creating a new society. Step #1 -- Stop eating The Western Diet. A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Many of your are asking "what can I do to positively impact society in this time of change?" The first , most significant and most accessible thing you can do is stop eating the Western Diet. The Western Diet or the Standard American Diet is a modern dietary pattern that is generally characterized by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, candy and sweets, fried foods, conventionally raised animal products, high -fat dairy products, eggs, refined grains, potatoes, corn and high-fructose corn syrup and high sugar. This poisonous flow of manufactured food-like substances invented and globally distributed by the West is one of the most dangerous things ever invented in the history of human kind. Need proof?
The Western Diet is linked to diminishing brain function.
Several studies have come out over the past few years that point to something that seems obvious....if you eat enough fries, hamburgers, sugary, fatty, processed and salt-laden food, you get dumber . If you have kids and you're feeding them this stuff on a regular, basis, you are dooming your children's future. If you have parents and they are eating this stuff, they are greatly increasing the odds of dementia and alzheimer's disease. if you don't seem to be as sharp as you thought you were at one time, it may have everything to do with that steady diet of fast food you've made part of your daily routine https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/diet-food-brain-function-science-western-health-a9344436.html
The Western Diet is diminishing your ability to fight COVID-19
Again, a no -brainer. The more of this Western society staple of empty calories you take into your system, the less you get of the proper nutrients and vitamins necessary to build up your body's immune system. Optimal health is always your best defense against an invasive virus. https://www.noted.co.nz/health/health-nutrition/covid-19-does-research-show-that-good-diet-helps-stave-off
The Western Diet is literally killing you.
Hope you're enjoying that hamburger!. If you have regular intakes of Western Diet food , you've probably shaved 20 years off your life span. You've also greatly contributed to the diminishing of your quality of life through the slow death of heart disease and hypertension. https://sentientmedia.org/the-western-diet/
The Western Diet is adding to our climate change disaster.
In order to meet the demands of the fast food industry, more and more of our natural forests will have to be dedicated to raising cattle and pigs. Not only does that diminish the earth's natural tools in balancing CO2 emissions, but the methane produced by the massive industrial farms increases CO2 output. When climate change people talk about reducing your intake of meat, they're not trying to "take away your burgers". They just ran the numbers and realize there is a low risk, highly participatory action all of us can do right now to save our future. https://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-western-diet-climate-health-20141112-story.html
The Western Diet is the force behind the world obesity epidemic.
Wherever Western civilization spreads in the world, the Western diet goes with it and so does the global obesity epidemic . Societies that had a relatively strong health index among it's people prior to the invasion of fast food chains and sugary items from the US, are now battling with obesity at a phenomenal rate. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6817492/
The Western Diet is incredibly addictive.
There's a reason you're finding it difficult to quit eating something that directing diminishes your quality of life as well as destroy the planet. Simply put, the amount of processed sugar has the ability to block the brain's ability to determine that it is full. Thus, it makes you feel like you need more. It is in the same league of any other controlled substance. https://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/why-we-are-drowning-in-the-western-diet
What can I do?
There have been healthy , more humane diets that have existed eons before the rise of the Western diet. They include the Mediterranian Diet, the West African diet and any plant-based diet that better mimics what our ancestors actually ate. And no, they did not eat the so called "keto" diet. https://nutritionstudies.org/is-the-ketogenic-diet-natural-for-humans/
Put the oxygen mask on yourself first before you seek to save the other passengers on the plane. Get out of the Western diet.
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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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.
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