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Friday, June 23, 2017

Charles Eisentstein

“The financial crisis we are facing today arises from the fact that there is almost no more social, cultural, natural, and spiritual capital left to convert into money.”  

“Ultimately, work on self is inseparable from work in the world. Each mirrors the other; each is a vehicle for the other. When we change ourselves, our values and actions change as well. When we do work in the world, internal issues arise that we must face or be rendered ineffective.”

“The present convergence of crises––in money, energy, education, health, water, soil, climate, politics, the environment, and more––is a birth crisis, expelling us from the old world into a new.”

“We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human.”

 

Starhawk

“What shames us, what we most fear to tell, does not set us apart from others; it binds us together if only we can take the risk to speak it.”

“Beware of organizations that proclaim their devotion to the light without embracing, bowing to the dark; for when they idealize half the world they must devalue the rest.”

 

José Mujica [president of Uruguay]

“I’m not against people who have money, who like money, who go crazy for money, but in politics we have to separate them. We have to run people who love money too much out of politics, they’re a danger in politics… People who love money should dedicate themselves to industry, to commerce, to multiply wealth. But politics is the struggle for the happiness of all.”

“The tie is a useless rag that constrains your neck,”

“I’m an enemy of consumerism. Because of this hyperconsumerism, we’re forgetting about fundamental things and wasting human strength on frivolities that have little to do with human happiness.”

Lennon & Mccartney

"I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together"

 

Jimi Hendrix

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace"

 

Otto Scharmer

"we collectively create results that nobody wants"

Finance. Food. Fuel. Water shortage. Resource scarcity. Climate chaos. Mass poverty. Mass migration. Fundamentalism. Terrorism. Financial oligarchies. We have entered an Age of Disruption. Yet the possibility of profound personal, societal, and global renewal has never been more possible.
Now is our time.
Our moment of disruption deals with death and rebirth. What’s dying is an old civilization and a mindset of maximum “me”— maxi-mum material consumption, bigger is better, and special-interest- group-driven decision-making that has led us into a state of collectively creating results that nobody wants.
What’s being born is less clear but in no way less significant. It’s something that we can feel in many places across Planet Earth. This future is not just about firefighting and tinkering with the surface of structural change. It’s not just about replacing one mindset that no longer serves us with another. It’s a future that requires us to tap into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are and who we want to be as a society. It is a future that we can sense, feel,and actualize by shifting the inner place from which we operate. It is a future that in those moments of disruption begins to presence itself through us.
This inner shift, from fighting the old to sensing and presencing an emerging future possibility, is at the core of all deep leadership work today. It’s a shift that requires us to expand our thinking from the head to the heart. It is a shift from an ego-system awareness that cares about the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that cares about the well-being of all, including oneself. Whenoperating with ego-system awareness, we are driven by the concerns and intentions of our small ego self.
When operating with eco-system awareness, we are driven by the concerns and intentions of our emerging or essential self— that is, by a concern that is informed by the well-being of the whole. The pre-fix eco goes back to the Greek oikos and concerns the “whole house.”
The word economy can be traced back to this same root. Transforming our current ego-system economy into an emerging eco-system economy means reconnecting economic thinking with its real root, which is the well-being of the whole house rather than money-making or the well- being of just a few of its inhabitants.
But while the whole house was for the Greeks something very local, today it also concerns the well-being of our global communities and planetary eco-systems.
This shift in awareness from ego-system to eco-system is something that we are approaching and living through not only as groups and organizations, but also as a global community. Pioneering the principles and personal practices that help us to perform this shift may well be one of the most important undertakings of our time.

UK Minimum Wage

"It is equivalent, for example, to just two and half flat-white coffees in a famous coffee chain, and would allow the recipient of that wage to rent a one-bedroom place in a dowdier part of London, so long as he or she didn't eat, use power, pay council tax or wear clothes"

 

 

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."   Jiddu Krishnamurti

"..a disconnect between finite resources,on the one hand, and infinite growth.."   U-Lab

"If work's so great, why don't the rich do it?"   Groucho Marx

‘There is no way to happiness -- happiness is the way."   Thich Nhat Hanh.

“You can do anything as long as you talk with people and listen to people and talk with the intelligentsia of the community,”      Hans Rosling.

"We offer this important insight because U.Lab is not just about becoming aware of all the deep systemic problems in the world. What we try to do instead is make the connection between social change and personal transformation"   U-Lab

"The result of any social and economic system is a function of the quality of awareness and the quality of thinking of the participants."   U-Lab

"Lifestyle design is, after all, about a lot more than work"  Tim Ferriss

"you are entitled to your own opinion … but you are not entitled to your own facts"   Daniel Patrick Moynihan

 

"Facebook, Google, Apple, and the like—haven’t truly revolutionized our economy. Instead, they’ve reproduced the Industrial Age corporation at a global scale, with all the benefits of digital innovation. At heart, though, they’re still designed to extract value and to pursue growth above all else. That mission, he argues, is becoming increasingly untenable, and for perhaps the first time there’s an alternative: companies that leverage technology to spread abundance rather than hoard wealth to themselves. But making that happen first requires rethinking some of our most basic assumptions about what corporations do—and why they exist"   Douglas Rushkoff

"...this obligation to grow has turned otherwise promising companies into extractive monopolies"   Douglas Rushkoff

Digital technology was supposed to distribute this wealth to more people, not impoverish the many for the wealth of a few"   Douglas Rushkoff

"change comes from inclusivity"   Zrinka Bralo

"... just about every key element of the UK’s constitutional arrangements now seems to be foundering, and is unlikely to be revived. Our electoral system disenfranchises millions and sustains a two-party system that no one believes in any more; a union of nations built on wildly uneven representation is pulling itself apart. The case for a watershed conversation about how we are governed – possibly including politicians, but ideally keeping them at arm’s length - looks overwhelming ... "      John Harris

Mystery isn't about travelling to new places it's about looking with new eyes   Proust

Don't try and heal a broken system create a new system that replaces it.   Buckminster Fuller

“The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the Law of Nature for his rule.”   John Locke

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars"   Khalil Gibran

"A human being is part of the whole called by us 'universe' ...We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness"    Einstein

"Violence is pure impotence"  from 'Tantric Q uest'

"God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well"  "Voltaire"

“A distinct area with coherent and interconnected plant and animal communities, and natural systems, often defined by a watershed. A bioregion is a whole 'life-place' with unique requirements for human inhabitation so that it will not be disrupted and injured."

"To truly live bioregionally would mean eating only local food, produced in a way that harmonizes with, rather than damages, local ecology: building with local materials. A dramatic reduction or elimination of fossil fuels. Reintegrating waste into the ecological cycle. Never compromising sustainable living in the name of profit."

"If you're gonna do something alternative, you have to do it outside society. You can't do it in the society. That whole thing of reform from within is bullshit."

"We're actually the heirs of a tremendous legacy. Our species has been a magnificent species. That to me is wealth. That's aristocracy. That's nobility. Being a good human being is a good thing. That's the highest you could do. And being a good human being right now requires that you take a position of a consciousness perspective that's appropriate to living in the biosphere as a good species."   Peter Berg

"...networks are different and networks don’t need hierarchical organisations"   Manuel Castells

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”   Margaret Thatcher [discuss]

“It is wholly wrong to blame Marx for what was done in his name, as it is to blame Jesus for what was done in his"   Tony Benn

“Ask the powerful five questions: 1. What power have you got? 2. Where did you get in from 3. In whose interest do you exercise it? 4. To whom are you accountable? 5. How can we get rid of you?“   Tony Benn

“If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people.“   Tony Benn

“I think there are two ways in which people are controlled. First of all frighten people and secondly, demoralize them“   Tony Benn

“Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself”   Tony Benn

“There is no moral difference between a stealth bomber and a suicide bomber. Both kill innocent people for political reasons”   Tony Benn

“It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous, then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you.”   Tony Benn

“I don’t think people realise how the establishment became established. They simply stole land from the poor, surrounded themselves with weak minded sycophants for protection, gave themselves titles and have ben wielding power ever since.”   Tony Benn

 


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