Is Sociocracy the Next Evolution of Democracy?

Don’t let the name throw you. Sociocracy is not socialism or even a form of or shade of socialism. Socialism is essentially the control of land, resources, capital, means of production, etc. by a centralized authority such as the State or government. Sociocracy, on the other hand, is a tool, “simply a method for organizing ourselves to live and work together more efficiently and more harmoniously,” as John Buck and Sharon Villines state in their book, We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy – a Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods, which is one of the best books in …

Who’s Steering the Ship of State?

Who is really in control of our system? Who’s behind the wheel and where is this road taking us? After reading the last post, one might wonder if we’re all at the mercy of corporate extortion, unchecked development, greed, and politicians who see growth as the only answer. However, as I’ve been saying, it’s the system that is the cause of our problems. A major flaw of that system is the fact that “We the People” do not control the economic rudder. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure …

What Happens When There’s No More Country?

Balancing Ecology and Economy in the Age of Megacities As mentioned in the previous blog, systemic problems require systemic solutions. Nowhere is this need more noticeable than within the communities where we live. Our cities are becoming larger with each passing decade. Urban sprawl and suburban expansion are coalescing to form massive metropolitan areas across the globe necessitating a new term, megacities. A 2014 United Nations report found that 54% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This is the first time in recorded human history that more of us live in cities than in rural areas. Recent …

Can We Design a Better System?

I believe a metamorphosis of human civilization is possible, but only if we understand that systemic problems require systemic solutions. Until then, we will never be able to overcome the numerous dysfunctions and failings of our world – a world we created haphazardly over time without the full understanding that it too is a system. “… a system has come to mean an integrated whole whose essential properties arise from the relationships between its parts, and ‘systems thinking’ the understating of a phenomenon within the context of a larger whole. This is, in fact, the root meaning of the word …

Axioms

Much of what will be written about and discussed in this blog will be variations on a handful of core truths. These include: Nothing unsustainable can be sustained. Human civilization as it currently exists is unsustainable, therefore it cannot be sustained and its ultimate collapse is inevitable. There is no balance, no sustainable synergy between ecology and economy. Our economy of consumption and pollution is actively destroying the environment and we are doomed to perish along with it unless sustainable alternatives are implemented. Infinite growth is not possible within a finite space. Though obviously true, the assumption that it is …

Is a Metamorphosis Possible?

Is it possible for human civilization to undergo a metamorphosis? Can we reorient the paradigm of civilization so that it heals and nurtures the planet while also providing food, clothing, and shelter for everyone? Might we alter or optimize how we live and work to create synergy between ecology and economy? What happens when we imagine a world designed differently? Better still, what happens if we actually create that world? These are the things I think about. I’ve been thinking about them for a long time. A lot of other people, far smarter and more learned than I, have been …

How Will We Feed Ourselves?

Food shortage will be a major issue in the coming years. The impacts of global warming will only exacerbate the problems that an increasing population will impose on our already fragile food production system. Mass migrations, political upheaval, and starvation on an unprecedented scale will be the inevitable result unless we can mitigate the impending crisis. The core principle at work here is this: Infinite growth is not possible within a finite space. Yet, the delusion that infinite growth is not only possible but inevitable is at the heart of our economics. Companies function on the belief that they can …

Influences: Comedy (part 2)

I felt my previous post on comedy went long, so I am writing a “Part 2” to delve more into stand-up. I love stand-up comedy. Absolutely LOVE IT! I’ve been a fan since the age of nine. I appreciate the art form. I respect those who do it. I admire, and am blow away by, those who do it really well. It’s entertainment at the most bare bones level. One person, with a mic, on a stage, in front of an audience, making them laugh. That’s it.