WHERE ARE WE?
I know you are not new nor blind to these scenes, nor deaf to these news even when you seem to be, or publicly say so. (Scenes of social injustice, environmental degradation). I know in everything you do, you think you are doing the right thing and it is not your purpose to hurt others, but things do not seem to be working the way we were expecting them to work. (scenes of social injustice, environmental degradation).
This is not about what we are doing wrong. This is about what we can do right, this is the time to make it work and avoid the mistakes of the past, which thanks to us, we already know what the mistakes are.
What if I tell you that most of our current social, environmental and spiritual gaps are deeply related to how we relate to money, finance and our current economic theories?(consumption related scenes) And what if I offer you an option to structurally change and re-create these theories?? Are you ready to change??
We like change as long as it happens under our control. If it is external change and our influence over the consequences is limited, if not null, we seem to panic. In Al Gore's movie, An Inconvinient Truth, he speaks of the migration of monarch butterflies and how it has been affected by climate change. We didn't tell the butterflies to change their migration patterns, they adapted to the circumstances in order to widen their chances of survival. If conditions of our surroundings change and we don't adapt, our chances of survival decrease. Paradoxically, we appear to believe that the world needs to be static, and every time that significant changes happen around us, we jump to control the situation and replace what we believe to be the faulty piece of our world. (animation of platforms). By doing this, we have been weakening our structures even more.
For many years now, several events and circumstances around the world are telling us that replacing the faulty piece not only does not prevent the event from happening again, but it makes the structure even more vulnerable to collapse. It is not about changing a piece in the structure to keep what does not work and avoid adaptation to external change, it is about adapting to the circumstances by changing the structure if that is what the situation requires.
Our current structures are complex, deteriorated and increasingly weak. At the core of these structures there is the platform that sustains them. But the complexity and vulnerability of what we have now, has placed the platform out of our sight. We no longer recognize all the social interactions that must have taken place for the goods and services to be provided in our society. In what we buy, we only seem to acknowledge the the thing, the object, not the human relationships anymore and even less the ecological relationships with other living entities of the earth. [Human] social relationships are the platform that sustain the structures.
Designing new financial, economic and monetary structures that promote social cohesion and cooperation, will set up the environment to transcend to a sufficient, resource based, non monetary economy. It requires exceptional efforts to completely change the most basic definitions of our current systems. Not only it is possible, it is necessary. But can we do it?? can we undo the nods?
We created what we have, we can create the next generation of finance too. We have an extraordinary opportunity to create the future right now. A future that redefines the meanings of money, profits and value based on trust, reputation, community building and public engagement. To re create economic systems that mimic nature. That is, that are diverse enough to be resilient but also efficient enough to avoid stagnation.
Can you imagine being able to use local currencies that support your local economy and your relationships with family, neighbors, customers and suppliers, and also a global currency that connects efforts and strengthen business and live across the planet?
We'd like to explain the call with an example from the book 'Butterfly':
"The caterpillars new cells are called 'imaginal cell.' They resonate at a different frequency. They are so totally different from the caterpillar cells that his immune system thinks they are enemies...and gobbles them up--Chomp! Gulp! But these new imaginal cells continue to appear. More and more of them! Pretty soon, the caterpillar's immune system cannot destroy them fast enough. More and more of the imaginal cells survive. And then an amazing thing happens! The little tiny lonely imaginal cells start to clump together, into friendly little groups. They all resonate together at the same frequency, passing information from one to another. Then, after awhile, another amazing thing happens! The clumps of imaginal cells start to cluster together!.., A long string of clumping and clustering imaginal cell, all resonating at the same frequency, all passing information from one to another there inside the chrysalis.
A wave of Good News travels throughout the system-- Lurches and heaves...but not yet a butterfly.
Then at some point, the entire long string of imaginal cells suddenly realizes all together that it is Something Different from the caterpillar. Something New! Something Wonderfull!....and in that realization is the shout of the birth of the butterfly!
Since the butterfly now "knows" that it is a butterfly, the little tiny imaginal cells no longer have to do all those things individual cells must do. Now they are part of a mult-celled organism-- A FAMILY who can share the work.
Each new butterfly cell can take on a different job.----There is something for everyone to do. And everyone is important. And each cell begins to do just that very thing it is most drawn to do. And every other cell encourages it to do just that."
We are calling cells to resonate together!
The New Economics for Humanity would like to collaboratively create a financial institution which principal aims are to support recirculation and redistribution of official currency that has already being created through the banking system, by providing investment options in and capital to innovative, progressive, systemic, holistic, environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling entrepreneurial ventures, and develop mutual credit clearing systems that would work in parallel to official currencies to stabilize the current economic environment and bring forth the transition of regions to sound and vibrant localization.
Let's get together and redefine our concepts, challenge our assumptions and generate a progressive business model for the financial institutions of the future.
If you are interested in being part of this process, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you an invitation to join our organization's platform. We have no hierarchy and rely on the power of nature's self-organizing mechanisms to do this, which are amazingly contextualized in our online working platform.
The previous text is what I thought as a first draft of the script to participate in the 'Possible Futures Film Contest' that will start in March. I would love to have inputs about the script and ideas of animation and imagery. Ray Barnes, who is a contributor on the NEH workstream in BetterMeans, kindly offered to put things together in the video. It would be awesome to see your comments and inputs on this stage of the project!!