Thursday 18 November 2010

Food Wars of the Future

With the way things are unfolding across the globe, I suspect we will be heading to an ugly situation where even in countries like Australia, there will be in sufficient food to feed everyone--this will lead to violence as people struggle to survive.

The only way to avoid this will be to de-construct the existing system of economics and reformulate one which is not reliant on numeric growth (more/bigger).  The video below gives some idea of what a non growth economy may look like...

Saturday 24 July 2010

New Wisdom III

I'm finally back writing & editing the latest edition of my book New Wisdom III. I've decided to publish this edition in A4 format as this is the only way I can include some of the charts which need to be included--and keep them large enough to be readable.

Anyone interested in proof reading it? Let me know if you are & I'll send you chapters as they are completed. You will be acknowledged in the book for your efforts & will receive a couple of free copies of the book as soon as it's published.

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Monday 15 February 2010

What [reality] collapse (the kind of ‘something of significance’ you mention) do you think will come first for you, and how soon are you expecting it?

This was another interesting question asked of me today which got me thinking.  A partial answer is below:

There are a whole range of influences that can change a person's world-view in an instant. From simply reading a book and having an "Ah-Ha" moment while reading it, to having a significant emotive event such as having someone close to you die unexpectedly and inexplicably. For more on this process please go to:

If you are asking what significant emotive events have impacted on me personally, here's a record of one:

There's no point dwelling on these events, they happen, learn quickly from them & get on with life. The way I believe is most effective in approaching life is summarised here:

What are the underlying values that motivate you in the work that you’ve been doing all these years?

Today I was asked this interesting question. Below was my response:

My Values, Vision & Mission are at: My whole approach is predicated on the efficacy of the conscientization  process coupled with self-organizing systems (click here  to see a great video demonstrating learning via technology and self-organizing systems).

I also work a lot with Multiple Intelligences as epitomised by this quote: 

"Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom." [Dee W. Hock, Fast Company]. This video: [click here to see it] explains better than I ever will the problems emerging from the over emphasis on only one form of IQ. 

Humans' place in the scheme of things

Some thoughts came into my mind in relation to the futility of trying to effect social change on a grand scale so I decided to record them here.

No one can change another's world-view through facts. One's world-view only changes when something of significance happens in the person's life to cause them to see the world differently--that process can't be engineered, it just happens.

Yet, it is only when a person's world-view changes that their values change. And, it's only when a person's values change that they choose a different path.

If we stuff things up so humans can no longer exist on this planet--I'm sure something human-like will evolve somewhere else at some point in time--there's billions of years to play with.

Anyway, I don't know why humans are so caught up in their importance. We are just a species like the dinosaurs who have our time at the moment, no doubt some other species will have it's time when we are gone.

In fact I wonder why we look at humans as so "evolved" that we put them at the top of the "tree of evolution". After all when you think of it, animals (of which humans are the worst) are a gruesome species. We can only live through killing and devouring other life forms. In my books, most plants are a higher life form than animals (including humans who by this measure are perhaps the lowest of life-forms). Plants are solar powered, on-balance they create rather than destroy the eco-system, and they live off life forms (compost, etc.) which have died a natural death. Above all, the majority of plants don't kill other life-forms in order to keep themselves alive.