The Global Village of Blog – Visiting my Community

27 11 2011

Making Connections Elegantly

Community in the Global Village

I think that linking up with one’s community is really important. Hence Dr Quantum is setting out to find his online blogging community in the Global VIllage. According to social theory a community – village – of greater than 50 members and no more than 150 individuals is the right size for social synergy. Wow. Wonder what will happen when I have found 50 people in MY blogging community in the Global Village. Guess I better get busy and start visiting some like minded or harmoniously resonating bloggers. it’s the Global VIllage of Blog. And . . . I am musing here . . .when visiting and meeting new people, i suppose it would be best to sit with a new neighbour and get to know them  . . .at least a little.

350 or Bust

350 or Bust is the output of a courageous lady by the name of Christine she says

’Im a mother, an educator, and a former registered nurse, concerned about climate change’

You can read her blog HERE. Maybe I should take a few days to get to know Christine and Aimi before rushing off to meet new people. Let’s see if we can generate some social synergy for global change!

Social Entrepreneur site – Oimei

So Far I have found Christine and Aimi who has a social entrepreneur site called Oimei. Oh My . . .it’s inspiring to see what people in my blog community get up to.

The video below is  – to quote Christine at 350 or Bust –  A powerful video of the Occupy poem by acclaimed spoken word artist Drew Dellinger.

Capitalism – an Art Project about Love

9 11 2011

Capitalism - it's all about LOVE

Capitalism is driven along by exploitation

Business has been getting a bad rap lately. When I say lately I mean roughly since Marx published Das Capital in 1867 (AKA Capital: Critique of Political Economy) and what a stir it caused! Who could disagree that opinions have been divided? Marx’s basic riff is that Capitalism is driven along by exploitation of labour. The surplus value thus derived from the pain and suffering of the mass of people – the downtrodden human worker bees – is then used by business owners to continue to own the productive capital which is protected by the state through force of law and arms. The interests of those heroic individuals who own the capital – and indeed many of them are often heroic – are championed by what may be thought of as the Right Wing of politics and various institutional conservatives and conservative institutions. Undoubtedly capitalists need champions (Marx called them petit bourgeois) for the simple fact that Capitalism is driven along by exploitation. That is indeed how it has worked ever since they built the first steam engine – and probably before.

The infernal glow of burning coal to fire the engines of industry left all but the most obtuse and ignorant in no doubt that we had burrowed through to a new Hell. Capitalism is driven along by exploitation, but capitalists were not happy to just exploit people. No. They wanted to make their point as clear as possible. To ensure that human beings learned the deep lessons about love, freedom and the dignity demanded by the spirit they got together in conspiratorial groups to exploit forests, fish, cows, pigs, chickens, rivers, oceans, needlework, a variety of minerals and many different gaseous substances. They created an artform to reflect the psychopathic nature of their enterprise and called them corporations. These monsters would have limited liability and thus corporations could kill people, torture them, attack living animals, plants of all descriptions and poison rivers and rob and steal with impunity. And being remorseless cancerous psychopaths without souls . . . corporations did just that. People were amazed at the power of the. . .corporation. But the capitalists – bless them – they wanted us to be able to understand as clearly as possible how disgustingly ugly all exploitation and grinding torture is. They wanted us to be able to – first hand – experience the crucifixion. . . in our own lives.

When we realised how abjectly low we had sunk as a species, how degraded and despicable we had become as we turned a blind eye to the suffering of our fellow human beings and to our chickens, cows and pigs who were tortured and slaughtered as we sat laughing at the festival of illusions called the television, we would look at ourselves and question our own existence. They are a cunning lot these capitalists and as wise as serpents. And that is how they brought us to love. Oh but there was one more thing they had to do. Because even after all that self-loathingly despicable abuse of trust and denial of the truth about love  . . .we still didn’t object! Well not much anyway. A few creative and sensitive souls starting freaking out but hey . . .fuck them.

Anyway what the capitalists had to do to teach us about love, was they had to go to the wealthiest country in the world, the USA where people were richer and fatter and glibber and suckier than anywhere on the planet. The place that used more than half the world’s resources in a kind of orgy of air-conditioned, self-satisfied narcissistic confabulation. The place that knew no boundaries for the excessive exploitation of all the living things of the Earth . . .the capitalists went there from their heavenly abodes called into incarnation by the spirit of humanity. They allowed themselves to take on the pain of being born into the perilous chasm of this world, just so they could do something totally awesome.

In their next Art Project About Love they took all the money from the rich people, they stole all their millons and billions and even their trillons. They stole all the money from the middle-class and then they kicked them out of their homes and made them live in tents and trailers and on the street. Then just to make sure that the people would rise up and say NO MORE! They then paraded themselves around in limousines and yachts. They went to fancy restaurants, and drank expensive French champagne and they laughed at the suffering of the people who they called fools. They lived in walled off communities and high up in glittering towers and they laughed and they laughed and they laughed. And finally people said NO MORE!

And that’s when we got the idea of the Social Entrepreneur.  If it was true for the last hundred years plus that capitalism is driven along by exploitation then now we get a chance to change. What if capitalism reinvented itself and it was driven along by love? Dear Reader – if you have gotten this far please give this post a star rating (5 is excellent) and click LIKE if you liked it. Just look below. Thanks

Admittedly business driven by LOVE may seem like a bizarre idea, but how bizarre is the old idea . . .and how painful to so many? And now . . .now . . . YOU get to decide through your choices . . .will we be thinking differently about business in one hundred years or will we still be moaning about how Capitalism is driven along by exploitation?

The New Energy Revolution

6 11 2011

Composite Helical Wind Turbine

 Social Entrepreneurs – Business with Heart

Paul Hawken is about as August an environmental presence as it is possible to be. He is right up there with David Suzuki in the firmament of environment and sustainability Gods. Hawken represents the Social Entrepreneurs – Business with heart. Dr Quantum was fortunate enough to attend a talk by Paul Hawken this week at the Queensland University of Technology. Copious notes were taken and there have been requests for a copy of my hand scribed record of pearls from the great one by some who were unable to attend . Fair enough too.  I am not going to attempt to post them all here. You can after all, read his books such as The Next Economy (1983), Growing a Business and The Ecology of  Business (1993) but as for the talk, well, as they say . . .you had to be there! One thing certainly of interest was that while he finds business and corportations somewhat troubling, he likes business because it is able to get things done quickly.  Hawken likes the solution sets that business is able to bring to the table. At the same time the grubby buggers must be made to wash their hands. We need social entrepreneurs – business with heart.

One of the areas he spoke of in considerable depth is the idea of a holistic approach to life. We need one. Social entrepreneurs tend to work this way. The idea he expressed is that life is a sacred miracle and that to simply attempt to engineer solutions with a linear narrative and a limited context is naive and destined to fail. That is, it is destined to make things worse. He also spoke of the importance of integrating social justice issues with sustainability. In fact he did say that sustainability must come to social justice and not the other way around. The thing is if we are going to have any business in the future then right now we need business with heart. These are all ideas and concepts with which Dr Quantum finds deep congruence, deep agreement and you can read about these matters elsewhere in this blog.  Hawken’s take on business with heart and technology is certainly inspiring. If you are a young entrepreneur wanting to make your mark on the world or light up the world of business then here is the great new opportunity and challenge fo the next 25 years. We are at a point now where we desperately need to transition out of the old carbon economy and into renewables. We are now in a crisis window which is also an opportunity window. Solar, wave, wind, geothermal and Hydrogen etc show great scope for business development combined with the talents of the social entrepreneur. Social Entrepreneurs are needed in great numbers to bring about the integration between a needed technology shift and social justice issues. The opportunities are immense.

Pressures on human systems to move away from burning fossil fuels – away from carbon – are mounting and will inevitably build to further crises. But we must appreciate for example that strategies to replace fossil fuels with bio-fuels are a worthless deception. These approaches come with too high a cost to social justice where already stressed subsistence growers are forced off their land or to sell their crops to big energy companies. On the other hand what if there was a way for cottage industry size business developments to compete with the big players in a way that gives power back to small scale producers and into communities?

What we need are courageous and bold visionaries who have both the understanding of what is needed and the wisdom to pursue a path with heart. Companies like Solargy Australia are showing the way forward. The requirements for a new energy revolution and the rise of social entrepreneurs are now paramount. Understanding of the needs of the new economy on a technical level must be tied to a humanistic view of the needs for social justice, and resepct for all of life. This places the imperative of a deep respect for peoples and natural living systems at the heart of our change dynamics. Dear Reader – if you have gotten this far please give this post a star rating (5 is excellent) and click LIKE if you liked it. Just look below. Thanks. We need a new crop of business persons, who represent business with heart. We could call them the new social entrepreneurs for business with heart.

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