The System is Broken – time to build a new one

November 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The problems that we are facing are systemic. They are not just isolated difficulties. Instead, we are looking at a systems failure. The government and those with a vested interest in the existing system seem to think that it’s a matter of holding our breath and waiting for it all to re-boot. It won’t. The system itself is broken.

We need a whole new way of thinking and acting. We need a new system modeled to deliver social and ecological harmony. Such a system would be designed to re-build social connections and networks. We cannot have human beings rendered ‘redundant’. We must have meaningful activity for all.

I think this can only be done from the bottom-up. We need to see emerging, and to actively encourage, new types of social and ecologically committed enterprises. This would be a whole new mobilisation outside the current broken institutional framework. It would also be outside our traditional understanding of ‘politics’ and ‘business’.

Here are some suggestions:

We need to stop being dependent and powerless and start acting. We need new ideas, new models and new enterprises. Let’s do it!

We need to build a culture of engagement. We need to take responsibility for our own communities and figuring out together solutions to our problems. The key driver of new business ideas is to solve life’s little problems. This must involve building community democratic participative forums, either in one’s geographical area or virtually through new social network sites. Let’s think and solve together!

We need new invigorated local economic activity. One example is to develop local currencies, local capital exchanges and local systems of barter. Local currencies can be used to reward social activity, such as work with children, youth, elderly, the environment.

We need to maximise local resource mobilisation, especially in food and energy. These new resources can then be traded. All of this should lead to ecological enhancement and meaningful activity for all. This also creates local resilience (providing a buffer against global economic shocks) and a basic security foundation for all citizens regarding a minimum of basic goods and services.

What we have learned is that the economy must rest on real activity, on the real social world and on the real environment. We can begin with bottom-up solutions to fix the small things. Lots of small solutions leads to one big solution!

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  1. “We need new invigorated local economic activity. One example is to develop local currencies, local capital exchanges and local systems of barter. Local currencies can be used to reward social activity, such as work with children, youth, elderly, the environment.”

    Jct: Right, but make sure link to the Time Standard of Money so your unit of exchange is compatible with the rest of the world.


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