If we wanted to start all over from scratch, given the current state of our knowledge and technologies, what would we do?
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
― Albert Einstein
We have sufficient knowledge (and technologies) to provide abundance for everyone… but we must ask ourselves the right question: “What do we want?”
And then we will be able to do it, no matter how hard it is, and even if it takes several generations.
“Eutopia” is ‘my’ vision about how I think the world could be… and I wish, will be. It must be taken as food for thoughts, not as a blueprint of what should be done. The objective is to simply open minds, to make people think and see the world, our current society, from a different angle, with a fresh look.
“Utopia” translates from the Greek as “no place”. It usually describes a non-existent society that is intended to be viewed as considerably better than contemporary society.
“Eutopia” means “good place”, which ostensibly would be the more appropriate term for our concept.
“We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
— Albert Einstein
I ask you therefore, above all, to keep an open mind and leave behind everything that exists or has existed (philosophical, social, political, economic, religious, and spiritual ideologies and movements), no matter if it worked or failed.
Some things might be childish, foolish or romantic. Some things may not be based on current knowledge nor backed up by science (yet), it can just be what feels logical and right based on my feelings, experience or judgment.
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
— Stewart Brand (& Steve Jobs)
“Eutopia” is divided into three parts:
- The Utopia: First, we will build a completely new world, from scratch, piece by piece. Take it as in brainstorming sessions, there are no bad ideas. So I ask you to keep in mind only your common sense and some really basic knowledge of which we are absolutely sure (e.g. 1+1=2, if we never eat we die, any body immersed in a liquid comes out wet).
- The Grounded Vision: Then we will confront that utopia with our current knowledge. We will reintroduce concepts we currently live with and there will be some adaptations and compromises.
- The Plan: And finally, we will propose a way to get there, to make this “utopia” an “Eutopia” (from an imaginary “no place” to a real “good place”).
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
― Buckminster Fuller
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A Word About Money
For me, the “money concept” is putting a value on things and keeping accounts between us/individuals.
It's certainly not the only problem in today's world/society but it's the root problem because it forges/shapes our way of thinking, our mindset and often leads us to make the wrong decisions. (And “We cannot solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”)
Moreover it's a primitive way of living together. It's time consuming and has a lot of overload, it's inefficient and even counterproductive.
And above all, it has become obsolete! We have the knowledge and technologies to not need that archaic concept anymore.
Food for Thoughts
The Venus Project
A short video to give a very brief description of a Resource Based Economy.
The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization. It calls for a straightforward redesign of our culture in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable but as totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today’s world.
Learn more at thevenusproject.com
A smiley. We are in an era where people desperately need a renaissance of integrity, positivity and connection. So what better symbol than a smiley to capture that aspiration?
Aspirations obviously need to be built on sound long-term goals. Therefore, it is important to outline our organisation’s 6 long term priorities. They serve as goals underpinning our mission to drive the quality of our lives forward, regenerate our planet, and help upgrade capitalism along the way.
- Increase people’s awareness about what is valuable in their life and the role of work, money and technology.
- Support individuals to develop their full potential, not burdened by the limitations of our current economic system.
- Contribute to build more and more successful value-driven starting organisations.
- Support leaders to sustainably transform existing organisations.
- Support policy makers to improve our quality of life via increased awareness, sustainable work and monetary transformation.
- Support policy makers and developers with the development of human-centred Artificial Intelligence.
So there you have it, our not-so-strategic road map for our organisation. All goals have been initiated one way or the other already. The scope seems daunting but from our perspective this is the best shot we have to make sure that all inhabitants of this pale blue dot thrive. Yes, it will take years, many hands, hearts and minds, but you know what they say… if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
Learn more at happonomy.org
Ubuntu / Contributionism & One Small Town
UBUNTU is an ancient African philosophy that refers to our human-ness; our selfless-ness; and our connected-ness.
It is all about unity and harmony within our community. Where people care for each other and look out for each other, as if they were part of a great big family. In UBUNTU communities, money has no place and everyone contributes their skills and talents for the benefit of the whole community. All ancient tribes and civilisations around the world share the same philosophy by different names.
The most frequently used definition of UBUNTU is: “I am what I am because of who we all are”.
In a similar fashion, the native American Cherokee Tribe have this belief: “If it’s not good for everyone, it’s no good at all.”
Contributionism is a modern application of UBUNTU. Contribution-ism is a system where everyone contributes their skills and talents for the benefit of everyone in their community – and the entire community benefits from the collaborative efforts of everyone.
The One Small Town strategy takes an entirely new approach towards reviving our towns, our lives, and economies. It is a community-driven structure presenting a viable economic model that benefits all participants. A model that unifies entire communities towards a common goal, and fosters exponential spiritual growth and unlimited economic potential.
Learn more at ubuntucontributionism.org and onesmalltown.org