© Jon Freeman 2015
Visioning the Future
Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18
The purpose of Collaboration for Change is to create a more powerful, aligned and concerted voice in support of a societal and economic change platform.
Our premise is that there are many individuals and organisations working passionately, diligently and with considerable expertise in support of a fresh, values-
The majority of us – we who operate in this arena -
Precisely because none of us have “the solution” it is hard to create an effective message. It can appear that we are struggling against vested interests. However, while these exist, they are not the core problem. The collective readiness to act is trapped by a pincer of fears. Most in our society know that we are vulnerable on several fronts and that we need something different. There are fears around economic and resource fragility, ecological and climatic sustainability, political tensions, inequalities and migration pressures, all compounded by volatility, interconnections and unpredictability. At the same time there is fear that any change will add to the instability. Knowing that we have built a house of cards can make us scared to move.
All of our individual messages face the challenge that on their own they are insufficient, and without other accompanying and contextual changes, they are perceived as unviable. There are widespread conventional collective mind-
We need to collaborate with a specific purpose – that of making the full picture visible to a wide audience. The response to dilution is to present both our pieces and the surrounding context. We need to bring our individual pieces of the puzzle and we need a table to assemble them on. The answer to a small marketplace is to rise above our individual needs and our fears around competition for a small slice of a small cake, by creating a bigger cake.
It has perhaps appeared that we needed more people to know that 40 days and nights of rain are coming; many of us have become skilled in pointing to the clouds. But what if that is no longer the problem? What if the problem is that no-
The clouds bring a multi-
A narrow values frame which includes and sustains a widespread illusion about what money really is, pervading all of the contexts and scales below.
A belief that if we can manage money and make it grow, we will somehow feed and house more people and make them happier, failing as a result to deliver what humans actually need and desire
An ethical context which frequently fails to balance individual freedoms with collective and planetary well-
A business context that struggles to govern and balance the needs and benefits of money suppliers, raw materials suppliers, labour and expertise suppliers, receivers of goods and services, neighbourhoods, environment, social good, taxation and regulation
A societal context that is incapable of joining all the dots in its decision-
A political context that is driven by adversarial and polarised thinking, short-
A global economic context that has replaced capitalism with debtism, has detached the value of money from any foundation in material or human resources and capacities, is driven by speculation more than wealth creation, is operated by computers, has subverted any naturally self-
A lack of capacity to join the vertical scales in such a way that each layer operates in recognition of the others
A lack of connection between multiple niches within any of the horizontal scales.
The many solutions will therefore need to be multi-
These solutions exist and there are many of them, far too many to list. You, and people you know, are offering, promoting and delivering them. Many of us foresaw these needs and have invested heavily in passion, brilliance, time, money, commitment, training, product and personal development in order to be ready to meet them. For us all to thrive and to deliver the benefits and contributions that we are offering we will have to make them visible, not as specific brands but as generic and collective approaches.
We invite you to indicate if you would be interested to attend an initial meeting to look at how we might create this collaboration, and how we might campaign under a single banner to promote a solutions architecture and develop its detail. Just as the internet is built on shared protocols and platforms supported by a generic infrastructure, so must a new socio-
There are few pre-
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