11/17/2018 0 Comments
We've all received social cues as to what success looks like in our current world. Those cues have primarily been defined by Western standards of success . Those success markers include the following goals....
The Scarcity Economic Model. It states that infrastructure is created (often artificially created) to facilitate the distribution of resources to meet human wants and needs, thus pricing and availability of resources are based on limited access. It is based on the premise that there simply isn't enough to go around.
The Rugged Individualism Philosophy: The practice and belief that individualism is the preferred approach to social and economic relations over group support and engagement.
Materialism: A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
The challenge we face today is that the world emerging from the perfect storm of climate change, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and income inequality all happening at the same time, require a dramatically re-imagined set of tools, concepts and ideas to help run an efficient, effective and abundant planet. These new emergent tools include:
The Ubuntu Philosophical Construct: Based on the Southern African philosophy, this idea states that all people, animals and the planet are connected. Thus, economies, societal structure, technology and laws would be developed to reflect this idea.
Spirituality: Belief that attaining higher understanding of the divine is more important than the acquisition of material goods. This puts less pressure on the attainment of material goods and more on personal development, thus, less pressure on environmental resources to meet those demands.
The Abundance Economic Model. Also called The Post-Scarcity Model is an economic idea in which most goods can be produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed. The technological explosion of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is making this a likely alternative.
Embracing the old tools are and have created crises above and beyond what humankind has known. Here are some of the challenges:
Jobs don't solve economic challenges in a scarcity model economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/magazine/americans-jobs-poverty-homeless.html?mc=aud_dev&ad-keywords=auddevgate&subid1=TAFI&fbclid=IwAR2tvFSSiicJJJACLa7r71LC9zQ1pcdptZxmNuPZltbsdNF3Za-Sn2mxKS4&dclid=CjkKEQiArK_fBRCn8-rxz42j3bgBEiQAFHPBMGxnMkpf5XMUztYle5auhXfzpS421-Me1P7RKkVhYjzw_wcB
The push for material gain for shareholders has put the world on the brink of an extinction level event via climate change. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-knew-about-climate-change-almost-40-years-ago/
The Scarcity Economic Model and materialism are doing catastrophic harm to the planet. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/13/hurricane-irma-capitalism-growth-economics-environment-financial-crisi
The multiple crises that are emerging now have basically created an extinction level event. These crises have also created the greatest opportunity to develop a new, robust, efficient and abundant approach that may never have occurred except for crisis. I believe we should take advantage of this opportunity.
DOWNLOAD THE APP
For those of you waiting for the Apple version of the UBR app, your wait is almost over. Go to the website this Wednesday, November 21st, and go to www.leadtheshift.com and you'll be able to download it from the home page. Look at the classifieds and the resource provider section. If you have a service or product you'd like to share with our global Super Groups that could contribute to the development of the new, robust, abundant and efficient system I wrote about, write me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get your information posted in the app.
START DEVELOPING YOUR VISION STATEMENTS
Just like with sports, my job as a Futurist is to coach you through this time of great change. I am here to help you set goals and develop key skills that are particular to this paradigm shift. I am here to enhance your motivation, lay out the possibilities of this time, and increase your success rate. If done correctly, I will have encouraged you to take ownership for emergence at this critical time. If you've signed on, you should have the UBR Coaching program. Take a look at the vision statement categories. The next post will go into more detail to help you write your personal statements for your health, relationships, finances and career for times like these. Not into the life coaching app yet? Write me at email@example.com and let's get you in.
10/16/2018 0 Comments
When the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hit the panic button last week and said we have 12 years to radically change the way we live if we want to stave off an extinction level event, they were being generous. We are already in the throws of dramatic shifts that are affecting millions of people around the world. We're just at the beginning of a very life-threatening journey. Does this mean we're toast? That's up to us. I will, however, say that the report does 2 harmful things:
1. Humans tend to procrastinate. If someone tells us we have 12 years to get something right, politicians will have us wait til the 11th year to take action. That would be like telling a smoker "if you don't stop smoking, you'll die of cancer in a few years". The smoker may believe she has a few years, but all during this time before death, she's lost a lung. She developed cancer. Her overall health is severely compromised and her quality of life becomes a living hell that she'll wish she had died long ago.
2. We have yet to change our language to climate change adaptation. There is a part of us that believes we can keep climate change from happening. That window passed a few years back. This is not about arguing with people who believe its a hoax. This is not about doing a march with the people who believe if we recycle, we can halt the effects of a warming earth. This is about "how do we re-imagine our existence to live on a dramatically changed planet?"
The socioeconomic geopolitical challenges we'll see over the next 10 years will be like nothing else we've ever seen before, as people fight to stay alive during drought, floods, famine, food insecurity, mass migration and weather disaster after weather disaster.
Now, for the good news.
This need not be the end of human life on earth. It will, however, force us to come up with more imaginative, bolder ideas of how we're going to live with each other. Make no mistake. There are those who still think they can skip this whole experience and make off with millions. Fortunately, there are creative models being developed as we speak that lay the foundation of a new kind of life on earth. It's just unfortunate we had to wait for the emergence of this crisis to take action.
Myself and my colleagues are developing one such model, complete with a digital currency we'll be able to use as back up in case challenges occur. It's called Universal Basic Resources in partnership with Earth Dollar. https://www.leadtheshift.com/ubr-super-groups.html
Those of you who have already signed up will receive your loaded digital currency VISA debit card by the end of this coming November/early December. You'll be asked to spend it inside of the UBR global platform for services, partnerships, goods and opportunities. Also, we're going to start the production of affirmation videos. If you're a member, send me a note of things you'd like to tell yourself, and my production team will create a video that you can play in your meditation, at work, at play or anytime. Listen to the example at the bottom of this page...https://www.leadtheshift.com/advisorconsultant.html Get one specially made for you, or get the general ones released once a month. .
If you're read the book The Power of Habit, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/the-power-of-habit-charles-duhigg/1103588638/2660413837150?st=PLA&s... you know that making a suggestion to yourself on an ongoing, disciplined basis can literally change your life. At this point and time, the world needs affirmative, empowered people. We want to do our part.
Again, if you're already signed up, write me now at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you'd want your affirmation tape to say to you. Then, wait for your Earth Dollar card in the next 30 to 60 days. If you haven't signed up, write me at email@example.com and let's get you on board.
10/8/2018 0 Comments
jWith the rise in authoritarianism around the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/03/11/its-not-just-trump-authoritarian-popul... more and more communities will find a disconnect between some of their desires and the direction of the State. However, in a globalized and connected world, there are many resources communities are taking advantage of to meet the needs of their community members. I'm not trying to give the impression that there should be disconnect between local communities and the State. Rather, local communities are taking up their responsibility in addressing the needs of their areas and looking to the State to become a partner in the community's plan. . Even more, there are more resources at their disposal than any other time in human history. Here is trending information about the new role of localism in affecting long standing challenges and in helping lead the world. .
It's critical that local communities start to take the lead...http://time.com/4596800/nepal-local-leadership/
There are significant benefits in localism...http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/latest/the-rise-of-localism
Community development is for the good of community well being...https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-importance-of-community_b_6978186
Do you need a college degree to succeed in life? It has been pounded in us that a college degree was not only important, but necessary in a world that demands a higher level of understanding. While it is true that the world requires a higher level of understanding, college is no longer the only place where you can become your greatest self.https://www.mydomaine.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree
Can autonomous cars bankrupt a city? Yes, they can. This is one of those affects of autonomous robots (like the coming autonomous unemployment crisis) few people talk about because it's a difficult subject. https://www.wired.com/story/autonomous-vehicles-might-drive-cities-to-financial-ruin/
Can Africa technologically leap frog the West? In a world....maybe. It all depends on the quality of the partnerships African nations create with other world partners. Although I found this article flawed, it does provide some insight. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/opinion/2017/10/11/africa-can-enjoy-leapfrog-development
8/29/2018 0 Comments
No, it's not your imagination. There is a fundamental shift happening in society. On the surface, it doesn't look good at all. We're trending toward materialism, small-mindedness and a general obsession with acquiring money. And no, it didn't start with Millennials. The seeds of the current trend were planted at least 100 years ago in something called "rugged individualism". Check out these reports first before we get to the solutions...
There is a long history in the US that has led to the current "selfie" culture...https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/19/17518086/selfie-will-storr-book-psychology-west
A new documentary discusses our obsession with wealth....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5_xyq3fPy8
Another new documentary talks about how materialism may be at the core of the challenges facing the planet. https://newdream.org/videos/high-price-of-materialism
What's a solution? An Agile Scalable Cooperative Platform
I've created a proof-of-concept global model of connected community groups, based around the use of new technology, digital currency and the philosophy of Ubuntu. It's called a Agile Scalable Cooperative Platform. What we've done is reorganize structure to help individuals have more tools in their earnings portfolio. In other words, as many people have investment options, we've developed a tool for more people to have broader earning options. I've created this approach to help buffer the jobs losses that will be caused by automation and the widespread underemployment where people have to work several jobs to make ends meet. Each participant will:
1. Have the option of participating in a local support group called a "supergroup"
2. Will be able to place their ad, promotion or message in our app that circulates out to all super group members (download - https://www.leadtheshift.com/)
3. Receive a digital currency VISA card in November - December of 2018 through our partners at Earth Dollar. This is to encourage trade, commerce and activity among super group members.
If you'd like to participate, write me back at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you're in. Find out more at https://www.leadtheshift.com/ubr-super-group-description.html
Then, write me back at email@example.com and let me know you'd like to participate. My partners have extended the deadline for participants to let us know by August 31st.
8/16/2018 0 Comments
Let's be honest. A good portion of people really aren't thinking about higher ideas or a more perfect union or the betterment of humanity. Their base line is "how am I and my children going to eat today?" That thought in itself is noble, but if it is the ONLY focus, it can be very difficult to create a society that addresses the core issue of why you and your children are hungry in the first place. Indeed, trending reports show that in the US and other countries around the world show our populations are drowning in a sea of information but less wiser (the application of knowledge) or smarter (the understanding of data and what it means). Here are some of those reports.
This report suggests future election cycles in the US will be problematic: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/new-reuters-poll-proves-many-americans-cant-think-themselve...
There is disturbing evidence that people everywhere (from the US, to Norway to Japan) are getting dumber....https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/we-are-all-getting-dumber-new-science-proves-no-one-is-sure-why...
Some, of course, are blaming our drop in intelligence on technology.....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mr-personality/201305/is-technology-making-us-stupid-and-sma...
If you saw the movie "Idiocracy" and compare it to current governments, you've got to be concerned....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/caveman-logic/201107/idiocracy-can-we-reverse-it
There are several things I think leaders need to understand to be more effective in this unprecedented time.
1. Don't beat people over the head with facts. Show them what end result you are seeking.
2. Organize your ideas so that a five year old will understand. This is not to insult your audience, but to recognize in a world of information overkill, the more simple an idea, the better it can be managed.
3. Keep the big picture to yourself, but drill down on the individual parts with those you lead.
4. Encourage people to read more. Reading has an effect on the brain different than osmosis via television or computer screens.
7/20/2018 0 Comments
It seems that there is daily news surrounding the idea of Universal Basic Income, that is, providing everyone with a monthly income, no strings attached. Giving people money has become a rallying point for some to address the enormously bad trend of massive income inequality trending in the world. The three elements that makes trending income inequality bad include....
1. It creates a breeding ground for political instability and destabilizes communities. (ie: the French Revolution).
2. It creates needless suffering in a society that could those resources to address social challenges (ie: food insecurity, opioid epidemic, climate change, etc)
3. Dramatic income inequality directly sabotages the Democratic movement in the world.
That being said, here are some stories that show communities are going their own way in seeking to stem the tide of income inequality. This doesn't mean Universal Basic Income is the cure all. But it does mean some brave leaders are taking this challenge on.
Chicago is stepping into the fight.....https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chicago-could-soon-become-largest-110636583.html
How do you pay for it?... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVNkNUTxh5I
There are some hard questions. Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs decided to take them on....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hwv2ku5ohg
The experiment in Finland seems to have worked well.....https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/31/finland-universal-basic-income
The next few years will prove to be dynamic when it comes to this level of change in societies.
Despite the turmoil we see in the world, people are still falling in love, having babies, eating great meals and drinking fine wine. There is good news out there. You may know that I believe we are in the middle of a transition unlike anything humanity has ever seen before. My purpose is to better define this change so that we can take collective action to intend what we want. We actually have the agency to create something that uplifts, enlightens and empowers all of us. Some individuals and organizations are forwarding these kinds of hard intentions. Here's what's trending....
We are finally having adult, well reasoned conversations about cutting off fossil fuels....https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/4/3/17187606/fossil-fuel-supply
We are moving away from a primary meat-based diet that more and more research says is responsible for health challenges around the world....https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/apr/01/vegans-are-coming-millennials-health-climate-ch...
Science and Spirituality are getting close and closer. We've discovered the spiritual part of the brain....https://qz.com/1292368/columbia-and-yale-scientists-just-found-the-spiritual-part-of-our-brains/
Chicago, Stockton and other cities around the US and around the world are all moving forward with Universal Basic Income and are not waiting for their national governments. https://slate.com/human-interest/2018/07/giving-people-money-no-strings-attached-will-end-poverty-an...
Here is a video from some time ago where I talked about vision....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YPHXR2kyd4
7/12/2018 1 Comment
Despite what the current administration in the US is doing to thwart the efforts of renewables to play a role in future energy needs, renewables, particularly solar energy, will take a large chunk of energy currency away from fossil fuels over the next few years. The fossil fuel industry companies have worth based on how much potential oil reserves they own that's in the ground and yet to be retrieved. As renewables continue to increase their share of the marketplace, those potential assets become "stranded" and lose value, thus, the companies lose value....
So, what would happen if emerging organizations dedicated to doing regenerative work in the world (that is, instead of sustaining the institutions in the world, we focus on pushing the reset button and re-imagine institutions), negotiate with the fossil fuel companies to transfer their valuation of those stranded assets to companies doing next generation renewable energy and community development work?
Yeah, I know. I hear some of you saying "why would these kinds of people want to invest in something like regeneration?" True. Since these industry barons are used to the idea of zero sum outcomes, cornering markets, exploiting resources and controlingj means as a road to profit, this could seem like a values conflict between two different communities. But what if we simply introduce the idea, with rules? Could we be assuming too much? Could an initial conversation be a good way to measure how they may feel about this? I say yes. A conversation doesn't mean we agree. It only means we want to create an opportunity for all sides of this conversation. The truth is, the rate of renewable energy growth, along with falling fossil fuel use due to autonomous cars is forcing this conversation with traditional energy companies right now. We can at least provide them with an option to put money and investment in the good of the planet and humanity. Besides, if profit is their motivation, holding onto fossil fuel potential stranded in rock seems like an unsuccessful pathway forward.
What is happening?
A few years ago, I provided a more elaborate conversation of what's happening in the world right now with Dee Myers of the Association for Global New Thought. We are in the middle of a gigantic transition. We should act and plan accordingly. Check out this audio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bI2MFAWN1g
6/21/2018 2 Comments
From measuring your heart rate, to staying on top of your blood sugar to checking how much exercise your getting, health apps are the rage, but millions of people stay away from them --- at their own peril. I believe these apps can do more than what they're functioned to do. I believe they can train us to be more proactive in our own health and develop a sense of agency as human beings. Check out this interview with me and Dr. Peggy Mitchell Clark to get an idea of what I mean by watching the video above....
Here are a few other things you should know about health care and the Fourth Industrial Revolution....
Your AI doctor has arrived.....https://www.axios.com/artificial-intelligence-medicine-doctors-algorithms-604f44b1-eb96-4250-91d3-7f...
Here are the top 25 mental health apps.....https://www.psycom.net/25-best-mental-health-apps
And here are the best health and fitness apps on the market....https://www.active.com/fitness/articles/18-best-health-and-fitness-apps-of-2018
If you want to hear a plan for an infrastructure that will empower our communities, check out the event below. I will be there to share with you a new infrastructure that incorporates technology, spirituality and entrepreneurship and connectedness. Please come!
6/6/2018 1 Comment
If you were to ask me, I would say the data I'm sharing with you today suggests that all of us have a deep and profound part of our mind (spirituality) that seeks connection to something deep and profound. I would also say that religion is a personal and cultural interpretation of this spiritual part of us, thus, why we have so many different faiths. I would also say that this trending information provides insight into how we can create a transformed world by using spirituality. It would be kind of like knowing everyone in your office is a football fan. That means you can have football centered themes at your office parties and everyone would get it. It would mean you could provide football-related gifts (like seasons tickets) as incentives for great work. It would mean you could use football references in your pep talks and everyone would know what you're talking about.
Something to think about .
There is a spiritual part of the brain.....https://qz.com/1292368/columbia-and-yale-scientists-just-found-the-spiritual-part-of-our-brains/
Want a higher quality of life? Drill down on your spirituality.....https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/the-health-of-spirituality
The power and benefits of meditation is beyond dispute....http://bigthink.com/think-tank/is-the-brain-hardwired-for-religion
Check out the video below for a brief excerpt from an interview I had with Dr. Peggy Mitchell last week.
I am on with her again this Thursday (June 7th) at 1pm (MST). I would love if you could listen in (WLZ AM 56) and CALL in at 303-477-5600 between 1 and 2, it would be greatly appreciated.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org