Posts tagged ‘Greed’

What’s Your Comfort Level: Blindfolded Or Awakening?

ontwikkelenHumanity is slowly but surely waking up. More and more people are remembering ancient knowledge they already had slumbering. But there are still a lot of people who are more or less ‘sleeping’, in the comfort of their blindfold. They either don’t want to see or they are afraid to see or just don’t see at all the reality they are creating themselves. The reality that we are heading for if we keep on doing the things we allways have done. Like for instance striving for endless growth, which is basically an egocentric, greed-oriented strategy. It’s just not sustainable. So we need to find new ways to cope with growth which will no longer be endless. And forget about these old strategies. But where do we start? In fact it’s just plain simple. If you start with a mindset that you want to take care of others (no mather how few or how many or how little or how much), you have started a sustainable strategy. It’s that simple. And the more people copy your example and start to apply this strategy, the better we will take care of eachother and the less need there will be to sustain old ego-centered strategies.


From Extracting Financial Value Out Of Humanity To Putting Social Values Into Humanity

Our society is accustomed to treat people as expandable assets. Assets of which the max. possible financial value needs to be extracted, just like milk from a cow. Often indirectly driven by fulfilling the (greedy) goals of a minority. I was inspired to write this down after having read this blog from Helene Finidori: The Commons at the Core of our Next Economic Models? I liked the article a lot.

So what if humanity’s mindset would become geared towards putting in maximum human value in all people instead of extracting maximum financial value from most people? So that humanity’s goals shift from financial to social? For example, global happiness as a primary goal, financial and other values become the mere means? Looking at greed, I think we should still stay greedy, but not any longer financially greedy but socially greedy. Transform the world from a-social to social. If we all are willing to create such a brave new world, it can be done.

Relax! Humanity’s Long Tail Has Arrived

This blog is inspired by the term ‘Slow IT” from a collegue who blogs here. The term Slow IT reminded me of one of the LinkedIn discussion groups I follow: Slow Management. But besides these two viewpoints on Slowing Down, there are a lot more slow movements. For example, an excellent summary (in Dutch) can be found here. It reminds us that we as a globalising consumption society are quickly wasting and spoiling our beautiful earth. The only thing that seems to matter is short-term wins. I win, you loose. Greedy. Egoistic.

It’s time we started to design our world for our children. And that’s why I made the Dino graphic. It’s my representation of how Humanity should be transforming from short-term goals (institutional-centric, a-social, often supported with generalisations or centralisations) to long-tail goals (human-centric, social, decentralized, localized, specialized).

It’s my dream that Humanity’s mindset evolves to this 2.0 mindset, creating a world that is not only liveable for us, but also for our children. The time to slow down the infinite growth engine of Humanity 1.0 is here now. We can create Humanity 2.0 if we want!

Relax! Infinite Growth Is Just An Illusion

Have you seen the video The Earth Is Full already? Quit scary stuff if you ask me. But then again, if you scare people, chances are, they get scared. And fear becomes their dominant driver that sets only negative things into motion. And that only amplifies the culture that has gotten into this greedy, infinite growth strategies we all know too well. All based on the (economic) illusion that scarcity thinking is the preferred management instrument of our world.

So why not turn it the other way around? Tell people there is nothing but abundance. Show them the video Abundance is our Future instead. And yes, ofcourse there is scarcity here and there but it’s more a question of how you approach it: from the negative (scary) side, of from the positive (yes we can) side. My tip: treat scarcity from now on as an illusion and you will see more and more abundance things popping up in your life. Happy traveling on your abundance path!

So You Want To Create A Brave New World? Here’s Some Inspiration

The following tips are in no way scientifically proven but might yet be worth the try. I hope you find them useful.

  • Tip 1: respectfully say bye to traditional (red ocean, greed-centered) strategy schools, say hi to (blue ocean) society oriented strategies.
  • Tip 2: respectfully say bye to traditional power- or  status oriented (Taylor-“made”) management schools, say hi to “tailor-made” schools that focus more on organizing people rather than on managing people.
  • Tip 3: respectfully say bye to efficiency as a primary goal, say hi to effectiveness as a primary goal
  • Tip 4: respectfully say bye to common fears that block true renewal (fear of isolation, fear of incompetence, fear of inconsistence, fear for imperfection, fear of separation, fear of ignorance, fear of complexity, fear for loss of control, fear for learning, fear for letting go the past etc. and say hi to their powerful counterparts such as love, respect, learning culture etc.
  • Tip 5: respectfully say bye to traditional sharing strategies (greed, egoism, selfishness) and say hi to joyful sharing strategies
  • Tip 6: respectfully say bye to innovation strategies aiming at free markets and say hi to strategies aiming at societal goals markets
  • Tip 7: respectfully say bye to old style thinking and doing and say hi to new style thinking and doing
  • Tip 8: respectfully say bye to fakeness and dishonesty and say hi to authenticness and honesty
  • Tip 9: respectfully say bye to traditional scarcity thinking and say hi to abundance thinking
  • Tip 10: respectfully say bye to rational (or scientifically proven) decision making and say hi to (spiritual) decision making based on your intuition and your heart

Ofcourse you don’t need to say goodbye to all the above, but a better balance wouldn’t hurt our society. So Good Luck and please let me know what worked for you. 

How “Greed” Can Be Considered a New Abstraction and How You Could Change The World Into a Beautiful Place

In a previous post I mentioned the Abstraction Ladder in relation to the Ladder of Inference and the Semiotic Ladder. In this post the focus is on the Abstraction Ladder. If you look at the upper two steps of the ladder you see they are titled “Asset” and “Wealth”. But where would “Greed” be? Isn’t Greed an abstraction on top of “Wealth”? After all, people who are greedy easily factor out dimensions that are irrelevant. This is logical because you wouldn’t be succesfull being greedy if you factored in dimensions like “Wealth”, “Asset” etc. So how could we foster a world where Greed isn’t beneficial? Simple,just replace Greed with Love and everything will turn out fine! Good luck!

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