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Seeing Abundantly

In which we address Dave's questions about abundance vs. scarcity...
by Jerry Michalski on 24 January 2014

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Abundance
Scarcity
Value
Money
Economy
Dave Gray
Nuances
Seeing
Abundantly

Thoughts about scarcity and abundance as we navigate the new Millennium.
A REXpedition
October 2011
The Question
Three Cases
Schools
Broadband
Software
Hierarchy
Alternatives to Growth and Scarcity
Conventional Wisdom
Scarcity = Value
No Scarcity = No Value
Resource Sharing
Needing Less
Chip Conley: Emotional Equations (2012)
Happiness =
Having What You Want
Wanting What You Have
Eating lighter on the land (less meat, more grain).
Voluntary Simplicity
Pre-Industrial Revolution
Décroissance (Degrowth)
Steady-State Economics (Daly)
Zero Growth
Post Scarcity (Hoeschele, Bookchin)
Post Growth
Ecological Economics (Daly)
Anarchists!
Sustainable Growth
Conscious Consumption
Conscious Capitalism
Polanyi: The Great Transformation (1944)
New Economic Measures
Triple Bottom Line
Balanced Scorecard
Blended Value
Integrated Reporting
Genuine Progress Indicator
Various Footprints
URSULA Project
Unified Rating System, Universal Lifecycle Assessment
Creating Shared Value
Gross National Happiness
What to Do
Upward Spiral
Upkido
Less Consumer Marketing
Sin Taxes
Real Scarcity
Artificial Scarcity
Misallocation
Market Failures
Managing the Commons
Ostrom
We make more food than we can eat, we turn a bunch of it into fuel and plastic, and we still export enough that we ruin other farmers' markets.
Build the wecono.me
Join the REXpedition
or REXlab
Experience Our Greater Context
Currencies, Wealth and Value
Time Poverty
Making Time Abundant
No-Till Farming (Masanobu Fukuoka)
Attention Is(n't) Scarce
Trust
Natural Farming (Joel Salatin)
Reducing Farming's Impact
Self-Reliance
ILSR
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Urban Farming
The American Dream
Creates Scarcity!
Self-Made Man
Rags to Riches (Horatio Alger Stories)
Own Your Own (Separate) Home
White Picket Fence
All Your Own Toys (appliances, etc)
Get:
Diploma from 12 yrs top grade school
Undergraduate
Graduate degree
Student debt!
Rugged Individualism
Limitless Choice
Rethinking the American Dream
Personal Liberty and Freedom
Success = Growth in Dow and GDP
The Frontier (West, Space.... limitless resources)
Eat Lots of Meat
Portion Inflation
Blue Economy (Gunter Pauli)
People have been screaming these things to us!
Value Squeezed Down Into Money
Wealth is what you have when you lose your money.
Occupy Wall Street
Trust people to...
Self educate
Self organize
< = >
Know Your Commons
Not the extremes
Not back to Rousseau's noble savage
Not falling into anarchy and chaos
Work together to create abundance
Center for the New American Dream
Rebuild the Dream
Natural Cost
Artificial Barriers
Love
Related
In the Attention Economy, time is your scarce resource.
Pacifists always fall to warriors & germs. Can PC+Internet+Software counterbalance this?
Modern Enclosure Movements
Global Labor Arbitrage
Clean water
Tools of scarcity breed corruption
School boards
DRM
The Church
Experiment: Burning Man
Abundant:
Noise
Poverty
Danger
Gift Exchange
Unobtainium
Ostrom
See this Prezi online, with all its detail: http://bit.ly/nA6eNh
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Autocatalysis
Sufficient!
Abundant
Scarce
Naomi Klein:

"We all know, or at least sense, that the world is upside down: we act as if there is no end to what is actually finite: fossil fuels and the atmospheric space to absorb their emissions. And we act as if there are strict and immovable limits to what is actually bountiful: the financial resources to build the kind of society we need.

The task of our time is to turn this round: to challenge this false scarcity. To insist that we can afford to build a decent, inclusive society – while at the same time respect the real limits to what the earth can take."
Sale ends Sunday!
Wendell Berry
Sufficiency Foundation
Ownership vs Membership
Technologies of Consciousness
Perceptual States
Value as perceived
Abundance is an outcome of the technologies of consciousness
Complementarities
With:

Jerry Michalski
English
Math Class
10 mins: Quiet down
5 mins: Take roll
10 mins: Go over homework
25 mins: Actual lesson
10 mins: Go to next class!
6th Graders
Science
7th Graders
5th Graders
From a credentialed teacher
Your child might not like or respect (tough!)
Who isn't paid enough
So this isn't a great career path
With an approved textbook
That costs too much
With one learning style
That involves politics
And excludes a few things...
With whatever resources the school can afford to have on hand
Which isn't much these days
School
School
Separates kids from real life (petri dish)
Designed like a penitentiary (see The War on Kids)
Lotteries to get into the good ones (good luck!)
Outside
Danger!
Liability!
Controversy!
Consequence!
Now the abundance model: unschooling
Learn:
from any object or question
at any time
from anyone
anywhere
connected to real life
the universe is your text and school
work with anything in the world
and travel
have consequences in the world
Assumptions
School

Kids are lazy, incurious, unruly and stupid. They can't be trusted.
Unschool

Kids are good, curious and smart.
School Resources
Yi-Tan podcast on unschooling
Articles
Books
Documentaries
Comparisons
Topic

Teachers
Money
Subject matter
Curriculum
Time
Curiosity
School

Scarce
Scarce
Scarce
Scarce
Scarce
Scarce
Unschool

Abundant
Less necessary
Abundant
Abundant
Abundant
Abundant
...separated into one-year cohorts
Problems
School

Scores down
Low morale
Violence
Depression
Unschool

Socialization?
Control?
Responsibility?
Quality?
Liberty
Democracy
Ownership
Property
The Commons
“Scarcity is a lie. Independent of any actual amount of resources, it is an unexamined and false system of assumptions, opinions, and beliefs from which we view the world as a place where we are in constant danger of having our needs unmet.” -- Lynne Twist
Alternative Currencies
Disruptions to Governments
What if you and I could create value (and currencies) outside the fiat money system?
Misc
Scarcity
Real & Artificial

Openness
Free
What happens to the economy if we really share resources?
One shared car replaces 15 owned separately. Hello, GM? Toyota?
Jobs?
Love
Lynne Twist's Three Toxic Myths of Scarcity:
More is better
There is not enough
That's just the way it is
Tiny (Wee) Houses
Coworking
Crowdsourcing
Crowdfunding
Task Sharing
Peer Production
Already Being Shared
Cars
Bikes
Homes
Boats
(and rented)
Tools
DVDs
Clothes
Baby Gear
Fruit & Vegetables
Books
Rightsizing Our Lives
The New Commons
Rivalry
Excludability
How can we improve the Commons, while living off it?
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Ask me about the Texas School Board!
TheREXpedition.com
Enough
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-- Marianne Williamson
http://life.salon.com/2011/10/12/a_home_schooler_goes_to_college/singleton/
For a smart glimpse of unschooling, read this piece:
Scarcity vs Abundance in Our
Home Schooling
Unschooling
Informal Learning
Free-Range Kids
EduPunks
Which world would you rather inhabit?
The real issues of unschooling
What about single parents? Two parents working three jobs?
Where will the kids be? Home all day?
Will they be missing important credentials? Am I closing doors for them?
What about liability? Accidents? Dangerous people?
These are fun issues to solve together.
Working Smarter
Jay Cross
In media & entertainment, abundance = devaluation = terror.
Problems with abundance
Tyranny of Choice (too many choices)
How do you differentiate your offer?
Only so many spots in Heaven!
The other faiths don't get in.
Abundance
The "long tail"
Amazon's deep catalog
Endless storage in the Cloud
Info overload: sipping from the firehose
Unions
Guilds
Satisfaction
Subjective well-being
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