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Transcript of Seeing Abundantly
Thoughts about scarcity and abundance as we navigate the new Millennium.
Alternatives to Growth and Scarcity
Scarcity = Value
No Scarcity = No Value
Chip Conley: Emotional Equations (2012)
Having What You Want
Wanting What You Have
Eating lighter on the land (less meat, more grain).
Steady-State Economics (Daly)
Post Scarcity (Hoeschele, Bookchin)
Ecological Economics (Daly)
Polanyi: The Great Transformation (1944)
New Economic Measures
Triple Bottom Line
Genuine Progress Indicator
Unified Rating System, Universal Lifecycle Assessment
Creating Shared Value
Gross National Happiness
What to Do
Less Consumer Marketing
Managing the Commons
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
Experience Our Greater Context
Currencies, Wealth and Value
Making Time Abundant
No-Till Farming (Masanobu Fukuoka)
Attention Is(n't) Scarce
Natural Farming (Joel Salatin)
Reducing Farming's Impact
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
The American Dream
Rags to Riches (Horatio Alger Stories)
Own Your Own (Separate) Home
White Picket Fence
All Your Own Toys (appliances, etc)
Diploma from 12 yrs top grade school
Rethinking the American Dream
Personal Liberty and Freedom
Success = Growth in Dow and GDP
The Frontier (West, Space.... limitless resources)
Eat Lots of Meat
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...
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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
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
Tools of scarcity breed corruption
Experiment: Burning Man
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"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!
Ownership vs Membership
Technologies of Consciousness
Value as perceived
Abundance is an outcome of the technologies of consciousness
10 mins: Quiet down
5 mins: Take roll
10 mins: Go over homework
25 mins: Actual lesson
10 mins: Go to next class!
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
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!)
Now the abundance model: unschooling
from any object or question
at any time
connected to real life
the universe is your text and school
work with anything in the world
have consequences in the world
Kids are lazy, incurious, unruly and stupid. They can't be trusted.
Kids are good, curious and smart.
Yi-Tan podcast on unschooling
...separated into one-year cohorts
“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
Disruptions to Governments
What if you and I could create value (and currencies) outside the fiat money system?
Real & Artificial
What happens to the economy if we really share resources?
One shared car replaces 15 owned separately. Hello, GM? Toyota?
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
Already Being Shared
Fruit & Vegetables
Rightsizing Our Lives
The New Commons
How can we improve the Commons, while living off it?
Ask me about the Texas School Board!
“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
For a smart glimpse of unschooling, read this piece:
Scarcity vs Abundance in Our
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.
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.
The "long tail"
Amazon's deep catalog
Endless storage in the Cloud
Info overload: sipping from the firehose