Self-Empowerment (gradually, ASAP)
This was posted at PhiBetaIota.net, the public intelligence blog, as “Achieving Democracy” (is that even possible or desirable?). UPDATE: Provoking case against Uber (video)
What exactly is the necessary critical mass needed for a paradigm shift from within the system? If that was known, are there enough people to fulfill that requirement? And if there were enough of those people, are the methods to organize those people effective enough?
One perspective is that the more energy and trust we direct at a system that doesn’t deserve our energy and trust, the more lost opportunities accumulate (what could have been).
People will counter this ‘broken’ (dysfunctional) system, but I don’t think it’s going to be led by those within the political structure/re-structuring, or even be overtly deliberate. A simple (but rough) example is New York City. This Uber video was sent to me by a taxi driver that I know who lives in Queens.
If you believe the marketing of Uber, it’s a bottom-up type counter to the NYC mayor/political structure, and it’s “local,” but in a huge way because it’s NYC. It started out as a simple business idea, not a confrontation to the political system. Yes, other taxi-drivers (citizens) lose business, but it’s the citizens who have put faith into the dominant taxi-owner hierarchy who lose business. However, Gawker has revealed that Uber is also losing a lot of money. This means that people funding Uber are unintentionally helping take money away from taxi-drivers, while they lose money. That’s life in show business. And no matter how much news about a topic you absorb, there’s always more to the story like making Uber more democratic and cutting out the “middle-man” using software called “Ethereum.” And if you’re going to pick on Uber, throw in AirBnB.com while you’re at it. They’re a “middle-man,” too (a useful one). As a side-note, when I lived in northern China, a commonly used mobile application was used by taxi-drivers where they receive alerts/requests and choose whether to seek out that potential rider. Anyhow.
(Part of a long-term vision)
There needs to be a circulation of ideas related to massive redefining of “education” (“de-schooling”) to dismantle the trust in a debt-inducing “higher education” system and a debt-inducing political system. There needs to be massive encouragement to network towards starting new businesses infused with integrity (and much more) to gradually inch our way into a paradigm shift.
The more people who create their own stability for themselves and their families through their own efforts and not from a corporatized secretive/lying nanny state, the more likely they can eventually direct that empowerment into the political arena. The more empowered people who have power over money, the more they/we will have more confidence, resources, time and an open-ness to consider helping reconfigure portions of local life and gradually inch towards reconfiguring state-wide, national and global.
Globally, if there is an increase in local empowerment, there will eventually be global empowerment. If more people see that there is local empowerment, they will want it. That has more potential to be networked. Networking empowered people with vision and confidence would be more effective than massive amounts of angry poor people whose vision has been aggregated from a lack of time, resources, energy and an exposure to poor and defragmented information.
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