12 February 2012

What We Need Now

Posted by Admin under: Leadership; Organization; People; Story; Sustainability .

What kind of leadership we need for sustainability is really dependent what the world needs right now—which is a broad and deep transition to a new way of life, a new way of doing business, new kinds of social organizations, and a fundamental shift in our awareness of nature and our relationships with each other.

I recently had the opportunity to watch Inside Job, about those responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, and at the showing someone handed me a copy of Zeitgeist: Addendum, a title that only makes sense when you know the producers had made two previous films and this one came out in 2008. I haven’t watched the most recent one, or the older ones yet, but it’s already clear that this series of movies is dedicated to a profound shift in our consciousness and a corresponding change in our social organization.

The fundamental conclusion I draw from both of these films is that the system is rigged in favor of an elite corporatocracy that controls the media, governments, financial institutions, oil companies, the military, and the rest of the prison-industrial complex we call the economy.

Well, yes, it is, but this doesn’t necessarily represent a conscious or criminal conspiracy. The financial meltdown of 2008 was the result of excessive risktaking, arrogance, and pure fabrication, but it was not exactly in the interests of the 1% either. The financial community experienced a genuine panic, realized it had no hedge against a total loss of confidence in the system, and watched half of the capital wealth on the planet disintegrate over the coming months.

At the bottom of all this is more than a culture of moral corruption on Wall Street, on K Street, and in the Congress; it’s a genuine failure of the corporate elite to sustain a pattern of economic growth or to recognize the need for its fundamental transformation.

Everyone is getting hurt in this process.


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Correction: We'll be hosting this year's holiday potluck — "Bringing Solar Power Home for the Holidays" — on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 4 to 9 p.m. Click here for more details. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Sustainable Neighborhood & Community Conversations (III).
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods and Communities II.
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10 a.m. Eastern: Transforming Neighborhoods & Communities.
Saturday, June 16, 2012: SLF Potluck June 16: Sustainable Living Communities.
The Sustainable Haiti Conference took place April 23-25, 2012 in Miami.
"Inside Job" Movie Party. Saturday, February 11th, 6:00 PM, Liberty Ridge, The Hills, Bernards Twp, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.
2nd 'Buy Haitian, Restore Haiti Conference', January 26, 2012, Karibe Convention Center, Petion Ville, Haiti
Dec 11 SLF Potluck: "Bringing Sustainability Home for the Holidays" Basking Ridge, NJ. RSVP to [email protected].
Saturday, July 9, 2011, 4 p.m. Open House Party & Potluck, Saturday, July 9, 4 p.m., Basking Ridge, NJ.
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Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. EcoCenter Update. At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
Saturday, April 16, 1-4 p.m. "Haiti & Us: The Leading Edge of Sustainable Development." At the Morristown EcoCenter, 55 Bank Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. A copy of the update presentation has been posted here.
Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m. "Creating the Morristown EcoCenter." Held at 55 Bank Street, Morristown, the site of the proposed EcoCenter.
Saturday, February 19, 1-4 p.m. Monthly meeting, ""A Profound Transformation in Consciousness," Morris County Library, Whippany, NJ. Click here for details.
Saturday, January 15, 1-4 p.m. Putting Idealism into Practice: Tour of Half Moon House. Click here for details.
Saturday, December 18, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "Reinventing Wealth," followed by our annual "Potluck for the Planet" from 4 to 8. Click here for details.
Saturday, November 20, 1-4 p.m. Challenge & Strategy Session: "How Do We Measure Sustainable Value?". Click here for details.
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 p.m. Challenge and Strategy Session: "Toward a Sustainable Growth Strategy for New Jersey".
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