Inspired by Zeitgeist III (watch it if you haven’t), here is my first attempt to find a path from HERE to THERE. Comments encouraged!
Prerequisite: Recognize the current system was designed for social conditions that no longer exist BUT was a necessary stepping-stone to lay the ground work for where we can go from here. Don’t hate or resent the system, thank it and forgive it. If you are reading this, to some extent, the system must have worked for you. We can’t (yet) replace the system but we can modify it based on what we’ve learned.
Step 1: STOP BUYING SHIT and TURN OFF THE F*CKING TV. As you know, it’s ONLY there to sell you more shit you don’t need.
Step 3: THANK Global corporations for the global distribution and telecommunications infrastructure they’ve created and FORGIVE them their past sins.
Step 4: THANK Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett for creating The Giving Pledge but collect the money NOW to create a global fund. Open the pledge to non-billionaires as well.
Step 5: TAKE the wealth of the remaining 1% who CHOOSE not to sign up for the Giving Pledge. Fuck ‘em… they’ve had their chance.
Step 6: Use the POWER of the fund to create a TRUE globally owned public company who’s two mandates are a) FEED the world using /existing/ sustainable technologies b) HEAL the _needlessly_ sick with FREE /existing/ medicines, condoms and vaccinations. Sustainable housing and energy will be next. Use the MONEY of the fund to BUY the supplies from existing businesses (thus stimulating the economy). Need manpower? How about turning incarcerated non-violent offenders into work-trade/freedom volunteers?
Step 7: Build a FaceBook App that PUBLICLY lists donations to the fund from the non-billionaires (99% of the people) who are driving this change. Use this to turn our social focus from “how much we earn” to “how much we share”
Step 8: Build a FaceBook App that lists public and private companies that DONATE time and resources to the fund.
Step 9: Cap personal income WORLD WIDE to US$2Million/year and make donations to the Global Fund 200% tax deductible. All personal income above $2M goes to non-profits of your choice. 99% of the HUMAN RACE will not notice a change to their income!! Also, scrap Trademarks, Patents and Copyrights – they are antiquated systems that stifle innovation.
Step 10: Use the Open Graph protocol and Open-Source software model to encourage input and feedback from anyone on the planet, in real-time so that “spare time” becomes a usable commodity.
Step 11: Recognize that our world is already run by corporations – this is not a conspiracy, this is a natural outcome of our system, and this is NOT and bad thing IF we have trust in our corporations which we do not. Start by trusting in the public fund and let trust move outwards from there.
Step 12: Trust in yourself. External validation is a philosophical waste of time and the driver of the current system. Have faith in strangers and they will have faith in you. Trust creates confidence, confidence creates innovation, innovation creates solutions, solutions create hope. Hope creates trust.
In my mind, the existing system, like those before it, were, by necessity, built on Ego. For the first time in Human history we have the knowledge and technologies for every person on this planet to have access to free food and medicine, clean water, shelter, and, most importantly, the ability to teach anything to any other person worldwide, i.e. empowerment. What we lack is confidence… and our current system is NOT designed to encourage confidence.
Confidence starts with you.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
— Nelson Mandela