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Why is it almost impossible for people to make anything good happen in the world?

December 10, 2008

 Who tries? Who knows? Who cares?


Greg Peachey writes:

People with world-saving ideas are systematically presented with insurmountable obstacles. The rest of us are denied the benefits that would result. In fact humanity is left plunging headlong towards self-destruction. My mission in life is to change that.


As expressed by Dr Otto Scharmer, ‘We live in a time of massive institutional failure, collectively creating results that nobody wants. Climate change. AIDS. Hunger. Poverty. Violence. Terrorism. Destruction of communities, nature, life—the foundations of our social, economic, ecological, and spiritual well-being… The cause of our collective failure is that we are blind to the deeper dimension of leadership and transformational change. This “blind spot” exists not only in our collective leadership but also in our everyday social interactions.’


According to John Seabrook, extraordinary ideas can come from ordinary people at any time. (“Flash of Genius – reviewed positively in New Scientist, 27 Sep 2008”).


Our world is in desperate need of such radical grass-roots insights. We need the very best ideas to go forward, rather than the same old pet projects of those in leadership (who have led us to where we are now), or the ideas that they happen to notice. Unfortunately, it seems that, AT EVERY LEVEL, our world is appalling at making good ideas happen.


Starting from the ground-up:


Ÿ         People in general are too busy at work, rest and play to support radical new ideas.

Ÿ         We all suffer from good-cause bombardment and information overload, including scams and spam, rendering us unable to pick out what is genuine and what is important.

Ÿ         The media don’t consider ideas, however good, to be news, so a social innovator has no means to reach the few peers or leaders who might otherwise lend support.

Ÿ         Many ideas are unsupported because they wouldn’t make anyone rich, might undermine the vested interests of the powers-that-be, or meet the “not invented here” syndrome.

Ÿ         Important ideas tend to need some finance, but you have to apply to funders one at a time, bending your ideas to fit their objectives, waiting on average 9 months at a time for them to come to a decision, which, because of the volume of competition, 29 times out of 30 will be ‘’No.” (That means you could typically have 30 children in the time it takes to get your idea funded! Worse than that, you will be up against established charities, with their armies of professional fundraising specialists, who mop up virtually all available funding, increasing the lead-time for new ideas to several lifetimes.)

Ÿ         To stand any chance of getting a grass-roots idea funded, you should expect to work more than full-time on no income for an extended period. If you somehow do succeed, and need to put bread on your table, charitable legislation normally means that you cannot be a paid chair of your own philanthropic cause. You will therefore need to resign as leader and hand over your vision to someone else, and then apply for the job (which needs to be advertised, under equal ops legislation). If someone more qualified applies, you will neither run, nor implement your own vision.


FREdome aims to change all this by building a system where like-minded individuals can work together to engage the support of the general public initially to access local resources and subsequently scale up their activities –


The flagship idea our community is supporting is the local-to-global conversion of the greatest threats to humanity back into the natural resources that we are now running out of.


Few people have even an inkling of the deeper problems that have led to today’s dire situation. So, if we can’t spot the most important issues or get behind the radical solutions, but continue to plunder natural resources, poisoning the planet in the process, then it will our undoing, and we will go the way of the dinosaurs.


BUT if this cause succeeds, then not only will humanity continue and thrive, but it will be no less than an emergence from the Modern Dark Age – the best ideas will then always go forward, wherever they come from, and humanity will take massive steps forward throughout a glorious future.


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  1. December 29, 2008 3:38 pm

    “Few people have even an inkling of the deeper problems that have led to today’s dire situation.”
    In 1995, I put before Rowntree an overview of ‘the problem’ and a fully developed, self-financing, way of tackling it. I presented the same to Freedome at its inception.
    The few that DO ‘have an inkling’ – and more – are not being heard.

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