It has become patently clear that the business world is undergoing a metamorphosis. Due to a perfect storm of social, economic and environmental factors, organisations have little option other than to seek out opportunities in these volatile times to adapt and evolve. Business leaders everywhere are recognising that future-fit organisations of the 21st century are more akin to living organisms than the mechanistic monoliths of old, which were designed for the Industrial Era.
At the same time, artificial intelligence (AI) is playing into (and preying upon) humanity’s fear of death, and perhaps even an increasing preponderance of its counter-aspect, the fear of life. One notion that repeatedly enters the AI lexicon is what is called, the “uncanny valley.” Essentially, it reflects the reaction nearly all humans experience when encountering robots, avatars, and the current depictions of AI plastered all over the mainstream media – we innately feel off-put, uneasy, and disoriented. Even those who are staunch proponents of AI, admit to this discomfort and dissonance. Unfortunately, AI prophets are exerting efforts to intentionally overcome this phenomenon. If and when this is accomplished, and AI becomes virtually seamless in the lives of humans, they will have achieved their coveted Singularity. Let’s hope, for humanity’s sake that the uncanny valley remains a significant problem and thorn in their side for centuries to come.
Let’s be clear on what the AI beast system is building so that when we grow old and grey, and potentially incontinent, we are not forced to wear IoT adult nappies, literally extracting our bodily data. We know that the Internet of Bodies is central to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The plan is to evolve into biosensors, data-mining our bodily fluids from swabs, finger pricks, and eventually smart toilets. We are living through a colonising economic event, NOT a public health event. We are crossing a threshold into a human+ era of smartphone-wielding cyborgs. The hivemind keeps track of all things digital, learning us and refining its wargame tactics in real-time.
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
Pay for Success
Because our controllers are hell-bent on building a post-human world of automation, AI is being touted as the way of the future for businesses to succeed against their competition. Why is ‘competition’ still seen as the key driver in business behaviour? We so often hear business leaders say that they embrace sustainability or new ways of operating because it provides a ‘competitive advantage’. Here’s the thing: free-market principles will not bring about a more just society or a wellbeing economy. Rather, they will further concentrate wealth in the hands of the Davos crowd and herald a new era of digital slavery. The whole system is rotten and corrupt. Greedy billionaires are waiting in the wings, rubbing their hands together, ready to nab undervalued human capital assets packaged with privatised welfare “pay for success” deals. You can glimpse this mindset with its blockchain behavioural script in this whitepaper published by the Idaho Freedom Foundation, Blockchain & Government: Using An Emerging Technology To Reduce Government’s Interference In Your Life. Page 15 features a straightforward – yet chilling – diagram of peer-to-peer “charity” managed through biometric digital wallets and “money” tied to programmable smart contracts. Equal parts efficient and inhumane.
‘Competition’ used to mean ‘striving together’. However, now it seems to refer to working against each other – separation and self-interest rule the day. Working together and forming relationships where all can benefit is what business is really all about. Successful business models are the ones that work with partners, suppliers, customers, stakeholders, and the wider community. The importance of healthy relationships in business cannot be overstated, yet hypercompetitive self-interest undermines the very relationships we need to survive and thrive in these turbulent times. In this way, our prevailing paradigm in business is completely unbalanced in its focus on competition at the expense of cooperation. Social impact markets run on poverty, misery, and trauma – the more of it, the greater the profit margin – which only incentivises the implementation of ever more brutal policies.
“There comes a time in your life when you can no longer put off choosing. You have to choose one path or the other. You can live safe and be protected by people just like you, or you can stand up and be a leader for what is right. Always, remember this: People never remember the crowd; they remember the one person that had the courage to say and do what no one would do.”
Your Power Ends Where Your Fear Begins
Like it or not we’re living through revolutionary times. It’s clear Schwab, Gates, Bloomberg, Omidyar (the “wrong kind of green” crowd) and “poverty dashboard managers” intend to upend our lives to make way for robots and artificial intelligence. The plan is to steal our livelihoods, our culture, and our leisure and reduce us to welfare dependents upon whom hedge funds can gamble. The threat of pandemic is a key tool in their tool kit, and we should be wary about how we engage medical and public health professionals in our fight. This is a marathon, not a sprint. It pays to know who you are and what you stand for. Our unbalanced view of competition goes hand-in-hand with our unbalanced view of what business and the economy is for, and wherever we give away our power in fear, they exert more control.
Traditionally business was about value-creation – creating value for others while benefiting yourself: mutual interest and self-interest working together in balance. These days, with the focus on ‘maximisation of short term shareholder returns’ it would seem that ensuring ever increasing returns becomes the goal rather than value creation for customers. In this way, self-interest becomes the over-riding factor rather than how business contributes to the wider economy and society. So often we hear of business goals to ‘become Number 1’ or ‘beat the competition’ and ‘increase market share by X%’. While these may be useful targets, they are not exactly missions to galvanise people to work together, especially in challenging times.
“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
Redesigning for Resilience
You play an important role in transforming our global economy – especially if you are in the business of amplifying the wellbeing of others. In other words, the healing of our modern economy lies in the hands of entrepreneurs and people who work to raise the frequency and amplify the wellbeing of others. The purpose of the economy is not to make a profit for one group at the expense of another but to create the personal, social and cultural wellbeing of all of humanity. Business can and must be a force for good.
Working for an organisation needs to enhance the organisation, the individual, and the people it seeks to serve, not simply ‘maximise the return for shareholders’. In this way, business relationships are enhanced through reciprocity, mutuality, and cooperation. It is collaboration (not competition) that enables organisations to succeed in these challenging times. Just as we need to balance economies of scale with economies of scope, it is sensible to balance competition with cooperation. The prevailing business paradigm of monoculture and self-interest has weakened its own resilience. The time is now ripe for more diversity, cooperation and reciprocity in business to facilitate a ‘redesigning for resilience’ in business and beyond.
“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”
– Nelson Mandela
New Leadership Paradigm
It is increasingly apparent that we need a new leadership paradigm and people’s movement, to strive for bodily autonomy and communal care that comes from the heart-space, not the mind-space. Many think this battle can be won with facts, figures, credentials, and graphs. In reality these things have been used for years as weapons to confuse issues and obscure the truth. There is a feeling that we have to win the battle of the media, even though we know the media is owned by the ones who are pushing the Great Reset agenda. In a twisted logic, if we get our wish to have this declaration come to prominence in media circles, that essentially means it is advancing the interests of the status quo.
Instead, we need leaders who inspire a will to rise up and assert our sovereignty against the predatory public health establishment that has been bankrolled by Rockefeller since its inception – to better manage human capital. We need leaders who are ready to face the voracious energy that seeks to mine the being part of human. While we knew the age of surveillance capitalism was dawning, no one really anticipated the trigger event that turned our world upside down early in 2020. Yet those of us with eyes to see and ears to hear have been called to step forward with our talents and gifts to transmute this profanity into something sacred. Conscious leaders for a non-cybernetic future. We, humanity, choose Nature as our future. We will not live in a planetary computer or as characters in a virtual simulation. We choose the natural world over a restricted, dystopian, bar-coded life.
“Be brave to stand for what you believe in even if you stand alone.”
Taking a Stand
We see the choice between two paths, one green and one scorched. We know the choice we make and the stand we take today, will determine not just the course of our lives, but the lives of all other beings on this planet and those yet to be born. Our vibrant cities will not be reduced to a networked biosecurity Operating System masquerading as government. Conscious leaders of today are speaking up because the Davos elite have no right to foreclose the future of Earth’s children. Soulless smartness is no match for our symphonies, our dancing, poetry, cuisine, or our street art. We choose sunsets, rustling leaves, laughing children, and warm embraces. We call for an end to the toxic alliance of the United Nations and Klaus Schwab’s ridiculous World Economic Forum. It is nothing more than a faux-progressive, gas-lighting sham. Global poverty cannot be a profit centre. Our physical and mental health will not be profit centres. Hands off our health choices, education choices, family choices, and food choices!
Nature is not theirs to blanket in sensors and track for impact on data dashboards. Our destinies are far too magnificent to fit onto puny blockchain ledgers. Our co-creative life force does not belong to ESG portfolios. It is woven into the complex tapestry of life that connects us to each other, to the land, and all beings – from the tiniest microbes to the most giant redwoods. Our freedom lies in the preservation of natural, non-synthetic, life on Earth. We acknowledge and understand that with such freedom comes responsibility. It is up to us to mend the immense hurts and deep wounds inflicted on society and nature over centuries. We have arrived at this moment of supreme reckoning, where through an alchemy of pure love we can manifest a future of healing and right relationship, where reciprocity is restored. This is the work.
“Nature, complete with vibrant colors and magnificent light shows is free for all. The only price of admission is to pay attention.”
Inspired by Nature
Look around, this is your life; your community; your world. Business is here to be a force for good and Conscious Leaders everywhere are rising to the occasion. Nature offers us helpful lessons to support regenerative organisations and our leadership in multiple ways.
Nature influences positively how we engage, empower and encourage our people to build resilience within their diverse stakeholder groups. Eco-psychology and natural leadership are emergent approaches to help people deal with complexity and unpredictability.
Nature inspires intelligent building design that responds to internal and external environments, making them effective, vibrant, and healthy places to work.
Nature shapes business processes such as industrial ecology and symbiosis, business ecosystem mapping, systems thinking, eco-literacy, closed-loop economics, and cradle-to-cradle.
The imitation of nature – biomimicry – is a well-established practice in assisting the designing of sustainable products in harmony with life.
Nature teaches businesses that being regenerative means creating the conditions conducive for life, rather than merely reducing the harm inflicted. Therefore, instead of focusing on the reduction of negative social and environmental impact, forward-thinking businesses move toward ‘reaching beyond-zero impact’ and strive to become restorative and truly regenerative.
“Change as many times as needed. Change your mind, change your mindset, change the places you go, change the way you deal with certain things. Change whenever you feel that something or someone no longer resonates with the person you are striving to become.”
The Nature of Change
The nature of change itself is transforming. Organisations are now increasingly exposed to dynamic change: change upon change upon change – while dealing with one change, another affects us, then another, and so on. This dynamic change upsets the traditional mechanistic business paradigm we have been working to over the last few decades. Paradoxically, inspiration for the current pressing challenges is all around us in nature. Nature has been dealing with dynamic change for over 3.8bn years, and the more we explore nature’s ways, the more we find inspiration for operating in a dynamically changing business environment.
Our understanding of nature has evolved over the last few decades, from viewing it as a battleground of competition to one of dynamic non-equilibrium. Order within chaos prevails, due to unwritten natural patterns, feedback loops, behavioural qualities, interdependencies and collaboration within and throughout ecosystems. The more we grapple with the challenges our businesses now face, the more we realise that nature’s patterns and qualities inspire approaches and qualities for our own evolutionary success in business and beyond.
“To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.”
Through the Eye of the Needle
We are on the cusp of a Creative Revolution that will be a as transformative as the Scientific Revolution. This Creative Revolution is fueled by necessity and led by conscious leaders. You cannot see the solutions or occupy the information field that IS the solution if you don’t embody the archetype of the solution first. In order to co-create, you must be a “vibrational match” to the solution. You must literally BE the change you want to see in the world. To create abundantly, you must first occupy the information field that is abundance. To create sustainability, you must first BE sustainable, and so on. Being creative, sustainable, abundant, etc. is our natural state. Conditioning takes us away from our natural state. To become fundamentally creative (deliberate) you have to de-condition your situationally creative response (reactive).
Determined by your conditioning
Finite – comes from the conditioned mind
The result of “thinking” and reasoning
Imaginative and possibility oriented
Infinite Source (Life’s Intelligence)
Aligns with cosmic order (Evolution)
“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”
Rewire Your Brain
De-conditioning involves re-wiring the brain, re-coding epigenetic programming (ancestral memory) and cultivating a creative practice that protects you from being re-conditioned and aligns you with Life’s Intelligence (Source/God/Quantum Field). When we are resilient and create with integrity we are living in a state of humility. When we are humble we are living into the expression of a personal narrative that encompasses our unique, vital and irreplaceable role in the Cosmic Plan. We take up no more than our right place and no less that our right space. We honour and uphold the value of our own life and consequently see and honor the value of all life. We recognise that we are part of the whole and our actions not only serve the maintenance of our own value, they simultaneously serve the Greater Good.
Living from an authentic and aligned narrative enhances wellbeing on every level. Wellbeing is contagious. We all do better when we all do better. We all do better when we are creating wellbeing from a fundamentally creative state and in alignment with the Wisdom of Life. Once we de-condition and re-write our personal narrative, we naturally begin to decondition and rewrite our collective narrative. This new narrative enables us to harness our innate creative capacity and to mine the Quantum Field in alignment with Life’s Intelligence enabling us to see and implement excellent solutions to the challenges facing humanity today.
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”
It's Not All Love and Light
Over the past few years many have awakened to the underbelly of our humanity. The realisation that we have been living in the shadow and trying to work our way towards the Light is a stark one. This isn’t a time for spiritual by-passing. We must not turn our eyes away from the shadows and pain to pretend everything is fine and dandy. Our thoughts and visualisations will not magically make the world the way we dream it to be. Certainly, activating an attitude of optimism and a perspective that everything will be amazing in the end is a vital skill to getting us to the other side of this epic adventure.
However, we are in an alchemical process and alchemy requires fire for transformation. In the process of turning lead to gold, the alchemist must first burn away the dross and vaporise the contaminants in the coal to reveal the light of the gold. In this way, we need to pick up every piece of what is being revealed to us and cultivate the faith that we can heal it. We can align what’s misaligned. We can heal what is broken and we can birth something even better than we could imagine – true justice, equitability, abundance, and peace for all. What we do on a personal level is critical to healing the world. We are representatives of what we seek to create. We cannot create a just, equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world if we ourselves are not embodying justice, equitability, sustainability, and peace.
“Our psyche is set up in accord with the structure of the universe, and what happens in the macrocosm likewise happens in the infinitesimal and most subjective reaches of the psyche.”
– Carl Jung
Ignite the Flame
It takes more than “thinking” to create our reality. It takes embodying the reality we seek to experience and create. We have to consciously lift up our energy up to match the world we want to be living in. For those who are trying to escape this planet by ascending, may we gently remind you that the fifth dimension is not a place; it’s a frequency of energy. Higher frequencies of energy entrain lower frequencies – and not the other way around. The more we ground ourselves in sustaining higher energies, the more we lift others up.
When we embody higher frequency energies, we are more resilient. We can act deliberately, with great intention, awareness, and consciousness. We can stand in the shadow and acknowledge it. We can look directly at it and shine our Light into it. This gives us the ability to truly lift up the world. We can look at the inequity, the pain, the injustice, and the fear, and know we have the ability to change it – not by turning away from it and thinking “positive”, but by diving into it and doing the work to explore, not only our own role in creating it, but also what needs to be done to change the infrastructure to support the manifestation of something better – something much more aligned with the full potential of the wisdom of life.
To stay strong and do the work we must be resilient. Our would-be controllers have no power over a healed humanity. We must clear our own trauma, pain and conditioning sowe can choose to respond rather than react. Only in this way will we deliberately create. We have to take back our own power from the events of the past that seek to mesmerise us into thinking we have no control – that we are victims of a darkness we have no power to change. It only takes one candle to light up a room. Be that candle. Choose to ignite the flame.
“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”