Towards a Golden Age? A Wisdom
based Global Economy
London, UK - 23rd May 2008, 17:37 GMT
Dear ATCA Open & Philanthropia Friends
[Please note that the views presented by individual contributors
are not necessarily representative of the views of ATCA, which is neutral.
ATCA conducts collective Socratic dialogue on global opportunities and threats.]
The response to the ATCA briefing "The
Super Inflation Freeze -- Abrupt Financial Climate Change?"
from amongst the distinguished members, luminaries and friends of ATCA and
The Philanthropia has been overwhelmingly positive and extremely impressive.
The executive summary of the points made, with intra- and extra-polation
by the ATCA Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) as well as the mi2g Intelligence
Unit, is as follows:
1. The synchronised combination of the Fuel, Food and Finance crises --
3Fs -- is accelerating disruptive change across the world. This disruptive
change is amplified by anytime, anywhere communications and is bringing
about a metamorphosis in humanity's approach towards each other and the
efficient management of key resources including human talent, skill-sets,
energy, raw materials and waste.
2. The age of ignorance is coming to an end as humanity realises that every
action has a reaction and all production, distribution and consumption has
an externalised and internalised cost associated with it. Not all costs
can be represented in profit and loss terms immediately but become evident
in quality-of-life and financial terms over decades. The consequences are
asymmetrically reversible. It may take a few years to cut down a forest
to grow food for fuel and decades to grow it back.
3. The 3Fs and their consequence, super inflation, is the result of the
mismanagement of expectations. The present socio-economic trajectory, which
is ultimately incapable of sustaining six to seven billion people on the
planet at median living standards of the West, is going to be drastically
modified as false expectations are confronted and replaced with entirely
new and holistic ones.
4. Asymmetric threats are multiplying and so are asymmetric solutions given
the ingenuity of humanity for re-invention and innovation when pushed into
a corner. From linear processes, which are essentially about fragmented
production, consumption and waste, we are evolving towards non-linear and
circular processes that have pervasive energy efficiency and holistic recycling
as well as recyclability at their design core. Expect non-linear asymmetric
solutions -- highly imaginative, inventive and innovative 'killer' applications
-- in the area of group thinking, incentivisation models, continuous education
and training paradigms, new science, radical management philosophies, focus
on ultra energy efficiency, alternative sources of energy, drastic waste
minimisation, total waste processing and pervasive recycling. Much of the
new production and consumption methodologies are going to focus on utilising
recycled and recyclable materials with extremely high energy efficiency
as opposed to virgin raw materials and large quantities of energy and natural
resources -- water, air and land -- generating excessive waste. There will
be increased reliance on local sourcing as the 3Fs bite.
5. The number of asymmetric solutions deployed collectively in dealing with
the 3Fs will become the 'gold measure' of resilience for that individual,
family, community, organisation, corporation, region and nation state. Expect
taxation to evolve dynamically to act as a penalty on laggards, who do not
adopt the 'gold measures' swiftly.
6. The boundaries of the sovereign nation state are being superseded by
trans-national entities -- corporations, NGOs, movements and ideologies
-- and the sovereign individual in many asymmetric ways as they exploit
arbitrage opportunities. The boundary-less environment is creating a globally
inter-dependent matrix. The 3Fs are propelling humanity towards longevity
and sustainability based on holistic thinking and collective good. This
disruptive change will have extremely beneficial long term consequences
for humanity and despite the short term pain, it may usher in a Golden Age
of individual and global transformation. This Golden Age will be characterised
by a Wisdom based Global Economy.
7. The characteristics of the Golden Age will be accelerated enlightenment,
renaissance and reinvention of the individual's thinking, societal group
think and the redesign of linear industrial age systems and support mechanisms
towards non-linear and circular ones by corporations, organisations and
governments. In the recent past, the West -- Europe and North America --
have had a huge lead and capacity to reinvent. Faced with the 3Fs, which
are affecting poorer nations the most, Asia, South America and Africa are
also going to be sources of asymmetric solutions over the coming years.
Given their large-scale demographics, China and India, are going to be emerging
leaders in finding global asymmetric solutions for the 3Fs. Japan's fantastic
lead in energy efficiency will be copied, matched and eventually surpassed
across many parts of the world, lowering global energy demand substantially.
8. Traditional and knee jerk responses from established governance organisations
and regulatory institutions are not going to necessarily work and may indeed
exacerbate the effects of the 3Fs. The modern solidarity society, ie, the
nation state dependent society, which evolved in Europe and North America
especially after the second world war is going to be severely tested by
the 3Fs. On the present trajectory, the support mechanisms are capable of
bankrupting many nation states. In the last two decades or so, those arcane
systems have survived on the back of Chinese and Indian export of deflation
and a relatively low cost of energy. As the 3Fs and super inflation remove
the crutches, there will have to be socially and politically acceptable
reformation. The model which will evolve will have non-linear asymmetric
characteristics and point towards sustainability as measured against the
9. The step-by-step revolution has just begun and it has a long way to go
as humanity realises its full potential by integrating the physical, intellectual
and spiritual dimensions to build a non-linear and circular economic model
that produces near zero waste and consumes responsibly whilst being conscious
of the consequences to the environment and upon itself. The concept that
the environment, ie, the habitat and humanity are not separate from each
other and are essentially one is going to gain ground as we seek to find
asymmetric solutions for the 3Fs. What we do to others we do unto ourselves.
With the elimination of duality, and confrontation of one-ness, how easy
will it be to wage war with mutual assured damage and destruction? There
is also the wisdom of another great spiritual poet -- Saadi -- to be considered:
"The human family is one body with many parts
Creations arising from one unseen essence
Any harm to any part summons an awakening
a dis-ease and a healing response from all parts
Those who fail to feel the pain of others cannot be called truly human."
10. The Golden Age's triumph will be the delivery of individual, societal
and world harmony albeit with massive hurdles along the way, initiated as
an extreme metamorphosis by the 3Fs.
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