Illusion of Energy Scarcity & Abundance in Universe
London, UK - 27 June 2007, 13:17 GMT - We are grateful to Richard
Thomas Gerber, CEO, Intelegen, based in Michigan, USA, for "Illusion
of Energy Scarcity & Abundance in The Universe;" Mark Goyder,
Founder, & Tony Manwaring, CEO, Tomorrow's Company, based in London,
UK, for "Co-creation of Sustainable Frameworks with Humility;"
Aurora Carlson based on the West Coast, Sweden, for "Personal Transformation
First;" Anouradha Bakshi, Founder Director, Project WHY, based
in New Delhi, India, for "Changing Ego-Systems
to save Eco-Systems"; Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman, Anglo-American,
and Member, Tomorrow's Global Company, Inquiry Team, based in London, UK,
for "Need for Legislative Frameworks to Guide
Markets"; and Anouradha Bakshi for "Where
is the Empathy? Short Term Capitalism and Long Term Environmental Damage";
in response to the Launch of the International Inquiry
Report - Tomorrow's Global Company - Challenges and Choices signed by
senior figures from businesses and NGOs based in Europe, North America and
Asia. These include: ABB, Alcan, Anglo American, Amnesty International Business
Group, BP, Dr Reddy's, Ford, the International Institute for Sustainable
Development, Infosys, KPMG, Leaders' Quest, McKinsey, Standard Chartered,
SUEZ, and SustainAbility. The international inquiry draws on their experience
and on dialogues, workshops and interviews conducted across the world in
countries including Australia, China, France, India, South Africa, United
Kingdom, and United States by Tomorrow's Company led by Mark Goyder.
Dear ATCA Colleagues
[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
Richard Thomas Gerber is CEO of Intelegen Inc, a "proof-of-concept"
company based in Michigan, USA, now celebrating it's eleventh year; with
a current focus on high quality video production, streaming and interactive
media development; system development, meta research and predictive analytics
derived from data mining the Internet. Richard is also an informatics
systems architect with 22 years experience working in the Detroit metropolitan
area in the US. He has serviced or acted as an information technology
consultant to over 200 clients from a broad range of industries specializing
in accounting and finance applications and systems integration and custom
development. He has worked for Moore Stephens International and as a consultant
for Daimler Chrysler, General Motors and Ford Motor. He also currently
hosts and maintains virtual manufacturing environments for several companies
with time critical manufacturing operations and multiple physical plant
and office locations across the US. He writes:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Illusion of Energy Scarcity & Abundance in The Universe
While I would not say that I disagree with this ATCA Socratic Dialogue,
especially in regard to reducing energy consumption, I would still say
that it is not the simple solution.
The problem is that much of the energy reduction dialogue promotes the
illusion of scarcity and a lack of energy in the universe. This perspective
is a falsehood. There is not a lack of energy in the universe as all matter
We should be thinking from a perspective of abundance and prosperity.
Just because solutions exist does not mean they get implemented. There
are alternative energy solutions ready to be implemented, but the causes
-- or market conditions -- simply have not occurred for their implementation.
Perhaps it is an issue of consciousness, when the planet's collective
consciousness reaches that certain threshold then the new technologies
will be manifest.
Mark Goyder is Founder Director of Tomorrow's Company, a not-for-profit
research and agenda-setting organisation responsible for the business-led
Tomorrow's Global Company inquiry whose findings are to be published
in June 2007. A business-led think-tank, Tomorrow's Company is committed
to creating a future for business which makes equal sense to staff, shareholders
and society. After 15 years as a manager in manufacturing businesses,
Mark initiated the Royal Society for the encouragement of arts, manufacturing
and commerce (RSA) Tomorrow's Company Inquiry, a business-led inquiry
into 'the role of business in a changing world'. The objective was to
develop a shared vision of the company of the future. In 1995 he founded
Tomorrow's Company and, over the past ten years, has inspired and challenged
the boards, leaders and managers of leading large and small companies
with his clear vision and practical insights into the changing agenda
for leadership, governance, and stakeholder relationships, most recently
with the publication of Restoring Trust: investment in the twenty-first
century (June 2004). A prolific writer and winner of the Institute of
Management Studies (IMS) Tillers Millennium Trophy for best speaker, he
has addressed audiences all over the world. Mark is also a member of the
British Airways Corporate Responsibility Board, the BT Leadership Advisory
Panel and the Camelot Advisory Panel for Social Responsibility. He also
writes a monthly column in Ethical Corporation Magazine and Accountancy
Tony Manwaring is Chief Executive of Tomorrow's Company. Tony has had
a series of management, marketing and communications roles in the voluntary
sector with NCH (formerly National Children's Home), Diabetes UK and most
recently, the disability rights charity Scope, where he was chief executive
for over three years. Before that he worked as head of The General Secretary's
Office for the Labour Party, playing a key role in transforming its operational
fortunes as it became New Labour. He also has a track record in CSR, working
with a number of major companies in often ground-breaking partnerships.
Tony has a degree in Economics from Cambridge and an MA in Industrial
Relations from Warwick. He has a long standing interest in business, leadership
and organisational change, having contributed to a comparative project
on labour markets, whilst working at the LSE and the Wissenschaftszentrum,
Berlin; and also the MIT' study 'The Future of the World Automobile Industry,
before taking responsibility for industrial policy at the Labour Party.
He is currently completing a project on leadership and change with the
think-tank, Demos. They write:
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Co-creation of Sustainable Frameworks with Humility
What is fascinating about this Socratic dialogue on ATCA is the way that
it highlights the creative tension between the change which individuals
can initiate, and the change which companies can initiate. In the latest
submission, Aurora Carlson argues powerfully that change starts with each
and every individual. The Tomorrow's Global Company (TGC) Inquiry team
reinforces that global companies have a unique part to play in achieving
What Aurora Carlson is saying for individuals in their personal lives
is exactly mirrored by what the signatories of the TGC report are saying
about their potential contribution as individuals with responsibility
and influence in their corporate lives. The Inquiry Team start the whole
report by saying "We all believe that for companies to succeed
into the future they must play a greater role in contributing to solving
the problems that society faces, including environmental degradation,
poverty and the abuse of human rights."
To survive, they acknowledge, companies have to make a profit and pay
a dividend. But the current frameworks in which the market operates are
leading to unsustainable outcomes and there are major issues which the
market and the political systems have not resolved, and companies now
need to widen their role so that these problems are addressed.
Here are two different perspectives on our future. They are both right.
Without individuals changing their approach, we will never achieve the
sustainability to which we all aspire. Equally, without global companies
taking responsibility beyond their traditional space, we will never create
the frameworks through which enlightened individuals can be fully effective.
It would be a mistake to see the two perspectives as in any way opposed.
If individuals move faster in personal change, there will be more opportunity
for companies who share a vision of a sustainable future. If global companies
move faster in corporate change to redefine success, embed values and
create frameworks, then that will reward and reinforce the efforts of
individuals and of civil society. This ATCA Socratic dialogue represents
a reaching out between those who would focus on the role of individuals
acting as citizens and those (also individuals) who are working in and
focusing on large global businesses.
No-one should assume that global companies are insensitive to the seriousness
of the problems that we face. This report -- and the people who have signed
it -- is clear evidence that many inside global companies are grappling
at corporate level with the same issues that Anouradha Bakshi and Aurora
Carlson are tackling at individual and civic levels. And one of the things
they know they have to change is the frameworks and incentives that --
using the thinking of Anouradha Bakshi -- discourage companies or consumers
from putting eco before ego. Solutions will come from weaving together
these perspectives -- not from separating them. Sir Mark Moody Stuart's
ATCA contribution shows how, from his experience, it can be possible to
redefine success, and create new business opportunities that more closely
serve the needs of a community. But equally we can learn from the issues
raised by Anouradha Bakshi that progress will be impossible without creating
the frameworks that will reward the right behaviours by individuals and
companies. The best of these frameworks will not be produced by government(s)
in isolation but by careful co-creation with concerned businesses and
Why should those buying pre-packaged sandwiches and bottled water in
the developed nations be able to demand bio-degradable packaging, when
people in emerging economies must contend with the results of non-degradable
pouches clogging their sewers? Such questions are the 'litmus test' of
sustainability. Global companies need to learn from dialogue with those
who ask them.
Companies started manufacturing and distributing their products in such
packaging out of a desire to make the products and services enjoyed and
now taken for granted in one part of the world available to others. Yet
their actions have had unintended consequences. That suggests that companies
need to think more systemically about what constitutes success. The TGC
report gives powerful examples of companies doing this - Dr Reddy's developing
improvement programmes to ensure they produce more with less, or Anglo-American
who have developed a technique of social and environmental impact assessment
and say that it has learned among things that "for the communities
concerned, perceptions are realities; independent third parties are important
in building trust; it helps to break down procurement tenders to give
better access to local suppliers; and that dynamics between stakeholders
are as important as each company/stakeholder relationship."
This is the spirit which will be needed to bring together the many 'actors'
and 'interests, rooted in a real understanding of each others' perspectives.
It is for this reason that the new report identifies humility as a characteristic
of leaders in Tomorrow's Global Company. We look forward to more detailed
contributions to the Socratic Dialogue from ATCA members and members of
the Inquiry Team.
Mark Goyder and Tony Manwaring
Aurora Carlson is the founder of the Open One Center in Sweden, which
is dedicated to teaching holistic health and to raising the level of collective
consciousness. She has studied at Bucharest, Stockholm, Uppsala and Halmstad
universities and at the Nordic School of Public Health in Gothenburg.
She has served as an International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) advisor
in the mission of rebuilding the Romanian Red Cross after the revolution
and has worked for over six years with the Swedish National Red Cross.
For four years she has been a teacher at the Ayurveda School in Markaryd
and has later developed a program for Ayurvedic counsellor certification.
Her main interest is the evolution of human consciousness. For the last
six years, Aurora has lectured extensively about spiritual ways to reach
maximum individual and collective potential. She is a mother of two and
lives on the West coast of Sweden. As an active member of the Alliance
for the New Humanity founded by Dr Deepak Chopra, a distinguished ATCA
contributor, Oscar Arias and others, she is working on bringing together
those individuals who are consciously expressing higher human values.
Dear DK and Colleagues
Re: Personal Transformation First
I'd like to thank Anouradha Bakshi for a brilliant observation of the
ego-system in relation to the ecosystem. I have just returned from a trip
to Bucharest, a city I imagine is quite representative for what happens
in most developing countries. From what I have seen, the main focus of
life there covers a scale from survival (in slums like the ones Anouradha
describes) to the race of accumulating material assets. It is an absolutely
normal behaviour given the situation.
I have asked myself the same question -- what can be done? If such a huge
number of people are to indulge in the same ego behaviour we now realise
is so destructive -- how can those of us who can see the consequences
take responsibility for our collective future?
My conclusion is that it is about our own transformation, not about the
transformation of others. It is about our own values, not about changing
"theirs". If we search deep inside, we will notice that evolution
has taken us to a point where we understand that the wellbeing of all
people is indeed as important as our own. We now understand that everyone's
behaviour affects everyone; we can no longer ignore the suffering and
destruction we have collectively created, as its results are now implacably
affecting us all.
What needs to happen is that we, the people of the richest nations, need
to revise the system of values behind our political, economical, social
and environmental behaviour and place the wisdom of generosity, understanding,
love, empathy, creativity and non-judgment first. The change needs to
happen in every one of us, and it is obviously already happening. We are
at the point where this movement in human consciousness is gathering momentum.
We need to connect, to realise that the best we can do is to cooperate
with this global change of heart. We can actively pursue our new values,
we can set aside doubts and fears saying that there is not enough good
for everyone, we can understand that giving doesn't mean being left with
less, but with more of what is truly important for us today.
As I see it, the solution is that we all -- individuals, organizations,
businesses, nations -- open our hearts and give our time, money, energy
and most of all, our love to those people who need it. Not as a favour
to someone else, but as a gift to ourselves. Thank you.
We look forward to your further thoughts, observations and views. Thank
For and on behalf of DK Matai, Chairman, Asymmetric Threats Contingency
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