A Catalyst for Change
The true conflict of our age is between the “haves” and the “have nots” which rolls out as exponential growth regardless of people.
It may be difficult to think much about what is happening because it is something many of us have grown up with. It has always been that way.
But, if we follow a few of the key tenants of business operation over the last 1,000 years, it quickly becomes apparent what is truly going on. An economy and supporting systems based on continuous growth on a finite planet somehow are widely accepted. It is no surprise to anyone that many spend their entire life transacting and living at the mercy of the unequal system.
Having identified an utterly unacceptable outcome for humanity, we may be at a loss as what to do. But in reality, if the system was created in particular times in history by individual human beings with specific goals and agendas, we would be complicit in perpetuating it unless we get beneath its surface and find an alternative.
What are the current underlying economic assumptions? Are they still relevant?
Until we do, we remain incapable of properly seeing, much less changing the function of our businesses or the economy in which they operate. Instead, we are destined to continue to repeat the mistakes resulting in the inequality of the past.
Until the core tenets of a digital distributism model of value-creation and exchange where people matter, sufficiency guides the need for growth, optimised for bounded markets becomes the norm; we will remail in the current unethical economic system. We need an environment where a long-term view is held for the benefit of the community in which the business operates and can sustain itself.
We live in an age where technology can enable many things not previously possible in the history of humanity. This also means that there are better approaches to achieving prosperity in a digital business landscape. Getting over our addiction to growth at any human cost, we will have the ability to see and accept an alternative and compassionate economic system. This more functional system would encourage people to become creative and allow money to flow; rather than extracting it out of the system and locking it away.
But first, we have to acknowledge and address our current state of affairs, and the instability and insecurity under which so many of us are trying to function. To begin, we must accept the story of an infinitely expanding market for the myth that it is. While growth may be a requirement of interest-bearing currency and venture capital, but it is not a requirement of business or commerce.
Mustering the will to do business differently or even change that system instead of continuing to feed its growth is imperative. The change process is not like installing an App to update the operating system. Instead, it needs to be done incrementally, enacted consciously but differently by all sorts of caring people and situations. We need to avoid a one-size-fits-all digital solution.
We need to foster a broad set of distributed solutions, which can coexist in many places and on many scales, all at once.
To do this, we have developed a course to help entrepreneurs shape new sustainable business models and plans.