Dependency on systems that are exhaustible, inequitable and oppressive are hindering human development. We are currently using more resources than our planet provides which means not just people, but animals and plants – everything living has less to work with. Further, we throw our toxic waste into spaces that contaminate ecosystems, creating even more degradation.
Rumblings of conscious change, non-violent, deeply spiritual, exceptionally scientific and wonderfully educated are offering new possibilities for societal reform. Far are the hippie days of sitting around smoking pot, now, one can smoke pot, grow hydroponic food, run a fair-trade café and provide jobs and energy for their community. All of this is backed by research and case studies from guerilla gardeners to eccentric scientists to already thriving communities.
This reformation is not proprietary like some software or hardware or music rights, it is available for all and has a lot to do with the information age. Take the slow movement for example. I have never met anyone who practices the slow movement but upon my research I was able to access an author and a TED talk to find this is a popular concept. Tiny homes are taking off as a way to rid oneself of debt and over working to pay of a house. Democracy, masked as sustainable development, can now be truly practiced.
Skills, trades, innovation and academia are all part of this revolution. From maker spaces to micro farms, the knowledge mobilization and collaboration to create sustainable communities is unlike anything ever seen in the history of humankind. No one is excluded. Everyone is welcome. Sharing know how, tools and wisdom are once again regarded as the highest ethics. Far be it from me to propose this is Utopia. There is a lot of work to be done from government reform to education.
None the less, this is akin to an experiment, just like everything else we are currently doing yet I know we can do much better. Some may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.