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Society 2045 Vision of the Garden World

Society 2045 Vision of the Garden World

Society 2045 Vision of the Garden World

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Can you imagine a future with more collaboration and less chaos? Is it possible?

This past summer, Society 2045 had a series of interviews with change makers seeking to improve the way society works.

Society 2045 is a community of people from around the world seeking to co-discover a vision for the year 2045. The goal is to connect with leaders of emerging communities and movements across society and come together to co-create a better future.

In an interview with Douglass Carmichael, we discussed the concepts in his upcoming book Garden World.

Doug is currently working on strategic issues with The Institute for New Economic Thinking. He is also working on the book Garden World Politics.

The Vision

One of the challenges about our time, due to all the chaos, is that people have almost no imagination of what a better society could look like. Now, to paint a picture of 2045- we are in punctuated equilibrium. 

You have an environment that is relatively in quasi-equilibrium like most environments are. Then something happens outside, and everybody in the environment needs to mutate to respond to the changes.

That is where we are, we are going to see a lot of emergencies. It is kind of like where a river breaks into a delta with lots of little streams going in every direction.

The Issues

We learn as children that you solve problems by breaking them into pieces and working on the wrong parts. Hence the forces that create the problems lie outside those narrow definitions. If you solve several problems at the same time, you might get more leverage.

One thinking about the garden world is that you must deal with the fact that we currently have eight billion people on the planet, which is probably going to be different by 2045. We will have to rethink the future in creative new ways, but it is undoubtedly going to be a challenge. Another thing with the garden world is that you cannot leave out technology.

The two fundamental problems that are obvious about 2045 are food and habitat. We are going to face increasing temperature with all the consequences of that. Included are the failure of agriculture in many places and the inability of the oceans to produce fish in quantity. It is certainly going to be a problem, especially if we find ourselves unable to produce a lot of electricity.

The future of cities is in danger. They need to be fed. Who is to do that? Agriculture has been subordinated to the city in terms of income and status. That must come apart, and cities will have to exist in harmony with small towns.

Another problem, according to Douglass Carmichael, is the greed of capitalism. The problem with capitalism is that it’s simply a community surplus owned by some and not by others. They get to make political decisions that ought to be peaked on economically. 

“Shifting from the capitalist mentality that we are all in will take a complete change in consciousness and the human element.”

The Solutions

People are highly motivated by meeting the community’s real needs. They take pleasure in that pride, giving them status in society. But they often get anxious about getting off the list. 

We should be looking at ways to stimulate our imaginations towards creating a world in 2045, that works, is livable, has safer cities, cleaner environments, and people treating each other with more kindness and compassion.

But one serious problem in this regard is that many places in the world, in fact most of them, are not autonomous or have a self-sufficient economy that the garden world calls out for. So, what we need to do is to work on the places where we can and work on the support for the people who are often left out.

“Along with widely distributed technology using the internet, we need widely distributed new form of social welfare to help people.”

If everybody was thinking of persons they know, who are in the worst situation and try and help them and just make that the ethic and the pleasure of living in the evolving world, it would be terrific.

In early human society, people were communities — the idea of the individual did not exist. You cannot have a strong community without strong individuals; you cannot have strong individuals without a strong community. It is not either-or it is both — they go together.

The main idea behind the garden world is about mutual collaboration based on caring, kindness and compassion. All this would translate into less chaos and a better world.

Douglass Carmichael’s vision for a more collaborative world in 2045 is groundbreaking. It will be amazing if we are able to achieve his vision in the coming years. Check out the interview here:

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Society 2045 Future of Workplaces

Society 2045 Future of Workplaces

Society 2045 Future of Workplaces

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This past summer, Society 2045 had a series of interviews with change makers seeking to improve the way society works. One of our guest speakers was Kimberly Wiefling, Founding Member of Silicon Valley Alliances.

Society 2045 is a community of people from around the world seeking to co-discover a vision for the year 2045. The goal is to connect with leaders of emerging communities and movements across society and come together to co-create a better future.

In an interview with Kimberly, we discussed the future of workplaces.

There are multiple ways in which the workplace environment impacts organizational productivity.

“If an organization fails in providing an ideal workplace environment to its employees, they feel unheard, unburdened, unhappy, and disengaged.”

Due to the pandemic, the remote work culture is on the rise, therefore curating the right workplace environment is essential. Organizations must give encouraging, inspirational, and empathetic virtual and in-office working environments to achieve significant growth. They must do this for their employees and themselves.

Let’s understand what the future workplace will look like and what organizations must do to not only thrive, but to remain in business.

Kimberly Wiefling is a physicist by education. She has worked as an engineering and product developer at Hewlett Packard for 10 years. After which, she had three startups in Silicon Valley. Unfortunately, they failed, but she believes her project didn’t fail due to technical reasons. Instead, team leadership, and organization’s culture played a major role.

Now, she has a new understanding of soft human skills in our world. She is also one of the founding members of Society 2045.

Let’s see how she envisions 2045 for the workplace.

The Essential Organizational Culture and Framework

In the future, there will be a shortage of talent and the places that do not do what’s required to attract and retain talented people will go out of business.

They will simply lack the people to implement their business plans. Therefore, it’s going to be a huge, compelling competitive advantage to have an organizational culture and framework and procedures that are not going to suck your will to live.

Work as a Means of Gratification

We envision people in 2045 will not work during the day, and only have fun at night or on the weekends. Fun and work will be an integral part of a gratifying life.

“For people to thrive in every way, work will need to be decoupled from a survivalist mindset and become an integrated fun and gratifying way to live.”

Therefore, if people will come to know the ways through which they can pay their mortgage, get food, ensure that their kids get a decent education, they will likely work to contribute to our world in ways that are important for the world and gratifying for them.

How do we make this vision a reality?

Fulfill the Basic Survival Needs

Today, most people work as wage slaves according to Kimberly. They aim to fulfil their basic survival needs like food, water, shelter. However, there’s plenty on planet earth for everybody to have enough to eat, drink, and live a decent life — that includes good healthcare, access to clean water, and decent education.

If we make a commitment to ensure that everybody has these basic human needs, then work would be a contribution, and no longer remain a task. Ultimately, work will become a means of gratification for people.

Empathic Organizational Culture

We are on a path where the population within the current operating system, could drive us to scarcity. So, we need to be concerned about limits to growth. It is time to recognize that a tech mindset without appropriate empathy and organizational culture, and human skills, is a sociological disaster.

“Conscious businesses can be a great vehicle for social change and human change and make positive contributions to the planet.”

Be Open to Possibilities

Kimberly believes that when somebody says that something is impossible, 1% can’t imagine how to do it, but 99% simply don’t know if they could. Therefore, be open to the possibility that something outside of your experience and knowledge can be possible.

It is important to accept our limitations as our problems grow faster than our ability to deal with them.

Kimberly’s vision for work in 2045 is groundbreaking. It will be amazing if we are able to achieve her vision in the coming years. Check out the interview here:

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