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Society 2045’s Future Is Self Governance

Society 2045’s Future Is Self Governance

Society 2045’s Future Is Self Governance

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Today’s organizational model centered on command-and-controls is no longer working. It never worked for most people to begin with. The great resignation is a testament that people want more.

They want better relationships and want to be able to make an impact at work by having an active say in the direction of the business. 

People want to feel like they belong and that what they do has meaning. They also want to be compensated properly. Above all people want to be becoming, and this can only happen in a co-leadership environment.

“The days of do as I say or else, are over. Companies that don’t get this, will find themselves without employees, without a future.”

Many are already struggling retaining top talent because of leaders who are best described as dinosaurs, lacking emotional intelligence and the ability to empower people.

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 Ted Rau, we discussed his vision of 2045 and ways to make the world a better place by introducing self-governance through Sociocracy. Ted Rau is a sociocracy trainer, consultant, and coach. Ted is also co-author of the sociocracy handbook Many Voices, One Song and Who decides who decides? How to start a group so everyone can have a voice.

What Is Sociocracy?

Sociocracy, also called dynamic governance, is a system of governance which seeks to create psychologically safe environments and productive organizations. It is distinguished by the use of consent, rather than majority voting, in discussion and decision-making by people who have a shared objective or work process.

Sociocracy is a self-convergence system that has a peer approach to organizations. It is an unbiased platform for global meetings where you can enter with a single thought and go back with a bucket full of ideas that are easy to implement.

Ted explains sociocracy as a movement supporting different organizations. People from different organizations have different views and different aspects of the world. All organizations can come together and discuss their approaches to evolve as a single unit.

Sociocracy in Today’s World

Our world is standing on the edge of its resources. Humanity crisis, emotional unavailability, conflicts, and other negative thoughts keep increasing among people with the passing years.

Undoubtedly, many experts are joining their hands and forming different organizations that concern the earth’s present condition. They are all making continuous efforts to make the world a better place to live in.

These different groups of people also need a platform to collectively discuss their views and make strategies towards the targeted path. No single organization with a single approach can bring changes in the world until it collaborates with the same mindsets.

On a collective level, they have the power over people to change their faulty mindset, which is continuously harming an individual’s environment and emotional stability.

Sociocracy and the Individual

Sociocracy is self-governance. The motto is to help the individual understand social learning. To change their thinking towards being more positive. It aims to bring out people from a self-centered society and transform to think of themselves as a single collective unit.

It is really a difficult process to reach out to every individual globally. To simplify this system, sociocracy has begun to focus on small groups of people. By concentrating on the nuclear level, the organization itself is simplifying the complexity of the system. Fewer people at a time will become focused better over time. Their ideas and perspectives can be heard and understood well.

As an individual you can understand the need for change in a broader scale. Then they will be able to prove their point and spread awareness to the right crowd. Most people in society don’t like to be taken advantage of, so planting small seedlings for a better more self-governed future is the need of the present.

Sociocracy and Change

Ted is positive in his approach to sociocracy. According to him, first believing in the positive outcome is our need to bring the positive outcome.

Organizations are full of skillful people who are ready to travel the hard road to bring positive changes to society. His beliefs is that people in small groups that share the views will bring out the best outcomes in the world. For an individual, it will be difficult to face all the world’s challenges and still lead in the same direction. But acting in the form of organization and other small groups, the whole process becomes simplified to stay active towards the goal.

The core of any organization is people forming into groups. To challenge the present situations of the world, people and crowds must be in good shape to endure the lows and highs of society. Individual mental stability plays a great role in leading an organization or a group. Even if you are playing the part of a member, stability is a building block of the group structure.

On a collective level, different organizations, together with their different approaches, will bring about fast change in the world. Personal stability of people will join hands together with the group stability and thus shaping a new world with their ideas.

Ted’s vision for more self-governed society 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 and the Art of Human Alignment

Society 2045 and the Art of Human Alignment

Society 2045 and the Art of Human Alignment

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It is not a secret that we are living during a time in human history filled with many challenges. From the recent pandemic, global political unrest, the climate crisis, to lack of equitable economic conditions in various countries, we are facing difficult times.

Is it ever going to get better? Probably not without divine intervention, but we can try our best to do our part towards enabling a better society.

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 Stewart Levine, we discussed his vision of the year 2045 and ways to improve the world’s present condition. Stewart Levine is a lawyer and author who has been studying human interactions and effective communication for the last few decades.

According to Stewart, the world will get worse before getting better. The level of misunderstanding and conflicts will increase among the human species. With the changing world, the environment will also reach its edge. All these factors will make the world difficult to live in.

For all the problems, people will come up with one solution: fighting and verbal conflicts. They will not think of any other alternatives until the pain becomes unbearable.

One of my mentors used to say, “When the pain of not changing becomes greater than the pain to change, that’s when people change.”

Continuing on the course we are on, as a species it will cost us productivity, emotional well-being, and other mental distress. The cost of conflict will become the wake-up call for people to search for an alternative solution.

Solutions

Stewart, through his research, understands the need for a human-to-human empathetic relationships to better the world. He knows the essence of unity and power in humanity. When all the resources are on their edge, the world will face a major crisis. Alternatively, a better understanding of the situation and humans caring for each other will take the world to new heights.

Positive collaborations are the need and solution for the upcoming and present era. Opening to the influence of other beliefs and listening to their perspectives will enable a significant step towards positive collaboration.

Stewart is inspired by his father’s ethics and follows his saying wholeheartedly that “If you are not learning, you are not alive”. He has also taught the art of human alignment in his books, which directly leads to better actions towards any situation.

Being an author and lawyer, Stewart has come across many influential and visionary people. All of them have inspired him in a way that would make him think apart from money and conflicts.

He is the inspiration of many because of his influential thoughts and steps taken for a better world.

“We all collectively need to be prepared to take a step forward towards a better future.”

It Takes a Village

According to Stewart, all the un-concentrated industries with narrow approach, all the activities that lead to environmental disbalances, all the little television commercial are distracting people from the core understanding of humanity.

Everyone is using resources for ruling the present world in the now. Most are not taking the holistic scientific approach for preserving the environment for future generations.

Organizations need to get ready to bring positive change into society. Whether it is dealing with racism, saving resources for the future world, organizations need to stand together with a better vision for society, and do their part as a collective.

Moving Forward

Stewart is ready to accept the challenge of contributing as much as possible to build a safe and harmonious future world.

Through his e-learning programs based on his books and his collaboration skills, he brings society together with a single vision. People will be ready to listen and learn new facts. They will jointly work on better approaches to living without conflicts.

He has started different help groups to figure out and manifest the vision of this future society. He is building leaders for the world with human alignment, who will stand further with a single vision of making the world a better place to live in.

He is teaching the art of letting go to avoid conflicts between people to live free from any pressure of outcomes. These are just some of the efforts that together can bring lots of significant changes in society.

“For us to experience more harmony we need to seek human alignment instead of conflict and do more listening to each other with empathy and love.”

Stewart’s vision for more human alignment for society 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 Conscious Contracts™ for Better Relationships

Society 2045 Conscious Contracts™ for Better Relationships

Society 2045 Conscious Contracts™ for Better Relationships

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In the business world developing trust and building relationships is key to creating a great workplace environment.

However, most humans rely on a piece of paper for building relationships.

You might be saying to yourself that a relationship isn’t built on a piece of paper, and you would be correct. But what is a contract? Is it not a formalized relationship?

“Everything we do in business is about people. Every organization is in the people-to-people business.”

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 Glenn Meier we talked about the future of the business world. Glenn is progressive lawyer and a Conscious Contracts practitioner.

It’s About Trust

Glenn Meier has been associated with different law movements of the business world, and he has experienced that the business communities can act as a “force for good movement” in society.

It can drive people-to-people relationships to a path where trust will be the driving force.

Today, on analyzing business scenarios, we find that partners believe in the proposals framed by lawyers rather than trusting the partners for resolving issues and forming agreements.

Most people need the “security” of the legal framework for handling any workplace disputes. Over 80% of people related to the business world agree that their biggest fear is “protection,” protection of their rights, their money, and even their ideas. For which they want a legal framework to be set up before any deal with anyone or any organization.

“At the end of the day, the purpose for legal agreements is to establish enforceable trust between people.”

Conscious Contracts™

The solution to the trust issue is much needed. Glenn practices Conscious Contacts in dealing with such issue.

We cannot completely eradicate the fear of security of people by just proposing an idea. The need for a legal contract is still there. We can at least add consciousness in contracts before taking disputes directly to court.

Conscious Contracts make people aware of their power to resolve minor disputes. The Conscious Contracts process leads both parties to sit and have an effective conversation over the topics being disputed before entering the courtroom. It governs the relationship between the parties in the most amicable way.

The benefit of collaborative talking is that trust does not simply rely on a piece of paper; rather, it leans on the people working together as a team, as trusted partners.

Humanizing Law

Trust is the basic element for building long-term relationships. Trust contains a lot of potential that redirect the company’s future towards a successful trajectory.

However, we need to understand that trust is not fixed. Both parties need constant engagement to retain the trust and formal connection. We cannot say I trust you, with no connection between the parties. It is a formal process that needs an ongoing relationship.

When it comes to business relationships, they are not much different that romantic love-based relationships. You need to work at it daily and proactively to sustain the trust and intimacy needed to thrive for the long haul.

Conscious Contracts give you the window that allows the breezes of air to sustain trust in the relationships. It leads the business world to an intentional and aware approach to relationships. You behold all the rights as an individual yet understand the power of humanity and togetherness in the system.

The Problem

Problems lie in the framework of the system. We all agree on the point that we need a change in the system. But we do not actively support to change it.

All the powerful people are sitting on the top and governing the system for their benefit. Yet, we are not in the position to raise a voice against it directly. They are limiting the effectiveness of collaboration by developing the fear of being left out.

Therefore, cancel culture is pervasive. It’s not about cooperation and collaboration. Cancel culture is about compliance and conformity.

Not only this, but our philosophical aspects are also getting affected by toxic scenarios. People are not ready to sit and listen to the other side of the story. Humanity has lost its way because of this.

The Solution

Together, we can actively join hands and take baby steps forward to deal with the present challenges of making society a better place to work.

“Consciously handling problems is the key to building trust in the workplace among people.”

Together we can make a change as a society for a better tomorrow, by being more consciously aware of each other’s differences, needs, aspirations, and human imperfections. When we do everything in life with consciousness, we remember that we are one human family. A loving family always takes care of each other.

Glenn’s vision for a more conscious society 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 Achieving Harmony Through the Connection Practice

Society 2045 Achieving Harmony Through the Connection Practice

Society 2045 Achieving Harmony Through the Connection Practice

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What has been overlooked for many years gained importance during the current pandemic: mental health. Being stuck in homes has hampered many people’s mental and emotional wellbeing. As a society we must find a way to be more supportive to the mental health needs of each other. Society 2045 discovered a movement well underway to achieving this goal.

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 Rita Marie Johnson, founder of the Connection Practice we discovered that she grew up in Missouri on a farm. She ended up living in Costa Rica for about 25 years, and it was there she began to develop a social-emotional learning method called the connection practice.

Rita brought it into the Costa Rican public schools with the support of President Oscar Arias, a Nobel peace prize laureate. She says she was fortunate as a Missouri farm girl with bad Spanish to be able to do that in Costa Rica. “It was miraculous” She ultimately decided to see what she could do to create a different world and positively impact elsewhere.

The connection practice is an organization that focuses on inner wellness and supports children and adults with a scientific methods to enable connection with themselves and others. Their mantra is empathy + insight = connection.

The Vision

Rita believes that being in touch with our needs is crucial in creating a future vision for ourselves, especially when working with our feelings. It plays a vital role in creating a world of greater harmony and creativity that we want for our children. However, being in touch with our feelings is one thing, but healing from trauma is also essential to establish a deeper connection.

The Practice

Through the connection practice, people can have all their painful memories erased. Thus, their innocence restored. There are many ways to heal those memories so that we do not keep passing on generational pain. It has a vision for turning generational pain into generational peace.

“Pain and trauma have a way to become generational inheritance, unless we heal and turn them into peace we can pass down to our children.”

That is the aim of connection practice. When we sit down under a tree and hear each other, it establishes a deep listening and connection. Understanding and empathizing with each other is essential. That is part of the connection practice’s vision for the future — being connected to ourselves, others, and nature.

Using creativity that can be tapped into at will, is taught in the connection practice. This practice not only allows access to creativity individually but also works best with teams.

When children follow the connection practice, they learn how to connect internally and externally. These children teach the same to their parents and guardians.

“Children can teach adults so much about connection and healing, if given the proper tools.”

The Effects

When we learn to connect individually as well as live as a connected family, we reciprocate this in every sphere of our lives, including work. Therefore, now we can collectively solve the challenges before us instead of spinning out of control and being divided by wars.

To remain divided is genuinely a waste of potential human innovation and energy. Then same energy can be focused with connection practice and can help us become transformers. Thus, with connection practice, we spend less time suffering and more time in the practice of joy, actualizing and creating in ways that work for everybody.

The connection practice starts with a clean slate, and lets people come in, and lets them learn how to connect with themselves and their surroundings.

“Being able to connect with your surrounding in nature is a beautiful experience, we can harness as we connect with other people.”

Managing Conflicts

Organize people into groups focused on similar goals and you’ll have conflicts. No organization is immune from conflict. Churches and even spiritual communities are hotbeds of conflict. No matter how hard one tries to avoid them.

Conflict cannot be avoided.

It is how you act on the conflict that is 100% dependent on you. It is tied to your ability to practice empathy, discernment (insight), and it’s tied to your motivations.

Many who practice God fearing love, tend to be more prone to find solutions to conflict as they rise above personal egos. For others who may not be connected to their community that way, the connection practice provides helpful practice boards to solve disputes.

The Future

With connection practice, we can find a fairer way of sharing resources. When we are in touch with your needs and other people’s needs, we can make strategies to fulfill those needs. This helps in creating a world where everybody can get their most basic needs met.

According to RadicalPurpose.org we have lost touch with our human needs for meaning, impacting, belonging, and becoming — causing us to build a system of work based on a paradigm of force stemming from the belief that people are inherently flawed, stupid, and lazy. 

Our current system of work comes from an antiquated paradigm that is causing tremendous organizational dysfunction and personal suffering.

“It’s unsustainable to continue working in a system of rules built on force.”

As people we need to co-create a way of working and being together that meets our needs, and this can only come by learning to live in harmony. We can look to nature for many lessons about interdependence on how to effectively do that.

Rita’s vision for a more connected society 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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Society 2045 Creating a World that Works for All

Society 2045 Creating a World that Works for All

Society 2045 Creating a World that Works for All

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The world we live in has innumerable species coexisting together on the same planet, that provides for all. But does today’s world really work for all?

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 Shariff Abdullah, Director of Commonway Institute we talked about creating a world that works for all. Shariff is a consultant, speaker, author, and advocate for societal transformation.

Shariff came through a challenging childhood in Camden, New Jersey. It was a hard upbringing, but Sharif was able to move through it. He went to law school in Boston, practiced law for several years as an activist lawyer. 

He then decided that he might do a lot more as a writer than as an activist. He was involved in the peacekeeping movement in Sri Lanka when they had their civil war down there and many other causes along the way.

In one of his latest books, called ‘The Chronicles of the Upheavals,’ he secures a vision for a positive future.

It Starts With You

The most crucial step towards solving a problem is to be able to recognize yourself as part of the problem. We are so used to pointing our fingers at others, saying things like “those guys over there need to change their consciousness.” That’s what most of us say when we talk about consciousness. Very few of us want to own that that we are an integral part of the problem.

The Essence

Creating a world that works for all is not the same thing as saying, “I want the world to be a better place.” You cannot just go out on the street, pick up one cigarette, and put it in the trash can and think you have made the world a better place, and then go back and do whatever you feel like doing. Creating a world that works for all means that you must give up your position and look at the role of 20 or 30 different human beings from around the world. For example, a fisherman in Sri Lanka, a seamstress in Bangladesh or somebody who drives a truck for Amazon in the US. Then you must take 10 or 15000 other beings from different species, saying how the world works for that bird right there? How does the world work for that tree right over there?

Joanna Macy created something that she called ‘the council of all beings’ where you sit in a room, not as a human being — you get assigned an animal. You sit there as part of the fish nation, or you’re sitting there, part of the winged nation. We must learn how to do that. How to think on behalf of all species.

“We need to learn how to think and then act not as human beings but as citizens of the entire planet, along with all the other species.”

This is especially true since the metamorphosis we’re going through right now, is going to be so profound. The easy part is that we don’t have to do very much because mother earth herself is shifting the tables right under our feet.

What we’re trying to do is hold the line. What we’re trying to do is get all the fire trucks in the world to line up to keep the forest fires away from us. We are fighting just one battle.

We’ve lost it if we keep going the way we’re going. According to Shariff, we may not even be around for very long as a species, however mother earth will survive, no question about that. It’s just not about what we want, it’s about what the earth wants and needs.

The Current Scenario

What we see now is a society that works for almost no one. Take the tired, the poor, the hungry that are on the teeming shores of our streets right now. We say to people you can become part of a future and that future looks like a butterfly. We need to get over our caterpillar ways, and then we can go someplace. The resources for that to happen, exist right now in our society.

The Solution

According to Shariff, all the world’s religions are like wells that are plugged into the same underground river. All the fundamentalists believe that their well is the only one that has water in it. They also believe that everybody else has poison, so the challenge is how we embrace the entire river, and that’s the function of how we work on blended consciousness.

We know how to blend consciousness. It’s just that each group is trying to blend consciousness for their group instead of for the whole. The only solution for us is to come together as one.

Shariff Abdullah’s vision for a more inclusive for all species 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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