This is a powerful intervention indeed from Gunter Pauli, at the Sidney University for Sydney Ideas,.
I believe it requires no additional comment. When I see this, and other powerful interventions from so many incredible friends, I hope again. They are each challenging common wisdom, my friend Michael Thompson would call them orthodoxies, suggesting instead New Ideas That Work.
Today’s Digital Media is key here: providing accessibility to each and everyone, to ordinary people – including, most important, what is called the bottom of the pyramid – providing them with the power for daring to challenge outdated modes of thinking and acting. This is truly reassuring.
Will open and free WorldWide Web remain this “enabling technology”, capable of solving the social dilemmas Machiavelli described so well to his Prince:
“It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.”
Nicolo Machiavelli (The Prince)
A sufficient reason to keep the web free and plural, to transform the whole SOPA ACTA, and TPP issues into possibilities for augmentation of our ways of freely knowing and thinking and sharing and interacting (Howard Rheingold SMC Classes for everyone: are you hearing this, Howard?).
Back to Gunter:
He provides us with an example of how “out of the box thinking”, how important it is to remain truly independent, untouched from any of the so many “Sirens” that hijack the inborn human endowment of so many. Enslaving our thinking and our knowing, imposing us ideas and worldviews and behaviors who are bringing us only sadness, and the whole of Humanity to the brink of disaster.
Gunter adds something that I didn’t perceive as clearly as after hearing him in this speech:
The importance of looking at “CHANGING THE RULES” as a way to opening up immense possibilities.
Let’s systematically question all the rules imposed on us, from the past up to the present. They have served us well in the past, although they have also showed so many perverse , unintended effects. So many have become hopelessly poisonous today.
Questioning not only real but also imagined rules, social prescriptions that are preventing us from flourishing, uplifting ourselves personally and collectively towards our greatest possibilities.
Thank you so much Gunter. Keep on, my friend.