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Using story to change systems: why we need change

2 years ago

Since the dawn of the Industrial Age we’ve been living in a narrative of exponential growth. Serviced by fossil fuels, this narrative extracts ever more natural resources for expanding cycles of production and consumption.

However, these linear, extractive systems fail to consider externalities such as nature. Once natural systems are depleted we’re left with climate breakdown, ecological armageddon and a sixth mass species extinction event.

We also use a debt-based money system. However, bad debt like sub prime mortgages, student debt or sovereign debt is unsustainable – as proven by the 2008 financial crisis. Our fiat currency has limits.

Limits to growth

We are also bumping into the limits to growth. Exponential growth on a finite planet is unsustainable. As we’ve increased our economic output to meet the needs of 7 billion people, we’ve had to extract more oil and deplete fisheries and topsoil for short term profit.

We are now staring at the stark reality of a warming world where the melting of arctic sea ice and ocean acidification are the new normal. Extractive systems are rapidly depleting natural resources, causing loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and polluted environments.

A debt-based economy

We use debt to service our economy – to prop up GDP at the expense of people and the planet.

But as was the case with Greece, there comes a point where the servicing of debt becomes unsustainable, resulting in extreme austerity and unemployment.

All this comes at a cost during a time when young people will have to pay the price for insurmountable debt, overconsumption and rapid resource depletion. We need a new narrative.

Shifting perspectives

To create a new narrative we have to expand our perspective and become more resilient to the changing nature of our environment. In our online course we teach you how to think systemically while up-skilling for a better future.

We help you create a new purpose aligned with a different set of values for holistic living. You’ll feel more empowered to change your behavior and take action by shifting to more sustainable ways of living.

How we respond

We have the choice as to how we respond, which depends on our state of consciousness. One uses fear – the default mechanism of separation, which says I am separate from you, you are separate from me, and we are separate from nature. This is the story of ‘business as usual’.

The alternative builds a better future for you, me and our fellow earth citizens; a narrative based on interconnection. But to embrace this new narrative of interconnection we need to expand our awareness and be the change we wish to see in the world. We begin to view life as an interconnected, woven whole with the benefit of a systems perspective. Our actions matter and we can make a difference.

Alternatives

We have solutions to our most pressing global concerns such as growing organic food, creating cooperatives, implementing a circular economy, or shifting to renewable energy. We offer you a multitude of solutions in our online course. But rather than waiting for ecological collapse or debt crises in order to shift into gear, we have to seize the moment and craft a new narrative.

You have a choice: use your new found knowledge and skills to create positive, long lasting change. Or change through abrupt, radical disruption and ecological or debt crises.

Empowering yourself

To truly empower yourself you need to learn about the systems that shape the modern world while innovating on a practical level with your new knowledge. As a result you will gain rare and valuable skills, empowering yourself while creating value for your community.

By taking our free online course or by downloading our free ebook you’ll empower yourself and your local community with the knowledge and skills to create a more resilient and sustainable future.

So rather than wait for tomorrow, take action now and align yourself with a new set of values; values that reflect interconnection, regeneration and health and wellbeing for all – our future depends on it.

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