We require concerted actions through a groundswell of initiatives by concerned citizens the world over, to restrain our worst tendencies while encouraging our best.
“What can I do?” There are many answers to this question, and more to “What can we do?” The table below brings together an abundance of possibilities, that we can do by ourselves and together in our communities and institutions, to (a) reframe our beliefs, (b) reverse what is wrong, and (c) renew what can be made right.
We need not be passive human resources in the service of imbalance; we can be resourceful human beings in the service of our progeny and our planet.
TRY IT. Click on any dot in the table and see what you get. (Clicking outside the box brings you back.)
After you finish reading this site, JUST DO SOMETHING, no matter how small.
WHAT CAN I DO TO REFRAME MY BELIEFS?
View myself as a resourceful human, not a human resource
Ditch the economic dogma (i.e., that greed is good and markets are sacrosanct)
Consider “Why not?” before asking “Why?”
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR GOVERNMENTS TO REVERSE WHAT’S WRONG?
End the legal bribery (i.e., disproportionate political donations)
Disperse ownership of the major media
Terminate the legal fiction that corporations are persons
At the tables of public policy, seat common interest rather than special interests
Rebalance the lop-sided laws: stop SLAPPs, prosecute white-collar criminals like blue-collar ones (and not only their organizations), levy fines according to wealth
Internalize the externalities (to ensure the full cost of doing business)
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS TO REFRAME BELIEFS?
Think “we” beyond “me”
As NGOs, recognize imbalance as our common cause
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMPANIES TO REFRAME BELIEFS?
Privilege quality over quantity
Open governance to all stakeholders
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR GOVERNMENTS TO REFRAME BELIEFS?
See the world beyond left, right, and center
Favor Gross National Quality
WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER TO REFRAME OUR BELIEFS?
Recognize the commons apart from private and public property, and the plural sector in general
Spotlight communityship ahead of leadership
Seek playful solutions beyond all these pat answers
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS TO REVERSE WHAT’S WRONG?
Target the low-hanging outrages, especially the legal corruption (e.g., intrusive advertising, excessive sugar in foods, pharmaceutical pricing)
Vote with our feet in clever, targeted, and progressive protests
WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER TO REVERSE WHAT’S WRONG?
Eliminate the bogus trade tribunals
Put economic globalization in its place (i.e., the marketplace, out of the public space)
Create a countervailing power to the superpowers
WHAT CAN I DO TO RENEW WHAT’S RIGHT?
Rebalance myself, then help others do so.
Try something, anything, just to get started. Learn from the mistakes.
After signing the Declaration of our Interdependence, do something else in this table.
Vote to restore and maintain balance, not to exacerbate imbalance.
Create or join a social initiative (Paul Hawken lists over one hundred pages of these).
Support the circular economy and local economies as well as social enterprises.
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS TO RENEW WHAT’S RIGHT?
Grow the social economy
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMPANIES TO RENEW WHAT’S RIGHT?
Become a B Corp (with balanced goals), or a plural form
Welcome CSR 2.0 (i.e., address the cause of problems)
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR GOVERNMENTS TO RENEW WHAT’S RIGHT?
Consider pluralizing beyond nationalizing and privatizing (i.e., consider plural sector alternatives)
Restore progressive taxation
WHAT CAN WE DO TOGETHER TO RENEW WHAT’S RIGHT?
Support PPPPs (Public-Private-Plural-Partnerships) to consolidate activity across the three sectors
Encourage Indigenous development
Build our organizations with engaging management, not lofty leadership
Establish a D21 Assembly of full democracies
WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR COMPANIES TO REVERSE WHAT’S WRONG?
Fix, quit, or avoid the stock market (find responsible capital)