Yesterday we completed our consideration of the work that is your most authentic contribution to the world, and we concluded that doing the work is not some pie-in-the-sky, new-age type of dream, but a very real goal that everyone should try to attain—both for their own satisfaction in life and for the real good it brings into the world.
But we also found that society as it is now constituted neither makes it easy for people to find the work that is their own nor makes it pleasant to do the work that is their own.
Today we begin to talk about how you can join together with others to change the world so that society will not only value the work that is each individual’s special contribution, but will also encourage everyone to find and do the work that is their own. The discussion begins by introducing the notion of “distributed power.”
What is distributed power?
Jeremy Rifkin has coined the term “distributed power” to describe far-flung, non-hierarchical networks of creative synergy that are emerging all over the world. His book The Third Industrial Revolution describes how “nodes” of interest are popping up everywhere to solve problems. Then, once they are up and running, they connect both literally and figuratively with another node working on the same problem. (Jeremy Rifkin, The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World [New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011].) Each successive node incorporates the successes of the previous ones, but adds new creative solutions of its own. As the network spreads, the replication time speeds up. The whole process is like the growth of a crystal, spreading in all directions and building on the structure that has already been laid down
This is what the Get It Back (GIB) tribe is aiming at. We need nodes of young people all over the country working on the political strategy, connecting to other nodes, spreading the strategy throughout the under-thirty population. (We explained some time ago that the older generation is too mired in the Major Myths of Conservatism to be a principal mover in breaking free of them. This does not mean that there are no oldsters at all who will be helpful, just that youngsters will have to provide most of the energy.)
And it’s not just the political strategy that needs this sort of networked transformation. This kind of creative evolution needs to be applied to a massive effort of replacing conservative Mythers everywhere in society, with the goal of moving the world away from Myth-based fears and toward a New Vision of expanding creative projects among more and more people—as far as we can see into the future.
Tomorrow we will discuss what it means to join a tribe.
Until tomorrow, then.
Posted on 7 February 2013
by Alfred George filed under