Fundamental change can be triggered by a relatively small number of organizations throughout the world economy – and now is their opportunity to rise to that challenge
THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE COMPLEXITY of the myriad local decisions needed to minimize global crises can all be held in alignment. It merely requires enough people to adhere to steadily-improving versions of the six Guild Principles, while still tweaking their specific actions according to local circumstances. Monitoring the overall pattern of what works best then provides feedback into the Guilds’ overall strategy of Accelerating Responsiveness.
The Principle of Unelected Responsibility will realign the worst of the undesirable traits in capitalism without stifling the global economy. Meanwhile, True Costing will take account of the full hidden implications of industrialization, so that the world economy can transition away from depleting and damaging resources in a controlled manner that does not destabilize the international community. Collective Sustainability will likewise address the overexploitation of everything from fish to water to rainforests that results from unprecedented global population. Mirrored Tolerance will clamp down on religious bullying, at the same time as cultivating social integration. Pre-emptive Recovery will provide a balance to the High-Tech supertrend. And finally, a Holistic Perspective will, amongst other things, steer countries away from the dangerous threats caused by nationalism and protectionism clashing against globalization.
Holding everything together, the Global Guilds – cutting across the territorial silos of state governments – will not only stimulate coherent responses throughout high-powered global industries, but also provide a visionary focus that encourages individual contributions to coalesce into Boundaryless People-Power that directly addresses specific crises (by the general public, say, stopping eating an endangered species) and nudges society toward Global Renaissance and away from global chaos.
To do so requires deliberate rebellion. Not against (most) governments. Not against the law, although a few laws will no doubt need to be changed. But a form of public rebellion is indeed needed against the pervasive attitudes and habits and interpretations throughout society that are trapping whole countries on an unintentionally-disruptive course. Leaders in every forum must rebel against the Legacy Effects that unnecessarily are holding the international community back from harmonizing-changes. Most importantly of all, they must rebel against the feelings of powerlessness, of inevitability, of incomprehensible complexity that risk stifling any thoughts that they dare to dream of a better future.
Everybody – in corporations, governments, religions, civil groups and as private individuals – needs to break free in a broadly aligned way, largely within the same one or two decades, and while keeping most of the rules of society intact so as to maintain stability. It is a massive undertaking. But so is the progress that our interconnected world achieves every single day. The hugely-intertwined infrastructure of people and technology and business and aspiration that is powering our global economy has the potential to channel exactly that same collective activity. That means that, however powerless everybody may sometimes feel, the reality is that there is nothing stopping us but ourselves. Global realignment is in principle totally achievable. It is under no one’s control but our own. It is up to us.