While there has been some amazing progress made by humanity in the modern era, the dysfunctional outcomes of our current social systems are now abundantly clear, and individuals are being shocked out of their slumber at an ever-increasing rate.
Collectively we are waking up.
We are realizing our deep dissatisfaction for the way our social systems are designed and the destructive impacts they’ve had both on humanity and our natural environment, and this awakening is driving important changes on so many levels of our society.
Inspiringly, many of these changes are being forged by pioneers who have devoted their lives to the cause. The toxic, materialistic and unsustainable systems we take for granted are being exposed by respected leaders in their fields – none of whom are politicians – who understand our urgent need to change the way we think and live. And the results are nothing but impressive!
The following five pioneers are contributing important energy to the shift that humanity is going through on a global scale, providing expert guidance in the fields of economics, science, agriculture and parapsychology.
1. Helena Norberg-Hodge
Helena starred in and was the producer and co-director of the award winning documentary ‘The Economics of Happiness’. She is the founder and director of ‘Local Futures’ (formerly the International Society for Ecology and Culture’ projects).
Helena works tirelessly to awaken society to the adverse impacts that arise from global power and economic structures through engaging in lectures, film screenings, workshops and international conferences, as well as writing for various publications. She also focuses on the shift we require in the way that we organize our communities so that we transcend the socioeconomic disadvantage, ill-health and social isolation that is increasing on a global scale.
2. Steve Keen
Steve is a ground-breaking economist at Kingston University in London. He has developed a revolutionary model on how to manage our economy, called Debt Deflation, which includes a government controlled central banking system, something like Hungary has implemented and Iceland will be following soon. Steve and some of his colleagues support ‘quantitative easing for the people’, instead of for the banks, which is also called a modern debt jubilee (yes that means injecting money into everybody’s bank account). This strategy will decrease the massive private debt bubble that he has illustrated as one of the causes for the 2008 Global Financial crisis.
He believes that the fraudulent behaviors of bankers and financial institutions, which set up the toxic conditions before the GFC of 2008, needs to be dealt with by the full extent of the law, like Iceland have already led the charge in. In addition, given the current fragility of the world’s interdependent economic system, we need to prepare with strategies that will mitigate the impact of the next collapse, which unfortunately the real data indicate is not far from being realized. The fact remains that there are alternative solutions to the mess that a corrupt financial system, austerity and crony capitalism has caused for the world’s people.
3. Rupert Sheldrake
Rupert is a British scientist who has worked in developmental biology and consciousness studies. He is an active researcher, author and public speaker and has been a leading voice in pointing out the dogmas that are restricting contemporary science. His latest book Science Set Free (US version) or The Science Delusion (UK version) shows how the sciences could be liberated from the dogmas of materialism, and regenerated.
He has shown with class and leadership why science has become an ‘institution’ instead of a free-to-explore discipline. That’s because the spirit of enquiry has been prioritized first with corporate and financial interests. It’s also a human enterprise, so it is subject to politics, jealousy, corruption and bias.
Yet most importantly, as already mentioned this bias has hardened into a materialist dogma that has hijacked the philosophical interpretation of evidence that is emerging from the mind-altering disciplines of quantum physics and parapsychology. This is what Rupert is committed to exposing so that humanity’s worldview can evolve with the true state of scientific endeavor, one in which ‘consciousness’ and ‘interconnectedness’ become integral to our collective understanding of reality.
4. Geoff Lawton
Geoff is a leading expert in the growing field of Permaculture. Since the mid-nineties he has specialized in all things permaculture, including the education, design, implementation, system establishment, administration and community development of it across the world. Geoff is a true leader in building a sustainable and healthy future for humanity.
Permaculture transcends many of the problems that we are faced with today. It is a design science based in ethics, and aims to provide most of the resources that we need, including food, medicine, fiber and fuel. Geoff has proven that this system is applicable in any climate and region on earth, so an abundance of materials can be provided no matter where we live. It isn’t just a system for individuals either; it can be used in a community setting to provide true wealth for the people and reintegrate communities at the local level.
5. Dean Radin
Dean is the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and leading researcher into parapsychology. For around three decades he has developed and implemented robust scientific models for experimenting with and capturing data of a range of psychic experiences. He has written some highly successful books, including The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds and Supernormal, among others.
He is one of the growing number of scientists who have not fallen victim to the materialist rhetoric. For example, in 2014 he was part of “A call for an open, informed study of all aspects of consciousness” which was made by around 100 scientists. In addition, in the same year his colleagues created a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science… to visualize what an emerging scientific view may look like”, which was developed by eight respected scientists, including Rupert Sheldrake. Simply, both groups have called upon the scientific community to face their hypocrisy and transcend their philosophical bias.
A Philosophical Shift
First and foremost, the shift we are experiencing is a philosophical one. Our individualistic behaviors, driven by the materialistic and consumerist ideologies of our societies, have rotted our collective values and undermined how we treat each other, as well as our natural systems. The metaphysics of materialism, which dogmatically plagues modern-day science, is the core of this problem.
What we truly need is to adopt a philosophy that respects all life on earth as a unified, interconnected reality; something that spiritual traditions have expressed for eons and an idea that the scientific fields of quantum physics and parapsychology are now ‘rationally’ proving in our modern era. Think about it this way: if we view the world outside of us, as us, then it’s hard to imagine we would not show the same respect for it as we do ourselves. Only with this deep shift in thinking and consciousness can human activity be naturally transformed, to better care for Mother Nature and each other.
The pioneers mentioned above are all guests in the ‘Redesigning Society’ interview series, which you can view in full on The Conscious Society YouTube Channel. There are many more to come too. Each interview offers expert knowledge and perspectives that desperately need to be shared and integrated into the mainstream mindset, providing important pieces of the philosophical, social and evolutionary puzzle that humanity is currently trying to solve.
In the following video, I provide an overview of the ‘Redesigning Society’ project, as well as a discussion of the information that the series has explored so far.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phillip J. Watt lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia.
He has lived a life of self-determination and built a strong repertoire based in leadership, teamwork and seeking the essential knowledge and skills to holistically support himself, his family and his clientele. His written and film work deals with topics from ideology to society, as well as self-development.
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