We have created a world that is more connected, transparent and open than ever before. More people live in prosperity than ever before. We have fewer wars, less poverty and less deceases that threaten our existence than ever before.
So, everything goes well right? No.
The development of our human capital resulting in economic growth (GDP) in the last 300 years has been the engine for this progress. It gave birth to capitalism, communism and socialism or any other economic system that enables a top-down structure on a geographical location on this planet.
Economical growth is measured as the GDP index. We now know that growth in economic terms is slowed down. Experts predict it will slow down for the next 20 years.
We know 40% of the world population lives on less than 2$ a day. A new social class has emerged in westernized societies with people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security. Opening the political doors on a global level to religious and/or nationalist movements.
Today the wealth of the 62 wealthiest human beings equals the accumulated wealth of half the population on the planet. Making governments puppets of the corporate world.
We also know we exhausted our planet’s natural resources. Climate change is not a forecast, it is a fact. Monetizing natural resources from deforestation, meat production to global oil addiction is not sustainable. We will suffer from the desertification, changing ocean water currents and the temperature rise. It has already started on a global level. It endangers life on earth as we know it.
All of this is the outcome of a dysfunctional system.
As the founder of Everyday, I am committed to being on the question side to open valuable conversations on how we can move towards another culture, belief system or network that I call the Care Economy. A term introduced to me by Bela Hatvany.
We do not have all the answers yet. I even believe we do not have the right questions yet. So what are the right questions we should ask ourselves to enable a world that works for all? Let me sum up the questions I have learned so far in this quest with Everyday.
How do we come:
- From ownership by a few to access for all?
- From market driven to network empowered?
- From consumerism to prosumerism?
- From fossil sources dependence to sustainable independence?
- From market capital to social capital?
- From centralized top-down to bottom-up distributed nodes?
- From human beings to being human?
- From GDP towards the separation of business from state?
- From artificial scarcity to abundance?
- From competition to collaboration?
There are already a lot of new developments that try to solve these big questions. The internet itself is the most prominent one of them as it evolves into the internet of things. That will enable humanity to disrupt any existing economy, society, business or even governments. We all can tap into the new developments in the environment, culture and economy when we direct our eyeballs towards these game-changers in a smart way.
For me, it is not a revolution but a change of era. A real one and one humanity has never seen before as we enter into an era of ending the economic growth addiction as it causes an existential risk of (human) life on this planet. To quote Jeremy Rifkin:
None of this is being taught in school.
We will need to educate ourselves in order to survive and create a care economy that works for all life on earth every day. Feel free to comment below, send in your open letter and join the conversation.
September 23, 2018
Photo credits: Janne Wolterbeek
(1) updated 14 September 2019