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Deep Social Networks and the Digital Fourth Way

Deep Social Networks and the Digital Fourth Way

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This paper is written for “changemakers” working with communities committed to making just and lasting change. It bridges linear and holistic thinking systems by applying ancient wisdom to a new medium of communication - social networks - and the emerging sharing economy. It offers a frame work for designing what we call deep social networks that produce meaningful results and build deeper relationships that learn and grow in ways that sustain and enhance human life for all inhabitants of Mother Earth.
This paper is written for “changemakers” working with communities committed to making just and lasting change. It bridges linear and holistic thinking systems by applying ancient wisdom to a new medium of communication - social networks - and the emerging sharing economy. It offers a frame work for designing what we call deep social networks that produce meaningful results and build deeper relationships that learn and grow in ways that sustain and enhance human life for all inhabitants of Mother Earth.

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Published by: Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) on Jan 26, 2011
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DeepSocialNetworksandtheDigitalFourthWay
"Starting from within, working in a circle, in asacred manner, we develop and heal ourselves, ourrelationships, and the world."
Jon Ramer and Phil Lane Jr.9/21/2009
 
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Thispaperiswrittenfor“changemakers”workingwithcommunitiescommittedtomakingjustandlastingchange.Itbridgeslinearandholisticthinkingsystemsbyapplyingancientwisdomtoanewmediumofcommunication-socialnetworks-andtheemergingsharingeconomy.Itoffersaframeworkfordesigningwhatwecall
deepsocialnetworks
thatproducemeaningfulresultsandbuilddeeperrelationshipsthatlearnandgrowinwaysthatsustainandenhancehumanlifeforallinhabitantsofMotherEarth.
TheAncientRootsofSustainableDevelopment 
Recentlymuchhasbeenwrittenabout“sustainabledevelopment”andoureffortstostewardourcollectiveresourcesandlivemoreharmoniously.Weareatadefiningmomentinhistoryandsustainabilityisnolongeranoption--itisanimperative.The1987UnitedNationsreporttitled“OurCommonFuturedefinessustainabledevelopmentas:“Developmentthatmeetstheneedsofthepresentwithoutcompromisingtheabilityoffuturegenerationstomeettheirownneeds.
i
".ThereportcallsonustogototheIndigenousPeoplesandlearnfromthem,sincetheyhavehistoricallybeenthestewardsandreservoiroftheholisticknowledgethatisnecessarytocareforourworld.
However,thereportoffersnothingtoensurethatthiswouldhappenoranysuggestionsonhowtodothis.
In1992,theUnionofConcernedScientists(UCS)issueda“WarningtoHumanity
suggestingthathumanity'sabilitytoaddressglobalecologicalthreatsandachievesustainabilitywillrequiremajortransformationsofhumanbehavioratalllevelsofhumanactivity.TheUCSWarningcanbereadasacallfornewformsofculture.Byfocusingonculturalworldviews-acommonconceptofrealitysharedbyagroupofpeople-themoreabstractandlessvisibledimensionsofcultureandrelationshipsarerecognized;andthedifferencesbetweenthedominantWesternculture(linearcognitiveprocesses)andthatofIndigenouscultures(holisticcognitiveprocesses)canbeappreciated.
 
"Our CommonFuture"quotesLouisBruyere,Presidentofthe NativeCouncilofCanada:"Indigenouspeoplesarethebase ofwhatcouldbe calledthe environmentalsecuritysystem. We are thegatekeepersof successorfailure tohusbandourresources.For manyofus,however, the lastfewcenturieshave meantamajor lossofcontroloverour landsandwaters. Weare stillthe firsttoknowaboutchangesin theenvironment, butwe arenowthe lasttobe asked orconsulted."
 
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A
linearworldvie
isapolarity-based,win-losethinkingsystemthatisscientific,analytical,competitiveandhierarchical.A
holisticworldview 
iscreative,spiritual,cooperative,harmoniousandbalanced.Atthismomentintimeweneedintegratedsolutionsthatsynthesizeandhonorthesedistinctworldviews.Byadaptingourdifferentthinkingsystems,wecanremovebarrierstomutualunderstandingandworktogethertoshiftthedirectionofculturalchange.ManyIndigenousleadersarecommittedtosharingthisholistic knowledge;infactthereareancientprophecies
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hatstatethatatimeforbringingourculturalworldviewstogetherwouldarise.Thisindigenousbodyofknowledge,handeddownthroughgenerationsbyculturaltransmission,dealswiththerelationshipbetweenlivingbeingsandtheirenvironment--offeringdeepknowledgeandwisdomtoaddressthechallengeswefacetoday.Thisprocessofunifyingandsynthesizingourknowledgesystemscanextendfromthephysicalworldtothedigitalworld.Ouronlinerelationshipscanbenefitgreatlyfromadoptingaprincipledapproachtocreatingsustainableandharmoniouson-linecommunitiesandenhancedphysicalrealities.InthispaperwewillfocusontheapplicationoftheIndigenousFourthWayguidingprinciplestothedesignanddevelopmentof 
DeepSocialNetworks
onlinethatsustainandenhancethelivesofallwhoarelivingonMotherEarth.
TheKnowledgeofKnowledgeCompels
Thecoreofthetroubleswefacetodayisourveryignoranceofknowing.Reflectionisaprocessof knowinghowweknow.Itisanactofturningbackuponourselves.InWesterncultureweareorientedtoactionandnottoreflection.Wedon’toftenthinkabouthowwethinkaboutthings.Likeallhumanbeingswedonotseewhatwedonotsee,andwebehaveasifwhatwedonotseedoesnoexist.Formanyofus,understandingmultipleworldviewsrequiresthatweseewhatisnotreadilyvisibletousbaseduponourcurrentthinkingsystem.Thisblindness,ifrecognized,maybeoneofourbesthopesforourfutureandopensthepossibilityofconceptualbreakthroughsthatcanleadtousthinkingandactingdifferently.Itisnotknowledge,buttheknowledgeofknowledgethatcompels.Itcompelsustorecognizethattheworldeveryoneseesisnot 
the
worldbut 
a
worldwhichwebringforthwithothers.
Everyhumanactinlanguageisanactofcoexistencewhichgivesrisetoourworl
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Weonlyhavetheworldthat wecreatewithothers.Andourworldischallengedbysocialdilemmas
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