What to do when business (life) as usual isn’t working By actionbiz In my last blog post, I talked of similarities between what

I noticed about The Great Depression and our current so-called recession. This article further expounds on those observations and my belief that it is time to move into a survivalist thinking mode. Survivalism, a commonly used term for a preparedness strategy. Survivalists often prepare by learning new skills and preparing for sufficiency. I believe we are seeing significant signs that are calling for that action, now. We live in a time of massive institutional failure, collectively creating results that nobody wants. Climate change. AIDS. Hunger. Poverty. Violence. Terrorism. Destruction of communities, nature, life - the foundations of our social, economic, ecological, and spiritual well-being. This time calls for a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more conscious, intentional, and strategic way. The development of such a capacity will allow us to create a future of greater possibility. (Taken in part from Theory U: Leading from the Future as It Emerges; Cambridge, MA: Society for Organizational Learning, 2007) We are being sensitized by the impact of mass media’s bombardment of doom and gloom which is streaming into our lives. I perceive the current malaise and its accompanying anxiety to be our call to action. I sense we are moving toward a great social shift. Many of you, feel it too. We are being called to take immediate corrective steps in the way we connect ~ socially, economically, ecologically and spiritually. We all rationalize that social change takes time yet I cannot help but respond by envisioning an immediate revolution. And aren’t most revolutions imparted upon because of our intrinsic desire to survive? If we are to survive our current economic climate, we are mandated to make changes. And I think we are being called upon to do them swiftly. We cannot wait for someone else to take the lead. Our current situation is calling upon us, even those that never ventured to lead before, to do it now. We must proactively create a new system of economy built on community and earth friendly values. We can recreate economies of scaled proportions that are far more beneficial to society at large. I contend that by focusing in on specific directives and banding together with others that share your interests, we can live more meaningful and productive lives. Therein, societies have the potential to become healthier overall. So, how do we do that? We must be willing to take risks. We must be willing to give. We must be willing to ask for and accept help. We must be willing to work with others. And we must comprehend and embrace the essence of knowing that our survival depends upon the survival of others. It is this new collaborative and collective society which begs our attention. We are purportedly the richest country in the world. If this is in fact true, there is no lack of resources but rather, I conjecture, a potential lack of spirit. And I personally believe this our greatest hindrance. Have we become so disconnected in our individual pursuits of success, that we have failed to sustain others and thereby ourselves as well? Is it in fact a calling for a new social order? I believe it is. What do you think? What can you do to make a difference? And will you do it?

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