The Future of Community & Alternative Financial Systems

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In the uncertainty of today’s climate there is a lot of fear when projecting into the future. The veil of our current economic climate which was founded in the Industrial Revolution is dropping and many people are standing in the middle of uncertainty wondering WTF just happened and where to look next.

There are many groups that have been predicting this moment in time, and consider that we are moving into the next revolution of humanity. In our recorded history, we have already witnessed two major phase shifts.

First, the Agricultural Revolution resulting in writing, mathematics, and the birth of ‘civilization’. Next, we had the Industrial Revolution where science and technology led us into a new state of existence on our planet. At some point on this journey, science and technological innovation splintered off from spirituality and humans disconnected from nature itself to the point that the new geological phase, or epoch, on our planet is considered to be Anthropocene. The first conscious altering of the planet’s geological state that we know of.

It’s now time for us to own up to this knowing and to make conscious action toward healing our relationship with the planet we call home before it becomes an inhospitable place for humans to live.

Now we have a moment to consider some key concepts of our time, and consider new ways that we can come together, reforming community structures and at the same time restructuring the way we deal with economy in a healthier way, a regenerative way.

Alternative Financial Systems, Community & The Future

The Anthropocene

It has been considered that the earth has shifted into a new epoc, where we have moved from 12,000 years of the Holocene epoch since the Ice Age. Now we are in the age of humans. The rise of fossils fuels as an energy source. The Industrialization of agriculture. The urbanization of more than half the world’s population. Altered the landscape, climate, plants & animals, lifestyle of humans species as a whole. Throughout history, there have always been shifts in climate and extinction of species, but what makes this different is that everything is being driven by one species alone, and that we have the ability to be conscious of what we are doing. We’re the first species that’s become a planet-scale influence and is aware of that reality. That’s what distinguishes us.

Prof Chris Rapley, a climate scientist at University College London and former director of the Science Museum in London said: “The Anthropocene marks a new period in which our collective activities dominate the planetary machinery… Since the planet is our life support system – we are essentially the crew of a largish spaceship – interference with its functioning at this level and on this scale is highly significant. If you or I were crew on a smaller spacecraft, it would be unthinkable to interfere with the systems that provide us with air, water, fodder and climate control. But the shift into the Anthropocene tells us that we are playing with fire, a potentially reckless mode of behavior which we are likely to come to regret unless we get a grip on the situation.”

The collective karma of our actions is presently rising. We are experiencing large scale global events. The fires burning through the Amazon, Africa & Australia. Political crisis. Health pandemics. The effects are going to become louder and louder until we all hold each other accountable to wake up to our own consciousness in this environment. Our future lies in living in an awakened state, acknowledging our current predicament and looking to regenerative models to ensure a stable climate for our species to continue survival on this planet.

The Regenerative Renaissance

Regeneration is a design principle that works to ensure that all inputs and outputs, upstream and downstream, people and planet, are conducive to the health of the whole system. It is thought that we are shifting from an Agricultural, to Industrial to Regenerative Renaissance. This is a natural transition that homo sapiens are waking up to as a suitable response to the overall destruction of our environment caused by the start of the Antropocene epoch.

What is Regeneration? In biology, regeneration is the process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes genomes, cells, organisms, and ecosystems resilient to natural fluctuations or events that cause disturbance or damage. Every species is capable of regeneration, from bacteria to humans.

Blockchain Technology (Cryptocurrency)

How can we use regenerative systems to inform our response to our current global climate? Blockchain is one technology that is considered to be conducive of regeneration. It gives us a chance to crowdsource the future.
In the words of Daniel Christian Whal

, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures, “A regenerative human culture is healthy, resilient and adaptable; it cares for the planet and it cares for life in the awareness that this is the most effective way to create a thriving future for all of humanity.”

Blockchain has several features that go hand-in-hand with regenerative models. At once, it allows us to reevaluate how we determine ‘value’. Blockchain frees us from the constraints of fiat currencies. We can now redefine value in whichever way we choose, as well as the infrastructure to exchange the agreed value. So, to regenerate the planet, we may assign economic value to natural capital such as the sun, trees, wind, soils, and more, that produce energy, clean air, water, and food. The inherent value of our environment is obvious if you’re looking at it through conscious eyes. We have been labelling environmental impact an “externalized cost” of doing business and excluded its profound value from company balance sheets. Blockchain technology allows for us to base our value on regenerative resources and to come back to the fact that nature is intrinsically regenerative!

One of the core values of blockchain is that it is building an infrastructure for trust. This is achieved because different actors on the network have access to the data which makes it almost impossible to manipulate or cheat the system When every stakeholder on the blockchain-based peer-to-peer network has their own copy of the data and their own copy of the rules (i.e., smart contracts) by which the state of the data may be affected, everyone can feel assured that there is no opportunity for improper manipulation of the system by rogue system administrators or hackers.

Decentralization

Decentralization is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding planning and decision making, are distributed or delegated away from a central, authoritative location or group. It plays a significant role in the solution. For example, climate change and environmental degradation are international opportunities that haven’t been solved by the international community. Blockchain allows people to make ecological agreements human-to-human and bypass politics and bureaucracy. Farmers, ranchers, distributers, brands, and organizations that care about regeneration should be able to collaborate directly and blockchain allows this to happen.

Decentralization is actually nothing new for homo sapiens. It first began with the social organization of ancient human societies. They lived together in small Neolithic decentralized communities of less than 100 people where everyone was accountable for one another. Small populations simply made management easier. Such small communities could easily trust one another and the close relationships maintained by individuals made it hard for any of the group to get away with bad or selfish behavior.

It was the rise of the Agrarian revolution, where agriculture rose and created scarcity that we saw the structures of centralized governance emerge.

In that sense, we are coming back to our roots on how to structure the way in which we live together.

The Quantum Civilization

A world where we focus on finding a holistic and integrative way to interweave these multiple dimensions in a non-discriminative and non-segmented manner. To move from a non-linear way of thinking & education system, where we cater for multi dimensional thinking.

The quantumcivilization.com aims to provide a multi-perspectival, trans-traditional and integral approach to today’s issues, an approach which will lay the foundation to the Quantum Education System. They aim to put an end to hyper-segmentation, dis-identification and the indulgence of corruption by actively engaging those interested in the latest models of education and research, models defined by their trans-disciplinary approach. For the first time in known history, there is an opportunity of unifying the two main aspects of this world: The Modern – the scientific, which masters the exterior, the matter, the objective (the structures of consciousness) and the Ancient – the mystical, which masters the interior, the spirit, the subjective (the states of consciousness).

What alternative financial systems are you exploring in the context of community, or in your daily life? Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know!

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