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My new book: How To Thrive In The Next Economy

Today I’m proud to announce that my new book, How To Thrive In The Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today will be published by Thames & Hudson on 7 September; (the US edition comes out in December). Sample extracts from each of the ten chapters are here.

It would be terrific if you would help spread the word about the book using the hashtag #ThackaraThrive and this url: http://doorsofperception.com/thackarathrive/

For a change of pace in your workshop, retreat, or conference, why not consider an online encounter? I can send a short video lecture ahead of time, or we can do the whole session live on Skype or FaceTime. If you’re planning a conference or lecture series, and could be interested in a talk, or a Doors of Perception Xskool please let me know.

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  1. John Merryman
    Posted September 22, 2015 at 10:58 | Permalink

    Nature does go through cycles. Otherwise it would just be a flatline. We just happen to be at the top of a large wave.

    Complexity does multiply, until it becomes unstable and collapses back to a more stable state and starts over again. Biology manifests it through life, death and back again. In computer terms, to reset.

    The issue is what bad code can be rewritten, or erased in the coming crash. I would argue there are three flawed concepts built into the current social matrix. They have to do with time, God and money.

    We experience reality as flashes of cognition and so think of time as the present moving from past to future. Physics effectively codifies this by treating it as measures of duration.

    The reality is that a changing configuration of this state of the present is creating and dissolving these events, such that it is they which go future to past. To wit, tomorrow becomes yesterday because the earth turns. This makes time an effect of activity, similar to temperature, pressure, kinetic energy, etc. Duration is simply the state of the present, as these events come and go.

    Consequently there is no overall grand narrative of nature, but a constant process of recycling. It is not deterministic, because events have to occur, in order to be determined. They are in the present, before being in the past and the residue of prior events is necessarily constantly being re-arranged in the context of the present, rather than determining its path. As Alan Watts described it, the wake doesn’t steer the boat, the boat creates the wake.

    So every action is it own clock and faster clock rates simply use more energy and recede into the past faster. The tortoise is still plodding along, long after the hare has died. If people were to understand this, there might be a general inclination to slow a little bit.

    As for God, necessarily a spiritual absolute would be the essence of consciousness from which life rises, not an ideal form from which it fell. Conveniently though, a top down theology empowers those at the top of society and draws the larger population into one cultural frame.

    If we were to better understand the dynamic, there would be a more objective understanding of the uses, benefits and limitations of larger social movements.

    The problem with money is that it functions as a glorified voucher system, yet we have come to see it as a commodity. Essentially quantified hope and desire.

    The conflict is that nothing is more detrimental to a voucher system, then large excesses of vouchers, while the entire aim of our current economic model is to manufacture and store as much of this notational value as possible, to the determent of all else.

    In large societies it is necessary to have some form of contractual medium of exchange, but as an economic circulation system, it does function like any other circulation system, such as blood in the body, or water through an ecosystem. There has to be enough to keep everything functioning smoothly and hopefully distributed as effectively as possible, but large excesses will destroy the system as surely as an insufficiency.

    As it is, using the financial system to store wealth is a bit like using the body’s heart and arteries to store fat. The result is closed arteries, poor circulation and high blood pressure. Otherwise known as corruption, trickle down and quantitate easing.

    If excess money were taxed back out of the system and not just borrowed back out, to be spent through political influence, people would quickly find other ways to store value. Most people have very set reasons to save, such as child and elder care, housing, entertainment, education, etc. So if the community were to invest directly into these functions, rather than trying to abstractly story it in a banking system, there would be healthier societies and environments and a more robust public space.

    So, yes, the world is heading for an enormous crash, but it does offer opportunities for serious change, that otherwise wouldn’t be seriously considered by people who would not otherwise have reasons to change.

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