There is no leadership in world economics

Much is being discussed these decades about world leadership with respect to global issues. Often fingers point at Obama, Putin, the United Nations, the G20, G7 or the IMF. In reality these people and groups display hardly any leadership, just management. In the world of economy there is no leadership, even though we really need it if we want to face the real issues of concern. 

More importantly, considering that this “world leadership” emerged from the ashes of world war II, we can state that the lack of leadership of these groups and individuals actually cause all the world problems. Within the context of world powers and economics they all compete using the rules of economic management to compete efficiently. Their financial interests used to be focused on trade only. In a consumer economic scenario the issue now is also on consumption. Most consumption is energy (oil) based which means that much of the management of relationships and confrontations deal with energy and trade issues.

Democratic misunderstanding

There is a general lack of understanding of the difference between “management” and “leadership”. This is why we tend to point erroneously at these “world managers” for solutions around the other issues (global warming, pollution, migration, rising sea levels, etc). We forget that these are caused by the trade development, usage of resources and usage of energy around which economies are built. If such world managers of economic interests are to lead the solutions they would have to step over their managerial tasks and economics in the first place. That is not their mission (yet). There is hence no leadership in economics, certainly not in world economics, just management. To solve this we need two things: understand the difference and introduce leadership. 

What is the difference between management and leadership?

Management: The control over fixed process patterns with an objective of growth, improvement and optimization. (more of the same, better)

Leadership: The initiation of totally new initiatives and processes based on vision or need. (change, different)

The Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands recently remarked that he was governing without vision because “vision costs money”. Politics and government, in a world reigned by financial dependencies, reason from fixed economic patterns that consist of rules, financial relationships and money dependencies. Managing the complexity is difficult enough because of all the interconnected economic strings. When we introduce the leadership issue of “change” the total system’s balance can get disturbed. No PM or President, unless post war (or in chaos), dares to introduce change, preferring to let chaos arise rather than being the cause of it. Prevention of chaos is impossible to explain in a democracy. People would not understand as change also affects them. That is why you see a management culture of fear in every economy, business or government, preferring resistance and even opposition to change. Conservative economic forces see leadership as a threat. 

Management is wrongly characterized as “realism” because it deals with known patterns that can be explained and forecast by analyzing the past. 

Leadership is wrongly seen as “idealism” because it addresses change through ideals, with passion and vision from which there is no proof other than common sense or non economic logic.

This all has to do with the history of economics that developed from instrument to goal, allowing room for real leadership only after collapse. This needs to change.

The learning process of humankind is also reflected in our periods of wellness and recession

Leadership comes traditionally after chaos (collapse) , when management is forced to let go

Economy is cold, deprived of moral and sense of holistic reality because of concept of “money” as a goal of growth. The real reality has nothing to do with the fake materialism. It has to do with sustainable human progress. The consequences of lack of (or room for) leadership is building up to reproachable levels and proportions that reaches a point of “criminal against humankind”.  Policy people who recognize their responsibility but impotence to perform leadership tasks within the economic management system have the tendency to quit their position. When they leave there is a self regulation within the system to keep robot like people without moral scrupulous. We cannot call those leaders.

STIR (City of Tomorrow)

STIR offers an unprecedented solution for the world problems but also for these top executive world managers with leadership ambitions. STIR introduces a global shift where chaos is avoided by accepting leadership as equal part of the (holistic) picture.

The holistic society has very different characteristics than any society before

The holistic society has very different characteristics than any society before

STIR asks the self aware governance people (in business and government) not to throw in the towel but to stay and connect instead to STIR leadership activities of the City of Tomorrow. They can use their authority within the system and use their position to provoke changes that are being caused by introducing the “STIR loop”.  The leadership of STIR is not personal but driven by the global issues of the times we live in (such as food scarcity and manipulation, health damage due to pollution, security issues due to lack of awareness and attention, blindness of the masses, lack of self reflection and self sufficiency in money driven democracies), picked up from a local perspective.

By addressing the global issues locally we co-create and share leadership steps that feed management with well sustained innovations, challenging policy to change too. There is no need for fear, aggression or chaos for this leadership to manifest itself, just a conscience and the willingness to work together with other local players.  This picture clarifies what we call “the transformation economy of 1%” (1% change (leadership), 100% growth (management), 200% effort (both):

Transformatie economie - leiderschap voedt management

It is not dangerous or risky and changes old managerial culpability into involvement where the hierarchical leaders themselves decide how far they can go in their institutional structures.  

In Eindhoven (Netherlands) we initiated such process in experimental way, inviting policy makers, directors and scientists to the independent table of Sustainocracy. A lot of energy went into convincing these managerial top people with “attitude” to step into the group for leadership around key issues. It was tough because of the tradition of power of dominant authority and the initial reluctance of these people to participate in external leadership processes that expect them to commit with rebound to their own position. It is hence a challenge on its own to find, invite and involve the right people. They tend to be “special” and “extraordinary”.

When they accept the process and go through it individually, collectively and institutionally it is up to STIR to capture and contain the values achieved, including the learning process. We need to support these people who go from their leadership at STIR back into their management position and structure.

The precedents are now also available as so called “holistic learning programs” of the STIR Academy. We offer holistic education (higher than university), specialized study programs (eg healthy city, self sufficient region, etc) at university level and practical programs at high school level. Working together with partners from scientific and high school education, as well as training or coaching, we also offer the world of business, government, knowledge institutions, semi-governance, but also individuals with leadership interests, the possibility to get involved and learn the earlier the better out of self interest. No one will escape from the leadership requirements in the world and will be confronted, no matter what, sooner or later. Life can be made so much easier , significant and purposeful when leadership is learned to be dealt with as a natural part of sustainable human progress, in harmony with management, not neglected.


Jean-Paul Close – transformative leaddership

50 word challenge

If it takes just fifty words to show how powerfully creative the human spirit is

when working together to produce meaningful and positive things

that take us forward

in awareness for sustainable human progress

why would we need words to solve together global warming, pollution, war and all other issues?

Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty

I think I will have a try. You know how difficult this will be for me. My average blog is over 1500 words.

Mission Global STIR Academy – how it works

Inspiration for everyone in the world

In my opinion “knowledge” is a common good for all people in the world, not just for those who can afford it. The issue is not just the cognitive information but the way we implement it for sustainable human progress. The freedom of information distribution over internet is excellent but not exempt from disturbances, manipulation and information pollution. The responsibility to deal with information and its purpose is of the human being itself.

STIR (City of Tomorrow) want to select and use knowledge, skills and best practice within our own views of Sustainable human progress  according to the global issues of our current times. To share the information we use the facilities of the internet in combination with local dialogue around its potential application. Everywhere around the world interesting and inspiring people are producing results in the field of sustainable progress. This deserves to be shared. We can all learn from each other by trying out the inspiration ourselves, no matter how complex.

By setting up STIR as a HUB (a room, good internet and people in to share information with) we can get the entire world to participate. It can be done live, without other costs than a membership. Whatever one charges locally is up to the HUB master.

Global STIR Academy offers the framework and purpose criteria, the inspiration network and international infrastructure. The HUB takes care of local public, the choices and translation to local initiatives and projects.  Three examples:

  • The first online skype conference organised by STIR was in  2009 with Herman Wijffels (old World Bank chief) as online speaker
  • The first HUB in Eindhoven works for over a year now and has a session twice a month
  • The first international HUB started in Antwerpen
  • Talks are with Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Brussels, Taipee, Miami, enz, as well as city quarters in Eindhoven

On April 29th STIR participates through skype in the world congress on poverty Madagascar (see below)

Online spreker en pannelld



How it works?

STIR works on the basis of membership (making it a world wide cooperative for sustainable progress) and reciprocity. Reciprocity means that if the STIR networks uses inspiration sessions from you, you get 1 to 1 sessions back for your own use, on call and planning. If you only consume inspiration them you pay per session. So if you trade inspiration you will have 100s of free speakers at your disposal, else you pay a modest price. All the money will go into the STIR fund that finances projects.

The real art is to do something with it locally.

The HUB, speakers and sources of inspiration within STIR also develop a mutual value and selection system according  STIR criteria of a “better world”, measuring the popularity of each. We do something with that too.

The provisional website is:

Membership: 150€ per year per HUB (internationally indexed per geographical area according local living standards)

The holistic society

In this blog I introduce the next evolutionary step of humankind and complex human societies. I refer to it as “the appearance of the holistic society”. I am writing a more detailed book on this evolution and my experiences through Sustainocracy. Today I introduce the vision already for you for early reflection and inspiration. I talk about our current evolutionary path, the need to take the holistic approach, the transformation, transformation economy and finally the totally new educational processes at different levels that I am setting up. It is a long blog but hopefully it changes your life, making it worth your while.

The spiral (or wave) evolution
The traditional evolution of society so far, and as we still know it today, can be drawn as a spiral shaped process (fig 1. Human complexities – Jean-Paul Close – Secretes of true wellness – 2009) between our way of organizing ourselves (To do) and what we learn along the way (To be).

The learning process of humankind is also reflected in our periods of wellness and recession

The learning process of humankind is also reflected in our periods of wellness and recession

This spiral represents our original nature as part of (elementary levels of) life’s complexities within the universe. When things go well we tend to want more (growth) and gradually loose our sense of responsibility and moral values and develop conservative structures of management, control, efficiency and bureaucracy, meanwhile blocking progress. When we reach a point of saturation we experience a crisis (collapse, chaos, recession, war). This serves as a wake-up call to address issues through awakening with a new wave of creativity and leadership. A cyclic pattern appears of natural psychological reactions to collective circumstances.

When we plot the cyclic spiral over time we get a sinus wave (eg. Kondratiev) of periods of wellness and scarcity (ups and downs). Similar patterns can be observed in our natural surroundings. Many animals and plants have a natural, instinctive way of dealing with this, especially within the seasonal cycles of the Earth’s year (52 weeks of 7 days, 4 seasons).

Kontratiev sinus

Kontratiev sinus

Humankind however has, at one stage, broken through into self awareness which caused it to loose or disregard its natural sensitivity in exchange for longer evolutionary cycles (not years but periods) along the line of consciousness (TO BE). It produced confusion as to what we really are as a species, our purpose and responsibilities. We have experienced the cyclic patterns (7 year blocks in cycles of about 52 years each with our self inflicted seasons) as they come, without giving it a second thought, except in certain intellectual circles. Our limited collective awareness was not ready to understand so we faced the consequences as they came.

We cause our pains ourselves
The cyclic pattern is anchored firmly into our cultures and organizations. It only recently became clear that those periods of wellness and scarcity were created by ourselves due to our reactive attitude to the cyclic steps (wellness – greed -scarcity – awareness). A new layer of cognitive awareness was added to our collective consciousness after every painful swoop through chaos. As a consequence we experienced a new wave of technological, social, economic and governance innovation. In a way humankind evolved by falling and getting up again. Meanwhile the peaks of wellness became higher over time and the crises deeper and more lethal. Right now we are on the verge of a catastrophic chaos. We can feel and even witness the building up of the tension worldwide as we approach disaster.

At the same time we are experiencing a new break through that is building up gradually but fast. In nature the cyclic patterns of summer (wellness), autumn (greed), winter (scarcity) and spring (awakening), are all well anticipated by the species. Humankind however let itself be surprised by its self inflicted winters (after the abundance of autumn) through war and confrontations. We need to learn to anticipate the seasons and act, even though the cycles span generations instead of years.

We are only now starting to understand ourselves even though our cultures, institutions and governance are still very much structured around reacting to circumstances rather than anticipating them through common sense and experience. Even when we understand it is still a query for many to  matter of ingenuity and time to introduce a new society based on our new levels of awareness.

Global issues, local solutions
The exponential growth of the human population has enlarged the tremendous consequences of our old cyclic patterns. The crises that we experience are much more complex than ever before. They are largely self inflicted but also as a result of our lack of symbiosis with our natural environment. The local impact of such global issues demands measures beyond imagination. They cannot be resolved by old time cyclic thinking and drawing old lines forward through chaos. They require hands on responsibility of all local people and institutions.


* In 1953 Holland suffered floods that killed 1500 people. It cause the local society to take responsibility and protect the country with huge infrastructural changes.

* Now, with the rising sea levels, many massive urban areas are threatened. Jakarta is known to have delayed investments too long and may face huge problems if the protective investment are not carried out with urge.

* Many big cities face drinking water shortages. They are located according the development of trade rather than sustainable progress.

* Japan has been shock up by disaster after a combination of natural and human made catastrophes (nuclear drama of Fukushima together with a tidal wave). It has drawn the attention of the world to the local vulnerability for disaster when using dangerous materials.

* Densely populated islands such as Ireland, Great Britain, Taiwan, etc face severe shortages when oil runs out. Anticipation requires extreme measures in the field of holistic development.

The holistic society

The new society is born. The old focus on globalization of economies and trying to solve everything with money is outdated. The new challenge is changing into local efforts for sustainable progress, starting with the aspect of “saving ourselves” through self awareness and taking local responsibility.

The holistic society has very different characteristics than any society before

The holistic society has very different characteristics than any society before

The holistic approach concentrates on resolving global issues of sustainable progress on a local basis. The issues are complex enough to represent a combined challenge for social, business and administrative innovation. The issues tend to be eminent enough too to get the four key local players (government, business, science and population) to act together. We refer to the holistic society also as the cooperative society, one in which all together take responsibility for humanitarian and ecological issues above economic and political impediments.

Local issues can of course be addressed by dominant types of governance. Sustainocracy is the first practical precedent that has combined democracy with sustainable progress. We notice that fragmented interests continue along the old tradition which happens to be an excellent learning school for awareness, authenticity and spiritual strength, also for enterprises and institutions. Participation in local holistic processes can be a matter of choice and invitation based on multidisciplinary projects.

In Eindhoven (Holland) we initiated complex, holistic processes such as “The healthy city” and “Self sufficient region” or “Safety and value creation”, etc. The experience is being shared through educational programs that we share across the world.

The entire evolution introduces new ways of working for business, governance, science, education, etc. Such new evolution also represents a transformative challenge for these organizations that come from the fragmented focus on growth and need to learn to adjust to multidisciplinary co-creation. The process is often blocked by old justice formats focused on transactions, control and bureaucracy rather than shared responsibilities. All together it shakes up everything we have known till today. That is why we establish experimental cooperation to introduce the holistic approach in a region. For some time both the spiral and holistic realities evolve together.

Positioning Sustainocratic Entrepreneurship and Co-Creation of Sustainable Societies

Positioning Sustainocratic Entrepreneurship and Co-Creation of Sustainable Societies

Each of the participants will experience a degree of chaos and awareness building. It is not part of the cyclic nature but of the learning process of dealing with the transformation, one’s own authentic positioning and the development of the holistic society. It also introduces a totally new economy:

The transformation economy
This economy connects both worlds as the will coexist for some time and maybe even for ever. There is the economy of transformation which offers a new level of holistic development to the region based on sustainable values. And there is transformation economy which uses the value creation in a region to expand it worldwide through the fragmented interests.



New educational platform
The above introduces a tremendously new complexity that is being dealt with when regions adopt the holistic society as a serious option for their local sustainable development. They request to be taught how to deal with it and offer to send students to me. The educational process of a holistic society is of course very different to that where we come from. In Sustainocratic ventures I am already surrounded by universities that offer fragmented expertise in the specific holistic processes. This brings us to the additional layers of education that are new to the world:

* The fragmented specializations of existing universities need to get used to their involvement in holistic processes. It introduces a new element in their own educational approach where the various realities receive a new holistic context. What that does to the specializations is to be seen.

* Students who get involved in holistic ventures need to be already self aware to a certain extend and level. They tend to be older of age and equipped with practical experiences that have gone through the personal cycle of human complexities already a few times. The education they receive is tailor made, using the network of universities involved, based on the purpose the students are expected to serve.

* A totally new education is started that guides people at different levels of age and awareness through all the realities using the holistic society as anchoring point. The education can be offered both at practical high school level (talks with Fontys High School to play an early central role in this) and intellectual university level (talks with my old Nyenrode University to see if it can become the coordinating center)

* Worldwide exchange of inspiration and best practice for awareness building and new development of local holistic structures is being organized through the STIR Academy.

Interested? Just drop me a note with your specific interest and I will respond to you directly

The story of a loaf of bread

A local bakery of a village is happily baking 100 breads every night for his 100 customers. The breads cost 1 euro a piece and the daily turnover is 100 euro. All 100 families in the village are loyal customers. It has been like this for many years and everyone is happy.

One day the wheat salesman came by to say that there is a growing shortage. The price of the key resource has to go up. The baker can still get the usual supply but the situation is critical. The salesman said that everything was done to bring the situation back to what it was before. The baker had no choice and raised the price of his bread with 10 cent. The loyal customers understood and paid the difference gladly, knowing that is was only temporary. The turnover of the bakery raised by to 110 euro per day.

The situation did not change. The wheat salesman returned to say that the prices did not only go up further, he would also have to half the supply. The baker was desperate and went to the local politicians. They promised that everything would be better if they were re-elected but meanwhile he would have to cope with the dip. The baker raised his bread price to 2 euro but could not make more than half the usual amount. He decided to sell the bread in halves. The loyal customers were furious but had little choice. They bought the half’s for 1,50 euro. The turnover of the bakery had risen to 150 euro even though he had produced only half his usual amount. The local newspaper was talking about an economy of growth and certain local business people taking good benefit.

The resource problem continued and got worse, despite the promises of the suppliers and the politicians. In the end the half’s would cost 3 euros and the baker even sold bread by the slice. His turnover went further up, his productivity down and his customers became less and less loyal. They could not afford it anymore. Newspapers report that “the market was grimm”.

One day certain wealthy local citizens decided to make the bakery the deal of a lifetime. They were fed up with the half’s and slices of bread. They wanted their entire loaf of bread every day and were willing to pay 10 euros per piece. The bakery accepted, of course. He had been tought about market working in business workshops. His turnover shot up to record sales. The baker even became entrepreneur of the year and was invited to membership of the local Rotary to discuss “common interests” among the “powerful” every week. His status had grown but in his shop many people could not buy slices anymore, not even breadcrumbs. There were people now living in poverty and hunger in the village. And they are angry…….but the economy was growing.


Now you can think of your own happy ending of the story. What will happen?


Moral of the story: When you hear powerful people say that the economy needs to grow and that it is going to solve all the problems, please think twice, unless you are this baker of course and you have not thought yet of a happy ending ;-)

The STIR loop

Global issues, local solutions, global application
Applying 4D innovation: holistic, governance, technological and social innovation for sustainable human progress, all at ones by applying the STIR loop locally.

This documentary of Rebecca Hosking about the “farm for tomorrow” is a well worked out case and example of one of the challenges we face the coming decades: food and energy. This we call a global issue that needs local solutions.

Food is key but there is more. Air quality, climate change, pollution, migrations, rising sea levels, water shortages, etc. I refer to these as “global issues, local solutions, global application” as a transformative process.

Unprecedented complexity
(Introducing the Eindhoven precedent with sustainocratic ventures)
If we want to do something about it we face challenges that are unprecedented in human history. The documentary of Hostings is quite clear about this. Knowing this what can we do? Ms Hosking may have an idea on how to deal with it on her own territory. She can make her own choices. But how do we transform a country full of cities, people, culture, politics, economics, expectations, opinions and relationships? Even the most powerful, selfaware business, government or religious leaders tend to find themselves trapped in a system’s-culture. It takes a certain mentality to take on the challenge, another to avoid it. In any case, it involves us all.

But how do we solve the riddle? My own contribution is called “Sustainocracy”. As part of that I present the practical “STIR loop”. Let us go through it in a few steps.

Understanding where we come from and its shortcomings.
Look at this picture. This is how we have seen our reality for a long time. Our surrounding national systems provided us jobs, healthcare and other securities.

Systemleaders are blindfolded to reality

System’s leaders operate from their own perception of reality

The current national systems are mostly based on a culture of economies of growth, consumption and consequence solving. Inside the system we find a tremendous fragmentation of interests based on economic relationships. Business, government, science, population, etc all interact through an economy of mutual interdependence. “Nature” plays no significant role. Economic growth, efficiencies, relationships, protecting self interests through globalization are the key instruments. Humankind has never experienced a larger growth in population ever before in history. Many individual people experience a level of wellness and life expectancy that is equally unprecedented. It is mentally extremely difficult to place this all in the temporary context of a small time frame of several generations referred to as “the oil-people”. Most disturbing is that we, the current adult population, are probably the last of that unique group of generations. Our children and grandchildren will have to deal with change much more and intense than we. The more we can anticipate today the better.

What is the reality that we have neglected?

The human systems develop within the limited confinement of planet Earth within the universal laws of harmonic natural progress

The human systems develop within the limited confinement of planet Earth within the universal laws of harmonic natural progress

When we become aware of the huge unbalance between system’s dominance and universal natural leadership realities we need to “transform”. This means that we need to (voluntarily) let go of one system to co-create a new one that better serves our sustainable progress as a species.

But how can we transform when all human dependencies and securities seem to be firmly anchored inside the system? Within the fragments the issues that arise may be addressed as good as they can. But it is not just the fragment that causes the problem, it is the way the fragments relate to each other to form a destructive whole for humankind, while it was perceived and experienced as very constructive before. The current system’s executives trust they can get that back by applying the same measures that caused the problems in the first place. We are now even in the hands of speculative materialists that have dangerously changed from globalization of volume productivity and marketing into keeping shortages for inflation, debt exposure of the needed with control over the limited resources and those who get access.

One of the options individual people choose is to step out of the old system and start a new one of their own, facing problems and challenges like Ms. Hosking does in the documentary.

The STIR loop

The application of the STIR loop is relevant to complex transformations of entire communities. In 5 steps it can clean up systems, making them sustainable in progress again. The key is that every relevant person and institution needs to be involved. The whole loop is focused on the quality of sustainable life in a particular territory (a city, a province, an island, an autonomic region, etc.)

The 5 steps to get back into productive balance
Sustainocracy describes the process of taking multidisciplinary responsibility locally around global issues. This can only be done in a particular way:

Step 1: Awareness
In the picture I have drawn the two systems (local human dominance and leading universal natural responsibilities) next to each other. I place the human being in between, with active selfaware citizenship and productivity as choices between both systems. The human system has human hierarchical leadership, fragmented structures, relations based on money and transactions, etc.

Awareness means that we manage to place the human system as instrumental, not dominant in our human evolution

Awareness means that we manage to position the human system as instrumental, not dominant for our human evolution

As human beings we ARE nature. Everything we do that affects our environment negatively reflects in our natural systems of life. We show growing health problems that affect us much deeper than medically and scientifically (human system dependent) acknowledged. At one time I even wrote about the genetic anthropocene (the unprecedented damage we cause inside our genetic structures with lasting consequences). So it is not just food we need to take responsibility for. It goes much further.

When aware we face the tension between the old system and the new one we need to develop

Step 2: Choice of priorities
Within the context of global issues, such as food, water, health, security, self sufficiency or awareness, it is imperative to find local self supporting solutions. Rising seawater, food shortages, pollution, migrations, climate changes, dense populations, fossil energy disappearance, etc give rise to important local catastrophes, caused by globalized human systems, the local demographical situation, nature itself or a combination of all three. There is no generalized priority. Every territory has its own unique combination of threats. The local awareness has to have led to a generalized consensus “that something needs to be done urgently” and “we need to do this together”. This opens up for the initiation of the loop:

The need for action has to be acknowledged as well as the impotence of the fragmented parts to do this "alone".

The need for action has to be acknowledged as well as the impotence of the fragmented parts to do this “alone”.

In Eindhoven (Holland) by experimental persistence and chance I arrived at “air quality, public health, regional dynamics” in 2010. A financial threat from the European Union (air pollution norms) got the local government to open up to new experimental formats. AiREAS became the first precedent world wide of Sustainocracy. In other places around the world different priority choices can be made, not necessarily air pollution, in any combination of the key issues of sustainable human progress (health, safety, self sufficiency, awareness and food).

Step 3: Establish the Sustainocratic commitment within the system of nature.
The essence of this step is to take the priority outside the human system, away from politics, economics, justice, etc. into the area of natural responsibilities. It is the start of the loop. The only representative of both systems is the natural evolutionary human being. So it’s the biological human creature that invites the powerful instruments to unite in a multidisciplinary way. This inviting person is the Sustainocrat, a key independent player. It is referred to as “the world upside down” for the participants. They are forced to reason through the views of the paradigm of nature, harmony and change.

The group consists of the Sustainocrat, local citizens, leaders from science, business and local governance (see picture below). The group concentrates on all aspects of addressing the chosen issue:

  • Why are we starting the loop
  • Create a vision for change (dot on the horizon related to Sustainable Human Progress)
  • Initiate the stip-step process
  • Apply innovation (Social, technological and structural)
  • Develop the knowledge that can be implemented elsewhere
  • Contain the unique values for the stepping back process
Top down and bottom up processes come together in AiREAS "Healthy city"

Top down and bottom up processes come together in AiREAS “Healthy city”

Step 4:  the loop back
While dealing with the system from “outside” all the blocking bottlenecks and impediments become visible with each of the partner’s normal functioning as well as in their system’s imposed relationships.

The values that are co-created outside the system can be expanded again within. But also the many handicaps can be addressed and resolved in a documented, argumented and programmed manner.

The expansion of new unique values have an important economic potential that can be used to keep the loop going for as long as it is needed. In fact the loop itself becomes a competitive added value of a region and its local partners that make it happen. The values are always locally proven and then presented for world wide application.

Global issues thus have changed from a tremendous unsolvable problem into a local challenge and global opportunity. Local loops may seemingly get to compete with each other in the world wide context but always deliver uniqueness because of the diversity of local situations that each will have to deal with. Uniformity in the problem does not mean that uniformity will ever be found in the solution.

The loop back is significant as a transformative economy of change but also confrontational with the old system

The loop back is significant as a transformative economy of change but also confrontational with the old system

Step 5: local consolidation
For the partners this 5th step is perhaps the second most difficult phase, after the letting go phase of step 1. Consolidation means that adjustments described in step 4 need to find their way into the old system, change it up to a new workable situation. The process is well received in the relevant parties that are still part of the progress. Those that need to be phased out, or were part of particular context and loose that context in the new setting, will of course oppose. In some cases they are powerful conservative blockages that avoid no means to keep their interests alive.

It takes guts and leadership to do the mayor cleaning up. At least the STIR loop backs the leadership with powerful instruments and indisputable reasons to do what needs to be done.

Solutions are at hand. They have been described AND put into practice with early precedents. They are a new instrument in those areas where change is key but too complex to be dealt with in the traditional way. The STIR loop then become a powerful method to make change happen, gain support for it first as an experiment and assure that the right steps are taken afterwards. During the start of the loop “nature” leads, the return is in human leadership hands bringing it back into the practical human reality.

The STIR loop is educated through the STIR Academy and associated partners.

Jean-Paul Close


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