In my previous article I mentioned the ignorance of the Balinese people about the impact of non-organic materials on mother earth. And beyond that, the passivity of the Balinese government towards waste management. But what’s needed? What can help to make a valuable transition towards a healthier island? To figure out these questions, we need some background information about the current situation here in Bali.
‘The government is not making any efforts, why should we?’
As said before people are still handling pack-material similar to decades before when everything was organically wrapped. Due to ignorance about the impact of non-organic material on our earth, they nowadays tend to do the same. Due to the lack of pressure from the government, they don’t feel any need to change. ‘The government is not making a big deal out of it, so why should we’ is a phrase which indicates the lack of importance given to this matter. Besides that, a collective stigma on cleaning other one’s waste seems to be relevant; it’s a huge downgrade on the social scale.
A lack of need
It seems like the government doesn’t prioritize waste management. Although when there is money involved, measures will be taken. Look at Kuta. A dump store existing of plastic and rubbish is the morning sight when tides enters. In order to maintain the endless wave of tourists, government provides beachcleaners every morning collecting the waste. Why is it possible over there? Is the financial need to little in rural areas or remoted villages? Well there happen to be some initiatives and funds provided for villages to arrange their own waste management, but generally projects seem to stop after a certain period of time.
There is no control, reporting of after-care which makes continuity challengeable. Not more than once people ran away with the funded money which generally initiates the end of project. It reveals the fact that money is available, but a lack of sustainable plans to fund it in a proper way.
It’s how Bali works
It’s a lovely state of being. Limited regulations, a laidback attitude, little pressure from above. But on the other hand, the lack of pressure and control, makes it hard to implement rules or guidelines. People are not used to be restricted or socially controlled from upper hand. It’s such another way around in, for example my country (the Netherlands) where signals could even restrict me from walking beside the pathway. Everything is being controlled, organized and regulated. In one hand, beautiful; everybody knows it’s way around, streets are spotlessly clean and in case of an accident it’s always clear who to blame. I don’t know what’s better. What I do know, is that change is needed in order to capture the beauty of this island.
The 21st century is unique in our history of entrepreneurship. Our entrepreneurial mission has transformed. Within the core human values driven democracy, referred to as Sustainocracy, we create innovative value continuously, together with a large diversity of partners. These innovations did not exist before because they address issues that have reached our awareness and need for change to produce sustainable human and societal progress. Once available they become of economic and political interest due to the trade-ability and transformative characterstics of each innovation in multiple formats and with many trade supporters. We have called this way of working the 4 x Value discipline since we ask ourselves four basic, values driven questions:
First: What does our entrepreneurship contribute to the wellness of the human being?
This is a difficult and transformative question. In our current care driven economies we try to make people dependent on services, social securities and technologies out of political or economic interests. Entrepreneurship is hence an economic instrument, not humanitarian even if we try to convince ourselves it is. As a consequence people become less alert, lazy, subordinate, disengaged and non-productive. We tend to take away their self reflection, creativity and wit to favor our own financial wellness. This is not the 21st century entrepreneurship.
Our entrepreneurship is not a money driven occupation, it is core human values driven, creative and meaningful. Collective self-sufficiency is a core human value in Sustainocracy in which people do meaningful things in and for the community that fullfill basic and general needs. So our entrepreneurship should help people be able to take responsibility for their own quality of life rather than taking it away from them. We then see their health, their engagement and productivity increase which is good for them, society and the economy. Our entrepreneurship is hence focused on helping people create their own wellness.
Second: How do we contribute to society?
Also this is a difficult one to answer. Who are we trying to please? In our current society the public dominance is mastered by political and economic interests. Our Sustainocratic foundation however is focused on our human values. This represents a different kind of accountability for both the citizens, governance and entrepreneurship. When the 5 core human values are respected than the society itself will be resilient to all kinds of issues. We therefor need to enhance society from a core values point of view, not political or economic. Then we see that politics and economics show interest and start relating to the sustainocratic values to sustain themselves and their initiatives. Which is good. So by being creative in the field of core human values we also gradually transform the political and economic discourse. We contribute to social cohesion, public engagement and political and economic management of wellness. In fact we created a leadership movement of change within a managed culture of political economic conservatism.
Third: How does our natural environment benefit?
Our current lifestyle and political economic steering produce pollution, destruction of our natural habitat and the restroing capabilities of our environment. In fact we are a parasite of our host, planet Earth. Our entrepreneurship is hence focused on turning this around to become a symbiotic partner of the environment of which we are part and of which we depend. How do we deal with innovation to take away, avoid and eliminate our polluting activities? How do we use natural resources in a cyclic way? What can we learn from our living environment that presents solutions which took over 4 billion years to evolve and often show must better results than whatever our human wit can come up with. Whatever we do in our entrepreneurial spirit it should not damage but heal and interact with our natural reality.
Fourth: How do we generate enough money as means for our continuity?
Within our entrepreneurial processes we distinguish two clear patterns. The first one is the creative part of thinking of meaningful innovations that make a difference within our Sustainocratic mission. Since we create something that cannot be bought, simply because it does not exist yet, we can only invest in our venture. As we use our 4xValue method to guide us we enter the path of other entrepreneurial members of society who have no business interests but do have societal or environmental challenges (government) or intellectual interest (universities) to deal with. Business partners are interested in participating to see if they can lay hands of the innovations to include them in their commercial activities as soon as they become visible and tangible. In this phase these partners invest money and their own talented contribution to effectively design our innovations. Money is a means here.
As soon as the innovations come to existence they have a number of properties that can be fragmented again among the participating partners: new products, services, policy modifications, new knowledge and experiences, educational values, etc. All these can be incorporated in economic patterns of social cost savings as well as business development. Each enlargement of the use of the innovations contributes to both the economic growth as well as the overall global change for resilience. Money is again a means to provide continuity through new investment patterns or the creation of an innovation fund (royalties or donations) for continuity of both the 4xValue processes as the continuous delivery of meanful entrepreneurship. Our innovative drive is therefore the main attractive force for the diversity of partners to participate with investment of resources and financial means.
4xValue as mirroring tool
We have now noticed that employees, stakeholders and investors start using the 4xValue criteria to see if the company they work for (or with) is producing integral value. If not than people ask themselves if they want to work there or invest in it? Salary or divident is often not enough anymore and people want to get reassurance of their own meaningful contribution to society and the multiple positive reciprocity of their engagement.
Plastic cans all over the place when I´m making my way from Canggu to Candidasa, both located on paradise island Bali. Thousands of young people marching to celebrate liberation day with lots of happy people along the road to support them. I ask my driver indignantly about this trash on the street. ‘Because there are no public bins and the government don’t want to spend money on waste collecting’.
It catched my eye immediately when I entered Canggu a couple of days ago. There happened to be rubbish all over the place, mainly plastic. A lot of plastic. And initially I blamed the tourists for not caring about other one’s property. But on a short notice the Swiss lady, with whom I spend my nights with, informed me differently; it are primarily locals who created the public trash bins. But why?
Well the main reason seems to be the lack of awareness among the people. And especially the older ones. Still recently all packaging was made out of organic materials which could be thrown on the streets easily. Nature took care of it. With tourism a rapid transition occurs and plastic became the main pack-material. But Balinese still handle it similar: they don’t have any idea which impact plastic has on the environment. There is no education. You can compare it with Australia 30 years ago. Beaches were full of plastic and other dump, but during the years awareness entered, people were being educated and informed properly which supported the clean beaches Australia knows nowadays.
Waste collecting system
And even though awareness about sustainability, recycling and permaculture increases rapidly also here in Bali, there is still a lot to gain. But the government needs to take it’s share. Starting with public bins for example, so people are optioned. But with bins, a waste collecting system is needed and that’s were it hurts.
But it’s a big mission, I know. In the meantime, small steps can be taken. Take this lovely Swiss lady who organizes ‘play-days’ in remote mountain villages every 3 months. Together with locals kids she cleans the streets on a playfull way, what not only creates awareness among those little guys, but automatically involves their parents. On day 2 local political headliners are invited so developments and bottlenecks can be discussed.
It’s all about awareness
So besides heading for big improvements, small steps can be taken, just by showing own creative initiative. Start with a bag, picking up plastic or other waste from the streets or the woods. It’s all about awareness. It’s not only cleaning up, but also inspire other people, creating more consciousness about the possibilities. We can change the world, we just have to take the first step ourself!
Sustainocracy is a global movement that invites us all to become accountable for the quality of life of ourselves and all human beings with resilience of our communities through the guidance of 5 core conditions for sustainable human progress. Our interaction is based on talented and multidisciplinary commitment in innovation processes that reward us this resilience and quality of interaction and. Our foundation is not subsidized by any organization since we avoid steering by political and economic interests. This does not mean that we don’t need money. Money for us is a means, not a goal, just like commitment, talents, technology, wisdom, knowledge, etc.
Often people ask us what they can contribute? Our primary wish is their participation in our processes. Often this is not possible due to other obligations, old age, disabilities, distance or whatever. Their way to participate is then through gifts of money. To show our gratitud we send our happiness puppet.
The puppet is made of waste materials and was designed by Mireille Muisje. The production is concentrated in awareness sessions of our COS3I initiatives of Social Integration.
If you want to receive such a puppet that carries our blessings for you and a better, wellness driven world, just let us know, send us your voluntary sponsoring and your address through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city of Eindhoven considers itself member of the global community. Nevertheless it is difficult for foreigners to integrate into the local Dutch society. To help them we develop various initiatives focused on showing them how much we value their presence and our interest to develop our future together. One of the initiatives is a magazine about the evolution of this town from small industrial provincial township into a community of global relevance.
The magazine will be released in September 2017 together with other retainers of foreign talents.
While focusing ahead on the expansion and deepening of Sustainocratic processes locally and globally I was confronted suddenly with a moment of looking back. My awareness break throughs had begun when having to deal with the growing up of my two daughters by myself. Now that they have reached an age that they start dealing with life themselves I suddenly start experiencing new and forgotten levels of freedom. I can go out more often, travel and deal with people in a different, more intimite way. Time has passed by fast, always packed with responsibilities. Having arrived at less turbulent waters now someone invited me to look back at the roller coaster that I had been sitting in: Single father and initiator of a new global model for governance (Sustainocracy)…
Aging as a sign of maturity
Someone once told me that until 40 years of age the physical appearance of a person is what God gave us and after 40 what we made of it ourselves. From an inner perspective something similar happens I presume. Until 40 we learn by interpretation of our actions and their consequences, after 40 our awareness tends to determine our actions. The riping process of the fruit of life shows in one’s face. The paradox of physical degradation and spiritual growth to fullfilment is both painfully humiliating and gratefully producing submissiveness to the wisdom of life. Something like: “before 40 ready to procreate, after 40 ready to cocreate”. Both extremely satisfying phases of life, both erotically challenging and highly interactive with our fellow human beings.
My aging and maturity process as Sustainocrat
My productivity as an author with a vision became primarily reflective of the progress I made myself in awareness and vision development of the true values of life. My single fatherhood gave me the time to reflect and put things on paper. Looking back at the covers of what has been published as books about new forms of entrepreneurship and the new societal engagement with sustainocratic governance, it shows an interesting trayectory.
Most of the covers (not all) of my backward reflections in book format
“Change the world and start with yourself” is the easiest way ahead. It saves travel expenses and one can be at it all day. The next step is to invite the near surroundings to do the same. My home town Eindhoven became my living lab. This I could combine with my tasks as a single father, travel by bike and still be on time to pick up the children from school. Various communities appeared of which AiREAS and the former STIR Academy (now School of Talents) are the ones that got most response. Government, businesses, science, schools, citizens, etc started to engage and the clusters of communities started to live an innovative life of their own with sometimes 100’s and 1000’s of participants.
If the above is a minor sample of the results of a crazy idealist that turned into a global initiator of a new model for societal and personal governance, what will the remaining part of my life bring? My maturity has provided me with peace of mind. My determination is still as high as ever but reduced the revolutionist part in me and enhanced the evolutionary side. There is a “can do” attitude now rather than “must do”, which give room for personal joy in the progression and attention for myself, my health, my loved ones and at the same time enjoy the opportunities that lay ahead. It is good to see that the DNA created around Sustainocracy is spreading around the world even without me. That gives me the feeling that ‘it is all right” allowing me to become a bit more sellective in my ventures and deal with complexity with a senior attitude. The main satisfaction I feel is that the core values defined by me as missing elements in society are now regaining their importance. I don’t have to convince people anymore and can now concentrate on helping make it grow into a mainstream participatory society.