Empowering the individual and community for positive change.
The world cycles through times of plenty and then scarcity, often due to climatic and geological changes in nature. In times of plenty the focus is size and strength, large dinosaurs like the T-Rex or the powerful sabre-toothed cats of the Ice Age. When environmental conditions change resulting in less available food, the energy hungry size and strength becomes a disadvantage, such beasts become extinct, replaced by energy-efficient beasts who favour smallness and speed over size and strength; thus the Dire Wolf dies replaced by the Timber Wolf, the Neanderthal replaced by Homo Sapiens.
Experts reckon that by the end of this century the current seven billion human population will grow to 11 billion. Already there are strains on food, water and energy resources leading to environmental wars. Climate is changing and global society behaves with wasteful consumerism. Practically all nations, businesses and individuals drown under excessive debt; the new currency traded, gambled and seen as a tangible commodity is debt.
Against this background of diminishing resources and growing pressures on available resources is the current obsession on size and strength: big business; global brands; huge political entities such as NATO, EU, UN, IMF and many other dinosaurs, so ineffective that they could not collectively bring about a fast recovery of the bodies of victims of the Malaysian plane crash in the Ukraine.
Despite the Scottish rejection of independence the UK political establishment has started a conversation about devolving powers to the grassroots. The global movement towards localism favouring smallness and sustainability is now relentless and unstoppable. The notion that empire, central control and top down decision-making can resolve global challenges is unworkable and delusional. I see this in the coming election battle in Clacton near my town of Colchester where the nationalists who want the UK to leave the EU and close the borders to immigrants will win a stunning victory. People all over the world at the local level are becoming afraid because they are experiencing the pain of competing against outsiders for an ever diminishing pool of resources they and their families need to survive upon, so that this causes a rise of forms of tribalism such as nationalism and a desire for localism where they can take control of their own resources and decision-making.