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What age are we in?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

The question of what age we are in?, is important for us as marketers because it helps us understand our macro environment and informs our strategy and our decisions the future.

There can be no doubt that we are seeing a transition at the moment – and I’m not talking about from capitalism to socialism, but rather something less tangible and equally pervasive. This change, I think, is from an age of objects into an age of ideas. Be it an iPod, a Blackberry or an iPhone, we as a society have come to depend on our objects, but the trend toward ‘one box solutions’ and centralising our PDAs, mobile phones, e-mail and music devices shows a longing to free ourselves of the objects, devices, countless power cables and the increasingly cluttered assortment of gadgetry churned out over the years. The inevitable movement towards cloud computing shows the urge of our society to become less dependent on material objects in favour of something more powerful and less immediately tangible. It is in this very transition from physical to ideological that we can see the beginnings of a permanent change.


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Ecolism: Spiritual Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Innately as human beings, we desire 2 things whether consciously aware of it or not: to feel a connection to something greater than ourselves and to be able to benefit other people and the world around us. This is the essence of spirituality. If you can achieve these 2 things in life, you can cultivate true happiness and peace.

Life will always be a mystery, but can’t we agree the point is to be truly happy and free of suffering? And yet pondering this as an intellectual ideal or meditating on a mountain in Tibet for the rest of your life won’t cut it. We have to somehow feel it and incorporate it into the reality of our lives, which for good or bad largely centers around making money to provide a means to function in society. To many, money is perceived as the root of all evil and focusing on making a lot of it couldn’t possibly allow you to connect to something greater than yourself or benefit other people. It’s too competitive and you have to focus only on yourself or else you’ll be exploited by those that do.

But what if this is all wrong? What if focusing on spiritual growth, connecting to the force that powers you beyond your ego, and cultivating a sense of importance in benefiting other people, will actually give you an edge? What if the world is going through a dramatic shift from a linear system to a cyclical system, a renewable system, where a more, more, me, me mentality will lose, and a , spiritual mentality will win? What will help traditional capitalism transcend into a new form of governance we like to call ?


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Lifecycle of Democracy

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Supposedly, nothing great lasts forever. The best democracies in history, Athens and Rome being two of the most successful, eventually came to an end. The United States may be the greatest civilization to date, but could it be possible that we’re reaching our end as well? Or are we reaching a threshold of transcendence into a new form of government?


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Women think differently

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

I was looking through the Clean Tech group on LinkedIn and found a cool article from Sami Shiro talking a recent law in Norway passed that mandates 40% of all executive boards be women. He went on to discuss how this new way of could help us with our dilemma. By creating a goal if you will, you force/allow the companies to figure out their own way to get there. Sami gave the two examples of businesses and homes becoming carbon neutral by 2020 and 75% of water usage recycled by 2015. Non-compliance would have strict consequences such as mandating homes/businesses to buy appropriate technology to reach the target after a set period of time. In the case of the Norway boards, if they don’t reach their goal in 2 years, the company will be shut down!

I found this fascinating… is our world starting to wake up? Is the man’s way of thinking becoming outdated and even under-evolved? Very linear, physical, territorial, power obsessed… and yet now we’ve reach the edge, we’ve maxed out our world. There’s no more land to take over, nothing left to conquer, nowhere else for people to live, and no more resources to fight over other than oil (and this will be the last hoorah). Something has to change, and it starts with our thinking. I’ve been doing a lot of GT’ing about how that can happen, and the best thing I’ve come up with is a swift shift in global power from male to female.


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The Global Brain

Monday, November 17th, 2008

An amazing presentation by Peter Russell. I didn’t know who he was until I recently checked out the LOHAS website Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability. People should start paying attention to this stuff… it can expand your way of , helping you better understand yourself and better connect with the world. A way of and being that brings peace into your life. People like Eckhart Tolle and are other advocates of a coming spiritual renaissance in which we realize collectively that the crisis facing humanity is one of consciousness. And the coming years are going to bring a transcendence that the world has never seen. Nova from Radar Networks writes some awesome stuff this as well. Here’s an article he wrote on How to Build the Global Mind.

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