We need a new system
Each part of society wields a certain amount of power within our global system.
At the moment the majority of this power comes from Business.
In this diagram the extent to which any part of society has power over (or influences) any other is represented by the extent to which its colour approaches and encapsulates any other.
For example, in the current situation Individuals influence Business to some extent (by buying things) and the Government to some extent (by voting) but do not control them, Individuals only control the NGOs (represented by the green encapsulating the blue).
A preferred system would see Business’ huge power over Government and Individuals reduced so that: Firstly, Government has control over Business, then NGOs have control over Business and ultimately Individuals has control the entire system. Incidentally, the discrepancy illustrates that our current system is simply not a democracy.
At last, Naresh Giangrande has made the first useful post on Copenhagen arguing for complete systems change. At least someone understands!
We can moan at politicians, we can protest and fight the police but none of these actions are going to change the way the world works. Naresh points out that: "We are faced with a system that cannot and will not make the changes necessary to create a resilient world in the face of climate change and peak oil. It would go against everything the system is designed for." That, in a nutshell, is the central problem with any kind of political debate, rationing scheme, trading mechanism or other 'solution' being propossed. So what can you do?
This is re-posting of an old article originally entitled 'Vanquish The Vatican' and published on February 4th, 2005
Of all the conventions which shape the modern world our interpretation of time is paramount. We live, work and play according to the rules of ‘man-made’ or Gregorian time.
Voting with your money just got MUCH easier.
The Good Guide iphone app brings ethical decision making power into the hands of the consumer right where they need it: at the point of purchase. By combining bar code 'scanning' (taking a photo) with an 'ethical index' of consumer products Good Guide are pretty much the first to market with this long awaited, and much debated, concept.
Making careful decisions about the things we buy has been our best way to influence the development and proliferation of more ethical goods and services for some time. Our political votes do diddly-squat to change the capitalist system, but the less rubbish we buy, the less rubbish they sell and so bad 'goods' become obsolete or are replaced by better versions. It's a pretty solid theory, which forms the back-bone of the de facto Design idea: Our collective behaviour creates the dominant, de facto paradigm in which we live and all the 'stuff' and ideas that surround us.