Getting beyond survival mode

The core functions of the global economy are currently in survival mode. There are peripheral components which may transition smoothly. However, most of the banking, investing, manufacturing, governing, educating and services sectors are in trouble. Those facets in survival mode must be thinking " we don't do anyone any good if we collapse, we should do everything possible to survive". That kind of thinking is of a short sighted variety that results from fear, extrinsic rewards or taking evidence literally. When any enterprise goes into survival mode, from an individual to the entire global economy, there's a recognizable pattern to all that becomes unconscious. Here's some dimensions of that recognizable pattern of obliviousness:

  1. Losing sight of a guiding purpose or the vision for a preferred future
  2. Overlooking the freedom amidst the imposing constraints or the possible alternatives adjacent to greater limitations
  3. Dismissing the sources of the deteriorating situations and the ways underlying assumptions are feeding the problems
  4. Dwelling on the dots without connecting them into trends of declines of successful arrangements, uprisings of game changers, reversals of fortune or replacements of incumbents
  5. Misreading the signs of self-confirming evidence, delusional constructs or failures to question what is missing
  6. Avoiding the paradoxes worth pursuing and the best of both combinations of apparent dilemmas
  7. Arresting the processes that cultivate trust, restore balance and collaborate on new solutions

It takes those not in survival mode to apprehend all that gets overlooked. We can get beyond survival mode by asking what-if questions, playing out different scenarios, and exploring creative efforts at the cutting edge of the status quo. I've been a lot of that amidst my being too busy to do much blogging lately. Here's some possibilities I'm pondering that I'll explore in future posts:

  • The current level of unemployment may rise higher in all the economies that were thriving before the global recession. That's because it's not really unemployment, it's the emergence of redeployment 
  • An increasing portion of the next economy won't have the income to get taxed by governments which fund social services, public safety nets and redistribution of privileged access
  • The shrinking middle class and the widening income gap between rich and poor can create a huge space for new ways to look after each other's needs and desires
  • A default on the staggering debt burdening western democracies could bring down the widespread system of greed and abuse of disadvantaged peoples and natural resources
  • Elected governments can only fall into partisan gridlock when they depend on jobs created by the private sector to fund their "doing for citizens what the citizens cannot do for themselves"
  • The next economy will "do for government what government cannot do for itself" without a system of revenue generation to accomplish those objectives
  • The next economy will replace failing systems for pensions, health care, educational access, neighborhood revitalization, etc. -- without costly top-down interventions

Stay tuned for more developments....

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