A blueprint for building the new world.
I believe there is a much faster solution to curbing our environmental crisis. I haven’t heard this solution proposed quite like this by anyone else. I would like to formulate the blueprint in this open-source essay, and invite anyone to join me in making it a reality as swiftly as possible.
People everywhere are waking up to a greater and greater sense of personal agency and fascination with spiritual evolution. Many of us are receptive to rising into a more expressive and actionable version of ourselves, but as of yet, there aren’t sufficient environmental realities to immerse this energy in to amplify and integrate these energies into the greater society in such a way to render it more effective.
Collective consciousness is extraordinarily powerful. When people meditate together, the alpha waves of each individual get amplified. Consciousness is always greater than the sum of its parts.
Our amplifications of one another happen all the time whether we are conscious of them or not.
How humans choose to amplify their consciousness should remain their choice, and no one person should guide them. Quite the contrary to such a solution, I believe that free choice can be capitalized on much further. There are ways to give less of a spotlight and power to those who use free choice unethically or in total vanity, and without censorship. And there are ways to incentivize people to make better and better choices without being coercive. What is better and how to measure it are certainly great questions. Perhaps we don’t need to know the answers to these questions in order to totally transform our nation for the better.
The majority of our lower and middle class is primarily concerned with pursuing and maintaining financial security. Check out the distribution of wealth, which has become significantly more extreme in the 6 years since:
Should we consider the wealthy, high consumption, low in social/environmental reciprocation Americans all to be immoral, especially in light of the major instabilities we currently face?
Perhaps, but if we made social impact more interesting than the next gadget, there’s quite a lot of transformative potential there.
The wealthy can be incentivized to invest their money in social and environmental entrepreneurship through inspiration and profitable investment opportunities in conscious businesses. The ways in which the wealthy choose to re-invest their money is of utmost importance. It can be said that two of the primary ways in which the wealth of the wealthy remain limited in its creative or disruptive capacity are human creativity and human connection. And these things are not easy to come by if they don’t come by naturally.
I once met a guy in San Francisco who inherited 50 million from his late scientist father at the age of 20. Most of it was put in a trust, but he got an all expenses paid luxury apartment in a prime location, everything he wanted to decorate it, only one car but almost any one he wanted, and enough money to eat out wherever he wanted for every meal. He was one of the most miserable people I ever met. Disconnected to his sense of intuition and the character and creative drive one develops over time through youthful trial and tribulation. In his mind, his possessions meant so much to him. But he didn’t feel for them and he was absolutely trapped in his habits, for years struggling to stop smoking weed all day every day, which he would get delivered to him.
An investor I know told me about his rich friend that was willing to invest millions for a safe 3% annual return because she didn’t know any entrepreneurs she trusted enough to risk a higher return with.
Once again, human creativity and human connection are not easy to come by if they don’t come by naturally. So how might I account for the inspiration people must feel to self-motivate, to enhance their own creativity and connections beyond what they see in front of them?
The first step is identifying the true problem. People need supportive, motivating community and mechanisms that help them to chip away at their isolating and non-contributional habits. Bridges between both differing perspectives and mutually constructive nurturing perspectives are the only way to transform us at the individual level to better orient us toward a harmonious, abundant collective that preserves our freedom of choice.
I propose that these bridges and mechanisms can be most efficiently and effectively created by reorganizing information in space and time.
Social and environmental entrepreneurship have the capability of naturally accelerating harmonization. Businesses that operate with conscious intention are naturally supported by educated and sympathetic people. The effectiveness of our voices and entrepreneurship to spread education, empowerment, financial freedom, empathy, and social resources can be amplified by collecting data and accounting for the forces which naturally propel or limit us. These “bigger picture mechanisms” can also work to forge alliances between pre-existing entities.
In this essay, I will be discussing the critical importance of social and environmental entrepreneurship and media in general, the immeasurable power of creativity and inspiration, and highlight some statistical financial context for perspective.
The most important thing I hope to achieve is helping you to visualize what is technologically and culturally possible today. Additionally, that when you begin to see what is possible, I would like to enter this world with you in whatever ways we can support each other. There’s a gold rush coming of entrepreneurship, intellectualism, spirituality, and creativity. It’ll be fun! No cults, no evil governments, and plenty of money to be made.
Information and Order: Social dynamics 2.0
Facebook is a static social network that does little beyond offering group and event functions. Such group and event software certainly contributes to abundance creation, socialization, and community building, however the data it collects is primarily used to capitalize on users’ data instead of facilitating relevant connections and economical relationships, and the dynamics of its operating systems give rise to echo chambers or simply limit the broadening of perspectives. I not only refer to the operating system in the sense of the functional dynamics online, but the mode in which users interact: primarily through a screen and mostly unconscious.
We need a nation order that is truly order-ing. The beauty of this visualization is that those who don’t understand it or outright oppose it can’t do anything about it in a land with law, order, and justice (including within our government and police forces). When we regulate guns sufficiently to account for the true context of the original founding father’s perspective (at that time the government didn’t have nuclear weapons so that already destroyed our chance at true protection from oppression by government… until we create peace on earth and destroy them all) and protect our citizens better from violence, those of us ready to integrate ourselves for higher and higher impact toward the eventual financial liberation and creative opportunity and social recognition of all humans on earth, will do so while at once loving our opposers until we meet their evolved grandchildren and time goes on ever more.
I would like to give some background that describes not only the need for such solutions but the potential for it to mitigate many of the social and environmental pressures, which our government alone should not have the sole burden of dealing with. So long as our government stops actively contributing to it and justly enacts and enforces carbon taxes on corporations, we the people can solve this.
The US military complex is an extreme contributor to global warming. The Department of Defence is ranked 34th in the world in average daily oil use. The US military consumes huge amounts of oil so that it may preserve strategic access to oil…. It’s the single greatest institutional contributor. It is without a doubt that electing political influencers who fully recognize the climate crisis is the most effective route to addressing the crisis.
However, a nation’s government is always a reflection of the nation’s culture and the relationship individuals in said culture have with themselves and their communities.
The Republicans don’t want Democrats to take over our society? That’s a fine position to take, and luckily they won’t need to.
What we need is social infrastructure that empowers our people to self-educate, self-activate, and creatively find and scale solutions. I believe this is the most effective route we can take. Culture will be the single most powerful influence over our fellow Americans and our future government. The capacity for us to rebuild ourselves far exceeds the government’s capacity, in terms of resources and present boundaries and incentives.
Facts and figures on bigger picture federal wealth, American wealth, and American wealth distribution
The federal budget for fiscal year 2019 is $4.407 trillion.
Trump signed a $1.3 trillion military spending bill on March 23, 2018
— 29.5% of the total federal budget.
1.426 trillion discretionary budget 2019
–91.1% of discretionary budget compared to 54% in 2015!
In the same world in which 58% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings, we added 700,000 new millionaire households in 2017, according to a new report from the Spectrem Group. The U.S. now has close to 11 million millionaires, up 6 percent from 2016.
The following graph shows the networth growth of households and nonprofits:
In 2016, the richest 10% controlled 77.1% of the nation’s wealth, the average amount of wealth in this group being $4 million. The richest 30% controlled 93.7% of the nation’s wealth. You can only imagine how it’s changed in the 3 years since!
The percentage of net worths ranging from $500,000 to one million doubled while the percentage of millionaires tripled. From 1995 to 2004, there was tremendous growth among household wealth, as it nearly doubled from $21.9 trillion to $43.6 trillion, but the wealthiest quartile of the economic distribution made up 89% of this growth1.
In 2014, a record breaking net worth of $80.7 trillion was achieved and $84.9 trillion in the first quarter of 2015, according to a federal reserve report. In the first quarter of 2018, household net worth reached an astounding $100 trillion.
I don’t see this as a problem at all. I see it as a very good sign. We talk about the wealth inequality, but what about all that wealth? Americans are powerful. Military complex and police state aside, if Americans have a net worth of 100 trillion and our government is going further and further in debt (see graph below) and with an annual budget of 4 trillion, why entrust the design and implementation of our transition to our government?
The cost of processing asylum seekers since our involvement in the middle east and central america has been high. The cost of maintaining people in incarceration in very high. Investment in social, environmental, and other “good-will” entrepreneurship is the most profitable investment we can possibly make. Let us push the democrats rising to power to invest the military budget and future carbon tax gains into the same. But it is primarily our responsibility to wake up to this as a new world order of which we can and should be a part before our clumsy, inefficient government attempts to advance similar re-orderings for us.
In general this is not a zero sum game, not when humans have the ability to be creative.
So what accounts for the drastic fall in the federal net worth? I am not entirely sure but I can guess seriously unresolved debt, military overkill, inefficiency, bureaucracy… here’s some further discussion: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-the-federal-deficit-is-rising-despite-economic-growth
Also check this commentary:
“Just two weeks ago, the Fed’s total capital was nearly $59 billion. And even that wasn’t very much given the size of its balance sheet.
Today it’s $39.5. This is an incredible 33% drop in just two weeks!
Imagine your net worth collapsing by 33% in two weeks; it would probably be a huge personal crisis. Yet the Fed seems completely cool about it.
I did some digging and found out why this happened.
It turns out that Congress and the President passed a law last month called the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
We’ve talked about this one before– the FAST Act is supposed to provide funding for America’s highway system.
But one of the provisions is that a US citizen can have his passport revoked if the government believes in its sole discretion that he owes too much tax. Crazy.
And, buried deep within the nearly 500 pages of legislation is a neat little section demanding that Federal Reserve bank surpluses above a certain amount must be turned over to the United States Department of Treasury.
In other words, the US government is so broke that they’re now confiscating assets from the Fed, putting the entire global financial system at even more risk.”2
Social and environmental entrepreneurship is the answer. With data we can do anything. We can preserve our free market while revolutionizing our culture to inspire Americans to make the better decisions with that free choice.
This is not a #metoo movement. This is not AOC going viral. This is also not some conference, retreat, or festival. This is acknowledging the extent of the problem and also purporting that an end to the free market is not the only solution and in my opinion a solution that should be passionately avoided.
Jonas Salk was a 20th century scientist who invented the polio vaccine, and is regarded as the most beloved scientist of his time. He refused to patent the vaccine, which would have earned him 7 billion, because he believed that like the sun, it belonged to the people.
Salk wrote about how over the last century, our society has shifted from being driven by death and disease or to abundance and life. We haven’t quite figured out what to properly do with all of our extra time, health, and consciousness. He wrote how a drastic shift in consciousness will be necessary for us to adapt to these societal shifts which expose (1) the potential that exists in every human and (2) an inevitable climate driven apocalypse (on the present track).
You might be wondering how to motivate people to get more involved. I believe many people are already wishing they could be involved but don’t know how or don’t have many places to go or apps to download that make it more accessible. Such social infrastructure and data driven networking can accelerate harmonization of the whole.
Then you have the 16.2 million Americans, 6.7% of the lot of us, who are depressed right now. I consider depressed Americans to be the greatest untapped resource since the liberation of women and minorities (of course not including the yet untapped resources of culturally un-empowered women and uncompensated black Americans).
There are many empowered healers and coaches in the city of Los Angeles, many of whom are humbly craving further influence. I have met many of them, including the former Barnie the dinosaur.
This is a problem of geographical location and habituated behaviors.
Of course many of these “enlightened” people don’t want their “vibrations lowered”. I put these terms in quotes not to discredit the lot of them, but to acknowledge the alternative use in language and the spectrum of meanings these terms can take on. The point that is important is the fact that these people are inspired to make a difference.
Several social entrepreneurs I met in Los Angeles are making money by fostering authentic connection and group harmony and building community.
I hosted several “old style” salons myself.
Anyone can start something similar. All it takes is 20 people doing something together for it to seem pretty darn normal. People want to connect and advance their relationships both personally and professionally.
Host an event and help people find common ground. Invite people your people want to learn from and hang out with, and a local vegan catering company that drives an electric car. People value connection, empowerment, community, and sustainability. Tie it together and charge $20 a ticket. Make it worth it. Register an event business and call it any name you want. Donate 20% of your profits to sustainable development. This is the age where anything is possible and anything you do from your heart, with conviction, and attention to detail, is possible to make you money while at once generating tangible social impact.
I had an actor as a housemate for a few months. He came from Chicago and planned to get some odd acting jobs, seeing if any bigger opportunities would arise. They didn’t, and so he went back to Chicago. There’s going with the flow and waiting to see what happens in the industry and there’s opening yourself up to developing close relationships, community of like-minds, connecting to an inspired place, and creating in a more immersive and holistic reality. We aren’t connected enough to each other in order to help each other develop and connect to their inspired and activated place and recommend key people in our networks to help each other out. People who are naturally good in these systems can continue thriving in them, fine, but what about the others, stuck poor and driving old cars contributing to the crisis? Not sure how to become more social or to find the people who change everything for them?
This is in general how things are working, we can and do make these choices and it’s important to keep our society meritocratic. But many people have habits that are difficult to shake. Maybe they feel very introverted because they forgot what it feels like to have community. Maybe they are naturally a bit lazy or close-minded, and they just need little extra nudges or mechanisms for growing their developing connections to new environments, people, and behaviors. This mechanism doesn’t need to be a socialist government. It can be a set of legal and socially positive and productive businesses geared toward human and infrastructure development.
If we randomly saw a piece of art that inspired us in the street and we could wave our phone at it to tip that artist $1, and that contribution automatically gives you a free ebook on your wishlist that artist happened to have access to or a shoutout (perhaps the size of contribution correlated to the size or length of shoutout) connecting to your social media feed which is connected to your money flow, we would give rise to a movement and support a massive wave of profitable artistic pursuits that potentially even benefit supporters beyond the beauty of the art itself.
What this requires is a redistribution of information. The art is valuable information and it could be physically located anywhere. The city would want to pay for the digital system and maintenance because every time the artist gets tipped they make 5%. Or whatever places people frequent that are private, such as dispensaries which are currently rather bare, can get upgraded into the system, artists getting tipped meritocratically based on who connects with it and makes that choice, and the spaces getting paid 5-20%.
A guy I met had the idea of building an app that accounts for resources and rents unused resources cheaply to others. And yet he’s unhappily working hard for someone else and hasn’t quite figured out how to finish executing it even though he’s built parts of it. Connecting inspired entrepreneurs/investors/influencers to him can help him overcome any limitations. There are a great many of these situations that the right people don’t end up connecting because there aren’t regular community centers people can go to align to your dreams and connect you to the people and resources that will help you get there.
Just because an entrepreneur can’t afford a coach doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get personalized access to the value that have to offer. Perhaps people who have resources, experience, and answers can be matched to his needs informatically and he can be connected to relevant live streams where he can chat any answers and support he might need.
The idea is that we already have everything we need. We just need to re-organize our data and build systems for using it effectively.
All of us can make a significant difference. It takes first realizing how much power you really have and the full scope of the opportunities in front of you. Imagination is quite rare, but the ability for humans to imagine transcends however much they were formerly deprived.
If the American people want to live in sustainable housing, there is a mass of entrepreneurs wanting to work on these projects. If data can be collected from 3000 people on what they would be willing to pay for semi-communal sustainable housing, with rent subsidized from a hemp or cannabis growing facility on the same plot of land, there are many entrepreneurs and investors up for the task, including an investor I know. In fact he’s already got approval for 8 buildings on the largest residential plot in a town in the greater LA area… and approval for a 70,000 sqft growing facility on the same plot. I gave him the idea of giving the buildings themes: social entrepreneurs, environmental entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, coaches, healers, etc.
The complex would have its own app allowing residents to make money from events they host in the central community areas both within their own buildings and the central 70,000 sqft park in the center of the ring of buildings (I would suggest building gardens tenants can pay cheaply for a section to plant food there, why plant so much grass?).
One half of a building could have semi communal apartments, further driving down the cost of rent beyond the cannabis subsidy (which is getting legalized now nationwide, what do you know).
It’s a plan that creates abundance for everyone involved. Because it’s designed with intention, creates order, and brings people together. The new musicians will have the chance to build relationships with seasoned musicians. People inspired to leave the corporate world can move to the semi communal section of the social entrepreneurship building, where they can save some money while at once being in an inspired environment where they can trust that they will find the resources they need (perhaps going to one of the coaching community’s events will help them also to learn how to find greater confidence in themselves).
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Further open source concepts illustrating the breadth of opportunity the internet truly affords us:
We noted that people just need time together, specialized time together, in order to be further and further empowered in the directions led by the uniqueness of the individuals faculties and inner guidance. However, what we are just waking up to is that time means something very different to us now with the internet.
There can be an app for art coaches to connect to 20 students at a time on the basis of their needs and inspirations, and one hour a week they can do a live-stream with the students instant chatting input. Let’s say the students spend $5 each–the equivalent to buying their teacher a coffee. Teacher gets to make $100 and feel great about giving her very best, even enjoying a 5 minute meditation before her hour. Let’s say it’s teacher Sally and Sally goes to one of these “events of the future”. Everyone she meets is integrated in their own decentralized networks and gets to talk about how much she loves to empower art students. Hundreds of people see her on the live stream of all the networks of the people combined. Her social media and the slots available to jump into her live stream for $5, up to 20 each are open because that’s how many she can keep up with regularly. Maybe this app allows her to receive messages from students or reminds her to send personalized messages on certain days.
All the answers lie in information and the ways we combine our consciousnesses in space and time.
We do need a progressive government. We need to cut out a lot of military activity and direct that money toward healthcare and education of the future, redesigned out of a fundamental respect for individuals and their uniqueness.
This plan is the blueprint for the next 10 years, to inspire a big wave of middle class entrepreneurship focused on lifting up the poor and transitioning to a 100% sustainable world (addressing the “who will pay for it” question). The other half of it will require revolutionizing our human development programs.
If we maintain our democracy, educate, empower, and inspire our people, the impact oriented among us can venture to other countries to help them build the same, and with dignity and sovereignty.
And so it goes… [we lived happily ever after]!
This is everything that I am about. Whatever collaborations you can imagine for us, please contact me at email@example.com.
My name is Leslie Bicknell, 6 years studied in physics, 3 specialized in quantum information. I am an advocate for an enlightened, free society that leaves no one behind and is committed to the continuous process of improvement toward a peaceful and abundant reality for all. I firmly believe it is possible, but only by understanding information and consciousness in a more integrated paradigm, of which we all feel a part.
- “Growing Wealth, Inequality, and Housing in the United States.” Zhu Xiao Di. Feb. 2007. Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Further recommended reading:
“Rationality and the Ideology of Disconnection.” Michael Taylor
An example of an informatically “ordering” conscious business
When I was living in the European city Vienna for three and a half years, I had some time to think about the culture there. The city has a traditionally insular culture, with many of the local Viennese focusing on relationships they’ve loyally fostered since kindergarten.
I noticed this made it difficult for foreigners, who were 20% of the population, to make genuine connections. Many of us were open to meeting people from any country, and many of us found many adventurous situations and lovely connections.
But foreigners often told me if felt difficult to find “their people”.
A good Austrian friend of mind who I had met while living in Brazil said to me upon first arriving, “everything interesting in Vienna happens behind closed doors.”
So how might the foreigners find which interesting things behind which doors are right for them? The ones who found a community that fulfilled them often said it took years, and keeping a good attitude if you can manage it through the long, harsh winters and cold, distant external Viennese persona.
I myself wished I could somehow search people who had an interest in philosophy. I met many cool people at the university and enjoyed intellectual conversations on the regular. But what if there was an app where I could select for an interest in philosophy of physics and russian literature and “swipe” among those people? However that comes across, living in Vienna over years sparked this concept in me.
I did two things over the course of my last summer and fall in Vienna. I launched an event series than grew exponentially in popularity overnight, directed to foreigners but not excluding locals, projecting a culture of openness, tolerance, and an interest to meet interesting people. Hundreds of people were begging to pay the $10 cover and were waitlisting and following up only weeks after launch and with no experience on my end.
The second thing I did was launched a project where I interviewed 50 people and had 50 more lined up, to be interviewed, surveyed, and then matched to others in the network based on their data. It’s a concept I was fascinated with, but suddenly my visa ran out, I had to work overtime liquidating my vacation rental business, and moved to Los Angeles. I was sad to leave these opportunities, but my intuition strongly guided me back to the US.
I further developed this concept over the last year, focusing on impact oriented locals. I outline the flow of this business at the end of this essay, I invite you to look into it further.
This is an outline of the business I myself am inspired to launch, reflecting exactly such an ordering and abundance generating mechanism. It’s a way of preserving meritocracy while at once accelerating progress toward financial liberation, creative opportunity, and positive social impact for all.
The intention of this chapter is to both contribute to the illustration of what is newly possible as well as invite you to participate in whatever way you feel called to.
Because of my convictions about the need for creativity and transformation at the psychological/cultural level in order to avoid both a world climate catastrophe and an uncheckable totalitarian state (remember why we came to this land in the first place), and my fascination with data and consciousness, I have been inspired to develop a plan for the architecture of a set of mechanisms that integrates information tech with real human creativity and connection with the global intention of generating increased harmony both within the domain of these mechanisms and in the greater environments in which these mechanisms operate.
There are 3 separate “branches” of the company I am calling Paradesea. It’s designed so that the 3 different branches support one another and integrate into a whole.
The first is a live streaming website.
This live stream website is not just a website that people are sedentary in. The app is a simple video viewer, two pages, one that notifies you when the people you are subscribed to have their live is on, and you can select up to 6 at a time. Each one you pay between $1-$100 to subscribe to per month. Free market determines these rates. Categories include environmental activism, empowerment, depression support, and philosophy, among other constructive topics. We are giving ourselves a way to be together, to share our values, and build relationships with audiences as empowered, purpose-driven influencers.
Imagine you could adventure around a city inspiring others, and everyone who wants more of your unique influence can simply subscribe to your live feed. Make a brand out of inspiring conversations with the homeless. Maybe people love your soothing voice during your meditations. Your a dancer and you have a knack for getting people to dance on the streets. Live feeds are already existing, but putting the positive, constructive ones in one place, creating a meritocratic sliding scale for subscriptions, and connecting this to the other branches should make a unique difference.
The second is a networking app.
The Shapr app allows you to select up to one dozen tags to further specify the pool of professionals you swipe through. I envision taking this a few steps further by inviting only the following types of people to join the app in the first place, with a simple application procedure creating a barrier to entry: influencers, social/environmental entrepreneurs, investors, conscious brands, and activists. User profiles would be linked to their live account.
The Shapr-like app would have 5 different viewpoint modes:
(A) Highlights # followers and which platforms
(B) Searches entrepreneurs and brands with opportunities listed for influencer
(A) Highlights interests, skills, experience, and current work
(B) Searches like-minded users for community and collaboratio
hidden profile, investors can search entrepreneur projects to learn more
(A) Highlights products/services and influencer offerings
(B) Searches influencers, investors, and entrepreneurs marked as available for collaboration
(A) Highlights their local action ideas and plan, as well as action history
(B) Searches volunteers that include members who have set their profile to volunteer mode and others who are interested in joining the movement but don’t qualify (yet) as an influencer, entrepreneur, investor, or conscious brand.
The third is a space or network of spaces.
Nothing beats having a space to amplify consciousness in a collective. I propose opening a network of spaces, membership only, for social and environmental entrepreneurs.
Besides having a space to work from an inspiring place about build like-minded community, I can imaging designing various events and structures that form actively bridges and accelerate progress.
One monthly event that Paradesea currently organizes is designed to support conscious culture and art for entertainment and inspiration, intentional networking amongst entrepreneurs, conscious/sustainable brand booths, and influencers who get to network with brands for ambassador relationships. At the center of the event there’s a live feed and an open forum that anyone can join with guided conversations about conscious capitalism and culture. Anyone who enters the feed gets their social media linked. The ultimate idea is that such events with corresponding live feeds can help drive traffic to influencers social media and expand their reach, by showing up fully and expressing themselves authentically.
The idea is that we need more opportunities for people to show up and make themselves seen and heard, and for nuanced dialogue to be encouraged and captured. In addition, the flow of the event, facilitating relevant relationships between mutually benefiting groups, is the same essence of the app itself: “connecting the dots”. Perhaps members can even check in at such events on an ipad and see who’s there during or after to make sure they don’t miss any connections.
This is an example of a data-driven collective and composite of interconnecting mechanisms within said collective that accelerate development on all social levels. We must find ways such as this to at once centralize and decentralize ourselves and our progress.