Posted in B. Individual Intelligences, C. Collective Intelligences, D. Strategic Intelligences, E. Evolutionary Intelligences, Lifecycle, tagged bee hive, caring, energy, environment, feedback loops, honey, honey bees, human hive, joy, Master Code, needs, neighbourhood city, passion, priorities, prosperity, purpose, renewable energy sources, service, survival, sustainability, thrival on April 5, 2013 |
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What is the equivalent for the Human Hive of producing 40 pounds of honey in the bee hive?
That is the question that I have been inquiring into through the lenses of bio-psycho-cultural-social-mimicry.
In the generative seed bed of my recent visit to San Francisco, glimpses of the ingredients for producing “Honey” in our Human Hive Honey have emerged. It has to do with the conjunction of Passion, Priority, Purpose and Prosperity.
I have learned that it is the symbiotic relationship of the Bee Hive’s survival (or thrival) through Pollination of Plant Life that meets their need to survive and thrive. Bee Hives can “measure” their success through the production of 40 pounds of honey per year. This symbiotic relationship generates enough Energy (aka Prosperity) to not only fulfil their Purpose but to create renewable energy sources for next year.
In the Human Hive – our thriving arises from feeling fully alive – this Passion is expressed as Joy. Our great Purpose arises from the fulfilment of Caring Service to the world’s Priorities or Needs. This is just as much a symbiotic relationship with Gaia, as the bees have with her plants. What is more, it generates the same kind of Energy (which we call Prosperity) that rewards us for acting from Joy and creates renewable Energy to continue to meet Gaia’s bio-psycho-cultural-social Needs on an ongoing cycle.
It seems to me these ingredients and the recipe for making Honey in the Human Hive are fractal – that is they occur at every level of scale in the Human Hive (individual, family, organization, neighbourhood, city).
It is the fundamental energy equation of the Master Code:
- To Care for Ourselves (through Passion/Joy)
- To Care for Others (in living our Purpose in service to Priorities/Needs)
- To Care for this Place (as a natural result of Prosperity)
- To Care for this Planet (as we align the Prosperity engine around Gaia’s wellbeing Needs)
Is this too simple?? Maybe just a BFO (blinding flash of the obvious)? Maybe just another step along the path for Human Hives to achieve the double sustainability system that the honey bee hives have created in their service to Gaia?
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Posted in Building - Structures, Navigating - IVSM, tagged energy sectors, indicators, industrial sectors, integral vital signs monitor, prosperity, purpose, sustainability, toronto board of trade, transportation, wellbeing on March 28, 2012 |
Integral City proposes that all cities have a purpose that serves Earth’s sustainability and wellbeing. Glimmers that the value of purpose are breaking through into the world of organizational and business scorecards are showing up in the news and financial presss.
The Toronto Board of Trade just released a report showing how 7 major U.S. cities compare to 5 Canadian cities in 9 industrial sectors. We must recognize this opportunity to measure prosperity as the first step along the way to actually measuring wellbeing in cities.
The 9 clusters which effectively measure the success of business hubs in each city included:
- Auto & Parts
- Food & Beverage
It is not surprising to notice that each cluster is still very hard asset oriented, with little nod to the Creativity or Innovation that underlies the capacity for each and all of these clusters to be successful. While it may be interesting to note that Calgary’s success could be attributed to the nexus of the Finance and Energy sectors in the city, it is only a first step to acknowledging that the expertise, relationships, consciousness and culture in the city enable those sectors to perform at world class levels.
However, the practise of Prosperity Scorecarding is a shift in the right direction for seeing cities as purposeful contributors to the prosperity and wellbeing of the planet. Can we anticipate that such a beginning will open up to a whole Integral Vital Signs monitor in the not too distant future?
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Consumerism is to our society what cancer is to our body, said Michael Dowd at the Integral Spiritual Experience. He brings attention to our evolutionary conundrum – why would we consume the reources of the planet in the same way that cancer cells consume the energy of the body?
But how can we measure when we are in the zone of adequate sufficiency? Christian Arnsperger of Eco-Transitions suggests that Existential Ecological Economics – an economics that examines the roots of prosperity and happiness might offer a measuring stick. He says: “Economics ought to be about nothing else than maintaining human beings between … two thresholds — [where prosperity emerges because we are] neither too despondent nor too affluent.”
Christian places the lower threshold A, as lacking in economic infrastructure. The upper threshold B, is the reality where we are overwhelmed by economic infrastructure. He explains further: “Below A, your existential integration is bad-to-mediocre because of sheer lack, and it improves only slowly as you get somewhat less poor, picking up speed as you reach threshold A. Between A and B, you can develop your potential for existential integration by actually using the economic infrastructure to enhance your integration — that is, by using health care and transport and clothing and food to pursue and perfect your relationships, sexuality, religious quest, and so on. Above B, however, as material wealth continues to climb your existential integration dwindles, and you might get so caught up in the absurdities of large wealth that you could drop to pre-A integration levels. The factors that account for these threshold effects can either be linked to (a) the unanticipated external effects of infrastructure buildup, such as the degradation of social relations and the degradation of environmental conditions; or they can be linked to (b) the unconscious internal effects of infrastructure buildup, such as the alienation suffered in meaningless work, in mindless accumulation, or in mechanical consumption. ([Christian calls] the former “bio-environmental externalities” and the latter ‘anthropo-environmental internalities.’ ” (Read the whole blog here.)
It seems then, that we must be aware of both external and internal measures of consumerism and the “sweet spot” that is the zone for genuine happiness and prosperity. This kind of intelligent mindfulness might eradicate the cancer of both body and planet.
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