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Anita Doron

filmmaker - curator of magic unrealism,

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Wealth and power have been our conventional measures of success. What definition will better sustain us now and how can we move into it?

The other day, my mother mentioned that she hasn't accomplished anything in her life. (She's a forest and machine engineer who hasn't found a suitable job since immigrating from the Soviet Union 20 years ago) It broke my heart to hear this. We live in a world that makes people value themselves more and more singularly by their career highs and financial prowess.

The conventional model of success has proven to be destructive, separating and pitting us against each other in competition.

What would be a better definition of accomplishment for us and how could we collectively shift toward embracing this?

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    Apr 19 2011: Simple, society as a whole suffers from filter failure. Wealth and power are easily recognizable indicators of successful environmental adaptation. However a diversity of adaptation is not presented efficiently to society as a whole. For example: The majority of people would assign higher status and success to Brad Pit over Clay Shirky. We elevate what we wish to emulate. If people are given a wider spectrum of emulation there will be a more diverse definition of success as a society.

    Cree society had many elevated status that were very diverse and there was an emphasis on finding your gift. A person who had understood their gift and gained a level of mastery was seen as high status. Of course this was naturally tempered by its relevance to the society as a whole.

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