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Jonas Eriksson

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How does change happen?

I would like to start a discussion on change. We all know we need to do a massive change in our communities and we're running out of time. But what should we do and how can we all contribute to this process.

In the latest ten years I've been very inspired when I've seen all the fantastic ideas and actions to build a better world, but mostly on local level. How can we learn from the past, amplify the positive signs and involve everybody in the movement we need.

I will keep the question open to hopefully collect a variety in answers.

So; how does change happen?

/ Jonas

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  • Aug 18 2011: As far as I know change has two ways of being produced, evolution and mutation.
    Evolution implies a slow progressive change that is not noticeable in the short term but becomes evident in the long, some times very very long, term.
    Mutation implies a radical and rather sudden change that is very noticeable in the moment its produced.

    As you say, we need to change and we are running out of time, so an evolutionary change is looking less and less plausible to be our salvation, therefore we might be in need for a mutation.

    Socially speaking evolution would be a product of culture and context, while mutation is a revolution (a successful one).
    Mutations and revolutions are more often than not met with rejection and violence by those who have not mutated, this is the very rule of nature, for a mutation to be successful it needs to prove itself superior to the original state it mutated from, which often means either subjugating it or destroying it.

    That is I think why we are so afraid of mutation, revolution, it implies violence, its unstable, we cannot control it, only hope it turns out for the best, and when you speak of a planet wide revolution (one culture ceasing to pollute is just not enough).... well that is a very scary process, even if the outcome is our salvation!

    All in all I think our best bet is in education, if you successfully teach an entire generation that change is necessary, once that generation is in charge they would be more open to either accept or produce a revolution rather than fighting against it out of sheer fear or survival instinct.
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      Aug 18 2011: Thanks for the reply Andres!
      • Aug 18 2011: if you agree with all this, the question becomes "How do we generate the environment and conditions for a friendly revolution?"
        And which environment and conditions would those be?

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