The New Group of World Servers Journal
celebrates and shares
the stories of those who are working to change the collective dream
build a new world in which our essential oneness is recognized -
and the common goal is the Common Good.
The Emerging Culture of Collaboration and Sharing
Sometime in the last few decades a shift began, as
groups and individuals in the world community made a conscious and
deliberate move away from an "exclusive" mind-set to an "inclusive"
mind-set, from hoarding and protecting to sharing and openness, from
"Private Property - Keep Out" to "Mi Casa Es Su Casa".
One of the
most obvious out-picturings of that impulse toward sharing and
collaboration, is of course, the Internet - the World Wide Web. Its
very name is a reflection of the expanding awareness - on every level - of
the vast interconnectedness of our entire system of life on this planet.
It's no surprise that at the same time, science has also begun to
discover and work to understand the profoundly interwoven interdependence of
everything from the atom to the planet itself within the solar
We humans are responding to this inflowing energy and information with the most
astounding diversity of activities and ideas. No human endeavor or field
of activity has been left untouched by this drive toward understanding and expressing this interconnectedness of all life.
In this first issue of a new cycle in the life of the NGWS Journal -
which began in the mid-90's - we will explore a small sampling
of the myriad ways in which humans are moving away from the concept of
"strangers" and "mine and yours" - to sisters and
brothers, collaborators and "ours". Service
as we have known it in the past is evolving, unfolding into an entirely different
concept, as sharing and collaboration become embedded in our world
culture in ways not experienced on a human level in our history.
And so the original focus of this Journal - on individuals and groups
doing service in the world - will evolve into something that more truly
expresses what we are becoming as a human race. We cannot say exactly what that will look like yet, but we welcome you along for the ride into the inevitable future and hope you enjoy it as much as we do. And - in the spirit of this new sharing and collaborative energy, we hope you will find ways to join us in this co-creation.
We would love to hear from you!
"we're all just walking each other home..." ram dass
"I chose the honey bee to paint, not only because I have a personal connection to bees – but because of their industriousness. Honey bees live in colonies, all working together towards one unified goal, just as the members of my art co-op all work together harmoniously towards the same goal."
We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives
—and use it as a radical force for social transformation.
If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives.
..."A collaborative and sharing culture will be the
culture. We believe we will look back and see this epoch as a time when
we took a leap and recreated a sustainable system built to serve basic
human needs — in particular, the needs for community, individual
identity, recognition, and meaningful activity — rooted in age-old
market principles and collaborative behaviors. Indeed, it will be
referred to as a revolution, so to speak, when society, faced with grave
challenges, started to make a seismic shift from an unfettered zeal for
individual getting and spending toward a rediscovery of collective good.
After the Macondo well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, it was easy enough (on your choice of screen) to see a flaming oil platform, the very sea itself set afire with huge plumes of black smoke rising, and the dark smear of what would become five million barrels of oil beginning to soak birds and beaches. Infinitely harder to see and less dramatic was the vast counterforce soon at work: the mobilizing of tens of thousands of volunteers, including passionate locals from fishermen in the Louisiana Oystermen’s Association to an outraged tattoo-artist-turned-organizer, from visiting scientists, activist groups, and Catholic Charities reaching out to Vietnamese fishing families to the journalist and oil-policy expert Antonia Juhasz, and Rosina Philippe of the Atakapa-Ishak tribe in Grand Bayou. And don’t forget the ceaseless toil of the Sierra Club’s local environmental justice organizer, the Gulf Coast Restoration Network, the New Orleans-born poet-turned-investigator Abe Louise Young, and so many more than I can list here.
Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds... Diversity and Potential
In all my years as a seedsman I’ve never ceased to be amazed
that one seed, in just a few months, can produce hundreds,
thousands and even ten thousand versions of itself. I’ve also
marveled at how plant diversity helps to maintain the health and
vibrancy of crops growing together. I think that we are about to
walk through a new door of human potential, one that honours the
beauty, strengths and uniqueness of all individuals and peoples.
The system that is self-destructing (even as it squeezes harder
in its last grasps at maintaining itself) has been one that
could be titled The Bully-Take-All System. It has been
legitimized by the “survival of the fittest” theory. I don’t
think that theory reflects the Bigger Reality that greets us
every moment of every day if we but open ourselves to it. Life
is an infinitely abundant gift. There will always be enough to
feed us in every possible way if we learn to focus on the giving
instead of the getting and if we cheer on the gifts of each and
everyone of us....
Don't get me wrong, I like collaborative consumption. I think Airbnb makes the world a more interesting place, allowing people have more authentic travel experiences. I love TaskRabbit. I use it all the time for errands. I've written about tool libraries for MAKE Magazine. I get it. Access is certainly more appealing that ownership. For my lifestyle, at least.
But I still think collaborative consumption is overrated compared to the other side of the sharing economy coin: collaborative creation. The true potential of a networked, peer-to-peer economy is just starting to show with the maker movement. And it's not just about what we can consume together, it's about what we can create together.
The cooperative economy—and the broader family of generative ownership models—is helping to reawaken an ancient wisdom about living together in community, something largely lost in the spread of capitalism. Economic historian Karl Polanyi describes this in his 1944 work, The Great Transformation, tracing the crises of capitalism to the fact that it “disembedded” economic activity from community. Throughout history, he noted, economic activity had been part of a larger social order that included religion, government, families, and the natural world. The Industrial Revolution upended this. It turned labor and land into commodities to be “bought and sold, used and destroyed, as if they were simply merchandise,” Polanyi wrote. But these were fictitious commodities. They were none other than human beings and the earth itself.
How can one small Brooklyn-based co-op help create an economy founded on teamwork, social justice, and democracy?
by Annie McShiras - Oct 15, 2009 -
Yes! magazine - Photo by Annie McShiras.
Jackie Amezquita isn’t your typical nanny. During the workday, she cares for her clients’ young children, educating and nurturing them. But as president of Beyond Care, a 19-member childcare cooperative based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, her reach extends far beyond those individual families.
Beyond Care is a part of the emergent Solidarity Economy Network, a group of socially responsible businesses, non-profits, and cooperatives that collaborate with one another—at local, regional, and national levels—to create a more just economy. Beyond Care also receives very real benefits from its involvement in the solidarity economy movement.
At a time when many are disillusioned with big banks and big business, and growing inequity in our country, employee ownership offers a real solution for workers and communities. Shift Change is a new documentary that highlights worker-owned enterprises in North America and in Mondragon, Spain. The film
was very timely, as 2012 was declared by the U.N. as the “International Year of the Cooperative.”
“2012 - UN International Year of the
a reminder to the international community
that it is possible to pursue both
economic viability and social responsibility. "
United Nations Secretary-General Ban
"You have demonstrated the power of people caring for both neighbors and strangers. You have shown what organization and compassion can accomplish together. You have given us a vision of a cooperative society."
Occupy Oakland's proposed resolution in
solidarity with Occupy Sandy and allies.
From Yes! Magazine
Cultural Creatives, Are You One of Them?
by Marco Pesce - 14th Jan 2013
This article originally appeared
here on Urban Times;
the online publisher network dedicated to optimistic forward-thinking.
Image courtesy of The Wisdom University
They come from different paths: engineers, scientists, doctors,
biologists, philosophers, managers, bankers, and common people. They are
part (most of them without knowing it) of a segment of the western
society that sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth
Anderson call “Cultural Creatives”. Ray and Anderson claim to have found
that 100 million adult Americans and an additional 80-90 million
Europeans can now be identified as belonging to this group. The
remarkable thing is that they grow in number day by day.
"...they are headed towards a visionary destiny that they are willing to co-create. While for a long time they believed that they were alone, finally they are discovering that they belong to an emerging culture they had only once dreamed. And now it’s here. In 2012. Woven among the very fabric of every culture in the world is a glowing jewel of renewal and serious purpose. They have been quietly “doing the work” to repair themselves in the wounded places. They have been quietly connecting with as many others of like mind and heart as they could find. And now — seemingly suddenly — they discover how vast and robust their silent movement has become."...
The (R)evolution A full length movie about the Cultural Creatives
Watch the Trailer below
The emergence of the Cultural Creatives is a crucially important development in world historical terms because this is the first time in over 600 years -- since the Renaissance -- that a new value system has arisen in western civilization...
Watch the full movie online
The Secret to the Sharing Economy:
‘You don’t want the drill — you want the hole’
Neal Gorenflo had his come-to-Jesus moment with the sharing economy in a parking lot in Brussels.
It was June of 2004, and Gorenflo was well on his way to becoming a bona fide suit. He had worked in the telecommunications business and for an investment bank. Now he was on a strategy team for the global shipping company DHL, up for a promotion, and on a business trip in Belgium — and he just couldn’t live with himself.
“On the surface everything looked great,” Gorenflo says. “But I felt disconnected from my community and my potential and my loved ones. I went for a jog outside my hotel. I projected myself into the future and I saw a mountain of regret. I stopped in the parking lot of this industrial warehouse and I started to cry.”
show what’s possible when we share. They show that we don't act
merely for our own good, but go out of our way to contribute to
the common good. They show that we can solve the crises we face,
and thrive as never before. They show that a new world is
emerging where the more you share the more respect you get, and
where life works because everyone helps each other. We tell this story because a shareable world might be just
what's needed to enjoy life to the fullest today while creating
a better tomorrow. And it's being built by people from all walks
of life right now."
MySpace has changed the way the entertainers relate to their fans, Craigslist has changed the way people find a job or a room-for-rent,
Kiva has changed the way people give back.
By creating a platform through which people can connect - much the same as MySpace or Craigslist - Kiva is giving philanthropy a 2.0 twist, enabling individuals to give an entrepreneur halfway around the world their vote of confidence with just $25.
"Kiva is more sustainable than other charities. Its not giving a man a fish or
teaching a man to fish. The working poor knows how to fish. They need money to buy a boat and a net."
was one of the first online micro-lending platforms on the Internet in
2005. Since then it's raised nearly $300 million for entrepreneurs from
rural cattle farmers in Kyrgyz Republic to women in Peru who make their
living by selling candy at bus stations.
Author of Mashable section on Kiva is
Joann Pan Image courtesy of Kiva, Tara Capsuto
The New Group Of World Servers
The following excerpt was writen by Alice A.
Bailey in 1942
and describes an emerging group within the world culture.
.....This group will provide an international unit,
made up of intelligent men [and women] of good will, which must
inevitably control world destiny and bring about world peace... They will do this without the use of the old political machines, the violent propaganda, and the organised force which are characteristic of the old order. Their method is the method of education; they will mould public opinion and foster mutual good will and national, religious and economic inter-dependence. What they are really attempting to do is to awaken into fuller activity an aspect of human nature which is always present but which has hitherto been subordinated to selfish or ambitious ends. Human beings are innately kind ...
Alice A. Bailey - from Esoteric Psychology Vol. II
"Hatred ceaseth not by hatred; hatred ceaseth by love." Gautama Buddha
Our intention is to inspire the conscious co-creation of a loving
and sustainable relationship with the planet and with one
another, in a world that works for us all.
Who we are:
Barbara Allen - Editor. Barbara lives and gardens near the Rogue
River in southern Oregon.
Tom Carney - Publisher. Tom lives and writes in southern CA and in
Portland, OR. He is the author of
"The New Consciousness".
What is NGWS?
NGWS stands for New Group of World Servers. The Journal and
website are a service project of
Arcana Workshops, a non-profit meditation training group in the
Los Angeles area.