The fundamental principles governing the way we participate in the free market (transactions, competition, ego, tribes, control of information flow, avoidance, etc) are ill-equipped to serve the evolving needs of humanity (justice, wellness, climate, equity, food, housing, etc). We participate in a system that perpetuates the existence of the challenges preventing our evolution.
“In recent years, business has been criticized as a major cause of social, environmental, and economic problems.” -Michael Porter, Harvard
The short-sighted, transactional focus of the old paradigm erodes the ability to criticize authority, inhibits empathetic understanding of the marginalized, and makes it difficult to comprehend solutions to complex global problems that likely require collaborative solutions.
“A declining emphasis on the study of the humanities could lead to a world of useful profit makers with no imaginations.” Martha Nussbaum, Stanford
The old paradigm disconnects us from our humanity, and inherently neglects the long-term impact on human evolution. We develop generations to move through our institutions as they perpetuate the existence of the challenges preventing our evolution.
What if there was another option?
For education, we question the existence of the institution, “Why are we in a building? Why are there chairs and desks? Why does learning take place during certain hours? Why am I being told what to memorize?”
“The number of high-school graduates underserved or unserved by higher education today dwarfs the number of people for whom that system works well. The reason to bet on the spread of large-scale low-cost education isn’t the increased supply of new technologies. It’s the massive demand for education, which our existing institutions are increasingly unable to handle. That demand will go somewhere.” -Clay Shirky
We soon discovered that learning happens everywhere.
For business, we ask, “What if the purpose of a business was to serve human needs and end suffering?”
“Somewhere along the way, people got the idea that maximizing investor return was the point. It shouldn’t be. That’s not what democracies ought to seek in chartering corporations to participate in our society.” -Seth Godin
We soon discovered a new and meaningful way to create economic opportunity by bringing relief to social and environmental problems.
Imagine a World
Imagine a world where you wake up excited to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Where you intentionally cultivate superpowers like compassion, vulnerability, imagination, and empathy to elevate the collective consciousness, instigate cultural evolution, and move the world forward. A place where you experience new ways of being, receive new knowledge, make new tools, set new intentions, and communicate through a new vocabulary. A place where you share moments with your community where you talk about, design, and manifest the future you desire.
To shape the emerging future with intention means releasing the old paradigm, and embracing a new way of life. A way of life which is already waiting for you. To create this new world means deciding to no longer accept a life, a culture, a planet as it was handed down to you. It means being conscious of this decision throughout each day, and continuing to decide the new path you are carving out for yourself. It means questioning everything about the old paradigm.
As independent thinkers with our own point of view, we gravitate towards the principles of the new paradigm: love, relationships, adaptation, resilience, cooperation, trust, purpose, compassion, authenticity, vulnerability, intuition, listening, questions, spirituality, personal growth, etc.
Cooperative Impact explores a new approach that starts with a human discovering the intrinsic motivation to adopt her own purpose-driven operating principles, and, in doing so, models behavior that accurately reflects the culture she hopes to cultivate (conversations, questions, accountability, transparency, acknowledgement, emotion, ownership, vulnerability, trust).
Starting the journey from purpose means standing for something more. It means intrinsically growing a purpose-driven existence that provides value and builds trust. It’s a higher truth that brings inherent meaning and value. Its magnetic effect attracts and unifies a culture of authentic self-expression that celebrates the essence of each human being.
A focus on strengthening social ties creates the conditions for values-driven alignment with unlikely peers and partners which unlocks the opportunity to share ownership of co-created solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.
The courageous human who takes her development into her own hands creates her own opportunity. The independent thinker who takes a stand by her point-of-view leads us. The lifelong learner who indulges in her curiosity to satisfy her knowledge cravings has the advantage.
To become conscious and aware of the lessons all around, is to open oneself up to a beautiful process of evolution and growth. How will you grow today? What learning experiences will you design for yourself? Who will you invite into your space of which to create and share energy? How will you show up for yourself and others?
As you gain elevation, your vibration follows. You begin to exist at a higher vibrational frequency — a place where anything is possible — a place where you develop a deep sense of yourself — a place where you begin to know beyond yourself. How will you generate a higher vibration for yourself, and for humanity?
To know yourself is to feel into the emotions that are already waiting for you. It is to feel the emotions of which you have yet to listen. Navigate these new ways of being to build the capacity to bring your whole self into the way you show up in relationships, your work, the way you love, the way you play, and when no one else is watching.
On the path of manifestation — on the path to realizing this future — will you acquiesce back to the gravitational pull? Or, as you earn access to these defining moments will you breakthrough into another dimension?
The world is about to turn its head to hear what you have to say.
Are you ready?