How can we find wholeness in society with such dissociative and incongruent practices? Now we need to collectively look at what we can do to provide the foundation for a new or adjusted system that inspires everyone to do and be better on a daily basis, nurturing the natural desire to become more than we are as human beings; inspiring love, care and concern rather than fear, guilt and shame.
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According to progressive child behaviorists, the nature of children is to seek connection with other children and the worlds of experience within reality. When allowed to nurture their own creative natures children evolve with pride, self-confidence, honor and respect for each other and the world around them. Can you imagine, just for a moment, a place for children to build a future for themselves in an empowering environment that supports their natural connections?
What do you think would happen? The desire to explore their connections to life, love and the world around them offers us a unique opportunity to take our planet and its people into a healthy new millennium. Is it time we became the global family we know is necessary to continue life on planet Earth? Nobody says it will be easy.
It can be fun, though. Holistic education is a growing attraction for educators that sincerely look forward to the development of this paradigm shift, creating collaborative alliances much the same as our various industries already have found works for the benefit of all. Many authors across the gamut of progressive thinking including Bloom , Covey , Csikszentmihalyi , DeBono , Dyer , Gardner , Goleman , Hunter , Peters , Senge , and Tart are proposing that we look at the bigger picture of societal development.
In many different voices they are all voicing the need for a collective reassessment of personal and professional goals and objectives as our civilization evolves. A systems approach to learning and living as ONE is recommended by even the most skeptical of futurists, requiring that we redesign and retool our economic and social systems to serve people better.
We can start by asking ourselves what we can do as individuals and groups to help support this change of attitude and agenda. It is difficult, at best, for a population to address accountability and responsibility toward future commitments when, as family units, there is an alarming failure rate. We point fingers at problems without realizing that our way of life is the essential problem, from which all perspectives are skewed to one degree or another.
Maybe it is time we looked at basic community development and how we can increase our chances of survival as families, nuclear or extended. The reality is that we have also created at least two generations of children who have become angry, complacent and selfish in their actions and thinking to the point of violence beyond anything in history. This is a reflection of the state of our society, partnering with political correctness and profit-driven motives, turning our educational system into a promiscuous and permissive environment under threat of lawsuit for maintaining order or even mentioning God in the classroom.
Not only in America have we seen such a transition of the value of education, ethics, and morals, where family units continue to break up at an alarming rate. This pattern is spreading to developing countries as well. Profit-driven media moguls have helped a great deal in this process with little regard for the social results. We set them up through our neglect of what we say is important… healthy relationships. They are often scarred to confront situations due to fear of retaliation or repercussions from administrators bound to dysfunctional systems. Unfortunately, the United States is influencing the rest of the world in the same fashion.
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Will it end? How can we manage change more effectively? Service providers, organized religion, and even corporations have become nothing more than dysfunctional families unable to communicate their needs and wants effectively, let alone meet them. We have created a system that not only enables this to continue; we feel helpless and hopeless in the face of what seems to be an unstoppable proliferation of adversity. Rapid industrial development and accompanying social shifts were difficult to manage effectively on a large scale and many well-intentioned programs have failed.
In a victimless mindset we must begin to ask ourselves how to change this trend; sharing the solutions and ways to implement them as quickly as possible with every institution engaging youth today.
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The youth themselves are begging us in so many blatantly obvious ways. How can we use this technology effectively for the benefit of all instead of the desensitization of community values, morals, and ethical practices? We need a demonstrable model of harmony in meaning and purpose, science and spirituality connectedness ; a place where the learning and living environment are one; a self-sufficient state-of -the-art village that utilizes modern technology, yet honors the indigenous cultural traditions that enhance life and living.
A model providing a symbiotic and synergistic presence; a community designed to care for its children by empowering the adults who provide for them. Motivation for education would come naturally, facilitated through programs designed to bring out the innate abilities and aptitudes of our youth and the adults responsible for them. We develop our realities from within the scope of conception, making the outer world reflect our inner knowing.
Children are still vulnerable and open to explore life with the intensity many adults desire and have lost. Can you remember a time when you felt anything was possible? Revisit that feeling for a moment. Why not empower our children to show us the future?
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Can we return to the innocence of a child and ask what can be done now? Intense research and study have helped us to see a way out of this dilemma…Genesis II Multiverse Communities. Spectrum Academy is just one of the opportunities that addresses holistic education inclusion in developing new schools.
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Removing children from harmful environments, such as the current juvenile justice system does, is only a temporary adjustment or Band-Aid to the problem, like taking a fish out of a dirty fish tank, wiping it off, and throwing it back in with expectations of survival, let alone success. It is the fish tank that needs to be cleaned. Is it possible to integrate residential treatment centers, charter schools, community technology centers, and peer community concepts to work synchronistically?
Is it possible to create unity in the diversity we face? The answer is…. Can we adapt what we know about peer mediation and alternative dispute resolution to empower choice and decision models that inspires our youth to live responsibly and that empowers corporate change? It seems our very survival, according to the honest analysts, depends on consumerism, cultural genocide, and environmental destruction for the sake of fossil fuels, fast foods, and corporate profits.
Can we acknowledge that we are headed in an undesirable direction? We do not need war. Chaos is only the beginning of the process of establishing natural order. Conflict, used wisely, evolves into harmony. People can make different choices. Imagine an edutainment village; an environmentally friendly terrasphere designed to engage the common sense of everyone within it.
Common sense seems to be so rare these days. Imagine if life was like Disneyland. Education is the foundation of living responsibly in a world full of choices. The first of its kind, always amusing, an exploration and feast for the imagination that excites our neural networks. What is the ONE thing that people want the most?
Once the basic physical needs are met, people long for FUN! They want toys. They want playmates. They want to be amused. They want to experience joy. That is why entertainment villages are so successful. People also crave challenge and purpose in their daily lives to anchor their efforts.
Further, they will have time to pursue spiritual growth which will become a daily living meditation rather than a longing for heaven and the afterlife. Fellow creators the creator seeks—those who write new values on new tablets. They will train the youth, who will apprentice adults on tasks for retrofitting the economy and division of labor restructuring necessary for the 21st Century. Participants will generate an economy from the village as well, directly participating in the development of economic and relationship networks.
Once a pilot village is operational, other communities across the globe will develop with considerations for local components; agricultural, environmental, and social. Obviously, there is a need for an integrated approach toward the 21st century and beyond. Systems-thinking has been introduced into the corporate world at last.
As vast as these needs for integration may seem, they revolve around basic human and environmental considerations.
For several decades now there has been talk of the global community yet, to date there has been no scale example; no working model of sustainable technologies that respect people and planet. Education and entertainment need to merge for the dynamics of the 21st century generations to unfold… a new edutainment field that engages all the senses. The village truly can raise the child, and vice versa.
These communities incorporate a full-spectrum approach toward integrating ecological, psycho-spiritual and scientific technologies. The pressing need to rally concerned persons is being felt throughout humankind, especially in the past few years and even more recently. The numbers of people who share this feeling is growing exponentially as the Cultural Creatives forge into the future with open minds and hearts, desiring to do what is best for all. Its amazing that when we truly focus on these things, life does become FUN! A new wave of edutainment integrated into the living and working environment is on its way.
Community technology centers provide a way for people to begin to share technology in open environments where learning of young and old alike can facilitate greater community cohesion. The model to be discussed here, known as Genesis II , is a self-sustaining community integrating ecological, educational, organizational, psychospiritual, scientific and technological concepts and designs that promote a naturally evolving interdependent environment, one that synergizes rather than separates humans.