Social Change and Appropriate Technology
The prevailing social system, which has been in place for eons, is organized according to organizing principles that: 1) question the value of some compared to others; 2) deprive the majority of their voices so that the minority prevails; 3) segregate people such that they are trivialized, dependent, competitive, and all too often barred from acquiring their basic needs thus, fomenting conflict. To change these principles and nurture an alternative system in its stead requires a vast majority of the global population to engage in conversations that matter about the nature of such a future system. The “How’s the Weather?” letter is a first step leading to those conversations taking place.
We estimate that 6 billion out of the 8 billion global population we want to reach with “How’s the Weather?” will be hampered in their opportunities to conduct these conversations due to connectivity issues with information and communication technology or comfort level using it. If we are to have any chance of ushering ourselves and others along the path toward achieving the underlying social change purpose of what we’re about, we must have the means (tools) available, accessible, and applicable for EVERYONE to participate — to communicate with one another.
The notion of universal participation — a variation of “full time” involvement — is crucial for sustained, fundamental change to occur and a radically new global human social system to emerge. I’m committed to it because I believe to my core that:
- EVERYONE has value and their time is their currency;
- EVERYONE has a “voice” — a way to express their value;
- EVERYONE is of service to all simply by having multiple intelligences and being interconnected with EVERYONE else; and,
- EVERYONE is entitled to have their basic needs met — in other words, EVERYONE exchanges their time for their basic needs without impedance.
These four also happen to be the core principles behind time banking. And time banking together with “appropriate technology” can be an engine for the social change we want.
More to follow …