Imagine you lived in Ireland in 1850. You could not change the system that oppressed you. But you could emigrate to a new world where you could be free.
I think that this is happening again. We cannot change the system that oppresses us but we can emigrate to a new system that makes us free. This new New World is based on the Network. Using the Network properly, as Nature does, gives the small, the node, great power. The power comes from the connections. Now small can be both beautiful and powerful. Now we can return to a human scale for life and for work.
This is the time for the pioneers. The explorers already have opened up the new country. With enough pioneers, most people will come.
The issue is trust.
The task I have set myself is that of a guide. I will show you how people have made the crossing to this new New World. I will show you the new rules. I will show you the benefits. I will show you how you can take the first steps to take you there. My hope is that if I can do this well enough that you will have enough trust to make the journey.
No one book could show all of this. It’s too vast and too complex. And anyway, who has the time for a huge book? So instead of the tome, I have planned at least 20 short books. Each book will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words long. They might take an hour to read. All will be available as eBooks and as PDF’s. Link to Store. Each will be priced very modestly at $2.99: about the price of a good coffee! Each will look at an aspect of how we live and show you the new network alternative to the institutional way that we have grown up to see as normal.
I start with the “Job”. “You Don’t Need a Job” – Link to Store – If we can see the Job for what it is, a construct of a paradigm, then we are no longer trapped. For how we make our living is the starting place for the journey.
Here is a Video Introduction
The second book in the series is called “You Don’t Need a Banker” - Link to Store - More than any institution today, Banks seem supreme and essential. But I will show you that to get the credit you need to make a living and to have a good life does not mean that you have to depend on banks as we know them today.
Starting in April 2013, I plan to offer a new book every quarter. Here is the current plan:
You Don’t Need Medicine to Get Healthy - What if our health did not depend on doctors and drugs? This is not a fantasy. This book will explore the new science of Ancestral Health and show you how to take charge of your own health. Published In April 2013 – the link is here. Here is what is is about.
Do you want to age well? Most of us do. If you are my age, 60, this is more important a question that if you are 30. But most of us would not wish to have heart disease, cancer, dementia when we get old.
Most of us think it is normal that we will get ill like this.
But science today tells us that this is not “Normal”. Our evolutionary past designed us to be active and fit until we drop dead. Why? Because raising human children takes so long. Mature adults had to do most of the hard work enable us to invest up to 25 years in our kids.
We are designed by our evolution to reach a plateau of fitness in mid life. So why do most of us not live like this?
We don’t because, we have strayed away from the best way of living that fits our evolution best. Our culture has got too far ahead of our biology. We eat foods that make us ill. We have lost our social identity and power and that makes us ill. And we have lost touch with the circadian rhythms of the Natural World, and that has made us ill too.
We have lost our fit with our true nature.
This book will explain these ideas and offer you a holistic manual for getting well and staying well.
Lessons from Vimy Today nearly all organizational leaders have grown up in world where social networks did not exist. They and their organizations are designed around command and control. They are told that they must use social media and networks. But all they know is how to control. They do not know what to do to change their culture and organization so that they can take advantage of the power of the new.
The same challenge faced generals on all sides in 1914. They too had only the experience of the Napoleonic tradition. The culture and the organization of the armies of the day were mismatched. The result was deadlock and slaughter.
That is until the Canadian Corps was formed from 100,000 amateurs that had no tradition of command and control. On April 9th 1917, the Canadian Corps won the battle of Vimy Ridge and proved a new way of warfare. The CC went on to become the shock troops of the British Army and their approach became the approach of all armies for the rest of the war in France.
It’s a practical story of how to change culture and organization and how to put the human being at the centre of the challenge. It is the story that all need to understand to make these same changes today.
You Don’t Need A School to Get and Education We think that we depend on schools and universities to educate us. But does school and university really prepare for the world that is unfolding? Millions are finding a networked alternative that costs very little and that works much better. Summer 2013.
You Don’t Need a Stock Broker How well have your savings done in the last 20 years? What if you set your life up so that you would not need much money in the future? What if you invested in things that cut your cost of living down and reduced your exposure to future energy and food costs? We will explore this alternative. February 2013
You Don’t Need an Office Why using the new connecting tools means that most of the costs of running an enterprise go away. How you can harness the tools of a major enterprise for almost no cost.
You Don’t Need Moses as your Leader Why a leader that sets the cultural climate will get better results than one who wants to direct – the new Leadership Paradigm
You Don’t Need an Organization You Need an Organism How to set yourself up to maximise the network effects. How to get much more for much less effort and cost
You Don’t Need a Supermarket Why supporting a local food will boost your local economy and your health. How you can start to be a player in the new food system.
You don’t need to own everything Why sharing and using networks will cut your costs and make you more free
You don’t need the current political system Why communities will make machine politics irrelevant
Supporting these manuals will be a series of even more detailed manuals that will share my hard earned best practices and mistakes.
How to give up all the foods that you have loved To take charge of your health will demand that you give up sugar, breads and many foods you adore. Robin, my wife, and I will share how we did this and all the mistakes we made too.
How to be natural Parents and Leaders Here we go even deeper and see the optimal rules for parenting so that our children can develop to their optimal potential and how these rules apply to work too. Natural Leadership.
And for those of you who wish to go deeper still, I will go deep into the science of social networks and to change itself.
How do Human Networks Work and why they will destroy machine alternatives.
The Fractal History of Humanity I will show you the history of the series of paradigm shifts in human culture. I will show you why I think that they are like the ages of a developing person. And so why I am hopeful that we are finally growing up as a species.
I of course am also only one person of many who can help you understand this new New World. Please look at the tab for Rob’s Bookstore – Link Here – where you will find my reviews and links to the many other books that are being written today by people who know so much about this journey and the world that is emerging.