L e v e l - 7

Tools For A New Political Economy

Action Guide



Action




Achieving Level 7 objectives (or any other flavor of significant transformation) will require several independent efforts, all occurring at once and likely for a sustained period of time - probably several years. I do not believe they will require central coordination, but the intensity and persistence of engagement likely needs to maintain a similar amplitude across the spectrum of efforts. As an important prerequisite in the modern age, a realistic transformation will require many of the existing and hard-won civic foundations to remain intact; chaotic or purely destructive revolution is not likely to bear the fruit it intends. There are plentiful reasons for this, many of which are discussed in the Revolutionary Integrity section.

With these things in mind, multi-pronged change mechanisms for each objective might include:



Top-Down Systemic Change


Revisions to processes and institutions at all levels of government - including national and international - that support Level 7 proposals.

Examples:

  • State and federal constitutional amendments to repeal corporate personhood, institute direct democracy in parallel with representative democracy, initiate banking and monetary reform (also in parallel with current systems), establish equality of feminine power, restore journalistic integrity, etc.
  • State and local initiatives that create nested citizens councils with oversight of government and enterprise, institute algorithmic redistricting, begin establishing a Universal Social Backbone, etc.
  • Legislate incentives for transitioning enterprises from shareholder ownership to worker ownership
  • Legislation that embodies other Level 7 principles and proposals (practicing the precautionary principle, distributed green energy production, public priorities database, sustainable design, etc.)
  • Legislation to reform the IMF and World Bank

Resources:

Eliminating "Corporate Personhood" in Law: https://movetoamend.org/
Alliance for Democracy:
http://www.thealliancefordemocracy.org/
Promoting Direct Democracy:
http://www.realdemocracy.com/index.html
Wikipedia on Direct Democracy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_democracy
Wikipedia on E-Democracy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-democracy


Grass-Roots Populism

Engagement and education of the public to promote revolutionary change via mass movements.

Examples:
  • Create independent Open Source, crowd-populated “Public Information Clearinghouse” as proposed
  • Promote activism, education and Level 7 ideas via social media - especially to counter AI bot campaigns and fake news that engineer targeted manipulations of public opinion
  • Organize for popular support of top-down constitutional amendments and initiatives
  • Create multimedia representations of Level 7 proposals for mass distribution
  • Organize protests and other nonviolent group action to promote Level 7 transformations
  • Develop K-12 multimedia outreach to educate about Level 7 and personal integral practice

Resources:

Open Source Education Resources:
http://opensource.com/education/13/4/guide-open-source-education
"Sharing Transformation" Resources:
http://www.shareable.net/
Gene Sharp’s Nonviolent Action Resources: http://www.aeinstein.org/
Tom Atlee's "Co-Intelligence:" http://www.tomatleeblog.com/
Michael Bauwen's P2P Foundation:
http://p2pfoundation.net/P2P_Foundation:About
Permaculture Design Principles:
http://permacultureprinciples.com/principles/
Occupy Movement Resources:
http://occupy.org/
Social media AI: https://www.scout.ai/story/the-rise-of-the-weaponized-ai-propaganda-machine and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge_Analytica


Disrupting the Status Quo

Deliberate sabotage of highly destructive but persistent social, economic, informational and political mechanisms that obstruct progress toward Level 7.

Examples:
  • Hacktivism of most nefarious actors (i.e. those who promote a neoliberal, pro-corporate, deceptive, destructive or self-serving commercialist agenda)
  • Work with unions to migrate businesses toward worker-ownership
  • Disrupt pro-capitalist misinformation and PR campaigns
  • Disrupt commerce (retail boycotts, production and distribution interruptions, etc.) involving products or services with “perverse utility” or antagonistic holistic value

Resources:

All About Boycotts: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/boycotts/aboutboycotts.aspx
Wikipedia Article on Ethical Consumerism:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethical_consumerism
David Holmgren's "Crash On Demand" Essay:
http://holmgren.com.au/crash-demand/
Wikipedia Article on "Eco-terrorism:"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-terrorism
Greenpeace on Civil Disobedience:
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/civil-disobedience-why-direct-action-is-necessary/blog/48294/
Wikipedia Article on “Hacktivism:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacktivism
Anonymous Group: http://anoninsiders.net/


Exposing Misinformation & Pro-Corporatocracy PR Campaigns

Identify, call out and counter the constant stream of misinformation that perpetuates irrational faith in crony capitalism and corporatocracy:

Examples:
  • Flag fake news memes on social media
  • Provide community with correct facts
  • Answer questions and concerns of folks who have been misinformed

Resources:

Big Oil Funds Climate Denial Propaganda: http://www.skepticalscience.com/bigoil.html
Tea Party Origins Linked to Tobacco Industry:
http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/02/13507/study-tea-party-organizations-have-ties-tobacco-industry-dating-back-1980s
The Fox News Propaganda Machine:
http://foxnewsboycott.com/ and http://mediamatters.org/research/2009/10/13/foxs-news-programs-echo-its-opinion-shows-smear/155660
Anti-Globalization/Corporations Documentaries on IMDB:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls058435089/
An Extensive List of Whistleblowers from the 1700s to Current Day:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers
Resources for Whistleblowers:
http://www.whistleblowers.org/
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
http://www.consumerfinance.gov/
List of “Fake News” Organizations: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xDDmbr54qzzG8wUrRdxQl_C1dixJSIYqQUaXVZBqsJs/
Snopes Fact Checking:
http://www.snopes.com/


Recruiting Elite Change Agents


Examples:
  • Find members of the wealthy elite who are willing to endorse Level 7 proposals and can help actualize solutions
  • Promote narratives that frame worker ownership, direct democratization of institutions and enterprises, and diffusion of wealth and political power as the extraordinary philanthropic aims that they are
  • Persuade existing power brokers to relinquish counterproductive agendas and influence

Resources:

Research on Network of Global Corporate Control: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0025995
Articles on Global Corporate Control: Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2011/10/22/the-147-companies-that-control-everything/ and New Scientist http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354.500-revealed--the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html#.VAT6pICwKhA
Wikipedia List of People on Multiple Governing Boards:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_on_multiple_governing_boards
Wikipedia on Interlocking Directorates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interlocking_directorate
Examples of Media Interlocking Directorates:
http://fair.org/interlocking-directorates/
William Domhoff's Take on Corporate Interlocks:
http://www2.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/corporate_community.html
Wikipedia List of Bilderburg Participants:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bilderberg_participants
Bilderberg Influence:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10102168/Bilderberg-Group-No-conspiracy-just-the-most-influential-group-in-the-world.html


Community-Centric Pilot Projects

Developing exemplary institutions, civic engagement and activism at the community level.

Examples:
  • Develop NGOs that promote and actualize Level 7 proposals at the community level
  • Establish Community Land Trusts with common property shares
  • Develop community green energy production and distribution facilities
  • Initiate and maintain sustainable design projects individually and communally
  • Advocate credit union banking - especially those institutions that identify as smaller community banks
  • Create citizens councils that actively advise existing institutions (until initiatives can formally authorize their roles and responsibilities)
  • Advocate Level 7 guiding design principles in existing community institutions
  • Establish new goods and services enterprises that emulate the Level 7 enterprise schema

Resources:

Community Organizing Resources:  http://organizingforpower.org/organizing-resources/
Credit Union Info & Locator: https://www.mycreditunion.gov
Rob Hopkins' "Transition Towns" and Suggested Ingredients for Change: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
The Burkana Institute:
http://berkana.org/
Permaculture Principles: https://permacultureprinciples.com/
Wikipedia Article on CLTs (with links): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_land_trust


Individual Development & Supportive Networking

Personal and collective education, multi-dimensional nurturing & moral development to facilitate the unitive principle.

Examples:
  • Establish Community Coregroups around the country to mutually educate and participate in Level 7
  • Create action lists of personal choices that energize Level 7 transitions to share with others
  • Contribute to the Public Information Clearinghouse database
  • Advocate Level 7 guiding principles in local community, in the workplace, etc.

Resources:

Integral Lifework: https://www.integralifework.com
Resources for Paulo Friere's Work: http://www.comminit.com/democracy-governance/content/pedagogy-oppressed-paulo-freire-analysis and  http://infed.org/mobi/paulo-freire-dialogue-praxis-and-education/

A note regarding individual development and supportive networking: In the context of Integral Lifework, it is critical to appreciate that multidimensional nurturing and development is a prerequisite and parallel practice to
revolutionary integrity and activism. To understand this relationship, consider reading A Mystic’s Call to Action.


Socially Engaged Art

Artists engaging the community in participatory art projects that increase social consciousness around Level 7 concerns.

Examples:
  • Community sing-along concerts that protest inequality, owner-shareholder exploitation, destruction of the environment, etc. and express demand for greater democracy throughout all private and public institutions
  • Public interactive art installations that educate about direct democracy, worker-ownership, the precautionary principle, etc
  • Plays - preformed in openly accessible community spaces, and with audience participation - that model new forms of civic engagement (citizens councils, daily direct democracy, recall elections, the social credits system, etc.)


Resources:

Art Activism Links & Resources: http://culturalpolitics.net/social_movements/art
Creative/Artistic Activism Database:
http://actipedia.org/

(See also:
The Importance of Fine Arts for why I believe art is such a critical consideration)


Although there are other examples of action items peppered throughout this website, individual and collective action is probably the most critical opportunity for participatory mechanisms. At some point, the web should be used to consolidate input and planning; for example, creating a portal to searchable databases for all ongoing Level 7 action efforts and avenues of involvement.


Philosophy of Countermeasures

(From the essay Escaping the failures of Capitalism)

  1. Educating people about economics, technology, the functions of government, and what is actually healthy and helpful for individual and collective well-being and happiness, all-the-while exposing the deceptions and misinformation that are mercilessly disseminated in service of profit.
  2. Encouraging moral maturity, compassion and empathy through revised interpersonal standards, better awareness of multidimensional nourishment (see Integral Lifework Overview), and inspirational modeling.
  3. Holding accountable those government officials, businesspeople, and average citizens who have cultivated attitudes of indifference and callousness, and exercising this accountability through moral education, social expectations and the rule of law - while also eliminating the cultural and economic incentives for this behavior.
  4. Promoting holistic approaches to well-being that undermine the addictions and self-destructive habits created by commercialism.
  5. Creating new civic institutions that embody these more evolved, sophisticated and morally responsible values, and offering safe places to reinforce and propagate evidence-based, constructive ideals.
 

For Additional Activism Resources:

Please visit the Integral Lifework “Constructive Organizations” page.



A Transitional Vision for Level 7

(From Political Economy and the Unitive Principle)


Diagram: Contrasting Production Dynamics

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