I have a theory about the crisis we are living now. I believe it is a change of Era and that the last time this happened was 5.000 years ago when Humanity started to organize itself in cities. I believe before that, during the Neolithic, our social organization was simpler. We gathered around circles, lived in circular huts un circular villages and built circles: we invented the wheel and build sacred places like Stonehenge.
Then, 5.000 years ago, thanks to commerce and trade, the circle became insuficient to sustain us and we added a third dimension to the way we organized ourselves. With the onset of cities social groups organized themselves in hierarchies. We started to "crystalize" pyramids all over the world.
And now, in a globalized world, the 3Ds of the hierarchy are insufficient and we have already started to "crystalize" a 4D figure, the network.
Our relationships in a network world are very different from the hierarchy. As was in the Neolithic, thanks to the drive of women who made it possible to leave a nomadic lifestyle through agriculture, now again it is the female energy (union, creativity and feelings) that characterizes the network worl. For the last 5.000 years it was the male energy (divide, think and action) which drove society and made it possible for Humanity to transform matter and develop thought.
So now, in a network world, the most important things are communication, finding your element, and using it to help others for the common good.
THE NEW PARADIGM OF SOCIAL ORGANIZATION IN A NETWORK WORLD
Today I received the visit of a group of students from Wageningen University (Netherlands) who have come to the Marina Alta area to learn more about local agriculture as a solution-reaction to the economical crisis and how this social phenomena is surging either as a grass roots initiative, a participatory project, or if it is just a result of local government policies.
Cristina Vicente-Almazán, from Dynamis Valencia, who is working with the local farmers to help build a network organization that will allow them to access local and online markets, is accompanying the students in their quest for knowledge on how people are getting together and creating a new "agriculture".
At first the students asked me about how agriculture is growing in popularity in this area, but we ended up talking about my theory on the change in paradigm from a hierarchy organized society to a global network society.
Ten thousand years of Human History in one minute
The crisis we are living today is much more than an economical crisis and the fact is we have no real references of the changes we are living today as the last time something similar occurred was over 5.000 years ago, and our History, our written History, dates back only to the beginning of this Era that has just finished now.
COMMUNICATION IN A NETWORK WORLD: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EASY AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE
Here's a little questionnaire I've made up to help you see the difference between those two types of communication. If you check more than three items in the left column and less than three in the right column, than I suggest you think about how you are relating to people and if that really is making you feel good and helping you be efficient.
GEORGE PAPANDREOU: IMAGINE A EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY WITHOUT BORDERS
George Papandreou's inspirational TED Talk on the need for people to re-engage in real Democracy draws on lessons learned from the Greek debt crisis as he helps guide the EU through difficult waters.
ÁLVARO GONZÁLEZ-ALORDA TALKS ABOUT RESPONSABLE MILLENIALS: THE KIDS THAT ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD