(First published via Medium on 4th March 2020)
Recent events have already resulted in widespread disruption, illness, fear and supermarket panic buying. You, like me, may have already created an emergency food stockpile. Many people have created an emergency food stockpile without any sensible consideration of what they really need, how they will manage those supplies and how to avoid waste. On the plus side, there is an endless list of reasons why an emergency food supply is prudent, and many more people will now have a supply who may never have had one. Whether it be natural disasters, civil unrest, pandemic or supply chain shortages, having at least a two week supply ensures you can be self-sufficient during those periods and avoid a drain on emergency food aid that can often take days or weeks to reach affected areas(1a). Such preparations can be considered a civic duty that ‘flattens the curve’(1b).
Here are five tips for a system to maintain and manage an emergency food supply that can bring wider benefits to your community.
1. Have you got the right stuff?
Before you created your emergency food supply, did you plan and create a list of exactly what you needed? Did you consider how and where it would be stored? Did you consider what supplies would be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks? Did you consider how it would be cooked? Do you have a plan for avoiding dumping food that will eventually expire? Do you have one or more can openers? Do your supplies rely on refrigeration and/or freezing?
If you’ve not considered all of the above factors (and many more), then you may need to review and replan your emergency supplies. Refer to this link on helpful considerations for planning, preparing and obtaining your supplies(2).
When selecting items to buy, also consider ‘best before’ vs ‘expiry’ use-by dates and price comparison. Often the cheaper items and ‘specials’ are items that are past or close to their best before or expiry date. Even similar products can have highly variable dates. Take beans as an example. There might be ten different brands on the shelf. Check them all and see what the range of expiry dates are. Even the same product on the shelf might have a variety of dates due to older stock being at the front and newer stock at the rear.
Knowing the difference between ‘best before’ and ‘expiry’ use-by dates is really critical. Best before dates typically mean that the product is still edible past the best before date. If the product has an expiry date, then you face significant food poisoning risks eating it after that date (3). Some items don’t have an end of life date. Check local food regulatory services for advice. Some canned goods have such a long shelf life, they are not required to have an end date. Some imported items (particularly illegal imports) may not have dates when they should. Cheap and illegal imported items are potentially dangerous.
Another important consideration is product packaging. Don’t by items where the product packaging has been damaged or punctured in a way that compromises its safety and longevity. Consider the amount of packaging waste and recyclability between products.
And of course storage! All your items should be stored in an area and within containers to prevent pests, rodents and weather from destroying these precious supplies.
2. Rotate, rotate, rotate!
Now that you have the right stuff, it’s important to rotate through those supplies over coming months and years. Following are some suggestions for keeping your stocks within use-by dates and uncontaminated.
We keep a spreadsheet listing all of the items and their use-by date. On a regular basis, we then check which items are coming up for use within the next month or two.
Many of the items in the emergency supply are also everyday items we stock in the pantry. So before restocking the pantry from the supermarket, restock from your emergency stocks and then replenish the emergency supplies from your next supermarket shop. This avoids waste from foods going out of date and replenishment with fresher items. Even if a canned good item might last 20 years untouched, over time, the food can lose taste, nutritional value and deteriorating packaging.
Going camping? Use items from your food stocks first before buying additional items and then replenish on your return.
A large portion of our community does not have the luxury of maintaining an emergency food supply. For some families, every day is an “emergency” as they struggle to feed their families. A great option for using items before their use-by date is to gift items to local food donation groups or directly to individuals and families in need. Make it a regular practice to perhaps ‘buy two, gift one’ when you replenish your stocks. Check-in with neighbors and identify those locally in need.
3. Get planting!
If you are not already cultivating your own fresh foods, now is a great time to start. Even a limited range of greens and herbs will be a great compliment to emergency food supplies. Herbs and greens can be easily grown in small spaces, transportable and often year-round producing (4)(5)(6). It is also feasible to create your own mobile worm tube (7).
4. Get eating
Eating your emergency food supplies might seem like an odd thing to do. It is essential! What if you and those sharing the supplies absolutely can’t stomach it? What if you don’t have the right equipment to cook on a camp stove in the dark? What if you are missing some key ingredients that shift a meal from yuck to wow!? What if your can opener breaks?
A good emergency food supply is edible. That’s why just randomly grabbing supplies of random canned goods, rice, pasta and anything else you think of in the moment is inadequate.
The best way to test run your food supply and preparedness are to test its preparation and cooking from scratch. Even better, consider the worst-case conditions: no electricity, no lights, no refrigeration. Do you have a camp stove? Do you have gas for the stove, BBQ or cooker? Do you have adequate rechargeable lights suitable for safe cooking? Can you do this for 14 days or longer?
Involve the only family and friends in the process. What if you fall sick? Can your kids' cook (if they are old enough)? Can the worst chef in your group manage if everyone else was incapable of cooking?
Consider holding regular “Thankfulness Dinners”. Get friends, family and neighbors to share together one of your emergency food supply meals. It won't necessarily be the best meal you’ve ever had, but it is an opportunity to share a meal, experience the fun and challenges of preparation and cooking in the dark and be thankful for every day that you don’t have to experience such an emergency situation.
And you might be surprised about the low cost of emergency supply based meals. A typical meal can cost around $1–3 person. What does each meal you typically make, buy or share cost each time? It is reasonable to assume that for many of you reading this you are spending way more than $1–$3 per person.
5. What is the world you want to live in?
Having an emergency food supply raises worthwhile questions. What is the world you want to live in? Is needing a personal emergency food supply really the world you want to live in? Are there better ways we can care for ourselves, loved ones and neighbors without requiring such drastic measures? Were the suggestions around “buy two, gift one” challenging? What is the harmony between civic responsibility, radical self-reliance and gifting?
Creating an emergency food supply suggests a lack of trust in community, government and institutions. Is this indicative of the underlying lack of trust that permeates every day but is revealed when real and present dangers exist? And this lack of trust has a substantial basis with many examples of delayed humanitarian aid after natural disasters (8).
The fragility of supply chains and panic buying highlights how reliant we have become on supermarkets. There are many alternatives and options for becoming more self-sufficient and encourage more make/grow it yourself culture. Join a local food cooperative, support genuine growers markets and neighborhood food share groups. Through all of this we need to continue a focus on working towards regenerative lifestyles and protect our air, water and food quality.
Panic buying is unnecessary. Here’s why…
Links and references:
New York - October 18, 2019
"...the Event 201 pandemic tabletop exercise hosted by The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security...illustrated the pandemic preparedness efforts needed to diminish the large-scale economic and societal consequences of a severe pandemic."
"Drawing from actual events, Event 201 identifies important policy issues and preparedness challenges that could be solved with sufficient political will and attention. These issues were designed in a narrative to engage and educate the participants and the audience."
A recent press release dated 24 January 2020 states:
This piece is in response the following article:
I am an ardent and passionate proponent of the human impact to the earth's ecology and we need to fight for clean air, clean water and nutritious food. And my following comment will provide an easy basis for people to accuse me of being a "climate-sceptic" which is entirely incorrect.
Here is my take on why the climate crisis is not getting the same focus as Covid-19 and there are so many other major issues as well that deserve attention...
The messaging and intent around climate change needs to change. The focus should be on ceasing all human activities that lead to pollution of the air, water and food. This includes ceasing any practice that is polluting (e.g. fossil fuels). For Covid-19 the science is relatively clear, simple and unambiguous. If you catch it, you might get sick to some level and at extreme levels or complications, you might die. I suspect the "vaccine" approach will become much more hotly debated, particularly if vaccines are rushed and pushed on to people. One of the challenges with climate change is the hotly debated topic of whether temperature leads to higher CO2, or does CO2 lead to higher temperatures? There are a number of scientists who are ethical, qualified, apolitical and without agenda who do not necessarily agree with what has become the mainstream narrative of the causal relationship of C02 driving temperature. And yes I fully believe that the climate is changing. But if we believe in the incorrect causal relationships occurring, we will get the wrong solutions for the wrong understanding of the problem. Charles Eisenstein gets this and goes further. Even if we reverse climate change, how is that alone going to fix all the other countless human tragedies occurring right now?
A great example of the genuine debate occurring is outlined here. But don't just read and pick the comments that appeal to you. There is genuine debate here around the casual relationships and it is important that these are noted.
We've just developed a comprehensive two-week emergency food supply list and meal plan. It took a bit of time, so today will be the big shop day to stock up.
We are going to cycle through the stockpile to ensure that food is not wasted and is used within its use by/best before dates. When the day-to-day pantry is low, we will use from the stockpile first and then replenish the stockpile to keep it current and within dates. Because we also do a lot of camping/festivals, we will first use items in the stockpile and then replenish asap.
Whether it be a bushfire emergency, earthquake, pandemic or storm, the past few months have clearly shown that you really don't want to get caught out with insufficient food and water.
Although it is unlikely to happen here, the reality is that quarantine measures can literally be implemented overnight, as what happened in Italy this week - overnight.
So, let's avoid supermarket panic buying, plan ahead and have a sensible stockpile that is useful day-to-day and sustainable.
And, if you question the need for why such a food supply should be necessary, good luck!
Here are two documents that might be helpful:
1. Sample food supply list, references & links and sample menu plan based on that.
2. Spreadsheet tool that helps with distributing the supplies across breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
MORE TO COME SOON!
The markets have been bungling along in fairytale land for quite some time. I'm surprised it took this long for the markets to react significantly.
The danger in COVID-19 is that it may be a precursor that weakens the host immune system and increases susceptibility to an evolution from COVID-19, or some other new pathogen, that requires a particular level of host susceptibility and the right environmental conditions for it to be lethal.
There are some interesting factors here that bear similarity to the "Spanish Flu" which killed 50 - 100 million people. COVID-19 will not be that type of virus, but something else could emerge which does.
Prevalence of human coronaviruses in adults with acute respiratory tract infections in Beijing, China
Is Covid-19 a precursor virus rather than the main event?
Antibody against nucleocapsid protein predicts susceptibility to human coronavirus infection.
The identification of a new coronavirus now named Covid-19:
Recovered patients may still be contagious and transmit Covid-19:
A person showing no symptoms can pass the coronavirus to others:
Misreading the story through numbers:
The other night, I talked briefly about time with a friend. I know that it might have seemed a bit crazy when I said "everything has already happened".
It is a very strange and bizarre concept and it is quite difficult to explain.
However, I've listed below a range of different links to videos and articles about this concept.
I also mentioned a couple of banned TED Talks. Links to these are at the bottom of this list.
Now, you may ask, what does language, morphic resonance, ESP and Time have to do together??
They are all connected, and explained better than I can by a range of amazing academics (mostly physicists). These are not a bunch of "crazy" pseudo scientists delving into woo woo land. These are mostly verified academics, scientists and technicians who have questioned existing science dogma to research much of what we already intuitively know may be happening despite it's seeming contradiction with the mainstream narrative about time.
1. Fay Dowker: Past, Present and Future: The Science of Time (Fay Dowker did her PhD with Stephen Hawking)
2. Physics suggests that the future has already happened
3. The block universe theory, where time travel is possible but time passing is an illusion
4. New controversial theory: Past, present, future exist simultaneously
5. Why does time only move forwards?
6. TIME is not real - it is a human construct to help us differentiate between now and our perception of the past, an equally astonishing and baffling theory states
7. There are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having: Time-independence, clusivity, absolute direction, and evidentiality
8. TED "Bans" the Science Delusion
9. Russell Targ’s Banned TEDTalk about Psychic Abilities
10. The ESP trainer developed under a NASA program by Russell Targ at Stanford Research Institute
11. Monroe Institute
Why reassess Neville?
We are living in an age where many beliefs, philosophies and writers should be reassessed.
Over the past 100 years or so, a considerable amount of 'debunking', myth busting and censoring of belief has occurred. Volumes of ideas, beliefs and practices were forced underground, forgotten or cleansed in order to align with modernity.
Increasingly over the past decade, an array of practices have been revisited through different "science" lenses and found to have benefits leading towards greater everyday acceptance. Some examples include:
Quantum science is also contributing significantly to how we may relate to beliefs previously considered "poppycock". In fact, quantum science has challenged many classical scientific beliefs and is yielding new understandings of how the world works. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that some previously maligned and dismissed ideas will (and have) been proved through a quantum rather than classical lens.
One such theory may be the power of the mind and one of its great purveyors Neville Goddard (1905-1972).
Warning: One of the reasons why his work might be challenging for many people to enter will be the significant and frequent references he makes to the Bible, God, Jesus and traditional Jewish and Christian religious heritage. But do not be misled by this superficial aspect. The patient person will ride this wave and see where it leads because it does not lead to where one might expect.
There is a context of a highly religious 1940s/1950s America in which Neville desired to share his belief around the power of the mind. Almost by necessity did Neville appeal to people through their existing belief systems and at the same time seek to convince them that the bible was a metaphor and guidebook of the towards its ultimate purpose - teaching everyday people the power of their minds.
A brief history...
Neville Lancelot Goddard was born on February 19, 1905 in St. Louis. Michael, Barbados , West Indies, son of Wilhelmina Hinkinson and Joseph Goddard. Neville was the fourth child in their family of nine boys and a girl.
He came to the United States to study theatrical art at the age of seventeen (in September 1922 ), and while on tour with his dance troupe across England. During this time he became interested in metaphysics and "the power of the mind". On his return, he gave up the entertainment industry to devote his whole attention to studying spiritual and mystical issues. His interest intensified after meeting a mysterious person referred to as "Abdullah" in New York.
After travelling across the United States, Neville eventually settled in Los Angeles, married and died on October 1, 1972.
For most of his life, Neville lectured on radio, television, extensive public conferences and authored many books.
Notably, Neville rarely received payment for his lectures. Typically he would merely request for his travel expenses to be covered and then delivered lectures for free:
"[He] did not charge for these lectures or “seminars”, as they might be called today. If, to speak at a particular event, travel was required, he’d request that the funds needed to travel be sent over. But, he didn’t charge for the information itself. In fact, he said, in language that is slightly more visceral, that those who would charge hefty sums of money for such knowledge are, in fact, fraudsters, and that if he were to ever do so, that those in the audience should stop trusting him." - Maxwell Akin
Neville is considered by some as a key and major proponent of the "New Thought" movement.
https://ro.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neville_Goddard (translate to English)
What is New Thought?
New Thought holds that Infinite Intelligence, or God, is everywhere, spirit is the totality of real things, true human self-hood is divine, divine thought is a force for good, sickness originates in the mind, and "right thinking" has a healing effect.
Although New Thought is neither monolithic nor doctrinaire, in general, modern-day adherents of New Thought share some core beliefs:
The New Thought movement originated in the early 19th century, and survives to the current day in the form of a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualisation, and personal power.
While sharing some of the beliefs of New Thought, Neville also held his unique special belief in the power of Imagination:
According to Neville Goddard, we are God. You are God. I am God. We are all God. And Imagination is the most beautiful and potent expression of our Godhood. Through Imagination, all things are possible. But, we must dissolve the boundaries between that which we hold to be “imaginary” — a word that often refers to things that are separate from that which we consider to be “real” — and that which we hold to be “real”, for the two are one-in-the-same, and if we dissolve those boundaries, we can create and become ANYTHING that we so desire. - Maxwell Akin
Resources and Introductions
Full repository of FREE lectures and transcriptions:
10 minute read.
First published in Medium April 2018.
Warning: You may be uncomfortable with this article. It could lead to unexpected bouts of awareness, realisation, actualisation and an increased understanding of the digital reality. Apologies in advance.
I respect your reasons and why you believe deleting your Facebook account is the best option.
I’ve had a lot of friends lately announce they are deleting their Facebook (“FB”) account. I’ve considered the same! Their reasons appear to fall into three main categories, but there are lots of variations and other reasons. Are these driven by facts, fake news (is that even real?), or backyard science?
If it is ok, what I would like to do here is three things:
1. Validate your reasons for deleting your account;
2. Raise awareness around why deleting your FB account won’t necessarily solve the problem;
3. Outline some alternatives.
I’ll do this through examining three* main reasons that I have observed about why people may feel they need to get off FB:
a. Surveillance and data, privacy breaches;
c. Being annoyed/triggered by people’s posts and comments.
(* If I have missed covering your personal reason, please let me know)
In summary, deleting an FB account won’t delete your data and FB only represents a very small amount of the data known and collected about you. The reality is, unless we all become covert specialists, or hide in the forest, there is no way to escape massive amounts of data being collected every day. FB is literally and only the tip of the iceberg.
Vaccinations were created to face the reality that we can’t stop exposure to disease, but we can inoculate against some diseases. Similarly with life today, we may not be able to prevent exposure, but we can inoculate ourselves against some of the impacts of the massive data collection and manipulation.
One of the best disease prevention methods has been education and awareness (e.g. wash your hands with soap). The main purpose of this article is to raise awareness and another follow-up article will delve into preventative strategies.
Let’s consider some of the reasons why people want to delete their FB account…
Did you bring your umbrella?
First, I just want to bring up that thing that happens to many people.
You know this story…
You wake up in the morning, it is sunny. You leave the house and sometime later that day it rains, heavy rain, and you left your umbrella at home.
I’ve done this many times and when I check the weather forecast afterwards it was always going to rain. There was a strong predictive and known chance that it would rain.
But I didn’t check the weather forecast before I left. It was sunny outside.
Hold that thought and I will come back to it.
Surveillance and data, privacy breaches
FB has exposed your data. True fact. Since at least 2010, we can safely say that FB has been ‘Openbook’. As famously revealed by Edward Snowden and others, some government agencies have had the ability to fully access any FB account at anytime. I hope you knew that already because it made worldwide headlines in 2013. But that was five years ago and I understand that you may have missed it. Or perhaps you missed the Facebook posts for many years prior to 2013 discussing it. Oh, that’s right! It was just a ‘conspiracy’ theory. Well, here is a tip — not all conspiracy theories are untrue even if they aren’t worldwide headlines until years or decades afterwards.
So in case you missed all that, recently (Mar/Apr 2018) there has been a lot of media reports and fuss about organisations like Cambridge Analytica and FB enabling the exposure of private data of hundreds of millions of people.
The fact is, even though was well known over 12 months ago, but as usual no one seemed to take much notice. It did the rounds on FB being shared by many people and few seemed to take any notice. It is unclear why so many people are worried now and ignored it last year. Did you miss my many posts about it? Even if you were not on FB, it was revealed through many reputable media outlets since early 2017.
Here’s a tip. If something is exposed publicly, and then people only “hear” about it and take notice 12 months later, then something else is at play. Same information, different public response but with a 12 month time delay.
Did you remember your umbrella? It was always going to rain. The weather forecast said it would. Much the same way that almost 10 years ago we knew that FB data was not private. Just because you didn’t check the weather forecast it doesn’t mean it wasn’t going to rain.
So if you have been thinking all this time your FB data was private, then you simply did not check the weather forecast.
Let’s keep this one short.
At what stage did you not realise that FB is one of the most genius business models ever devised?
Yes of course there is advertising. It is their entire business model. Selling you and your data is the FB business model. It is genius!
It is like the nirvana of marketing. Advertising on TV is like a scatter gun approach. Shoot the advertisement out there and hope like hell that a 21 year old university student living in Sydney on an income of $21,000 per year who likes cats and votes Left etc etc will randomly see your advertisement at 8.30pm between episodes of their favourite show.
Clearly anyone that thinks that FB is some benevolent free social networking tool is either naive or living under a rock.
I’m sorry, if you didn’t realise you were operating within a living and breathing survey tool for the sole purpose of selling you to the highest bidder. You are the social experiment.
Annoyed, Triggered, Outraged!
How do you feel when someone “steals” your parking spot when you’ve been patiently indicating and waiting for another vehicle to move out?
How do you feel when your housemate leaves dirty dishes in the sink for days on end?
How do you feel when someone mocks your well-considered and thought out views of diversity, fairness, equity and humanity?
Were you the bully at school or the bullied?
One of the biggest challenges we face today is not only that we believe we are right, we feel that we have a right to be right and any opinion contrary to ours is an abomination.
But I’m probably wrong, and you are right, so I completely understand why you didn’t bring your umbrella.
When it starts raining, and I realise I didn’t bring my umbrella (even though the weather forecast said it would rain), I have to re-frame.
Will the water hurt me? I had a shower this morning and everything turned out ok. The rain might not be warm, but I know it won’t kill me. The umbrella would have given me some protection from the inconvenience of getting wet, but it is not the end of the world.
But torrential rain and flooding can be lethal, and an umbrella won’t help you or anyone else.
Getting triggered, outraged or annoyed about words on FB isn’t going to help. Your article length reply to a right wing fascist is unlikely to change them — in fact, you are supporting them and giving away even more data about yourself.
There are some not very nice humans out there. FB has helped us realise this quicker and more deeply than our pre-FB existence allowed us to potentially realise. You can choose to ignore the problem, but it doesn’t mean it won’t exist.
Peace is often brokered through negotiation, acceptance, understanding and compromise. Your other option is complete genocide of any views that oppose your own.
During the Trump election campaign, I chose to keep the “friends” that held opposing views because I wanted to understand how and why they believed what they did to specifically avoid living in an echo bubble. It is quite probable that the people you dislike most on FB are people who want exactly what you want — to live in an echo chamber of only their own world view. If you don’t want to be like them, then listen to them. Don’t ignore them or shut them out.
So it may come as a surprise that through FB you have come to see more of what your fellow humans are like than you expected. I’m sorry that happened. It was inevitable and if it wasn’t FB it would be something else. It was always going to rain. And it will rain tomorrow.
If you want to live in a FB bubble that only reflects your personal view of the world, then the options and settings are there for you to actively weed out every single person, group, page, advertisement that doesn’t align with your world view. Unfortunately the same features are more difficult to configure for the rest of your existence in the world, but some people do that quite successfully and I respect their right to their bubble. And I respect the fact that you don’t respect mine. It is ok.
Why deleting your FB account is only the tip of the iceberg
Let’s start with your Facebook account and why you can never really delete it fully. These are brief bullet points and hopefully they don’t need too much explanation:
So in summary, you can’t delete the past, but you can prevent FB having your future data.
But that is just the tip of the iceberg and more data is collected about you collectively from other sources.
Your data is everywhere, it is being collected and used
Consider if you have or do any of the following (this is a brief list):
Do you have a phone?
Reward or loyalty card?
Have you ever paid a bill?
Have you seen a doctor?
Do you have a job, study or neither?
Do you have email
Do you vote?
Do you use Siri or a home speaker?
Do you have an internet connected TV?
Do you use a streaming service (e.g. Netflix)?
Do you have a face and/or eyes?
Collectively this represents far more data than what FB knows about you. It is collected, shared and sold. It is cross referenced and then used to monitor you and target you for advertising, special offers and the threat you may pose to society. It is used to manipulate you.
If you can eradicate at least all of the above, you will be able to protect many aspects of your privacy. You can’t delete the past, but you might be able to achieve some of your intent to protect your future privacy (but not much).
Can I ever be private?
Unless you have special training in digital anonymity and acquire a range of false identities, you will not be able to go “off the grid”. Unless you live completely off the grid — literally, and never interact with anyone ever gain.
I’m sorry, it started happening when you were born and particularly since 1948.
In fact, you actually wanted this and have been demanding your privacy to be compromised for years. It is like being offered your favourite meal for free only to discover later on it was made by slave labour, at the cost of the environment, your privacy and freedom.
You didn’t check the weather forecast. I’m sorry.
But it is not too late and if you really are interested in your privacy, and keen to do more than simply delete your FB account, then consider these options:
If not, that is ok, then learn to be comfortable living in a world where your privacy is evaporating by the hour.
Disclosure: The author has no shares in Facebook and doesn’t plan to delete their account this week. But a smart person would have known that unless Mark was dud, the share price would rise after his testimony and made a shit load of money in the share price hike afterwards. Did you bring your umbrella?
This article is about ways to shape your decisions and changes through understanding system intervention.
No one can define or measure justice, democracy, security, freedom, truth, or love. No one can define or measure any value. But if no one speaks up for them, if systems aren’t designed to produce them, if we don’t speak about them and point toward their presence or absence, they will cease to exist.”
Ever wanted to change the world and it didn’t work out?
Tried to give up smoking and it didn’t work?
Didn’t want that new freeway next to your home?
Want to stop the next nuclear war?
Annoyed that a political activist might be in prison longer than an actual criminal?
Ever heard the expression “using a sledge hammer to crack a nut”? That is what this is about. What is the thing you want to change (e.g. the nut in the shell to be made available to eat) versus the tool you use to achieve (e.g. sledge hammer or a specifically designed nut cracker). Now sure a sledge hammer will get the job done, but the nut might be pulverised in the process. It’s just about using the right tool for the right outcome.
Here is a cool list (below 1–12) to work out how effective a “change” you want to enact might work out. It can also be used to shape important decisions you need to make.
The way it works is that #12 is the least effective and #1 is the most effective. It doesn’t mean that #12 isn’t effective. It just means that #12 changes less than #6. Depending on what you want to change, then #12 might be quite fine.
This can be useful to us in life in at least three ways:
A. Expectations: We often work to change something and the outcome is better or worse than we expected. This can occur because we are applying, for example, a #6 change and expecting the outcome of #1. Of course the outcome will be disappointing. However, if we apply a #6 change and model our expectations on a #6 change, then we should be fairly happy. At other times we might have a better outcome than we expected. Well, that is probably just because you may have thought (unconsciously perhaps) that you were apply a #6 change, but in reality your efforts/idea led to it being a #4 change. Want to change the world? Well, just simply fiddling with #12 won’t get you #1. But at least #12 might be a start on the pathway and set your expectations consciously and accordingly.
B. Decisions: Ever need to make an important decision about something? Well, a decision often relates to a change. Decisions inevitably lead to initiating a change in your life about something. You can assess how difficult/effective your decision might be, by considering what the change is based on the list below. Find it on the list and then consider if that is really what you want to do, or could you aim for more? You may want to start thinking more positively. So you may decide to then apply change #8. However, to really make a change in your life, just ceasing negative thoughts might not get you the outcome you really desire, so perhaps consider #3 instead. Or, at the very least, don’t expect to do #8 and get the outcome of #3.
C. Scale and scope: Consider the scope of the change and the resources/support you will need. You can’t change the world (#2) on your own. You will need resources and support. You can change yourself in small and large ways on your own, however, #1 requires more will power, discipline and energy than say #12.
PLACES TO INTERVENE IN A SYSTEM
12. Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards).
11. The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.
10. The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures).
9. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.
8. The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against.
7. The gain around driving positive feedback loops.
6. The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information).
5. The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints).
4. The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.
3. The goals of the system.
2. The mindset or paradigm out of which the system — its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters — arises.
1. The power to transcend paradigms.
So, what is a system? A system is a set of things — people, cells, molecules, or whatever — interconnected in such a way that they produce their own pattern of behaviour over time.
This tool is designed to be used as a way of better understanding what the layers/levels of change are, what we want to change, viability of the change based on resources we have directly available to us and what we are currently doing. The purpose is to create transparency for us of the discrepancy/alignment between those four things:
Less stress about change will result purely from the transparency. Why? We should not get upset about what we can not change, do not want to change or have change mismatch around. This is deeply important information that can then help us get alignment. Don't want to change it? Well then why the anguish? Perhaps it is the frustration of not having the resources necessary for the change? That then becomes the focus of effort - getting the resources required.
Sometimes the change we want to see will simply not materialise if the necessary resources, effort and belief required are mismatched and misaligned.
This should provide greater personal
This article is based on the following if you would like to read more about systems intervention:
First published in medium.com on 13th April 2018.
Trees are dying at an alarming rate, for different reasons in disparate parts of the planet from NZ, Australia, Americas, Europe, Africa - everywhere.
Here is a summary of recent reports of tree deaths and disease - many being unstoppable. Trees in NZ which are hundreds if not thousands of years old are dying and may well be extinct within years.
Understanding the reasons and treatments is proving much more challenging than many expected - particularly governments and populations which want simple quick remediation. They seem less likely to be interested in the range of potential causes: colonisation, climate change, decades of ecological mismanagement, deadly pollutants, urbanisation and many more human induced reasons.
Worse is the fact that many of these species extinctions can no longer be treated, prevented or mitigated.
We simply have gone past the many layers and stages of ecological imbalance that cannot be repaired.
What do you know? If you know of, or locate excellent articles on the state of our trees and what this means, then let us know.
To be continued...