What is Sustainocracy?

Sustainocracy stands for “Sustainable human progress” and “Democracy”. It centers the focus of our attention on the sustainable existence of our species within the context, wealth and limitations of our natural habitat on planet Earth. The democracy version is real time and in multidisciplinary co-creation.

Sustainocracy was born in the STIR Foundation (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). STIR was established in 2009 after the credit crisis motivated to look at new mindsets and ways of developing society in a sustainable manner. Sustainocracy establishes five core natural human values that are necessary to assure by continuously adjusting our wellness to our ever changing environment. Those core values are hence a responsibility that is shared among all human beings and the institutions that we establish.

“A wellness driven, sustainable society is a shared responsibility and co-creation, not a politically managed cost or financial profit and loss account”

Sustainocracy invites all stakeholders of a regional community to engage into this responsibility together. Those stakeholders are:

  • Local government that develops infrastructures and certain common services
  • Local entrepreneurship that offer innovation and adjust their own functioning to the principles of the Pyramide Paradigm or 4 x Profit phylosophy
  • Local citizens that engage, participate and change if necessary their lifestyle, customers and rituals
  • Local science that offers applicable knowledge and engages to develop values driven research
  • Local schools for values driven learning processes, co-creation and participation

A Sustainocrat is in change of connecting the clusters of diverse participants around the priorities and values driven processes. Like this all interact on the basis of equality, respect, trust and cocreation (the colomn of ethical values).

STIR can be seen as a tree that ideologically and practically spans the world. The DNA is Sustainocracy. On this tree prioritized branches appear that symbiotically engage with the surroundings. Clusters develop as ripe fruit that eventually disconnects from the tree and live a life of their own, within the context of the DNA it carries and the purpose it serves. Like this our worldwide community becomes a cluster of clusters.

The STIR tree

Level 4 awareness driven participation in co-creation

Somone recently suggested that cities have a more profound history than countries. Country borders have been altering all the time but cities remained where they were. Nowadays we refer even to “Smart cities”, hardly ever to “smart countries”. But cities are vulnerable, today more than ever. Level 4 adds wit and wiseness to the smartness of the cities. A new complex situation opens up for the urban environment…..

Cities have been very attractive for people to migrate to in order to find jobs and get financial means that provided access to everything people would need. These provisions however had to be sources from outside the city. The rural areas were gradually plundered to serve the ever growing demands of city consumption and development. Cities developped historically around “a reason to be”. This could be market trade, harbour facilities, industrialization, government, defense……People were a resource that needed to be housed, fed and provided with a growing amount of services.

Today about 70% of the world population lives in cities. The world population of human presence multiplied of the last decades exponentially. At the end of the 19th century there were about 1 billion citizens, now we are growing to near 8 billion. With the current speculative, consumeristic lifestyle the threshhold of our planet to recover itself from the damage of people was about 3 billion. This means that we have been canabilzing on our resources ever since that imaginary line was crossed (somewhere in the 60’s). So a huge change in lifestyle and engagement in the challenges is needed or disaster will strike.

The cities have been build up from scratch, layer by layer. The establishment of layer four, within our current lifetime looks with a critical eye to the underlying layers demanding huge transformations as the city redefines its purpose into a large degree of self sufficiency through multidisciplinary co-creation. This demands also different types of leadership in all elements of society.