Jul 152019
 

7/15/19

Anthropogenic climate change (ACC) and “us vs. them” have interplay. I therefore believe that working towards a solution for one inevitably decreases the severity of the other, and a solution to either would bring me towards my holistic goal. In order to simplify decisions and expedite action, I am choosing to focus on climate change.

Below, I have outlined the decision testing questions for which aspect of ACC to focus on. Included are three of what I consider the main causes of ACC.

Jul 152019
 

7/9/19

I consider two points on the Current Situation Analysis to be existential threats to humankind: anthropogenic climate change, and “us vs. them mentality” (sometimes referred to as tribalism). If these threats continue as they currently exist, I believe they will lead to our extinction.

Anthropogenic climate change caused by and coupled with unsustainable global practices has led to an increasing threat of global catastrophe. Anthropogenic climate change has many data citing the severe impacts it has and will have on the planet’s life and systems. Some believe that societal collapse is inevitable (Jem Bendell – Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy), many believe collapse is likely (Paul and Anne Ehrlich – Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?). Whether societal collapse would lead to extinction is debatable, but is not improbable.

“Us vs. them mentality” comes from the psychology of in-groups and out-groups. Evidence supports that people included in groups will support theirs over another, even when randomly placed in a group. Whether this mentality is from our nature or nurtured throughout our lives, it is seen across cultures and geography (Leonard Mlodinow – Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.) If we act to support our group over another without credible reason, then current and past tragedies of genocide, war, and poverty become more explainable; when members of one group have reason to believe another group wants to harm them, isn’t as good as them, or there aren’t enough resources for both groups, they can do terrible things. Whether through their own beliefs or manipulation, in-group and out-group psychology can be extremely divisive.

With the power of modern weapons, it could only take a group of people or a single government to cause global catastrophe and societal breakdown.

Jul 082019
 

7/8/19

The attached document will be used to quantify how much an initiative works towards one or more holistic goals, other types of goals, and the Current Situation Analysis. The right column is used to check off what goals/problems are worked towards, which are totaled at the bottom. It will be used in conjunction with the holistic management testing questions or “decision making framework/matrix” to choose an initiative that aligns with my holistic goal, the Athens’ Own holistic goal, potentially the holistic goals of other AO team members, and addresses the Current Situation Analysis.

The most recently updated version of this document can be found HERE.

Jul 082019
 

7/2/19

Jacob Faller

The following document is an analysis of the current state of the world. It is a fluid document that changes.
This iteration is a summary of the causes contributing to what I perceive as global crisis; it includes most of the previous iteration by Athens’ Own. Some of these causes have overlapping variables, but I have chosen to list such variables under a single point for the simplicity of this list.

The original concept behind Athens’ Own creating this list was to start a singular document that individuals and groups could use to holistically view the state of the world; weigh the potential benefits of decisions/initiatives towards any of the CSA variables; and align one’s decisions with others who may be/are working towards any of these variables.

Jul 082019
 

Jacob Faller

7/1/2019

My desire for life to flourish is the Quality of Life most evident in my Vision, which I have copied below to emphasize its importance. It is the future towards which I aim.

People treat each other as equals, and respect all life as having inherent value in its existence and sentience, beyond being just a resource. Because of this, all life is considered when making decisions that could help or harm. People are happy and help other life grow and to function better. People are free to be and express themselves. Life is visibly happy and robust, be it smiling, strong people, luscious Redwood forests, or 85 year old blue whales. All kinds of life have their needs met; food, water, shelter, clean air, and habitat; additionally for humans, education and interpersonal relationships. People are reconnected with themselves and others. Those who had seen themselves separate from nature have reconnected and realized their oneness. All of this brings nature together to work as a flourishing system; life is able to withstand, recover, and grow from disturbance or natural disaster.

Jul 082019
 

7/7/2019

Quality of Life

I want to be in good mental, physical, and spiritual health.

I want life to flourish (be happy, healthy, resilient, and grow vigorously.)

I want good interpersonal relationships and close friends.

I want enjoyment and to have fun.

I want to be able to creatively express myself.

Behaviors and Systems

Listen to my body and feelings

Run, workout, stretch, and meditate often

Good time management

Good communication

Good financial management

Empathy and compassion towards other people and life

Make sound decisions based on reason, not judgement

Be open to change

Make money doing meaningful work

Vision

People treat each other as equals, and respect all life as having inherent value in its existence and sentience, beyond being just a resource. Because of this, all life is considered when making decisions that could help or harm. People are happy and help other life grow and to function better. People are free to be and express themselves. Life is visibly happy and robust, be it smiling, strong people, luscious Redwood forests, or 85-year-old blue whales. All kinds of life have their needs met; food, water, shelter, clean air, and habitat; additionally, for humans, education and interpersonal relationships. People are reconnected with themselves and others. Those who had seen themselves separate from nature have reconnected and realized their oneness. All of this brings nature together to work as a flourishing system; life is able to withstand, recover, and grow from disturbance or natural disaster. 

Link to At Home with Holistic Management.

Jul 082019
 

7/9/19

You can’t make meaningful decisions without having a goal to aim for first. And you can’t aim for a goal if you don’t know what resources you have (money, people, organizations, skillsets), or who has influence on whether you reach your goal. Most importantly, no person or group of people can create positive change without a plan, the tools and systems to monitor that plan, and a comprehensive understanding of systems thinking (how every action affects all things.) Holistic management is the framework that provides this understanding. It gives anyone the tools they need to set a goal and achieve it. Without the type of thinking, tools, and systems that holistic management provides, we will not accomplish any sustainable positive change in our country or on this planet.

The “Quality of Life” section of a holistic goal is fairly self-explanatory. “Behaviors and Systems” are what has to happen for the Qualities of Life to become real. “Vision” is a person’s vision of the future; the life their Qualities of Life will produce.

I’ll end with a quote from At Home with Holistic Management, originally found in a church in Essex, England:

“A vision without a task is but a dream. A task without a vision is drudgery. A vision and a task is the hope of the world.”