Another Way to Look at the World: Century of Africa

Updated: Aug 23, 2020

Current economic systems, operating in a win-lose game theoretical environment, are intrinsic to problems exacerbated by systemic design flaws of monetary system and antiquated belief systems - the story of Separation. Africa, or other marginalized global south countries, stands downstream of the flawed systems. How can we unlock dynamism and creative potential of Africa?

As with each individual, each nation and region has unique mission and serve evolutionary purpose for the collective journey. One central question we sought after is “what prevents Africa’s full expression of itself?” Poverty, conflict, debt and underdevelopment, etc. are ultimately syndromes of deeper issues in the interlinked atmospheric climate, social climate, political climate and spiritual climate. The Century of Africa presentation is more than Africa but the trajectory of humanity. It applies integral theory and sheds light on the challenges as an outgrowth of deep social conditions that go all the way down to our basic financial system including the way money is created in our society. Any intervention or good intention bolt on the flawed systems or without consideration of inner-outer individual-collective dynamics is at best suboptimal.

Significant work is centered on uncovering the potential design flaws of current economic systems, particularly debt-based monetary system which can grow at expense of nature, culture, health and spirit therefore by design, intensifying wealth gap. Wall-Street casino economy is an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Economic system incentivizes externalities to commons where profit margin grows by externalizing cost. The design issues are also reflected and augmented in any other systems/sectors, which sets win-lose context in rivalrous game environment. In a sense, Africa and Global South in general stand downstream of the flawed systems. And the fallible systems are rooted in flawed economic narrative. Because the economic problems originate at the level of foundational axioms (e.g. self-interest maximizing agents, scarcity which is source of perverse incentives), it cannot be completely solved by retrofits such as ESG investing and market transparency.

The darker the night, the closer the dawn, propelling phase shift when the new sun arises carrying along new narratives and new systems. The second half of the presentation focuses on new culture stories that value people and place, nature, qualitative and relational along with their impact to the architecture and landscape of the external world. It tackles development challenges and climate change from a more integrated holistic lens that obsoletes technological, economic and social systems of extraction. The spiritual soil must be rich for the cultivation of life-affirming future to bring marginalized communities, ideas and technologies to serve its value-creative roles. To this end, the concepts of humanistic competition and human revolution are promoted to build a richer, more beautiful and connected world.

What is the Africa’s gift to the new story and new system?

Perhaps it is time to look toward Africa in our search for solutions to global deadlocks, from its great cultural spiritual wealth, creativity, community-based living, tolerance, mutual help and positive thinking…

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