Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 8, 2014

The Mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master

The Mind is a wonderful servant, but may be a terrible master…

Did you know that your understanding, your intelligence, your creativity, and all that is good and great with you — begins in your heart which is both your source of truth and wisdom ?

Did you know that the heart is the first organ created in the egg in the womb, and not your brain ?

Did you know the subconsciousness is linked to the heart and the spinal brain ?

It always is.

Your Heart which wants nothing and gives everything.

It is your primordial power, intelligence and connection to source, a constant conduit pumping the flow of life, death, and unification.

The Head is an antennae and an architect for creating the dreams powered by your Heart with the building blocks of your past experiences. The Head then commits The Body to Action towards the Manifestation of Physical Reality.

All of creation is essentially Love Making that results in conception.

What ideas are you making love?

Choose wisely because these are the ones you will manifest.

Is your mind Immaculate, free of all stains and adulteration?

Are your eyes unclouded like that of a child that sees the wonder and beauty in All things?

Look at the external world around you and ask, are your conceptions then pure?

Are you listening to your primordial power?

Do you identify with a name and persona more than you identify with Love?

Do you accept that you are a manifestation of pure love beyond whatever human story has informed you with?

And are you ready to step out of hiding in the shadows and commit yourself to eating once again from The Tree of Life?

Beyond good and bad, right and wrong there is an immovable center that radiates with everlasting life.

It is the Fountain that springs eternal.

It is the tree of life in radiant flow… like a river.

Dive in and swim to the centre of it all.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

Will you dive within the depths of yourself and find that point that allows you to really comprehend ?

Will you search inwards to find the “eyes” to really see ?

Will you make an effort to feel deeply and emphatically ?

And lastlY;

Will you have the strength and maturity to help me and all others who are working hard at creating a world where all living beings are winners ?

May your answer be a thunderous and resounding … Yes.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 4, 2014

Capitalism Revisited — Reform is Good Capitalism

I led a two day High Level Economic, Business, and Finance Summit on Capitalism in London and these are the conclusions we arrived at and the actions we aim to take in the near and longer term:

Capitalism is a sure Guide to Desires fulfilled.

Capitalism is a network of marketplaces that interact and fulfil basic needs as well as frivolous desires.

No other social, economic, and philosophical system, provides that much faith in fulfilling our needs and desires. From simple basic human needs — food, shelter, and procreation — as well as extremely harmful desires all are met through relatively free markets enabled by capital. That is capitalism. It is an endless parade of goods and services all available for a price, to meet the cravings, the gratification, and consumption, to fulfil our near endless desires.

Capitalism works well to provide for people.

Sadly it also promotes Excesses, Corruption, and Destruction of the Ecosystem.

Yet for all of us, in good measure — it provides a ground-breaking model for understanding and responding to consumer desire. It helps us by offering companies, brands, and industries, a way to build relationships with government, fickle middle class consumers, and allows us to gain a lasting competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Through this post, I explore past the Pavlovian basic needs and instead concentrate on the five most common desires. The desire of already fulfilled people, to feel community, adventure, aesthetics, vitality and purpose.

By examining our motivation for these key desires, we can teach CEOs, Companies, and Consumer advocates, to understand how to develop successful products and services that offer real value for people both in the short and in the long term. Thus fulfilling the consumer desires and protecting the natural habitat.

And this in turn is Capitalism redefined…

Featuring the techniques and tactics for desire-based capitalist strategies, we can argue that a desire well met is more likely to lead to further consumption and thus will be reinforced and will be felt again, leading in a serious cycle of ever growing lust. And that lust is never ending thus depleting all the natural resources and our vitality from our ecosystems and it resigns us to a bankrupt future. Much like the sovereign crisis we are now faced with an Ecosystem crisis that will be far more deadly because when the agriculture fails and our hotter world becomes inhospitable for our species — you will recognize that you cannot eat money.

So we need to return to the golden rule. The golden medium. A measure of capitalism that doesn’t run to extreme inequity and to satisfying evil desires. Too much of anything is evil.

So let’s reform Capitalism in such a way so that it doesn’t run to excess.

And by the way — we can turn that primal lust we all have inside of us, to the good. We can turn it to our advantage in desiring a healthful living. In balance and harmony with Nature and Earth. And we can start doing this by taking a walk in the forest and by appreciating the healing quality of the natural world. You know that the need to preserve the green skin of our planet only gets born when you walk in a green forest and feel it’s presence.

So let’s start our Capitalist Reformation by respecting other species contributions to our world, and thus preserving the vital ecosystem we inhabit.

Because we are far too smart to get lost as a species due to our illogical propensity to consume. And as all other species get lost and half of them are going extinct, due to our aggressive and illogically exploitative nature — we soon will be lost too. We get lost striving for the maximization of anything and everything. And believing in our exceptionalism, is a sure sign of death inviting hybris. And we can largely blame our economic system for this because as so often happens in Capitalism, the “best” has become the enemy of the good.

The Doctrine of Maximization of profit and Shareholder Value has in effect become the death knell of capitalism because of it’s mandatory excesses.

So now we have arrived at the moment when the Reformation of capitalism has become mandatory.

This idea and the events surrounding all the conferences and congresses about the incoming Capitalist revolution are worth remembering in the context of the emerging movements to reform the management of big government and big corporations of today.

It is a crucial moment, as all progressive thought leaders allude to a Reformation in Capitalism through Management, and Government Reform.

Indeed for the first time in decades we now speak openly about the reformation of the entire system of capitalism in which leaders, followers, and “managers” operate.

Am not alone in calling for some kind of Reformation. Today along with mass movements the world over — many writers and leaders, both spiritual and secular, as well as lay people from all over the world; are all denouncing the two key management practices that have brought us to the precipice’s edge.

Whether we will jump off the cliff like so many lemurs is up to us. The question placed upon us now is this: Are we going to be able to give up on the twin evils that govern corporate and government ethos; that of maximization of profits and maximization of shareholder value — or we will perish ?

Seems to me that the canaries in the mine have already “spoken” by keeling over…

The writing on the wall, is now clear.
The moment of reckoning has arrived, now that a critical mass of people and leaders, are calling for major change.

But what it is that has been achieved by all this is unclear.

Yes, we are reaching a turning point in management, in government, and indeed in capitalism as a whole.

I think so. The Pope seems to think so. And so do you.

Pope Francis spoke against the twin evils of capitalism — time and time again. And so have many of the world’s thought leaders.

And now we have another forum to voice our concerns and arrive at some semblance of action manifestation, because a lot of the world’s top management leaders will converge in Vienna Austria on November 13-14, 2014, to discuss this very question at the Global Peter Drucker Forum.

Peter Drucker and his management theories are the lived in gospel of Capitalist Society and Corporate Management practice. Drucker was the icon saint of all MBAs and all the MBA led corporation although he himself said: “Beware of the MBAs armed with greed alone.”
So this year we honour Peter Drucker and his Management Theory by convening in the Drucker Forum great reformist speakers that include Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and father of the Disruption effects of Innovation theory, Gary Hamel, Roger Martin, and yours truly, among many others.

It promises to be a Great School for Thought. No agreement on the issues is expected but it wasn’t meant to be a love-fest since this is not a hippie crowd either; and as the Peter Drucker Management Forum says we are going to talk and exchange views because: “We have arrived at a turning point. Either the world will embark on a route towards long-term growth and prosperity, or we will manage our way to economic decline.”

The question is whether the Drucker Forum in November or any forum and fora of global reach, will be able to generate adequate debate amongst high level participants and then manage to foster agreement on the way forward, and thus generate a united front for reform of capitalism and corporate management theory. Or whether the forum, will splinter into different factions, as thought leaders emphasize their own particular slant on the issues, with the obvious common ground among them being lost. Lost as so often happens in the din of heated debate when the participants are getting sidetracked on tiny doctrinal issues…

These are the expectations and admittedly it’s a rather low bar being set here. But let us at least examine, why the current calls for reform are significant, and why people have to stand up and take notice…

A number of aspects are significant for assessing the current calls for reform of Capitalism and Capitalist society and corporate practice in particular.

First of all is that these calls don’t come from a bunch of protesters camping in a park. They come from the most distinguished pro-business voices in the world —- the “heavy artillery” of capitalism itself.

Secondly, it isn’t just one or two voices. The critiques and the calls for change are many and simultaneous. Big-gun broadsides are coming all at once.

Thirdly, these thought leaders are not speaking in euphemisms or hedging their bets. These are flat-out denunciations of not just one sector, like the banking and finance sector, or of one firm, or slew of companies, but of the whole management culture that prevails in big business. Phrases like “stock price manipulation” (HBR), “corporate cocaine” (The Economist) and “zombie managers in the grip of management ideas that refuse to die” (Financial Times) are typical.

Fourthly, we now see leaders, trendsetting Investors, top of the world CEOs, and incumbent members of the C-suite all speaking out. Leaders, such as Tim Cook at Apple [AAPL], Paul Polman at Unilever [UN], Xavier Huillard at the Vinci Group and John Mackey at Whole Foods [WFM] are all vocal advocates for Change.
The important thing to notice is that these corporate leaders are speaking out while they are still in office, as compared to “elder statesmen” like Jack Welch, who called shareholder primacy “the dumbest idea in the world,” long after he had retired.

An even larger number of corporate leaders at firms like Gore, Google [GOOG], Amazon [AMZN], Linux, and Morning Star and many small organizations are actually practicing a more creative brand of management, even if they don’t always go around making speeches about capitalism.

Fifth, although there are different terms in use and different emphases, the common ground among the voices for change is more striking than the differences.

Finally, these thought leaders make a powerful case that the economic and social costs of current management practices are so grievous that in any event they are not sustainable. As Roger Martin argues in his article in the October issue of HBR on “The Rise and Fall of the Talent Economy,” change will happen, one way or another. The only question is whether the transition is going to be quick and intelligent and elegant, or slow and ugly and even violent—like the religious Reformation— and take more than a century.

Obstacles to a Reformation of capitalism are legion but none so pervasive as the apathy and entropy present in the system today. The Status-quo is not daft, or silly. It’s just morose…

Nevertheless, the obstacles to be overcome if the Drucker Forum is to contribute to the move towards a turning point are formidable, yet easily scaled.

First, calls for reform have been going on for a long time. “A-list management voices as well as a cohort of younger thinkers and doers, have been calling for the reinvention of management along these lines for years,” writes Simon Caulkin in the Financial Times. “But nothing much has changed, at least among large established companies—just look at the unreconstructed financial sector. If anything, managers report that short-term pressures are getting worse.” As Andrew Hill also writes in the Financial Times, “US chief executives hoard good news for stock sales” with dubious practices that resemble “cookie jar accounting.”

Second, overwhelming incentives are in place for the continuance of the status quo. In the period 2004-2013, Bill Lazonick’s research shows that share buybacks shifted some $3.4 trillion from organizations to their shareholders and managers away from employees, investment and innovation. This diversion of resources is macro-economic in scale. As the C-suite is becoming not just rich but legacy-rich, why should they change?

Third, the entrenched interests are mutually reinforcing, as society as a whole has come to accept the practices and ideology of 20th Century management as inevitable. The C-suite is offered extraordinary compensation by their boards for implementing the practices. Business schools teach their students how do it. Institutional shareholders are complicit. Regulators pursue individual wrong-doing rather than addressing systemic failure. Rating agencies reward malfeasance. Analysts applaud short-term gains and mostly ignore long-term rot. Politicians, lavished with campaign contributions, stand by and watch. In such a context, it isn’t easy for any individual business leader to take a stand and say: this is simply not right. It’s the entire society that needs to change.

Thus we are dealing with a systemic issue. This isn’t about individual corporate managers acting badly in isolation but about a number of key systemic elements—managers, their boards, investors, particularly institutional investors, regulators like the SEC, the central banks like the FED, financial institutions, hedge funds, business schools, rating agencies, the media—all acting in concert. The case can be made that corporate leaders find themselves operating in a society that has, as a whole, lost its way.

Fourth, a previous effort to reach common ground on the reform of management provided no clear path forward. Thus Gary Hamel in 2008 assembled a gathering of thirty-five of the world’s top management thinkers. Hamel wrote up the outcome in his famous article, “Moonshots For Management” in HBR in 2009. There was strong agreement that the current management model was broken, but no consensus among the strong-minded participants as to how to reform it.

Fifth, even if shareholder primacy is set aside, corporate leaders will have to master fundamentally different management practices, with a different kind of leadership that involves different ways of thinking, speaking and acting in the workplace. Old habits will die hard, even if their abandonment is rational and necessary. In the New York Times, Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, questions whether many of the “the conformist, risk-averse politicians who already control most American mega-corporations” are even capable of making the needed change.

Settling on a common cause now is crucial for progress away from the capitalist orthodoxy dogma.

The question on the agenda of the Drucker Forum is whether we have reached a turning point in management, and indeed in capitalism itself. If Peter Drucker himself were still with us, he might suggest that we begin by agreeing on a common set of questions, and then see whether we can even get close to some answers. The outcome will depend on whether the Forum can agree on the broad direction of change, or whether it will, allow obscure doctrinal differences to prevent any agreement. In effect, will pursuit of perfection, once again become the enemy of the good?

As Caulkin notes in the Financial Times, “the invisible link between sluggish innovation, cost-cutting, share buybacks, the jobs and pay squeeze, and neo-Taylorism, is management incentives. What locks them all together in a tight, self-reinforcing paradigm is shareholder value–the assertion that the sole purpose of the company is to maximize returns to shareholders.”

If this is correct, the principal question for the Drucker Forum is whether we will be able to agree on severing this invisible link. Will the Forum accept that this is the critical link that needs to be broken? Obviously the Forum itself has no power to sever the link, but will it be able to show how it might be done and point the way forward?

“The fact that this is a zombie idea does nothing to weaken its hold on the corporate psyche, particularly in the US,” writes Simon Caulkin. As the late London Business School scholar Sumantra Ghoshal explained: “The problem is not that we fail to recognize good management practice — it is rather that bad management theory and practice, anesthetized it.”

Yours,
Pano

PS:

So Yes, an era of management-led sustainable growth is both feasible and urgently needed.

But the renaissance will not flourish unless a stake is driven through the heart of the shareholder-primacy zombie first.

And that task is hard because it takes a whole “village” to accomplish.

So come along, stand with me, and be counted, in Vienna and at the Drucker Forum this November.

Egg Foo Yong is called Happy Food in China and is an essential element of the Dim Sum trays in Hong Kong.

And as it turns out today this is the sustaining food for the Democracy activists and protesters in the Central District of HK.

Now that tens of thousands of people have been “occupying” the tear-gas-filled streets of Hong Kong’s Central district to fight for their democratic rights — they need to be fed and nourished and this staple of people’s kitchen with it’s full nutrient value is helping get the job done. Makeshift kitchens turn them up by the hundreds and along with rolls and dumplings it represents the best Pro-Democracy food the world over, because it all started back n Tiananmen Square in 1989 where egg-foo-yong was the most sought after food feeding the always hungry bellies of the Pro-Democracy and Pro-Liberty protesters, hoping to create a new People-Loving China.

And now some 25 years later hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have again showed up to fight for Lady Liberty and Democracy with bellies full of egg-foo-yong… this time filling Hong Kong’s central district.

Many more people are joining them, each and every day. The demonstrators are right to protest, because China is at a crossroads in Hong Kong having caused this immense political crisis

We believe that the ongoing peaceful citizens’ movement in Hong Kong, led primarily by students, is a result of the Chinese authorities reneging on their commitment to the people of Hong Kong under the “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement, which promised them democratic universal suffrage for the selection of the Chief Executive in 2017.

But that was not delivered as promised. Now the people have erupted…

What is needed is for Beijing to address the underlying causes that have led the Hong Kong people to launch such a movement in the first place, by granting them the free exercise of democratic rights. The solution to this crisis must be political, and must not include the use of force.

The ongoing events represent an important test for the direction that will be taken by China, and the alternative in front of the Chinese Communist Party is clear: either China implements much needed political reforms in Hong Kong and in the mainland, or it strengthens its authoritarian grip. This would fuel aggressive nationalism, leading China along the wrong path in the future while sending a bleak message to the international community.

China’s government has promised Hong Kong’s citizens that they can freely elect their Chief Executive in 2017. But, given that candidates are to be carefully vetted by an unelected committee of pro-Chinese appointees, citizens would have no meaningful choice at all. Only people who “love China” – that is, love the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – need apply.

One can almost understand why China’s leaders should be baffled by this show of defiance in Hong Kong. After all, the British simply appointed governors when Hong Kong was still a crown colony, and nobody protested then.

Indeed, the deal that Hong Kong’s colonial subjects appeared to accept – leaving politics alone in exchange for the opportunity to pursue material prosperity in a safe and orderly environment – is not so different from the deal accepted by China’s educated classes today. The common opinion among British colonial civil servants, businessmen, and diplomats was that the Chinese were not really interested in politics anyway; all they cared about was money.

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of Chinese history knows that this view was patently false. But, for a long time, it seemed to be true in Hong Kong. There was, however, a significant difference between Hong Kong under the British and under China today. Hong Kong was never a democracy, but it did have a relatively free press, a relatively honest government, and an independent judiciary – all backed by a democratic government in London.

For most Hong Kong citizens, the prospect of being handed over in 1997 from one colonial power to another was never an entirely happy one. But what really invigorated politics in Hong Kong was the brutal crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and in other Chinese cities in 1989. Huge demonstrations took place in Hong Kong to protest the massacre, and massive commemorations of the event are held every June, keeping alive a memory that is repressed and fading in the rest of China.

It was not simply humanitarian rage that galvanized so many people in Hong Kong to act in 1989. They recognized then that under future Chinese rule, only genuine democracy might safeguard the institutions that protected Hong Kong’s freedoms. Without any significant say in how they were to be governed, Hong Kong’s citizens would be at the mercy of China’s leaders.

From the point of view of China’s Communist rulers, this seems perverse. They regard Hong Kongers’ democratic demands as a misguided effort to mimic Western politics, or even as a form of nostalgia for British imperialism. Either way, the demonstrators’ agenda is considered “anti-Chinese.”

The way China’s rulers see it, only firm control from the top and the CCP’s unquestioned supremacy can create the conditions needed for a rich and powerful China to emerge. Democracy, in their view, leads to disorder; freedom of thought causes popular “confusion”; and public criticism of the Party tends toward the breakdown of authority.

In this sense, the CCP is rather traditional. But, though Chinese government always was authoritarian, it was not always as corrupt as it is now. Nor were China’s politics always as lawless.

China traditionally had institutions – clan associations, religious communities, business groups, and so on – that were relatively autonomous. Imperial rule may have been authoritarian, but there were large pockets of independence from central control. In that sense, Hong Kong is perhaps more traditional than the rest of China, excluding, of course, Taiwan.

Today, the CCP’s political supremacy places it above the law, which encourages corruption among Party officials, whether at the local or national level. Strict Party control of religious, academic, artistic, and journalistic expression stifles the dissemination of necessary information and creative thought. The lack of an independent judiciary undermines the rule of law. None of this benefits future development.

When Hong Kong was formally handed back to China 17 years ago, some optimists thought that the former colony’s greater freedoms would help to reform the rest of China. The example of a clean bureaucracy and independent judges would strengthen the rule of law throughout the country. Others, for the same reason, regarded Hong Kong as a dangerous Trojan horse that could seriously undermine the Communist order.

So far, there is no evidence that the protesters in Hong Kong’s Central district have any ambition to undermine, let alone topple, the government in Beijing. They have their hands full just standing up for their own rights in Hong Kong, and the chance that they will succeed appears to be slim. Chinese President Xi Jinping is anxious to show how tough he can be. Compromise would smack of weakness. His aim seems to be to make Hong Kong more like the rest of China, rather than the other way round.

And yet, there is every reason to believe that China would benefit greatly from the opposite course. Less official corruption, more trust in the law, and greater freedom of thought would make China a more stable, more creative, and even more prosperous society.

In the short term, this probably will not happen. But the people who truly “love China” are more likely to be found in the streets of Hong Kong than in the closed government compounds of Beijing.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

What is now needed to put the genie back in the bottle is first for Beijing to address the underlying causes that have led the Hong Kong people to launch such a movement in the first place, by granting them the free exercise of democratic rights.

Second is the need to understand by remembering Tiananmen Square that the solution to this crisis must be political, and must not include the use of force.

Thirdly we should all recognize that the ongoing events represent an important test for the direction that China will take in the future; and that the alternative in front of the Chinese Communist Party is clear:

Either China implements much needed political reforms in Hong Kong and in the mainland, or it strengthens its authoritarian grip.

Although it is clearly evident that China will opt for the second choice, it is good to remind the leaders amongst those reading this blog that this course of the Politburo, will fuel international isolation and the reverse effects of aggressive nationalism — thus leading China along the wrong path in the future while sending a bleak message to the international community.

As for your growth… well you might have an embargo to look forward to.

Please Remember this.

The idea that an increase in economic growth leads to an increase in inflation is risible.

The idea that decreased growth reduces inflation is similarly laughable.

Yet these ludicrous ideas have been reflected endlessly in the media and in old school government and academia as correct.

Yet, whether in Macro or in Micro Economics, these ideas makes no more sense than believing that the Monsters hiding under your bed are holding regular Congress meetings in order to undermine your worthless life.

And it’s a similarly daft tale when senior banking economists spout nonsense by saying that growth causes inflation, and that is a scary scenario.

This high level Fear-mongering accomplishes certain ends. That much we know for certain. Yet the very fact that anti-growth bankers and politicians are so legitimately stupid, is what’s so scary about this silly position…

If you need proof of this position — take the equation of exchange, MV = Py, where M is the money supply; V is the velocity of money — that is, the speed at which money circulates; P is the price level; and y is the real output of the economy (real gross domestic product):

If the growth rate of real GDP increases and the growth rates of M and V are held constant, the growth rate of the price level must fall.
But the growth rate of the price level is just another term for the inflation rate; therefore, inflation must fall.
An increase in the rate of economic growth means more goods for money to “chase,” which puts downward pressure on the inflation rate.

For example:

If the money supply grows at 7 percent a year and velocity is constant and if annual economic growth is 3 percent, inflation must be 4 percent (more exactly, 3.9 percent).
If, however, economic growth rises to 4 percent, inflation falls to 3 percent (actually, 2.9 percent).

That being said, if the Federal Reserve Bank increases the growth rate of the money supply and if this increase is unanticipated, then sellers of products and sellers of labor will, for a while, mistakenly think that the higher dollar prices of goods and higher wages they are seeing are higher real prices and higher real wages…

Yours,
Pano

PS:
Surely, some merchants, economists, bureaucrats and assorted donkeys, will mistakenly conclude that the higher growth led to higher inflation.

But we know better, because it didn’t.

Higher growth of the money supply led, temporarily, to both higher inflation and higher real growth.

That’s it.

That’s All.

Nothing More Is Needed.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 2, 2014

Brain Software and the rise of the Internet

Dr Pano Kroko:

BRAIN SOFTWARE = Read the book Brain Software by Dr Pano Kroko here…

Originally posted on Bleeding Edge Blog:

Subjects of my writing such as Brain Software and the genomic Liberty to evolve through accidents and nucleo-formation of the genome are very much bleeding edge thought.

Research hasn´t yet caught on to this area of thought…

 Brain Software evolution through accidents and nucleo-formation of the genome is not possible. But the equivalent is the patches of code that liberal mutations, viruses and assorted intellectual tangents have supplied.  Free thinking tangents such as this…

Read the book Brain Software and as many friends ask for it… here it is in a free digital format for my internet community and friends: http://www.lulu.com/content/3849030

The Liberty to think and act freely is paramount to human survival. Is the same as the Liberty to make protein coding genes that account for our DNA  even though about 99% of what we carry are pseudogenes…. is astounding.

But especially because of the pseudogenes is that…

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Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | October 1, 2014

There is a Time for everything

Ecclesiastes wrote this wonderful vignette of Life:

1 there is a time for everything,
and a season for everything…
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace

And it all sounds so deadly serious, as it should be coming from the Religious Scholars and dark clothed know it all type of folks…

But I have a couple of simpler additions to make to the list.

So here it goes:

There is a time to laugh, and a time to think. There is a time to Love and a time to Be Loved. There is a time to work and a time to play. There is a time to read and a time to watch movies and weep… and so on.

So do take the time to laugh, because it is the music of the soul.

Do take time to think, because it is the source of power.

Do take time to read, because it is the fountain of wisdom.

Do take time to love because it is a God-given privilege.

Do take time to work, because it is the price of success.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

But above all else…

Do take time to be Loved because it is the source of Strength in your Life.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | September 28, 2014

Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation

Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation as seen through the Lens of Leading a Meaningful Life…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | September 28, 2014

Social Enterprise

In Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy — the greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but to also educate and share our knowledge, and “mining” tools with them, all in order to reveal their own native wealth, and sustainable resources, and to help them harvest it for the long run.

Yours,
Pano

PS:
We will be running our Social Enterprise Forum for Leading Philanthropists, Family Officers, and Foundations this October in Oxford, and you are invited.

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | September 26, 2014

Aesthetics of Democracy

Am writing a new book after my best seller “Democracy” and it is almost like a companion.

Only this time it bridges the chasm of Politics and Art.

It is called “The Aesthetics of Democracy” and it’s core tenet is that art and the aesthetic in general are the founding condition of the possibility of establishing social and political democracy.

The idea is based on Socrates, Plato’s and Aristotle’s experiences and examinations of contemporary Philosophical and Economic evidence and finds that Democracy is historically shaped by Aesthetic Conflict.

I believe that Aesthetics and Morality derived from that set up an opposition of east and west that shapes all contemporary cultural politics.

There is a way of outwitting this potentially dangerous struggle of east and west grounded in an aestheticism and a validation of sensory experience.

I propose a new model of cultural Democracy, based on a revitalized and positively valorized notion of capabilities in order to avoid the hypocrisy of the Oligarchies currently ruling us.

But let us remember also the great poet Walt Whitman’s significance to contemporary democratic theory — through his poetry and artful writing.

Whitman was neither a theorist of moral or aesthetic individualism nor a theorist of communitarian Democracy, but rather a proponent of the democratic sublime virtue.

Whitman’s account of “aesthetic democracy” emphasizes the affective and poetic dimensions of the True nature of the political life of government by the people, from the people, and for the people.

As for Whitman, so it is for me: The popular attachment to democracy requires an aesthetic component, without which we are rudderless flaying ourselves like sails loosened in the wind.

That is why am aiming to enact the required reconfiguration of popular sensibility through the depiction of the people themselves as a sublime aesthetic, world-making power for Democratic Innovation.

Through aesthetic translation of the vox-populi, we can only hope to engender a robustly transformative democratic political process.

I have found the resources for political regeneration in the poetics of everyday citizenship, in the democratic potential of ordinary life, and in the suffering of those who don’t have access to Justice and Democracy…

Maybe you are one of them.

If so cry out please.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

My idea of a vibrant and alive Democracy through modern political innovation, is a Renaissance whose roots lie in Robespierre and Machiavelli, but whose contemporary strength lies in its potential for an ethical encounter with crowdsourcing wisdom of Government.

Let’s see Democracy as an Innovation ever evolving and we will win it back…

Posted by: Dr Pano Kroko | September 23, 2014

Last Chance Saloon

We seem to be the species of last chances.

Last minute chances come and go with ferocious frequency.

Sometimes we miss the plane and sometimes we make it as the gate is closing.

Climate Change is like that too…

Take for example this last year of near Scottish independence, and the shattering of many comfortable myths, when all three of UK’s regions, Scotland, England, and Wales, had their wettest winter and their hottest summer on record.

It’s like the announcement of the Airplane gate closing…

This is a record setting rain, flood, and heat year. Most of all of these climate extremes, packed in a single year, since the time of Isaac Newton, and certainly since the creation of the physical sciences laboratory taking temperature and atmospheric weather measurements. That is record setting stuff since serious meteorological records keeping began in the United Kingdom.

That’s something…

It’s not exactly the biblical floods that Noe endured but the next best thing…

But let’s be patient – we still have some time because the plane hasn’t taken off yet.

And this week, we will witness yet another of these wettest events, as wet behind the ears, politicians are denying the need to do something drastic about it.

As the half a Million people who demonstrated and protested in the streets of New York against Climate Change Inaction spoke in body politik — their leaders are convening at the United Nations halls to discuss, disambiguate, and dissemble, the truth that is staring them in the face.

So as the leaders get together and dissect “mosquitos” — this week promises to be the last chance moment and a simple test of Leadership.

Do we have Leadership or not?

Will we get on the plane or will we miss the flight?

It’s good to know that this is the Last Flight getting out of “Saigon” burning … by the way.

It is this sweaty moment, that we have to decide whether we will betray all future generations through a general lack of Understanding, Leadership, and Will, so we can all sleep soundly hoping that it doesn’t rain cats and dogs tomorrow…

In all likelihood we will all be at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York this Thursday to listen to world leaders, among them, UK’s David Cameron, Barack Obama, and more than 120 other political leaders from around the world, — outlining how they intend to address the growing threats affecting humanity, from climate change.

The Climate Summit has been convened by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki Moon, in order to try to build high-level support for efforts to reach an international agreement to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, which is due to be discussed and finalized in Paris next year.

The ambition is that countries will outline how they intend to stop the exponential growth in emissions of carbon dioxide [CO2] and other greenhouse gases, heating up the planet and it’s atmosphere, within the next decades. And then to discuss how to put us on a path towards zero CO2 emissions; by the second half of this century.

A tall order about waiting to board a flight on an aeroplane that is already taxiing down the runway.

Since we are caught without a global treaty on climate warming CO2 emissions, as the planet flexes it’s stormy muscles… it will be very hard to callback the plane at the gate, for the world to get in and thus escape the floods, disasters, and super storms, leading to all the other catastrophic impacts of the global average temperature rising by more than 4 degrees Celsius above its pre-industrial levels.

The consequences of creating a climate not seen on Earth for millions of years, will not be suffered primarily by us but by all those Peoples, who will be still here next century.

If you have children you know what that means… That is if there are any people left alive after the incoming deluge…

Because by then, if the climate has warmed by four degrees or maybe much more — the Earth is likely to have passed a number of tipping points, such as irreversible melting of the Greenland ice sheet, soil too hot for agriculture, ocean acidification, flooding of all the major coastal plains and cities where almost 90% of us live, and many other tragic and dramatic consequences of our inaction and tardiness to act.

Forget London, Tokyo, New York, and all other cities that will be submerged. Ninety percent of the Human Civilization and People will be lost. A dark age will descend upon us all over again. Surely some people will survive on mountaintops and High Lands, fighting each other with bows and arrows. Survival will be a nasty business red of tooth and claw.

But we’ve had plenty of warning. Because leading up to this dismal future there are already sudden thrusts and terrible consequences of our malfeasance, manifested in all the readings of our Environment and ecosystems failures.

Let us wake up now and act because we cannot and should not expect a linear and gradually accelerating and potentially irreversible disruption of lives and livelihoods. This thing it will be massive. Much like the thrust of the engines at full tilt to achieve lift off velocity, the planet will awake and shake up all it’s fury suddenly to adjust to the new equilibrium.

The massive despiciation will not happen like the slowly cooking frogs of the French example. It will all come down to a sudden and terribly powerful storm system that will shatter all of our illusions, and put heed to our very lives.

And even though nearly all of us will be gone by the start of the next century, it is we who have to determine this week and in the next few months whether we live or die.

Forget about minding for our descendants of the 22nd century who will have to cope with the risks created by a climate that modern Homo-Sapiens, less than 250,000 years old, has never experienced.

This choice of our inaction in the face of cataclysmic threats — is shockingly criminal when seen from the perspective of the scientific evidence of sudden and devastating climate change that has now been assembled.

But we have been wilfully blind because we have constructed an economic and political system that leads us to disregard this Existential threat in order to care about our “Money” and we thus sacrifice our own lives and well-being and even the very existence of our children and grandchildren to the altar of the Money God.

We make decisions about our economy based on models that discount the future greatly. We place a discount value on all things far afield, so that the further in the future someone is born, the less they are worth to us or to the system. Especially if we are not going to be alive then… This means that the horrible impacts of catastrophic Climate Change on our children’s children, and on all other Peoples we don’t intimately know, are simply dismissed out of hand.

We are investors and users of the most criminal industry on Earth — the Fossil Fuel Industry. We are killing species at a rate not seen since the last Great Despiciation and we think that as a species we are immune to the same fate as our neighbouring species that get lost and radically diminished.

We listen and watch the Media companies that are owned by the same owners of the Fossil Fuel cartel. And the sad thing is that although we know their complicity in the biggest Crime ever perpetuated in the face of this Earth — we still trust them to set up our minds.

We elect politicians that work for and get funded by that criminal Fossil Fuel industry and supported by the Fossil Fuel Media and yet we don’t bat an eyelid when we are required to subsidize this bunch of criminals and we have to fork over all of our wealth and power. Further we have to hand over our lunch money to just drive ourselves over to work so we can shell out our hard earned capital to them in order to power up our lives and thus allow them to oppress us further.

All that when we’ve been given plentiful sources of Free Energy available for the harvest. Abundant Sunshine, Winds, Waves, Tides, Geothermal, electromagnetic, and even Air-Tesla energy that we can safely use for all of our needs.

And we listen to no reasonable argument so long as we are glued on the TV of the Fossil Fuel industry criminals spewing Propaganda and hatred of anything decent and clean.

We are like the three little monkeys — No see, no hear, no speak — as pure economic evidence mounts of the many Growth and Development Opportunities arising out of the Clean Economy.

Report upon report and study upon study proves unequivocally that we are facing a Death Threat such as we have never faced before and we can survive and thrive by simply shifting to a New Energy paradigm.

Another major report arrived across our desk about “The New Climate Economy” that shows us how many of the actions we have taken so far are actually causing us harm because they were compromises with the Fossil Fuel industry.

And yet the report explains that if we were to take the correct action in order to prevent future generations from facing huge risks from climate change — we would also have other more immediate economic benefits, such as growth and economic development and direct health effects such as reducing local air pollution, and preventing premature deaths and asthma related deaths of children and adults and reducing heart disease and cancers etc.

Yet we still choose to hold public discussions about whether climate change is real…
And we discuss with the newspapers and TV personalities that in reality they act as PR agencies of the Fossil Fuel Industry, and we are involved in discussions that are mediated by newspapers and broadcasters, who are obsessed with spreading doubt about the very existence of Climate Change. Of course they know that doubt, uncertainty and fear breed Discord and thus we are for ever perpetuating controversy about whether there is a problem, instead of focusing attention on what should be done to fix it.

Yet the day of Reckoning is near. And as few of the editors of our national media bother to cover the mounting evidence that the UK, the US, Europe and the World in total are already experiencing climate change — we remain blissfully unawares.

Science and Simple Measurements tell us that our last seven warmest years and four of our five wettest years on record have all occurred from 2000 onwards. This year has so far been both the warmest and wettest since records began three centuries ago and officially back in 1910, and has included the rainiest winter we have seen.

But worst of all, we have constructed a political process that focuses on narrow, near-sighted concerns rather than on the profound long-term challenges that we face. In doing so, we have undermined the legitimacy of our democratic elections by alienating many young people who are turning their backs on traditional party politics, not out of apathy, but out of sheer disgust and disillusionment.

It is a symptom of how little politics has to offer the young that none of the leaders of the three biggest political parties in the House of Commons, or in the European Parliament have made a major speech on climate change since the last election more than four years ago.

Meanwhile, the Tories, the Ukip, the general Media and political scepticism and denialism, and the US Republican party unscientific bend, have all surged in popularity, mainly among older and Conservative or ignorant arteriosclerotic voters.

This popularity of deniers and hiding of the Truth is scary, because the Tories and Republicans in government, are taking anti Climate policies to a new level, while embracing outright denial of climate change as part of their laughable energy policy that pledges a revival of coal, the dirtiest of the fossil fuels.

It is little wonder then that there will be a record low turn-out of young voters in the general election of the UK next May, even though whichever party wins will help to decide whether there should be a strong international agreement on climate change.

And so there will be no Global Climate Agreement on sight…

Our best hope is for young voters to express their despair about our dismal politics, not by boycotting the general election as some have advocated, but instead by speaking out loudly and fiercely, and forcing potential MPs to confront long-term issues such as climate change in the run-up to the next general election.

In doing so, they would ensure that their best interests, and the best interests of future generations, are not betrayed by those political leaders who will decide nothing this year — hoping to kick the can down the road so they can decide nothing substantial in Paris next year either…

And thus whether the world will avoid dangerous climate change, or drown and get cooked in it — is all left up to chance.

Yours,
Pano

PS:

But I think that it is really up to us and it is our Responsibility to Set Things Straight.

The Fossil Fuel Industry does what it has to do but we are ultimately responsible for our situation.

Because it is us that remain passive while the World is going to hell in a handbasket.

When was the last time you acted against Fossil Fuels and the criminal industry that handles them and profits from the general misery of the planet and it’s people?

But some of us act because we know that the true meaning of responsibility is in remembering and acting solely if need be to enhance our ability to respond.

And whatever we may think, say, do, or feel in private or in our political lives – these are our responses for which we, and no one else, are responsible.

This is easy to see but hard to live, for we have been taught to believe and think the opposite.

So we don’t consciously choose our response, we react instead, and then we blame others for our reaction.

No wonder we feel imprisoned by others and our circumstances. The enlightened, on the other hand, have broken the spell, they see the illusion. They take full responsibility for their response abilities and as a consequence, they always hold their own destiny in their own hands.

So the United Nations meeting tomorrow is really the Last Chance Saloon and Ban Ki-Moon is the veritable barman serving up the whiskey to the assembled cowboys and cowgirls..

Do you really think there will be any breakthroughs there?

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