The fourth and fifth part of David's book center on evolving a new story for our economy. The old story is about greed, usurious practices and unlimited growth.
Now, what is your story for a new kind of economy? How does it look? Which values do you feel should be embodied in this new economy? Are there already examples of this?
I really like focusing on change. The old system is rotten and crumbling. How can we build a new and better one? Take your time to reflect on this. 5,000 years of Empire cannot be undone with the stroke of a pen. We need to develop new patterns of thought on economy, cooperation, spirituality, politics, and the like.
Michael, you make some excellent points here. I cannot go into all of these here at once, and will leave a lot open for others to comment upon. I have many points of consideration to present, which I will do only gradually to avoid overload.
A theme that probably will recur often is that of grand design versus micro change. David Korten concentrates more on the grand picture and some general principles in his book Agenda for a new economy. That is fine, because that was the goal of his book. In Yes! magazine there are stories of local action, which supplement as it were the big picture story.
At this historic point in time, we may need global action. That requires a lot of cooperation between groups and organizations. This seems difficult to realize. Many groups have their own agenda and perspective and distrust and/or ignore other groups.
However the case may be, I believe that local action is of paramount importance to change things. In nature, we often can observe the emergence of islands of activity (example: cells in a developing organism), that grow and start interconnecting with other islands, to form new structures. Repair of broken bones works the same way, If I recall right.
So, I really like the idea of autonomous groups doing their thing. Even better if these groups can interconnect in meaningful ways to serve a healthy purpose. In the Do-it-yourself handbook for changing our world, http://meuser.awardspace.com/articles/Do%20it%20yourself%20%96%20A%... there's a whole chapter on autonomy and consensus forming. I really like that idea. Listen to what others have to say. Not 51% majority vote and neglect the 49%, no: learn to listen to others. How many of us can do that? Listen, without preconceived notions of the other. Listen, without thinking: I will push my ideas through anyway.
Another facet of natural organisms is, how control is established between the parts. I have written a bit about that in my articles on integrative philosophy. Stafford Beer is the important writer in this regard. Maybe more on him later, when the occasion warrants it. David Korten briefly mentions fractal organization in his book too. Another, related point, is the innate, hardwired, urge for cooperation that David mentions in his lectures and his book. Research confirms this point of view. Darwinian struggle for life is of far less importance than many believe. We can explore that at some point. There seems to be a new book on that topic around.
So, we can discuss many things, including examples from Yes! magazine, micro actions like Local Exchange Trading Systems, permaculture, community gardening, Transition Towns Initiatives, repair shops, and other forms of local action.
It's all open to the member's considered input. I will not "give all the answers", if any such thing exists, all members are requested to give their ideas and experiences.
As to your question "Are (new) patterns developed, or realized/seen?" I would say: both. Patterns and possibilities are grasped through the visionary mind and realized through a series of developmental steps, which I have described in my postings on creation philosophy and psychology on this board.