What characterizes most processes is emergence, namely that the interacting actions from many different actors unintentionally are creating an environment. This is especially true of nature, where complex eco-systems defined by dynamic equilibrium arise from the life desire of organisms trying to survive.
Human societies are also having emergent properties. Ultimately, the norms, moral values and culture of a society is formed by the conscious and unconscious interactions between individual persons, who organize in families, friend clusters, congregations, clubs, associations, companies and public entities – and a civil society is formed. Our society is not a static entity where we have no choice but to abide to the structures, but rather a meta-organism that perpetuates itself every new morning. If for example everyone decided to stay in bed every morning instead of fulfilling their functions, the public order would soon break down followed by the infrastructure.
Of course, there is also an element of coercion, through the threat of force, and a power dynamic whereas a minority generally exert control over the largest share of resources in a society, supported by intellectual and bureaucratic elites that legitimize the system. There are also societies which are extremely centralized and where the elites are concentrating all wealth and power to themselves, and civil society is either entirely co-opted or erased.
Most societies in the world are however not characterized by totalitarianism, but by interaction between elites on various levels and different actors in the civil society – which is a social ecosystem of varying groups, which help to recreate society every new morning. Various different actors are trying to consciously transform society by trying to influence culture, economics, spirituality and politics in various ways.
We believe that the most effective and rewarding strategy to transform society towards sustainability is to build up strong local grassroots movements and helping communities to transform their own culture by educating the citizens and engaging with them.
Therefore, a large and important part of what we are doing is that we are initiating or helping local groups to initiate projects aimed to improve the ecological and social sustainability of their communities.
Such projects can deal with permaculture, cybernetics, 3D-printing, construction, energy, water management, local re-terraforming and transport, but also local democracy, participation, equality, autonomy and building bridges between different communities in term of experience-sharing and the improvement of relations.
Sadly, activism is often today associated with wanton vandalism and self-indulgent negativity. We want to transform society by helping individuals and communities develop the strong aspects of their character, personalities and desires for change, into a constructive and creative force that could move us towards sustainability – neighborhood by neighborhood.