The world in a truly democratic era

Have you heard of the Visions 2100 project? Leaders and thinkers from around the world, and especially from my home town of Adelaide have contributed their Visions for a world in 2100. The premise is that we need positive stories to shape a positive future and this project and book is a great start. The stories are hopeful and sometimes slightly dark. Commentators in the climate change space simply can’t ignore the enormous challenge we have left ourselves and the impossibly slow pace of change at the moment. Nevertheless they have summoned their optimism and tackled the idea from a fantastic range of dimensions – energy, transport, lifestyle, culture etc.

I have a particular interest in the way the internet is breaking down so many industrial era structures. Clay Shirky talks about the hierarchy becoming redundant as people self-organise. A common theme of many of the books I have read is the way information is becoming free and the innovative business models of this new information-era.

So I thought I would take up the Visions 2100 challenge and try to craft 200 words of my own:

We learned to share

By 2100 we have shrugged off the hierarchy of the traditional organisation and everything we do focuses on the contributions we can make rather than the rules we must obey. We don’t use consensus to make decisions, but rather we have opted for a rapid and flexible approach built on the early 21st century idea of Holacracy.

Our energy systems were the first to transform. Solar energy had democratised energy by becoming cheaper than any other power supply. When their customers started self-organising to trade energy and optimise their usage times, the energy companies fell into line. Over time these behemoths have come to resemble the communities they serve and have shed the profit-driven corporate culture of the 2020’s.

Climate change too was solved by individual action and cooperation. While international governments dallied, people worked out how to share their surpluses and bring down the overall human carbon footprint. The human cost of climate tragedies in the early part of the century shook us all into action, we needed to do something and so we did. West helping east, north reaching out to south. Yes, this was the century when we built the tools for self organising and once we had, we all learned to share.

Do you have a vision for 2100?

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About Heather

I am an energy and climate change specialist with a background in industrial energy efficiency and climate change policy.
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