RPC, welcome to the new SCC: enter the new era for collective impact.
“Short-term thinking makes people desperate, ungenerous, impulsive. Long-term thinking makes people calm, gracious, and controlled.”
How to shift from the center to the peripherals?
How to put people at the center of that shift?
How to build prosperity on our shift?
As I am sitting in the warmth of my house in the south of France, a war is raging in the easter part of Europe where Russia is invading Ukraine.
As I reflect on the values that we are broadcasting to the world today, I am wondering what part I have been playing.
I see that the world is very polarized today more than ever, as far as I can remember.
Maybe we have been going too far, pushing a set of values that does not contribute to the collective well-being of the human race.
At many pivotal times in history, those moments have bent the path of human trajectory.
There have been a lot of moments where all we can see, as humans, what sets us apart.
The SCC has so blindsided us:
- S as Self Interest,
- C as Capital,
- C as Competition.
Maybe the actual battle is not the one of capitalism versus communism. We know who won that battle.
The actual battle is the one from individual values to collective ones.
Before diving into what changes we can make, let us examine the values that have failed us.
1. S AS SELF INTEREST — With social platforms, the individual is at the pinnacle of their self-reflection. Yet it is just a reflection polarized through the mirrors of the different social platforms we are exposed to.
In our societies today, the end justifies the means. We feel entitled to seek our good, no matter what.
As humans, we collectively consume 2.5 times what the Earth can produce every year. And this trend is hardcoded at an individual level.
More and more, we are focusing on ourselves as singularities. Yet we are part of a network. Each of us is a synapsis in the brain of Nature, like trees, animals, the oceans, the soil, and the sun.
If we hold ourselves to the energy passing through us, just for us, the whole brain will suffocate.
We need to move to another model.
2. C AS CAPITAL — With the crisis of subprimes in 2008, with the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and with the war in Ukraine, most of us are losing.
Yet those holding the capital see their wealth increase each time there is a crisis.
Banks, pharmaceutical companies, and arms dealers make sure that they squeeze the best out of every crisis.
Each time there is a crisis, the capital thrives while the human capital barely survives.
The intention is not to set an “us versus them.” Indeed we are all on this together, from Dakar to Jakarta, from Bombay to the Californian bay, from Beijing to Brasilia.
Capital is good. Yet it is used more to divide us today than to unite us. It serves some happy few and enslaves the rest of humanity.
We need to reach for another level.
3. C AS COMPETITION — We see life as a finite game. We only play for the win of our team.
Maybe your team is our company, our community, or our country. Maybe the team is our family and our loved ones. Maybe the team is just us and our greed.
Competition is not always a bad thing. However, when done correctly, competition can be a driver to grow and surpass ourselves.
Yet we have shrunken it down to the worst thing: a winner takes all mindset.
We are never satisfied as humans because it is not the amount of wealth that will make our belly full.
We are fools who will be just bittered when death comes knocking at our door.
Competition creates more opponents than it provides wins.
We need to level up to a new game: the game of life.
From SCC to RPC: the new paradigm shift for our society.
RPC can mean a lot of things.
One simple and powerful meaning is Real and Profound Change.
That is a change that comes from within each of us.
RPC also stands for Remote Procedure Call:
“In distributed computing, a remote procedure call (RPC) is when a computer program causes a procedure (subroutine) to execute in a different address space (commonly on another computer on a shared network), which is coded as if it were a normal (local) procedure call, without the programmer explicitly coding the details for the remote interaction.”
We can pick up some terms from the above definition: distributed, different address space, shared network.
Maybe the computer is trying to tell us something here: the power of distributed responsibilities, the connection of different spaces as a single space, and the impact of local actions on a global scale.
Now we can derive our RPC procedure from humanity:
1. FROM SELF INTEREST TO RECIPROCITY: PROMOTE PUBLIC GOOD — We often ask ourselves that one question. At least most of us ask ourselves that question when we act on self-interest solely.
What would happen if everybody on Earth did the same?
This question above will help us move from self-interest to reciprocity because it triggers the empathic brain in our primal needs.
We need to move towards decisions and actions that can serve the public good and serve us, maybe.
It should not be the other way around.
Promoting actions and behaviors that can serve us collectively is the only sustainable way of life. Moreover, it is the most inclusive way to consider that we are part of Nature.
2. FROM CAPITAL TO PEOPLE: PERPETUATE ECONOMIC GROWTH — Some people are rich, maybe crazy rich.
Some people create space for each of us to build wealth.
Capital is great. People are just awesome. We must not invest in people just to get more money.
We must invest in people so that they can grow, build their wealth and help solve Humanity’s health situations, including mental health.
Only wealthy people from within can become resilient and find ways to solve local issues that can contribute to the problems on a global scale.
People are the source power of economic (and sustainable) growth.
3. FROM COMPETITION TO COOPERATION: PRODUCE PROSPERITY — The game of life is not a finite game. The game of life is an infinite game.
A finite game is time-limited and has winners and losers. Therefore, it is a zero-sum game.
An infinite game has only one rule: to continue playing forever. It is not about winning or losing.
If we want to play by the rules of infinite games, we need to cooperate. That is the only reasonable way of playing it.
The competition will only drive our gains down over time, and we don’t have an infinite source of supplies.
We can compete against each other and drain ourselves in the way of individual gains.
We can cooperate and prosper together as one collective brain.
As humans, we often fail to learn from history for 2 reasons.
The first one is that we naturally bury traumas deeper in our collective subconscious. As a result, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes repeatedly.
The second reason is that our history is often written and told by the victors. Hence we only get one side of the story. Yet there are always at least 2 sides to every story.
Clearly, the SCC model has failed us. We need to move to the RPC framework.
We need to shatter the old frames to the ground. We need to harvest sustainable values and take inspiration from Nature to create a new system that works for all of us.
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