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Reducing Cultural Entropy

Unlike the cultural entropy of an organisation which is a principally a reflection of the values and beliefs of the current leaders, and the institutional legacy of past leaders, the cultural entropy of a community or nation goes much deeper.

Whilst it is influenced by current and past leaders, it is also significantly influenced by current and past events, as well as the collective history of the community or nation.

The beliefs and memories in the collective psyche of the community or nation can go back decades and centuries, particularly in situations where there has been a history of ethnic or religious discrimination.

As long as there are a significant number of people in the community or nation that are operating with socialised minds and have not yet individuated, it will be very difficult to bring about a significant cultural shift.

There are two ways in which this can be done:

  • Through the emergence of a highly respected self-actualized leader who makes values-based decisions and operates with a self-transforming mind—someone such as Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Ghandi—a role model that everyone respects  who embraces tolerance, non-violence and forgiveness
  • Through the gradual evolution of the living conditions of the community or nation to the point where the deficiency needs of the masses are being met—economic prosperity, universal health services, social safety nets, rule of law, and education for all, etc.

We are already seeing the Cultural Transformation Tools being used to carry out values assessments in communities and nations. In Latvia, Iceland, Finland and Australia these assessments have precipitated national discussions on values. (See: Stories of Social Measurement and Change)

Ultimately, reducing the cultural entropy of a community or nation is about the evolution of personal consciousness—enabling the masses to take responsibility and be accountable for their lives. This will not happen unless we explain and help people to understand the process of individuation and self-actualisation.

When people of all ages understand the journey from dependence, to independence, to interdependence, and the opportunities and possibilities they have for being responsible and accountable for their lives, they respond immediately. We have seen this happen in the chronically unemployed in The Netherlands, and in the aboriginal communities in Australia. (See: Stories of Social Measurement and Change)

My dream is to hasten the evolution of consciousness of humanity by making this information available to everyone and having it become part of every school and university curriculum.


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