The world community has reached the most difficult historical stage when the lack of a unified strategy is the most severe problem for the future of humanity. Conflicting long-term plans of different countries show that states have failed to move to a sustainable and balanced model of development of the entire world.
As part of our work to improve the strategic management systems of enterprises, we have created an interdisciplinary multi-level system of integrated tools that can dramatically improve the quality of global economic activity management. In this series of articles, we will show you how you can change the world for the better through better management and how you can contribute to it.
A Fragmented System Of Siloed Economies
The current economic system, which is a combination of politicised and corrupt relations between countries and their enterprises, is covered by layers of political, economic, criminal and cultural channels and barriers. Nations do not take any severe decisions about the fate of the world without the significant influence of people who manage capital on a global scale.
However, decisions affected by capital, by definition, are contrary to global stability, as instability and unevenness are the sources of unjust redistribution. Decision-makers focus on the growth of their wealth, which is in opposition to global sustainable development, which seeks to reduce concentration and imbalances.
The destructive orientation of modern trends is not a property of nature but stems from the existing defective system. In the imposed international economic architecture, humanity is unable to move from direct, multi-level and exhaustive competition to long-term programmes to improve the environment, quality of life, sustainability and balanced development throughout the world.
The flawed definitions of such concepts as value and gross national product, fragmentation of the global economic system have a significant negative impact on the lives of people. Wrong priorities and goals are those that lead to imbalances and crises, conflicts, trade, cold and real wars.
Global and local financial markets do not actually create but merely redistribute value. This type of exchange is not a characteristic or advantage of the existing system, but rather a consequence of its ineffectiveness. It is only a mechanism for compensating for the grave deficiencies of the current economic system, which itself has many adverse side effects in the form of crises and huge unproductive losses for maintaining, for example, a global financial infrastructure.
If humanity can create a tool for a fair and balanced distribution of value in space and time, the need for such spontaneous and inefficient redistribution of the market may disappear. Imagine that a specific management system can coordinate and directly manage value creation plans while optimising the distribution of productive forces to eliminate various imbalances (market bubbles and other negative phenomena). If this is a reality, the need for intermediaries to fill the gaps in the economy caused by natural market mechanisms will either disappear or take on a completely different scale.
One of the main problems and internal contradictions of the existing system is the use of the principle of limited responsibility, combined with the policy of unlimited profitability. This approach needs to be corrected, as this combination is a source of imbalance and contributes to corruption, sometimes even under the pretext of protecting market mechanisms or overcoming a crisis.
I mean the cases when the society compensated the responsibility of many financial institutions and enterprises under the pretext of fighting the crisis (budgets, programs of quantitative easing, etc.) with its resources (and thus each person). At the same time, these enterprises did not create reserves for such cases at all, but used them for their consumption and business growth, which partially contributed to the crisis phenomena and imbalances.
The primacy of profit, rather than development contributes to the activation of the most negative features of human nature, and corruption is not the worst of them. The impact of the primacy of profitability on the speed of meeting market needs and imbalances is not necessarily balanced by the desire to create such imbalances to use them for profit.
Therefore, the existing economic system does not lead directly to the development and balanced satisfaction of human needs, but to the creation of an economic Frankenstein, some parts of which do not operate as a whole, because they have different interests, fuelled by advertising and other ways to increase demand. All this leads to the fact that the modern economy has many drawbacks — the main of these problems we will consider below.
GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE WEAKNESSES
All the deficiencies in the DNA of the modern economic system lead to the fact that countries, enterprises and people have to live within the wrong architecture of the world economy. The architecture does not have a valid and inclusive mechanism for meeting the needs of people around the world and for overcoming today’s challenges and building an attractive future for our planet.
Today, there is no tool to develop a shared global vision that is credible and thus contributes to the achievement of global consensus. Some clubs (such as the famous Bilderberg Group) are building themselves as a world government, but they are not even close. They have no sufficient leverage to make and implement any decision at the global level. Their soft power is weak, causing strong resistance and extreme reaction lags. Modern technology can reduce response times by hundreds or thousands of times.
The right architecture will not work out on its own. Instead, the architecture is just a reflection of the internal features of the system, embedded in its core.
If you force a change in an architecture, the social and economic laws will correct it based on the internal features of the system, just as the visible world forms itself based on the properties of matter. Therefore, any attempts to create supranational institutions to improve the world cannot radically and for a long time improve the world.
Apart from the fact that they do not exclude the negative features of human nature that affect the development of socio-economic systems, they do not change the core of economic relations between people. Furthermore, this predetermines the failure of this work. The essence of economic relations between people, which I am talking about, is the main focus of the Noosphere Project, and it is this work that can become a real advancement on the way to radical modernisation of human civilisation.
GLOBAL STRATEGIC RISKS
It is not just the architecture and core of economic relations that matter. The modern system has many other drawbacks. The current trends lead us to the worst dystopian nightmares, and this is not just a figure of speech. Look around and note how the world around you has changed.
The most visible symptoms are global pollution and other critical environmental problems. Is it worth mentioning that some countries communicate in the language of threats and are considering full-scale nuclear exchange, which is scientifically proven to have no winners?
Modern global institutions (for instance IMF and UN) and so-called democratic and so-called totalitarian governments are so keen on their mutual dance of death that they cannot even think about creating an architecture of global governance for sustainable and balanced development of the world.
If such powerful forces cannot do it, those who are concerned about the fate of the world, rather than their private interests, will do it. Everyone can contribute to this work.
How to change the world for the better
Most of the strategic failures that have already occurred in the world are inherent in the DNA of modern global society which is not a given of nature. We can change this because man has a mind, the most sophisticated tool to change the world. However, change of DNA of human civilisation, it is not to create the next initiative or the interstate agreement. It is a complex multi-layered task, which will require significant efforts.
These multidisciplinary efforts must focus on the primary agents of change that have a real impact on the world. Who are these powerful masters of the world? It is you and me, it is all the economic actors in the world, from governments to corporations, from small businesses to every employee who creates value through products or services. Nevertheless, they all depend on one main actor in this performance – the consumer.
Changing consumer behaviour is a tectonic shift in human civilisation and real hope for the future of the planet. The Noosphereum Project also touches upon these issues to a large extent. Stay tuned.