Opinions shaping empowr - Part 1

My fellow empowrians,

Judging from the incredible growth we are witnessing in the empowr economy, I know you are very busy closing loops, hitting goals and building your revenues along with the empowr economy.

If your brain could use a break from that, and might benefit from some strategic stimulation, then please keep reading.

Otherwise, park this post and maybe return to it later when you think you might be more likely to enjoy a more global but related discussion.

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As many of you know, empowr is a project that has been in the making for almost 16 years -- a partnership between empowr citizens, success coaches and employees.

But did you know that also involved are another (different) group of individuals, that are also working to shape the direction and strategy of empowr?

I'm referring to the empowr advisors - a list of which can be found on the empowr homepage (after you sign out of empowr).

They come from all walks of life, but since empowr's aim is to be a democratic economy, they are mostly experts at economics and/or political science.

Most of them hold doctorates and are professors at prestigious universities around the world.

Like you, they too believe in the empowr mission and its potential to do good for the people of the world. That is what motivates them to work for the success of empowr despite their already incredibly packed schedules.

Given their importance to the empowr mission and how they are working to shape its future, I thought you might benefit and/or enjoy hearing from them.

So, how about, from time to time, we ask one of them to post their opinions about what's happening in world affairs, or any other related topic that they are currently focused on...

... so that you can get a sense of their opinions and how they think about these topics?

By understanding how they think, you'll get an insider view of the strategic discussions that are shaping the future of empowr.

 

Objectives

Other than giving you a sneak peak into the minds of the advisors that are guiding empowr, another objective with this and similar posts I'll be making periodically, is to ensure that, along with focusing on the WHAT we're doing daily...

... building our circles of trust, hitting Daily Goals -- while building our earnings AND the empowr economy...

... we're also taking a few moments, from time to time, to focus on the WHY we're doing all of this.

With so much happening in empowr, why do I think this is worth our time?

If, every once in a while, we don't take a moment to discuss the WHY it will be easy to get so lost in the WHAT and HOW that we forget the reasons behind all of this...

... which, I fear, will ultimately make it harder for us to accomplish our mission.

 

On that note, let's start with a post from empowr advisor Dr. Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Feel free to leave your relevant comments, below, for Dr Bevir as well as for your fellow empowrians. As always, I ask that you kindly respect the topic of this post and don't leave unrelated comments here, so that those interested in this topic can read and comment without the added burden of sifting through unrelated comments.

 

Which Road for Britain?

By Dr. Mark Bevir

(Dr. Bevir is the Director of the Center for British Studies, empowr advisor and a Professor of Political Science, at the University of California, Berkeley)

The woman on the TV was explaining why she had voted for Britain to leave the EU: “My parents fought the Second World War for our freedom”. Alas, my own parents died when I was younger, so I can’t ask them, but I suspect they would not share this view of the War. I suspect their War was less about British sovereignty than about freeing Europe and the world from fascism, right wing populism, and racism.

European integration was a response to the War. On 9 May 1950, Robert Schuman, the French foreign minister, declared that the sharing of resources might make “war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.” In 1951 Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and West Germany signed the Treaty of Paris, leading to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community. In 1957 the same states signed the Treaty of Rome thereby creating the European Economic Community. The UK joined the Community in 1973 along with Denmark and Ireland.

Although European integration sought to prevent war by promoting democratic cooperation, social openness, and international solidarity, the European Union has not always lived up to those ideals. The EU has often let its citizens down. The people who voted for Britain to leave the EU had real grievances. The EU needs to do more to engage its citizens, giving them opportunities for democratic participation. Its leaders and institutions seem remote. Its citizens have few chances to participate beyond elections for a parliament that many of them do not understand. The EU also needs to revive the ideal of a social Europe. Today its principle concern often seems to be to impose austerity. Even if we grant the necessity of austerity – and I for one would not – the EU cannot afford to appear to be pursuing the interests of wealthy financiers at the expense of its citizens. Finally, the EU needs to provide more robust leadership when facing the humanitarian crises that have arisen from Bosnia to Syria. It cannot allow refugees to be presented as welfare-scroungers, terrorists, or beyond our care. It should insist, in word and action, that Europe’s humanist culture is a cosmopolitan one that includes a duty of care for others.

The EU has its problems. These problems should perhaps have been reasons to reform the EU, not to leave it. They certainly should not be reasons to give up the post-War ideals of cooperation, openness, and solidarity, and to return instead to borders, insularity, and fear, especially when the latter are being promoted by right wing populists who are unlikely to address economic inequalities but are guaranteed to pander to racism.

So, what is to be done? Britain now faces a choice about its future at least as important as that of the referendum. On the one hand, Britain might fall prey to right wing populism. Britain might retreat within its own borders, mistaking nationalism and demagoguery for participation and democracy. Britain might become inward-looking, uninterested in the immigrants it blames for growing inequalities. Britain might turn its back on refugees, fearing that people who do not look like us must be out to hurt us.

On the other hand, Britain might reassert its commitment to the ideals of cooperation, openness, and solidarity. For a start, Britain might promote new forms of democratic cooperation. It might experiment with various democratic innovations such as deliberative polls, participatory budgeting, and community governance. It will surely have to develop more devolved (and hopefully more pluralistic) institutions. Perhaps Britain might also work with other states, NGOs, and transnational and international organizations to establish novel forms of public action.

In addition, Britain might introduce more open forms of, and fluid pathways to, citizenship. It will surely have to find ways of accommodating those Europeans who have made their homes on its soil. Perhaps Britain might also come to welcome diverse migrants for the energy, dynamism, and innovation they so often bring to cultures and economies.

Finally, Britain might express solidarity with the victims of conflict, natural disasters, and human rights violations. Its government and its individual citizens will surely continue to provide humanitarian aid to those in need. Perhaps Britain might also do more to welcome and integrate those fleeing persecution and violence.

Britain – like much of the world – is at a crossroads. Economic inequalities have grown, and political institutions are failing. Some people will be tempted to retreat into the false security of a right-wing populism. We should resist this temptation. We should reassert the democratic, social, and international ideals of the post-War era as guides by which to rebuild our economies and our politics.

148 Comments

Prashant Dimri

For Europe,it was indeed a self- made disaster..The truth of that black day was that the European union was unable to inspire the British people..That is the most important lesson....Thanks.

16 months ago
Isabella Ali

Wow! I am speechless and deeply touched. With advisers like Dr. Mark Bevir on board, and so full of heart and unity, the success of empowr's mission is all but guaranteed! Now where are my tissues? <3 Very well said full of passion and loving authority. I am so pleased and feel very blessed to have you advising us and helping us shape a more beautiful future for everyone. Thank you sir!

16 months ago
Francisco Jorge Garcia Gil

I feel the same.

16 months ago
Sheryl Woodard

Very well said Dez, I felt the same.

16 months ago
Krishnachand J

It is fantastically written on board,
Thank you to the knowledge promoting with us.

16 months ago
Richard Burger Life Builders Co-Founder Join Me

That was a step in the right direction when Great Britain or UK left the EU, they needed to take back there country
like it was before 1973 and that is why there PM step down for because he didn't want to leave EU.

16 months ago
Austin Grady

'Justice and freedom for all" is not a cliche and it's not a buzzword. It's the challenge that brings the democracy of the EU, the democracy of the American political system and yes the democracy of the empowr democratic social economy face to face with conflicting needs, divergent opinions and tough questions.Creating systems and processes that work for everyone and leave no one out usually involve sacrificing some aspects of the status quo. When we make decisions about those sacrifices democratically, we negotiate the crossroads with authenticity and empower who we are... A free people.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Austin- wow--those are some very powerful words. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us, and we're glad that the post was able to get you really, really thinking.

16 months ago
Katherine (nl Citizen)

I am not a citizen of UK but in some way I do understand their cry of security not only for economy but for the safeness of their family and community from terrorism of whom who can travel in and out of EU and of whom who take chances to join the crowd and then vanished with a will to include others. EU need to change, I am not sure how since there are many countries are involve already and mostly occupied in their economic instability but I think they should have to be more strict in security of life shield. It seems that Britain are willing to participate and support EU but not that with a total membership just like the other European countries did.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Katherine, thank you again for always contributing and sharing your feedback. We're glad that you found the post to be thought provoking and useful.

16 months ago
Evelyn

Thank you! "Sometimes we must look back, to move forward!' Very brilliantly expressed. Thank you for being apart of "Empowr's mission!" Bravo!

16 months ago
Home Business Owners

Great post! In these harsh times it is definitely tempting to become insular and selfish. In agreement with the learned gentleman, Britain should resist the temptation. It is great to have the Professor on board as one of the advisers. Gives Empowr tons of credibility.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

We're glad that you feel that the Advisory Board is a positive contribution to our platform. We agree with you!

16 months ago
Idriss Adama Diaw

Dr. Mark Bevir, thanks for such an enlightening analysis of Britain after the Brexit and the state of affairs in the EU. One can only agree that the EU is no longer the multilateral organisation the founders dreamt about. It is marred in bureaucratic obscurity. The workings of both the European Parliament and the Commission have no transparency. Citizens are not informed of the "WHY". of policies and major decisions. In any democratic institutions, clarity in communications, transparency in decisions and resource allocations are a must. As for Britain, it is not, in many ways, the country that fought the Second World War. The British colonial Empire has ended, an end that has impacted both the economy, finances and the demographic structure. Today, a large number of people living on the 'British soil are precisely from those former colonies and may or may not have British citizenship. Britain's future will require innovative policies to accommodate such a large segment of population and integrate it. Success or failure on this issue will have significant effects.Both Britain and the European Union are at crossroads, as you so clearly have shown. The directions they will choose to take will also affect other countries especially in the Third World. There are also lessons for any other organization that has the ambition to build democratic institutions and processes. Clarity, transparency, accountability and fairness have to be top priorities.

16 months ago
Idriss Adama Diaw

Yes. Well said, my friend! Let's hope the "Cry" will be heard and answered.

16 months ago
Home Business Owners

Great post! In these harsh times it is definitely tempting to become insular and selfish. In agreement with the learned gentleman, Britain should resist the temptation. It is great to have the Professor on board as one of the advisers. Gives Empowr tons of credibility.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

You're right, it definitely is easy to become that way. We're also glad that you're on board with the Advisory Board's efforts- we agree with you!

16 months ago
Uduak Umoren

It is necessary sometimes to stop and think about our actions and where necessary change it. The only constant thing in life is change. Nicely written prof and thanks for the enlightenment. Kudoa

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Uduak, we completely agree with you. Seriously considering our actions (and what can result from them) is extremely important, especially in the context of what the blog discusses. Thanks for sharing!

16 months ago
Christine Popp

Why do you reply to everyone Mila?

16 months ago
Sylvie Atisse

This is a great idea to let us not focus only on what we have to do on empowr but also the reason WHY. This is a good opportunity for us to know more and specially know more about things we never thought about. I am glad to have such a great advisor as Dr. Mark Bevir on empowr.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Sylvie- you are 100% correct. empowr is striving to focus on answering the WHYs. It's so important that we understand the WHY rather than blindly doing things. If you have any ideas of how empowr can better explain a WHY, please share :)

16 months ago
Mihaela Oancea

Thank you so much for the honor given to read Dr. Mark Bevir`s post!

Without any claim of having the necessary qualifications for commenting Dr. Bevir`s post, I will just put some thoughts here.
From the beginning of the known human history, Britain`s history was, let`s say, peculiar. Being an island it went through history fighting for territories, defending territories, ruling the world until very recently. Still remained a country with a heavy word to be said regarding worldwide politics and economics.
WW II was no exception, Britain fought its own war but, and I think this is the point, Britain`s actions were of a tremendous value for the entire humanity in defeating the nazi plague.
My personal opinion as a simple citizen of this planet is that Britain will never forget its own history and however it will act the entire humanity wellbeing will be taken into consideration as it has always done before.
How does this correlate to empowr? It is obvious. Whatever action we should take as individuals always consider the well-being of all.
Thank you again for the opportunity of reading Dr. Bevir`s post.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Mihaela, I think you nailed it here. it's amazing to see that you, and other citizens, were able to see a connection between Mark Bevir's words and what empowr is all about. Thank you again for your thoughtful and meaningful post. Thank you!!

16 months ago
Grace Dagsi

Great information Dr. Mark Bevir. Thanks for sharing. It's very important that every citizens cooperate to achieve Success, to create powerful solutions for our most complex problems, we need diverse thinkers with fresh perspectives. Our democratic decision-making processes provide citizens with the resources they need to champion transformational change. From organizing to action, we help citizens strengthen their communities and influence institution and systems that shape their lives.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Amazing thoughts, Grace! You totally get it- and that's so awesome to see. We're so thankful to have citizens like you on empowr's side!

16 months ago
Angela Jurmoni

it is an interesting point of view which I totally agree. I believe that not only Britain is at a crossroads but entire Europe and even our world. It is not a very easy situation but a difficult one and I don't know if the political class is ready to face it. All I know is if we don't find solutions for an economical growth, for creating new jobs, for investing more in education, all countries will have troubles, social movements and it will not be well at all.
I subscribe to the initiative you have to invite some authorities to make such analysis, to share with us their point of view.
Thank you for this opportunity!

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Angela, we're glad that you're on board with our Avisory Board posts. You are right--we need to find solutions for the problems that we are currently (and will soon be) facing.

16 months ago
Crispina Palopalo

It's always a great opportunity to hear great thought from our own brilliant people mentioning one of them advisor Dr. Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. A great point of view and an enlightening lesson. We for sure would like to hear this political issues and learn from the past. Such a great post JC that everyone must be interested hearing from our own people. Great idea and looking forward to hear from another upcoming advisors. Empowr indeed is having great people that we didn't have interaction and this way thru blog we can at least know from time to time the people behind Empowr. Thank you JC, all the advisors, and to all the people behind the scene.

16 months ago
Juan Antonio Fernandez

El Brexit, puede parecer un desastre pero aún hay esperanzas y como dice el Dr. Mark, se debe tomar en consideración las quejas "reales" de los ciudadanos y poner en práctica políticas mucho más sociales y dejar de favorecer a las grandes corporaciones. Una sociedad que solo defiende el dinero está destinada al fracaso y eso es lo que está pasando con EUROPA. Somos muchos los que no nos sentimos representados porque las clases políticas no viven la vida "real" del 99% de la población.

Gracias por su aportación. Estoy en EmPowr porque me ha atraido su filosofia y ojalá no se pierda.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Kamy, we're glad that you liked the post, and we appreciate that you've shared some of your thoughts. Thank you!

16 months ago
Paul Natukunda

Thank for the analysis Dr.
All was fine for the Britons to express their rights although the question remaining politically; Will they be able to fend off Russia's provocations?

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Paul...hmm, what do you think?

16 months ago
Lázaro Sousa

É sempre uma grande oportunidade de ouvir grande pensamento de pessoas brilhantes, e um deles o conselheiro Dr. Mark Bevir, professor de Ciência Política na Universidade da Califórnia, Berkeley. Um grande ponto de vista e uma lição esclarecedora. Nós com certeza gostaria de ouvir este questões políticas e de aprender com o passado. Grande ideia e estou ansioso para ouvir os próximos assessores. Empowr de fato tem grandes pessoas que não fazem interação e desta forma através do blog, podemos, pelo menos, saber de vez em quando o que pensam e como é as pessoas por trás Empowr. Obrigado JC, todos os conselheiros, e a todas as pessoas que de alguma forma faz a empowr ser o que já é.

16 months ago
Mukhtar Bhutta

Good ideas.

16 months ago
Dzack Co

A great knowledge shared. A great view of what's happening around and inside..

16 months ago
Frankie (Gaining Momentum)

A very ideological post. The suggestions would be a positive move in a better direction. Appreciate hear from the advisors on different topics other than the platform. It's new and refreshing as long as the platform directives continue.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Awesome, we're so happy to hear that you're looking forward to more posts from the advisors! We're sure that they will be happy to hear about all of this positive feedback.

16 months ago
! T Weir

If I had never lived in the UK, I would 200% agree with Dr. Mark Bevir.
Everything he wrote seemed to make a lot of sense, except his reasoning was not only cold, clear and drop dead logical, but it came from an outsider. This insider UK decision, was not necessarily made in the reasoning area of the prefrontal cortex. For too many people, it was largely an amygdala hijack shutting down the neo-cortex.
In other words - a highly emotive decision on the part of many and an ignorant decision on the part of tens of thousands of others who quickly ran to google Brexit and its many meanings the following morning.

Further the decision to leave or not to leave was not 100% clearly split on a geological fault line ( to live north of London or not ) but it really wasn't very far off. London has a thriving, brilliant middle class buoyed by realestate assets that starts close to the 2.5M USD mark. North of London, there is no such thing happening, except in a very few patchy areas where the wealth has been hoarded within a family/landowner for literally hundreds of years ( yeah, i am not kidding - hundreds ).

The bigger metropolitan areas where the middle class is nearly non-existent, like Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool,Wales and the surrounding countryside mostly voted to leave because they thought that life isn't so hot, therefore change is good. Yes, there were morning after regrets but for those not driven but emotive hijacks, their actual decision was for a multiplicity of reasons that focused more inwardly on their economics which, let me repeat were very different from those in London. Scotland was the major exception north of London because they have proven in the past that they love benefits and their last vote for independence failed because districts who were being richly rewarded by pension plans and other social benefits chose to stay with the benefits that they knew rather than the unknown route of independence. Yes, that independence vote was sadly enough, to a large degree, geographically split amongst those receiving benefits and those who were not.

But let's get back to the Amygdala Hijack which is loosely defined as an immediate and overwhelming emotional response out of proportion to the stimulus because it has triggered a more significant emotional threat.

The fear of immigration triggered the Amygdala Hijack. This was often driven by fear of "a peoples" who are not quite like us and whose existing behaviour sometimes labels them as other.

There is a town, far north of London where over 40 men of a specific asian nationality and a specific religion, groomed and raped many underaged white girls over a number of years. It was partially obfuscated by the community workers and others because no one wanted to say that such and such a country near to India but not India, produced so many men ( mostly taxi drivers ) who were 100% complicit in doing blah blah blah to underage girls of a certain color (note they never touched girls of their own religion). 40 is a small number when you consider that there are hundreds of thousands of this nationality in the UK, but the fact that 40 from a small community could do this and the many hundreds within that minority would close ranks and not let it be known, rankled the UK hugely.
I won't continue, but this and other things like immigrants of a specific country voting undemocratically as one solid religious block ( ha ha, who can lose when your 200 worship places decide that you're it ) make many in the UK immigration adverse. Adverse to the point where Polish people who work very hard and pay their taxes were also looked at a bit oddly.
So, the EU has many issues, primarily that of becoming significantly more bureaucratic and less fiscally flexible to countries in the south like Portugal, Spain, Greece which can't ever compete against German manufacturing. The multiplicity of UK reasons are more inwardly looking, emotive & complex than stated by Dr. Bevir .

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi ! T Weir, wow thank you for taking the post and really, really breaking it down and really questioning everything that was said. I really hope that other users will get a chance to read your post! Thank you!

16 months ago
Barabas Family

@! T Weir: this is The Really Big Post, thanks for it.

16 months ago
Glory Raman

Thank you Dr Mark Bevir, for triggering a series of thought provoking views shared here. Great post and greater sharing by all!

16 months ago
Valentin     Beşliu

Putini sunt cei ce stiu ca mi-ati indeplinit rugamintea de a se putea copia si traduce aceste bloguri interesante cu noutati benefice .
Vin cu o alta propunere: consider ca este exagerat acest numar interminabil de bid-uri ! (pentru moment ar fi de bun augur reducerea lor cu 15 la toate nivele de PU ) am avea timp si pentru celelalte moduri de a posta .
Sper sa fiu auzit,inteles...si poate acceptat.
Noroc in toate,multumesc.


Few of us know that you have met my request to be able to copy and translate these blogs interesting novelty beneficial.
Come up with another proposal: I believe that this number is exaggerated endless bid sites! (For now as auspicious reduce them by 15 at all levels PU) we have time for other ways to post.
I hope to be heard, understood ... and maybe accepted.
Cheers all, thank you.

16 months ago
Lynne Voyle

This has nothing to do with the blog. If everyone believes they can ignore JCs requests to only comment about the blog, we would be wading through all sorts of problems to read comments related to the blog. I believe you should be finding another avenue to make your point.

16 months ago
Johnny Cash

Thank you Lynne. :)

16 months ago
Valentin     Beşliu

Lynne:)
Eu am venit cu o propunere,idee !
Observ ca sunteti inca incepator,ma refeream la "blog de blog",nu un video trantit la repezeala !
Astept si pe altii,poate sunt mai inspitati !
Multumesc pentru remarca.

I came up with a proposal, an idea!
I notice that you are still a beginner, I meant "blog blog" not a slam loosely video!
Waiting and others may be more Inspire!
Thanks for the notice.

16 months ago
Zafar Mahmood

thanks to power the thought views and good posting

16 months ago
Marijke Van Giffen

I spoke to an English lady who is a permanent resident in Spain recently. I asked her, when she disclosed to me that she had voted Yes to leaving the EU, what her motives were for that. She answered me: 'Well, because of the immigrants'. The hypocrisy of her answer keeps on astonishing me, she herself being an immigrant in Spain.
Thank you Johnnie Cash and Dr. Bevir for sharing these inspiring thoughts, ideas and initiatives.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Marijke, very interesting encounter! Glad that you enjoyed the post.

16 months ago
Lynne Voyle

That is sort of funny and hypocritical but I also know a British woman who wanted out of the EU because some immigrants are going to England and causing strife for the inhabitants. Unfortunately, if this is all you see of immigrants, then you're more likely to believe that all immigrants are the same. I'm glad I live in NZ. We have immigrants from all over the world and a large majority of them work to benefit not only themselves, but others from their countries as well as NZ.

16 months ago
Marijke Van Giffen

Helly Lynne, Thank you for your reaction. I think of immigrants as people, just men, women and children. People who had the guts to move away to protect themselves and their children. We live in this world, all of us. Why so afraid of immigrants. Because one is afraid to not get enough. Everybody seems to want more, more, more. If we help these people to get started they will contribute to the society the live in. Like everyone else. That's economy. It's about money going round. Of course there are people with bad intentions and they seem to be very prevalent at the moment. But the majority of people on the move just want to be safe and I think that when one has the opportunity to help one has to do that. What goes round comes round.

16 months ago
Marry Unchang

An eye opening...how economic are very important to everyone. Thanks for the thoughts.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Marry, glad you enjoyed the post!

16 months ago
Learning Your Computer

Great to see the interview. A good share.

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Glad you enjoyed it!

16 months ago
Richard Burger Life Builders Co-Founder Join Me

they need to update that blog of Brains from 2014 on sponsoring it has nothing about
having to buy it after sponsoring time is over and its costing alot of people finical hardship
and going to hurt empowr in the long run because people is going to quit here for that reason.
So either you or Brain needs to address this problem as soon as possible.
Richard Burger

16 months ago
Morris Amule Vucia

Such a good idea to share, thanks so much.

16 months ago
Marius B)

Europe is a dream. It is so beautiful when you look at it, so many nations, so many languages, so many cultures, so many opportunities, so much history, so many attitudes, so much potential.
Europe did so many wrong things in its history, but they were geostrategic nature and since we are living now, we got it in our hands and minds to make it reality.
Politics just isn't attractive. Many politicians fail at this social aspect. To me it is, but for so many it isn't. That is cause people do not know where to start. That is ironically funny though. The EU has failed big time with the public relation it should have been building by now already. What a waste of time. People could be so politically engaged, the social societies across West, North, East and South could have already managed to forge a european civil society movement that reach far further than to European soil, that includes everyone from the youth beyond political party affiliation and united people from all nations living in the same urban spaces to discuss the matters that matter to them. Instead it is a waste of time.
Many good things were done, but they just weren't enough, cause they were more than often done without the democratic will of the people, cause they were simply not asked.
So if it is about asking, then the difficulty is to formulate questions that actually get like JC pointed out the WHY. Before the What and How. I been to Britain a couple of times and it is not that they are so much different, sure they are, but spend enough time with someone, no matter the walk of life and you get used to him/ her or not, in any case, everyone would find out.
EU politicians and national representatives, they are managing the reality we live in Europe.
At the same time, they do it with pressure from all sides, but interest groups with better relations and market capital will win their ears. Then it is just about finding balance which takes most of the time. Politicians just don't have time to really think. Say 12 points need to be addressed before having to go to a press conference and then it is lunch time. They don't really sleep much either. Sure one can love what s/he does and still come off as a great orator and sort of leader, but obviously it just not good enough. We live in times where time and space are not felt as they used to be. Life feels faster, people who work have no time to really think about politics or how to set up a much better economic paradigm. To form social groups, to come together on open public spaces and discuss or to meet with strangers from different cultural backgrounds to chat in an intimate environment at a table while eating together. Though they would have so much to discuss. Take a family, when was the last time you have seen a family dream Together. I bet it is a rare thing. The EU should have started there, in the house. In the home. Let them dream together and let families dream together in their neighborhoods. Let them be heard from adult to child if they have a opinion about something. Sure matured citizens will always state their minds and scold the result as it is likely not what they wants but corporate that prevails. We could be so much further.. instead...
Questions. So if it is about asking the right questions, one would want the right answers, or the other way round, which would be wrong. So it must be more fundamental. Example. Every citizen of a state starting the age of 10 would be asked to go once a month to vote on 1 simple yes or no question. To save the money to set up poll counters, just do it with an app that can be statistically analyzed. Now ask a question, out of the blue: Do you think life is valuable?
Not that this is world changing but almost no one has time to really think. So reach out to them. I wanted to say thanks for starting such discussions after all, Dr Brevik, I believe you'd be astonished what we success coaches witness from coaching empowr citizens from all over the world.

16 months ago
Marius B)

The good news is, while all you pointed out is from my humble opinion right and true, we are looking at much better times and we will just take them all with us. No one gets left behind if this generation and the one of our children up to the beginning of the 22nd century will make many right decisions. That will happen, excluding a scenario that something really bad happened related to climate or war like 100 years ago, but excluding that, which is a good way for people to live without more worries, yep, we are looking at much better times and we will bring everyone with us. It can all still be done very, very well.

16 months ago
Bob Poster

Great ideas! We need a world union something like that. I do believe that is one of the things that Star Trek got right. There are no more wars on earth and everyone is united. Seams like dream when the whole world would get there but it is looking better all the time.

16 months ago
gerz

I am more conservative than Dr. Mark but I did respect the education and perspective he provided here. He tries to keep a positive view of human nature and wants to see people working together. As you can see, many women gushed over what he wrote. They do most of their thinking through their hearts and that's not all bad. The heart is a wonderful muscle. I have seen the evil that man is capable of. I turn it over in my head every day. Love and teamwork are part of the answer, on that I can agree with Dr. Mark. But equally important is for strong and fierce men to protect their families and cultures from those who would happily destroy them in an instant. Keep thinking. Keep sharing. Great to be part of the team.... Shane Gerzon-Kessler

16 months ago
Kosta ***

Bosnia currently has the most Diaspora in Europe, specifically in Germany, Austria and Scandinavia, and the United States and Australia, but if you look at the descendants of the earlier emigration then Turkey in the first place ". In Germany currently has about 180,000 citizens of BiH, in the US 145,000, 90,000 Austria, Sweden, 54.000, 45.000 Turkey, Switzerland 40,000 Australia 35,000 30,000 Canada, etc.With Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country in the region with a very numerous diaspora is Serbia. It is estimated that 3.5 million Serbians live outside the borders of his country, as compared to the total population of Serbia (around 7.5 million) indicates that the country is among the most numerous diaspora recorders.
Croatian diaspora has about 2 million people, of which the largest number of them settled in Western Europe, the US and Australia. In Germany alone there are about 230,000 people with a Croatian passport. Recall, according to the census of 2011 in Croatia lives of 4.3 million people -Emigration mainly during the 1992-1995 war god,
Syria 59.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, compared to 51.2 million, as it was at the beginning of 2014.
Thank you very interesting and comments.

-Bosna dijaspore trenutno najviše ima u Evropi, tačnije u Njemačkoj, Austriji i Skandinaviji, te SAD-u i Australiji, a ako gledamo na potomke od ranijih iseljavanja onda je Turska na prvom mjestu”, . U Njemačkoj trenutno živi oko 180.000 državljana BiH, u SAD-u 145.000, Austriji 90.000, Švedskoj 54.000, Turskoj 45.000, Švicarskoj 40.000, Australiji 35.000, Kanadi 30.000, itd.Uz Bosnu i Hercegovinu, zemlja iz regiona sa izuzetno brojnom dijasporom je Srbija. Procjenjuje se da 3,5 miliona Srbijanaca živi van granica svoje zemlje, što u odnosu na ukupan broj stanovnika Srbije (oko 7,5 miliona) ukazuje da je ta zemlja među rekorderima po brojnosti dijaspore.Hrvatska u dijaspori ima oko 2 miliona osoba, od čega je najveći broj njih naseljen u zemljama zapadne Evrope, SAD-u i u Australiji. Samo u Njemačkoj živi oko 230.000 građana s hrvatskim pasošem. Podsjetimo, prema popisu stanovništva iz 2011. u Hrvatskoj živi 4,3 miliona stanovnika .Iseljavanje vecinom za vrijeme rata 1992-1995 god,Sirija 59,5 miliona prisilno raseljenih lica širom sveta, u odnosu na 51,2 miliona, koliko je bilo na početku 2014,god
Hvala veoma interesantno , i komentari .

16 months ago
Giuseppe Beati

Nice and beautiful post thank you dear friend

16 months ago
Mubashir Adeel

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16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Hi Mubashir,

Please let me take a look at your issue and screenshots, I will be back with your shortly. I appreciate your patience while I take a look. Thanks!

16 months ago
Mila Sorensen

Mubashir- as you know, I assisted you with the issue and contacted you through a direct message.

If anyone else is facing this issue, you need to be sure that you're account is validated.

16 months ago
Mubashir Adeel

Thank you so much for your Great Support. Yes this problem is solved now. If i have any problem i will contact you.
Thanks again.

15 months ago