The Starfish and the Spider: The Power of Decentralized Solutions



In an earlier post today, I mentioned a Quaker friend’s reaction to the idea of ETs.
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My friend, a lifelong environmental activist, was also emotionally triggered when I mentioned that ET disclosure is key to free energy. “I don’t want free energy!” she wailed. “Just imagine what we will do to the earth if we had nothing stopping us!”
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To this, I hastened to reassure her, that of course, along with free energy, goes the necessity for decentralization. Free, innovative energy solutions of all kinds, with help from ETs, dreamed up in our own localities and locally applied, and networked from place to place. Not corporatized free energy: not 500 acres of solar panels on deserts, or huge hydroelectric dams, or 500 acre wind power fields that kill birds.
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That made her feel a little better, and I made a note of it for myself.
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She’s right. We need to couple ET/human contact, free energy, and relocalization — all three — to begin to bring the world back into balance.
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Revolutionary Uranus in Aries, sign of New Initiatives, square (in friction with) transformational Pluto in structural Capricorn — in action, HERE, at home, NOW. There are lots of people who are already in open contact with ETS, at least through channellings, and I’m sure lots of these are already at work in their garages, tinkering with design, fiddling with materials, and directed by a unifying intelligence that we all share: Neptune in Pisces: unity consciousness. All of us together, human and ET, the whole Earth inside the whole Cosmos.
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Buried, in one of Jean Hudon’s massive, wonderfully informative weekly downloads, an email exchange with one of his readers who castigated him for looking at all the bad stuff going on without focusing on the wonderful decentralized initiatives that are already occurring world-wide. In response, Jean brought up a book, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, and included an Editorial Review from Amazon and a Reader’s Review, both of which, Jean says, give a good idea of this book’s content.
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Here’s the Reader Review. Think I’ll get the book!
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No matter how you identify yourself in the human ecosystem — worker bee, sheriff, manager, capitalist, entrepreneur, politician, healer, parent, activist or consultant — this book is going to turn on lights in your brain. It’s that multi-layered. It’s also that packed with the kind of simply brilliant insights that are totally familiar, and you wonder why you didn’t remember that you knew that. The Starfish and the Spider is about the power of individuals coalescing in groups of common interest and goals. It is about people doing things because they are important and meaningful to them. And how, under these circumstances, hierarchical control just isn’t necessary. Using an eclectic group of examples that range from the guerrilla tactics of the Apaches against the colonial Spanish army to the network of independent AA groups to a variety of Internet-driven modern companies, the book distills some clear principles about the structure, roles and ultimate “unstoppability” of healthy starfish organizations in surviving, growing and getting things done. Promoted as a business management book, this book has just as much value in many other realms. Specifically, it leads to interesting ideas in psychology, religion and spirituality, government, social activism, global diplomacy, and certainly no less, to individuals who are poised to become more active in their communities, local and global.
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The fundamental concepts are not new. The tribal system of collaboration and cooperation, based on trust and kinship, undoubtedly predates the emergence of power-based heirarchies. The effectiveness of grassroots movements is well known. The achievements of these organizational systems — often against heirarchy-based organizations with massively more wealth and power — are detailed throughout the book. However, the authors offer some new interpretations and suggestions about these laterally networked human systems can be used. To improve business performance in conventional, heirarchically organized firms. To achieve social change. And even to fight other laterally organized systems. The overwhelming messsage of the book is the goodness of people, their willingness to step up and help better a situation. The only “dark” spot is the section about Al Qaeda and the stresses it creates not only on foreign nations it targets for terrorism, but on its home communities. The discussion in that section about ways to weaken the incentives for hate-based groups and then a story about what one community did about its embedded terrorists are sobering and fuel for debate.
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Today, the ease of bringing together people and sharing information and plans is dramatically facilitated by the Internet and wireless telephones. That is also the message of this book. Starfish organizations are coalescing all around us, both in formal intent and casual happenstance. If the authors are correct about the goodness and inherent compassion in human nature, there has never been a time when there was so much potential to change the world for the better. For individuals looking for inspiration and support, this is a crucial takeaway from this book. There is no excuse for complaining anymore about almost anything, because it is possible to gather people of like minds and do something about it. It requires learning to speak up. If requires learning to trust each other. It requires believing that things can be different. After that, the almost magical nature of these groups kicks in, and what can be accomplished is often more than anyone expected. Sound too airy fairy? It’s not. It’s the most practical treatise on change management and individual empowerment I’ve ever read. It’s also a quick read and very entertaining. Read the book. You won’t be sorry.
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