JES! Towards a joint effort society
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JES! Towards a joint effort society

About the Book

This book shows how decisionmaking, behaviour and institutionalization / technology can contribute to a rising level of wellbeing for all people.

It also describes how to create a new political engagement model, the joint effort society.

The approach that leads towards a joint effort society is called ecolution. It involves a transition towards a higher ecological, economic, social and psychological level that takes the wellbeing of 7 billion people into account each time we act. 

The theory of ecolution offers a new conceptual framework, toolbox and method in the form of a dynamic matrix. It supports growing awareness and inspires to different thinking and acting.

About the Editor

Caro Sicking and Frank van Empel
Frank van Empel & Caro Sicking

Frank van Empel (1954, Tilburg, The Netherlands), economist and social scientist, worked as editor (economy & politics) for some of the main Dutch newspapers and weeklies, such as Haagse Post, Elsevier and NRC Handelsblad. He is Indie writer and entrepreneur since 1995 and published on economics, management, sustainable development and policy-making. He is the co-author of Allemaal Winnen, the Dutch forerunner of JES!

Caro Sicking (1963, Tilburg, The Netherlands), linguist and art critic, has been working with irregular migrated women and children in the Netherlands from 1996. She is Indie writer since 2003, publishing on human rights, art, politics and environment, as well as fiction. The novels Nin and Wat de Hel! are her most recent fiction books.,, 

About the Contributors

Donald Huisingh
Donald Huisingh

Prof. Dr.

Peter Schmid
Peter Schmid

Prof. mag. arch. ing. dr.h.c.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Preface
  • 2 Reader’s guide
  • 3 Featuring JES!
  • 4 Context
    • 4.1 The Run-up
    • 4.2 A cooperative versus a competitive process
    • 4.3 The assumptions of the theory of ecolution
    • 4.4 The Force of the matrix
    • 4.5 Conceptualize
    • 4.6 Why ecolution?
    • 4.7 A polycentric world
    • 4.8 The power of one
    • 4.9 Looking for patterns
    • 4.10 Thinking different
    • 4.11 The reciprocity of things
    • 4.12 An unimaginable variety of options
  • 5 The Theory of Ecolution
    • 5.1 Rising to higher potentialities
    • 5.2 Adding concepts to the context
    • 5.3 Deconstruction
    • 5.4 Filling the matrix with concept triads
    • 5.5 Mental framework
    • 5.6 Ecolution Thinking Model
    • 5.7 We are the Enemy
    • 5.8 Selecting concepts
    • 5.9 Stories we can tell
    • 5.10 Exploring coffee machine issues
    • 5.11 Measuring quality
    • 5.12 Fresh school agreement
    • 5.13 Measuring the matrix
    • 5.14 Likert scale
  • 6 Plans for action
    • 6.1 Three wheels to turn
    • 6.2 Who should decide?
    • 6.3 Power of the state versus the freedom of the individual
    • 6.4 Discursive politics
    • 6.5 The multiple lives of democracy
    • 6.6 Dictatorship in utero
    • 6.7 Criminalize the migrant
    • 6.8 In the name of security
    • 6.9 Difference of opinion
    • 6.10 Female vocation
    • 6.11 White man’s primacy
    • 6.12 The dark side of aid
    • 6.13 Return to sender
    • 6.14 Solidarity development
  • 7 Behaviour
    • 7.1 I came to be free
    • 7.2 The will to succeed
    • 7.3 Timing revolution
    • 7.4 A society’s prejudices
    • 7.5 The civil power
    • 7.6 The rise of the programmed citizen
    • 7.7 The unlimited individual
    • 7.8 Motivation loops
    • 7.9 Triple loop learning
    • 7.10 Whistle blowers and change makers
  • 8 Technology and Institutionalization
    • 8.1 When the rules take over
    • 8.2 Model Holland: institutionalized talks
    • 8.3 Walking at the Supply Side
    • 8.4 The numbers don’t match
    • 8.5 Child for sale
    • 8.6 Technology changes behaviour
    • 8.7 Resisting change in the company
    • 8.8 Energize the world
  • 9 Content: a Joint Effort Society
    • 9.1 No equilibrium
    • 9.2 Reality follows the clues of nature
    • 9.3 The concept of brotherhood
    • 9.4 Economics how it should be
    • 9.5 The joint effort society: a model for peace and progress
    • 9.6 The self-producing individual
    • 9.7 Sustainable environment and peace
    • 9.8 Permissive consent: the general direction is clear
    • 9.9 The art of consultation
    • 9.10 The Mutual Gains Approach
    • 9.11 Method Holistic Participation
    • 9.12 Direct democracy
    • 9.13 May the best one liner win
    • 9.14 A city gets wise
    • 9.15 Eco principles
    • 9.16 The shared space concept
    • 9.17 Selforganization in control circuits
    • 9.18 Unity makes Strength
    • 9.19 Institutionalization of Human Rights
    • 9.20 Limited power and legitimate claims
    • 9.21 Cultural paradigms
    • 9.22 Pakistan’s Black Law
    • 9.23 Dimensions of power
    • 9.24 The Right to Development
    • 9.25 Sustainable Development Solutions Network
    • 9.26 Conscious Capitalism
    • 9.27 The ethics of business
    • 9.28 Creating shared value
    • 9.29 Organizational Capacity
    • 9.30 Socializing Business
    • 9.31 Exchange pleasure for joy
    • 9.32 Reason to value
    • 9.33 Touching the essence of life
    • 9.34 The right button
  • 10 Conclusion
  • 11 Summary
  • 12 Acknowledgments
  • 13 Bibliography
  • 14 Footnotes

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