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human works design - building meaningful futures - Issue #18


human works design - building meaningful futures

February 18 · Issue #18 · View online

'human works' empowers the game-changers of tomorrow to build meaningful futures. This newsletter is for leaders and change-makers, who want to elevate humanity by living consciously, designing conscious business that have a purpose with sustainable profit, and contributing to better systems for the diverse communities in our society, for future generations and for our planet.

From protesting to proposal and action.
Since the beginning of 2018, we have been witnessing growing protests of concerned communities on topics like violence against children, sexism against women, speciesism and environmental damage.
Collective consciousness is rising and social movements are happening all around the world, thanks to courageous role models and social media. However many social movements find that it is easier and in many cases more popular to articulate what they are opposed rather than what they wish to build. Awareness of information and willingness to act are indeed important part of the social change but they are only a part of it. The challenge is how societies as a whole change and move toward new way of relating and organising lives together for better futures. It is never about us versus them. We need to think of change as in a web form instead of a linear one, how multiple sets of interdependent processes will link people to move the whole system toward those changes that inspire rather than focusing only on -thus spreading more- fear, guilt, division and anger. It is time to dare to dream a better vision and make proposals towards that vision. This requires awareness, action and broad processes of change, which starts always with the change in the thought systems of individuals, empowering good role models and manifesting sustainable, inclusive and positive actions.
#Childrenfirst. 17 people, mainly young students, were killed by a gunman last Wednesday in a High School in Florida. The shooting was the 18th in a U.S. school this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. As one of the survivors shook us with his statement after the massacre, children are way better demanding action from adults to play their part more responsibly for children. Wired’s ‘Courageous Grieving and The Tragedy in Parkland’ article mentions; “These children are making their incontrovertible record, distributing it in social media, giving interviews, publishing editorials and saturating the airwaves with the truth.” We are long overdue for giving children a voice in the decision making rooms for their own future. Can we as adults, especially as business leaders and regulators, dare to dream of a world where children come first, our businesses and politics designed for and with children? If it is not us, the ones who can and will are growing and I am looking forward to that!
#MeToo. Natalie Portman made a speech at the Women’s March 2018 last month. In her talk, she did not focus on how corrupt show business is, but how deeply rooted the desperation is for very young, female bodies in every level of society and how her industry feeds that sickness. What impressed me most is that she moved beyond just protesting but came up with a vision; “A world in which I could wear whatever I want, say whatever I want and express my desire however I want without fear of my safety or reputation. That would be the world in which female desire could have its greatest fulfilment.” Can we, especially as women, dream of such a world? Let’s first deal with the sexist voice in almost all of our heads telling us to behave, keep quite and settle with less than who we really are. That’s the ultimate freedom.
#Veganism. Scientists just learned that at least 150,000 Bornean orangutans have disappeared over the past 16 years, mainly due to deforestation or transformed for industrial agriculture (often palm oil plantation which is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet, and it is in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket.), people killing them and trading their babies as pets. Can we as humans, dare to dream of a world where we don’t see animals, plants as resources/ commodities but as fellow Earthlings? Killing orangutans to take their babies might be sickening to you as it should, but can we take responsibility with what we consume everyday on our plates, which might create an equal harm? As Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer nicely puts it; “Animal Liberation is Human Liberation too.”
We cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of all regulators, all men and all industry leaders to change first to have better lives for ourselves and others. It is too late and too costly to wait until good actions become mainstream. Change starts always with you and within, it happens when you make peace with yourself, show compassion to others and take full responsibility of the impact you make. Encouraging, inspiring and role modelling towards this vision is what we can all embrace today.
As human works design, we are on a mission for a world where children understand the value of who they are and design the futures they deserve, so they never feel like taking guns and killing each other or perceive a certain sex, gender, nation or species inferior or enemy, but all of us as one. We also work with game changer leaders to design and innovate conscious business models and transform the culture of their organisations free from the burden of destructive thoughts and procedures
Let us know if you want to learn more how to become a conscious business or exchange best cases, methodologies from your experience to make the switch from protesting to proposal and action.
With love and gratitude.
Canay Atalay

Children first
We are born creative geniuses and the education system dumbs us down, according to NASA scientists
Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built
UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Conscious business
2018 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER (report)
The tech bias: why Silicon Valley needs social theory
How to be a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Jaron Lanier interview: on VR and consciousness
Business is having a 'morality moment'. It could become a movement
Stop Saying 'Smart Cities'
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City by Bruce Sterling
Design thinking
Welcome to the Post-Text Future
Personal growth
Too often we hear that companies or ‘others’ are responsible for the society and work environments created. However, we always are the first to decide what we want in our lives. We believe there is no better way to bring change than to transform yourself first. In this section, tips and reading about how to transform yourself from within.
4 Things We Think We Need Today that Won’t Matter at All in the Long Run
Unconventional Inspiration: The Best of Terence McKenna
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron:
Platform capitalism
Workers are the Heart of the Algorithm
Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted by Scott Galloway
Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America
The shopping centre dedicated to repaired and recycled goods
Future of work
Towards a Re-skilling Revolution (report)
Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results
Labour 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality (report)
Artificial Intelligence
Where Did All the Advertising Jobs Go?
“We’re in a diversity crisis”: cofounder of Black in AI on what’s poisoning algorithms in our lives
Gabor Mate on How Materialistic Society Creates a Toxic Culture (video)
Telegram has raised an initial $850M for its billion-dollar ICO
The Big ICO Swindle by Joi Ito
Why the Web 3.0 Matters and you should know about it
Mobile Sunday and IoT Stars at MWC18
Mobile Sunday Barcelona 2018
IoT Stars MWC 2018
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