There is no Paradise.... yet.
There is no paradise. Paradise is something you have to create with the people around you. Create it by working together more efficiently and with more compassion. Paradise isn’t something you can go to. It does not exist yet. So if you ever get stuck with that kind of existential thought; what does it all mean? Why are we here? You now know: we are here to create a paradise for all that is blessed to receive live. That means all humans, all animals and everything that is part of our biodiversity. A human civilization that thrives because it is in balance with nature, that is the paradise where we all should believe in and be enabled to work for. The day we reach that, we are in paradise.
We are not too early or too late. We are exactly on time.
We can still change. When somebody tells you that we are too late or too inadequate to drive us away from the devastating effects of climate change and the drastic decline in biodiversity, you can just tell them that we are not too early, not too late, we are exactly on time. Right now is the time to act, right now is the only time to act. We have the knowledge, we have the intellect and most importantly, we have the motive. We can no longer deny our scientific community. We can’t ignore what we can measure and calculate. Science should be central in our efforts to create a human civilization that thrives in balance with nature. Science should be our guide from this point forward. It should direct our creativity in the collective efforts we have to make as a species in search of a healthier civilization for our planet.
A better world starts with us
It’s true that a better world starts with yourself but it’s even truer that it starts with us. It starts with the people around you, our local community, the only world we are truly part of every day. Our current society is targeting the individual as a resource, money and data source for commercial organizations to do more effective business. Because of that, we are becoming more individualistic and apathetic while we should become more united and resilient. Our mission is to empower communities all over the world to live in balance with their specific part of nature. Our planet has a very diverse ecosystem. Regional expertise and approaches are key, our scientists say. Moreover: humans are social animals that, evolutionary work best in local groups and communities. It makes a lot of sense to focus our efforts to radically transform our social and cultural systems, to improve the natural and cultural health of our local community. It makes it a lot more doable, right? To create a better world you first take care of your own.
We do not accept current reality and seek to alter it
When we look at the world we do not accept how our societies are run by our leaders, governments, and corporations that are motivated or compromised to protect the status quo when we know we have to radically change our economy and culture in general. Remember: our scientists are demanding “a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values”. We do not accept a reality where we are not enabled by our governing institutions to work on this mission. We are determined to create a world where the global economy and our cultural institutions work to protect nature and enable all human beings to contribute to that specific mission. Even if this means that we have to invent a new cultural institution that is working towards this goal.
The next big thing will be a lot of small things
The logic is in the numbers. The more people on this planet have the tools and intellect to work on solutions, the higher our chance of survival and we indeed, 'invent our way out of this mess'. This insight derives from the concept that there is not going to be one big invention or intervention, there is going to be a lot of small operations all over the world that, together are working towards the global goal. There is not going to be one hero who saves us all. This is a different kind of story. The main requirement for this story to end well is that we realize that this is not a story, it is a reality, and we have to alter it ourselves if we want to leave a future for our children. The next big thing is US.
We need smarter people, not smarter phones
As scientists, researchers, developers, engineers, and designers who look critically at our society and want to help change its course in favor of our nature, it's our job to be very critical about the role of the smartphone on how people share and consume information. We can not just blindly follow the trajectory of a few giant commercial tech corporations any longer. Their motives, how ideological their great mission statement might be, is clear: make as much money as possible for the shareholders. We believe there is a much higher potential to be capitalized on. Our technologies should be about the capitalization of human intellect. The smartphone has to become a tool for intellectual progress for everyone on this planet. We want to turn the smartphone into supportive technology for meaningful human interactions. If designed correctly, it can enable societies to make the transition they all need to make. Our technologies should make us smarter, not the companies who are giving them to us.
To create a new world, we need a new toolset
The will to change the system has been there for a long time. Generation upon generation has been trying. Although great accomplishments of change have been made, we have not been able to truly change our way of living. Now our scientists are telling us we have to build a new system that can replace the destructive old system. The mistake we have been making in our efforts so far is that we have been trying to build this new system with the same tools that made the old system. To create a new system we need a new set of tools. A Smartup is an organization that builds and governs these new tools.
It's about groups, not the individual
In our efforts to design a new toolset we follow the visions of computer pioneer Douglas Engelbart. Engelbart believed in the power of the well-connected group instead of the well-connected individual. He thought that designing technologies for groups would help us evolve and develop skills to cope with the complex problems our highly advanced civilization presents us. When we design technologies in our Smartups we follow this paradigm. We won’t have end-users in mind, but groups of end-users that are together in the physical world.
We can replace hate with trust
To be most efficient as a group we need to establish trust. “When trust is present, people step forward and do their best work, together, efficiently. They align around a common purpose, take risks, think out of the box, have each other’s backs, and communicate openly and honestly. When trust is absent, people jockey for position, hoard information, play it safe, and talk about— rather than to—one another”. To create this kind of trust we need trustworthy technologies that we can rely upon. Everything we do with Smartup Zero works towards this goal. Smartups create technologies that establish trust among people.
We don't need anybody or anything besides the will to act
Our society is controlled by corrupt corporations and short-term minded politicians. We can just ignore them. We don’t need our governments, corporations, leaders or even a majority of people to start reforming our societies. We can show, as a hands-on, determined, progressive minority, that the people themselves can be in control of how we change our way of living. That’s what a Smartup is all about: to enable people to create another wheel themselves so they can drive without interruption and corruption.
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