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  • As human beings continue to evolve and change their way of being and doing things, we invite you to join us for a brief journey through time as we visit the Ages of:
  • The Industrial Revolution marked a major turning point in human history; almost every aspect of daily life was eventually influenced in some way. Parts of Great Britain's previously manual labour and animal-based economy transitioned towards machine-based manufacturing. Manufacturing began to rely on steam power, fueled primarily by coal, rather than on animal labor, or on water or wind power. There was a shift from artisans who made complete products to factories where each worker completed a single stage in the manufacturing process. Improvements in transportation encouraged the rapid pace of change.
  • Also known as the “Computer Age” and the “Information Era”. Which is Characterized by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely and to have instant access to knowledge that would have been difficult or impossible to find previously. This period sees a shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based around the manipulation of information. 1957: The USSR launched Sputnik, 1st artificial earth satellite; marked the start of global telecommunications. 1958: In response to launch of Sputnik, US Dept of Defence established Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA). ARPA began to focus on computer networking and communications technology. 1962: Head of ARPA's research moved ARPA's contracts from private sector to universities; laying the foundations for what would become the ARPANET. 1973: International connections to ARPANET established in England and Norway; global networking became a reality . 1976: BBS (electronic “Bulletin Board System”) developed; offered social discussions on message boards, community-contributed file downloads and online games. 1997: The first social networking website, Six Degrees, released allowing people to make profiles and connect with friends.
  • Characterized by increasing commoditization of attention as it relates to the increasing abundance of information available, particularly on the Internet. Search vs. subscription :. Information consumption in the Attention Age is believed to be more user-focused and targeted based upon preferences discovered by previous activities and user profiles. Tools like RSS allow users to subscribe to content that they feel is valuable. Marked by the ability of individuals to create and consume information instantly and freely and share it on the Internet using social media. Believed to have begun with the emergence of Web 2.0 technologies and social media in the Noughties. Social media platforms allow users to share valuable content freely and instantly. Blogs, Wikis, and other user-created content locations add to the abundance of information of varying quality, reliability, and source on the Internet. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, etc. allow people to create and share content with friends. Twitter is an example of an Attention Age social media tool that allows for real-time transmission of content and news. Sites like del.icio.us and Digg allow users to tag and organize content that they find valuable for others to consume.
  • The late 20th century was a period of major social, economic and political changes. It was also a time in which there were big changes in knowledge with regards how people see knowledge and how they use it. In the Knowledge Age, knowledge and ideas are the main source of economic growth (more important than land, labour, money, or other ‘tangible resources). New patterns of work and new business practices have developed, and, as a result, new kinds of workers, with new and different skills, are required. Knowledge is thought of as being like a form of energy, as a system of networks and flows: something that does things, or makes things happen. In the Knowledge Age, knowledge is defined, and valued, not for what it is , but for what it can do . It is produced, not by individual experts, but by ‘collectivising intelligence’ i.e: groups of people with complementary expertise who collaborate for specific purposes.
  • The Industrial Revolution Age did more than industrialise our way of life. It impacted on our very way of existing as a species - with some alarming and dangerous consequences for ourselves and our planet. As academia, world leaders and researchers began to understand the impact and long-term consequences of our current way of being, It became apparent that the only way to turn things around, would be to work together as a united, global community. 2000: The Millennium Summit was held, which saw world leaders come together at the United Nations Headquarters to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a global partnership to realise the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2002: The Millennium Project was commissioned by the UN Secretary-General to develop a concrete action plan for the world to achieve the MDGs. 2007- 2009: The Impact of the Global Recession that started in 2007 with the sub-prime property crisis in the US means having less financial resources to help realise the MDGs by 2015. 2010: 5 year countdown to realise the MDGs: the pressure is on to identify and implement an effective and efficient turnaround strategy.
  • Spells SOUL and is based on the African Ubuntu concept that a shared bond exists between all humanity. SOUL acknowledges, that this shared bond exists between all Humanity, Animals, Plants and the Planet itself. It is the understanding of this bond of universal interconnectedness that makes us realise how interdependent we are on each other, as human beings, and our planet and all it’s life forms as a whole. It highlights for us, as a species, why it is so important we put aside our differences and work together to realise the Millennium Development Goals as a matter of urgency for our very survival as a species. If ever there was a perfect time in our history to co-create this new way of being and working together, it is NOW. As we enter the Knowledge Age, armed with the insight gained and lessons learned from the previous Ages, we find ourselves ready to realise:
  • SOUL Purpose: To realise the 8MDGs, unity and peace in every local community. SOUL Way of Being and Way of Working. Acknowledging our Universal Interconnectedness and working together with purpose, integrity, transparency and accountability. Locally elected individuals who resonate and live by the SOUL Values SOUL Partners: Individuals, Businesses, Not-for-Profits, Governments who work together to realise the SOUL Purpose. SOUL Modules: Identified Focus Areas which each address one or several of the 10 SOUL Goals. SOUL Programs: Turnaround strategy plans to realise each of the SOUL Modules. Divided into 3 categories: Basic Sustainability, Sustainability and Thrivability. SOUL Co-operatives: Independent regionally-based entities made up of local partners (communities, social enterprises and services). SOUL Systems: ensure Communication and Knowledge Flow, Project Management, Results Monitoring and sustainable growth.
  • Aug 2009: a group of individuals unite to find a more sustainable way of working together to realise the MDGs, unity and peace in every local community. Sept 2009: an international steering committee of Social Entrepreneurs is set up to drive the project. At the same time, a group of individuals from the Langa Community in Cape Town, South Africa reach out to find others to work with them to solve their local challenges. Oct 2009: after many hours of talks and planning, the international group and the local group, define a way of being and a way of working together.
  • Soul Journey 31032010

    1. 1. SOUL
    2. 2. A journey through the Ages… <ul><li>As human beings continue to evolve and change their way of being and doing things, we invite you to join us for a brief journey through time as we visit the Ages of: </li></ul>- Industrialisation; - Information; - Attention; - Knowledge. and reflect on where we are as a species right now and what happens next…
    3. 3. Industrial Age (1750 – 1900) <ul><li>From manual labour and animal-based economy to machine-based manufacturing. </li></ul><ul><li>Steam power, rather than animal labor, water or wind power. </li></ul><ul><li>Shift from artisans who made complete products to production line factories </li></ul><ul><li>Modes of transportation encouraged rapid rates of change. </li></ul><ul><li>The Industrial Revolution – A major turning point in human history </li></ul>
    4. 4. Information Age <ul><li>Shift from traditional Industrial Revolution Industries, to an economy based on information. </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of information freely, instant access to knowledge </li></ul>1957: The USSR launched Sputnik, start of global telecoms 1958: US Dept of Defence established ARPA focussed on networking and communications technology. 1962: Foundations laid for the ARPANET. Computer & communication networks 1971: Email invented. 1972: First public demonstration of ARPANET proved a huge success. 1973: International connections to ARPANET- global communication became a reality 1976: BBS (electronic “Bulletin Board System”) developed; social discussion, on-line games 1991: World Wide Web launched. 1988: IRC (Internet Relay Chat) created. 1999: Peer-to-Peer and social media file-sharing applications become available. 1997: The first social networking website, Six Degrees is released <ul><li>“ Computer Age” and the “Information Era”. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Attention Age (2000 – <ul><li>Marked ability for individuals to instantly create and consume and share information through social media </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing Commoditization of attention with abundance of available information on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence of Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Search vs. subscription :. </li></ul><ul><li>Information is more user-focused and preference targeted </li></ul><ul><li>Tools like RSS subscribe to user preferred content </li></ul><ul><li>Social media platforms, allow sharing of content through </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook, </li></ul><ul><li>MySpace, </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube, </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter - real time transmission of content & news </li></ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us and Digg </li></ul>
    6. 6. Knowledge Age (2000 – <ul><li>Knowledge and ideas become the main source of economic growth, (more important than land, labour, money or other tangible resources). </li></ul><ul><li>The late 20th century was a period of major social, economic and political changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is a form of energy, a system of networks and flows: </li></ul>Knowledge is defined, and valued for what it can do. This shift to the Knowledge Age, has major implications and potential. <ul><li>New patterns of work and new business practices have developed </li></ul>Knowledge is produced by collaborative groups of people with complementary expertise for specific purposes ‘collectivising intelligence’
    7. 7. Global Crisis Alert… 2002: The Millennium Project was commissioned by the UN Secretary-General 2000: The United Nations Millennium Declaration, to realise the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2007- 2009: Global Recession impacts - fewer financial resources available to help realise the MDGs by 2015. 2010: 5 year countdown to realise the MDGs, and the pressure is on to implement an effective turnaround The Industrial Revolution Age impacted on our very way of existing as a species – with some alarming and dangerous consequences for ourselves and the planet The Impact and long-term consequences of our current way of being is only now being realised And that working together as a united, global community is the only way to turn this around
    8. 8. 5 years to realise the MDGs… … to find a way that we can all work together as a united, global community. so where to start…
    9. 9. A Way of BEING Together. A shared Bond between all Humanity, Animals, Plants and the Planet itself. S haring O ur U buntu L egacy A Shared Bond… Based on the African Ubuntu concept “I am here because you are here” A Way of WORKING Together. NOW is the Perfect time in our history to co-create Universal Interconnectedness makes us realise how interdependent we are on each other Using the insights gained and lessons learned from the previous Ages A Way of ACHIEVING the MDGs Together. And the need for us to be working together to realise the Millennium Development Goals
    10. 10. Purpose & Value Driven Build & Deploy Core Strengths Build Enabling Organisational Structures Reliable & Consistent Core Systems Focussed Strategies to Realise Goals Realistic Achievable Goals Coherent & Connected Culture Honest & Inspiring Leadership Soul Way of Working
    11. 11. SOUL Purpose: to Realise the 8MDGs, Unity and Peace SOUL Way of Being and Way of Working. Acknowledging our Universal Interconnectedness and working together with purpose, integrity, transparency and accountability Locally elected individuals who resonate and live by the SOUL Values SOUL Partners: Working together to realise the SOUL Purpose. SOUL Modules: Identified Focus Areas addressing the SOUL Purpose/goals SOUL Programs: Divided Into 3 categories: Basic Sustainability, Sustainability and Thrivability. SOUL Co-operatives: Independent Regionally-based entities made up of local partners (the community, social enterprises & social services) SOUL Systems: Ensure Sustainable growth through effective scorecards. Purpose & Value Driven Build & Deploy Core Strengths Build Enabling Organisational Structures Reliable & Consistent Core Systems Focussed Strategies to Realise Goals Realistic Achievable Goals Coherent & Connected Culture Honest & Inspiring Leadership
    12. 12. Aug 2009: I ndividuals unite to realise the MDGs, Unity and Peace Sept 2009: International Steering committee of Social Entrepreneurs formed Oct 2009: a Definition of a Way of Being and a Way of Working together is defined after much planning and talking. Meet with a group of individuals from the Langa Community in Cape Town, South Africa looking for assistance to solve their local challenges Finding SOUL… Nov 2009: SOUL is born .
    13. 13. Jan 2010: Langa Partners sign-up SOUL in action… March 28 th 2010: Langa Open Day – Earth-day a celebration with Youth and Elders
    14. 14. The End…? The Journey is Just Beginning…. In a community of your choice NO
    15. 15. So how can you be involved? By Becoming a SOUL Believer Contact Tracy Stallard – [email_address] or Ian Loots – [email_address] and support SOUL through your sponsorship www.soulinternational.org

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